Principals’ Post #12

Dear SCIS Families,

This week we managed to pack a full week’s worth of events and activities into three days.  While the ACAMIS volleyball tournament dominated much of the attention, there were a number of other noteworthy events that took place outside of the regular scheduled classes.  On Wednesday, we had a good turnout of both Upper and Lower School parents who braved the rain to attend the NWEA/MAP presentation.  Dr. Volpe reviewed the role of the MAP testing at SCIS and walked parents through interpreting the results.  Our High School Model United Nations group also had a big week.  They departed Friday morning for the annual West Lake MUN Conference held at our sister school in Hangzhou.  We even had a visit from the Yale men’s basketball team Thursday.  We invite you to read more about these events below.

Association of Chinese and Mongolian International School’s Volleyball Tournament (ACAMIS)

The highlight of this short week is definitely the ACAMIS tournament.  The entire school got involved in the event, a true celebration of our community.  Lower School classroom’s adopted one each of the visiting teams and came out to games to support them.  Upper School students brought their school spirit to the gym Thursday following a special schedule arranged to allow students in grades 6-12 to cheer on both the boys and the girls varsity teams.  Both the boys and the girls got off to a great start Thursday, winning both of their games.  Pool play continued today to decide the seedings for tomorrow’s final rounds.  A big thank you to Coach Vic, Coach Caban, and Coach Vanta for all of their efforts preparing the teams and the logistics for the tournament.  We encourage everyone to come out to campus Saturday to support our teams!


Yale University Comes to SCIS

ACAMIS wasn’t the only athletic excitement on campus this week.  Thursday morning the Yale University men’s basketball team used the SCIS Pudong facilities in preparation for their PAC-12 challenge game against the University of California in their Shanghai season opener this Saturday.  PHE students and coaches were invited to the open practice and were treated with an inside look at what U.S. division I college athletics looks like.  The size and strength of the Yale athletes was matched by an equally impressive intensity and focus.  It was a treat for the students and coaches to watch the practice and helped to introduce the Yale players to life at an international school in Shanghai. 


Spotlight on MYP Design

Mr. Willauer’s Design class has been hard at work redesigning the High School lounge on the fourth floor this semester.  Students went through the MYP Design Cycle in their assignment to reimagine the aesthetics and functional layout of the space.  Teams of students presented to a panel of administration and representatives from the PAFA executive board in an effort to gain funding and support for their project.  This project represents a clear example of SCIS’s efforts to contextualize student learning in real world scenarios.  The concepts and skills Mr. Willauer taught the students in this unit were clearly connected to skills students will use in the workplace.  This Design project also demonstrates our efforts to promote student agency by allowing them to influence the decisions that are made about their school.  Administration and PAFA will continue to work with the Design students to synthesize the design proposal and move the project forward towards becoming a reality.  Stay tuned for what’s next on this exciting initiative.  Congratulations and well done to the MYP Design students and Mr. Willauer for his guidance of our students in this process.


Upcoming Events: Family Bingo Night and SCIS Winter Carnival at Hongqiao


In closing, we would like to bring everyone’s attention to the SCIS Winter Carnival which will be held on out Hongqiao campus.  We are excited to build on last year’s success.  One exciting addition to this year’s festivities is an ice skating rink.  Be sure to bring your ice skates if you have them!

We hope to see everyone on campus tomorrow supporting our boys and girls volleyball teams.  Go Dragons!


Warm regards,


Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal           Upper School Vice Principal

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