Updates for the Week of 1 May

Quote of the Week:

The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — need not be signs of an impending disorder that will destroy us. Instead, fluctuations are the primary source of creativity.

— Margaret Wheatley

WASC Visit Concluded, AP and IB Exams Have Begun, ChinaAlive and TheEleven Approach

The WASC committee offered its public report to the SAS community after a three-day visit, offering both commendations and recommendations to us as we continue our journey of school improvement. Thanks to the committee and to all who attended their presentation.

The next two weeks will be full of AP and IB exams and exam prep for 10-12th graders, even as normal classes continue for the 9th grade and for 10-12th grade non-AP/IB students. It’s quite important that we keep the areas around the test rooms quiet and as disruption-free as possible. Thanks to all for your cooperation with this and good luck to all of our exam-takers! We expect to publish the final exam schedule for non-AP and non-IB Year 2 classes on Tuesday of this week.

All 9th-11th graders will be traveling during the week of 15-19 May on ChinaAlive Trips or TheEleven. Please make sure that all necessary forms, approvals, and payments have been made. More information on the 9th and 10th grade trips can be found here: http://sites.saschina.org/pdhschinaalive . Or, for 11th graders, here: TheEleven.

Congratulations to the members of the FITM Fashion Show Club who put on a lovely showcase of design and creativity on Friday afternoon.

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.

 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

Board of Trustees Elections

The voting period for Board of Trustees candidates continues until May 17. Voting is done electronically. You will receive an email from VoteNow with your individual password and a link to the VoteNow website. (Please note that each parent will receive a separate password.)

Results of the election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on May 18 @ 6:00 p.m., 30F, Deloitte Touche Office, Bund Center, 222 Yan An East Road, Shanghai.


Students interested in running for office next year should check out the StuCo Executive Election Handbook 2017~2018 for details. Please connect with current StuCo Execs with questions.

StuCo Executive Election Schedule 2017:

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. We had planned to publish the exam schedule last week, but are still working out some final details and will publish it on Tuesday, May 2nd.
  • 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.

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 returned as rapidly after May 2nd as possible so that they can go back 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.

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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