Principals’ Post #25

Realtime Virtual Interactions Help Bring the Community Together While We Are Apart

This week teachers and advisors continued to add real-time virtual learning and advisory sessions to our online program. Teacher led sessions are meant to provide a live supplement to the online program to clarify concepts and allow students to ask questions in real time. Advisors have also held meetings for students to help maintain and develop the social fabric within the grade levels and counteract the isolation many are feeling. Even some of our after school activities have been able to continue meeting virtually through online platforms. These realtime opportunities to connect have been popular with our teachers and students as they have provided everyone with an opportunity to connect socially. This coming week, our goal is to increase the participation rate for the sessions. We ask for parent support in helping students schedule their time to ensure they can attend these sessions.

Yearbook club meets with Ms. Whiteside on Microsoft Teams

Grades 7 and 8 Take the Arts Virtual

The transition to virtual learning has not stopped creative impulses of the grades 7 and 8 Arts students and teachers. As a reminder to those that may not be aware, our grade 7 and 8 students each spend time participating in each of the MYP Arts classes. This year’s theme has been identity which the students have worked to represented visually, musically, and through theatrical dramatization. We are in our second year of what has proven to be a very popular program both because of the skills and concepts students learn as well as for the community performances that have been created.

Our Music, Drama, and Visual Arts students have been hard at work creating the second of three community performances. When the transition to virtual learning threatened to cancel the performance students had been preparing for, the Arts department came together to save the show. Since the planned performance in the Black Box could not take place, the teachers came up with a virtual alternative. Students submitted digital images, and recorded musical performances and video monologues which were edited together to create our first virtual arts performances. We would like to congratulate the students on embracing this challenge and for all of their hard work preparing for the performances. We would also like to thank Ms. Riddle, Mr. Demas, and Ms. Whiteside in the Arts Department for make sure the show went on as planned. Please click on the image below to enjoy the show!

Click the image above to launch the video of the performance

Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey Results

We would like to thank all of the parents that took the time to respond to our Week 4 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey. This information is vital for us as we seek to best meet the needs of our students during this period of online learning. We would also like to thank parents for the continued support they have expressed for our teachers and the positive feedback we have received regarding our virtual learning program. Below, please find the results from questions 2-4 on last week’s survey. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Week 5 Virtual Learning Parent Feedback Survey

There have been a number of changes made to our virtual learning in the past week. Please continue to share your feedback with us each week as we seek to fine tune our program. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

Announcements

Coronavirus Community Information

SCIS has developed a webpage on our system website outlining the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We encourage families to check this link in order to access important information regarding our current campus closure and our response to the coronavirus. Previous updates are also logged on this site. If there are specific questions you feel need to be added, please email the administration.

Technology Support Reminders

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2020-2021 School Year

SCIS families should have received an email via your scis-parent email account providing instructions regarding re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please be sure to follow the instruction contained in the email for re-enrollment. Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  The re-enrollment deadlines have been adjusted to account for the current situation. Please visit the admissions page for more details. 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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