Parent Virtual Presentation: MYP at SCIS

On Thursday, October 22nd, Dr. Volpe will present on the IB Middle Years Program. This presentation is designed to introduce parents to the curriculum framework and will explain to parents the assessment and reporting guidelines of the program. This will be a great opportunity for families new to SCIS or the Upper School to learn about the MYP framework. Returning parents who have questions about the MYP and how we use the framework at SCIS would also benefit from this review. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and there will be time for parents to ask questions about the program. We hope to see you online next Thursday!

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #8

Hongqiao-Pudong PAFA Parent Social

For the first time in over 7 months, we were able to come together as a community. It was great to see parents from both Pudong and Hongqiao participate in an evening full of laughs and fun. Seeing new and returning parents was a testament to the strength of our community. This event was a great reminder of how far we have come as a school in this challenging time. We would like to thank PAFA for organizing the evening and look forward to more potential events in the future. You can see some pictures from the evening below:

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences November 3rd and 4th

Parent-student-teacher conferences will take place on November 3rd and 4th. Upper School parents will have the opportunity to sign-up for a ten-minute time slot with each of their child’s teachers in their 8 courses.  The expectation is that students will attend and participate in these conferences along with their parents.  Parent-student-teacher conferences allow students to work together with their teachers and their parents to clarify progress and the next steps in student learning.  These conferences help strengthen the home-school partnership and play an important role in helping students develop into the best versions of themselves.  

Conferences will be scheduled similarly to previous years.  Parents will receive a link to the school’s SignUpGenius webpage where parents will be able to select the available times to conference with each of their child’s teachers.  This information will be sent out next week.  

Schedule:
Tuesday, November 3rd: 3:30-5:30
Wednesday, November 4th: 12:00-5:30

Parent Virtual Presentation: MYP at SCIS

On Thursday, October 22nd, Dr. Volpe will present on the IB Middle Years Program. This presentation is designed to introduce parents to the curriculum framework and will explain to parents the assessment and reporting guidelines of the program. This will be a great opportunity for families new to SCIS or the Upper School to learn about the MYP framework. Returning parents who have questions about the MYP and how we use the framework at SCIS would also benefit from this review. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and there will be time for parents to ask questions about the program. We hope to see you online next Thursday!

Upper School Students Invited to Join the SCIS Choir

Dear all,

I would like to introduce myself to the families that do not know me yet. My name is Mabel García. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I am very grateful for joining the team of professionals at SCIS. As a LS music teacher, I have the pleasure of teaching ECE-5

In this opportunity I would like to invite your children to join SCIS Choir.

Why? There’s growing evidence that being part of a choir does more than simply make people feel good. Forming new friendships, developing networks in local communities; improving confidence and getting jobs are just some of the benefits of singing with others. Singing in a choir can be very liberating too. Singers don’t have to read or write music to be in SCIS choir. They’ve all got something in common and the benefits go both ways because each time a choir performs in public it spreads awareness of the center that hosts it as well as inspiring other members of the community to think about taking up singing.

Who? Students from grade 3 onwards (including Upper School), teachers and staff of SCIS

What? The repertoire will include worldwide polyphonic songs of different musical styles.

When? Rehearsals will take place in LS Music Room every Wednesday during ASA from 3 to 4pm

I am confident that it will be a fantastic experience for everyone. Every voice counts so I hope to meet your child on Wednesday 21st. at 3:15 pm!

Please, if you are in doubt, do not hesitate to contact me.

Fondest regards,

Ms. Mabel García

PYP Music Teacher

mgarcia@scis-china.org

A Window into the Classroom

As promised, given that we are currently unable to welcome parents on campus, we’d like to provide you with a regular window into the classrooms so you can see our students and their learning in action. Enjoy!

Announcements

2020-2021 Principal’s Post # 7

Semester Learning Check-in

This week marks the completion of our 5th full week of instruction. Courses have moved well past the introductory stage of the year and students are working on or preparing for assessments in many of their courses. Students enrolled in IB Diploma courses will have already received feedback from their teachers on assessment tasks that are designed to prepare students for IBDP exams and externally moderated assessments. Students enrolled in MYP courses will have already received formative assessment feedback or will be completing them in the coming days.

This stage in the semester is an extremely important phase for parents to tune into what’s happening with their child’s learning. By reviewing formative assessment feedback, that has been posted on ManageBac with students, parents can help students learn from the feedback provided by teachers and improve student performance on summative assessments. Mid-semester reports will be published on November 3rd. These reports are intended to give students and parents a snapshot of students’ progress. Reports will indicate whether or not students are on track in terms of their progress in the course and will provide narrative descriptions of how students can improve. Getting involved NOW by reviewing assignments and feedback on ManageBac is the best way you can support your child in fulfilling their potential!

Mid-Semester Reports (Nov. 4th)

Please note there has been a change in the distribution of mid-semester progress reports as stated in the school calendar.   Mid-Semester Reports will be distributed to families on Tuesday, November 3rd instead of Friday, November 6th.  This change was made to give parents an opportunity to review their child’s mid-semester report prior to parent-teacher conferences, which will occur on Wednesday, November 4th.  

A Message from Liz Gale, SCIS Deputy Director of Schools

Dear SCIS-Pudong Families,

It has been a great week at SCIS-Pudong as teachers gear up for the busy month of October.  There are many exciting events happening over the next few weeks involving students, teachers and parents and I encourage you to actively review information sent from the school to ensure you are kept well informed of all exciting upcoming events and happenings.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

October 6th Full Faculty Professional Development Day

On October 6th, the first teacher in-service day of the school year, faculty across all three SCIS campuses came together as we relaunched the WASC/IB Self-Study process that began last school year.  The WASC/IB self-study is an ongoing school improvement process that assists a school in an in-depth look at what currently exists and what needs to be improved in relation to student learning and the school’s program.  Basic concepts addressed in this process focus upon student success in meeting schoolwide learner outcomes and academic standards (i.e. what all students should know and be able to do by graduation.).  They are:

  1. How well are the students achieving?
  2. Is the school doing everything possible to support high achievement for all its students?

Through the self-study process the school fulfills the requirements for accreditation and uses the findings to form the basis for the school’s strategic action plan through the use of research-based criteria from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). 

During Tuesday’s full faculty meeting, teachers spent time analyzing and reflecting upon the school’s progress and the impact on student learning since the previous self-study in 2013.   In addition, faculty delved into various pieces of disaggregated data and participated in meaningful discussions surrounding the implications of the data on classroom practice and our ability to meet students’ critical learning needs.  

Tuesday’s faculty gathering was the first of several opportunities’ faculty will be provided with this school year to engage in various aspects of the self-study.   Other opportunities will occur during the designated early release days outlined on the 2020-2021 school calendar, as well as the allocated teacher in-service days.  During early release days all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will depart campus at 1:40pm.  Students in Early Childhood (N, PS, PK) will depart school following lunch at 11:30am.  If you have any questions surrounding early release day logistics please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or the divisional Principal.  Please note the SCIS-Pudong early release days for the school year are:

  • Monday, October 26th
  • Monday, November 23rd
  • Monday, January 25th
  • Monday, March 1st
  • Monday, March 19th

PAFA Officers Announced

The SCIS-Pudong PAFA Executive Committee is now confirmed for the 2020-2021 School Year.  The Mission of the Executive Committee is to build a solid foundation that unites our diversity and fosters a positive, cohesive community.  Due to the fact that we cannot have parents and/or community events on campus at this time, the Executive Committee will be brainstorming opportunities to bring families within and across grade-levels together outside of school.  If you have any questions surrounding PAFA and their role at SCIS-Pudong please reach out to your grade level representative.  If you are not currently in your child’s grade level parent WeChat group please contact our Pudong Community Relations Officer at: dmazer@scis-china.org

The members of the Executive Committee are: 

President: Sammy Yi
Secretary: Queenie Wong
Treasurer: BuTian (Loewe) Lu
Volunteer Coordinator/Country Ambassador: Preeti Shah
Events Coordinator: Silvia Gatti and Freda Yiu
Parent Representative Coordinator: Sanna Korsstrom

Thank you all for your service!

PAFA Parent Social

We would also like to invite all of our parents to participate in the SCIS Hongqiao-Pudong PAFA parent social event on Thursday, October 15th. This is a great opportunity to catch up with parents you know and make new connections. Please see the announcement below:

Middle School Soccer Season Starts Tuesday, October 13th

After school activities and sports are a very important aspect of the balanced education SCIS provides for its students. Our goal is that 100% of our students participate in at least one after school activity to ensure they are connecting with peers and staff that have similar interests. Individually, developing these interests or taking a risk to try new activities is a great way to develop social-emotional, self-management, and leadership skills. These shared experiences are also one of the primary ways we work to build individual relationships and collective community identity.

Please encourage your Middle School student to participate in the Boys or Girls soccer team this year. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED for students to participate. We will expand the number of teams to meet the demand and interest expressed by our students. In the past, we have been able to form teams based on varying ability levels to help support all students develop their passion and skills. Interested students should sign up in PHE class with coach Vic.

Announcements

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #6

SCIS Celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace

It was great to host our grade 1-12 students and have so many of you join us online for today’s annual UNIDOP celebration. The spirit of our international community filled the theater and overflowed. Grades 4-5 opened the show with a percussion and vocal performance. Grade 12 students Zoya Cassidy and Piper Broad represented the Model United Nations with speeches explaining the background of UNIDOP. The highlight of the show was, as expected, the Parade of Nations, with representatives from Austria to Venezuela crossing the stage in style. Enjoy the pictures below!  

Advisory Team Building Activity

Following our UNIDOP assembly, Upper School advisories headed to the field for a team-building activity. Students were challenged to make shapes using their bodies while laying on the soccer field and were judged from above. It was a great community-building event that also taught important cooperation and leadership skills. Thank you advisors for organizing a great activity!

Government Travel Restrictions Remain in Place for the Coming Holiday Break

Dear SCIS-Pudong Families, 

This is a reminder that students should not plan to travel outside of Shanghai until further notice.  Missing valuable learning time in school will negatively impact a student’s learning experience and will affect assessments and reporting. If your family chooses to travel outside of Shanghai, against travel recommendations, there will be a modified virtual learning program offered to children during the required 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring.  

A modified virtual learning does not include live learning sessions with teachers and will not replicate the face-to-face classroom experiences.  Modified Virtual Learning will primarily consist of independently completing assigned work. 

Should your child(ren) travel outside of Shanghai against government and school recommendations, you must contact your divisional secretary (Lower School – Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org, Upper School – Ms. Jelly Ling , jling@scis-china.org) who will follow up with you regarding requirements and information regarding the mandatory 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring before returning to school. 

亲爱的SCIS 浦东家长们: 

温馨提醒,在还没有收到进一步通知前,在校学生不应计划出上海旅游。 错过在校学习的宝贵时间会让学生在学习上产和负面影响以及后续的评估报告。 如果您还是计划出上海旅游的话, 学生将被要求居家自我健康观察14天, 到时将会为学生提供更新后的上线教学课程。 

这次更新后的线上教学将不再包括老师的实时课程,以及面对面互动等。这次的线上教学主要以分配学生任务为主。 

如若您的孩子还是外出上海旅游, 您必须及时与您孩子所在年级秘书联系(低年级- Ms. Vicki Xu vxu@scis-china.org;高年级- Ms. Jelly Ling jling@scis-china.org), 她们会跟进以及更新在学生居家自我健康观察14天后返校信息。

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #5

United National International Day of Peace

The United Nations International Day of Peace will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, September 30th. UNIDOP is a special day at SCIS, as it allows us to take time to celebrate the amazing diversity that is SCIS and reflect on how we can harness it to make the world a better, more peaceful place. On this day, students are encouraged to wear clothes representative of their home country.  Students have the option of wearing these clothes to school or changing prior to our assembly.  With over 51 countries represented, the assembly will provide a wonderful opportunity for all participants to reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of such a multi-cultural and internationally-minded learning community. While we, unfortunately, are not able to invite parents on to campus, families are invited to participate remotely in this event via Microsoft Teams.  Specific information on how to access the event and participate will be shared next week.

Government Travel Restrictions Remain in Place for the Coming Holiday Break

Dear SCIS-Pudong Families, 

This is a reminder that students should not plan to travel outside of Shanghai until further notice.  Missing valuable learning time in school will negatively impact a student’s learning experience and will affect assessments and reporting. If your family chooses to travel outside of Shanghai, against travel recommendations, there will be a modified virtual learning program offered to children during the required 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring.  

A modified virtual learning does not include live learning sessions with teachers and will not replicate the face-to-face classroom experiences.  Modified Virtual Learning will primarily consist of independently completing assigned work. 

Should your child(ren) travel outside of Shanghai against government and school recommendations, you must contact your divisional secretary (Lower School – Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org, Upper School – Ms. Jelly Ling , jling@scis-china.org) who will follow up with you regarding requirements and information regarding the mandatory 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring before returning to school. 

亲爱的SCIS 浦东家长们: 

温馨提醒,在还没有收到进一步通知前,在校学生不应计划出上海旅游。 错过在校学习的宝贵时间会让学生在学习上产和负面影响以及后续的评估报告。 如果您还是计划出上海旅游的话, 学生将被要求居家自我健康观察14天, 到时将会为学生提供更新后的上线教学课程。 

这次更新后的线上教学将不再包括老师的实时课程,以及面对面互动等。这次的线上教学主要以分配学生任务为主。 

如若您的孩子还是外出上海旅游, 您必须及时与您孩子所在年级秘书联系(低年级- Ms. Vicki Xu vxu@scis-china.org;高年级- Ms. Jelly Ling jling@scis-china.org), 她们会跟进以及更新在学生居家自我健康观察14天后返校信息。

The Science of Inquiry

Student’s in Ms. Marcos’s grade 7 science class put their skills to work this week as they played the role of consumer product testers. Each group of students identified a consumer product they were interested in testing. They designed their own experiments, and then wrote up their findings in a lab report, making recommendations to consumers regarding which is the best product to buy and why. Students were excited to share what they had learned and were able to keenly describe their experiments, including the variables controlled for. The descriptions of their findings showed how excited they were to be applying their learning in a real-world context. If you are a parent of a grade 7 student, please asked them about this experience.

One of the main goals of delivering our curriculum through the framework of the IB Middle Years Program is to ensure that students experience their learning through the process of inquiry. The inquiry approach allows students to construct their learning based on their prior knowledge and their classroom experience. This approach engages students by making the material students learn relevant to them and connected to the world outside of academia. For more information on the MYP at SCIS please plan to attend the MYP presentation on October 22nd.

Window into the Classroom

As we are unable to welcome parents onto our campus at this time, we would like to bring the SCIS experience to you virtually. We will regularly provide a gallery of photos representing the student daily experience at SCIS, so parents can stay connected despite our separation. Enjoy!

Announcements

2020-2021 Principals’ Post #4

Virtual Back to School Night Brings our Community Together Online

Teachers met with parents last night for our first ever Virtual Back to School Night hosted on Microsoft Teams. While we were disappointed that we were unable to welcome parents to our campus, we were excited to have parents participate virtually. The event gave teachers the opportunity to introduce themselves to families, provided an overview of the individual courses, and shared advice on how parents could support their child’s learning. In case you missed last night’s program, you can still watch the pre-recorded messages from the administration and program specialists HERE. Parents can also email teachers for a link to recorded sessions. A big thank you to all of the parents who participated and to the teachers for all of their efforts!

Back to School Night Survey

In our efforts toward continuous improvement, we ask that you take a moment to provide us with your feedback on Back to School Night. Your feedback helps make us better!

United Nations International Day of Peace (September 30th)

Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace is one of our most cherished events of the year at SCIS. As a school, UNIDOP allows us to celebrate the amazing diversity of our school community and the positive role we expect our students to play in the wider world. Our school-wide assembly on September 30th will include musical celebrations, student speeches, and of course, our parade of nations. Students are encouraged to come dressed on September 30th in the clothing that represents the nations and cultures they most closely identify with. While we will unfortunately not be able to welcome parents on campus this year due to our health and safety regulations, we will be live-streaming the assembly and working with IT for other ways that parents can participate. We will follow up with more specific school-wide information in the coming week. In the mean-time, please help your child plan what they would like to wear on September 30th to celebrate their national and cultural heritage.

Window into the Classroom

As we are unable to welcome parents onto our campus at this time, we would like to bring the SCIS experience to you virtually. We will regularly provide a gallery of photos representing the student daily experience at SCIS, so parents can stay connected despite our separation. Enjoy!

Announcements

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #3

Back to School Night (Thursday, Sept 17)

We are looking forward to next week’s virtual back to school night. While we are saddened to not be allowed to welcome parents on campus, we do feel there will be some distinct advantages to this year’s format. The virtual format will allow for both live and pre-recorded sessions for parents. All teachers will host live 10 minute MS Teams meetings where they will introduce themselves and provide an overview of their course. There will also be pre-recorded messages from the administration and other important Upper School faculty who will provide a brief overview of the unique programs they support. Parents will have the first 30 minutes to view the pre-recorded sessions, then the live sessions with teachers will begin at 6:00 pm. Parents should ensure they have access to their child’s schedule in ManageBac as the evening’s schedule will follow the same sequence as student schedules (Starting with the first block on Day 1:A and ending with the last block on Day 2:H). Students are encouraged to familiarize parents with their schedules to help orient parents to the sequence of the evening.

Important Back to School Night Information:
Who: Parents are the focus audience (students are welcome to join)
When: Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-7:30
5:30-6:00 Welcome and pre-recorded sessions
6:00-7:30 Live MS Teams session with teachers following student schedules
Where: Microsoft Teams

Tech Tips for Virtual Back to School

Preparing for the Microsoft Teams virtual meeting:

  1. You have two options for joining a Teams Meeting, using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser and visiting http://teams.microsoft.com/ or by downloading the Microsoft Teams App by clicking this link
  2. Sign in with your SCIS parent email account ending in @scis-parent.org. Need help signing in? Contact IT Support at pd-technology@scis-china.org
  3. Visit our online guide https://scis.libguides.com/newfamily/teams which provides a quick video tutorial on joining Teams along with links and QR codes for downloading the app on your phone.

Sports and Clubs Have Begun!

This week we kicked off our After School Activities. Middle School rugby and High School volleyball are in full swing with a great turnout. This week also marked the first meeting of the fall Drama cast and crew and the start of Student Council. At SCIS, we consider our sports program and After School Activities program as an integral part of the student experience. These experiences allow students the opportunity to stretch themselves beyond academics and grow into balanced, well-rounded young adults. Sports and ASAs provide opportunities for students to take risks, bring balance to their lives, and develop their leadership and social-emotional skills. Students also get to know a more diverse group of students and teachers who share their interests. Please encourage your child to participate! Our goal this year is to get as close to 100% participation in at least one sport or club as possible. We would like to thank the parents in advance for their support of these programs.

Office Hours

All teachers hold office hours each week to allow students to receive additional help with their course work. While students may be invited at times to work with a teacher on a specific assignment or to prepare for an assessment, students are encouraged to proactively seek out this time with their teachers. Asking for help is one of the most important academic and social skills our students must learning to be successful. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this important opportunity. If students plan to attend, they should notify their teachers and sign up for the ASA bus with our transportation coordinator Stu Ren or via the online form. Parents of 6th-grade students, please note that students must receive permission from their teacher in advance for grade 6 students to attend office hours during the first semester. Grade 6 students are also expected to inform their parents that they will be staying after school.

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #2

Welcome back! It was great to welcome back our students this week. The energy on the campus was electric as students and teachers reconnected after the long summer break. Teachers and students alike were excited to be back in the rhythm of the school day and together with the community again. We capped off the week with an Upper School assembly on Friday. Following our health and safety protocols, we were able to assemble students in the theater, bringing the students back together in the same room for the first time since December 2019. To ensure that we are integrating students who are out of the country and quarantined, we conducted the assembly live on Microsoft Teams. Happily, many of these students, as well as Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Shanks, were able to join us in real-time. It was a powerful moment to have everyone together.

New SCIS Upper School Teachers

We welcomed three new Upper School teachers to our school. We are extremely fortunate, given the travel and visa hurdles, to have all these new teachers here with us on campus for the first days of school. These newest additions to our SCIS family bring a wide range of experience and expertise to our school. Xiaomeng Shang, who has experience teaching in Beijing and curriculum writing experience from her time in Shenzhen, will be joining our Upper School Mandarin department. Emmet Dunphy, originally from Ireland, most recently teaching in Guangzhou, joins our Langauge and Literature and Individuals and Societies departments. Finally, Yan Yan joins us as an Upper and Lower School Mandarin teacher after 10 years of teaching Mandarin in the United States. Please join us in helping these new teachers feel part of our amazing community!

After School Activities

Sports and activities are an extremely important part of the SCIS experience. They push students to develop skills, like cooperation, persistence, and grit, that will serve them well in school and in life. We have received approval from the government to offer a limited number of after school activities. Upper School students sign up for these activities with their activity sponsor (teacher) directly. Advisors are available to help students choose an activity and will encourage all students to find a way to get involved in the community outside of the classroom. Here is a list of the upcoming ASAs; Tuesday: MS StuCo, MS Rugby, HS Volleyball, Wednesday: Yearbook (editors only for now), School Play, Thursday: HS Jazz band, HS StuCo, Friday: HS volleyball. More activities will be added as our approved after school activity time increases. Please encourage your child to participate and contact your child’s advisor with any questions. Coach Vic, Athletics and Activities Director, is also available to answer any questions you may have.

Message from Liz Gale, SCIS Deputy Director of Schools

Greetings SCIS-Pudong Families, 

A warm dragon welcome to all new and returning families.  We have had a fantastic start to the 2020-2021 school year, and I would like to begin by thanking all SCIS families for supporting us with the implementation of our health and safety procedures including the completion of the online temperature record form, as well as the daily student health card.  These practices are for the health and safety of the entire community and your understanding and support with adhering to these procedures is truly appreciated. 

As I conclude my first week as the SCIS Deputy Director of Schools and Acting Head of School for the Pudong Campus, I can’t help but feel an enormous sense of pride to be part of such a resilient, caring, and inspiring world-class community.   Hallways and classrooms were abuzz this week with overwhelmingly positive energy as students shared stories about their summer, engaged in a variety of community-building experiences, reconnected with teachers and peers, and developed new friendships.  

As mentioned in my back-to-school orientation video shared on Monday, I am honored, humbled, and excited to work with our incredible team of educators, staff, and divisional administrators.  By focusing on our community, deepening our collaborative efforts, and improving communication channels, we will continue to strengthen academic achievement for all learners, build strong social emotional support systems, and empower all members of our community to take an active role in attaining our mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.

With that said, we will be making a conscious effort to streamline our communication channels to ensure that information is provided in a more efficient and effective manner.  As such, I will be a regular contributor to the weekly Upper School and Lower School Principal’s Blog Posts, instead of continuing with the Head of School blog.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me, Dr. Volpe (US), or Mrs. Brews (LS) if you have any questions.   I look forward to an inspiring and rewarding year ahead.

2020-2021 PAFA

Parents play an active role in the school community at SCIS. Our parent association is known as the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA) and all parents are automatically members.  PAFA coordinates parent involvement with the school and is a source of strength and support, knowledge, experience and a place where many of our families find lifelong friends.  We are currently seeking parent volunteers to serve on our SCIS-Pudong PAFA Executive Board for the 2020-2021 school year.   If you are interested in undertaking one of the below roles, or would like to nominate an SCIS-Pudong parent please complete this 2020-2021 PAFA Executive Board Nominations survey.  Once the survey has been submitted, Dr. David Mazer, the School Community Relations Officer will follow up with each parent directly.  We will be accepting nominations until next Friday, September 11th.   If you have any questions about this process or the below positions please connect with Dr. Mazer at dmazer@scis-china.org.   

Once nominations or volunteers have been received the campus administration will oversee a voting process if needed, and the PAFA executive team will be set for the 2020-2021 school year.   Below is an overview of the open positions.  For additional information on the position, descriptions please the SCIS-Pudong PAFA Website.

President: Working closely with the SCIS Faculty Representative, the PAFA President is responsible for chairing monthly Executive Committee Meetings and PAFA General Meetings.  The President sets agendas and supports all other PAFA Executive Committee members in fulfilling their roles. 

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for attending and keeping accurate records of all Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings, make such records available to members, submit Executive Committee minutes for a school publication, and model the Code of Conduct. 

Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for tracking and managing income and expenses.

Events Coordinator / Food & Beverage / Purchasing Coordinator: This person will work with the SCIS PAFA Faculty Representative to plan / coordinate / delegate all annual PAFA events such as New Student Orientation, Welcome Back BBQ, Bingo Night, Winter Festival, International Food Festival, etc… In addition, the Events Coordinator will work with other executive committee team members to purchase products needed for PAFA sponsored events.

Volunteer Coordinator / Country Ambassador: The Volunteer Coordinator role will liaise with administration and admissions to plan a diverse network of parents to reach out and welcome new parents and students, introduce them to other families, ensure they feel welcome and supported in the SCIS community

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Principals’ Post #37

Dear SCIS Families,

As another year comes to a close, we would like to congratulate students on their hard work and achievements this year. As educators, the most rewarding aspect of our careers is witnessing the individual and collect growth of our students over the course of the year. This growth was all the more inspirational given the challenges students faced. We feel that a strong community is the most important condition necessary for students to develop socially, emotionally, and academically to their full potential. We know that strong personal relationships and shared experiences are the bedrock of a strong community. We have always prioritized developing these relationships between all members of the SCIS community. Our community was truly tested this year but we were up for the challenge. These relationships kept us strong through these difficult times. All we can say is thank you. Please check out our family videos goodbye videos HERE.

End of Year Virtual Assembly

Report Cards on ManageBac

Reports will be issued on ManageBac by 3pm today. If you can not access your report card please check your parent email for a message.

Have a great summer!

For those that are repatriating or who are moving on to another post, we would like to wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your lives. You have our deepest gratitude for making SCIS a part of your family. We are happy that the vast majority of you will be returning next year. We wish you a relaxing summer and we look forward to catching up at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Safe travels to all!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal