SAS Microcampus Applications: The SAS Microcampus program is a special opportunity for Grade 8 students to spend four weeks during the school year living and learning in a beautiful village in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

The program is in its sixth school year, with more than 200 previous SAS students attending during that time.

It is now time to begin the application process. Interested students will have the opportunity to attend information sessions this week to show their interest in being a part of one of this year’s two available trips. Contact Mr. Tafel (craig.tafel@saschina.org) or go to www.sasmicrocampus.org for more information. 

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Principal’s Message, August 14, 2016

Dear Families,

It is so good to be back in session with students! We had a regenerative week of getting to know our 69 new students, learning new routines, and coming together as a community.

Students spent the day in Homebase (advisory) on Wednesday. Sixth graders learned to use combination locks, read schedules, and were given a tour of the school. We also played some games to get to know each other. The seventh grade held the Barbie Tower Challenge, in which each Homebase tried to build the tallest tower that would hold a Barbie doll. The Eighth grade students met in the gym for a series of team building activities. We finished with an assembly in the afternoon in which the faculty serenaded our students with “Try Everything” from the movie, Zootopia.

On Thursday, our students had two days in one! We ran them through a shortened-period Day A, followed by a Day B.   This way they met their teachers and classmates, and learned the expectations for each class.

Finally…students had their first regular classes on Friday! I visited eighth grade classrooms that were doing their first common writing task. Science students in the same grade were learning to think like scientists. Sixth grade students were having fun with graphing in math. Everywhere there was the buzz of industry and energy!

This Tuesday I will hold my first Principal’s Coffee of the year. It will be in the MS/HS library from 10:30- 11:30. You will learn to use Schoology, our new learning management system. Earlier in the day, Mrs. Boyer will help parents get access to our online borrowing systems from 9:30-10:30.

The PTSA Welcome Bank Coffee and Vendor Fair will be on Thursday, 8:30-12:30. We hope you can make it!

Have a great week!


Becky A.S. Read, Principal



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Swim Team Tryouts

Middle School Swim Team Try-outs (2016-17)

Swimming Team try-outs for all new Middle School students will be held on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th at 3:15pm sharp. Swimmers need to attend both days because we will not finish testing out the students in one day. All incoming 6th graders (whether they were on the team last year or not) who are interested in making the team must attend the try-outs.  All 7th and 8th graders who were not on the swim team last year are also invited to try out.  Returning 7th and 8th grade swim team members do not need to try out.

All students should be at the Aquatic Center with their swim suits, caps, goggles and towels ready to compete at 3:15pm. We will not be providing any of these items, so please make sure you have them ready before the dates of the tryouts. Parents are more than welcome to watch their children from the Viewing Gallery. No parents are allowed on the pool deck or in the locker rooms. As we are trying to make the swimmers responsible competitors, please support us with these requests.

Swimmers trying out must swim all four strokes proficiently. This is not a learn-to-swim program but a competitive program. If your child does make the team, they are expected to train at least twice a week all year long, attend all Shanghai local meets as well as one international meet.  Parents need to volunteer at swim meets. In the past, we’ve had some families who have been unable to fulfill this commitment. Please make sure that you understand these commitments before signing your child up for the swim team.

We will be finished by 4:15pm so students can take the 4:30pm bus home.

Parents, please make sure that your children know which bus to take home after the tryouts and contact Transport office before. There might not be enough space on the bus, so we suggest you contact the Transport office.

Please make sure you have filled out the attached Permission Participation Form and bring it to the pool on Thursday.

 And finally, though swimming is a lifelong skill and for everyone, competitive swimming is not. Make sure your child is interested in trying out for the team and not something you as a parent want. They might find it discouraging if they do not make the team. Talk to them to avoid disappointment.

Parents, please do not contact your classroom teacher or principal for any swim team try out information. Do contact me personally (George Carpouzis, Aquatics Director) at

X3572 or email me at:


Thank you,

George Carpouzis

Aquatics Director

SAS Swim team Permission release form

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Welcome back to the First Day of School

Back to School

We are all so excited to welcome back each of our new and returning students to SAS Pudong Middle School!

When Middle School students enter the school building this Wednesday, August 10th, they will see their Homebase assignments posted on white boards, and adults will be on hand to assist them in finding their assigned room.

In Homebase, students will be given their class schedules and other beginning-of-the-year materials. We will run an alternative schedule on the first day, giving students community building time and ending with a whole-school assembly.

On Thursday, we will also run an alternative schedule. This one will allow students to meet with all of their teachers and get course overviews and expectations.


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Welcome Back Letter From The Principal

Dear Parents and Families:

It is hard to believe, given the steamy weather, that summer is “over” and that we will be enveloped in the next school year soon. Students new to the school will be on campus on August 8th, and returning students will join them on August 10th, for the first day of school. The school day starts at 7:58 am. Please check our blog at sites.saschina.org/mspudong/ for bus routes.

We will be moving our method of communicating with you from the blog to our new learning management system, Schoology, throughout the month of August. During the month of August, you will be able to go to either our blog or to Schoology to get information. We will discontinue using the blog in September. In the meantime, please avail yourself of trainings we will be offering to parents.

On August 16th, 10:30-11:30, we will have our first Principal’s Coffee in the MS/HS library. This will be your first opportunity to learn about Schoology. We will also offer sessions during our Open House on August 31st.

Those of you who were with us last year know that we devoted ourselves to creating an action plan, based upon the vision statement we wrote the previous spring:

At SAS Pudong Middle School learning is an explorative journey that connects people and ideas through an inquiry-based curriculum. Our classrooms are transformed into laboratories for learning that empower students to make a meaningful impact outside the classroom. Members of our learning community seek balance and model empathy, compassion, kindness and inclusiveness.   By giving students voice, choice, and the confidence to take risks, we help them develop the skills to become visionary and versatile learners.

An action plan is a road map for a school to follow that articulates our priorities and provides focus. Action plans are vital for all schools, but particularly for high performing ones, as they vaccinate us against the hazard of becoming complacent in our success.

Our focus this year will include strengthening the professional learning communities we established last year. Pudong Middle School faculty meet in teams that follow Richard Dufour’s model for professional collaboration. At meetings we ask ourselves the following questions:

  • What do we want students to know and be able to do?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • What will we do if they are not learning it?
  • What will we do if they have already learned it?

Our teachers will be attending a three-day conference at the Puxi Campus in September. The Solution Tree consultants that will be in attendance are respected around the world, as well as in the United States. We will also add to our knowledge and skills through book discussions and “learning by doing”.

A second focus is EAL instruction. Virginia Rojas, an expert on teaching students with mother tongues other than English, will be on campus again this fall. She will observe classrooms and consult with teachers and administrators on how we can improve our EAL program and instruction. Our EAL teachers will also provide workshops for our staff.

We will make our advisory program, called “Homebase”, even more responsive to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. Students moving through our division shall receive support with goal setting, appreciation of diversity, being part of a community, meeting developmental challenges, and treating others with empathy, respect, and kindness.

Alfred Olivias will take on a new role this year, that of Instructional Coach. He will work with teachers to support individuals and team, with a focus on providing students with challenging, rich, and meaningful learning experiences.

James Manning will also work with teachers and students, on integrating learning opportunities across disciplines. This will help teachers make learning activities, especially problem-based activities, for students more realistic. Students will be better able to appreciate the interconnectedness of concepts and ideas when they have to apply them to a realistic situation.

Glynis Hill will move provide math support for students who are having difficulty learning our advanced math program. All students are capable of learning at high levels, and this is especially true when that is what we expect of them and we provide them with additional, focused instruction. Glynis will be in other math teacher’s classrooms, co-teaching with them. She will also work with small groups of students at different times.

Our Design Studio and library are up and running again. I encourage you to stop in and take a look around. Summer work projects included giving the Design Studio a bit of a face-lift, with features included to increase the flexibility of the space. The library has well-stocked bookshelves, and parents are welcome.

We have six new staff members this year, and it has been an honor to work with them for the past few weeks. They are:

Ross Jones- Band

He has been teaching instrumental music for almost ten years, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Western Carolina University, and also a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University.  He began his classroom career teaching music theory and trumpet to college freshmen, then taught middle school band in a suburb of Charlotte, NC.  He began his international teaching career in 2010 at the International School of Kuala Lumpur teaching general music and beginning band.  To supplement his teaching knowledge, he performs often conducting ensembles and on trumpet throughout Malaysia and has presented internationally at the Association for Music in the International Schools conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Seoul, South Korea.  He has also been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Alyssa Benedict- Art

She grew up, was educated, and started working in Wisconsin, USA as a K-12 Visual Arts teacher.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire she worked as a substitute teacher at local schools in Wisconsin. Six years ago, she took a position at the American School of Dubai.

Jordan Benedict- Math

He has taught in Wisconsin and at the American School of Dubai, most recently as a Middle School math teacher.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Jordan studied classical music and French in University, and he trained customer service personnel for Frontier Airlines.   He is currently earning his second masters degree (and eventual PhD) in Statistics.

Heather Valentine- Humanities

Heather Valentine is from 2 hours north of Toronto, Canada. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science before receiving her Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor. She worked for the Canadian Senate for a year as a research assistant before she undertook her teaching degree at York University (History & Social Studies). Although, she is certified to teach Grade 4-12 , Heather has found a home in grade 8 for the past 10 years. She previously taught for 5 years in the Peel District School Board in Canada, before moving to London, England. She spent 2 years teaching at the American School in London before moving to Switzerland where she taught for 3 years at the International School of Zug and Luzern.

Yolanda Kukuia- Guidance

Yolanda is from Laguna Niguel, California. That is near Laguna Beach. She has been the 9/10th grade counselor at Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait for the last 5 academic years. She has a bachelor degree in Human Development and also a Master of Education in School Counseling.

Sarahi Vicente- EAL

Sarahi has 11 years of experience in providing EAL service in 4 different countries – each with its own set of challenges to overcome and opportunities for personal and professional growth. She has served a wide range of nationalities and every manner of learning style. She has taught EAL in every grade (K-12), built a strong skill-set in helping other teachers modify curriculum to better serve their students, and has even dabbled in administration. Although she has served in these various facets, she believes her passion and focus will always return to helping students excel in academics. Sarahi’s Master Degree is in ESL and Curriculum.

Please welcome them when you see them in the hallways!

We are looking forward to having your children here on Wednesday, the halls and classrooms are so empty without them! Teachers and staff are preparing an engaging, challenging, and memorable year for them. Thank you so very much for the privilege of working with your children. We at Shanghai American School, Pudong Middle School pledge to provide your children with an excellent academic program, while at the same time inspiring them to have…

  • A lifelong passion for learning
  • A commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and
  • The courage to live their dreams

Best Regards,

Becky A.S. Read, Middle School Principal

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Welcome to SAS Pudong Middle School for 2016-2017

Grade 8 Transtion 2016

Class of 2020

Dear New Middle School Families on the Pudong Campus:

Welcome to the Shanghai American School community! Simply put, the middle school on the Pudong campus is a great place to be. We have fantastic facilities, admirable resources, and renowned programs … but it is the people of whom we are most proud and who make SAS the international school in Shanghai. Together, the teachers, staff, students and parents form a dynamic team, ensuring that all our kids have enriching learning opportunities and become young adults ready to take their place in the world.

Students will have so many wonderful experiences this upcoming year. They should embrace them and stay passionate about their learning. And know that throughout it all, teachers, counselors and administrators are here to help them make this year the best it can be.

Please bookmark and subscribe to our middle school blog site:


Take a look at what we were up to in Semester 2 of this school year to get a taste of some of the things our students and teachers experience here at SAS Pudong Middle School.

We hope that you are as excited about the coming school year as we are, and we are looking forward to meeting you in August.

If you are wondering about school supplies, each grade level has requested that each student have the items ready for the beginning of the school year. While many of the items are available here in Shanghai, you may find a greater variety and perhaps cheaper prices, back home.

 SAS Pudong School Supplies List 2016

Please also consider:

  1. Dress Code: We know that families take the time to shop for new clothes during the summer months, so please keep in mind that we have a dress code at SAS Pudong Middle School. Please read through the attached document before choosing your wardrobe for school. Dress Code
  2. Communication: New parents and students will receive their PowerSchool user name and passwords by the admissions office when registered. The PowerSchool student and parent portals represent your “one stop” school communication source.
  3. Course Registration: We offer on-line registration. Go to the middle school blog and click the link “ New Student On Line Course Registration Information. There is a video tutorial but should you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the middle school secretary Joni.Fu@saschina.org or  Tina.Yan@saschina.org
  4. Orientation Day: For all new students to the Pudong Campus, we will be having a special orientation day on Monday, August 8th. Enjoy your summer, be safe, and we will see you in August.


Becky Read & Karl Poulin

Middle School Principal & Vice Principal

Shanghai American School

Pudong Campus

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MYG Nite Boat Cruise – Information & Directions

Boat Cruise

The MYG Nite Boat cruise is TODAY, June 3rd.

During this formal MYG Nite, students will travel from SAS Pudong on buses. If you choose to have your children picked up by a private driver, the information is below for the address to the pier. Please be sure to indicate a driver pick up on the parent permission form.

Dress code is formal:

– Girls is school appropriate dresses + nice shoes

– Boys is shirts, dress pants and shoes (try no white socks!). Ties are a must!

Parent Permission Form – MYG Boat Cruise 2016

The address is:
Pudong BinJiang Ave #4298 (Address in English)

It is at the end of ZhangYang Rd right next to YangJiaDu Ferry in Pudong.  There shall be ample parkings along the BinJiang Ave in the evening.

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The Last Weeks Ahead – May 30 – June 8

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Can you believe it?

The 2015-2016 school year is already wrapping up. It’s unbelievable how quickly time flies when you are having fun!

There has been so many amazing events and experiences happening at SAS Pudong recently as we wrap up the year, help to transition students who are sadly leaving our community and as we prepare for the school year to come. 

With so much going on, I am feeling so very thankful for the energy and time that so many people put into making our school year successful. 

To begin with, we just celebrated with a parent appreciation luncheon to say thank you to the many parent volunteers who have dedicated themselves to supporting and enhancing school events throughout the year. There are families who are leaving us and we are thankful for the value that they have added to to our community. We hope that our school has helped enrich your lives too.

We just wrapped up another successful week of China Alive experiences. We had 15 trips all over China, including our Microcampus experience. We are thankful to Craig Tafel and his wife, HaiSam, and to our Travel Coordinator, Zea Zhao for coordinating the backbone for each of the trips that we provide for our students. In concert with each of our volunteer teacher trip leaders, they work so very hard all year long to create trip experiences that try to match our China Alive vision and that creates wonderful memories of our time in China.

  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Please note that PowerSchool is closed down as we prepare Trimester 3 Report Cards. PowerSchool will open on the last day of school.

Upcoming Events for May 30th – June 8th, 2016

Monday, May 30th (Day 3) – Grade 6 & 8 interdisciplinary weeks continue + Last Week to buy Yearbooks (RMB260, payable to the MS Office) + CISSA celebration after school

Tuesday, May 31st (Day 4) Grade 5 Step-up Day

Wednesday, June 1st (Day 5)Staff Service awards for longevity (after school – faculty only event)

Thursday, June 2nd (Day 6)Whole School Band concert in the PAC

Friday, June 3rd (Day 7)Grade 8 The World is Made of Stories interdisciplinary celebration @ 11amMYG Nite Boat Cruise (after school + 6-9pm) See more information from previous blog post here 

Monday, June 6th (Day 8)House Sports Field Day

Tuesday, June 7th (Day 1) Grade 8 Transition ceremony @ 2pm. There will be open general seating for this PAC event. No need to book tickets online! As this is a formal event, dress should be appropriate for the occaission. Becky Read has sent the PTSA some guidelines. 

Wednesday, June 8th (Day 2)Last Day of School! MS Celebration assembly from 9:30 – 11:00 + Student buses depart at 11:30am

Upcoming Events

Report Cards – Available online on the last day of school. Departing students will pick up paperwork from the MS office the on the morning of June 8th.

New Student Placement Testing – Monday, August 8th  

New Student/Family Orientation -Monday, August 8th

First Day of School – Wednesday, August 10th

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China Alive Day 4

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The students were on the move today… or perhaps making a movie today! Today, it was reported that our students: ate great meals; challenged themselves; woke up from camping; hiked and biked; saw dolphins; threw frisbees vast distances; rafted rivers; time traveled; climbed and jumped; interviewed; explored; supported each other; celebrated successes; taught and learned; planted new life; built community ponds; walked in the rain; reveled in nature’s beauty; soaked in hot springs; sketched scenery; wrote poetry; and danced for the seasons!

Tomorrow, our students come back to Shanghai! Please be sure to pay attention to pick up times and be on time! Our amazing teachers want to get home too, and your kids want to share their amazing stories with you!

Mr. Young (on the Grade 6 Wild Wall trip) would like to share his pictures from his trip at the following link: https;//www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0aG4TcsmGHxn9B

Here’s today’s short video:


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China Alive Day 3

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Another busy day for our teachers and students. If there is one thing that is evident, our students are truly discovering and interacting with China! They are learning new customs, practicing traditions, cooking, dancing, engaging with the environment and interacting with people to learn about their lives. 





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