Principals’ Post #13


Dear SCIS Families,

The anticipation this week has been building for Saturday night’s PAFA family Bingo Night.  Volunteers have been hard at work this week preparing prize baskets now on display in the main hallway, capturing the imagination of the students.  PAFA is expecting a great turnout for this weekend’s event.  We would like to thank the community for all of their hard work in making this event a reality.  Bingo Night is one of those shared experiences across students, parents, and staff that really helps to build and strengthen our community bonds.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!

Spotlight on MYP Arts

This year SCIS embarked on a bold new experiment in the MYP Arts.  SCIS has shifted from requiring students to select only one of the Arts (Drama, Music, and Visual Arts) during the Middle School years to ensuring that students participate in all them.  Now, students in grade 6 have a chance to experience each of the Arts for a semester and students in grades 7 and 8 participate in a year-long rotation through Drama, Music, and Visual Arts with a carefully structured curriculum build around common themes and culminating in collaborative performances.  Students have further opportunities in Middle School to develop their talents in their preferred area of the Arts through our after school program which includes drama, MS Jazz Band, wind and string ensembles, and art clubs.  We feel this balance serves our students best by allowing them to pursue their passions while also ensuring a breadth of experience all aspects of the Arts.

This new initiative in MS Arts is led by Ms. Whiteside, Mr. Demas, and Ms. Riddle.  The Arts rotation emphasizes student creativity and authorship around a common theme.  This trimester’s theme was The Ugly Duckling, a multimedia performance presented as an Upper School Assembly on Thursday. Students in Drama wrote the script to the play, Visual Arts students prepared scene background artwork in comic book form, and the Music students composed and arranged the music that accompanied the dramatic performance.  These three aspects of the Arts combined for a powerful performance.  We would like to congratulate the grade 7 and 8 students, Ms. Whiteside, Mr. Demas, and Ms. Riddle for their impressive accomplishments. 


Model United Nations in Hangzhou

This past weekend our delegation of Middle School and High School students traveled to our sister school in Hangzhou to represent SCIS Pudong at the West Lake Model United Nations Conference. Model U.N. is a student-led activity where students play the roles of U.N. general assembly and committee delegates and consult on important issues facing the world.  While the West Lake Conference has been an annual event for our High School delegation, this year marked the first year SCIS sent Middle School participants.  Grade 10 student Joshua Sahgal deserves much of the credit for the inclusion of Middle School students this year as he took on the development of the program as his Personal Project.  We would also like to recognize Mr. Steele for his sponsorship of the MUN program over the course of the last two years and Ms. Scheiner for her support in chaperoning the trip.  We look forward to hearing more from this growing program.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Bingo tomorrow night!

Warm regards,

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


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