Updates for the Week of 13 March

Quote of the Week:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
— Lin Yutang

A Gala Weekend!

Thanks to all who attended our Gala for the Arts on Saturday. It was a spectacular evening! Congratulations to all our performers and artists whose work was on display, demonstrating the richness of our programs and the talents of our kids.

Ours being a busy school, of course, there were all kinds of other things happening last week and over the weekend, among them:

  • Badminton in Beijing — boys doubles 2nd, girls doubles 1st, mixed doubles 3rd
  • FTC Robotics in Shanghai —
  • JV Softball in Beijing — 3rd (competing with varsity teams)
  • Quizbowl in Singapore — 2nd
  • Soccer in Beijing — boys 4th, girls 3rd
  • Track & Field in Taipei — many personal bests and medals won
  • Varsity Softball at home — split a double-header with Puxi

We also hosted Professor of Marine Biology, David Baker from Hong Kong University who spent Friday on our campus speaking with groups of students and faculty about his studies and about ways in which our students might be able to participate in the important work of coral reef conservation. Lots going on!

Preventing Substance Abuse: Raising Awareness and Engaging in Small Conversations — LLH at 4:30pm on Tuesday 14 March

This past January, all SAS Pudong High School students participated in a perception survey regarding drug and alcohol use by FCD Prevention Works, a global non-profit substance abuse prevention organization. We will share the results of the survey with parents and students after the analysis of the data is complete in April or May.

Wondering about how to approach the topic of drugs and alcohol with your kids? You are not alone.

Middle and High School Parents: Please join FCD Prevention Specialist John Tummon in the LLH at 4:30pm on Tuesday 14 March to discuss current trends in adolescent substance use, implications for our community, and ways we can all partner to ensure our kids have the knowledge and skills to make good decisions.
Prevention doesn’t happen with a single conversation; it takes 100 small conversations to build a foundation of trust and shared values. SAS supports FCD’s vision of whole community awareness and dialogue as being crucial in our efforts to keep students healthy and safe while they are with us in Shanghai and after they go off to college. Please attend this session and to learn how you and our greater SAS community can build off the school’s efforts so all of our kids receive clear, consistent guidance.

There will be buses to facilitate your participation in this important event:

  • 3:40pm pick up from JinQiao Starbucks
  • 3:15pm pick up from Gubei Starbucks
  • 6:00pm return, departing from the front gate

Admissions Notes

Parents: Do you have non-SAS friends looking to learn more about our awesome Middle School and High School? Then tell them about our next Coffee and Tour on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 9:00-12:00pm! An optional lunch presentation entitled “College Counseling at SAS” from 12noon –1:00pm will be offered for Coffee and Tour registrants. Spread the word on this special event and send your friends to the link here to RSVP!

High School Musical Production This Week

Get your tickets for Once on this Island today! Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17.

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, comes a story inspired from the by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. With a Caribbean-tinged score, follow the story of Ti Moune as she goes on her quest to prove that love is stronger than death. Once on this Island is a fairy tale celebration of love, hope, life and death.

Reserve your seats now for our 6:00 performance on Thursday the 16th or our 4:30 performance on Friday the 17th. Buses will be provided after each performance.

You can get your tickets right here: https://pudong-performing-arts.ticketleap.com

See you at the show!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Coming Up: April 20th and 21st

Please mark these dates on your calendars now, and watch soon for information about signing up for conference times. Conferences run afterschool on the 20th and all day on the 21st.

IB and AP Exams on May 1st

May 1 is a holiday for all students except for those who are taking IB and AP exams scheduled for May 1. 

Students must check their exam schedules and advise parents if they are taking exams on this holiday. Exams are fixed and cannot be rescheduled. IB students can pick their exam schedule up from the HS office.

On May 1:

  • There will be no food on campus
  • Limited buses will run
  • AP Exams on this day: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology
  • IB Exams on this day: Biology, Business Management, Global Politics

More details to come.


We will be hosting a TRIATHLON again (along with the Shanghai Triathlon Club) for 400 people (ages 3 – adult) on Monday, May 8th. Sign-ups will open soon. Watch for it.

Pudong Middle School and High School Joint Schedule 2017-18

Please visit this link to see and download the presentation on our new schedule for 2017-18.

Pudong High School Course Catalog 2017-18

Please visit this link to see and download the Course Catalog for 2017-18.

Official School Calendar for 2017-18

Please visit this link to see and download the calendar for 2017-18.

Seniors and Parents of Seniors

The days are getting longer, temperatures are beginning to moderate, college acceptance letters are rolling in. We are moving closer and closer to graduation! Please take a look at the Class of 2017 Graduation Handbook which has important information, dates, timelines, and forms, all of which you will need to be ready for the big day: Sunday 28 May, 2017.

Summer Opportunities!

Did you know you can research summer programs through our Naviance system? There are 2,895 programs listed and you can search by category, key word or state/country. If you are looking for a summer activity, start here. If you want more information, please visit Naviance, Click on the “Colleges” tab, in the “College Research” block in the middle of the page you will see “Enrichment Programs” on the bottom right. Please see a counselor with any questions.

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