Principals’ Post #28

Virtual Learning Back in Session

This week teachers and students resumed virtual learning. Students and teachers reported that the time away from virtual learning has helped them refresh and refocus. Teachers this week noticed a marked improvement in student participation and engagement which was encouraging to hear. The weeklong break from virtual learning allowed some students to get caught up on missed work and gave everyone a much needed break. This week many students transitioned into new units as we enter the last quarter of the year. We encourage parents to engage students by asking them about these new units and by helping them make connections between these new units and previous learning or real world experiences.

We have also been monitoring student feedback and perceptions regarding virtual learning through our weekly Advisory survey. Advisors and teachers use this feedback to adjust their instruction and monitor student wellbeing. This week’s survey identified a decrease in students reporting emotions like sadness and anxiety with a corresponding increase in those students reporting they felt happy and peaceful. There was also a decrease in the number of students expressing the need to talk to their advisor or our counselor Ms. Kelly regarding. Our assessment is that this Spring Break had a positive impact on our student’s emotional wellbeing. We will continue to monitor our students in this way and reach out to parents as needed. If you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Kelly, your child’s advisor, or the administration for support.

IB Exams Cancelled – Seniors Press On!

Last week the International Baccalaureate Organization announced that for the first time in its 50 year history, the May IB Exam session would be cancelled, in response to the now international pandemic. The IBO is developing a process by which the Class of 2020, including our own Dragons, will be awarded their IB Diplomas through an alternate calculation focusing on their coursework. Projects that are normally assessed by teachers are being submitted to the IB now for external assessment. Students have shifted gears, continuing their preparation for May exams which will this year be run internally by SCIS. We remind the students and their families that the true reward of an IB education is the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes developed over the two-year process. No virus can rob our Dragons of the tremendous gains they have made. The future is as bright as ever, and we trust that our graduates’ plans and pathways will be ready and waiting once the global crisis has run its course.

Pictures of our Community at Work and on the Move

During the week prior to Spring Break, we asked for pictures of our students and families engaged in the work of virtual learning. We share some of these here to help us all remember the amazing community we are all so lucky to be a part of. Please continue to share your pictures in your grade level chats or directly with administration. Thank you!

Midsemester Progress Report Posted Friday April 3rd

Reports were published and available for students and parents to view on Friday, April 3rd in the report section of ManageBac. Please contact the Upper School secretary if you are unable to access the reports or contact Tech Support if your password needs to be reset. Please contact teachers and advisors directly with questions regarding reports.

Message from SCIS Admissions: Revised 2020-2021 Enrollment Deadlines

Dear SCIS Community,

During this health emergency, the SCIS Admissions Office remains open and committed to fostering the SCIS community. Of course, first-and-foremost, our priority is the health and safety of your family and our entire SCIS community. We continue to work with current and new families as we strive to effectively plan for yet another successful school year. For current families, our re-enrollment process is in full swing; and for prospective families, we have already begun accepting new students for the 2020-2021 school year. We are confident that SCIS will once again be able to foster one of the strongest and most diverse learning communities within Shanghai.

As this health emergency continues, we understand that it may be difficult to progress through the standard re-enrollment process with certainty. Thus, in order to further support our current SCIS community, we have adjusted the re-enrollment timeline in order to provide a flexible timeframe that ensures all current families have first priority to register for the upcoming school year.

Please review the adjusted re-enrollment timeline below and visit our re-enrollment webpage for more information. We thank you again for your continued support and involvement in our school community and hope to welcome your family for yet another successful year at SCIS.

If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment or need any assistance, please contact our admissions office at or visit our re-enrollment webpage for more information.

Jeffrey T. Ginter
Director of Admissions
Shanghai Community International School
1161 Hongqiao Road, Shanghai, China 200051
Work: 86-21-6261-4338 • Wechat ID: JGinter
Email: • Website:

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!


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

Warm regards,

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

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