Updates for the Week of 24 April

Quote of the Week:


— Anon.

Thank you, parents, for Faculty Appreciation Day, and for your participation in Parent-Teacher Conferences and Career Exploration Week!

School was filled with parents last week; it was wonderful to have strong parent participation and presence on campus. Thank you, parents, and, of course, the leadership of our PTSA for your kindness, generosity, and support of our school!

The High School’s Final Concert of 2016-17, It Might As Well Be Spring, was a delightful showcase of the breadth and depth of our instrumental and vocal music programs. Congratulations to all who performed and thanks to all who attended.

Prom at the Grand Kempinski was a beautiful final formal dance for our students, their guests, and the faculty who attended.

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 one last meeting in the library, block 2B, on Monday April 24th. This meeting will take around an hour.
  • 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.
  • High School Spirit Assembly April 27th
  • Transformation Charity Fashion Show April 28th
    • The FIDM Fashion Club is hosting our first TRANSFORMATION CHARITY FASHION SHOW on APRIL 28, 2017! DOORS OPEN at 4PM and seats are first come first serve so please come on down to the BLACK BOX THEATRE for an amazing show! Tickets are ¥30 plus a FREE BUBBLE TEA (out of 3 choices) sponsored by UC Lemon! Tickets will be sold on MONDAY, APRIL 24 in the front of the cafeteria so come support!
  • 4th Annual Iron Eagle Triathlon May 8th
    • Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline to get your registration forms and money into the Cashier’s office. We will be accepting forms and money until Friday, April 28th. Please take your money directly to Veronica in the Cashier’s office on the 2nd floor Main Hallway. This is a fun, no-pressure event full of camaraderie and excitement that the whole family can take part in. If you need more information or need an extra registration form, please check out our 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 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 May 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 7 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

Library Notices

The end of the School Year is in view. That means that there are some important library closing dates approaching.

ILL-Interlibrary Loan between Puxi and Pudong will end on May 2nd
All ILL Books need to be return as rapidly after May 2nd as possible so that they can be returned to the appropriate Library

  • Seniors
    All Books and library materials need to come in by May 2nd
    Senior Sign-outs will begin as soon as you get your sign-out paperwork— don’t wait until the last day
  • Other Students/Parents
    Last day for checkouts – May 26th
    All Student and Parent books in by May 31st

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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