Dear AST Family and Friends,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Our teachers are busy ramping up for greeting your children next week and we are excited about what lies ahead.
What to Bring on Day 1
For the first day of school, please look at the school supply lists on the website (Elementary Supply List and Middle School Supply List). Also, all students should bring their AST ID cards to school to checkout their school books. For new students, we have ordered your AST ID card and we will let you know when it arrives.
The first day of school will be a modified Day 1 schedule. We will begin the day with an all school assembly in the gymnasium. We will then break into homeroom and advisory groups and in these groups move through a number of logistical stations (library, GAO, etc.) and attend our first class. In the afternoon, we will attend our second, third, and fourth block classes. The second day of school will follow a normal Day 2 schedule.
The student schedules will be published to the AST Portals this week. High school students with incomplete schedules or who wish to change courses should see Mr. Keen. If you are having trouble accessing the portal, please contact Ms. Ching.
Chromebooks / Bring Your Own Device
We are still preparing for our Chromebook roll-out for middle school. A delay in manufacturing has pushed back our roll-out to be as late as September, but we feel that the product selection was worth that delay. We are prepared for high school students to bring their own devices. High school students are expected to have a laptop device (Chromebooks, Windows laptops, Macintosh laptops, and Linux laptops are okay) to be used in classes across the campus.
New Teacher Introductions
Over the coming weeks I will be introducing our new teachers to you. This week, for teacher introductions, I would like to focus on our elementary school.
Joining us in 5th grade is Mary Ann Capule.
My name is Mary Ann Capule; I am the grade 5 teacher. My 9th grade son and I are delighted to be a part of the AST family! I earned my teaching Certificate and license from the College of New Jersey. I also have an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Most of my family live in California and Oregon. This is my 7th year of teaching, and I've enjoyed every minute of it! I have taught in Beijing, Manila, and, most recently, in the country of Armenia.
Joining us in 4th grade is Tisa Spinelli.
您好！我是 Tisa Spinelli. I have my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, a K-5 Math Endorsement, and an ESOL Endorsement from Georgia State University. This is my 7th year teaching and 2nd year teaching internationally. Last year I taught in the Guangxi province of China. In my free time, I love to study Mandarin and hula hoop!
Joining us in ESOL is Lauren Leach.
Hi! My name is Lauren Leach, and I am the new Elementary School ESOL teacher. I earned my Bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in English and Literature. I am an American certified teacher of ESOL for students from K-12, and have been teaching English and literacy to elementary students for over 5 years. I taught English in Busan, South Korea for 2 years, where I acquired a deep love of kimchi! I am originally from the city of Huntsville, Alabama, but I like to call Taichung my second home. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you!
Joining us in 1st grade is Elaine Yiu.
My name is Elaine Yiu and I am from Toronto, Canada. I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts, and then from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education. Before I moved to Taiwan, I lived in Korea for one year, and now I have been living and teaching in Taichung for the past five years and am expecting my first child this summer. I am very excited to be joining the AST family this year!
Joining us as our new Guidance Counselor is Diane Wilson.
Hi! My name is Diane Wilson. I am certified through the state of Colorado. I hold degrees from the University of Colorado, Bachelor's in Fine Arts & Master's in School Counseling and Human Services (Buffalos ALL THE WAY!!!). I have lived in 5 countries and 7 states! For the last 31 years, Colorado has been home. Before that (NOT saying how many years!) it was Kentucky!
Finally, Annie Tung is still very much on campus and she is joining me in the administration as the new Assistant Director.
Did you know?
Your AST ID card is also your library card. Bring it on the first day of school for checking out your school books.