Principals’ Post #35

Somewhere, Nowhere

This year’s drama production Somewhere, Nowhere kicked off Thursday with a late afternoon matinee. Students and teachers have been working hard all semester in preparation for this week’s performance culminating in an engaging performance yesterday that had the audience engrossed in the ups and downs of the small town adolescent struggle and belly laughing with the comic relief. Yesterday’s audience had a good mix of teachers, students, and parents who came out to campus for the show. Audience members enjoyed the student artwork and refreshments in the gallery space which will be on display and available again for tonights show.

The plot of Somewhere, Nowhere follows the lives of high school students in a small town with all of the drama that comes with living under the microscope of a small community. Performing the dialogue rich production is an impressive accomplishment given that English is not the first language of the majority of cast members. The production includes cast and crew members across grades 6-11. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the teachers and staff members who made this year’s drama production possible. Special thanks goes to Mr. Justin Zhu for his role as the theater technician, Ms. Emily Williams for her role as Costumer, Ms. Cara Whiteside for her role as Tech Director, and most especially, to Ms. Samantha Riddle as Director.

We hope to see many of you on campus this evening for the closing night of the play, beginning at 6pm.

IB Diploma Group 4 Science Project

All SCIS students in their first year of the IB Diploma Program are required to undertake the “Group 4 Project,” a collaborative project highlighting the integration of the different scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. This experience is designed to broaden their abilities to apply the scientific knowledge they have learned. This year students worked closely with Lower School teachers to plan and deliver a science lesson for students in grades K-5. Grade 11 students designed the lesson around teacher identified science standards seeking to engage students and develop proficiency. Lessons included activating background knowledge, delivering new content, offered hands-on learning experiences, and cumulated with a sharing of what the students had learned.

This experience helped students gain an insight into what their teachers do everyday to prepare for their learning and gave them a deeper appreciation for the role of a teacher in getting students to engage in the content. Lower School students and teachers expressed that the not only enjoyed the experience but learning a lot in the process. The Group 4 project also represents a small example of how SCIS actively works to build and strengthen the bonds of our community but helping students and teachers make connections outside of the grade levels they frequently interact with. A big thank you to our lab assistant Ms. Jane He, Mr. Bilz, Ms. Hedderson, and Ms. Sculerati for supporting out students through this valuable learning experience!

US Consulate Security Presentation Video is Available to Watch Online

For those that missed the security briefing provided by the U.S. Consulate Officer Owen Johns this past Tuesday you can still access the information from the presentation by watching the archived video. please follow this LINK to view the video recording of the presentation. Thank you Mr. Johnson for making this available.


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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