Parent Teacher Conferences: April 20th and 21st

Dear High School Parents,

Through Schoology, parents and students now have regular, ongoing, and transparent access to view grades in all courses. As in the fall, we will not have Mid-Semester Reports this semester.

I hope that you have found the Schoology platform intuitive and check it regularly. We encourage you to be in ongoing conversation with your student and with teachers as necessary. If you have not yet done so this spring, please log into to Schoology now to get a sense of how your child is doing academically.

You will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with faculty in person at the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences which will be held on April 20th and 21st.

Please make appointments online through PowerSchool using the Conference Planner.

Online registration will close at 4 pm on April 17th.

Once you have signed in to the parent portal on PowerSchool, you can make appointments with your children(s) teachers by clicking on the teacher’s link (“Make Appointment”) that will show the time slots available for that teacher.

Although we do suggest that you touch base with all your child’s teachers, you are not required to meet with each individual teacher.

Online sign up process for scheduled interviews:

  • Log in to the parent portal on PowerSchool.
  • On the left navigation menu, click the Conference Planner. Click on each teacher link (“Make Appointment”).
  • Select one 10-minute slot for each teacher. If you require additional time we request that you first contact the teacher directly, so you can coordinate a longer block of time. The teacher will then block off the additional time on their end of the sign ups. We have allowed 5-minute travel time from one classroom to the next between interviews.
  • Once you have completed the sign up process, all the sign up information for your family is shown on the page or you can click on the “Print Schedule for Your Family” button with all the conference times, the teacher names, and room numbers. You have the option to print this page too.
  • Should you wish to change your appointment you may log back in and alter your time. This can be done until 4:00 pm on April 17th.
  • If you would like to schedule, modify or cancel an appointment after the 4:00 pm deadline on April 17th 1st then please contact the teacher directly via email to add, modify, or cancel an appointment.

If you do sign up for a time slot it is very important that you actually attend during your scheduled appointment.

If you have any difficulties with the sign up process in PowerSchool, or need assistance with Schoology, please contact Eric Castro, PowerSchool Engineer at Eric.Castro@saschina.org or the appropriate Vice Principal for your child.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you and your child at conferences.

Benjamin Lee, Ed.D.

High School Principal

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Updates for the Week of 3 April

Quote of the Week:

Unobserved thought settles into character.

–Rodney Smith


Welcome back to a short but spirited week…

Hopefully, your spring break included some time to rest and recharge; from here to the end of the school year, we will be busy! (Please note that we do not have school Monday or Tuesday this week. See you back at school on Wednesday the 5th.)

Welcome back to all, and particularly to the four PDHS trips which were out over the break in:

  • Borneo on a SEASFiRE rainforest to reef expedition to study interlinked ecosystems
  • India to visit the Pardada Pardadi Educational Foundation and study rural development issues
  • Russia for a Model UN conference
  • Sri Lanka on a Habitat for Humanity trip

We’re so lucky to have these amazing international travel opportunities available for our students. These experiences provide powerful learning experiences which enrich our students’ understanding of the world beyond SAS. Thanks to all of the faculty who make them possible!


Parents: Director of College Counseling Candidate, Mindy Rose, Visits Wednesday

I hope you’ll be able to join us in the Library at 8am Wednesday morning to meet Mindy, ask her your questions, and hear about her background and vision for this important aspect of our school. You may view her résumé online through PowerSchool to get a sense of her background.


 It’s Spirit Week!

  • Wednesday 4/5 — Green Day (Environment)
  • Thursday 4/6 — Hero Day
  • Friday 4/7 —Eagle Pride Day—Send the APAC teams off by showing how much spirit and pride we have in our school
  • Monday 4/10 — PJ Day
  • Tuesday 4/11 — Class Colors

 Looking for info on your China Alive Trip?

Look here:

http://sites.saschina.org/pdhschinaalive

And this year, we begin a new tradition for our 11th graders: TheEleven.


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

Please mark these dates on your calendars now, and sign up on Powerschool according to the schedule below for conference times. Conferences run afterschool on the 20th and all day on the 21st.

  • April 5 – Start of All Parent Portal Sign up for Family with 3 or more students in our school and SAS staff/teachers
  • April 6 – Start of All Puxi Parent Portal sign up
  • April 7 – Start of All Pudong Parent Portal sign up
  • April 17 – End of all sign up

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.


May 8th: SAS TRIATHLON: AN EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY!

Welcome to our 4th Annual SAS Iron Eagle Triathlon scheduled for Monday May 8th, 2017 based in and around the SAS Pudong Campus and Links Golf Course. If you have ever thought about registering for a Triathlon in the past but were a little intimidated, then this is the race for you.  In conjunction with the Shanghai Triathlon Club, we hope to have over 400 taking part, and it could be your first opportunity to dip your toes in the world of Triathlon.  It’s a fun, no-pressure environment full of camaraderie, stories and excitement that the whole family can take part in. Our Triathlon was close to selling out the last time we ran the event so make sure to register early.  Registration opens in early April for this great SAS Community event. 

Come out and enjoy the fun, volunteers needed!

Volunteer URL: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F45AFAB29A0FD0-sasiron 

(if you are having trouble opening up SignUpGenius, please contact Sandy.Elder@saschina.org)

Registration QR Code/ URL: Registration coming soon

There will be different colors for different age groups.

Age Group

Start Time

Swimming

Bike

Running

color

3-6

2:45

25 meters

500 meters

400 meters

Blue

7-8

3:00

125 meters

950 meters

400 meters

Yellow

9-12

3:15

225 meters

3.5 km (1 lap)

1.8 km (1 lap)

Red

13-15

3:40

325 meters

6.7 km (2 laps)

3.3 km (2 laps)

Green

16+

4:00

325 meters

6.7 km (2 laps)

3.3 km (2 laps)

White

 


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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Updates for the Week of 20 March

Quote of the Week:

In the modern age, we don’t need to know everything, but we do need to be able to talk to other people.

— David Baker


The Run Up to Spring Break

While there always is a lot happening at school, the weeks leading up to spring break seem particularly full. We enjoyed and celebrated multiple performances, events, athletic and intellectual contests, workshops, and activities last week, among them:

  • The wonderfully performed, beautifully staged musical Once on this Island;
  • China Cup Badminton at Puxi;
  • Friday Night Lights Soccer versus Concordia;
  • Our final, well-attended Admissions Coffee & Tour for prospective families;
  • The AMIS Band and Orchestra festival in Luxembourg;
  • The Intel Regional Science Fair in Chengdu;
  • The SAS Puxi Robotics Tournament;
  • The Shanghai Student Film Festival;
  • Several days of class visits and parent sessions by John Tummon, Senior Prevention Specialist with FCD.

Enjoy the break’s opportunity to rest and recharge: We will careen into our brief vacation at a fast and energetic pace, take a quick breather, and then sprint to the end of the year directly from our All-School Spirit Week our first week back in April.


Animal Rescue Fun Week

This whole week will be Animal Rescue Fun Week at PDHS with bake sales, “pie-in-the-face” action and — for the first time ever — The Puppy Play Pen.

On Friday, March 24, HS Animal Rescue presents Puppy Play Pen, an interactive event where students can interact with dogs. This event will take place between 10:30 – 1:30 outside of the cafeteria between the Eagle shop and the entrance to the school. Parents are welcome to come join us and play with these dogs, some of which are in need of foster parents or a forever home. Brochures will be available if families are interested in fostering or adopting. If any student or parent would like to attend and interact with the dogs, please pick up and return your signed form to the HS Office no later than March 23. This form must be turned in or the student will not be allowed to play with the dogs.

In addition to Puppy Play Pen, Animal Rescue will also be holding a bake sale selling not just delicious treats, but also our Pets of SAS Calendar.

We hope to see you there!


Looking for info on your China Alive Trip?

Look here:

http://sites.saschina.org/pdhschinaalive

And this year, we begin a new tradition for our 11th graders: TheEleven.


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.


May 8th: SAS TRIATHLON: AN EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY!

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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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.


May 8th: SAS TRIATHLON: AN EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY!

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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Updates for the Week of 6 March

Quote of the Week:

The only requirements for reaching the final goal are two: to start and to continue.

— Bhikkhu Bodhi


Wonderful Highlights (Again) Last Week…

Our community enjoyed a fantastic, whole school Dance Concert Thursday evening, the beautiful AP Photo Show all week,  and exciting sports results with varsity softball defeating Puxi in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, our swimmers winning the HighPoint Average Trophy and taking 2nd place overall at the IS Bangkok Invitational, and girls soccer beating Puxi over the weekend. On Monday, we’ll hear about the AMIS Honor Choir Festival in Abu Dhabi from our returning choirsters and about BEIMUN from our strong MUN team that was in Beijing last week.

Our Gala for the Arts is coming! Break out your formal attire and get ready to celebrate our school’s rich and varied arts program on Saturday 11 March. We’re also excited to welcome visiting artist Brian Reed to campus this week. Brian will be visiting classes and working with our kids as well as attending the Gala, so say “Hi!” when you see him.

Please make plans to see our High School Musical production Once on this Island on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16. Reserve your seats for this Black Box performance today.


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

More details to come.


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.


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.


Children’s Service Club Yard Sale — This Week!

The Children’s Service Club’s (formerly the Orphanage Club) annual “Yard Sale” will be held from March 8-10 for our guards, Chartwell staff, ayis, et al..

The goals of the Yard Sale are threefold—the local staff get a chance to purchase items at a low price, the money raised will be used to purchase items for Grace Orphanage, AND you get to clear out those over stuffed closets and cabinets in your home. Previously the club bought specialized chairs with backboards for the Cere Care Orphanage, who serves mentally and physically challenged orphans, as well as helped sponsor a visit to an orphanage during a China Alive trip.


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!


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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Updates for the Week of 27 February

Quote of the Week:

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Whew! Our Last APAC Hosting for 16-17 is Over…

The APAC Theatre Festival went off beautifully thanks to the hard work of our many talented performers and teachers, our APAC Band is back from TCIS in Korea, and our varsity softball team returned as third place finishers from the Tri-Cities tournament in Manila. Also, the AP Photography trip to Iceland has wrapped up for this year, not to mention all of the activity and energy that was present all week long on campus in classes, Community Meeting, practices, Friday Night Lights, and much more. The time from now until Spring Break is a wonderful, intense and concentrated window for us to get things done before we have to devote ourselves to AP/IB/Final Exam preparations and the wrap up to the year. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Something else to enjoy this week will be our Spring Dance Concert: Thursday 2 March. SAS Spring Dance Concert: Shanghai American School, Pudong Dance Department is excited to present to the community our Grade 3- 12 Evening of Dance, ‘Collage – A Collection of Dance 2017’.  This is a wonderful time for us to come together and celebrate the performing arts and congratulate the students on all their hard work in dance this year. Thursday, March 2nd at 6:00pm (reception at 5:15pm for parents). Buses are available from Gubei (15:45) and Jinqiao (16:15) to pick up parents for the show, as well as after the show. Please book your tickets at http://pudong-performing-arts.ticketleap.com


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.


Children’s Service Club Yard Sale — 8-10 March

The Children’s Service Club’s (formerly the Orphanage Club) annual “Yard Sale” will be held from March 8-10 for our guards, Chartwell staff, ayis, etc. Everyone has been very generous with their donations in the past, so I am doing my annual “Fundraising Ask”. We are looking for gently used items of any sort—toys, games, clothing, household items, etc. (No socks, swimsuits or other assorted underclothing items please.)

The Yard Sale will be threefold—the local staff get a chance to purchase items at a low price, the money raised will be used to purchase items for Grace Orphanage, AND you get to clear out those over stuffed closets and cabinets in your home. Previously the club bought specialized chairs with backboards for the Cere Care Orphanage, who serves mentally and physically challenged orphans, as well as helped sponsor a visit to an orphanage during a China Alive trip.

We will be accepting donations until March 6th. The donations can be placed in the hall in front of the high school counseling office or the elementary school library.


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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Updates for the Week of 20 February

Quote of the Week:

Happiness is the wish to be who you are.

— Erasmus


Wonderful, Well-Attended Events Last Week, More Coming This Week

Thanks to all parents, students, and faculty who turned out for the IB Arts performances, Pudong Rocks, and 30-Hour Famine, and the Shanghai Swim Championships last week. All these events were great, showcases of the talent, energy, and dedication of our community. Gear up for this week’s APAC Theatre Festival starting Thursday while APAC Band will get underway at TCIS, Tri-Cities Softball at Brent.

Looking toward the future, our two finalists — Mark Moody and Michael Oligmueller — for the position of Director of College Counseling will be on campus on Wednesday 22nd with parent meetings to get to know them at 8am and 9am respectively. Please check PowerSchool to look at the candidates’ résumés.

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.


Children’s Service Club Yard Sale — 8-10 March

The Children’s Service Club’s (formerly the Orphanage Club) annual “Yard Sale” will be held from March 8-10 for our guards, Chartwell staff, ayis, etc. Everyone has been very generous with their donations in the past, so I am doing my annual “Fundraising Ask”. We are looking for gently used items of any sort—toys, games, clothing, household items, etc. (No socks, swimsuits or other assorted underclothing items please.)

The Yard Sale will be threefold—the local staff get a chance to purchase items at a low price, the money raised will be used to purchase items for Grace Orphanage, AND you get to clear out those over stuffed closets and cabinets in your home. Previously the club bought specialized chairs with backboards for the Cere Care Orphanage, who serves mentally and physically challenged orphans, as well as helped sponsor a visit to an orphanage during a China Alive trip.

We will be accepting donations until March 6th. The donations can be placed in the hall in front of the high school counseling office or the elementary school library.


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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Updates for the Week of 13 February

Quote of the Week:

Put yourself in this place, and you will be shaped in the way that this place shapes people. Put yourself in that place, and you will be shaped in the way that that place shapes people.

— Meg Levie


Happy Lantern Festival!

With the Chinese New Year Holidays behind us, we move into spring: 6 uninterrupted weeks of classes until Spring Break, a wonderful time to dig in and make real progress academically and in all of our activities. Planning for 2017-18 also well underway:

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.


Cross-Cultural Parent Presentation

February 13, 2017. 1030-12:00. SAS – Library Lecture Hall (LLH).

All parents K-12 are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Paul Wang-Clinical Psychologist (Shanghai United Family Hospital). He is experienced with skills to successfully navigate cross-cultural parenting. At SAS, we find ourself at the intersection where ‘East meets West’ and it can be difficult to know which way to go. Or, perhaps your spouse is of a different culture than yours and holds different parenting values than you. Please take this time to hear from Dr. Paul Wang on ways to navigate this successfully. (Note: Dr. Paul Wang is able to speak both English and Chinese). BUSSES will be provided for parents to arrive at this time: 9:20am pick up from JinQiao Starbucks. 8:50am pick up from GuBei Starbucks. 1:00pm return departure from SAS Pudong.

我们诚邀幼儿园到12年级家长2017年2月13日周一上午10:30-12:00于Library Lecture Hall (LLH)参加Paul Wang 博士 (上海和睦家心理医生)的演讲。王博士在“多元化文化交叉环境下如何教养孩子”方面非常有经验。在上海美国学校,我们发现自己处于一个东西方碰撞的交叉口,在这种环境下家长和孩子可能都会有迷惑到底往哪个方向走?或者,也许您的配偶和您是在完全不同的文化背景下成长的,与您有着不同的教育理念和价值观。请花一些时间来听听王博士是怎样在这种复杂文化环境下成功引导我们的。(王博士中英文流利)。校车9:20am 星巴克(金桥)门口接;8:50am 星巴克(古北)门口接。下午1点校车从学校离开依次把大家送回以上两个地点。


Upcoming Events:

  • February 16 – IB Diploma Theatre Arts Performance — 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • February 17: Pudong Rocks! And 30-Hour Famine. A double-header of traditional PDHS events. Much more than just a talent show, Pudong Rocks! allows students from middle and high school to showing off their musical talents. 30-Hour Famine raises awareness and money to support children living in famine conditions around the world.

Children’s Service Club Yard Sale — 8-10 March

The Children’s Service Club’s (formerly the Orphanage Club) annual “Yard Sale” will be held from March 8-10 for our guards, Chartwell staff, ayis, etc. Everyone has been very generous with their donations in the past, so I am doing my annual “Fundraising Ask”. We are looking for gently used items of any sort—toys, games, clothing, household items, etc. (No socks, swimsuits or other assorted underclothing items please.)

The Yard Sale will be threefold—the local staff get a chance to purchase items at a low price, the money raised will be used to purchase items for Grace Orphanage, AND you get to clear out those over stuffed closets and cabinets in your home. Previously the club bought specialized chairs with backboards for the Cere Care Orphanage, who serves mentally and physically challenged orphans, as well as helped sponsor a visit to an orphanage during a China Alive trip.

We will be accepting donations until March 6th. The donations can be placed in the hall in front of the high school counseling office or the elementary school library.


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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Updates for the Week of 6 February

Quote of the Week:

If teaching were the same as telling, we’d all be so smart we could hardly stand it.

–Mark Twain


Welcome Back to the Year of the Rooster!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing, and family-filled Chinese New Year Break. Please remember that Monday 6 February is a professional development day for teachers: no classes for students until Tuesday 7 February.


Official School Calendar for 2017-18

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

CONGRATULATIONS to Our Season 2 APAC Participants!

  • Forensics @ WAB — Young team made great progress and enjoyed the APAC experience.
  • Table Tennis @ SASPD — Boys APAC Champions(2nd year running)! Girls 4th place finish.

Boys Doubles 2nd place—Brett Li & Jeffrey Ruan

Boys Singles 3rd place — Jeffrey Ruan

Girls Single Champion (2nd year running) — Sabrina Meng

  • Basketball @ HKIS — Boys 4th place finish with a young team.
    Girls 2nd place finish in a tough final against HK.
  • Swimming @ SFS — Boys and Girls teams both finished a strong 3rd place.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday 9th February — Grade Level Meetings during Community Meeting Time
    • 12th grade — Senior Class Cap and Gown Photo
    • 11th grade — Counseling Meeting
    • 9th and 10th grades — Course Selection Meetings
  • February 17: Pudong Rocks! And 30-Hour Famine. A double-header of traditional PDHS events. Much more than just a talent show, Pudong Rocks! allows students from middle and high school to showing off their musical talents. 30-Hour Famine raises awareness and money to support children living in famine conditions around the world

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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Updates for the Week of 23 January

Quote of the Week:

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.

— Voltaire


Last week was full and busy. In addition to all the normal activity, we had China Alive Presentations for 9s and 10s, Community Meeting for everyone, and Bring a Friend to School Day on Friday… Season 2 APAC Tournaments are now underway! Check out their websites to follow along with the action:


Upcoming Events:

  • Chinese New Year Assembly on Tuesday 24th
  • FCD Student Attitudes and Behaviors Survey administration on Thursday 26th
  • Grade Level Meetings during Community Meeting Time Thursday 9th February (After CNY Break)
    • 12th grade — Senior Class Cap and Gown Photo
    • 11th grade — Counseling Meeting
    • 9th and 10th grades — Course Selection Meetings

Chinese New Year Assembly

Tuesday 24 January, 9:15-10:15am in the PAC. Parents are welcome to join us: we will have dance, music, poetry performances, and games, all in a wonderful festive atmosphere.

Following the last two years’ tradition, our Pudong Chinese PTSA has organized another Chinese New Year Cultural Fair which will be open to high school students from 12:30-1:30:

Games (in the corridor near the swimming pool)
–Organised by ES parents, including chopsticks-picking-up-jelly-beans, rolling Iron rings, calligraphy, pressing Shark’s teeth, Shuttlecock, Mahjong, “ dragon boats”, riddles, and more…

Food (in Main Street from the cafeteria to the PAC)
—Prepared by MS and HS parents, including sugar-coated fruit, CNY snacks, dumpling-making, Yun Mei Niang (Chinese mochi) , Eight treasure rice, Chestnut Cake, ShaoMai, Spring rolls, Taiwanese sausage, Carrot cake, Cantonese milk tea, Korean food, and ‘Yoba”.

Crafts (PAC Lobby)
— demo and sale by outside artists, including calligraphy, “tang hua”, toy making, flower arranging and more…


Chinese New Year Holiday Break

Friday 27 January – Friday 3 February. (Please note that there will be no school on Friday 27th, and no classes for students on Monday 6 February which is a professional development day for teachers.)


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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