Principals’ Post #31

Dear SCIS Families,

It was great to see so many parents and students on campus last night to experience our Spring Arts Night. The artwork, short films, and musical performances showcased the tremendous amount of collective and individual talent in our student body. The energy in the gallery was electric as the crowds mingled and spoke to the artists about their work. Film favorites included Wendy’s Wok and the music video Welcome Back to Russia. One of the musical stand outs of the evening was the performance of “Sway” by the high school Jazz Band which had the theater rocking. Overall it was a very entertaining evening which showcased the growth of the musicians and the creative talent they have developed. We would like to thank all of the parents who attend as well as all of the teacher volunteers who made the evening possible. Special thanks to Mr. Johnson for streaming the event live (events are also archived and can be rewatched at any time) and a big thank you to Mr Justin Zhu, our Theater Technician. Finally we would like to thank Mr. Demas, our Music teacher, Ms. Whiteside, our Visual Arts teacher, and Mr. O’Reilly, our Film teacher for their never ending support of our students and their dedication to the Arts at SCIS.

High School Jazz Band rocks the stage

International Festival is Here!

The excitement has been building for Saturday’s International Festival. This event more than any other showcases the amazing diversity and cultural pride that exists within the SCIS community. Whether you are coming to taste the amazing food from around the world, enjoy the student performances, or to reconnect with students, teachers, and friends, International Festival has something for everyone. A special thank you to PAFA and all of the country food table organizers for making Saturday possible. We hope to see everyone there!

Design Students Prepare for the International Festival

This year International Festival made its way into Mr. Willauer’s Design curriculum. Seventh and eighth grade students were tasked with designing carnival games for elementary students. Students researched games, received feedback from fellow students, trialed the games, and then went back through the Design Cycle to improve their games. The Design Cycle mirrors the inquiry process students go through in their other MYP courses. However, the Design course is special in that it provides tangible experiences with this process that students can generalize to their other subjects. This Design project also represents an excellent example of real world application of the principles and skills students learning in the course. Constantly connecting what students are learning in the MYP to the real world is done through contextualizing the academic work in a real life scenarios. In this case, success will be measured by putting their games to the test with Lower School students during the International Festival. While student games and their development process will be evaluated in the academic sense by Mr. Willauer, the most powerful feedback will come from running the games for Lower School students on Saturday. We encourage you to stop by and check out the games for yourself.

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at

Warm regards,

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

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