Superintendent 02-23-2017

 Superintendent's Newsletter - February 23, 2017

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Congratulations to the 2017 CAC ES Spelling Bee winners, Michelle P. from 5O, Youngmin C. from 4D, and Layla E from 3W! The CAC Spelling Bee this year was outstanding and the finalists spelled all the words on the ES list and the judges had to call ‘timeout’ and call up the Middle School word list! Some truly terrific spellers in our elementary. Congratulations to all the courageous contestants. The finalists will represent CAC in the city-wide Spelling Bee, hosted here at CAC in March.







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Most Likely to Succeed Documentary Viewing

Save the date:  February 27th at 1:15 we will screen the documentary Most Likely To Succeed in the Theatre.  This documentary looks at how the educational system is the United States was developed and examines what type of schooling will be necessary for the 21st century.  See the trailer:  Most Likely to Succeed

Sponsored by the PTO and the Superintendent











College Acceptance News

Admissions continue to trickle in for our HS Seniors. This week, I’m providing information about Canadian colleges to which our kids have been admitted thus far….most Canadian schools will offer admissions a bit later, so we should have many more. Congratulations to Lama A, Danya E, Salma D, Hannah E, and Farah A, all who were admitted to the University of Toronto! Congrats to Leonardo C, who was admitted to Queen's University. And Congrats also to Engy A, Leonardo C, Salma D, and Hannah E who were all admitted to the University of British Columbia.

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Way to go, Seniors!!


Phase IV Informational Meeting for Parents

As one of its goals for the year and in accordance with the CAC Strategic Plan, the CAC Board of Trustees in collaboration with the CAC Administration have moved forward on concept design work for Phase IV of CAC’s Master Plan. Following the high school renovation, our next major campus project will be an update of our athletic facilities. Our gym and pool are aging (gracefully?) and our track, of course, has been truncated since Phase I work began on the Elementary School in 2009. The next major campus improvement effort will be to revitalize all of these facilities. To advance this work, CAC has contracted Perkins Eastman, a US-based architectural firm with extensive experience working with schools. PE has been to campus once on this project, and will return at the end of February to share concept ideas with the community. Parents are invited to attend a presentation of the concept options and provide input. The meeting will be held on March 1 at 12:15pm in MS Auditorium. We hope you will be able to attend.


The CAC Library is a Busy Place this Year

Due, one imagines, to the shifting of HS students into the Middle School and the loss of the HS student lounge, the MS/HS Library has seen a massive spike in usage this year. The numbers below show daily visits to the library, and as you can see, the use of the library has doubled over 2013-14 and 14-15 numbers. While many of the new visitors are making the best use of the library facilities and studying during their flex periods, it is inevitable that more bodies in the library is going to mean more crowding, more noise, and more instances of minor rule breaking. Admin is working with students to remind them of proper library etiquette and of CAC library rules.

Average daily visitors to the MS/HS Library:

2013-2014: 331

2014-2015: 330

2015-2016: 440

2016-2017: 675




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Middle Schoolers engaged in a fierce Battle of the Books on Wednesday! House teams competed for points in a trivia and knowledge quiz run by the CAC Language Arts Teachers and Librarians. Emotions ran high as teams vied for top prize, and the kids were having a great deal of FUN while demonstrating their LEARNING! Thanks to our faculty for organizing. 



Alumni Authors Featured on our Alumni Website

What happens to those passionate CAC English students and writers when they grow up? Well, some become published writers. Quite a few, in fact. The CAC Alumni Website features a collection of books by CAC graduates, and you can learn more about their literary feats and contributions at the websites below. Eagles Soar!!!


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Service at CAC:  

ES Students’ Leadership Food Drive, February 26- March 6:

This year HS GISC Club is supporting Stabl Antar Dream Project in a Local Vocational School Located on a small mountain in old Cairo, residents of Stable Antar live in absolute poverty with severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.


GISC Club presented the project to the ES Student leadership team and the team decided to combine efforts for a better impact.


ES Students’ Leadership Team is now calling for Food Donation from the whole CAC community to support the residents of Stabl Antar. Donation Box will be at the Front Gate from February 28th to March 16th.


Please, support the Cause!!





Booster Club seeks Manager for Spirit Store! Step up, Volunteer and Make a difference!

Booster Club proudly supports CAC Athletics and Activities. We raise funds through the Spirit Store and the Spirit Cafe to provide financial aid to our students traveling abroad to represent the school. We help promote school spirit. If your children are into sports, the arts and other extra curricular activities, joining Booster Club is a great way to support them.

We need a manager to run our Spirit Store  and other volunteers to help in the Spirit Cafe. Booster Club needs you! For inquiries, please email or visit the Spirit Store Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4pm or the Spirit Cafe by the gym entrance Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-whenever it is open.

Go Eagles!




Parents - CAC Board of Trustee Elections - Run for the School Board!

Interested in school governance? Want to ensure CAC’s excellence for generations to come? Have energy and time to spare?

The CAC Board of Trustees is seeking nominations to fill two Community Representative spots for the 2017-2019 term.  We urge all interested parents to learn more about the work of the Board – if you have any questions you may call Jacqui Goodall from the Election Committee on 01019879063.

This is your chance to make a lasting impact on CAC.

What Does the Board Do?

  • Long term strategic decision making

  • Financial planning and oversight

  • Write and review policies governing the school

  • Meets at least twice a month in the evening to accomplish these and other goals

(The Board DOES NOT:  set or review curriculum, make admissions or personnel decisions, or get involved in day-to-day running of the school.)


The CAC Board of Trustees will hold an informational session for prospective candidates for the CAC Board of Trustees. Each year, two of our four elected Trustee seats are open for election (five of CAC’s Trustees are appointed by Founding Organizations). If you would like to learn more about the role of a Trustee or the election process, please come to the Candidate Information Session on Tuesday, Feb 28th at 5:00 pm in MS Room 115. Other important dates for Board elections

  •    Meet the candidates on Monday, March 13 (candidates give speeches)

  •    Elections held:  Tuesday, March 14 after school and all day March 15.

  •    Results announced about 5:00 pm, March 15.



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.




Parting Shots:

Creativity is the Core Value of the Month in our ES...and in evidence all over campus!

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That day that LEGO came to visit CAC!

Everyday creativity at ES Recess….amazing!

HS Art class--look for the General Support Staff project, coming soon!