Principals’ Post #34

Upper School College Counselor Ms. Kelly Presents on University Admissions

Ms. Kelly began her annual university admissions series this week. The focus of this series is to introduce parents to the requirements and timeline of the university admissions process. Ms. Kelly kicked off the series on Tuesday morning with a presentation on applying to U.S. Colleges and Universities. Thursday’s presentation on applying to universities in Canada, the U.K. and the Netherlands was also well attended by parents. The final presentation in the series will be next Monday, May 20 at 9:00am. This presentation will focus on universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. Ms. Kelly has also invited parents to reach out to her to set up individual family meetings to explore the many university options available. These individual meetings are in addition to the regular university counseling programing Ms. Kelly leads students through during our Advisory sessions. We would like to thank Ms. Kelly for her efforts in organizing these important sessions for parents.

MYP Grade 7 Interdisciplinary Unit on Sustainable Development

This month students in grade 7 are working on an interdisciplinary unit across Science, Humanities, and Design. Interdisciplinary units (IDU) are an important component of the IB Middle Years Program curriculum framework. One of the major goals of the MYP at SCIS is to help students experience learning beyond the confines of individual disciplines in the context of real world problems. The grade 7 IDU is an excellent example of how we seek to help students take the skills and knowledge they learn in class and put them in to use, in this case solving major global problems.

The goal of the unit is to have students research and propose solutions for making cities around the world more sustainable. They will work towards this goal through the interdisciplinary lens of Science, Humanities, and Design. Students will identify current problems and propose technological, civic, and urban design solutions. Students will divide up and focus on four major challenges facing cities around the world: waste management, energy, food production, and green space. Students will take the knowledge and understanding they gain through disciplinary studies and synthesize them in their proposed solutions. We are looking forward to hearing the solutions they propose! We would like to thank Mr. Mavec, Mr. Lawrence, and Mr. Willauer for the hard work, creativity, and energy they have put into designing an amazing learning experience for our students.

Important Shanghai Security Information

We would like to draw your attention once again to the important security information contained in last week’s blog post. First we would like to remind you that we will be hosting a representative from the U.S. Consulate on May 21 who will provide a briefing to students and parents. While some of the information in the presentation will be specific to U.S. Consulate services, we have asked the representative to focus on drawing attention to the importance of understanding local laws. There will be a student presentation from 11:30-12:00 and a parent question and answer session from 12:10-12:45. We hope to see many of you at the presentation. In case you missed last week’s post we are again including the message from Head of School Derek Luebbe which outlines important security information. Please take a moment to read Mr. Luebbe’s letter below.

Announcements

Parent Presentation May 21, 12:10-12:45 in the Theater

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #33

Dear SCIS Families,

As the weather warms and important celebrations like the Prom and Graduation approach, we feel it is an important time to draw your attention to how we can keep our students safe as they navigate the city outside of the protective walls of SCIS. While Shanghai is a safe city by international standards, it is important that students are aware of the local laws and regulations.

SCIS takes our responsibility for helping students make responsible choices very seriously. We have dedicated significant time within the school day and within the curriculum to help equip our students with the information and the social skills necessary to make positive, healthy choices. One example of these efforts is our social-emotional Advisory curriculum delivered by Ms. Kelly, our Upper School Counselor. Ms. Kelly’s lessons with students include a focus on helping students develop healthy habits, practicing communication skills to resist peer pressure, and an ongoing effort to ensure students have up to date information and are aware of the latest research about substance abuse.

As an extension of these efforts, we have invited a representative from the U.S. Consulate to come to SCIS to provide our students with a security briefing. This event will take place on May 21st during Advisory (11:30-12:10). Following the student Advisory session the U.S. Consulate representative has agreed to provide a follow-up session for parents from 12:10-12:45. We hope that many of you will be available to attend this opportunity to hear directly from a representative of the diplomatic community regarding how we can keep our students safe in Shanghai.

At SCIS we recognize that while living in China it can be difficult to obtain accurate information about changes in local laws and law enforcement initiatives. We are committed to sharing information with our community as we become aware of it as a school. Please take some time to read the following letter from our Head of School Derek Luebbe for more detailed information regarding recent trends in law enforcement around substance abuse in Shanghai.

Service Celebration

Today was the culmination of the year’s Service and Action program as our MYP students as we came together for our annual Service Celebration assembly. Representatives from each grade level gave presentations about the service projects they have engaged with this year in the context of Advisory. As with all experiential learning, the emphasis was on the process. Students talked about how they moved through stages of action. Investigating needs, planning next steps, taking action, reflecting on and revising plans and taking further action. The Service Celebration provides an opportunity for the final stage of demonstration, in which students share their process and learning with the broader community. We can all benefit from the sharing of experience.

Highlights of this year’s Service Celebration included videos exploring the MYP Learning Outcomes for Service, a focused project for enhancing the break room for our school Ayis, a research and advocacy project addressing student stress, and much more. Thanks go to all the Advisors for their support of service learning in the MYP, and especially to Mr Steve Lawrence for his significant efforts and leadership in coordinating the program.

Middle School Spring Fling Tonight

This evening Middle School Spring Fling is one of the highlights of the year. Students will start out with a dance in the black box, play capture the flag on the field, enjoy dinner together, and then have the choice of play games, sports in the gym, or a movie. While chaperones are on hand to help students and provide supervision, Student Council members are in charge of running the activities and hosting the event. Spring Fling is a great opportunity for students that are typically scattered across Pudong on a Friday night to have some fun and enjoy spending time together. Buses will leave promptly at 9pm to get students home in time for a good nights sleep after all the fun. Thank you M.S. Student Council and Ms. Roberts for all of your efforts making tonights event possible.

Prom 2019

The High School Prom will be held Saturday May 25th at one of Shanghai’s most spectacular venues, Kathleen Waitan. Prom is an annual tradition at SCIS that provides High School students a formal evening to enjoy each others’ company, dance, and make memories that with the Bund as their backdrop, will truly last a life time. Please note that students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event. During the event SCIS teachers and administration will be on hand to chaperone. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to have a conversation with your children about how to stay safe when navigating the city before and after the Prom. We are looking forward to what promises to be a great evening. Many thanks for Student Council and Ms. Hedderson for all of their work preparing the event.

Announcements

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #32

SCIS Families,

It was great to see so many families in attendance for International Festival. The event was a perfect representation of what makes SCIS such a powerful community in which to belong. The thought and care that went into the country displays and the musical performances were extremely moving. The pride of sharing cultural traditions and food was only surpassed by the eagerness of those in attendance to learn and experience them. The musical and dance performances were truly impressive this year. The food stalls also surpassed expectations as International Festival seems to have awakened a friendly competitive spirit which was enjoyed by all.

We would like to thank all of the performers–and those that helped organize visiting artists–for making it possible for the SCIS community to share in these cultural traditions. We would also like to thank the volunteers that ran the tables and spent hours cooking traditional dishes to share. Finally, we would like to thank Laurie Luebbe and all of the PAFA parents for their efforts making this event such a success. These shared experiences are vital as they provide opportunities for us to strengthen our individual relationships, broaden our SCIS circles of friends, and maintain our wonderful community.

Spirit Week

Students celebrated SCIS Spirit Week across the Upper and Lower School. Students started out the week in relaxed fashion with pajama day and then showed their class spirit with grade level color spirit day on Tuesday. Thursday brought out the most creativity this week as students demonstrated the many ways to dress up as tacky tourists. We ended the week with the our Pudong greens and jeans. Spirit Week is organized by our Student Council in an effort to lift spirits of our students as we approach the final stretch of the school year. Spring Spirit Week also marks the last day of classes for grade 12 students as they will begin IB Diploma exams next week. Thank you Student Council for organizing a great week!

SCIS System Leadership Team Participates in Adaptive Schools Seminar

One of the many benefits of being a small school in a larger system of schools is that we are able to capitalize on the resources and expertise of a large organization while maintaining a tight knit community. This week, members of the SCIS administration across all campuses participated in a 4-day Adaptive Schools seminar led by expert facilitator Kendall Zoller. The training focused on building and developing effective teams. All organizations know that they are only as good as the people in them, but the best organizations know that talent works best when highly effective teams are developed. The 4-day seminar unpacked the structures and strategies necessary for building effective teams. At SCIS, like in many organizations, it is in teams that the most important work is done. Whether it’s planning the curriculum, designing assessments, or unpacking the research on the most effective instructional strategies, the most important work of education is done by teams of educators. As an Upper School administrative team, we will take the skills and strategies learned through the Adaptive Schools experience and apply them to the work we do in designing and implementing a world class educational experiences for our students.

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #31

Dear SCIS Families,

It was great to see so many parents and students on campus last night to experience our Spring Arts Night. The artwork, short films, and musical performances showcased the tremendous amount of collective and individual talent in our student body. The energy in the gallery was electric as the crowds mingled and spoke to the artists about their work. Film favorites included Wendy’s Wok and the music video Welcome Back to Russia. One of the musical stand outs of the evening was the performance of “Sway” by the high school Jazz Band which had the theater rocking. Overall it was a very entertaining evening which showcased the growth of the musicians and the creative talent they have developed. We would like to thank all of the parents who attend as well as all of the teacher volunteers who made the evening possible. Special thanks to Mr. Johnson for streaming the event live (events are also archived and can be rewatched at any time) and a big thank you to Mr Justin Zhu, our Theater Technician. Finally we would like to thank Mr. Demas, our Music teacher, Ms. Whiteside, our Visual Arts teacher, and Mr. O’Reilly, our Film teacher for their never ending support of our students and their dedication to the Arts at SCIS.

High School Jazz Band rocks the stage

International Festival is Here!

The excitement has been building for Saturday’s International Festival. This event more than any other showcases the amazing diversity and cultural pride that exists within the SCIS community. Whether you are coming to taste the amazing food from around the world, enjoy the student performances, or to reconnect with students, teachers, and friends, International Festival has something for everyone. A special thank you to PAFA and all of the country food table organizers for making Saturday possible. We hope to see everyone there!

Design Students Prepare for the International Festival

This year International Festival made its way into Mr. Willauer’s Design curriculum. Seventh and eighth grade students were tasked with designing carnival games for elementary students. Students researched games, received feedback from fellow students, trialed the games, and then went back through the Design Cycle to improve their games. The Design Cycle mirrors the inquiry process students go through in their other MYP courses. However, the Design course is special in that it provides tangible experiences with this process that students can generalize to their other subjects. This Design project also represents an excellent example of real world application of the principles and skills students learning in the course. Constantly connecting what students are learning in the MYP to the real world is done through contextualizing the academic work in a real life scenarios. In this case, success will be measured by putting their games to the test with Lower School students during the International Festival. While student games and their development process will be evaluated in the academic sense by Mr. Willauer, the most powerful feedback will come from running the games for Lower School students on Saturday. We encourage you to stop by and check out the games for yourself.

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #30

SCIS Families,

This week has been dominated by the excitement surrounding our visiting author Andy Craven-Griffiths. We are extremely grateful to PAFA for making our visiting artist series possible. Please read on below to learn more about how Andy spent his time on campus with our students. This week also brought our final ACAMIS tournament of the year. Players and coaches headed up to Beijing on Wednesday for the three-day event. Early results were very positive with the boys and the girls both winning their early games. Unfortunately there is no livestream transmission or realtime website updates so we are relying on WeChat updates from the coaches and players to follow the action. As of this posting, the girls were preparing for the semi-finals and the boys for the quarter-finals.

This week we have also seen a number of students returning to campus to visit old friends and teachers. Many students who have moved to new countries and schools used their Spring Break as an opportunity to reconnect with life at SCIS. Maintaining these connections is an important way of nurturing a long term health community. Visiting students are allowed to shadow former classmates for up to one full day with prior permission. The hosting student completes a simple form collecting all of the teachers’ signatures approving the visit, allowing the teachers to plan for the additional student in class for that day. If you know of families that will be visiting Shanghai and they would like students to visit SCIS as a guest, please encourage them to contact the administration. We love to catch up with students and hear about where the latest chapter in their journeys has taken them. As the saying goes, Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon!

Poetry Workshops this Week

Andy Craven-Griffiths led poetry workshops across all grade levels while on campus this week. Andy brings a unique blend of experience as an educator and a professional artist. Andy’s experience as a published poet, playwright, and musician helps to give him credibility with the students while his experience running workshops for thousands of students makes him highly effective in helping students develop their own writing process. Workshops this week were held during grade level Language and Literature classes. This allowed teachers to learn from Andy’s approach as well as participate in the workshops themselves. Teachers worked alongside Andy encouraging students, helping them to develop their ideas. Teachers will continue to follow-up on the work with students and extend their learning even after Andy leaves.

Andy used a variety of icebreakers, brainstorming strategies and writing prompts to help students activate their inner poets. Students had the opportunity to experiment with poetry as well as develop their own poems through the drafting and feedback process. Inspired students volunteered to share their poetry at the culminating assembly on Friday when Andy emceed a poetry concert. We were very proud of the students who took the risk to put themselves out there in front of the whole Upper School and share their innovative, original, and frequently moving poetry. Our Dragons’ poetic talent was on full display.

We would like to recognize the role of our librarian, Ms. Emily Williams in bringing Andy Craven-Griffiths to SCIS. Ms. Williams worked with Andy on everything from his flight arrangements and visa to the detailed Upper and Lower School schedules he followed while on campus. These workshops would not have been possible without her many hours of work. Thank you, Ms. Williams!

We would also again like to thank PAFA for their generous support for our visiting poet. Without the support of PAFA we would not have been able to bring Andy all the way from the UK to spend this week with our students. This type of support truly enriches the programs we are able to offer at SCIS and helps students form lasting memories. THANK YOU PAFA!

Good Luck this Weekend at ACAMIS Soccer in Beijing. Go Dragons!

2019 Girls Varsity Soccer Team
2019 Boys Varsity Soccer

Announcements

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org.

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principal’s Post #29

Dear SCIS Families,

It was great to see everyone return from Spring Break refreshed and energized.  The upcoming stretch of the school year between now and the end of the school is jam-packed with events, final assessments, and celebrations.  We encourage families to monitor the Events Calendar and regularly have conversations with your children regarding upcoming events.  Please see the events posted on the right pane of this blog and follow the link to the calendar.  This month alone students will be participating in both the ACAMIS Badminton and Soccer tournaments, performing in the Spring Arts Night, attending poetry workshops with our visiting author, and celebrating our PAFA sponsored International Day.  

ACAMIS Badminton 

Students and coaches departed Wednesday with anticipation on their way to Beijing for the ACAMIS Badminton tournament.  The ACAMIS tournament is the culminating competition of the season.  While the tournament will certainly be competitive, it is also an opportunity for students to meet other student-athletes from schools across China and Mongolia.  Early results from Thursday’s competition reported by coaches were encouraging.  We wish all players and coaches the best of luck in Beijing. We would also like to thank our Badminton coaches Mr. Bilz and Ms. Hedderson for their commitment to helping our team get to the top of their game.  Go Dragons!

Grade 10 Students Write Practice College Entrance Exam

This week tenth grade students sharpened their test-taking skills as they took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).  The PSAT is a preliminary college entrance exam overseen by College Board in the United States.  College Board is also the non-profit organization responsible for administering the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a U.S. college entrance exam.  Participating in the PSAT is a part of the SCIS-Pudong college counseling program which prepares students to select and apply to colleges all over the world.  SCIS is very luck to have Ms. Kelly, our College Counselor, here to guide our students.  Ms. Kelly will help students interpret their results and work with them to develop a study plan if they wish to take SAT during grade 11. SCIS is also a test center for the SAT.   SCIS is committed to helping all students prepare for these and other assessments in order to ensure students are well-positioned for the competitive college application experience.  We would like to thank Ms. Kelly for her efforts in supporting our students in their individual college search and application journeys.   

Visiting UK Author Andy Craven-Griffiths 

SCIS is excited to host our third annual Visiting Author.  Our Visiting Author series helps students see writing from another perspective and connects writing to the world of popular culture.  Over the last two years, thanks to the support of PAFA, we have had the pleasure of hosting Hakim Bellamy from the United States and Luka Lesson from Australia.  Now in our third year of this series we are excited to be welcoming Andy Craven-Griffiths to campus next week.  Andy will be coming to us directly from the UK where he is an experienced educator and an accomplished poet.   Andy will be meeting with students across the Upper and Lower School, providing workshops and presenting his poetry to students.  Our week with Andy will culminate in an assembly on Friday.  Please ask your children about their time with Andy.  And a huge thank you to PAFA!

Announcements

Re-enrollment continues for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org. 

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal

Principal’s Post #28

Dear SCIS Families,

This week the spotlight was definitely on Dragon athletics.   Our varsity soccer teams marked an important point in their season with Big Game Night.  Every year the final home games of each of the three major ACAMIS sports (basketball, volleyball, and soccer) provide a time for the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the season as well as honor the contributions of the grade 12 athletes.  Soccer season’s Big Game Night is particularly meaningful as it marks the final home sporting event for athletes who in some cases have been competing in SCIS varsity athletics for four years.  This year’s girls soccer team does not have any senior athletes.  However, the boys team honored the contributions of four senior athletes.  Coach Newell presented the boys with gifts to recognize their contribution to the program and shared stories of their time on the field. 

Both Tuesday’s girls’ game and Wednesday’s boys’ game were very well attended by parents and students which added to the celebratory atmosphere.  Both teams were able to come away with the victory to the delight of the crowd in attendance.  We would like to thank the our Athletics and Activities Director Coach Vic for putting planning the event and even more Coaches Newell, O’Reilly, Ruf, as well as Coach Vic for all of the time and energy they have put into this season.  Congratulations seniors and good luck in SISAC and ACAMIS!

MYP Mathematics Outside the Classroom

There are many reasons the study of mathematics is unique within the IB Middle Years Program at SCIS.  Students are still required to master the skills and procedures of traditional math curriculum but they are then required to take that learning one step further by applying these concepts to the real world.  Ms. Valenza’s 6th grade class left their classrooms behind for much of this unit as they explored two-dimensional geometry and multiple systems of measurement.  Students used the hallways and outdoor spaces on the school campus to explore these concepts.  Thank you Ms. Valenza for helping math come alive for our students!

 

Congratulations Swimmers

We would like to congratulate students and coaches on an amazing swim season.  As the longest season of any of our ACAMIS sports athletes and coaches deserve special praise for their persistence and commitment to their chosen sport of swimming.  Coaches and parents were particularly proud of the swimmers’ participation in the recent ACAMIS swimming championship held in Suzhou.  Congratulations swimmers and thank you Coach Tarsi, Coach Wu, and Coach Mount for the many hours you put helping our swimmers consistently work towards yet another personal best.  Go Dragons!

Announcements

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note that we are predicting waitlists in some grade levels and programs across the school.  As such, if you are confident that you would like your child to continue at SCIS-Pudong for the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage you to submit your re-enrollment as quickly as possible. 

Please note, you must use your @scis-parent.org email account details when signing in to the Online Re-Enrollment Website.  If you have any questions regarding the process for re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to reach out to the SCIS Admissions team at admissions@scis-china.org. 

Have a great Spring Break!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #27

Dear SCIS Families,

We would like to thank all of the families that attended the March conferences on Thursday. For MYP Student-Led Conferences, it was great to have families on campus hearing directly from their children about the progress they have made in their learning this year.  Student-Led Conferences are truly about providing the students with the opportunity to take the lead in communicating about their learning. 

IB Approaches to Learning Skills

The primary focus of the conferences emphasizes the important role the Approaches to Learning skills (ATLs) play in academic success and life-long learning. Conferences are designed to allow students to view their academic progress through the lens of the ATLs; Communication Skills, Research Skills, Social Skills, Self-Management Skills, and Thinking Skills.  We would like to encourage parents to continue to use the language of the ATLs in your discussions with students.  Educational research and workplace surveys consistently identify the development and application of these skills as a key to success.  

At SCIS we are in a constant cycle of improvement and would appreciate hearing from all parents about their experience with both the MYP Student-Led Conferences and the Grade 11-12 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.  We are seeking feedback from those that attended conferences and from those who were unable to attend.   Please take a moment to provide us feedback on March conferences by following the links below. Parents who participated in both MYP and DP conferences are encouraged to fill out both surveys.

 

DP Art Exhibition and Recital

Monday was a benchmark day for the Class of 2019, with the senior Music and Visual Arts students presenting a formal celebration of their academic pursuit of the Arts. Visual Arts and Music are unique subjects among the IB-DP course offerings, in that the final assessment of student work is required to be presented before a live audience. Each of our senior Visual Arts students presented a curated  collection of original work, created over the last two years, and representing a dazzling range of art styles, media, and messages. The Exhibition will remain on display for the next three weeks, we encourage you to stop by and have a look. On the same evening, our senior Music students performed in a group recital, a performance recorded and submitted to the IBO. The celebration of arts continued on Tuesday with a second recital featuring our Higher Level Music students in solo performances. 

MYP Science Expo

While on campus Thursday students also had the opportunity to share their MYP Science Exposition projects with families. Students also had the chance to present their learning to students across the Lower and Upper School Friday morning. They have been hard at work putting their scientific research and lab skills to the test over the past month in preparing for Friday’s Expo.  The Science Expo allows students to make real-world connections to the concepts they have been learning about in class.  We would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and their newly acquired knowledge and skills. We would also like to thank our MYP Science department for their support of our students. 

 

Shanghai Student Film Festival (S2F2)

This past weekend over 30 SCIS students participated in S2F2 which has become a highly anticipated annual event.  Students spent two full days immersed in film-making; working in teams competing against other students.  On Friday, students competed in the 8-hour Film Challenge where SCIS teams worked together to create their own original films while learning from other students, teachers, and industry professionals.  On Saturday students attended workshops, a screening of student films, and the final awards ceremony.  Our students represented SCIS well, bringing home a number of awards.  The SCIS community will have a chance to view these films later this spring during our final Arts Night of the year.  We would like to congratulate the students and thank Mr. O’Reilly and Ms. Whiteside for supporting our students in this experience. 

Mid-semester Progress Reports Posted to ManageBac

Please note that id-semester progress reports were posted Friday March 22nd at 3pm.  Mid-semester reports provide a progress designation and narrative feedback from teachers regarding the individual progress of each student.  Please take some time to review the progress reports with your child.  These reports provide a great opportunity for parents to have conversations around current progress and how to get to the next level.  

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal

 

Principals’ Post #26

Dear SCIS Families,

We are looking forward to seeing all of you on campus next week for conferences.  MYP students have been working hard to reflect on their progress this year and are looking forward to sharing their insights next week.  All families should have received an email reminder this week regarding the schedule and sign-up details for conferences.  Please see the information below if you haven’t yet signed up for conferences.

Conference Day next Thursday!  Sign-Ups Close Tuesday March 19! 

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21! All classes will be cancelled in favor of a day devoted to conferences to enhance home-school communication and parent understanding of their students’ development in knowledge, skills, and understandings. To make the most of the day, the Upper School will host different types of conferences to address the needs of students at different stages of their education. 

8:30-11:30am MYP Student-Led Conferences:  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 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. 

11:00-3:00pm Grade 11-12 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: 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. 

MYP Field Trip to Guangfulin

Last Friday our MYP teachers and students in grades 6-10 spent the day learning about over 5,000 years of Chinese history on their field trip to the Guangfulin relic park. The goal of the field trip was to help students connect to the history of our host country. Engagement was high as students completed a scavenger hunt that helped to bring the park to life.   The underground museum was a definitely highlight as students were able to walk through time and experience recreations of pivotal periods in Chinese history.   Special thanks to Ms. Fang, Mr. Lawrence, and Ms. Hedderson for their efforts organizing the event.  And congratulations to the Green Team for winning the scavenger hunt. Enjoy your pizza party!

 

Ping-Pong March Madness

March Madness at SCIS has begun!  Our annual student-teacher doubles ping-pong tournament has become a much anticipated tradition.  Student-teacher teams will compete agains each other over the next 3 weeks.  Up to four teams play simultaneous during the lunch with large crowds gathering to cheer on their friends.  Teams compete in the single elimination tournament in Middle School and High School brackets.  The winner of each bracket will then compete for bragging rights as the March Madness Champion.  We would like to thank Head of School Derek Luebbe and Athletics and Activities Director Vic Caban for organizing this exciting lunchtime tournament. Matching students with teachers in teams creates a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. This is a great opportunity for students and teachers to get to know each other better outside of the classroom and brings an air of fun and excitement to lunch.  If you find yourself on campus over the next few weeks around the lunch hour stop in to check out the excitement, you won’t be disappointed.  Go Dragons!


Middle School Dance Club Performance  

Congratulations to our students and Dance Club sponsor Ms. Williams for their performance at Dancefest, held recently at WISS.  Over 130 students from Shanghai international school had the opportunity to participate in dance workshops and show off their moves. They performed original choreography entitled: Dance Break!  Inspired by the sounds and moves of the 80s, this group of dancers collaborated to choreograph a piece that celebrates the undeniable fun of music and movement.  Just try and stay in your seat when these friends meet up for a dance break.  Thank you Ms. Williams for your time and efforts supporting the club! 

Dance Performance Video

Announcements

IB-DP Visual Arts Exhibition & Music Recital: Monday March 18th, 4-6 

In closing we would like to wish the best of luck to students in the many activities they are participating in this weekend.  Good luck to the students participating in the Suzhou Math Competition, ACAMIS Swimming, Cross-River Volleyball, and our Film students participating in S2F2. 

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal

 

Principals’ Post #25

Dear Families,

Its been another great week on campus.  March tends to be the busiest month of the year and this year is no exception.  Our sports teams are in full swing with MS volleyball and HS soccer teams competing in our local Shanghai SISAC league.  Tuesday’s performance of the Three Little Pigs was a highlight.  The crowd was much larger than the performers anticipated with the entire Lower School in attendance and many parents coming out to enjoy the show.  This week was also a milestone for the grade 12 students as they began their mock IB Diploma exams which provide a practice run for the real exams which will be held in May.  Many seniors have also been receiving news on their college applications which helps to bring into focus the fact that high school graduation is only months away.  Please read on below for a recap of some of the events of the past week and a look ahead to upcoming events.

Middle School Trivia Night 

Last Friday night we held the first Middle School Student Council sponsored Trivia Night.  The evening was led by our SCIS Quizmaster, Mr. Chris Willauer. Students created their own teams and had a wide range of categories with music, movie clips, and a taste test to guess the right flavor of ramen. The excitement was high for students as they competed for a pizza party and bragging rights as the first official victors of SCIS Trivia. Special thank you to Ms. Roberts for her efforts in supporting the event and our appreciation goes out to all of the teacher chaperones that made the event possible. 

Three Little Pigs

Congratulations to the students in the grade 7 and 8 Arts Rotation on an impressive performance this week.  The student performance showcased an awesome combination of onstage talent and pre-performance hard work and creativity.  A big thank you to Mr. Demas, Ms. Whiteside, and Ms. Riddle for all of your hard work preparing the students.  We look forward to the third and final Middle School Arts Rotation coming May 27!

March 21 Conference Sign-Ups Open! 

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21! All classes will be cancelled in favor of a day devoted to conferences to enhance home-school communication and parent understanding of their students development in knowledge, skills, and understandings. To make the most of the day, the Upper School will host different types of conferences to address the needs of students at different stages of their education. 

8:30-11:30am MYP Student-Led Conferences: 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 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. 

11:00-3:00pm Grade 11-12 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: 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. 

 

 

IB-DP Visual Arts Exhibition and Music Recital: March 18th 4-6pm 

Upcoming Parent Math Education Event

 

In closing, We would like to thank everyone that has already re-enrolled their child for next year.  If you haven’t had a chance to re-enroll please see your parent email for details or refer to post 23.  We are anticipating waitlists in some grades and programs.  In order to guarantee your students seat, please be sure you have completed the process.   

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks

Upper School Principal          Upper School Vice Principal