Principals’ Post #17

Dear SCIS Families,

We would like to thank everyone for an amazing semester.  The academic and social-emotional growth, the impressive artistic performances, the athletic triumphs and day-to-day experiences truly make SCIS a community we are proud to be a part of.  We encourage everyone to look back on the semester’s success and failures as we take these lessons into semester two. A special thank you to everyone that contributed to today’s end of semester festivities. 

International Breakfast

This morning’s International Breakfast was a great opportunity for students to share some of their culinary cultural traditions with their classmates.  As always, we thank the parents who helped students prepare the dishes for this morning’s meal.  The International Breakfast is always a highlight of the semester.  

Celebration Activities

This year teachers took the lead in organizing a full day of semester celebration activities. Energized by the International Breakfast, the entire Upper School headed to the gym for “Minute to Win It.” Grade level cohorts vied against each other in a wide range of highly entertaining relay races. Grade 12 emerged victorious! This was followed by two sessions of special choice activities—teachers open their classrooms for workshops on everything from songwriting to crochet, American football to origami. Even lunch was special today, with Lunchtime Karaoke featuring an Addams Family cast reunion.

 Semester Celebration Assembly

The official end to the fall semester was celebrated in the theater at the end of the day with musical performances, recognitions of excellence, and a formal farewell to departing classmates.  A special thank you to all of today’s performers and those that prepared the videos for today’s celebration.   Finally, congratulations to the students who achieved Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll this semester. Your hard work and dedication to academic excellence is an example for all of us. 

As a reminder, our first day back for semester 2 will be Monday, January 6th.  We wish all of those traveling over the break a wonderful journey and a safe return to Shanghai. 

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal . Upper School Vice Principal

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