Dear AST Family and Friends,

Welcome to 2018 and the new semester at AST. We have hit the ground running and the students are already busy learning. There is a great energy and happiness on campus and I hope you feel it at home.

We would like to welcome Mr. Valentino Salvato to our faculty. He is now teaching seventh and eighth grade math. He has jumped right in and already feels at home and like he has been here for a while. We are glad that he has been able to jump right in.

We are also excited to welcome back Mr. Jonah Lin after his sabbatical. He returns to our elementary art program and our middle school and high school graphic design classes. These popular classes filled quickly and he is settling back in nicely into life at AST.

There are a few changes that have been implemented this semester that we are excited to share with you. One of the changes that happened this semester based upon parent feedback is that all of our elementary school students will have PE both third and fourth quarter. We will again ask for feedback later to make sure this is having the result that we all intended.

Another addition is more after school support. More details are included below.

A third new component is a movement toward hot lunch. We have added a vendor serving hot lunch on Wednesday. It takes quite a bit more time to serve hot lunch so we are planning to have students help as servers for hot lunches. We will use the high school homeroom and middle school advisory groups. Each group will support a different Wednesday throughout the semester. This comes from a couple of thoughts. Logistically, this will allow more lunch lines and allow us to get everyone served more quickly. And, from a community perspective, it will give the students a chance to offer a small piece of service to the community. Both of these are positives.

And we will conclude this newsletter with a reminder that first semester report cards should be going home today.

Have a great week,

Anthony Keen

 

MS/HS After School Support

This semester we will have a teacher available every day for supporting any middle school or high school students that are looking for support. This can help those students that need support even when their teacher may not be available due to a club or sport commitment.

After School Support Schedule

   Monday: Ms. Susan Kern, G3a - support for English and Homework

   Tuesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework

   Wednesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework

   Thursday: Mr. Ethan Dombkowski, H3b - support for Social Studies and Homework

These are not classes with planned activities, but rather opportunities for support. Ms. Leach will no longer be hosting middle school homework help sessions as these teachers are now filling that role.

Please note that the directors may assign a student to attend one or more sessions on a regular basis. If a parent would like their child assigned to a session, please let us know and we will review their academic progress.

親愛的AST家庭與朋友們:

歡迎來到2018年以及AST新的一學期。 學校剛開學一切運作正常,學生們也已經開始忙著學習。 校園裡充滿了巨大的能量和歡樂,希望你在家裡也能有相同的感受。

我們要藉這機會歡迎Mr. Valentino Salvato老師加入AST。他是這學期我們7年級與8年級的數學老師。雖然他才剛加入AST這個大家庭,但他已經有像回到家鄉且已來了好一陣子的感覺。

我們同時也很高興地歡迎Mr. Jonah Lin老師自長假中歸來。這學期他將教小學美術課,以及初、高中的graphic design課。他所開的課程一如以往,很快就被選修額滿,目前他也正平順的回歸到AST的教學生活中。

這學期的開始,我們有做些小的改變,我將藉此機會與您分享。其中之一是讓小學部同學在第三季與第四季都有體育課,這項改變是基於上學期家長與校長茶敘時的建議所做的課表調整。這項調整實施後,我們將再追蹤家長的反應以確保這樣有符合大家的共識。

我們還增加了一些課後輔導課程,請看我另外附加的說明,更多的改變,讓我們繼續看下去!

學校午餐這學期新增加了一家供應商,每星期三的午餐將供應打菜式的熱食。由於打菜需要點時間,加上為了不讓同學因等候而無法享受到熱騰騰的食物,我們計畫這學期要利用高中導師時間與初中輔導小組時間,讓同學們在星期三時,輪流到學生餐廳幫忙。邏輯上,讓同學們來幫忙服務,我們可以有不只一條的取餐隊伍,這樣可以減少同學們排隊等待的時間;另從服務的角度來看,參與幫忙的同學也可以藉此工作得到為自己社區提供服務的機會。上述兩點對於同學們的都是正向的幫助。

最後提醒大家:上學期的成績單已發放,同學們應該於今天將自己的成績單帶回家。

祝大家有個很棒的一星期!

校長

金安東

 

初、高中課後輔導

這學期開始,星期一到星期四每天放學後,我們都安排了一位老師可以如家教般輔導初、高中同學解決學業上的問題。 放學後,若本科老師因社團或其他工作無法及時回覆同學們的學業問題,歡迎初、高中同學可依下表到這幾位輪班老師教室,請教這幾位老師關於學科方面的問題。

課後輔導排班表:

l   星期一:Ms. Susan Kern老師,G3a教室 – 輔導英文科與家庭作業

l   星期二:Mr. Valentino Salvato老師, K2a教室 – 輔導數學科與家庭作業

l   星期三:Mr. Valentino Salvato老師, K2a教室 – 輔導數學科與家庭作業

l   星期四:Mr. Ethan Dombkowski老師, H3b教室 – 輔導社會科與家庭作業

課後輔導老師可以幫忙解答同學們平常上課有疑問的部分,但不是幫同學們再上課。另外,Ms. Leach老師原來幫忙初中同學了解家庭作業的時段,因這學期已安排上述老師們的輔導時段而暫停。

請注意,校長將另外依照初、高中同學們個別需要,安排個別同學每星期固定參加某一天或更多天的課後輔導。如果家長們認為您的孩子應該固定參加某一天的課後輔導,也請您讓我們知道,學校將會檢視固定上課後輔導的同學們在課業上的進展。