Dear AST Family and Friends,

We have just completed our fall MAPs testing and we will get the results to you soon. The technology improvements helped to make the process more efficient and streamlined and the switch to a growth-based test should provide us better feedback as to how our students are growing and in what areas we need to focus additional efforts.

I, also, wanted to share the student-led conference results of the parent survey.

 

This was a great learning experience for our kids and a real opportunity to see inside our students' learning. We look forward to improving the process for the spring conferences.

Looking to next week, the rescheduled Camp Taiwan trip for middle school students leaves on Wednesday and returns on Friday. Student questions should be directed to advisory teachers, Mr. Michael, or Ms. Wilson.

Have a great weekend,

Anthony Keen

 

Parent Association Feedback

The Parent Association gave us a few things to look into and respond to and I want to share a little about our processes that resulted from some of their valuable questions.

The PA raised concerns about lunch quality. Some parents have also suggested possible new lunch vendors. We have been in contact with all of the suggested vendors and some are bringing in food samples for tasting. As part of this tasting process, we have requested four middle school / high school portions for parents to come in and help taste and give feedback. Arrangements for which parents are coming in to taste will be made through the PA. Also, additional suggestions for possible vendors are always welcome. Finally, based upon student feedback, one vendor was discontinued this week.

The PA expressed concerns about the upper court turning shoes green. We are looking into why this is happening and will respond further when we have more information.

The PA encouraged us to reconsider our practices around health checks. We have done a good deal of research into options for government support and the practices of other respected international schools in Taiwan and come to the position that we will be requiring all students to get a health check from their own doctor every two years. The exact details and forms are being developed and we will share them as we get further along in this work.

 

親愛的AST家庭與朋友們:

我們剛完成了今年度的MAPs考試,並將於近期內盡快與您分享測驗結果。拜科技進步所賜,統計考試結果越來越簡捷、有效率。相信這項以學習成長為測驗基礎的考試結果將提供更精確的資訊,讓我們可以更加瞭解同學們學習方面如何成長,還有哪些方面需特別給予更多努力。

藉此機會,讓我也與大家分享這次學生主導會議後,家長們參與合作的問卷調查結果:

這次的學生主導會議確實給了孩子們一次很好的學習經驗,同時也是一次讓我們能夠反思習得的內在究竟為何的真實機會。我們期待下學期的學生主導會議,在流程及各層面上都還能夠再更進步些。

初中部同學將於下星期三到星期五前往位於新北市的Camp Taiwan營區進行校外教學,真令人期待! 如果有關於這次校外教學的相關問題,歡迎大家與負責老師Mr. Michael,或是Ms. Wilson聯絡。

祝您有個美好的周末!

校長

金安東

 

關於家長會的回應

家長會對於校務有些反應與建議,我很願意藉此機會向大家分享針對家長們的意見,我們正在進行的措施與部分結果。

關於家長會建議改進學校午餐品質部分。學校除了繼續尋求新廠商外,家長提供的午餐供應商,我們都會與他們聯絡,安排試吃並做意見調查。試餐的人員中將包含初、高中生家長代表4人,這部分將請家長會為我們提供試餐的人選。我們隨時歡迎您給予學校建議,也請家長們持續為我們介紹午餐供應廠商。另外,基於用餐同學的反應,我們已於這星期正式取消與一家廠商的合作關係了。

家長會還提出學校戶外球場地板會讓鞋底染成綠色的問題。這問題,我們仍在探究原因與解決方法,有進一步的資訊將公布給大家知道。

另外,家長會也希望學校重新思考關於學生健康檢查的作法。我們研究了政府單位給予本地學校的補助與規定,以及台灣地區其他國際學校的作法後,初步結論是希望AST同學可以每兩年自行前往醫療單位做健檢一次。詳細的程序與表格等,仍在設計中,如有進一步細節與規畫我們將盡快與大家分享。