World Scholar's Cup News / 世界學者盃訊息

February 9, 2018

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We are in the planning stages for the next World Scholar's Cup round, which takes place March16-17 in Kaohsiung. That date interferes with our Carnival, and space is limited. Please have students check their email for a sign-up form. If your child qualified for a Global Round, you should have received an email yesterday about signing up for one of those rounds. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at tmichael@ast.tc.edu.tw .

ES Chinese New Year Celebration / 小學部慶祝過新年活動

February 9, 2018

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The elementary students are going to celebrate Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 13, as part of the holiday festivities. Please have your child bring a dish or dessert to share with 10 people (one dish per family.) by February 13. Label your dish with your child’s name and grade, and leave the dish in the cafeteria kitchen. We also welcome students to dress up in their traditional clothing. If you would like to volunteer on the day, please let your child's homeroom teacher know.

AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

February 9, 2018

Athletics Update

The sign up sheet for carnival volleyball has been emailed out to high school students. Please have your team captain submit your copy by Friday, February 23rd. The middle school soccer tournament will be March 3rd at Taipei American School. On Saturday, March 10th AST will host a cross country meet. Middle and high school students interested in running or volunteering, please talk with Ms. Hansen.

Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

February 9, 2018

Menu

2/12 - 2/23

THIMUN The Hague

February 9, 2018

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On 6.30 AM Saturday Jan. 27, four nervous Grade 10 students and I boarded a van to begin our journey to The Hague. For the first time in many years, AST was represented at THIMUN The Hague, the most prestigious THIMUN conference. 3000 youth from around the world gather at The Hague each year for the United Nations simulation known as MUN (Model United Nations). Each delegate represents a country or UN organization. AST students aptly represented the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in debates about marine pollution, child brides, human trafficking and sustainable development. The King of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander opened the 50th conference. His daughter, the Princes Margarita, spoke to delegates at noon one day about child brides. Sean Ko was the school Ambassador of IMO. He said “THIMUN the Hague is not just about big, it's also about being international. Through this conference, people from all around the world compete and discuss relevant global issues that are troubling the earth. It feels almost like a miracle to me when I encounter those fresh, unprecedented ideas from those people over the days in THIMUN. "-Sean Ko Nordy Chen describes THIMUN as an event that “taught me better social skills, and also strategies to become a better speaker on stage." Delegate Selina Fu enjoyed attending THIMUN The Hague because "it gave me opportunities to meet, communicate, cooperate, and become friends with many people from different countries and diverse cultures, and although the weather was freezing cold, I really enjoyed the clean and organized environment over there."

Shakespeare workshops / 莎士比亞講座

February 9, 2018

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Shakespeare workshops at the National Taichung Theater: February 1st and 2nd. Day 1: Middle School and G10. Middle school participated in an introduction to Shakespeare workshop. Students looked at extracts from a variety of Shakespeare plays to gain an understanding of iambic pentameter and how Shakespeare creates changes in tone by breaking this pattern. Grade 10 participated in a Macbeth workshop. Students explored complex and direct language used in Shakespeare texts and staged their own duologues of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Day 2: Grade 9 Grade 9 classes explored a scene and a soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet. Students had fun exploring imagery and language in addition to staging their own interpretations of the scenes. Overall, the students had a wonderful, enriching experience. We feel very fortunate to have been able to book Dewi Hughes (Drama Arts Productions UK) to host these workshops at the National Taichung Theater. I wish to thank all the teachers and students involved - you made it a memorable experience! Thanks also to AST for supporting the project! Much appreciated. Miss Katie Leahy Teacher of English and Drama

Director's Update 02.09.2018

February 9, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, On behalf of everyone here on campus, we want to wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year. Elementary parents, please join us on Tuesday for our Chinese New Year celebration. We hope everyone has a restful and wonderful vacation from school starting next Wednesday. Have a productive short next week and a great break, Anthony Keen

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

February 9, 2018

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AST Robotics club will be going to our first LEGO competition this weekend February 10 at Taichung Girls Senior High School from 9 am - 3 pm. Our second competition will be at the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung on March 10. Over 40 teams from around Taiwan will be competing in the 2018 Hydrodynamics Challenge. First LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field to score points. Research presentations are done before a panel of judges and LEGO’s Core Values emphasize teamwork and discovery. We are very excited about the competition and would love to have you cheering for us on February 10 from 9 am - 3 pm and March 10 from 9 am - 5 pm.

AST Carnival / 國際文化嘉年華會

February 2, 2018

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3/17/2018 10am to 2pm

Director's Update 02.02.2018

February 2, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We are coming to the end of an exciting week at AST. Our Shakespeare experience at the Taichung National Theater is wrapping up today. We are including a few of the pictures now and we want to share more next week. Both the students and the teachers attending are describing the event as simply "amazing". We also hosted two Tea Times this week completing this set of Tea Times. The big takeaway from this set of Tea Times was a need for parent information sessions for parents of 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students around college applications and building a strong application throughout a student's high school experience. We are already working to make that happen. We are also putting the next two sets of Tea Times with the Directors on the calendar. The first set between Chinese New Year and Spring Break will be: March 1 - Elementary School March 8 - Middle School March 22 - High School The Tea Times after Spring Break will be: April 12 - Elementary School April 26 - Middle School May 3 - High School Have a great next week, Anthony Keen

Director's Update 1.26.2018

January 26, 2018

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We just have a couple of quick updates and then a lengthier message about the AST Parent Association meetings. The 2018-2019 Year at a Glance calendar has been posted. We do not expect any significant changes. This is very useful for vacation planning around the academic calendar. The first air filtration machines have been deployed to classrooms. We have about 80% of the machines placed that we think we need. We will be regularly monitoring air quality in the classroom spaces and comparing it to outdoor air quality and reassessing how well our actual need is being met. The first data points are optimistic. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students and now that includes much of the air within closed classroom areas. We are still researching potential solutions for the larger spaces as well, but the complexity of solving the AQI issues within those spaces is much greater. Have a great next week, Anthony Parent Association I have learned a lot about parent associations over the past month. I came to AST with a pretty solid grasp of the purpose and activities of an American parent association. What I have learned more about now is the difference between these and the more common Taiwanese parent associations. At AST, we continuously walk that line between American and Taiwanese customs and cultures and attempt to bring the best of both worlds into our environment. That requires an open conversation about those differences and a look at our specific situation. An American parent association is focused on service to the school community. Primarily, it organizes fundraising events for school projects and initiatives, and coordinates volunteer efforts that support the daily operation of the school. Being part of the parent association is not a place of prestige there, but rather it is a commitment to helping create the best learning environment possible for children. At AST, when our parent association was formed, we had an additional need. Our parents needed a regular forum for communicating with the Director. They wanted time set aside to share their thoughts and concerns and to ask questions. This is not an uncommon purpose for a Taiwanese parent association and this need still exists today. So, when another avenue wasn't available, this became a secondary objective of the AST Parent Association (PA) and its meetings. The downside of this is that the parent association has developed a bit of a split focus and the primary goals of supporting school initiatives and volunteering have been overshadowed by the need for the forum to communicate with the Director. It has not been uncommon for the ‘Time with Mr. Keen’ on the PA agenda and Q & A to consume all but five minutes of the meeting time. With the creation of Tea Time with the Directors, parents have been given a clear new time and place to come in and talk to the Directors. It allows that conversation to be focused on those questions, concerns, and ideas that the parents bring forward. In fact, that is the only agenda item for the Tea Time. Based upon this, Mr. Keen and Ms. Tung will no longer be regularly attending the parent association meetings. They may be invited in to speak about a specific event or initiative and they will join in just long enough to help share the needed information related to an event that is necessary. But, for the majority of the meeting time, they will not be in attendance. This is not because we do not value what the parent association is doing. Rather, it is because we very much value it, and we want our wonderfully supportive parents to have the time that they need to plan and organize their own agenda for our school.

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案 2017-2018

January 26, 2018

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The middle school service learning project at the Gougoushan animal shelter has been rescheduled from February 3rd, to Saturday, February 10th. New permission forms are available reflecting that change. The box for new and used donations of leashes, halters, collars, toys, and other supplies for dogs is located in the main lobby of the administration building. Thank you in advance for your donations.

ES Field Trip / 小學部校外教學

January 19, 2018

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On Thursday, January 18th, the elementary school students got the opportunity to participate in the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots program. We learned about the extraordinary life of Dr. Jane Goodall and the many things she does to help children learn about the role they play in helping keep our environment healthy. The students had a blast learning about mosquito fish and they even got to build a tiny little self-sustaining ecosystem. This ecosystem helps our environment by trapping mosquitoes and helping to prevent the spread of disease. We hope the field trip was the first step in building a long relationship with the Jane Goodall Institute and stay tuned because there is a strong possibility that we may actually get to meet Dr. Jane in the future, right here in Taichung!

Drama Workshops / 戲劇講習

January 19, 2018

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Drama Workshops On Tuesday 16th January, Daniel Foley (Performance Exchange Theatre Company UK) held Drama workshops for ES and MS. Elementary explored mask making and Greek Chorus. Middle School took part in a movement workshop based on Japanese Noh and Kabuki techniques of centering, breathing, movement and group work. Courtesy of Ms. Katie Leahy

Director's Update 01.19.2018

January 19, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, The second semester has started pretty smoothly and the energy and flow on campus are positive and focused on learning. We have a number of small, but great things happening on and around campus. This week, we had an expert in masks and drama performance work with our elementary and middle school drama students. On February 1st and 2nd, our seventh, ninth, and tenth grade students will go to the Taichung National Theater to participate in a Shakespeare workshop. This week was our second week with a served hot lunch and the first time that our students acted as the servers to provide service to their community. Ms. Betsy's ninth grade homeroom was first to act as the servers this Wednesday. One example of why this is such a great experience for those serving and those being served was a moment between a ninth grade student passing out apples and the bright-eyed first grade girl looking up and telling him that "apples are my favorite fruit". Everyone smiled. In little ways like this, small connections are made and our community becomes just a little bit closer. Right now, we plan to continue this service program on the hot lunch Wednesdays and the pizza Fridays. And on Monday our last teacher maternity leave is completed with the return of Dr. Madeline Gonzalez. We had six babies born here at AST in 2017 and we assume that to be some kind of record. Please click here to see the slides (mostly pictures!) of the directors’ report at the PA meeting. Have a great next week, Anthony

Calling all Music or Dance Performers! / 徵求音樂或舞蹈表演者!

January 19, 2018

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Calling all Music or Dance Performers! The elementary school Chinese New Year (CNY) committee is looking for parents, students, or friends who would like to perform a cultural dance or play a musical instrument related to CNY on Tuesday afternoon, February 13. If you or someone you know would like to perform, please email MARY ANN CAPULE (macapule@ast.tc.edu.tw) or CLAIRE CHIU (cchiu@ast.tc.edu.tw) in English or Chinese, as soon as possible. Thank you! Courtesy of Ms. Mary Ann Capule

Additional Support / 課業輔導

January 19, 2018

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In Elementary School, we have a full team of classroom aides. Ms. Claire is working in fifth grade all day. Ms. Linda is working with fourth grade all day. Ms. Rax is working with third grade in the afternoon. Ms. Amber is working with first grade in the morning. Finally, Mr. Taylor Sharp is working with third, fourth, and fifth grade to specifically support reading and writing progress with those students. For Middle School and High School, they have support each day, Monday through Thursday, after school. • Monday: Ms. Susan Kern, G3a - support for English and Homework • Tuesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework • Wednesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework • Thursday: Mr. Ethan Dombkowski, H3b - support for Social Studies and Homework This also will allow Ms. Lauren Leach to support our elementary students more fully in ESOL.

AST PA Corner/ 家長會訊息

January 12, 2018

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PA meeting agenda / Thursday, January 18th 1. Greeting by PA president 2. Time for Mr. Keen 3. Activities of this semester 4. Red Cross report 5. STUGO report 6. Q & A

Tea Time / 茶敘

January 12, 2018

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The input and feedback from parents is quite valuable. Some of the information shared has allowed us to act quickly to make changes that are better for our kids and our school. We would like to have one more set of tea times between now and Chinese New Year. Since Anthony Keen will be away the week before Chinese New Year at a recruitment fair, the window is a little tight. That said, we think we have a workable schedule.  Elementary School Tea Time - Thursday, 25 January, 2018, 2:30 pm  Middle School Tea Time - Tuesday, 30 January, 2018, 2:30 pm  High School Tea Time - Thursday, 1 February, 2018, 2:30 pm

Corcoran's Economics Essay/ Corcoran基金經濟學論文比賽

January 12, 2018

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Reminder: Deadline to Notify Corcoran’s Economics Essay If you are interested in participating Corcoran’s Economic Essay contest, please notify Assistant Director, Ms. Annie Tung, via email by next Friday, January 19. Please provide your name, advisor name, and project title and description to receive full 5 points. Notification is due Jan 15. Participation will be accepted through Jan 20 with points deducted if incomplete or submitted after Jan 15. Courtesy of Annie Tung, Assistant Director

Director's Update 01/12/2018

January 12, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Welcome to 2018 and the new semester at AST. We have hit the ground running and the students are already busy learning. There is a great energy and happiness on campus and I hope you feel it at home. We would like to welcome Mr. Valentino Salvato to our faculty. He is now teaching seventh and eighth grade math. He has jumped right in and already feels at home and like he has been here for a while. We are glad that he has been able to jump right in. We are also excited to welcome back Mr. Jonah Lin after his sabbatical. He returns to our elementary art program and our middle school and high school graphic design classes. These popular classes filled quickly and he is settling back in nicely into life at AST. There are a few changes that have been implemented this semester that we are excited to share with you. One of the changes that happened this semester based upon parent feedback is that all of our elementary school students will have PE both third and fourth quarter. We will again ask for feedback later to make sure this is having the result that we all intended. Another addition is more after school support. More details are included below. A third new component is a movement toward hot lunch. We have added a vendor serving hot lunch on Wednesday. It takes quite a bit more time to serve hot lunch so we are planning to have students help as servers for hot lunches. We will use the high school homeroom and middle school advisory groups. Each group will support a different Wednesday throughout the semester. This comes from a couple of thoughts. Logistically, this will allow more lunch lines and allow us to get everyone served more quickly. And, from a community perspective, it will give the students a chance to offer a small piece of service to the community. Both of these are positives. And we will conclude this newsletter with a reminder that first semester report cards should be going home today. Have a great week, Anthony Keen MS/HS After School Support This semester we will have a teacher available every day for supporting any middle school or high school students that are looking for support. This can help those students that need support even when their teacher may not be available due to a club or sport commitment. After School Support Schedule  Monday: Ms. Susan Kern, G3a - support for English and Homework  Tuesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework  Wednesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework  Thursday: Mr. Ethan Dombkowski, H3b - support for Social Studies and Homework These are not classes with planned activities, but rather opportunities for support. Ms. Leach will no longer be hosting middle school homework help sessions as these teachers are now filling that role. Please note that the directors may assign a student to attend one or more sessions on a regular basis. If a parent would like their child assigned to a session, please let us know and we will review their academic progress.

Welcome Back! / 歡迎返校!

January 8, 2018

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Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Tomorrow is day 1. There is an all- school assembly at 11:15 a.m. MS/ HS students: Please check your portals for your second semester schedule. Please report to your block A teacher in the morning. If you have any questions about your schedule, please see Ms. Wilson if you are a MS student. If you are a HS student, please see Mr. Keen.

Director's Update December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Congratulations on finishing the first semester. We made it! The high school semester exams are completed. The elementary school celebrated their classroom communities. The middle school drama production of "Alice in Wonderland" was wonderful and showed off the tremendous growth of the young people involved in the production. We are already looking forward to the next production. It was a great end to a wonderful semester. The AST Portal should be rolling the visible schedules over to second semester shortly. Middle school schedules will be updated in the Portal over the next two weeks. For schedule changes, please see Mr. Keen when we return in January. Finally, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a restful vacation. Best wishes, Anthony Keen

World Scholar's Cup / 世界學者盃

December 22, 2017

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22 adventurous students from AST's middle and high school divisions traveled to Taipei on Saturday for AST's first-ever participation in the World Scholar's Cup (WSC). WSC is an academic team program where students compete in spoken debate, writing, knowledge bowl, and other activities. WSC rounds are held worldwide throughout the year (50-60 events in total), with a final round at Yale University. This has been very popular with former students of mine, and I was delighted to accompany our AST scholars. Special thanks to Mr. Patrick Herding for helping me out on that busy, long day! Thanks also to parents who made the trip. Though this event was for local international schools, other WSC events are a great way for students to meet and interact with students from schools around the world. Our top student achievers were Ethan Struble (G8) fifteen medals, Ellie Chang (G7) 12 medals, Shawn Chuang (G7) 9 medals, Felipe Dombkowski (G8) 7 medals, and Nicole Green (G9) 7 medals. Some won trophies either for individual performance or as part of a successful team. Felipe D., Ethan S., and Jun Choi took 1st place as top debate team in the Junior Division! A list that highlights our students who placed in the top three of any given category can be viewed here, and complete results of all student achievement are here on the WSC website. We should be very pleased with our students' success, especially as first-time participants! I look forward to more involvement with this program. Let me or Mr. Herding know if you would like more information. The next round to be held in Taiwan will be at Kaohsiung American School, March 16-17, 2018. The schedule for events held around Asia and the world is available here. Link: Photos of top achievers Courtesy of Mr. Tim Michael

Director's Update December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, I am amazed that we are already at the end of the first semester. This part of the school year seems to fly by so quickly. Today was the Elementary School End of Semester Celebration - it is always a wonderful time with our youngest - and this year was no exception. This week, we also hosted our third Tea Time with the Directors. Our guests this week were the high school parents. They offered great ideas about increasing the quantity and quality of our college advising. They urged us to really start focusing on college with our ninth grade students. They also shared a handful of other ideas that we hope to implement over the coming year. We really appreciate and value our parents and their thinking. And, we look forward to Tea Times next semester. Finally, Mr. Conn has struggled with his health in his short time at AST. He held out as long as he was able but he has now resigned from our faculty. We wish him the best as he moves on to the next stage of his life. Mr. Conn will be replaced by Mr. Valentino Salvato in January. We will share more information about him once he arrives. Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new teacher in middle school mathematics. Have a great last week of the semester, Anthony Keen

Birthday Book Club / 生日書社

December 15, 2017

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WANTED: New Books for ES Library! The elementary students want these books in the library. If you would like to help the library grow, donate one of these in honor of your child's birthday. Your child will become a member of the Birthday Book Club and participate in a birthday party at the end of the year. See Ms Sylvia for more information. Courtesy of Ms. Sylvia Wiebe

Grade 2 Pajama Party Read In / 2年級睡衣閱讀派對

December 8, 2017

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Grade 2 Pajama Party Read In Today Grade 2 celebrated reading 25 books in three weeks! Students wore their pajamas to school and relaxed on their yoga mats while they read. They also read poetry and performed a Dr. Seuss readers' theater. In addition, they had time to partner read and share books. Congratulations to Grade 2 students for the reading accomplishments! Courtesy of Ms. Greta Sharp

Director's Update December 8,2017

December 8, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We have had a great week of performances. On Tuesday, the middle school dance team performed and inspired. There were large group, solo, and duo performances. The event ended by inviting the audience up to the stage for a bit of a dance party. A great time was had by all. On Thursday, our Winter Concert included performances by the middle school bells class, the high school bells class, the chamber music club, and the rock band club. It was a great week for celebrating and appreciating music and dance. We would like to thank all the parents that joined us for the middle school tea time this week. I appreciate their straight forward and honest feedback. We value our parents and their advocacy for their children. Next Thursday, we would like to invite the high school parents to join us for Tea Time at 2:30 pm in the MPR. Have a great next week, Anthony Keen Quick Reminder List:  Thursday, December 14, 2:30 PM - High School Tea Time with the Directors  Friday, December 15, 2:00-3:30 - Elementary School End of Semester Celebration  Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21 - High School Semester Exams  Thursday, December 21 - Half Day for the Last Day of the Semester  Thursday, December 21, 10:30 AM - Middle School Drama Performance for Parents and Middle School Students

Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy / Corcoran促進經濟知識基金

December 8, 2017

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Former AST Director Andrew Corcoran presented $100 US scholarships to sophomores Sean Ko and Selina Fu at a high school assembly this week. These are the first awards from the Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy and Global Awareness for their participation in THIMUN, the Hague next spring. The Fund is also supporting an essay contest on Income and Wealth Inequality. All participants in the essay contest will receive certificates and the finalists and contest winner will receive scholarship awards.

AST Line @

December 1, 2017

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Please Add AST Line@ To improve our communication with parents, we have adopted Line@ - a broadcasting Line tool that will allow us to notify parents instantly as necessary. For example, parents will receive messages when a bus runs late, upcoming school events as well as for emergency situations such as school closure due to typhoons. Please add our Line account today and get instant notification! Line ID: @ast.tw QR code:

Director's Update December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

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Dear AST Friends and Families, It has been a busy and exciting time here at AST. We wrapped up the wonderful Thanksgiving activities and now we run full speed ahead toward the end of the semester. A few things going on:  Our students are off to STMUN in Kaohsiung on Saturday.  We are hosting the SAT this weekend.  The 1st and 2nd graders are off campus exploring on Monday.  Basketball games are happening every week between now and the next holiday break.  End of semester celebrations and exams are being prepped for.  Student art work is on display all over campus.  Even the weather is amazing today - clean air and clear skies. I hope that everyone is able to really enjoy this time as we get some great things accomplished and finish off our semester. Have a great next week, Anthony

Air Quality / 空氣品質

December 1, 2017

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We are on alert about air quality. We are monitoring the air quality on campus at least daily. We are developing and fine tuning procedures for days with unhealthy air quality. We are working on agreements to add air filtration to all of our classrooms. On Wednesday, the air quality was in the red band according the AQI US measurements that are used in both the US and Taiwan. On that day, we instructed our teachers to keep the elementary students on the indoor recess schedules. We will continue to do this when the readings show orange or higher on our sensors on campus. Typically, the air quality is a little bit better on campus than down in the city based upon the wonderful natural environment where our school is located. Additionally, our air conditioning systems do help reduce the amount of contaminants in the air, but we are not yet satisfied and we want to provide cleaner air for everyone on campus. We will provide more information as we get the next pieces into place.

MAPs Growth

December 1, 2017

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MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is a standardized test that we have administered to all students in grades three through ten. We will have additional testing coming later in February and May to allow us to look at the growth of our students. The initial student reports from the fall testing are ready and are in the process of being distributed to be sent home (some may be this week and some may be early next week). We are including the letter to parents prepared by the provider of the assessment. This letter is available in English and Simplified Chinese. Homeroom and advisory teachers are going over the data with their students.

WASC Accreditation / WASC認證

December 1, 2017

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We are working hard to get input from everyone about the school. This includes teachers, staff, students, parents, and the board. As part of that work, we have posted our Mission, Vision, and ESLRs in the MPR on campus and asked for input. Besides these posters, there are also categorized word lists posted on the wall. And we have asked everyone to come into the MPR and vote for those words that they feel are most important to AST. Once we are confident that everyone has had an opportunity to be involved, we will take down the posters and analyze the input to determine if the Mission, Vision, and ESLRs need to be updated and how to update them. Finally, this information will go to the AST School Board for approval and then the update will be published for everyone. This is exciting work as we work to ensure that we are on the right path for our school. Also, parents, please join us for Tea Time meetings as they are great opportunities to have focused group conversations. You can also simply come in and see us or send us an email if you have an idea or question. We value our parents and their thinking.

Director's Update November 22

November 22, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We wish you a restful Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy the time at home with your family and take a few minutes together to be thankful for all that you have. Best regards,Anthony Keen Important: Add AST Line@ To improve our communication with parents, we have adopted Line@ - a broadcasting Line tool that will allow us to notify parents instantly as necessary. For example, parents will receive messages when a bus runs late, upcoming school events as well as for emergency situations such as school closure due to typhoons. Please add our Line account today and get instant notification! Line ID: @ast.tw QR code:

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案 2017-2018

November 17, 2017

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For the second year, middle school’s STUGO has organized a service project and fundraiser to assist the Gougoushan animal shelter in Wufeng District. Students will have an opportunity to work with about 150 dogs waiting for permanent homes. On this visit they will be washing and then refilling all the water and food bowls and containers. They will also be brushing, walking, and even just playing with dogs. This interaction is an important activity for the dogs since it helps them with socializing and learning good manners, so that they have a better chance of being adopted later. MS students need to return the permission form as soon as possible. Since we need to limit the first visit this year to about 15 students, students who turn in forms first will have the first opportunity to go. This event will take place on Saturday morning, December 2nd, from 8:00 – 11:30AM. Transportation will be provided by the school. We hope to continue this activity two more times this year, so that many students will be able to participate later as well.

Director's Update November 17

November 17, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Looking forward to next week, it is both Thanksgiving week and THIMUN Singapore week. We celebrate Thanksgiving together as an AST family on Wednesday and then have no school on Thursday and Friday in honor of the holiday. THIMUN Singapore students leave on Monday for their week of Model United Nations in Singapore and they return the following weekend. Have a great week, Anthony Keen Thanksgiving Activities Next Wednesday we will have our annual Thanksgiving activities. Festivities start at 11:15 in the gymnasium with an all school assembly including themed performances. This will be followed by an all school lunch generously provided by the Parent Association. The afternoon is time together doing various activities with a very loose schedule. All parents are encouraged to attend and join in this AST family time.

Director's Update November 10

November 10, 2017

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We are preparing for Thanksgiving festivities and we would like to invite all parents to come join us on Wednesday, November 22nd for an afternoon of giving thanks and building community. At 11:15 there will be an all school assembly with a handful of performances followed by lunch and afternoon activities. It is a relaxed AST family afternoon and we hope everyone can join us.

Director's Update November 3

November 3, 2017

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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.

Middle School Parents! Camp Taiwan is coming! / 初中部家長請注意! Camp Taiwan活動即將舉行!

October 27, 2017

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Camp Taiwan was postponed earlier this year due to a typhoon, and we are coming up to the new date for this. From Wednesday, November 8 to Friday, November 10, middle school students will be at Camp Taiwan. Attached is the packing form. If your child is NOT going, please keep them home on those days, as the teachers will be at the camp as well. We are looking forward to this new adventure!! Courtesy of Diane Wilson, School Counseling