Updates for the Week of 22 May

Quote of the Week:

There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

— CS Lewis

Everyone’s Back from ChinaAlive and TheEleven, Here Comes Graduation!

The High School was quiet last week with all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders out on trips, and seniors only present when they needed to take exams. We had 10 different ChinaAlive trips all over Greater China, plus TheEleven in nearby Lin’An. That’s about 380 students all traveling during the same week! Thanks so much to our fantastic Travel Office, and all faculty trip leaders and chaperones for providing such a range of wonderful travel and learning experiences for our kids.

And now, all AP/IB exams are done for 2017. Well-done to all of our students who studied hard and sat these rigorous and externally assessed examinations. We look forward to hearing great news about your results in July.

11th graders who take an IB Science Class will spend Monday and Tuesday working on their Group IV project.

In this week’s lead up to graduation on Sunday, we’ll run special schedules on Wednesday for StuCo Elections, and on Friday for our annual Awards Assembly.

Seniors: This is an important week for you. Some dates to keep in mind:

  • Senior Return Day – Wednesday, May 24: All Seniors MUST return to

    • Senior Class Meeting in the LLH to review graduation specifics.
    • Transition Seminar in the LLH hosted by the counselors.
    • Senior Sign-Out process must be completed by 3:00 p.m.
  • Senior Picnic – Thursday, May 25
    • Yearbooks will be distributed during the Senior Picnic. Seniors are
      advised to bring a pen for signing yearbooks.
  • Graduation Rehearsal & Awards Ceremony– Friday, May 26
    • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Graduation rehearsal in the small gym: ALL Seniors
      are REQUIRED to attend.
    • Noon to 1:15 p.m. Senior Moms/PTSA hosted Senior Barbeque in the pool
      courtyard .
    • 1:30 p.m.Awards Assembly: ALL Seniors are REQUIRED to
      attend, this is your final send-off from high school.

For 9th-11th graders, Review Period runs from Tuesday through Friday followed by an 8-period day on the 29th, with Final Exams beginning after the Dragon Boat festival holiday on the 30th. Finals run May 31st through June 7th.

Especially for Seniors and Parents of Seniors

Graduation is almost here! 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.

Newly Elected Members of the Board of Trustees

Daniel George Starta and Aurora Gibb Chen have been elected to the Shanghai American School Board of Trustees and will be joining the Board effective June 2017 for two-year terms with an option to extend for two years.

Welcome to the Board!

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.

Library Notices

The end of the School Year is three weeks away. There are some important library closing dates approaching.

  • Seniors
    All Books and library materials should have been returned by now. Please return any remaining materials soonest.
  • 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.

Our WASC Mid-Cycle Visiting Committee Report and our Mid Cycle Progress Report are both available on PowerSchool. Please login to your PowerSchool account and follow the “WASC Report” link at the top of the page.

College Admissions Updates

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.

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