2020-2021 Principal’s Post #26

Grade 7/8 Arts Rotation Performance

Did you miss the grade 7/8 Arts Rotation Performance? You can still watch it (or watch it again) on our LiveStream site below (just click the image below). Congratulations to the students on a great performance and a big thank you to Mr. Demas, Ms. Whiteside, and Ms. Riddle for supporting our students in their preparation for Tuesday’s performance. Well done!


SCIS Students Compete in the Waterloo Math Competition

Last week over twenty Upper School Students participated in the Waterloo University Math competition. Waterloo University of Ontario, Canada sponsors the international math competition annually. According to the University, “the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) develops and administers internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science.” Congratulations to the Upper School math students on their participation and a special thank you to Etienne Bilz (Upper School Math and Physics) for his organization of the competition and sponsorship of our Math Club. Go Dragons!

SCIS to Host International Virtual University Fair

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the International Virtual University Fair, which will take place on Friday, March 12th, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Over 70 universities from over 10 countries will be represented at the event.

Each university will have a virtual booth, where students and parents can find useful information about the institution, one or more videos, downloadable materials (brochures, etc.) and, most importantly, a video / text chat link where students and parents will be able to interact with university representatives in real time. University booths will go ‘live’ today (Friday, March 5) at 4:00pm China time. At that time, all resources (except live video chats) will be available for students and parents to preview in preparation for the event.

All parents who wish to join the fair and access these materials may do so by following this registration linkHigh school students in grades 9-11 will be guided through the registration process during an orientation session that will take place early next week. Students do not need to sign up for the fair individually. 

Please refer to THIS DOCUMENT for a list of presentations, and to the flyer for a list of participating universities. Presentations with a fixed start time will be live, and those that are labeled as starting ‘anytime’ are pre-recorded. All universities, regardless of whether they are providing live or a pre-recorded presentations, will have representatives online who are available to chat and answer questions during the event.

For any questions about the event, please reach out to Maja Kelly at mkelly@scis-china.org

Grade 6 Students Apply Their Learning in Service of the SCI S Community

Service and Action is an important part of the IB Middle Years Program and the SCIS experience. Students are expected to not only master the content material from their courses, but also to seek ways to apply that learning in service to their community. In this way they are able to make progress toward one of our most important Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs), positively contributing to their community. Grade 6 students have planned their own service experiences within the school with the support of their advisors Ms. Marcos, Mr. Nicholaides, and Ms. Caban.

The students decided to use the skills they are learning in grade 6 and teach them to students in the Lower School. They started out by interviewing the Lower School students to find out what their needs are. So far, they have decided to focus on supporting Lower School students’ math skills and social-emotional learning. As you can see from the pictures, this has proven exciting for both the grade 6 students and the Lower School students. This outreach with the Lower School will take place over the next 2 months. Not only is this a great experience for students to have a positive experience contributing to their communities, it also helps to build the broader campus community by bringing students together from across grade levels and division. Congratulations grade 6 on your service projects, keep up the great work!


SCIS Hosted Masters Degree in Education Program Open to SCIS Community Applicants

As a part of SCIS’s effort to support a wide range of professional development opportunities, we have maintained our partnership with SUNY (Buffalo State Campus) to offer graduate-level courses here in Shanghai. The program is designed for individuals with unique professional and educational objectives not readily met by traditional master’s degree programs, and the program can lead to a Multidisciplinary Studies, Masters of Science (M.S.) Degree issued by SUNY.

The entire program requires 10 courses and one Action Research course delivered through a combined approach of on-site (on a SCIS campus) and on-line instruction over a period of 3 years. Courses are held on two weekend days and finish the following weekend when school is in session. Because of the pandemic, all on-site courses will be held online. Examples of courses offered include: Instructional Strategies for More Effective Teaching, Principles of Curriculum Design, Creative Problem Solving, and Instructional Technologies.   

Parents and community members are welcome to join the cohort and learn alongside our teaching faculty. You can learn more about the program by reviewing the PROGRAM BROCHURE and the APPLICATION INFORMATION. Please contact our site coordinator Olive Sun for details: osun@scis-china.org


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *