Welcome back! It was great to welcome back our students this week. The energy on the campus was electric as students and teachers reconnected after the long summer break. Teachers and students alike were excited to be back in the rhythm of the school day and together with the community again. We capped off the week with an Upper School assembly on Friday. Following our health and safety protocols, we were able to assemble students in the theater, bringing the students back together in the same room for the first time since December 2019. To ensure that we are integrating students who are out of the country and quarantined, we conducted the assembly live on Microsoft Teams. Happily, many of these students, as well as Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Shanks, were able to join us in real-time. It was a powerful moment to have everyone together.
New SCIS Upper School Teachers
We welcomed three new Upper School teachers to our school. We are extremely fortunate, given the travel and visa hurdles, to have all these new teachers here with us on campus for the first days of school. These newest additions to our SCIS family bring a wide range of experience and expertise to our school. Xiaomeng Shang, who has experience teaching in Beijing and curriculum writing experience from her time in Shenzhen, will be joining our Upper School Mandarin department. Emmet Dunphy, originally from Ireland, most recently teaching in Guangzhou, joins our Langauge and Literature and Individuals and Societies departments. Finally, Yan Yan joins us as an Upper and Lower School Mandarin teacher after 10 years of teaching Mandarin in the United States. Please join us in helping these new teachers feel part of our amazing community!
After School Activities
Sports and activities are an extremely important part of the SCIS experience. They push students to develop skills, like cooperation, persistence, and grit, that will serve them well in school and in life. We have received approval from the government to offer a limited number of after school activities. Upper School students sign up for these activities with their activity sponsor (teacher) directly. Advisors are available to help students choose an activity and will encourage all students to find a way to get involved in the community outside of the classroom. Here is a list of the upcoming ASAs; Tuesday: MS StuCo, MS Rugby, HS Volleyball, Wednesday: Yearbook (editors only for now), School Play, Thursday: HS Jazz band, HS StuCo, Friday: HS volleyball. More activities will be added as our approved after school activity time increases. Please encourage your child to participate and contact your child’s advisor with any questions. Coach Vic, Athletics and Activities Director, is also available to answer any questions you may have.
Message from Liz Gale, SCIS Deputy Director of Schools
Greetings SCIS-Pudong Families,
A warm dragon welcome to all new and returning families. We have had a fantastic start to the 2020-2021 school year, and I would like to begin by thanking all SCIS families for supporting us with the implementation of our health and safety procedures including the completion of the online temperature record form, as well as the daily student health card. These practices are for the health and safety of the entire community and your understanding and support with adhering to these procedures is truly appreciated.
As I conclude my first week as the SCIS Deputy Director of Schools and Acting Head of School for the Pudong Campus, I can’t help but feel an enormous sense of pride to be part of such a resilient, caring, and inspiring world-class community. Hallways and classrooms were abuzz this week with overwhelmingly positive energy as students shared stories about their summer, engaged in a variety of community-building experiences, reconnected with teachers and peers, and developed new friendships.
As mentioned in my back-to-school orientation video shared on Monday, I am honored, humbled, and excited to work with our incredible team of educators, staff, and divisional administrators. By focusing on our community, deepening our collaborative efforts, and improving communication channels, we will continue to strengthen academic achievement for all learners, build strong social emotional support systems, and empower all members of our community to take an active role in attaining our mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.
With that said, we will be making a conscious effort to streamline our communication channels to ensure that information is provided in a more efficient and effective manner. As such, I will be a regular contributor to the weekly Upper School and Lower School Principal’s Blog Posts, instead of continuing with the Head of School blog. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me, Dr. Volpe (US), or Mrs. Brews (LS) if you have any questions. I look forward to an inspiring and rewarding year ahead.
Parents play an active role in the school community at SCIS. Our parent association is known as the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA) and all parents are automatically members. PAFA coordinates parent involvement with the school and is a source of strength and support, knowledge, experience and a place where many of our families find lifelong friends. We are currently seeking parent volunteers to serve on our SCIS-Pudong PAFA Executive Board for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in undertaking one of the below roles, or would like to nominate an SCIS-Pudong parent please complete this 2020-2021 PAFA Executive Board Nominations survey. Once the survey has been submitted, Dr. David Mazer, the School Community Relations Officer will follow up with each parent directly. We will be accepting nominations until next Friday, September 11th. If you have any questions about this process or the below positions please connect with Dr. Mazer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once nominations or volunteers have been received the campus administration will oversee a voting process if needed, and the PAFA executive team will be set for the 2020-2021 school year. Below is an overview of the open positions. For additional information on the position, descriptions please the SCIS-Pudong PAFA Website.
President: Working closely with the SCIS Faculty Representative, the PAFA President is responsible for chairing monthly Executive Committee Meetings and PAFA General Meetings. The President sets agendas and supports all other PAFA Executive Committee members in fulfilling their roles.
Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for attending and keeping accurate records of all Executive Committee Meetings and General Meetings, make such records available to members, submit Executive Committee minutes for a school publication, and model the Code of Conduct.
Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for tracking and managing income and expenses.
Events Coordinator / Food & Beverage / Purchasing Coordinator: This person will work with the SCIS PAFA Faculty Representative to plan / coordinate / delegate all annual PAFA events such as New Student Orientation, Welcome Back BBQ, Bingo Night, Winter Festival, International Food Festival, etc… In addition, the Events Coordinator will work with other executive committee team members to purchase products needed for PAFA sponsored events.
Volunteer Coordinator / Country Ambassador: The Volunteer Coordinator role will liaise with administration and admissions to plan a diverse network of parents to reach out and welcome new parents and students, introduce them to other families, ensure they feel welcome and supported in the SCIS community