September 18 Update

Alex. Grade 11 in Kangding Sichuan

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our Upper School students (and faculty!) who are returning from their China Go trips. Some fantastic experiences and great memories were built – and hopefully a stronger SCIS community as well.

In the previous week, we completed our MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress) session for grades 3-9. The MAP assessment not only gives our teachers valuable information to better understand each child’s learning strengths, it also allows our school to benchmark ourselves against other schools around the world. Typically, we fall at approximately the 70th percentile. The data also helps us better understand which sub-skills represent our relative strengths and areas of improvement.

Please keep in mind, that we view the MAP assessment as one piece of data. Whether we look at student learning on the individual level or the system level, standardized assessments represents one perspective for one point in time. On the individual student level, we have other data points as well such as IB assessments, teacher-created assessments, more detailed standardized reading assessments (ex. Fountis and Pinnell), and teacher observations.  Equally important, please keep in mind the wise statement: “All that is tested is not necessarily important, and all the is important is not necessarily tested.”

Below are some reminders of events on the horizon.


UNIDOP: United Nations International Day Of Peace
Friday Sept. 22 at 1:30

With over 40 nationalities here at SCIS Pudong, we hope you join us in celebrating that diversity in our UNIDOP Assembly. SCIS offers a special environment to celebrate such a day – understanding the unique traits and perspectives that each of brings to school is an important part of what we do. The world can sometimes seem as if it is in continuous conflict, and we can easily be divided by our differences. We use the platform of UNIDOP to highlight the special opportunity we have in helping to raise the future generation to better prevent and overcome these conflicts. Indeed, SCIS represents the perfect such environment to make this happen.

Students will represent their country, dressing in traditional colors or styles, and marching behind their chosen country’s flag. Our parade of students represents a very tangible way that we can help every child feel valued about who they are as individuals, and how they fit into the mosaic of SCIS. Unlike last year, we will not have our international festival of food on this date. We have moved that festival to a later event in the spring, and we look forward to tasting all the fantastic international dishes that are created by parents during our International Day in March.

Parents are encouraged to attend and help us celebrate.


PAFA Parents Night Out !

Interested parents can learn more or RSVP to Vanessa at by September 20th.



Parent Coffee and Question & Answer Session with the Head of School
When? Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 am
Where? Room 210
What?  The Coffee Question & Answer Session is a way that parents can learn more about the school program and hopefully get answers to their questions.  We will host a Coffee Morning at least one time each quarter. It’s meant to be a good way to facilitate communication between the parents and school.  Questions should be submitted in advance to the PAFA President, Trish Castillo. ( Please send your questions to Trish by Sept. 15 so that they can be compiled and shared with Mr. Luebbe in advance.

So far, we have received the following questions:

  • How can I understand and use ManageBac? 
  • How does the school monitor air quality in regards to materials used in the construction process over the summer?  On a day-to-day basis, how does the school monitor air quality?
  • Why did the planned Grade 12 spring trip change?
  •  How can parents and the school use WeChat to communicate better?


Wishing you all a safe and relaxing weekend.

Derek Luebbe
Head of School
SCIS – Pudong Campus


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