Head of School Updates, January 10, 2020

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Friends,

Welcome back everyone.

Just a short update this week to welcome everyone back. It’s always a refreshing surprise to see the reactions of friends re-connecting after the holiday.  
I want to share a special welcome to our 18 new SCIS students! 
Just to share a few quick reminders.

  1. The start of the second semester is the perfect time for a personal mid-year review. Have a quick conversation about the progress made in the first semester. What went well? In what areas did you improve? What goals do you have for June 2020? And, where would you like to improve / focus in Semester Two in order to reach your goals? 
  2. Parents, you are invited to an important meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00. SCIS Director of Schools Dan Eschtruth, I, and the Pudong Leadership Team will lead a one-hour parent informational and Questions/Answer Session to introduce our newly developed Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). Please see the invitation below. Together, we are beginning the process of defining the future goals for all SCIS students. Our SLOs are in draft form and will be approved at the end of this academic year after gathering additional feedback from all constituents: faculty, parents,  and students. Come join us on Tuesday to learn more.

Good luck to our Varsity Basketball Teams, competing this weekend in their SISAC Tournament!

Over the holidays, my family spent time in our home in North Carolina. It was a wonderful time to recharge.  While I reconnected with my two daughters currently in university in the USA, I was also lucky enough to take part in another sort of reunion. As the youngest of six boys, I was able to join in a memorable – if chaotic – reunion of about 30 family members. While fun for sure, I think this is one of the rare breaks where I can say that I’m thankful for the “peace and tranquility” of Shanghai. 

I’m hopeful that the holiday provided each of you some time to reconnect with family and friends.  I look forward to reconnecting with each of you, and wish you the best for a successful 2020!

Warm wishes,

Derek Luebbe
Head of School

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, Jan. 11:
    • SISAC Basketball @ Suzhou SSIS
  • Sunday, Jan. 12:
    • Shanghai Baroque Youth Orchestra Concert, Theater, 3:30pm-6pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14:
    • US NWEA-MAP Testing
    • PAFA Board Meeting, 8am-10am
    • PAFA General Meeting, 10am-11:30am
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15:
    • US NWEA-MAP Testing
  • Thursday, Jan. 16:
    • US NWEA-MAP Testing
    • Lower School Assembly featuring 4R, Theater, 8:15am
    • ACAMIS BB @ Shekou
  • Friday, Jan. 17:
    • ACAMIS BB @ Shekou
    • MUN Conference @ Concordia
  • Saturday, Jan. 18:
    • ACAMIS BB @ Shekou
    • MUN Conference @ Concordia
  • Sunday, Jan. 19:
    • MUN Conference @ Concordia

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