Principals’ Post #16

Dear SCIS Families,

While the semester is winding down, the pace on campus hasn’t slowed a bit. With one more week to go in the semester students are working hard to wrap up the semester.  The final day of exams will be Monday, December 10th but instruction will continue through Friday.  Our semiannual International Breakfast will be held Friday, December 14th.  Students are asked to bring in a dish that represents a culture(s) that students identify with to share with their classmates.  This will be followed by the Semester Celebration in the Theater from 10:00-11:30am.  Parents are welcome to join us for the assembly to celebrate the accomplishments and student growth that has taken place of the Fall Semester. We hope to see you there.

SCIS Participates in the First Lego League of Shanghai

Congratulations to our First LEGO League teams on finishing 8th and 9th at Last Saturday’s regional tournament. SCIS took 1st place in Core Values and 2nd in Robot Design. Both teams will advance to the finals which will be hosted on our own SCIS-PD campus in February.  We would like to thank Mr. Johnson for his time and efforts coaching the team and Grade 11 student Jahangir Rafiq for working with the team this season.  Their many late evenings of practice truly paid dividends. We are very proud of what these teams have been able to accomplish through their hard work in only our second year of competition. 

For those that are not familiar with First Lego League, its purpose is to develop tomorrow’s innovators by providing them opportunities to practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. The competitions provide students with the opportunities to solve real world problems while having fun with applying science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. 


Spotlight on Upper School Mandarin

We would also like to congratulate Upper School Mandarin teacher Xiating Fang and the students who participated in the Chinese Poetry Recitation competition.  The Shanghai Education Commission invited our school to join the “Introduce Chinese Traditional Culture to International Schools –Chinese Poetry Recitation Competition”, a competition for foreign students aged 2 – 18 years old, non-native Chinese speakers only. This Chinese poetry recitation competition is designed to help international school students learn more about Chinese cultural traditions.  Congratulations to Piper Broad for her 2nd place finish for reciting Altair (迢迢牵牛星) and congratulation to Larissa Zens, Sasha Cassidy, Sarah Castillo, Miguel Ortiz, Jet Wu, and Vaishvi Shah for their 2nd place finish for their group recitation of The Ballad of Mulan (木兰辞).

Semester Exams

As a reminder, Upper School semester exams began Wednesday December 5th and will end on Monday December 10th.  Following exams, students will spend time reviewing exam feedback, reflecting on the semester, and getting a head start on semester 2 units of study.  Final report cards for the fall semester will be published in ManageBac on December 14th.

Uniform Reminder

Parents, with the change in seasons we would like to ask for your help in ensuring students meet the dress code expectations.  There are two aspects of the uniform policy that we want to draw your attention to; outwear and grade level uniform expectations.  Please refer to page 15 of the Parent-Student Handbook for further details.  Please note that we will be strictly enforcing the uniform policy on our return from the winter holiday in order to help ensure students get into the habit of following the uniform policy at the start of the semester. We ask that parents ensure students can meet the following requirements.  Please note that SCIS outerwear can be purchased in the school store along with grade level uniforms.

  • Outerwear: Only SCIS approved outerwear may be worn inside the building. These include SCIS sweatshirts and cardigans and approved sports/club outerwear.
  • Grades 6-8: tan shorts, trousers, or skirts and navy blue polo shirt with the SCIS logo.
  • Grades 9-12 uniform: tan shorts, trousers, or plaid skirts and a light blue Oxford button down shirt with the SCIS logo.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal           Upper School Vice Principal

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