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October 19, 2018

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WACKY and WONDERFUL TAPE SCULPTURES / 美妙的膠帶雕塑-WACKY

October 19, 2018

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High School Foundation of Art Students You may have noticed some wacky and wonderful tape sculptures around campus, including a kidnapped woman with a mirror for a head and an arm sticking up into the air from behind her torso. William Yang, Kazarina Liao, and Aaron Chuang teamed up to join their separate tape sculpture body parts into one unique installation piece that can be seen on Lincoln Way on a sunny day.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Taiwan visit / 珍古德參訪台南根與芽動物嘉年華

October 19, 2018

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On Sunday, October 28, a small group of students and teachers have been invited to attend Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots inaugural trip to Taiwan. Dr. Goodall’s lifetime achievement in primate research, paleoarcheology, conservation, wildlife protection, and environment protection, has its pinnacle in her current effort of global empowerment of youth through her Roots & Shoots Initiative. Designed as a school-based projects led by youth, Roots & Shoots invites young people all over the world to become involved in local issues involving people, animals, and environment. Students design actions to address issues of concern in their surrounding communities, thereby establishing a global network of youth-in-action to create a formidable force of change in the world.

Director's Update 10192018

October 19, 2018

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Thank you to everyone that contributed to the fantastic experiences this week. On Monday, the Charity Fun Run was both a great time and a great fundraising success. We raised over 120,000 NTD for the orphanage. On Thursday, the PA met to plan for future events. On Friday, parents came to campus to connect with teachers and celebrate the growth of our kids so far. On Thursday, report cards were digitally sent home and loaded to the Alma pages. Parents and students should be able to view their report card via Alma. If you would like a printed copy sent home with your child or mailed home, please contact Ms. Claire.

Director's Update 10122018

October 12, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We hope that everyone enjoyed their 10/10 holiday this week. Next week, we are hosting our Fun Run on Monday and conferences on Friday. Both will be valuable events for our students and our community. I would also like to invite any parents who wish to be involved with volunteering at our school to join the PA meeting on Thursday, October 15th, at 2:00 pm. We have two significant events where traditionally our parents have had a very positive impact. The first is the Halloween Activity time on November 2, and the second is the Thanksgiving Celebration on November 21st. If you are able and willing to help, this is an optimal time to come be part of the Parent Association. Finally, I want to share a few resources that are potentially valuable to our school community, as well as your family at home. The first is a blog called Screenagers: Tech Talk Tuesdays. This is a blog follow-up to a documentary about the impact of screen time on kids in general and teenagers specifically. The blog is written by Dr. Delaney Ruston. There are two specific recent blog posts that I want to point out.

PSAT is on the horizon! / PSAT即將來臨囉!

October 12, 2018

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Grade 10 and 11 PARENTS! PSAT is on the horizon! Your grade 10 and 11 student will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 24 here at AST. We ask that you please be sure they are at school on time, get good sleep the night before, and have a nice breakfast. On Monday, October 22, there will be a mandatory paperwork session during activity time. Students will be told to go directly to the MPR that day for activity, so we can finish on time. Please remind them that if they pay attention and focus on the task at hand, they shouldn't miss their clubs or their regular bus home.

ES English Speaker of the Month! / 最佳英語表現獎!

October 12, 2018

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The ES English Speaker of the Month award goes to one student in each grade who has demonstrated great effort in speaking English, encouraging others to speak English, and helping to create an environment of inclusiveness and togetherness at AST.

Director's Update 10052018

October 5, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to all the families that joined us at the baseball stadium last Friday. Parents, kids, and teachers gathered for a Taichung Brothers baseball game. Altogether, we had almost 400 people representing AST. A great time was clearly had and well documented in pictures. We would like to invite everyone to share those pictures by uploading them into this folder in Google Drive. This folder is open to everyone for one week to add pictures, then it will be switched over to View Only.

NEW DATE FOR CAMP TAIWAN! / Camp Taiwan活動最新日期!

October 5, 2018

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We're so thankful we have modern technology to warn us of the dangerous typhoon! The good news is that we were able to re-book our camp experience. We are now booked for Oct 22-24. The packing list is attached. We look forward to a fun experience!!!

London Culture Trip / AST學生倫敦之旅集錦

October 5, 2018

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AST students returned this week from the London Culture Trip. During the time away, students had the opportunity to: Visit Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Explore the RSC interactive exhibition. Take a tour of the Globe theatre and participate in a workshop based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Visit the Harry Potter Studios where students could explore the actual film sets used in the series. Attend the National Theatre's production of War Horse. This included a backstage tour, invite to cast warm up and Q and A. Attend a puppetry workshop hosted by a cast member of War Horse. Attend a talk from Oxbridge concerning university applications. Watch a variety of West End shows, including Wicked and Matilda the Musical.

Director's Update 09282018

September 28, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This weekend is actually a very busy one. Our students are returning from the London Culture and College Visit; AST Family Fun Night has us all watching the Brothers Baseball game together on Friday; our teachers will spend the weekend at school working with Rami Madani from the International School of Kuala Lumpur on Integrating your Mission and Core Values into the Curriculum; and the swim team is competing in a meet at Morrison on Saturday. Next week is a bit of an odd week. There is no school on Monday and Tuesday in lieu of the working weekend for teachers. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, our middle school students will be at Camp Taiwan. The campus will be a tad quieter while our middle school students are away.

PSAT PreAdministration Session - October 22nd

September 28, 2018

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On October 22nd, during our Activity Time (from 2:30 to 3:30 pm), our 10th and 11th grade students will come together for the PSAT Pre-Administration. This prepares all the paperwork that is necessary for the PSAT. The PSAT for 10th and 11th grade students is administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 24th, in accordance with College Board procedures.

MUN Conferences 2018-2019/ 2018-2019 MUN會議

September 28, 2018

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MUN participants this year have the opportunity to attend 6-8 conferences, both in Taiwan and thousands of miles away from Taiwan. This is a good time to discuss the conferences with your child and plan ahead for them. Be aware that both male and female participants must wear business style jackets. Casual clothing, such as sneakers, jeans and t-shirts are only allowed during free times away from the conference. Females are advised to avoid high heels and short skirts that are shorter than shoulder to finger tip length. Males must wear business apparel as well, with appropriate shirts, ties, pants and footwear.

Director's Update 09212018

September 21, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We wanted to take a moment to tell you about a few of those extra things that have been happening during activity time and advisory time. Artist in Residence Assemblies - We have held two assemblies related to our Artist in Residence program. The first was a kick off event and the second (this week’s) assembly allowed Mr. Godfrey Semwaiko to show off the student work over the past two weeks. Bus Safety Training - The vast majority of AST students have gone through safety training on the school bus. This includes fundamentals like wearing seat belts and remaining seated while the bus is moving as well as evacuation details in the event of an accident like escape hatches and emergency windows.

STORIES HELP US DREAM/ 故事創造夢想

September 21, 2018

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This week we saw the fabulous fruits of Godfrey Semwaiko’s residency efforts with elementary, middle and high school students. From engaged storytelling, story writing and storyboarding, grade 3, 4, and 5 were busy creating and illustrating stories that are all being combined into one digital ebook to soon be available for download and use by the AST community. Middle School and High School students edited, manipulated and masked original works of art digitally to be ready for animating 2D illustrations and High School students created video clips and stop-motion animation.

Red Cross 1st Aid Training/ AST紅少服急救員訓練

September 21, 2018

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Sept. 15-16, 5 of our AST Red Cross members took part in the first aid training hosted by Taichung Red Cross. They passed the exam and became certified first aid personnel. Not only did these students learn knowledge about first aid, but they can also provide assistance when there is an emergency situation! We encourage high school students to participate in this kind of training because it will benefit everyone as well as themselves!

ASTonishing!! / AST機器人團隊令人讚嘆!

September 21, 2018

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Our AST robotics team placed 3rd at the 2018 WRO National Competition, way to go Thomas, Eric and Max. Over the past 4 months, over 150 teams, about 500 students from across Taiwan have been working hard to improve their scores to qualify for the world competition. Next AST robotics will be shifting gears as they prepare for First Lego League and VEX robotics competitions.

The Interact Club Orphanage BBQ Event/ 扶少社孤兒院BBQ烤肉活動

September 21, 2018

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Last Friday, Interact Club members visited an orphanage. The purpose of the activity was to learn about people who need our help, provide a special BBQ for them, and share our passion about community service. I was very glad so many students in AST were willing to participate in this activity, which allowed our club members to contribute to our community. During the BBQ activity, we watched an outstanding drum show that was performed by these kids who live at the orphanage. After the show we prepared the BBQ. We served our guests and had a chance to chat with them.

Thank you, parent speakers! 謝謝家長來校演講

September 21, 2018

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A big thank you goes to Mr. Stanley Cheong and Mr. Jeff Chou for being our parent guest speakers this week. We are truly grateful to them for sharing their valuable life experiences with us.

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

September 14, 2018

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This Thursday (9/13), some of our Red Cross members went to the Food Bank Field Trip during their 2nd block. It was a great opportunity for them to learn about what, why, and how food donation is processed in Taichung Food Bank.

Family Fun Night / 闔家歡樂夜

September 14, 2018

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Hello AST students and families, Mark your calendar for Friday, September 28 and be sure to join AST faculty and staff for AST night at the baseball game! * What: AST community night Taichung Brothers baseball game * When: September 28 Pre-game 17:30 Game time 18:30 * Where: Taichung Intercontinental Stadium

TAICHUNG OUR HOME: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE WITH GODFREY SEMWAIKO / 台中我們的家:GODFREY SEMWAIKO老師的駐點藝術作品

September 14, 2018

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Godfrey Semwaiko began his AST residency by presenting the background and stories of some of his illustrated books published in Tanzania, England, Zimbabwe, and Germany to the Elementary School. Many lively questions excited his subsequent work acting out stories and eliciting ideas for new stories protecting what we love about Taichung. Students from Grades 1 and 2 made African Masks and Grades 3, 4, and 5 developed original stories and watercolor and ink illustrations for handmade books. From all of these stories and images, Godfrey is busy developing his own professional illustrations to join those made by students.

Director's Update 09142018

September 14, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Our athletic competitions have kicked off with an impressive girls’ volleyball performance in a friendly match against Morrison winning four out of four sets. Thank you to those parents that were able to attend. We very much appreciate your support at these competitions. This week has also been filled with college visits. We have hosted Singapore Management University, St Anselm, Plymouth State, UCLA, and University of Manchester. This set of schools is a perfect representation of the universities that our students apply to. They have varying focuses; they are spread around the planet; and they are innovators in their own specialty areas.

Athletics Newsletter / 體育週報

September 11, 2018

Athletics Update

Dear Parents/Guardians The athletics season is now in full swing. We have had a successful start to the Girls Volleyball, Soccer, Swim, Badminton, and Ultimate team’s seasons. As mentioned previously, there will be a fee for sports this year. Teams are responsible for paying for the space that they are using. The transportation costs, coaches fees, and insurance will be covered by the school. The school will also cover the two week trial period at the start of the season to give students a chance to try out the sport.

Parent Speakers are Invited to AST! / 邀請家長來校與高中生對談!

September 7, 2018

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As seniors and juniors are beginning to prepare their college applications and are making decisions about their future courses of study, they would like to hear from our own families about their careers and experiences in the work world. On Monday, September 3rd, we had our first speaker. We were fortunate to have Dr. Subrata Kundu, father of grade two Suniska, tell our students about his life, career, choices he made, and lessons he learned. What can you share that would help our students begin to make these important life decisions? The more variety of career paths shared, the better armed our students will be to make good choices. Please consider sharing your stories.

Director's Update 09072018

September 7, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to everyone that attended our Back to School Night. I know that some people who wished to attend could not because of the rain delay, but we still had a great number of parents and we very much appreciate their attendance. Additionally, we used a rather different format for our middle school and high school parents that focused on building community and those important individual relationships between parents and teachers. The vast majority of the feedback that I heard during the event was positive both from parents and from teachers. Parents appreciated not spending time running all over campus; teachers felt like they could actually talk to parents and start to understand their unique perspectives. It was a wonderful event and some people even requested that we repeat the event more often throughout the year. This week, we have wrapped up the vast majority of our MAPS testing. We finished the math test on Wednesday and make-ups on Thursday. We are diligently checking over reports to try and make sure that every last student has finished. This Saturday, our teachers will be on campus with a training from NWEA (the creator of the MAPS assessment) to insure that they understand the data, how best to use it, and how best to communicate that information to our parents. So, please whisper a quiet thank you on Saturday, when you are sipping your morning beverage, to your favorite teachers.

AST Hoodie Pre-order Now/ AST 帽T預購中

September 7, 2018

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Greetings from High School STUGO. This year, the STUGO has promised to make a hoodie that belongs to AST. A hoodie that express the school’s spirit. Without doubt, we did it!!! The hoodie is now ready to be ordered. This hoodie is designed under the cooperation of alumni and current AST student. Everyone who is interested in this hoodie can order it.

Director's Update 08312018

August 31, 2018

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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.

WELCOME TO GODFREY SEMWAIKO ARTIST IN RESIDENCE / 歡迎術家GODFREY SEMWAIKO先生

August 31, 2018

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We welcome Godfrey Semwaiko as a visiting artist-in-residence from Tanzania, Africa this Friday, August 31 to September 21. Godfrey is a Tanzanian visual artist, book illustrator and book designer, animator, motion graphic designer, film producer, and broadcast television creative producer who was recognized by UNESCO for his conservation work through animation. At AST, he will work with students in each division to storytell, make art, and create handmade books about environmental stories that becomes a downloadable digital e-book. Building upon the internationally curriculum, Africa Our Home that he illustrated in 2005, we will produce our own ‘Taichung Our Home’ stories about what we love in our Taiwan environment and how we can protect it. Godfrey begins story development, character development, storyboarding and book construction with ES next week with MS and HS students creating digital storyboards, soundtracks, and animations to create an interactive e-book with his guidance. He will be a part of our Back to School Night on Friday so be sure to introduce yourself and enjoy his wonderful contributions in the weeks ahead.

MAPs Testing / MAPS測驗

August 28, 2018

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Parents: The Fall MAP assessment for grades 3 through 10 is set for August 28-30 (make ups will be on the 31st). The test sessions are set for 2:30 each day, so please do not pick up your child early on those days and make sure they get enough sleep during that week.

Director's Update 08.27.2018

August 28, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We hope that many families had the chance to spend more time together on Friday with the unexpected cancellation. Everything on campus seems to have returned to normal by the time we returned this morning. Based upon the cancellation, we have moved the Back to School Night event to this Friday, August 31. We know that this will pose a challenge for some and now allow others to attend because of the short notice, but this event is more valuable the sooner we can hold it. So, thank you to those who can shuffle schedules to make this work. For those that are unable to rearrange your schedules, we completely understand. Finally, our fall MAPS testing session will be held this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This data is gathered three times per year to inform teachers’ instructional practice, and to look at growth of our students over time. We will provide additional MAPS information as we move forward during the year..

Back to School Night / 親師見面會

August 27, 2018

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Friday, August 31st

Athletics Newsletter / 體育週報

August 27, 2018

Athletics Update

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students The school year has now fully started and the athletics season is fast approaching. We are happy to announce that many students signed up for a variety of sports this school year and that we will be running several teams this school year. We are all looking forward to many practices, games, and tournaments where we hope our student-athletes will find success both on and off of the fields and courts where they will be playing. A few announcements for the athletics programs this year: In order to provide students with a more professional athletic space, this year we will be renting space at sports facilities in Taichung, for our student-athletes to practice. The majority of the expenses, including transportation, insurance, tournament fees, and coaches fees will be covered by the school. The students will only pay for the space that their team/club is using. The teams/clubs that this effect include the Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, and- Badminton teams. Effectively this means that there will be a practice space rental fee for those teams to cover. For more information regarding sports facilities, schedule and advisors, please see p.3

School Closure for Friday, August 24.

August 23, 2018

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There is no school on August 24, 2018 due to weather. School will resume on Monday, August 27, 2018. It will be a Day 1 as previously scheduled.

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

August 17, 2018

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Robotics Club Many of our students have had busy summers. Two teams from the AST robotics club were working on a robot for the World Robotics Olympiad competition this summer. Eric Lu, Max Shih, Thomas Yen, Alan Lin, Alex Lin and Nick Lin, attended regional competitions in July and August. More than 35 teams from all over Taiwan attended the competitions, both AST teams placed in the top 3, and will advance to the WRO National competition to be held in the middle of September. Congratulations, your hard work will pay off. Courtesy of Mr. Patrick Herding

Director's Update 8.17.2018

August 17, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We are excited to host the AST Club Fair next Monday from 2:30 - 3:35 p.m. in the gym. It will be the first time that we open the Club Fair to the whole school, allowing the elementary students to be part of the excitement and to join the groups as a community! We have had many students who have come forward with ideas and areas of interest, such as fencing, soccer, guitar jam sessions and many more. It is a great enriching activity for all. An AST club is a truly student-centered organization. The students are the driving force of the clubs, and the teachers and coaches act as a support in guiding them to reach their goals. These clubs allow students to develop their talents, as well as help to shape their leadership and interpersonal skills that will last for a lifetime. We even have alumni who have come back to continue to work on a project from last year, or are sharing their college life stories with the juniors and seniors. MS/HS clubs will officially start on August 20. If you have any questions about MS/HS clubs please contact Mr. Ethan Dombkowski and Patrick Herding. Please contact Ms. Amber Chin regarding ES Clubs. Back to School Night- Friday, August 24 Another exciting event that is happening next week is Back to School Night! We are taking a different approach this year where the focus is “Getting to Know Your Teachers”! Parents will have an opportunity to meet and greet their child’s teachers in a more personal way to develop direct communication from the beginning of the school year. They will also receive important information about the academic programs. We strongly believe parents and teachers are partners in a child’s education and invite you in to get to know each other! The elementary program will start at 2 p.m. in the gym. Following the director’s address and the specialists introductions, the classroom presentations will take place in the elementary classrooms. The program will end in the gym with parents and specialist teachers getting to know each other. The middle/high school program will start at 3:45 p.m. with the Director’s address in the gym. Afterwards, parents will then be able to visit teachers’ tables in the gym or in the cafeteria from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. We hope parents and teachers will feel more comfortable reaching out to each other as needed, developing a closer working relationship for the benefit of our children. For more information, please see our schedule below. Have a great weekend, Anthony

Director's Update 8.10.2018

August 10, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Friendships are forming, lessons have begun, and we are underway. The start of the school has been both typical and positive. It is a fantastic experience working with our young people. Middle school and high school schedule adjustments are well underway. We have made a few changes to try and get everyone into just the right classes for them and we would like to share the updated schedule here. Now is also a fantastic opportunity to reach out to teachers. They are getting to know their students, but they appreciate and value parent insights. Parents, if you notice anything about your child’s experiences that you would like to share, we ask that you please let us know - be it positive or negative. The most effective education is grounded in a partnership between parents and teachers. We are constantly working to improve. Our New Student and Family Orientation experience was the best yet and we hope to improve on the Back to School Night activity as well. This year’s event will be on Friday, August 24, 2018. The elementary school parent session will start at 2:00 pm, and the middle and high school parent session will start after school at 3:45 pm. We will send out more information next week. For now, please save the date and we look forward to seeing you. No reservations or appointments are needed for this event. And, finally, a safety reminder related to student drop-off in the morning when parents are bringing their children to school. Please drop off your children outside of the LAC and have them go up the stairs and directly into the gym. We have set up this area to keep students out of the way of moving cars and to keep them as safe as possible during our busy mornings. Please help us by using the second school gate and dropping off your students outside of the Lincoln Activity Center. Have a great weekend, Anthony

Director's Update 08.03.2018

August 3, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. The faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for everyone's arrival next week. We are very excited and are looking forward to getting this year started. Two key events for next week are the New Student and Family Orientation on Monday, and the First Day of School on Tuesday. The schedule for the New Student and Family Orientation is attached. On Tuesday, everyone will start the day in the gymnasium together where we will get students connected with their advisory teachers, and get schedules into student's hands.

2018-2019 Daily Schedule

July 30, 2018

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New Daily Schedule / 新學年上課時間表

Science Fair / 科學展覽

June 1, 2018

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The MS and HS students spent the last few months researching, experimenting, and writing for the topics they are curious about. Yesterday's science fair was a success, with over 120 projects. Thank you to those who made it to the fair to support our students. The science fair winners are: MS. First place: James Lai Second place: Yu-Yu Ho Third place: Charles Wu HS. First place: Norman Hsu, Daniel Chung, and Ivan Lin Second place: Ricky Park and Megan Chang Third place: Zoe Chang Courtesy of Lily Hsu