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Last September 2013, El Alsson School and NEWGIZA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the relocation of El Alsson to their prestigious site. As we are sure you know, NEWGIZA occupies the prime position on top of the plateau overlooking 6th October City. www.newgiza.com We are privileged and pleased to be moving to NEWGIZA. It has been a long and bumpy journey over the last 4 years navigating our way through the difficulties and problems in the country. However, we are delighted that we can now put those times aside and focus our attention with our new partners on establishing a state of the art campus in what must surely be the best location in Egypt. We would like to share our progress with NEWGIZA. Below are the new designs for the new school in NEWGIZA. We hope you like them.
A Special Treat
At lunchtime today we were honoured to have a performance from a group of talented musicians. With Rami Atallah on piano, Shehab Kasseb on vocals, Magued Nagati on drums and Nader Sami on guitar we were guaranteed an amazing concert and were not disappointed.
Playing a variety of songs from Coldplay to The Beatles the band had students dancing in the playground. It was a wonderful lunchtime enjoyed by all.
The musicians will be turning into music teachers next week and will available to teach instruments to anyone interested. Interested students can collect an information letter from Mr Scott in the British English Department.
Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year. It is that time of year again where your child will be asked to take the first of two or three Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The first round of testing will be from September 17-28.
For those of you who are new to our school, MAP is a very important assessment and diagnostic tool which we use to ensure that your child is progressing academically. We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Language Usage, Reading and Math. Following the testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Because we use this assessment to track student progress, your child will experience more than one MAP assessment per year. Each time, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth through the course of the year and from year to year.
MAP tests are unique in that they are computer based and questions adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
Your child does not need to do anything specific to prepare for the MAP tests. Your child will be informed of the specific dates and times of his/her MAP tests by the Classroom Teacher in the Elementary School and by the Homeroom Advisor in the Middle and High School. However, please make sure your child has slept well the night before and has had a nutritious breakfast the day of the test.
If you would like additional information on MAP testing, please feel free to check out the NWEA.org website or follow this link http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930 and download the Parent Toolkit which will give information about the tests, how they will be administered and how we as a school will use the information to further the growth of your child.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Nicola Smith (Principal Elementary School); Allison Fleet (Principal Middle/High School); or Joshua Konrad (Vice-Principal Elementary School)
El Alsson American International School Management Team
Fatma Update, Cairo, September 2014
Fatma, who is now 22, was abused by her husband when she was 18. He came home one day, under the influence of drugs, and simply threw Fatma from the third floor of their building. He did not even call for help to save her; he just picked her up and carried her back upstairs. After this he locked her up for an additional three days before anyone found out and she could be saved.
As a result of this horrific incident Fatma’s back was broken meaning that she will never be able to walk again. For the past 4 years Fatma could either sit down or lay down, her body doesn’t allow her to do anything else. Whatever she chose to do she was in incredible pain.
That was Fatma’s life before El Alsson got involved.
Since we took Fatma under our wing we have managed to purchase an infusion pump for Fatma, a programmable system that stores and delivers pain medication into the intrathecal space. The pump is connected to a thin, flexible catheter, which is implanted under the skin. This has enabled Fatma to sit and sleep comfortably, without pain.
Nevertheless, this pump requires injecting baclofen every three months (1200 LE) for the rest of her life or until a medical breakthrough takes place. Fatma is a fighter and a survivor and with our help, support and prayers, she will manage to get this injection on time, God willing.
Special recognition to her doctors who have performed this surgery free of charge. We only had to pay for the hospital stay, pump and a baclofen dose. She had her surgery done at the Neuro Spine Hospital. The total cost that we had to bear was 68.000 LE out of which 45.000 LE were fully raised by El Alsson Community.
A big thank you to the El Alsson Community, our students, parents and staff, for their efforts in fundraising for Fatma’s operation. You truly do ‘change lives’
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The American Middle and High School is very pleased this year to launch a new web-based communication tool to keep you better informed of school events, expectations and your child’s performance. From this September, teachers and students will be using Sycamore Education as an online information tool. From late September, we will start inviting you, as parents, to use Sycamore to access important school information.
Sycamore is web-based, meaning you and your child will be able to view important records and resources from any device with an Internet connection, using a secure, password-protected website. Sycamore will strengthen the home-school relationship by enabling you to:
Access your child’s academic records, including assignments and up-to-date grades
Monitor your child’s school work
Access to your child’s attendance and discipline records
Use built-in communication tools to contact the school
View school news, events and documents
View course materials (replacing the OLE)
Your child will receive his/her Sycamore login details over the next two weeks and be instructed in how to access his/her class information, grades and school news. In a few weeks, we will provide parents with login information for their family and arrange training opportunities to help you better understand how to view information and benefit fully from the site. As a parent, you will have one login which will allow you to access records for all of the children you have enrolled in the Middle and/or High School.
We are very excited about the potential of Sycamore to keep you better informed and look forward to launching Sycamore with you. Should you have any questions, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the American Office (Ext. 330).
Best wishes for a successful school year!
American Senior School Principal