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Director's Update 10042019

October 4, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,‍ We would like to start by congratulating our JV Girls Volleyball team for winning their tournament at AST this past weekend. Their teamwork, positive attitude, and ever-improving skills are fun to watch. We took a brief moment to pause and honor them before the entire high school.This week is the end of the first quarter. We will be getting report cards out to students and parents as quickly as possible over the coming days. We are working to get the reports out more quickly than in the past, but we cannot speed the process at the cost of the quality of meaningful information for students and parents. We are seeking the perfect balance.October is an especially busy month. This weekend, our teachers will be in a two-day professional development workshop around proficiency-based grading and high-quality feedback and reporting. Afterward, they will join the students in the restful fall break next week. 

BMUN Registration is Currently Open / 柏克萊模擬聯合國會議(BMUN)開放註冊

October 4, 2019

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The BMUN trip is tentatively scheduled for March 4 through March 10. This will include participation in this exceptional MUN event as well as campus tours of Berkeley and Stanford. Please contact Mr. Watson with questions or to register.

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

October 4, 2019

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On Sept. 27 Friday, some of our Red Cross Club 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.

Director's Update 09272019

September 27, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Last weekend, our teachers worked with a trainer from NWEA to better use MAPS data to differentiate instruction within the classroom. This concept is part of our commitment to meeting the needs of each and every student at AST. Thank you to all the teachers that gave up weekend time to improve their craft. Last Sunday, we held a VEX practice event at AST. It was a fun experience for all involved. We are preparing to host Tai-VEX this fall including schools from around Taiwan and special guests from the States. There is still time to get involved with robotics in general or Tai-VEX specifically. 

TAI-VEX Tower Takeover Scrimmage / TAI-VEX Tower Takeover 比賽

September 27, 2019

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On Sunday, Sept. 22 team AST-onishing hosted our first VEX robotics scrimmage. The students and parents did a FANTASTIC job of getting all of the fields setup and materials prepared. Thomas Yen and Ruby Shih were in charge of the tournament manager software, and the system was not cooperating. But they persevered and got the bugs worked out of the program.

MUN Conferences / 模擬聯合國 (MUN) 會議

September 27, 2019

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As a student who has attended myriad conferences all over Taiwan, and some overseas, I believe it is imperative to look further into the world for MUN experiences. Not only to gain experience but also acquire and refine our collaboration and communication skills at a MUN event. As the oldest and one of the most prestigious Model United Nations conferences in the world, Berkeley MUN provides not only what are considered the bread and butter of MUN conferences, lobbying, and debating, but also presents a more holistic approach to the model united nations experience.

Medicine Request Form / 服藥委託單

September 27, 2019

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If medicine needs to be distributed to a student at school, we need precise information to guarantee that we properly administer medication. Previously, this information was only recorded by the nurse directly, but we are now providing a form on our website under the Parent Information section so that it can be filled out in advance. We are still happy to support in person as well, but some will find the form easier.

Director's Update 09202019

September 20, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to those parents that joined us for the ES Robotics conversation and for the Parent Association meeting. Our community is what makes this school fantastic. We would like to continue to meet with parents about opportunities this year. We would like to invite parents of students in grades 8 through 11 to join us for a conversation about international MUN trips and international competition opportunities in robotics. These kinds of trips are tremendously valuable to our students’ college applications. Please join us on October 1st at 4:00 pm.We are excited to welcome Dr. Wiles back to his classroom on Monday. Installation of a chair lift for his use completed on Thursday. He is excited to be back in his classrooms.In the last week, one group of students attended the CAT College Fair in Taipei. This was our first year attending this event and we intend to be there each year from now onward. This group of students learned more about prospective universities.

Director's Update 09122019

September 12, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! In honor of this holiday, there will be no school on Friday. Please enjoy your long weekend. This week, we welcomed Michael Wiles back to the classroom. After a serious injury from a cycling accident, Dr. Wiles spent two weeks in recovery outside of school and he will be moving around slowly and carefully for the coming months. He is excited to again be working with your kids. He is temporarily located in the cafeteria as space has been carved out for his class meetings. We are working quickly to make arrangements for him to return to his classroom.The MS / HS Club Fees have been established for this semester. These fees were intended to be modest and simple. We have determined two tiers of fees with the majority of clubs have no fee at all. 

Director's Update 09062019

September 6, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to the parents that joined us for the Tea Time with the Directors this week. We talked about Alma, Google Classroom, and changes to AP testing. The full notes from the meeting can be found here. Mosquitoes and biting midges continue to be the bane of our existence at AST at this time of year. We are spraying to kill them on a weekly basis (typically on Monday, after school). Based upon the location up in the mountains within the trees and lush vegetation where our school resides, we will never be rid of the pests, but we are doing what we can to control them.

Director's Update 08302019

August 30, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to all the parents that joined us for Back to School Night. The positive working relationship between parents, teachers, and students is critical to our students' success. When we work together, our students not only take flight but soar. At Back to School Night, we shared the schoolwide MAPS data from this week and the impressive AP data from last May’s assessments. Individual data will come this week and it will be sent home by advisory/homeroom teachers. The note on the calendar about Parent Conferences (as needed) is to remind teachers to reach out regarding areas of concern or striking MAPS data. We will reach out to parents starting next week. Full conferences will happen later in November.

Director's Update 08232019

August 23, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This week seems to have flown by. We would like to thank all the parents that joined us for the Parent Association meeting on Thursday and we would like to thank Ms. Eunice Wang for her leadership in the PA. It was a great start to the year. We are also looking forward to spending more time with our extended AST family at the Brother’s Baseball Game tonight and the Back to School Night next Friday. Both of these are great opportunities to build connections with each other. The game tonight starts at 6:35 pm.

Director's Update 08162019

August 16, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Classes have begun, clubs and activities are underway, and the rain has cleaned the air. It has been a busy, wet, and productive second week of school. Next week, we look forward to connecting with our parents at the Brother’s Baseball Family Fun Night on Friday, August 23rd. The following Friday, we will host our Back to School Night from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. These are both great opportunities to meet our teachers and build the relationships needed to best support our kids.Have a great week,Anthony Keen

Director's Update 08092019

August 9, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, The club fair on Friday was a huge success. Thank you to all the students that set up and worked at the various booths. The full list of currently active clubs will be posted soon. If you missed the fair, it is not too late to join a club or sport for the fall semester. Please see Mr. Yuri or Mr. Dombkowski with questions. Athletic practices and clubs start this coming week. The majority of clubs are free and fees are associated with those teams and groups that are renting outside facilities or specialized equipment. This coming week is also the last week for schedule changes for the Fall semester. Middle school students, please see Mr. Keen if you would like to change your schedule. High school students, please email Ms. Wilson if you would like to change your schedule. Schedule changes are limited by the availability of courses and seats, so do not wait. To check schedules or grades or email teachers, log in to Alma. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact Ms. Claire.

Director's Update 08052019

August 5, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. School starts on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We will begin with all of our students in the gymnasium together and will follow the regular school day schedule with a few small adjustments during the day. These adjustments to that schedule will be shared by the teachers throughout the day. This year begins with a new bus company. With the concerns that we have all shared over the past two years, it was time to begin a new relationship. We look forward to working with this company. One casualty of the switch is that we are no longer able to serve breakfast on Thursday mornings. Please make sure our students get a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast each day before coming to school.

2019 Summer Reading Assignments / 暑期閱讀作業

July 18, 2019

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‍Summer reading assignments are listed by grade level. The reading assignments are required for returning students. However, it is highly recommended that new students entering AST should do the assignments as well so that the students will be ready to start the year off on an equal basis.

2019 Summer Office Hours

July 18, 2019

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June 10 - August 2, 2019

Director's Update 05312019

May 31, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, The celebration is real, profound, and widespread. Yesterday, we spent considerable time preparing for and hosting a set of reporters who were interviewing Team ASTonishing about their success in Turkey. I thought about how I would try to summarize why this is important and what it represents, and I wanted to share some of those thoughts here. The Fundamental Question: What makes AST special? AST has strong, proven academics. We have the best AP results in Taichung and arguably the best results on the island. Our students are accepted by and attend impressive colleges. But to me, these things make AST a good school--not a special school. For my first four years at AST as a teacher and Assistant Director, I would have told you that AST is special because of the individual attention that we give to every student. We have smaller class sizes than the other international schools in Taiwan because of this value, and this keeps us looking at the whole child. As a result, we love and care about our kids.

Director's Update 05242019

May 24, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year. Next week, on Wednesday, the MS Drama Performances will be held. The performance for parents will begin just a little earlier at 2:10 as this performance is a little longer than I originally understood. Afterward, parents are invited to join our presentation “Planning for College Now” in the MPR at 3:45 pm. On Friday, the elementary school is hosting the End of Year Celebration at 2:30 pm. We look forward to seeing our elementary parents at that time. For the last week of school, each day has a unique schedule. Monday, 3 June, has been designated the Service Day. Different groups will be off campus pursuing different service opportunities. These are so popular that we are currently organizing an educational trip for those MS students that did not yet sign-up for a service trip. We expect all of the groups to be back for the Spring Concert at 2:30 pm in the gym.

Director's Update 05172019

May 17, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Yesterday, the Parent Association met for the final meeting of the year. We would like to again thank Ms. Debra Liu for her service to the school and the association as its President for the past two years. Ms. Liu’s son, Norman, is graduating this year and excited to be heading off to UCLA to continue pursuing his educational career. We would like to also thank Ms. Eunice Wang & Ms. Emma Green for stepping forward together to assume the role of Co-Presidents for the coming years. These two people are excited about improving the support of new parents to AST and are committed to improving the diversity of the parent association. The entire meeting yesterday was held in English with translation into Chinese. The new ideas and leadership from our new Presidents will help us all move together as partners in our children’s education.

Tour de Taiwan

May 17, 2019

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AST Cycling Club would like to host a Tour de Taiwan, which is cycling around Taiwan. The trip will be 12 days long and the event serves some major purpose. First, the event will introduce the participants into the root of Taiwan- Taiwanese culture. For instance, during the ride, the tour will incorporate some traditional snacks but not like ordinary lunch boxes; aboriginal tribes will be visited when we are on the eastern coast of Taiwan; furthermore, the natural beauty of Taiwan will be shown to the participants. Second, Taiwan, an island that is packed with only 23 million people, has one of the largest cycling industry in the world; therefore, this event has scheduled some tours to multiple bicycling factories and museums, including 3 largest bicycle factories in Taiwan: Giant, Merida, and HODAKA.

Guo Guo Shan Dog Shelter / 狗狗山服務活動

May 10, 2019

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On June 3rd, AST Middle School students will return to Guo Guo Shan Dog Shelter. At the shelter, our students clean and refill food and water bowls, tidy the grounds and dog runs, and spend time socializing with the dogs.

Director's Update 05102019

May 10, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with an 8th-grade student and talking about her interests beyond high school. We were able to research ideas together and talk about some initial plans about high school courses and other avenues that she should also be pursuing outside of school. I enjoy these conversations so much! Ms.Wilson and Mr. Norton are both happy to have and frequently do have these conversations as well.

Director's Update 05032019

May 3, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Please congratulate our seniors on their college application success. We have not heard back from all universities or from all students, but acceptances so far include: These schools are all well respected in the field that drew our students to them. We look forward to hearing about their continued success in their university years. Testing Season -- Back on campus, the testing season is fully upon this. This week, the middle school students finished their MAPS assessment. Over the next two weeks, students in ninth grade, tenth grade, and elementary school will be taking their MAPS assessment and students in AP courses will be taken their AP course examinations.

VEX Robotics World Championship 2019 / 2019年 世界盃VEX 機器人大賽

May 3, 2019

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Team ASTonishing-A had a fabulous week in Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky, April 22-29. Over 800 teams from about 40 countries were in Louisville to compete for the championship title. For our rookie season, ASTonishing-A did a fantastic job and were gracious ambassadors for our school and for Taiwan. The team was even on the local news, WAVE Channel 3 in Louisville. Eric Lu, Thomas Yen, Yuan Yuan Chan, Jason Liao, Shawn Chuang, Ruby and Max Shih met students, coaches and engineers from all over the world.

TASMUN 2019

May 3, 2019

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Ten Model U.N. delegates from our school made a fine showing for TASMUN 2019 at Taipei American School. All delegates provided speeches in their committees and participated in other forms of public speaking. AST has been participating in TASMUN since their first conference in 2009. As part of this year's conference, delegates brought back goal-setting ideas for possible school-to-community programs we as a school could develop to help the U.N. meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

AST EARTHQUAKE DRILL / AST地震演習

April 26, 2019

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Last week’s relatively strong earthquake during MUN highlighted the need to be vigilant and prepared for all kinds of emergencies. Fortunately, MUN student leaders practiced such a drill as part of their MUN preparation. When the earthquake struck last week, the MUN student leaders sprung into action, gave precise instructions, and kept everyone calm. We are rightfully proud of the mature and responsible way that the student leaders handled this stressful situation.

Fa-zi Elementary School Visiting / 南投法治國小訪AST活動

April 26, 2019

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On April 19, Fa-zhi Elementary School students and AST Elementary School students did some cultural exchanges during the last day of TAIMUN. During the morning, Fa-zhi Elementary School students got to see the 5th grade science projects and joined the classes prepared by Ms. Jenny & Ms. Evelyn in the Chinese classes. In the afternoon, our PA president Ms. Debra Liu taught Fazhi students to make cookies!

Director's Update 04262019

April 26, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to the parents that joined us this week for the Art Exhibition opening at Cafe 185 on Thursday. We would like to remind everyone that this exhibition will be up for one month. We would like to congratulate our High School STUGO (Student Government) officers on their election for the 2019-2020 school year.PRESIDENT: Yume HsuVICE PRESIDENT: Kazarina LiaoSECRETARY: Sean KoTREASURER: Nordy ChanPlease save May 24th on your calendar for this year’s Awards Party at the Tempus Hotel. The event will begin at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at school for 800 NTD at the Cashier’s Office.

Team ASTonishing / AST機器人社團代表隊

April 26, 2019

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Team ASTonishing is at the VEX World Competition representing Taiwan this week in Kentucky, Louisville. Go Team ASTonishing! We are so proud of them!

Director's Update 04192019

April 19, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, TAIMUN XVII has come and gone with a flash. We would like to thank all the students whose hard work paid off with an outstanding event. The keynote speaker, Wesley Rogerson, with the United Nations Foundation highlighted the great work done in hosting this event as well as the fantastic work already happening at AST. Our educational focus promotes advocacy and global citizenship and these values permeate our culture. He found examples from our clubs created by students that illustrated this point and he drew direct connections to the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

CELEBRATE AST EMERGING ARTISTS at CAFE 185 Thursday April 25, 2019 4-6 P.M./ AST新興藝術家聯展在CAFE 185

April 12, 2019

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April is traditionally the time when the arts are celebrated internationally - World Art Day on April 15 and the Arts Olympiad by the International Child Art Foundation in April - lead up to International Youth Arts Week the first week of May.

Director's Update 04122019

April 12, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to all the parents who joined us for conferences this week. Our regular connection with each other helps to create the primed, targeted, and supportive learning environment at AST. Amazing results come from the combination of student interest, a supportive school, and active parents. Did you know?AST MS Girls Volleyball won their tournament. This was the result of interested and hardworking students, a supportive environment at school with facilities and good coaching, and active parents who advocated for our student-athletes at just the right time.The AST Cross Country Team earned Third Place overall in our meet. Again, interested students, and a combined supportive community of faculty, staff, and parents not only hosted a fantastic event for the international school community but an event where our team thrived. Note: for the first time, elementary students from around Taiwan were included in this event.AST Robotics--Team Astonishing-- is representing both AST and Taiwan in international competitions in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and in Izmir, Turkey. They qualified for the VEX competition in Kentucky as one of two teams from Taiwan, and qualified for the FLL competition by winning the citywide Taichung competition. This happened because interested and passionate students were supported by both the school via facilities, equipment, and coaching, and by the parents who have given up countless hours on the weekends and during breaks for these teams to fine-tune, practice, and tweak their robots.

2019 Cross Country Meet / 2019越野路跑活動回饋

April 12, 2019

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A big thank you to Mr. Yuri and all the volunteers and all the runners for another successful AST cross country meet. It was so fun to see and feel the excitement of race day and to hear the spectators cheering the racers in at the finish line.

Director's Update 03152019

March 15, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Yesterday, after school in the theatre, the WASC Visiting Team shared their findings with those in attendance. Thank you to all the parents, faculty and staff that contributed to the process and participated in different events during the visit. The Visiting Team confirmed and validated our self-study and report. They praised the quality of the report in clarity, honest assessment, and well-targeted goals. The school has grown tremendously over the past six years and we look forward to continuing the work over the next six years. After the visit, there are a few process pieces to complete and a final filing with WASC in about two months. After that time, they will review the full set of reports and we expect them to confer full accreditation of our school again.

Science Fair / 學生科學展覽

March 15, 2019

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The AST annual science fair will be held next Tuesday, March 19th, from 2:30-3:30 PM. The event will take place in the gym and cafeteria. All elementary school science projects will be found in the cafeteria, and all middle and high school projects will be displayed in the gym. All are welcome. Please join us in celebrating our students' hard work, creativity and commitment to the scientific method!

Red Cross news / 紅十字會社團快訊

March 15, 2019

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The Red Cross headquarter in Taichung hosted an annual ceremony last Saturday at Polygram restaurant. This is an annual event where people share their work experience with their peers while enjoying the lunch prepared by the restaurant. We are honored to announce that many of our members were awarded certificates for dedicating themselves to community service. What is more, is that some students from our school even volunteered to do a dance performance in front of the audience.

ES Career Day / 小學部職業觀摩日

March 15, 2019

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On Friday, March 8, we had a successful ES Career Day. We want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jaric (G3 Dunja's father) and Dr. Lee (G5 Jeff's mother) for being our parent speakers. Our ES students had invaluable experience in learning more about careers in aviation and medicine. We had such a great time!

Director's Update 03082019

March 8, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, “This year feels so much more festive!” This was the quote that I heard numerous times from parents, teachers, and students during our International Carnival. Everyone was excited and wanted to stay for the entire event. To pull off an event of this caliber requires tremendous effort from many people and contributions from so many others. To the many people who contributed to this event by making food, sharing their talents, diligently planning, inviting friends or competing athletically... thank you. I am already excited about next year’s event! This week the work on campus continues as we prepare to host the visiting WASC Accreditation Team next week, and the Science Fair the following short week, before spring break.