Principals’ Post #33

Dear SCIS Families,

As the weather warms and important celebrations like the Prom and Graduation approach, we feel it is an important time to draw your attention to how we can keep our students safe as they navigate the city outside of the protective walls of SCIS. While Shanghai is a safe city by international standards, it is important that students are aware of the local laws and regulations.

SCIS takes our responsibility for helping students make responsible choices very seriously. We have dedicated significant time within the school day and within the curriculum to help equip our students with the information and the social skills necessary to make positive, healthy choices. One example of these efforts is our social-emotional Advisory curriculum delivered by Ms. Kelly, our Upper School Counselor. Ms. Kelly’s lessons with students include a focus on helping students develop healthy habits, practicing communication skills to resist peer pressure, and an ongoing effort to ensure students have up to date information and are aware of the latest research about substance abuse.

As an extension of these efforts, we have invited a representative from the U.S. Consulate to come to SCIS to provide our students with a security briefing. This event will take place on May 21st during Advisory (11:30-12:10). Following the student Advisory session the U.S. Consulate representative has agreed to provide a follow-up session for parents from 12:10-12:45. We hope that many of you will be available to attend this opportunity to hear directly from a representative of the diplomatic community regarding how we can keep our students safe in Shanghai.

At SCIS we recognize that while living in China it can be difficult to obtain accurate information about changes in local laws and law enforcement initiatives. We are committed to sharing information with our community as we become aware of it as a school. Please take some time to read the following letter from our Head of School Derek Luebbe for more detailed information regarding recent trends in law enforcement around substance abuse in Shanghai.

Service Celebration

Today was the culmination of the year’s Service and Action program as our MYP students as we came together for our annual Service Celebration assembly. Representatives from each grade level gave presentations about the service projects they have engaged with this year in the context of Advisory. As with all experiential learning, the emphasis was on the process. Students talked about how they moved through stages of action. Investigating needs, planning next steps, taking action, reflecting on and revising plans and taking further action. The Service Celebration provides an opportunity for the final stage of demonstration, in which students share their process and learning with the broader community. We can all benefit from the sharing of experience.

Highlights of this year’s Service Celebration included videos exploring the MYP Learning Outcomes for Service, a focused project for enhancing the break room for our school Ayis, a research and advocacy project addressing student stress, and much more. Thanks go to all the Advisors for their support of service learning in the MYP, and especially to Mr Steve Lawrence for his significant efforts and leadership in coordinating the program.

Middle School Spring Fling Tonight

This evening Middle School Spring Fling is one of the highlights of the year. Students will start out with a dance in the black box, play capture the flag on the field, enjoy dinner together, and then have the choice of play games, sports in the gym, or a movie. While chaperones are on hand to help students and provide supervision, Student Council members are in charge of running the activities and hosting the event. Spring Fling is a great opportunity for students that are typically scattered across Pudong on a Friday night to have some fun and enjoy spending time together. Buses will leave promptly at 9pm to get students home in time for a good nights sleep after all the fun. Thank you M.S. Student Council and Ms. Roberts for all of your efforts making tonights event possible.

Prom 2019

The High School Prom will be held Saturday May 25th at one of Shanghai’s most spectacular venues, Kathleen Waitan. Prom is an annual tradition at SCIS that provides High School students a formal evening to enjoy each others’ company, dance, and make memories that with the Bund as their backdrop, will truly last a life time. Please note that students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event. During the event SCIS teachers and administration will be on hand to chaperone. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to have a conversation with your children about how to stay safe when navigating the city before and after the Prom. We are looking forward to what promises to be a great evening. Many thanks for Student Council and Ms. Hedderson for all of their work preparing the event.

Announcements

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 @scis-parent.org 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 admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

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

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