Principals’ Post #6

After a weekend’s rest, students were back in the classroom on Monday and quickly transitioned back into our academic schedule.  The benefits of the China Go! trips were clearly evident in the new friendships that were formed, and in the reflections on the cultural and service experiences.  Many clubs and sports resumed or started this week adding to the excitement of the triumphant return.  The First Lego League team is busy preparing for their qualifying competitions this semester, MUN is in full swing in preparation for their October conference, and Long Talk is taking applications for their editorial board.  In the sports arena, our Middle School rugby team represented SCIS with pride on the pitch Saturday and the volleyball teams were back on the court this week setting new school records.  Here is a summary of some of this week’s highlights and a look ahead to next week. 

China Go! Reflection  

This week and next students will be spending time in Advisory reflecting on their China Go! experiences and preparing for the China Go! Celebration assembly next Friday afternoon.  Each grade level will reflect on the service outcomes and on their experience in general.  The service component of the China Go! trips lays the foundation for the service and action expectations the students will work toward over the course of the year.  This year Mr. Lawrence is taking the lead in supporting our students in achieving these objectives across the MYP and DP.  MYP Service and Action experience provides the ideal opportunity for students to develop skills they will use for the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirements of the IB Diploma Program.  Over the coming weeks, students will transition their service focus away from the China Go! trips toward school-based group projects as a key part of our Advisory program. 

Teachers and students will be asked to provide feedback to administration regarding how China Go! can be improved for the coming year.  Parents are encouraged to email us with suggestions on how these experiences can improved from their family perspective.  We are committed to developing experiences to enriching SCIS student life by helping our students connect with each other, our host culture, and to deepen their understanding of what it means to make a contribution to our communities through services. 

Sports

While MS sports have slowed down as we transition from rugby to soccer, HS sports are just heating up.  The girls varsity volleyball team is on track for a record season.  If they win their Big Game tonight, they will capture the school’s first ever girls volleyball league championship and complete the first undefeated league season. 

The boys are playing at an exciting level as well, and more importantly, improving on a daily basis. They have only dropped very close games to last years SISAC tournament champ (Dulwich) and SAS-PD, a perennial Shanghai/Asia power house. They are currently on pace to earn a spot in the SISAC Cup Championship which hasn’t been accomplished in the last several years.   

We hope to see everyone out this evening for Big Game Night.  The level of this year’s play alone is worth the trip out.  The electric atmosphere will be enhanced by Mr. Demas and the Jazz Band as they warm up the crowd and prepare for their own turn in the spot light this weekend during the JZ Musical Festival where they will be performing Saturday night at 7pm.    

UN Day of Peace

It was great to see so many of you here this afternoon for our annual UNIDOP Celebration. The spirit of the our international community filled the theater and overflowed. Grades 4-5 opened the show with a stirring percussion and voice performance. Keith Leung and Samuel Zhang represented the Upper School with speeches on behalf of our MUN delegation. 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!  

Freedom From Chemical Dependency  

Looking forward to next week, we want to draw everyone’s attention to the Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) visit which will take place Wednesday and Thursday of the coming week.  This is an annual event which focuses on educating students, parents, and faculty on how best to encourage healthy choices related to drugs and alcohol.  Students will be together for a short introductory assembly and then will meet in grade level group over the two days for developmentally appropriate presentations.  Last year’s parent presentation was extremely well received.  We hope to have even more parents out this year for what we promise will be one of the most important parenting education events you attend this year.  

Looking forward to seeing you on campus next week for the FCD parent presentation and tonight for Big Game Night !

Go Dragons!

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