Principals’ Post #14

Dear SCIS Families,

In the spirit of American Thanksgiving students took some time to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives of the course of this week.  Students wrote notes posted on the “Gratitude” board in the lobby and on the windows in the cafeteria to publicly share their appreciation.  The most common theme in the student reflections was the important role of other individuals in our lives; friends, teachers, and family. These relationships are at the core of what makes a strong community.  As an administrative team we would like to take this opportunity to communicate our gratitude to all of you for making SCIS such an amazing community to be a part of. 


Waterloo Math Competition

This week 27 students in grades 8-12 participated in the annual University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing contest.  The student work will be sent back to Canada for evaluation and the results should be out before the end of the semester. The CEMC seeks to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science. The CEMC is part of the extra-curricular Math Club led by Mr. Etienne Bilz.  Mr. Bilz has done an exceptional job is his leadership of this program.  These experiences provide great opportunities to show their diverse skills, talents, and interest.  Thank you Mr. Bilz for nurturing the passion for mathematics in our community!


Spotlight on Teacher Professional Development

This week students had a chance to sleep in Friday while teachers were hard at work.  Visiting Conceptual Inquiry expert Tania Lattanzio was on campus this week working with teachers to promote the refinement of the SCIS MYP units of study.  MYP emphasizes an inquiry approach to teaching and learning in order to capitalize on natural curiosity and contextualize learning in the real world.  Teachers also spent time working on ways to better emphasize conceptual understandings in their units of inquiry.  The MYP framework requires students to understand facts but emphasizes the organization of facts into big pictures transferable concepts that students will be able to apply in new situations and across subject areas.  Thank you teachers for your hard work this week!

Middle School Soccer Season

This past weekend marked the end of the Middle School soccer season.  Both teams demonstrated sportsmanship and skill in the Cross River event held last Saturday.  We would like to congratulate the students on their season and thank Coach Mavec, Coach Roberts, Coach Newell, and Coach O’Reilly for all of the time and effort they put into making this a memorable season.   

In closing, we would like to with the High School boys and girls basketball teams good luck as they start their seasons this weekend.  Go Dragons!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal           Upper School Vice Principal

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