Principals’ Post #26

Dear SCIS Families,

We are looking forward to seeing all of you on campus next week for conferences.  MYP students have been working hard to reflect on their progress this year and are looking forward to sharing their insights next week.  All families should have received an email reminder this week regarding the schedule and sign-up details for conferences.  Please see the information below if you haven’t yet signed up for conferences.

Conference Day next Thursday!  Sign-Ups Close Tuesday March 19! 

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21! All classes will be cancelled in favor of a day devoted to conferences to enhance home-school communication and parent understanding of their students’ development in knowledge, skills, and understandings. To make the most of the day, the Upper School will host different types of conferences to address the needs of students at different stages of their education. 

8:30-11:30am MYP Student-Led Conferences:  All MYP Parents are asked to sign up for ONE 30-minute conference with their child. All students in Grades 6-10 have focused on developing their Approaches to Learning skills this year through an ongoing process of action, reflection, and goal setting leading to further action. The Student-Led Conference is a family meeting in students present this learning process to their parents, and share evidence of their learning and development across subject areas with a focus on different skills. While the student’s Advisor may be present, their purpose is to provide logistical support. The student will lead the meeting. 

11:00-3:00pm Grade 11-12 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: Parents of students in Grades 11 and 12 are invited to join our Juniors and Seniors for one-on-one meetings with each of their teachers. For Grade 11, this is an important checkpoint and will be an opportunity for focused feedback on current successes and next steps. For Grade 12, teachers will discuss final predicted IB grades, share the evidence from the Mock IB Exams and Internal Assessments on which these predictions are based, and make specific recommendations for the best use of revision time in April. 

MYP Field Trip to Guangfulin

Last Friday our MYP teachers and students in grades 6-10 spent the day learning about over 5,000 years of Chinese history on their field trip to the Guangfulin relic park. The goal of the field trip was to help students connect to the history of our host country. Engagement was high as students completed a scavenger hunt that helped to bring the park to life.   The underground museum was a definitely highlight as students were able to walk through time and experience recreations of pivotal periods in Chinese history.   Special thanks to Ms. Fang, Mr. Lawrence, and Ms. Hedderson for their efforts organizing the event.  And congratulations to the Green Team for winning the scavenger hunt. Enjoy your pizza party!


Ping-Pong March Madness

March Madness at SCIS has begun!  Our annual student-teacher doubles ping-pong tournament has become a much anticipated tradition.  Student-teacher teams will compete agains each other over the next 3 weeks.  Up to four teams play simultaneous during the lunch with large crowds gathering to cheer on their friends.  Teams compete in the single elimination tournament in Middle School and High School brackets.  The winner of each bracket will then compete for bragging rights as the March Madness Champion.  We would like to thank Head of School Derek Luebbe and Athletics and Activities Director Vic Caban for organizing this exciting lunchtime tournament. Matching students with teachers in teams creates a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. This is a great opportunity for students and teachers to get to know each other better outside of the classroom and brings an air of fun and excitement to lunch.  If you find yourself on campus over the next few weeks around the lunch hour stop in to check out the excitement, you won’t be disappointed.  Go Dragons!

Middle School Dance Club Performance  

Congratulations to our students and Dance Club sponsor Ms. Williams for their performance at Dancefest, held recently at WISS.  Over 130 students from Shanghai international school had the opportunity to participate in dance workshops and show off their moves. They performed original choreography entitled: Dance Break!  Inspired by the sounds and moves of the 80s, this group of dancers collaborated to choreograph a piece that celebrates the undeniable fun of music and movement.  Just try and stay in your seat when these friends meet up for a dance break.  Thank you Ms. Williams for your time and efforts supporting the club! 

Dance Performance Video


IB-DP Visual Arts Exhibition & Music Recital: Monday March 18th, 4-6 

In closing we would like to wish the best of luck to students in the many activities they are participating in this weekend.  Good luck to the students participating in the Suzhou Math Competition, ACAMIS Swimming, Cross-River Volleyball, and our Film students participating in S2F2. 

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal


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