Principals’ Post #36

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Thursday we celebrated the culminating milestone in the lives of our seniors, the Graduation Ceremony of the Class of 2020. The ceremony was intimate and moving, all the sweeter after months of wondering if such an event could happen at all. This Class will go down in history for the disappointments they weathered and the obstacles they overcame–but yesterday they graduated together with the pride of a global community behind them.

In accordance with the Shanghai Education Commission’s health and safety guidelines, it was not possible to hold the traditional event in the Theater, or to welcome on campus the families and friends who had been looking forward to this day for so long. Instead, the ceremony was held in the Music Room with only the 10 graduates present in Shanghai, five faculty/administration members, and the IT crew present. Physical distancing was maintained throughout the ceremony, and masks were worn along with caps and gowns. Six of our graduates joined virtually from outside the border, wearing our Chinese silk caps and gowns that were shipped special delivery to Finland, Israel, the USA, and Japan. Parents, relatives, friends, alumni, and former teachers and other well-wishers joined on Zoom, and shared in the spirit of the event from all corners of the globe. At the same time, our own Grade 6-11 students were gathered in their own classrooms up and down the halls to enjoy the proceedings.

Within this at once intimate and global setting, the traditions of SCIS were upheld. Senior award winners gave moving speeches reflecting on the lessons of an SCIS education, and Ms Cara Whiteside’s address to the graduates focused on the resilience that we are all learning to exercise as we ride through this turbulent time. Laughter and tears, Diplomas and tassels, this was a shared experience that our Dragon grads will take with them into the world beyond the high school.

Graduation Media Page

We have developed a webpage to share the pictures and videos from graduation. There are a number of individual and group photos available for download. The tech team is busy creating a video of the graduation ceremony which will be available later next week. We will also be uploading pictures from the ceremony and the cap toss as they become available. Please check back next week for updated. You can access the GRADUATION MEDIA PAGE HERE.

Summer Program at SCIS Pudong

We are excited to be able to offer a summer program for our Upper School students. All registered students and parents should have received the course sign-up email with the link to the course sign-up form. Please email the Upper School secretary Jelly Ling ( if you did not receive the email and you are already registered for the summer program.

We did not have enough interest in the week’s 3-6 summer program in Pudong to be able to move forward. We have also been notified by the Shanghai Education Commission that summer programs in July may not be allowed. We will communicate the final summer program offerings to families that have expressed interested once we have received the final guidance from the SEC. Thank you for your patience.

Return to Campus Web Page

SCIS-PD has developed a web page dedicated to communicated important information regarding our return to campus procedures. This web page includes information regarding the daily health reporting requirements, school safety procedures, and information on how daily routines will be impacted. We encourage all families to review this information closely with your children. The web page can be accessed HERE.

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!


Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

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

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