Principals’ Post #34

Upper School College Counselor Ms. Kelly Presents on University Admissions

Ms. Kelly began her annual university admissions series this week. The focus of this series is to introduce parents to the requirements and timeline of the university admissions process. Ms. Kelly kicked off the series on Tuesday morning with a presentation on applying to U.S. Colleges and Universities. Thursday’s presentation on applying to universities in Canada, the U.K. and the Netherlands was also well attended by parents. The final presentation in the series will be next Monday, May 20 at 9:00am. This presentation will focus on universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. Ms. Kelly has also invited parents to reach out to her to set up individual family meetings to explore the many university options available. These individual meetings are in addition to the regular university counseling programing Ms. Kelly leads students through during our Advisory sessions. We would like to thank Ms. Kelly for her efforts in organizing these important sessions for parents.

MYP Grade 7 Interdisciplinary Unit on Sustainable Development

This month students in grade 7 are working on an interdisciplinary unit across Science, Humanities, and Design. Interdisciplinary units (IDU) are an important component of the IB Middle Years Program curriculum framework. One of the major goals of the MYP at SCIS is to help students experience learning beyond the confines of individual disciplines in the context of real world problems. The grade 7 IDU is an excellent example of how we seek to help students take the skills and knowledge they learn in class and put them in to use, in this case solving major global problems.

The goal of the unit is to have students research and propose solutions for making cities around the world more sustainable. They will work towards this goal through the interdisciplinary lens of Science, Humanities, and Design. Students will identify current problems and propose technological, civic, and urban design solutions. Students will divide up and focus on four major challenges facing cities around the world: waste management, energy, food production, and green space. Students will take the knowledge and understanding they gain through disciplinary studies and synthesize them in their proposed solutions. We are looking forward to hearing the solutions they propose! We would like to thank Mr. Mavec, Mr. Lawrence, and Mr. Willauer for the hard work, creativity, and energy they have put into designing an amazing learning experience for our students.

Important Shanghai Security Information

We would like to draw your attention once again to the important security information contained in last week’s blog post. First we would like to remind you that we will be hosting a representative from the U.S. Consulate on May 21 who will provide a briefing to students and parents. While some of the information in the presentation will be specific to U.S. Consulate services, we have asked the representative to focus on drawing attention to the importance of understanding local laws. There will be a student presentation from 11:30-12:00 and a parent question and answer session from 12:10-12:45. We hope to see many of you at the presentation. In case you missed last week’s post we are again including the message from Head of School Derek Luebbe which outlines important security information. Please take a moment to read Mr. Luebbe’s letter below.


Parent Presentation May 21, 12:10-12:45 in the Theater

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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