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01 October 2012

IB Busy!


this issue Messages from the People in Charge P.1 Interview with Amir Azer, Class of ‘04 P.2

Strange Questions That IB Students Should Never Ask

Class of 2014 CAS Retreat P.3 Deadlines & Resources P.4

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Kids involved in the Class of 2014’s CAS Retreat of the silliest, dumbest and strangest questions that you could ever ask. ‡:K\GRWKH\FDOOLWDIWHUGDUN when it’s really after light? ‡:K\LVQÂśWWKHQXPEHUSURnounced onety-one? ‡:KRGLGOHWWKHGRJVRXW" ‡:K\LVWKHUHRQO\KRXUVRQ a clock? ‡$WDPRYLHWKHDWHUZKLFKDUP rest is yours? ‡&DQDQLPDOVFRPPLWVXLFLGH" ‡:K\GRHVWKH(DVWHUEXQQ\ carry eggs? Rabbits don’t lay eggs! ‡,VLWSRVVLEOHWREHDOOHUJLFWR water? ‡:K\GRVXSHUKHURHVZHDU their underwear on the outside of their clothes? ‡:K\GRWKH\FDOOLWD “Television Setâ€? when there’s only one? ‡+RZIDVWGR\RXQHHGWRFRRN for it to be considered “Fast Foodâ€??

Message from Dr. Dina At a time when xenophobia is spreading the world over, the IB values of internationalism and intercultural understanding are needed more than ever. This month violent demonstrations have rocked our region to denounce a film that ridicules Islam, some zealous ‘Muslims’ have taken it upon themselves to mock Christianity in retaliation. While teaching religion is not part of the IB program, all IB leaners have to demonstrate ‘caring and open-mindedness’ as part of their learner profile. Such attributes along with the IB mission statement that instills values of tolerance could remind us all how to remain good Muslims/Christians/Humans. IB Mission Statement: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. Dr. Dina Taher IB Coordinator

Message from Ms. Nora CAS is the heart, the center, the CORE of IB.. Without CAS, you are not an IB student. It is not so much simply an academic requirement, but a way of life. Life would stay still if we did not make the time to develop our mind, body, and our communities. It’s the time that you can step away from books and go into the real world, where you can try to apply or connect together what you learned in the classroom. How cool is it, that you can take a cooking class and that counts towards your requirement? Or what about those of you who really love art and have a talent, but mom and dad told you has convinced you that you can never get anywhere being an artist and so now you are not taking art as a course at school? CAS gives you the freedom to explore yourself: .... explore your strengths and become of your weaknesses.......develop new skills......understand your values and the values that make a sustainable world.... your community and the possibilities of you actively being part of it for the better... ...examine the interconnectedness between you... ...your immediate community, and the global community...... experience organizing teams from being a leader to being delegated to... CAS does not stop at the participation in different activities, but also reflecting upon your experience to further understand how you felt, thought about things, and essentially what you learned from the experience. Learning doesn’t stop when you finish school, even if you don’t have homework anymore. Nora Elmarzouky CAS Supervisor


Inter view with Amir A zer, Class of 2004

The IB Class of 2014 CAS Retreat

Rebecca Tenna

Class of 2013: October 30: 2nd draft of

EYE ON IT Resources for Studying:

Extended Essay October 8: All UK Medical,

Vet and Dentistry applications

Oxford’s IB study guides

to UCAS November 22: California

Aplications Deadline

A website with study guides,

November 29: US, UK, Europe, Canada, Asia

Class of 2014: October 3 – 7: CAS Retreat October 17: PSAT October 21: CAS Interviews

Students: October 4, November 1: SAT Registration Deadline October 6, November 3: SAT & Subject Tests October 6, 12, 19, 27, November 3, 16, 17: TOEFL October 11, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 8, 17, 24: IELTS

Days Off: Saturday, October 6: Armed Forces Day Sunday, October 7: Staff Development (no school) Thursday, October 25Monday 29: Eid el Adha November 8: Term 1 Ends November 15: Islamic New Year November 20: Parents Confrence Day November 22: Thanksgiving Break

*College Board Deadlines expire at 11:59 pm Eastern Time, USA

Dates and deadlines are subject to change. IB Busy! cannot be held liable for any changes.

What were your classes? I studied English, Economics, Math and Physics at the higher level and Arabic, Computer at the standard level.

How did IB help you get into the university you applied to? The IB program supported my application to University due to a number of factors. It showed the University my ability to complete a rigorous program and spoke to my drive and work ethic. In addition, the expected IB grades that were sent by the counselors and teachers provided additional confirmation to the University. The IBO program definitely set me apart from other candidates applying with just the standard American Diploma and candidates with only partial AP courses or IB certificates.

How did your experiences in IB help prepare you for university? Did they relieve some of the stress? The preparation from the IB program was extremely beneficial during my University career. The impact can be split into direct and indirect benefits. On the direct side, the HL exams gave me 24 credits at the Uiversity of Michigan, which covered most the entry-level math and science classes required for engineering. I sat entrance

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The students left Cairo with high expectations, and they were not disappointed. After the tiring 11-hour bus ride, the students unloaded their bags and headed to their tents for a much-needed rest. The trip was conducted by Dayma, which planned out the majority of the activities throughout First thing in the morning of the second day, the students went through snorkeling and were introduced to the concept of bio mimicry, imitating nature in the modern world. They identified different organisms, and for some, it was an experience that truly had impact on them. A few got over their fear of the sea, and some discovered their passion for nature. The second half of the day was spent planning activities for the following day, the community day. The community day was the day in which AIS students came up with educational, fun activities to initiate with children that are less-

privileged. Each person within the group had a role in order to ensure that the activities run smoothly. By doing this, the creativity of the students was challenged. The community day was at a place in Marsa Allam known as Kalaan. That day, students spent the day teaching children about biomimicry, art, and health, among many other things. However, the students describe this as more of a learning experience, They learnt about the beauty of their country, and the hope that is so clearly reflected in the children’s eyes despite their uncertain future. That, for many, was something they have never experienced before. In addition, most of the students bonded extremely well with the children, which gave them a new outlook in life. “The optimism they had gave me hope” said Maria Azer. “We complain about everything even though we are privileged. It made

me think twice about how much I have.” The children’s hope has been infectious, and encouraged the students to start planning on their future, as well as having an impact on the future of others. The CAS retreat made the students deeply reflect on themselves, as well as creating a bond between the students, making them a family. The last night, the students got to discover more about their culture in a way that they have never seen before.

notes, exam schedules and a blog. Covers all the courses IB we have in AISE, recommended by our teachers.

Websites like offer downloadable study guides. IB’s official websites and it offers information on the program in general (and a blog).

“I now know that I don’t have to leave my country to see beautiful things” said Yasmeen Abu El Naga. “It showed me that my country is historical, interesting and beautiful”. -CAS ideas, calendars, students discussions/debates (message boards) -Universities that recognize and

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Karim G. El-Eita Maria Azer Marina Milad Omar Allam Under the Supervision of Mr. Khaled Dinawi And with special additions from Ms. Nora, Dr. Dina, AISE IB Allumni Amir Azer, and Rebecca Tenna During the making of this newsletter, some uninetintional puns were made... Person 1: Bro! Bro! Person 2: Bro meen bas! Person 1: Hahahahahaha bromine! That’s an element! Pictures courtesy of the graduating Class of 2012 and the CAS Photography team. We hope you find time to read this even though we know that U B BUSY!!

A picture taken by last year’s CAS Photography team on their trip to Al Azhar

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University of California Los Angeles The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is one of the most prestigious universities out there. One of my favorite scientists, who helped change the course RIWKHVFLHQWLÂżFZRUOGZDV Glen Seaborg. Seaborg was a graduate from UCLA. Seaborg discovered ten elements and made other very important contributions to the periodic table. This is proof of how this university is one of the most honorable from which notable and honorable people graduated. UCLA, among many other universities that we shall be presenting to you, does count HL tests for credit. More information can be found on: http://www.admissions.ucla. edu/prospect/IBCreditLS.htm

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-There are IB schools in 143 countries around the world -The IB works with 3,476 schools in 143 countries to offer the three IB programmes to approximately 1,055,000 students. -The IB employs staff/representatives in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cardiff, Geneva, Mumbai, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver. -11 schools in Egypt offer IB, in both Cairo an Alexandria -Most schools in Egypt only offer the diploma program, but 2 offer the MYP, 4 have the PYP and only 1 (Greenland International School) offers all 3 programs. -In the US, 5 IB schools were labeled some of the top ten high schools in the US by Newsweek. These school’s average SAT scores range from 1700-1800 and 100% of their students are college bound. -In The Hague, Maryland and in Singapore, the IB has set up 3 new global centers. -The one at The Hague should soon become a major international IB office -IB expects 10,000 new schools by 2020, and therefore they have set up these new international centers. -There are also regional offices in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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