Head of School 03-30-2017


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 Head of School's Newsletter - March 30, 2017
CAC Hosts Visiting Teachers for Lab Sites Workshop

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 3.59.12 PM.pngOver 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 Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 3.58.57 PM.png‘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


Today CAC celebrated Founders’ Day. Founders’ Day is our celebration of CAC’s birthday and a chance to show gratitude for all who have come before us, contributing to make CAC the special school that it is today. We also reflect on our Core Values and the hard work that it takes to make and keep a community great. We are all responsible for this community, its reputation, its quality, and we all contribute to its path into the future. To celebrate, all students PreK-12 gathered for an assembly in the gym.

As a special treat, Mr. McCuaig found an old CAC school song and dusted it off for his HS Choir. The song was written 25 years ago...we’re not sure when it was last heard. Mr. Rutherford shared with the current students a bit of history: CAC’s original four founding organizations came together to support CAC in 1967--50 years ago--in the wake of a five month closure caused by the 6 Day War. CAC was just trying to make the move from its second campus to our current Digla site when the war hit and led to the evacuation of virtually all Americans from Egypt….no doubt, it was a very stressful time for the school and for a Board trying to keep the school on a path of growth and improvement. We are all grateful for the vision and wisdom of those founding organizations and for their belief that, despite the difficult times they were enduring, CAC would grow into an important, thriving, wonderful community of learners and families. It is worth reflecting on those decisions--to build in a time of adversity and in the face of challenging indicators--as we reflect on the Board’s work today to ensure excellence in our facilities for future generations.



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The CAC MS/HS Choir perform a 1992 version of CAC’s School Song. Elementary students share what they are thankful about at CAC today. The Library, friends, and teachers were all mentioned. CAC’s Board of Trustees at this week’s meeting: wrestling with the issues of today to ensure an excellent tomorrow for all CAC learners.


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.

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Attia, janitor for the Admin building, reads the Artists’ statement for his portrait. The artists’ statements were published in English and Arabic.

CAC janitors pose with their portraits. Some were photographs then designed with Photoshop; some were painted portraits.


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!

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CAC HS participants and session leaders for GGS.

Parents, volunteers and presenters for the 2017 Girls Get Strong conference.


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.

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Take Your Seat--Theater Fundraising Drive


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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

Seat Pricing

  • Each seat costs $500, and you may take up to 8 seats.

  • 100 seats are reserved for CAC alumni until May 1, 2017. After that date, the remaining seats will be available for other sponsorship.

  • Nameplates will be installed once a gift pledge has been fulfilled.


Payment Options

  • Credit Card payments will be processed through the CAC Foundation (a US 501c3). These donations are 100% tax deductible for US taxpayers.  

  • Cash gifts can be made in USD or EGP with this order form and paid at CAC. Or, visit our table during "Take Your Seat" days at the front gate of CAC: April 9-13


Take Your Seat Benefits

  • Personalized inscription engraved onto a seat nameplate acknowledging your investment and generosity for fifteen (15) years.

  • Your name(s) or company included on a prominent plaque in the theatre lobby.

  • Name(s) of seat donors will be listed in all 2017/2018 event programs.

  • Invitation to an exclusive VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony.




College Acceptances!!

Senior news as we near April Fools’ Day...the big reveal from top colleges in the US. Congratulations to the following Seniors!!


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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:  

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 8.39.53 AM.pngMonday, 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.


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Cars await race time after weigh-in. Imaginative designs!

A fair start

The track and finish line… yellow ends up the heat winner!


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.