Updates for the Week of 17 April

Quote of the Week:

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

— Ernest Hemingway

The Year’s Last APAC is Now Behind Us, Concerts and Parent Teacher Conferences are Upcoming, College Acceptances are Rolling in…

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and coaches for another strong season’s finish! APAC Results:

  • Badminton: Boys 3rd, Girls 1st
  • Soccer: Boys 8th, Girls 7th
  • Softball: 4th
  • Track & Field: Boys 2nd, Girls 5th

Concert season starts this week! Reserve your tickets for this year’s high school music concert, It Might As Well Be Spring, on April 18 @ 6:00 p.m. Bussing is available from Gubei (4:30 p.m.) and Jinqiao (5:00 p.m.). Make sure you keep up to date with all of Pudong’s performing arts events at http://sites.saschina.org/performingarts/. And don’t forget that tickets for all of our events are available 2 weeks before the event at https://pudong-performing-arts.ticketleap.com

Once again, the Class of 2017 is demonstrating that the strengths of an SAS education translate into acceptances at the finest colleges and universities in the world. Our 2016-17 schoolwide college list is online and can be found here:


The list is updated weekly on Fridays.

Upcoming Events

  • 12th grade IB Diploma candidates MUST ATTEND two meetings in the library, block 2B, on Monday April 17th and Monday April 24th. Both of these meeting will take around an hour.
  • Prom will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 22nd, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at the Grand Kempinski, Pudong. Parents should note that there are no other school-sponsored activities before or after the Prom on that evening. Any other parties or gatherings are private and are not school-related or school-sponsored.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences April 20th-21st
    • Conferences run afterschool on the 20th and all day on the 21st. Buses will run to and from the Jinqiao and Gubei Starbucks stores:
      • April 20:
        • From Jinqiao at 2pm
        • To Jinqiao at 6:15pm
        • From Gubei at 1:45pm
        • To Gubei at 6:15pm
      • April 21:
        • From Jinqiao at 7am, 12 noon
        • To Jinqiao at 11am, 3:15pm,
        • From Gubei at 6:45am, 11:45am,
        • To Gubei at 11 am, 3:15pm
  • WASC Interim Visit April 23rd-26th
    • The Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) is our accrediting institution. Our association with WASC is central to our identity, as the essential questions we explore together help us to reflect and improve as a school.We have recently submitted to WASC a “Mid-Cycle Report” to mark changes and progress towards the school-wide goals established in our 2014 self-study. From April 23 -26, we will host on our campuses a visiting team of leaders and educators representing WASC . Their goal will be to offer observations and guidance as we mark our journey towards the next formal self-study, a process that we will begin in 2018-19. As part of this visit, the WASC committee will offer a public report to the SAS community on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:15 pm. It will take place in the Puxi campus PAC and will broadcast simultaneously in the Pudong campus PAC so that the full SAS community can receive the report together. All parents are invited.
  • 4th Annual Iron Eagle Triathlon May 8th
    • Parents, teachers and students from Shanghai American School community are encouraged to sign-up for this event. This is a fun, no-pressure event full of camaraderie and excitement that the whole family can take part in.   Please register for the event by Friday, April 21st. If you need more information or need an extra registration form, please check out the blog below:

Triathlon Information Blog: http://sites.saschina.org/triathlon/

To run an event of this magnitude, we also need volunteers.  If you can help us, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45afab29a0fd0-sasiron


Students interested in running for office next year should check out the StuCo Executive Election Handbook 2017~2018 for details. If you wish to run or are simply curious, head on over to Mrs. Brosseau’s room (H204) during break (9:45 AM) to pick up a Candidate and Speech Approval form and earn the eligibility to join the race. The current Student Council executive team looks forward to meeting you all prospective candidates!

StuCo Executive Election Schedule 2017:

Monday April 17, 9:45am: Mandatory Candidate Information Sessions (all candidates must attend one session)

Tuesday April 18, 9:45am: Mandatory Candidate Information Sessions (all candidates must attend one session)

Wednesday April 19, 9:45am: Mandatory Candidate Information Sessions (all candidates must attend one session)

Friday April 21: Declaration of Candidacy Forms due at 3:00PM; Candidates announced via email at 9:00pm

Monday April 24: Campaigning begins at 8:00am

Friday April 27: Speech Approval Forms due at 3:00PM

Tuesday May 23: Live Candidate Speeches in front of Grades 9~11, Ballot Voting commences at 1:00PM

Wednesday April 24: Announcement of Election Winners

Please Read for End of Year Information

Please take a moment to download and read this important document. It contains information about the end of the school year including review days, exams, and student obligations from now until the last day of school. This information is extensive and somewhat complex. It is important to read it carefully and to keep it in mind as you plan for these next 9 weeks. Some key points are also covered below. Please read carefully.

FINAL EXAMS/LEAVING EARLY: Please note that the school year ends on June 9. It is very important for students to be able to say good-bye to departing friends – or leave themselves – in a positive way. We build in opportunities for kids to do that – to spend time together, to sign yearbooks, to see each of their teachers, to return all school property, etc. This can only happen if students are here. Therefore:

  • Please do not plan for your children to be absent during the week of Final Exams, May 31-June 7. Students should be prepared to attend school on any and all of those days; do not make travel arrangements that interfere with these important final exams. Students will not be granted early or late exams except in cases of extreme emergency or illness which is documented by a physician. Students must take final exams on the assigned days. The exam schedule will be published before April 28.
  • June 8 is an 8-block day when students complete their signouts and see each of their teachers, clean out lockers, etc. It is very important for all students to be in school on that day. All official school records will be held until a student signs out completely for the academic year.
  • June 9 is the last day. While we do not have regular classes on that day, we do have time for students to get together, say final good-byes, and enjoy a final end of year assembly together.

AP Exam Study Days

Note that AP exam students are allowed to take the calendar day immediately prior to an AP exam to stay home to study, or alternately teachers may schedule a required study session in school. On exam days, students may come and leave school at their leisure. After the exam day, students are expected to report to their AP class on schedule as before the exam.

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
  • Heating and Ventilation. The ventilation system will be operating, but students are encouraged to wear layers. The exam rooms are large and can easily become too hot or too cold for some students
  • Buses will run from Gubei 0640 and Jinqiao Starbuck 0700. The return journey will be after the last exam, which may be as late as 4pm.
  • Nurse. We will have a school nurse on campus
  • Last minute concerns. The school phones will not be answered on May 1, so please do not call the school. If you have any concerns, please email us immediately. We will be checking our mail prior to exams. Each examination board has unique rules regarding student attendance at exams. If for any reason you are running late, communicate with us.
  • Afternoon exam only? We are only running buses to school early morning and returning late afternoon. Students who only take afternoon exams are welcome to come in to school by bus. Study space will be available for them. We are also able to have supervision in the weights room for a limited amount of time. If you are arranging private transport, please be mindful that this is a nationwide holiday and that transport and traffic could be unpredictable.
  • Exams on May 1 include
    • IB Business Management (am)
    • IB Global Politics (am)
    • IB Biology (pm)
    • AP Environmental Science (am)
    • AP Chemistry (am)
    • AP Psychology (pm)
  • Exam Times
    • Morning Exams: Report to exam room at 08:00
    • Afternoon Exams:
      • Report to IB exam room at 12:00
      • Report to AP exam rooms at 12:30
  • Exam Locations May 1
    • HS Gyms

General Information and Links: 

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.

Looking for info on your China Alive Trip or for TheEleven?

Look here: http://sites.saschina.org/pdhschinaalive

Or, for 11th graders, here: TheEleven.

Especially for 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.

To answer a perennial question: “Does the school sponsor any Graduation Parties, trips, or other events such as group trips after Graduation?” The answer is “No.” While we welcome visits by our graduates back to school, any individual or group activities by groups of current Grade 12 students are individual or family-sponsored.

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