Dear AST Families and Friends,
We have pushed our community very hard this week. With jumping back in after the lost day last Friday, we started our club meetings, we implemented MAPS testing and we pushed ourselves with the tighter Activity Schedule every day this week. This schedule is tougher because of the reduction to passing time between classes, the shortened lunch, the expectation to still get through a blocks worth of material in classes, and extra activities tacked on to the end of the day. It is a lot to ask of anyone. Our students and teachers definitely rose to the occasion. To top it off, we (parents and teachers) committed ourselves to a very long Friday to spend valuable time together.
As I reflect on the week, that sounds like enough right there, but we packed in even more:
- Wendy Yang with Cornell Admissions came and talked to our high school parents on Monday. She shared candid and direct information with our students that echoed our constant messages. She provided details and examples of the experiences where she interviewed students and she described her criterion when evaluating candidates. The activity photos please click here.
- We rolled out a new tool and structure to seniors to help us better track and organize their college application process. These seniors have a team of people at AST watching and guiding their journey through the college admissions process.
- We kicked off the hard conversation with our elementary students about being safe while online. We shared stories and best safety practices with students and parents.
- We welcomed Godfrey Semwaiko to AST. He will be serving as an Artist in Residence over the next two weeks focusing on storytelling and digital book creation. During this time, students throughout the school will work on a collaborative process with him and each other entitled Taichung: Our Home.
With new clubs and new learning experiences, we are ever so excited about learning and happy to be here together.
Have a great weekend,