Principals’ Post #7

Dear SCIS Families,

It felt like we were able to accomplish five days worth of activities in our abbreviated week.  Students were busy with sports as MS started the boys and girls soccer season and the HS volleyball teams continued their action.  Students also completed summative assessments in many classes as teachers wrapped up some units of study prior to the October break. Much of the week was dominated by the Freedom from Chemical Dependency Program and China Go! assembly preparation and reflection.   

Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD)

This week our visit from Freedom from Chemical Dependence prevention specialist Diana Hu was a hot topic of conversation amongst our students and staff.  The FCD presentations and advisory follow up activities are an important part of the SCIS wellness initiatives.  FCD is a non-profit organization that provides alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education world-wide.  As a prevention specialist, Diana Hu’s role was to provide students with the most up-to-date information available on the physiological and psychological effects of substance abuse.  Special emphasis was placed on how to address the social pressures students may face and how to react in these situations and make healthy choices overall.  We encourage you to review the parent handout below.  This week’s FCD programming provides a great opportunity for parents to have conversations with your children about making healthy choices.  We hope to invite FCD back again next year with a major goal of increasing parent participation in the family focused portion of our program.

FCD Parenting for Prevention Factsheet


China Go! Celebration

Today’s China Go! Celebration was a true celebration of our host country. The  assembly allowed students to look back and reflect on their own trips and to learn about the experiences of students across other grade levels.  The student videos demonstrated deep reflection on the service and action components of the trip and highlighted the new friendships and deepened bonds that have grown from these experiences.  Anticipation for next year’s trips was already building as students learned about the experiences they will have in the future.  Mr. Lawrence closed the assembly with a brief presentation on how students will be building off of the Service and Action experiences they had on their trips with new initiatives in school-based Action over the coming months.  The journey has just begun. Enjoy highlights of our student speakers below: 


Looking forward to October, we want to remind families that teachers will be on campus October 8th for professional development but student’s first day of class will be Tuesday, October 9th.  We’d also like to remind parents that Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 25th.  More information will be shared following the October holiday but please mark your calendars now.

Warm regards,

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

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