Student Clubs at CAS
Student clubs and organizations provide the opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills in a setting which provides positive contributions to the school and to the greater society, and enhances their self-esteem.
This year’s Lower School (LS) Student Council is run by student class representatives who strive to hear the voices of their classmates and bring their ideas and concerns to the Student Council where they act on them. The LS Student Council is primarily responsible for communication between students and faculty, orchestrating school events, and raising funds for school events and helping those in need.
The Lower School Environmental Club works in conjunction with the Upper School Environmental Club. Together, students work on several exciting projects that involve reducing consumption, recycling paper and plastic, and spreading awareness. The main goal of this club is to nurture earth-conscious citizens who are passionate about helping make Casablanca American School and the local community around us more green and more sustainable.
The purpose of the Art&Animals Club is to get involved with the CAS animal community (dogs and cats in front and back of school) and its supporters while raising awareness on different issues on all animals – domestic, farm, wildlife and marine life. Our goal is, through art that the students create themselves, to make some solid impact on those on and off campus, whether it is to educate the unaware, provide some sort of outlet for the love many hold for animals, and raise money for vaccinations, sterilizations, and food for the animals of Casablanca American School.
Junior CorpsAfrica (JCA) members work with CorpsAfrica volunteers to learn about the volunteers’ host communities and projects, which are typically in rural Morocco. JCA members meet CorpsAfrica volunteers, correspond with them, and visit them in their host communities. This gives JCA members the opportunity to appreciate the challenges and logistics of development work. This year’s cohort of CorpsAfrica volunteers have been posted to villages in the Toubkal National Park area of the High Atlas mountain range.
For more on CorpsAfrica, please visit their website: https://www.corpsafrica.org/
Speech and Debate at CAS offers students the opportunity to apply their academic learning in a fun and competitive environment. Following the format of the American National Speech and Debate Association events, students can compete in 4 forms of debate, 3 types of self-written speeches, and 4 types of acting-style interpretation events. Competition happens at American and British schools throughout Morocco, as well as select tournaments internationally. Students can also earn recognition though the NSDA, which helps them stand out as they are applying to colleges in the United States.
The CAS Writing Center is a student-run support center to improve brainstorming, revising, and written expression in Upper School. Attendees are paired with a passionate, pre-trained student for a one-on-one session where they discuss and edit the attendee’s writing assignment, and a teacher supervises. It meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in room 210. In the 2018-19 school year, the Writing Center served 201 different students in a total of 435 sessions, and it is thrilled to continue that service this year.
The High School Student Council at CAS consists of four-elected student council executives: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Team draws upon the support of the student body representatives, of which there is one from each of the grade level homerooms.
The role of the Student Council is to help improve student life by taking into consideration their peers’ needs and problems – trying to resolve them in the most feasible way. The Student Council is always there for the students and they enjoy the opportunity to take the lead.
The objectives of the Student Council are:
- To initiate, implement, and complete projects and activities which will be of help to the school, the students, the faculty and the administration.
- Assisting with induction and/or mentoring for new students
- To develop and provide opportunities for leadership and service in the school.
- To encourage personal growth of leaders so that they learn effective methods of leadership.
- To contribute to the educational experiences of students by providing them with positive involvement in their school. The representatives become the liaisons between their particular class and the council. For some, this is their first step, and many find it to be very rewarding.
- To increase school pride and provide outlets for student fun. Some of these activities include planning and hosting school dances, organizing spirit weeks, hosting parties for the high school students, sending Candygrams and roses for Valentine’s Day and providing encouragement for our students during their school sporting and cultural activities.
People 2 People (P2P) is a volunteering club at CAS that gives students a platform to help others both in and out of our school community. This includes weekend trips to widen students’ perspectives and nurture their empathy, fundraisers to help larger philanthropic projects move forward, food and clothing drives to donate to people in need, local beach clean-ups, and gratitude lunches to give back to support staff in our own school. On a smaller scale, students bring forth their own volunteer project ideas and are given support and guidance to make them a reality. On a larger scale, P2P is also finishing its multi-year project of constructing a multi-functional building in a village in the Atlas mountains.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an after school organization for grades 9-12 that meets weekly throughout the school year. Students who participate in MUN must meet rigorous academic and behavior standards in addition to completing an interview process. MUN's goal is to provide students a space to understand ongoing international challenges and debate these issues with others. Specifically, students simulate committees at the United Nations by representing a particular country on a particular topic. CAS MUN students have the opportunity to participate in both local and international MUN conferences organized by other schools.