2020-2021 Principal’s Post #5

United National International Day of Peace

The United Nations International Day of Peace will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, September 30th. UNIDOP is a special day at SCIS, as it allows us to take time to celebrate the amazing diversity that is SCIS and reflect on how we can harness it to make the world a better, more peaceful place. On this day, students are encouraged to wear clothes representative of their home country.  Students have the option of wearing these clothes to school or changing prior to our assembly.  With over 51 countries represented, the assembly will provide a wonderful opportunity for all participants to reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of such a multi-cultural and internationally-minded learning community. While we, unfortunately, are not able to invite parents on to campus, families are invited to participate remotely in this event via Microsoft Teams.  Specific information on how to access the event and participate will be shared next week.

Government Travel Restrictions Remain in Place for the Coming Holiday Break

Dear SCIS-Pudong Families, 

This is a reminder that students should not plan to travel outside of Shanghai until further notice.  Missing valuable learning time in school will negatively impact a student’s learning experience and will affect assessments and reporting. If your family chooses to travel outside of Shanghai, against travel recommendations, there will be a modified virtual learning program offered to children during the required 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring.  

A modified virtual learning does not include live learning sessions with teachers and will not replicate the face-to-face classroom experiences.  Modified Virtual Learning will primarily consist of independently completing assigned work. 

Should your child(ren) travel outside of Shanghai against government and school recommendations, you must contact your divisional secretary (Lower School – Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org, Upper School – Ms. Jelly Ling , jling@scis-china.org) who will follow up with you regarding requirements and information regarding the mandatory 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring before returning to school. 

亲爱的SCIS 浦东家长们: 

温馨提醒,在还没有收到进一步通知前,在校学生不应计划出上海旅游。 错过在校学习的宝贵时间会让学生在学习上产和负面影响以及后续的评估报告。 如果您还是计划出上海旅游的话, 学生将被要求居家自我健康观察14天, 到时将会为学生提供更新后的上线教学课程。 

这次更新后的线上教学将不再包括老师的实时课程,以及面对面互动等。这次的线上教学主要以分配学生任务为主。 

如若您的孩子还是外出上海旅游, 您必须及时与您孩子所在年级秘书联系(低年级- Ms. Vicki Xu vxu@scis-china.org;高年级- Ms. Jelly Ling jling@scis-china.org), 她们会跟进以及更新在学生居家自我健康观察14天后返校信息。

The Science of Inquiry

Student’s in Ms. Marcos’s grade 7 science class put their skills to work this week as they played the role of consumer product testers. Each group of students identified a consumer product they were interested in testing. They designed their own experiments, and then wrote up their findings in a lab report, making recommendations to consumers regarding which is the best product to buy and why. Students were excited to share what they had learned and were able to keenly describe their experiments, including the variables controlled for. The descriptions of their findings showed how excited they were to be applying their learning in a real-world context. If you are a parent of a grade 7 student, please asked them about this experience.

One of the main goals of delivering our curriculum through the framework of the IB Middle Years Program is to ensure that students experience their learning through the process of inquiry. The inquiry approach allows students to construct their learning based on their prior knowledge and their classroom experience. This approach engages students by making the material students learn relevant to them and connected to the world outside of academia. For more information on the MYP at SCIS please plan to attend the MYP presentation on October 22nd.

Window into the Classroom

As we are unable to welcome parents onto our campus at this time, we would like to bring the SCIS experience to you virtually. We will regularly provide a gallery of photos representing the student daily experience at SCIS, so parents can stay connected despite our separation. Enjoy!

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