Principals’ Post 36

Only one more week to go! This week students in grades 6-10 finished their final MYP summative assessments while grade 11 Diploma students sat for formal exams in preparation for next year. Over the next week, students will review their exam results and final teacher feedback, and work to wrap up a school year none of us will ever forget. 7/8 Arts students will celebrate the end of the semester with a watch party of their final performance. Scroll down to view it at home and invite your family to watch with you.Students in grades 6-9 will also be completing the NWEA-MAP assessment for the final time this year. Watch for your students NWEA-MAP reports in the report section of ManageBac later this month.

Summer program plans are also finalizing. Unfortunately we have we have only received final permission to the SEC to conduct the first two weeks of our planned summer program. All students and parents that signed up should have received an email notification earlier this week with a link to the summer school course selection form. If you did not receive this form or if you have questions regarding the summer program, please contact our summer program coordinator, Ms. Sculerati at We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.

University of British Columbia Virtually Visits our SCIS Pudong Campus

This week, grade 10 and 11 students experienced a virtual university visit from the University of British Columbia (UBC). In an interactive and engaging presentation tailored exclusively to our students, high schoolers learned about what it is like to live in Canada and study at one of its most reputable universities, which is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. 

Immediately following the virtual visit, students participated in a career exploration workshop. The workshop followed the framework developed by the Roadtrip Nation, a nonprofit organization that produces a TV documentary series by the same name, in which young people travel around North America to explore a broad range of career paths and interview innovators, artists and industry leaders. The workbook, which can be accessed here, provides an excellent starting point for reflection and discussion about interests, skills and passions, and the ways in which these can serve as guideposts on a journey towards a fulfilling career.

Design Students Serve the School

Students in Mr. Willauer’s Design high school class took on the design challenge of creating acoustic tiles to dampen the sound in Mr. Demas’s music room. Students followed the MYP Design cycle in identifying the problem to be solved, developing their ideas through research, and creating their product. The final stage of evaluating their design will happen once their sound tiles are mounted in Mr. Demas’s room. This is a great example of not only how our students learning can be applied in real life but also who are work can be done in the service of others. Well done, Designers!

Grade 7 and 8 Arts Performance

Graduation Media Page

We have developed a webpage to share the pictures and videos from last week’s graduation. The video from graduation is now available. You can access the GRADUATION MEDIA PAGE HERE.

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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