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|Head of School's Newsletter - March 30, 2017|
CAC Hosts Visiting Teachers for Lab Sites Workshop
Over the weekend and on Sunday and Monday, CAC hosted 16 teachers from six different international schools in a Professional Development event held across our divisions. This Lab Sites experience was the brainchild of our own David Chadwell and came from ideas inspired during an Admin trip to the American School of the Hague this past fall. CAC teachers are experts and leaders in many fields of teaching, and we thought to show that off, bring folks to our campus, highlight our wonderful community, and promote leadership and learning along the way. Ms. Carr and Ms. Widding hosted visitors in their classrooms observing the Readers and Writers’ workshop model used across CAC’s ES classrooms. In the Lab Sites approach, teachers observe a lesson being taught in its ‘normal’ way, then after class they debrief, discuss and ask questions. The same lesson is then usually re-taught, incorporating the new ideas or tweaks to improve effectiveness or test ideas. Over the course of two days, the guests were able to observe our teachers teaching RWW twice. In the Middle School, Mr. Dino and Mr. Medina hosted visitors who were observing CAC’s implementation of
the Challenge by Choice approach to Math instruction. In our High School, our one HS visitor observed Mr. Knox’s and Mr Santowski’s classes as they utilized the Harkness method for engaging students in student-led discussion. Thanks to all. CAC leads!
Founder’s Day Celebrations Held Today at CAC
Art Show features CAC Student Artists; CAC Staff as Subjects
Congratulations to CAC’s HS Artists and Art teachers for a wonderful exhibition that closed just this week. A very special project, the brainchild of our Art teachers, had CAC students interview our janitors to learn about their lives and personal interests, and turning those interviews into symbolic portraits which hung in the Theater Lobby for a week. On Monday, those portraits were given as gifts by the artists to their subjects in a surprisingly emotional ceremony. Gratitude, respect, and compassion were on display as our janitors received their portraits, and bridges of understanding remain as a result of this thoughtful and ground-breaking project. Many thanks to all who participated.
Girls Get Strong!!
On March 24, CAC again hosted Girls Get Strong. This empowerment, learning, and educational event is the brainchild of Becky Riddle, CAC PE teacher. It has been featured in an international education newspaper and will be presented (we hope) at the NESA Fall Leadership conference next fall. ES, MS and HS girls had a full day hearing inspirational speakers, learning from each other, and learning from some of the professional women in our community. Thanks to all the moms and others who helped make this a great success...again, CAC Leads!
Xanadu! High School Musical a Brilliant Success!
CAC thespians again united for a wonderful show this past weekend in the CAC Theater. Xanadu brought to life songs from the 80s, delighting the 40 and 50-somethings in the audience. Annika skated her way gracefully through the lead role, and Marwan put his acting chops (and, in the show I saw, his abs) on display for all to see. Playing to a packed house on Thursday night, the audience energy fed the cast and they put on an electric performance. Congratulations to all who helped bring this classic musical to life in our very own theater.
Take Your Seat--Theater Fundraising Drive
We are excited to share information about CAC’s Take Your Seat Campaign! The CAC Theatre — a cornerstone of the CAC community experience—is a reminder of CAC's long tradition of excellence and innovation in education. This year, we invite you to help breathe new life into this space. Make a one-time donation to have your name engraved on a seat nameplate in the CAC Theatre. Sponsoring one of the theatre’s 521 new seats will generate funds for renovations and updates to technical equipment. For more information, contact Byron Skaggs, Director of the Alumni and Community Engagement Office or visit cac-community.org/take-your-seat!
Naming opportunities for seats are limited. Hurry to take your seat today!
Seat Pricing and Payment Options
Take Your Seat Benefits
Senior news as we near April Fools’ Day...the big reveal from top colleges in the US. Congratulations to the following Seniors!!
Hannah accepted at Carnegie Mellon,
Satyam accepted at Reed College
Youssef accepted to USC (our second student accepted there this year along with Timo).
Head of School’s Coffee:
Monday, April 3 @8:00 AM in MS room 115. The Head of School, Mr. Rutherford, will update parents who attend on key actions of the Board in their March meeting, progress on Phase III renovation of the High school, the outcomes of the Phase IV proposals for our athletics facilities and grounds, and on the teaching and learning work that has been taking place this year.
CAC Hosts Pinewood Derby
Also on CAC’s busy campus last weekend, CAC hosted the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. For those of us who were scouts in our youth, the event brought back memories. The Pinewood Derby is a very early STEM initiative from the Boy Scouts...the first derby was held in New York state in 1953! Scouts design, build and race a car made of a provided, standard pinewood block, plastic wheels and metal axle pins. Cars must meet weight requirements, and security is tight after weigh-in! The CAC chapter of the Cub Scouts held their derby on the outdoor court at CAC on Friday, and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Mr. Harman, for allowing scouts to use our Design Tech facilities to work on their cars.
Lost and Found
Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.
Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:
1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home ,etc,...)
2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)
3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.
4- Use the same link to report when item is found.
In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.