2020-2021 Principal’s Post #30

Student-Led Conferences April 14 (On Campus)

SCIS Pudong is planning for in-person Student-Led Conferences on April 14th. We are excited that the current health and safety regulations have been relaxed to allow parents on campus for conferences. However, please note that if the health and safety situation changes, we may need to move conferences online. If this is the case, we will notify families immediately. Students will be released at 11:30, on April 14th in order to allow for these conferences to take place. The goal of Student-led conferences is to empower students to reflect on their learning and progress, as well as communicate their learning and development to others. Student-led conferences are an important experience for parents as it allows parents to hear directly from their child in a structured format that is difficult to replicate through informal conversations at home.

Scheduling Logistics

Please note that the first Lower School sign-up time is scheduled for 12:15 and the first Upper School sign-up time is 12:30. These times are purposefully staggered to allow parents time to transition if they have children in both divisions. All students will be asked to take the bus home and return with their parents for conferences. As a parent, if you would like to pick up your child at 11:30, go to lunch in the local area and return for the conference, please be sure to notify the divisional secretaries via email. Finally, for students taking the bus home and returning back to school, please take your child’s transportation time into account when signing up for your conference time. Please don’t hesitate to contact the divisional secretaries or administration with questions.

MYP Student-Led Conference Format

All MYP parents are asked to sign up for ONE 30-minute conference with their child. All students in Grades 6 -10 have focused on developing their Approaches to Learning skills this year through an ongoing process of action, reflection, and goal setting leading to further action. The Student-Led Conference is a family meeting in which students present this learning process to their parents, and share evidence of their learning and development across subject areas with a focus on different skills. While the student’s Advisor may be present, their purpose is to provide logistical support. The student will lead the meeting. 

This link closes on April 12th at 3pm

DP Student-Led Conference Format

 Parents of students in Grades 11 and 12 are invited to join our Juniors and Seniors for one-on-one meetings with each of their teachers. For Grade 11, this is an important checkpoint and will be an opportunity for focused feedback on current successes and next steps. For Grade 12, teachers will discuss final predicted IB grades, share the evidence from the Mock IB Exams and Internal Assessments on which these predictions are based, and make specific recommendations for the best use of revision time in April. 

This link closes on April 12th at 3pm

China Go! Trips Save the Date (April 28-30)

This year we scheduled our China Go! trips in the spring instead of the traditional fall dates as we had hoped that the health and safety conditions would improve and we would be able to safely carry out the trips. We are excited to say that we received approval on April 1st to move forward with our trips. In order to ensure student safety and meet all health-related travel regulations, all trips this year will take place within Shanghai. We continue to work with our long-time partners Insight-Adventures who have arranged 6 different trips for our grade 6-11 students around Shanghai. Students will depart on April 28th, taking their normal morning bus to school and will return Friday, April 30th on their regular 3pm bus. Please make sure that your child’s visa and passport are valid and available for these travel dates. You will receive further information regarding trip logistics, packing lists, and additional information by Friday, April 9th.

China GO! is consistently identified by students as one of the highlights of the school year. At SCIS, China GO! trips seek to build our community through shared experiences by engaging authentic service-based activities which promote host culture connections. These shared experiences help build the bonds of friendship between classmates and help build a foundation for positive student-teacher relationships. Research shows these relationships have a positive impact on student learning. These experiences help to shape who we are as a community of learners. Students will be learning more about these trips through our Advisory program and parents will receive grade level information and required permission forms in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we ask that parents do not make plans to travel with their students until the day after students return for the trips (April 30). We also ask that parents make sure that student passports and visas are up-to-date as we will be requesting updated copies for booking the trips. Please make a point of speaking with your children about their trips over the coming weeks as you receive important information.

SCIS Systemwide Accreditation Self-Study Meeting on the Hongqiao Campus

Over 200 teachers and administrators gathered Friday on our Hongqiao campus to review and celebrate 2 years of work preparing for the WASC and IB accreditation visit that will be taking place the week of May 15th. The self-study process provides an excellent opportunity for the campuses and programs to reflect on our policies, procedures, practices, and student outcomes. This self-study process has involved students, parents, teachers, staff, administration, and the board. As today marks the end of the self-study process, we now turn our attention to the virtual accreditation visit that will take place the week of May 15th. This virtual visit will involve interviews with students, parents, staff, teachers, the administration, and the board. Essentially, the role of the visiting teams is to ensure that we are accurately reflected through our self-study process and that we are meeting the required standards for WASC accreditation and IB authorization. You will be hearing more about the pending virtual visit in the coming weeks. For now, we would like to take a moment to celebrate the work that has been done and thank all of those involved in this process of continuous improvement. Go Dragons!

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