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 February 23, 2017

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SKYWARD Gradebook Access Dates


Student academic progress can be viewed over the weekend every two weeks.  On the respective dates the portal opens at 4pm, and closes three days later (Sunday) at 4pm.  The benefits of not allowing continual day and night access to the gradebook platform are substantial, and this is the preferred practice at independent schools.  Unlimited minute by minute access to grades promotes grade obsession, inconsistent study routines, a philosophical contradiction to telling students/parents to not focus on grades, increases student stress, and focuses conversations on points/grades rather than learning.  It has been a bit of a transition this year to the new system of limiting parent/students access to gradebook, but the student learning benefits are already becoming apparent.  


Gradebook opening dates:  Feb 23, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Apr 27, May 11, and May 25.


Progress reports will be posted, and viewable, on March 5th, 4pm.   



2017-2018 Week Without Walls


Information sessions and registration for WWW 2017-2018 will start on Mar 20 and continues through April 13.  Please contact Mr. Duggan with any questions.   



March 8 and 9 – No School


Please note that there is no school on March 8-9th as it is a CAC Holiday.



Parent-Teacher Conferences Approaching – March 14-15


The High School Parent-Teacher Conference Days are an excellent opportunity to visit campus and discuss your student’s academic progress with teachers. Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Narrative progress reports will be online as of March 5th to provide structure to the meetings focused on learning and growth.


On Tuesday, conferences will be “arena style” in the ES Hall.  No appointments are needed and conferences are limited to quick “check ins” that do not require confidentiality. On Wednesday, conferences will be in teachers’ classrooms. Appointments will be made in fifteen-minute intervals.  For both types of conferences, students are encouraged to attend with parents.


There will be no school for High School students on Wednesday, March 15.  


Parent signups on Skyward begin on Tuesday, February 28 for conferences on March 15. Instructions for the signup will be sent early next week. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Eman Hamza in the High School Office at ehamza@cacegypt.org or 2755-5403.



High School Twitter Site


As an additional quick and easy method to experience the daily lives of our CAC high school students, feel-free to follow Dr. Harris’ twitter feed at https://twitter.com/CACHSupdates.  This is not meant to replace Moodle, or any other school communication method.




Upcoming Events


Feb. 23             SKYWARD Gradebook Open

Feb. 28             Senior Faculty Dinner, 6:00 p.m., Off-Campus

March 1-5          AMIS Honor Choir Festival, Abu-Dhabi

March 2-12        ISST Tournaments

March 5            Progress Reports

March 8-9         CAC Holiday, No School

March 14          HS Drop-in Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-5:00 p.m., ES Hall

March 15          HS Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Classrooms

March 16         SKYWARD Gradebook Open




Dr. Jared Harris        Jerry Duggan      
        HS Principal             HS Assistant Principal




Counseling Department Announcements


Grade 11 Parents, 


ECIS and the University of Southern California (USC) are partnering on a parent survey related to establishing a baseline of parents’ knowledge around access and admission to American higher education. We would love it if you could help participate, as they will share the data collected with schools and hopefully we can work together to improve the college admissions process for everyone.


Click Here for Survey 



Summer Programs


Students and Parents, we are compiling a list of summer programs that might interest you and your students. These programs can be a great way to explore talents and interests, reinforce or acquire new skills, and get a taste of life in a certain country or a university environment.







Common Application Essay prompts for 2017-2018 have been announced.  See your counselor if you want to get a head start on your college essays.  


Please bring your laptop to your flex period on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February as we will be learning more about using the Naviance application in the college search process.




Josiah Laposky, Claudia Bean, Stephanie Barker 

HS Counseling






ISST Travelling Students



ISST Boys’ Basketball Update:


You can go to www.isb.be/isst (at the moment it is still displaying volleyball but that will change). The website will have a link to the New Gym Live Stream, a copy of the program, tournament results and links to social media. 


All games played in the New Gym will be live streamed through the ISB Raiders You tube Channel. The link will also be available on the tournament website. 


ISST boys basketball tournament game schedule 


ISST Girls’ Basketball Update:


ISST girls basketball game schedule 



Add PACK THE GYM NIGHT to your calendar!!

Join us on March 2nd from 3:30-7:00 pm for an evening of basketball games, dance team performance, face painting, and popcorn.  

MS Girls vs faculty, 3:30-4:00

MS boys vs faculty, 4:15-4:45

HS girls vs Wadi Degla Club, 5:00- 6:45 (halftime extended for music performance of 8-10 minutes)

HS boys vs. Zamalek Club, 7:00- 8:45 (halftime extended for half court shootout of 8-10 minutes)

Upcoming Games Schedue


Upcoming Games Schedue




Scott Fitzgerald

Activities/Athletics Director







ES CAF and the Integration and Welcome Committee


Relax, Rejuvenate & Revitalise!! 

Due to the high popularity of our past yoga classes, and based on many of your requests as parents, Vanessa Moar has been kind enough to volunteer her time to give a yoga class on the last Sunday of every month.For those of you who don't know her, Vanessa Moar is a yoga teacher - RYT 200 and a registered physiotherapist - McGill University from Canada. Her family has just moved to Egypt a few months ago after living in Kenya and various parts of Canada. Her passion for yoga has grown steadily over the past 20 years as she noticed how much it helped her and her patients stay limber, more relaxed, breath better and recover quicker from minor and major injuries

She will be teaching a Hatha Flow yoga class focusing on breathing and postural alignment . It is open to all levels.


Date: Sunday, February 26th 8am in the 1st Floor Common Room (we ask that you please bring your own yoga mat) 

* Entry is by donation to the Booster Club (Any amount will be appreciated)


We will have tea & Coffee after the class, so this is a great chance to get to know other CAC parents from our wonderful community!


We hope you can all join us!!



Movie 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



Most likely to succeed Poster


Volunteer Opportunity


If you are a middle or high school student, parent, staff member, or anyone who would like to volunteer during the international festival, we are looking for your support.  Please either sign up through this link http://signup.com/go/vKRfgi or email cacinternationalfestival@gmail.com.  We are grateful for every minute you can spare.


International Festival Ticket Sales


Begin Sunday!

Every Sunday - Thursday from 26 Feb - 15 Mar 7:50-8:20am and 2:30-3:45pm

NO same day admission sales *All admission sales in advance


International Festival Friday March 17th 3-6pm


Single Admission 50lE - 4 and below free admission

Food sample card 100LE (sold before and during festival) 

Single Admission with 2 food sample cards 175le

Family Package 500LE 4 Admissions with 6 food sample cards

Value Package 275LE 2 Admissions with 3 food sample cards

Raffle Tickets 20 LE/per ticket (sold before and during festival)

Next PTO Meeting is March 7th, 1:30 PM , 2nd Floor Admin Building, Room 626A







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.



JUNIORS and Parents of Juniors: The Counseling department is pleased to host presentations about applying to universities in the three countries. Join us on Tuesday, February 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm in MS 115.  These sessions focus on how to apply to Canada (6 pm to 6:45 pm), The UK (7 pm to 7:45 pm) & The USA (8 pm to 8:45 pm).  Please bring your laptop, students.   We look forward to seeing you then!

Cairo DigiGirlz Day: Microsoft Advanced Technology Lab Saturday 25 March 2017

DigiGirlz is a Microsoft worldwide event designed to give high school girls the opportunity to connect with Microsoft employees, learn about careers in technology, and participate in hands-on workshops.

Eligibility is for high school girls, ages 13 and up. Please spread the word and encourage to apply for this special opportunity to learn, network, and have fun!  Facebook link.  Application deadline is March 1st.