Head of School Updates, November 9 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends,

Boys in action – with heavy support from the SCIS student body.

Today (and yesterday) we’ve been in the midst of the ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament as 7 other teams from around China and Mongolia have descended upon SCIS. The atmosphere in the gym has been electric, and it’s as loud as I’ve ever heard it. As of this writing, the round-robin portion is completed with the boys team taking 2nd place and the girls 1st in their division. Starting this afternoon, the knock-out stage of the tournament is set to begin; both teams are in action today and tomorrow as they strive to become ACAMIS champs.

A huge event like this couldn’t happen without the planning of our AD Coach Vic, and lots of other individuals. A big congratulations to our PAFA Booster Parents who have run the all-important concession stand throughout the 3-day tournament. And, and thank you to all of the parents who have donated baked goods to raise money and sell to the athletes and fans.

Boosters keep up the energy level!
Sanni and Lexi lead the Lower School Cheerleaders.

The tournament started at 11:30 on Thursday with an Opening Ceremony that included speeches, music from students and the first appearance from our Lower School Dragon Cheerleaders to kick off the event.

The cheerleaders were led by two Upper School students (Sanni and Lexi) who ran an ASA the last quarter with the Lower School students as part of their CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) Project. They should all be proud of what they have accomplished.

Yale Basketball practice at SCIS

As Thursday wasn’t busy enough, in the morning, we welcomed the Men’s Basketball Team from Yale University (USA) to practice in our gym.  Yale plays Cal (California) on Saturday in Shanghai. It was a fantastic experience for some of our students to witness, as they saw the intensity and dedication from these student-athletes from the most competitive level of university athletics.


I also want to thank Dr. Volpe and Ms. Gale for Wednesday’s Parent Session to help develop understanding in the recent NWEA MAP test results. Approximately, 20 parents were in attendance, and the Q&A was very informative. If you have questions your about your child’s results, please contact your child’s teacher. If you have questions about the MAP test in general, feel free to reach out to Dr. Volpe or Ms. Gale.

Lastly, upon returning to school on Wednesday, we were greeted by the hard work within our Indian community, who spent part of their weekend coming into school to help our students understand and celebrate Diwali – the Indian festival of lights. Our parents made a traditional sand-art rangoli display, adding so much to the experience of all of our students. Thank you!

Our Diwali rangoli transforms the main lobby!

Although it was a short week, it was a busy one. Having all of these experiences – along with the upcoming ones shared below – reiterates how important the contributions of community are in helping our students access these types learning experiences. Getting caught up in the daily details, it’s too easy to take for granted the student experiences we all  make possible.  Our students are lucky to be part of such an inclusive, involved community. I know I speak for the faculty when I say we are fortunate to be a part of such a community as well.

Wishing each of you relaxing weekend. (Wear some green, and come out to school on Saturday to support our Dragon Volleyball Teams!)

Go Dragons,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Save The Date: SCIS Pudong Bingo, November 17

Join us on November 17 for a family-fun night of laughter, food, drinks, and prizes.  Download and fill out your Bingo Registration Form 2018 .

Reserve your space!  Questions? Contact Trish Castillo at pdpafa.eventco@scis-china.org

Save the Date: SCIS Winter Carnival at HQ Campus, November 24

You are cordially invited to join us for the Second Annual SCIS Winter Carnival hosted at the Hongqiao Main Campus on Saturday, November 24th from 11am – 4pm.

We have partnered with the Community Center Shanghai (CCS) who will host their annual Winter Bazaar full of great holiday shopping, delicious foods, and warming winter drinks. SCIS will provide the fun, including games, activities, and entertainment for the entire family, with a few winter surprises and special gifts you won’t want to miss.

Admission is FREE and ALL family and friends of SCIS are encouraged to join us for an exciting day of fun. We hope to see you there! Please look for more details coming soon!

Save The Date: SCIS Pudong Winter Festival, Sunday December 2

Photos This Week From Around Campus




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