Director Update - Goodbye Letter 06.16.2017

June 16, 2017

AST News

Today is my final day as Director of AST. I would like to thank the entire AST community for a wonderful seven years. We accomplished a lot over these past few years and it could not have been done without your support. You all were instrumental to the success we have enjoyed. As measured by the conventional markers of success for a school, be it enrollment, college admissions, or AP results, it has been a good seven years. Measured by more unconventional markers like enthusiasm among teachers and students and a general feeling on campus, it has also been a good seven years. Now we wait to see as students and graduates begin to write their own stories. Many of you have heard me say over the years that parents placed their greatest treasure in our care, their children. The awesome responsibility captured in that thought has motivated me for over four decades. It brings with it both a sense of pride and a dose of humility to realize you entrusted with us that responsibility. Thank you to all the parents who are essential to the life of AST. Teachers work most directly with the students. I have always felt one of the most important rules for any administrator is to remember that teachers know their students the best. Administrators should never forget that. I hope you have felt the freedom to do what you believed was best for your students and that you were given the support you needed to be successful. Staff are unsung heroes of AST. With all the craziness that happens around a school, particularly one wrapped in two cultures, this staff has somehow managed to keep the day to day operations going smoothly. But the job descriptions you operated under were only the beginning of your contribution. Oftentimes you provided the only way for parents to communicate with the school. Our ability to respond to parent concerns often relied on our ability to communicate through you. Of course, the student are the heart of any school, and here that heart is amazing. You brightened every day. A special thanks goes out to all those who dared to venture into the economics classroom or came to work with me individually. Teaching has always been my first love. Teaching you has been a remarkable gift that I cherish. A major thank to Anna Lee for offering me this opportunity. I never imagined it would be as rich and rewarding as it was. Your support made it possible. Finally, thank you to Anthony Keen. I have taken AST as far as I can. My work with you these past few years tells me that you are the person to take AST to levels I never could. Now, one last time… May you always be excited about learning and happy to be wherever life’s journey takes you.

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

June 9, 2017

AST News

Thanks for all your involvement all year with an assortment of excellent extra-curricular activities. Please click on this link to look at extra-curricular activities for next year.

2017 Summer Hours / 暑期辦公時間

June 9, 2017

AST News

Summer office hours begin Monday, June 12, 2017 Summer office hours for American School in Taichung will begin on Monday, June 12, 2017 and will be in effect through Monday, July 31, 2017. June 12-July 6 Summer office hours are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 7-July 31 Summer office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. July 4 Office closed due to Independence Day Questions? Please contact: General admission & report card questions: Amy Chang (ext. 11) Email: admission@ast.tc.edu.tw General school & schedule questions: Ching Wang (ext 16) Email: secretary@ast.tc.edu.tw Bus & lunch questions: GAO office (ext 14 or 21) Email: gao@ast.tc.edu.tw Payment questions: Alice Shih (ext 23) Email: accountant@ast.tc.edu.tw Summer textbooks check out questions: Rita Li (ext 13) Email: library@ast.tc.edu.tw

Counselor Corner / 輔導老師園地

June 9, 2017

AST News

I would like to take the time to say it has been a great pleasure to serve as the school counselor here at AST for the past three years. Thank you to all the students, parents, staff and faculty for being a part of my great adventure here in Taiwan. I never dreamed I would have an opportunity to live and work in Asia and Taiwan. It has been an amazing adventure and I am so thankful for the experience. I will miss being here and will treasure some great memories. Have a great Summer. Keep dreaming and never give up!

SUMMER CAMP 2017/ AST暑假夏令營

June 9, 2017

AST Events

Enrollment continues to rise for AST's "Reach For the Stars" Summer Camp! Group enrollment discounts are available until June 15th. Register via this link for Summer Camp. Thanks for recommending AST to friends and family.

Join AST Fun Run on August 26, 2017! / AST七夕歡樂路跑- 8月26日

June 9, 2017

AST Events

AST will be sponsoring a Chinese Valentine Fun Run event on August 26, 2017. The event will start at the pink bridge. The longer routes, 11 km and 21 km will come into the AST campus. It’s estimated that there will be over 3,000 runners joining us that evening. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the community and earn community hours. Let’s run for love, health and wellness! When? Saturday, August 26,2017 The race starts at 17:45 and ends around 21:00 Where? American School in Taichung How can we get involved?  Join the race (ES students must be accompanied by their parents to join the race)  Cheer the runners on and pass out water at the AST water station. All volunteers will receive free dinner bento box and a shirt! Who can help? Students, teachers, parents, family friends! If you would like sign up for the race, please sign up directly with the event organizer by going to this event page: https://www.ibodygo.com.tw/Reg.aspx?n=462 . Please let me know if you need translation. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/zd2Sl5DSL8dGTgBk1. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you on August 26, 2017. Regards, Ms. Annie Tung

Director Update 06.09.2017

June 9, 2017

AST News

Have a Wonderful Summer The class of 2017 are now graduates. Now the class of ’18 become the student leaders of the school, the old 8th grade (class of ’21) enters high school and the 5th grade (class of ’24) moves into middle school. School leadership is seeing a similar set of moves with Mr. Anthony Keen stepping in as School Director and Ms. Annie Tung as Assistant Director. It is an exciting time for AST. All the activity this week got in the way of preparing a final newsletter for the year so there will be one more newsletter next week to bring us to a formal close. Have a great summer.

AST STUGO 2017-2018

June 9, 2017

AST Events

Middle school STUGO officers for next year, 2017-2018, have been elected in what turned out to be an extremely close election. The new offices are: President: Janice Chen, Vice-president: Elizabeth Yoo, Secretary: Jasmine Liu, and Treasurer: Charlotte Revett. HS STUGO officers for next year: Richard Tang (President), Juliat Lin (Vice-president), and Austin Wei (Treasurer) will be leading the HS Student Government next year.

AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

June 2, 2017

Athletics Update

It is hard to believe it but the end of the year is here. I am thrilled with the participation in competitive sport at AST this year! All students who have participated in sport and have played supporting roles for AST Athletics should be very proud! I would like to thank our Taiwanese coaches for their help this year. I would like to thank the following AST teachers who also coached this year. It is difficult as a teacher to take on additional duties but we would not be successful without your efforts. Thank you Matt Kowalski, Ms. Esme, Tom Connelly, Thomas Dodge, and Kendra Hansen for sharing your skills, good character, and teaching of sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect. Thank you to Amber Yeh and Sunny Jan in the GAO for all their help this year! Good luck to Mr. Corcoran as he is starting his retirement and thank you for the opportunity to be part of AST! I will be continuing as an Athletic Director but at a different school in a different country. This will allow me to be closer to family which is very important for me. Kendra Hansen will be taking over as Athletic Director for the 2017/2018 school year. She is highly qualified and very motivated to even further improve the competitive sport program at AST! Stay healthy and enjoy your summer!

Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

June 2, 2017

Menu

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Director Update 06.02.2015

June 2, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, The end of the year rapidly approaching This has been a very short week that brings us closer to the end of the year and the end of a career. Next week seniors will return for graduation practices and their Commencement ceremony. Fifth graders and eighth graders will be promoted to new divisions. There will be a lot of activity next week so we hope you can join us for all the final festivities for the year.

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案

May 26, 2017

AST Events

On Saturday morning, May 20th, a group of middle-schoolers (Janice Chen, Drew McNeal, Elizabeth Yoo, Angela Yang, Jasmine Liu, Vanita Shih, and Andre Joubert) participated in the middle school service learning project at Gou Gou Shan Animal Shelter. They spent the morning working hard doing a variety of necessary jobs. They cleaned and refilled many water buckets, cleaned over 50 food bowls, and then filled and distributed food for about half the 150 dogs at the shelter. Dogs were brushed, walked, and given lots of attention and ear scratches! Giant bags of food were carried to distribution points and boxes were moved to where they needed to be put. The students worked hard and their efforts were greatly appreciated by Surbrina, the owner. Finishing off the event, Drew McNeal, President of MS STUGO, presented her with $20,000 NTD that MS students had collected to help with veterinary expenses. This was a great and worthwhile experience, and we look forward to being able to return next year. https://zh-tw.facebook.com/gougoushan/ Submitted by: Joan Freeman, MS STUGO Advisor

ES After-School Activities / 小學部課後活動

May 26, 2017

AST News

Dear ES Parents, The last day of after-school activities (classes) is next Thursday, May 25. Thank you for your support! Late bus will be available till Thursday, June 1. Please inform your child's homeroom teacher and me if child care is needed during this gap time. Thank you and I look forward to meeting everyone again soon! Sincerely yours, Elementary After School Program Evelyn and Jonah

Director Update 05.26.2017

May 26, 2017

AST News

A Very Busy Week As the school year continues on to its end, the activities and celebrations seem to multiply. Packed Sports Party Over 200 people attended the annual Sports Party in the Splendor Hotel. Coaches introduced their teams and distribute awards for most improved, most inspirational, and most valuable players. Senior Jewelry Yu and Junior Andrew Young were named Athletes of the year. All the support people, from score keepers to Red Cross volunteers and team managers were also recognized. Middle School Dance Club and the High School Chamber Music Club also performed to the enjoyment of all. The evening ended with a raffle overseen with great aplomb by Junior Richard Tang, STUGO President-Elect. High School Prom The Tempus Hotel was filled with the excitement of Prom on Saturday. In addition to an excellent meal and marvelous decorations, the unlimited picture machine added to the excitement while providing lasting mementoes of the evening. Alumni Basketball Challenge Fall Short in an Exciting Game Returning alumni challenged our boys basketball team on Wednesday. Through three quarters the game was nip and tuck, with one point separating alumni and students until around the 6 minute mark. Then age and experience gave way to youth and conditioning as the boys team pulled away to win by double digits. High School Drama Dazzles with Their Take on Romeo and Juliett

M/HS Science Fair / 初/高中部科學展覽

May 26, 2017

AST Events

Congratulations to all who participated in the science fair. It was great to see students putting their own ideas to the test using scientific processes. The following awards were given out for middle school: 1st Place-Richard Chen 2nd Place-Bianca Tsai 3rd Place- Janice Chen 6th Grade Honorable Mention- Yu-yu Ho 7th Grade Honorable Mention- Elizabeth Yoo 8th Grade Honorable Mention-Rebecca Chen Best Poster-James Lai Best Website-Charlie Wu The following awards were given out for High school: 1st place: Verity Wang- Moldy Beds 2nd place: Sean Chen- Hydropower 3rd place: Roy Shieh- The Effect of Additives on R-candy Rocket Fuel Courtesy of Ms. Kendra Hansen and Ms. Lily Hsu

Literature Project Exhibition / 英語文學專案展

May 26, 2017

AST Events

Literature Project Exhibition AST family, teachers, students, and friends are invited to attend the Literature Project Exhibition on Monday, June 2nd from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-14:00 in the MPR on the 2nd floor of the administration building. Please feel free to stop by at your convenience while the gallery is open. The exhibition will feature art inspired by the various literary works that the grade 9 and 10 students have read throughout the second semester. We hope you can join us to celebrate literature and English literacy at AST. Courtesy of Matt Kowalski, Susan Kern, and Benjamin Kenan

THE COLLEGE CORNER 05.19.2017

May 19, 2017

College Corner

We’ve just completed an extremely busy time at AST. Starting with the preparations for TAIMUN, and then experiencing TAIMUN itself, our students and faculty moved directly into Advanced Placement (AP) testing. We’ve now completed the AP exams at AST, and this gives me an opportunity to tell you why our school has worked to increase the AP offerings for your children. College Board says “AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.” I think this is a true statement. To officially offer an AP class, the course structure, lessons and texts all need to be approved by College Board. They also provide extensive guidance on how to evaluate the material that the students submit, so that colleges and universities can be certain that a particular grade is reflective of the student’s understanding as compared to all other students across the globe who have taken that course. All of this is preparation for the student taking the AP exam itself, which is evaluated by employees of College Board, and scored on a 1 to 5 scale, with a 5 awarded for the highest level of achievement. In fact, the results of the AP exams are so reliable that many universities are willing to waive introductory classes if a student has scored a 3 or above. In some cases, universities will even offer credit for high AP scores. Both of these benefit the student (and their family). In the first case, the student has greater freedom with time and course selection, since they can avoid taking required introductory courses. In the second case, the student receives the same benefits, but also receives actual course credits which apply directly to graduation requirements. This means that the student with high AP exam scores can (depending upon the university, of course) graduate earlier and at lower cost than other students. For all these reasons, Mr. Corcoran has actively encouraged the adoption of additional AP classes at AST. In 2009, before Mr. Corcoran joined AST, the school offered four AP courses. AST currently offers 18 AP courses, and we plan to add more. A full list of our AP courses can be found on our website, under Curriculum. The public High School that I worked at in Seattle has about 1600 students; they currently offer 15 AP classes. For a local comparison, I looked at the websites for Ivy Collegiate Academy, and Morrison Christian Academy. Ivy offers four AP classes: https://ica.ivyjhs.tc.edu.tw/academics/curriculum/

Director's Update 05.19.2017

May 19, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, PA Leadership Transition—Thank you Melanie Thursday’s final PA meeting for the year marked the transition in leadership as outgoing president Melanie Hung handed the PA Chop to new president Debra Liu. On behalf of all the AST community, “Thank You Melanie!” Our best goes out to Debra as well who is returning as president of the PA. Welcome Back Annie Tung Annie Tung returned from maternity leave this week and will begin adjusting to her new position as Assistant Director. Ms. Tung will be working with current Assistant Director (and Director designate) Anthony Keen on projects to ease the transition to new leadership next year. She will also substitute as needed, but will not return full time to the 4th grade classroom. End of the Year Brings Lots of Activity The next few weeks will be filled with activities as we close out the year. Every division will be active to please check the list of events for those involving your children. Events kick-off this weekend with the annual Sports Party, sponsored by the PA, and the annual Prom, sponsored by HS STUGO.

Prom or 2017 / 高中畢業舞會

May 12, 2017

AST Events

This year’s high school prom will be held from 6:30-9:30p.m. on Saturday, May 20th at Tempus Hotel Taichung.

Director's Update 05.12.2017

May 12, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, Teacher Appreciation In the United States, this is Teacher Appreciation Week. Although it comes at a different time than Teacher Appreciation in Taiwan, it is an opportunity for us all to thank teachers for their work in education our greatest treasures. More Activities As the end of the year approaches, we have more and more activities on campus for all grade levels. AP exams are finally finished. Congratulations to the students who took on the challenge to sit for over 110 AP exams. Next week will highlight the middle and high school science fairs on Friday. Please read the articles below to keep up with that and all the other events for year's end. Sincerely, Andrew Corcoran Director

Director's Update 05.05.2017

May 5, 2017

AST News

AP Testing in Progress Each May, AP testing marks the opening of year-end activates. This year high school students are sitting for over 110 AP exams. In preparation for these exams, students complete college level work and the results of their efforts will be evaluated by the College Board. Students are sitting for exams in Psychology, Physics, English Literature, Japanese, Chinese, Computer Science, Biology, Calculus, Macroeconomics, World History, Statistics, and Microeconomics. The College Board will publish scores in mid-July. Registration for 2017-18 Due May 15 Please submit registration forms (mailed earlier) and fees by May 15. Additional forms are available in admission office. Course Requests for 2017-2018 School Year This week, students in grades 8 through 11 have been walked through using the course request forms available via the portal. The forms are assigned based upon the student grade level for next year. Course request forms should be completed by May 12, 2017. Students with additional questions should arrange times to meet with Mr. Keen or Mr. Corcoran for additional personal advising.

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB / 生日書社

April 28, 2017

AST Events

THANK YOU BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB DONORS Three ES students recently donated books to the Birthday Book Club in honor of their birthdays. Many thanks to Sharon Lin, Grade 4, Nolan Joubert, Grade 5, and Kunle Oyelaran, Grade 1. The books will be remembered and enjoyed by readers for many years. These students will attend a year end party with cake and ice cream to celebrate their generosity. Contact Ms Sylvia Wiebe, swiebe@ast.tc.edu.tw in the library to find out more about Birthday Book Club donations. Courtesy of Ms. Sylvia Wiebe AST Librarian

Director's Update 04.28.2017

April 28, 2017

AST News

Big Thanks We would like to send a big thanks to the Parent Association (PA) for their successful bake sale yesterday. They continue to raise funds to support projects around AST and this sale is helping to support the elementary school library renovation. In the PA meeting yesterday, new officers were elected for two year terms. These include Eunice Wang for High School Representative, Chia Fen Hsieh for Middle School Representative, Sally Wu for Treasurer, and Debra Liu for President. We appreciate their deep commitment to AST and willingness to serve in this capacity. We would also like to thank Melanie Hung, Jessica Wang, Jasmine Chung, Jane Hung, Rachel Chang, Amy Chao, Rosy Chen, Sylvia Juan, and Katrina Chiou. These parents are completing their two-year term with the PA and have had a tremendous positive impact on our school. We appreciate and thank them for their service. We would like to say thank you and congratulations to the high school Bells Choir, the Chamber Music Club, and to Michael Wiles for their excellent performance at the Spring Concert on Thursday. Year-at-a-Glance 2017-2018 The year-at-a-glance calendar for the 2017-2018 calendar has been posted and can be found on the calendar page of the AST website. This specific calendar can be accessed directly here. AP Testing AP Testing begins next Monday and runs for two weeks. It is important to make sure that your children are getting a good night sleep and having breakfast before coming to school to sit for an AP exam. Roots and Shoots Program at AST Each student in the elementary school planted either a cinnamon plant or garcinia plant and took these plants home this week. This program raises awareness around environmental responsibility.

REACH FOR THE STARS SUMMER CAMP / 夢想星旅程夏令營

April 28, 2017

AST Events

Dear parents, Exciting Summer Camp NEWS!!! We have decided to extend the early bird enrollment discount until May 15. Please share the information about the summer camp with your family and friends. We are looking forward to the best summer camp program ever!!! Check out last year's summer camp video: 2016 AST Summer Camp - click here!!! Hope to see you there:) Thanks!!! Grade 2 Teacher American School of Taichung Taiwan

Director's Update 04.21.2014

April 21, 2017

AST News

The End of a Very Busy Week The big event for the week was TAIMUN XV. The 15th annual TAIMUN conference hosted 300 students from all over Taiwan who gathered to discuss, debate, and coordinate in this Model United Nations real world problems that can be found in the headlines every day. Taichung Mayor Lin, who attended United Nations University while pursuing his PhD in Sustainable Development spoke at the opening ceremony on Wednesday. Keynote speaker Rebecca Maxie from the United Nations Shot@Life Campaign inspired the delegates with her address on the Shot@Life program and grassroots strategy. The conference continues through Friday evening. All students from grades 8 through 12 play an important role in TAIMUN. Elementary Hosts FaZhi Students Once again, students from FaZhi elementary school spent Wednesday at our elementary school. Visitors shared parts of their Bunun Culture with us and performed at the opening of TAIMUN XV. On Friday, ES students went on a field trip to the Flying Cow Ranch. One more event in a very busy week. 6th and 7th Grade Have Two Field Trips Because TAIMUN XV involves virtually the entire campus, middle school students take advantage of that opportunity to go on two days of field grips. Thursday brought them to the science museum and some time to relax together at the bowling alley. Friday found them at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Board Meeting Tuesday As if all this was not enough, Tuesday was the final board meeting of the year. Budgets and plans for the future were discussed. Information on tuition for 2017-18 will be available within two weeks.

MS School Field Trip on April 20 / 初中部4月20日戶外教學

April 21, 2017

AST Events

On 4/20 with AST campus was very busy with Model United Nations activities! Grades 6-7 students went off campus to enjoy a fun and educational field trip at Taichung Science Museum and Tiger Bowling. Courtesy of Activities Coordinator: Derek Kensinger

AST PA Corner/ 家長會訊息

April 21, 2017

AST News

Bake Sale The spring PA bake sale will be on Thursday April 27 during lunch and after school. Money raised from this event will help fund PA sponsored activities, thanks to all the parent volunteers’ support. This bake sale coincides with the Spring Concert. Come to campus to enjoy both. Please remind your kids to bring enough money to buy snakes for themselves. ASTPA President and Officers Elections This year the ASTPA will elect a new President, Treasurer and representatives for High School, Middle School and Elementary School. We will be conducting the PA elections in the monthly meeting on Thursday April 27. The meeting will also invite an AST Alumnus to share the latest news about SAT and college applications. Parents interested in getting more involved in the PA please come join us.

TAIMUN XV Update / 第15屆台灣模擬聯合國會議最新訊息

April 14, 2017

AST Events

TAIMUN/TASMUN DELEGATES MINI-MUN Saturday, April 15 is compulsory for delegates only, to attend the mini-MUN in the school cafeteria. It is an opportunity for students to refresh and practice the skills they have been learning over the past few months. This activity will give them more confidence in speaking during MUN debates and familiarize them with the rules and procedures of debates and resolutions. The Secretary-General of TAIMUN, Fabien Chu, will be leading the event. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school. Agenda is as follows: 9:00 - 9:30 Set up, microphones, tables, etc. 9:30 - 11:30 Introduction & Lobbying 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch Break 12:00 - 15:00 Debate on resolutions TAIMUN XV Grades 8-12 Wednesday, April 19, at 5:00 PM, is the official opening ceremony of TAIMUN XV. This takes place at the Plaza International Hotel. All senior high and Grade 8 students chosen to be delegates will be taken there by bus from AST. Dress for this and all MUN events is formal business wear with the exception of the dinner/dance event. Debates begin Thursday morning. At the completion of debates on Thursday afternoon, senior high students will be driven to the Plaza for the dinner and dance. There is no charge for admission and all senior high students are encouraged to attend. Tickets will be given to them at the beginning of the conference. Grade 8 students will not be attending the dinner and dance but will be taken home on a regular late school bus schedule on Thursday. IMPORTANT NOTE: Students will NOT be driven home after the dinner/dance. Parents MUST pick up their children at the Plaza International Hotel at 9:00 PM on Thursday, April 20. Friday is the final day of the conference. The closing ceremony begins at 4:00 PM. Students will take school bus as usual on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings to AST. They will also take the school bus to the usual drop off location from the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday and Friday after the ceremonies. The Secretariat and I wish all students a successful and meaningful conference. Courtesy of Sylvia Wiebe, Director TAIMUN

Directo's Update 04.14.2017

April 14, 2017

AST News

Language Policy Update Increased attention to the school language policy has resulted in a total of 9 students being sent to the office for using a language other than English in an instructional setting. One student was reported more than once. The school policy (taken from Parent Student Handbook page 10) is: English is the language of instruction. Use of other languages in class is only with permission of the teacher and should be focused on improving understanding of the lesson.

THE COLLEGE CORNER 03.24.2017

March 24, 2017

College Corner

The College Board has chosen to reduce the number of times that they offer the SAT testing in Asia. This means that we will only offer the standard SAT once, in December, at AST. Regular registration deadlines are typically one month before the testing date. The College Board has not yet finalized the dates for next autumn. We will keep everyone informed about registering for this assessment. SAT information can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international If your student plans to apply as a regular applicant to a university in the US, taking the December SAT will be fine. However, a student applying for Early Decision may have to take the SAT during October to comply with application deadlines. If this is the case, your student will not be able to take the SAT at AST, but other testing locations will be available. An alternative to the SAT is the ACT. Colleges and universities view these assessments as equivalent, and there is never a penalty for taking one over the other. The ACT will be offered in September, October, and December. Like the SAT, the registration deadlines tend to be about one month before the test date. AST is not an ACT testing site, but we will keep you informed about ACT registration next year. ACT information is here: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html Finally, an increasing number of colleges and universities are choosing to make the ACT and the SAT optional. Currently, over 900 schools have chosen this approach. I’ve looked through the list of these schools, and they include some very impressive options. That list can be found here: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional Regardless of what happens with the testing dates for the SAT, your students have excellent choices available. I continue to enjoy helping your students learn about their options. We recently hosted the AEO College Tour, which brought 17 institutions to AST. Among these were two Community Colleges. The Community College system in the United States represents an opportunity that is frequently ignored. These schools only offer two-year training, but their tuitions are much, much lower than colleges and universities, AND in many cases, the credits transfer to the more expensive universities.

Director's Update 03.24.2017

March 24, 2017

AST News

ASTPA Board Nominations Are Open Nominations for President, Treasurer, and ES, MS, HS representatives are now open. Please follow this link and nominate parents for the open positions.

AP Computer Science Principles Workday / AP CSP課 工作日

March 24, 2017

AST News

The AP Computer Science Principles class had a special 6 hours class last Saturday, March 18, to complete their projects for the AP exam. The day long class let the students experience the focus and concentration (flow) that computer science professionals need.

New Late Bus Link / 晚班放學校車新路線

March 17, 2017

AST News

New Late Bus Link!

Director's Update 03.17.2017

March 17, 2017

AST News

New Late Bus Link! English Use in Instructional Areas In the school handbook, it clearly states “English is the language of instruction. Use of other languages in class is only with permission of the teacher and should be focused on improving understanding of the lesson.” This policy reflects AST’s commitment to prepare our graduates for success in English language colleges and universities. To enforce this policy, English is the language expected in all instructional areas for middle and high school, such as classrooms, labs, theater, and library throughout the school day and in the gym and MPR during classes. Students who are in violation and do not respond to correction will be sent to the director for the remainder of the class. The student will email parents to inform them why he or she was removed from class. Individuals who continue to violate the policy may be suspended from school and a determination made whether AST is the right school for the student. Students will be informed of these procedures next week. Elementary procedures will not change from the current “English Only” policy. Parent Teacher Conferences Approaching, Make Your Appointments Now!

Chromebook Presentation with the PA / 為家長會簡報學校Chromebook 計畫

March 17, 2017

AST News

This presentation was shared with the Parent Association on Thursday regarding the plan to rollout One-to-One Chromebooks in the middle school starting in the 2017-2018 school year. Please direct questions and comments to Anthony Keen, akeen@ast.tc.edu.tw. Chromebook Presentation Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DtR-KdpaE72Jdw_fQz8GiLKNKqnzIti1ZEz38ObdwC8 Courtesy of Assistant Director: Anthony Keen

30hrs Famine / 飢餓30活動

March 17, 2017

AST Events

Once again this year, AST interact club will be hosting 30hrs Famine event! This year it will be hosted on March 23rd to 24th, which is an overnight event, and it is a high school only event that will be hosting in AST gym. There will be a lot of fun activities and students will have an opportunity to know why people in poor conditions need food supply to stay alive. Everyone has to bring their own sleeping bags, cleansing tools, and some extra clothes to the event, and school bus will not be provided so everyone has to get their own transportation. Please let our officers know as soon as possible if you’re willing to attend this event. If you have any questions feel free to ask any officers from interact club! Thank you!

ES Science Fair / 小學部科學展覽

March 17, 2017

AST News

On Friday March 10th we held the annual ES Science Fair. Every student from Grade 1 to 5 participated. Students completed their own experiments according to the scientific method and presented their findings. Grades 1-3 completed group projects, Grade 4 completed pair projects and Grade 5 completed individual projects. Some Grade 2 students also decided to complete their own projects. The experiments investigated things like what color M&Ms melt the fastest, how good and bad words affect plant growth, and what type of toothpaste is the most effective. Parents, teachers and older students viewed the boards and asked questions about the experiments. All participants were recognized. The following students were awarded for their excellent work, as judged by Ms. Hansen and Mr. Dodge: Grade 3 Best in Class - Jeff Foo, Tariq Ramadhan and Eilts Liao Grade 4 First - Tucker Nono and Kaitlyn Joubert Grade 4 Second - Hansel Chen and Clara Chou Grade 4 Third - Angel Weng and Sandy Chen Grade 5 First - Nolan Joubert Grade 5 Second - Yunji Lee Grade 5 Third - Evelyn Chow

Cambodia service project update / 柬埔寨志工服務計畫最新訊息

March 10, 2017

AST Events

he American School in Taichung (AST) and ELIV (Empowering Lives through Innovative Volunteerism) have partnered together to organize the Cambodia service project for middle school and high school students (grades 7 - 12). The Cambodia service project dates have changed to June 12 - 16, 2017. I have attached a copy of the brochure, fees and trip agreement form if your child is interested in participating. Students need to pay 24,000NTD ($21,000 project fee and flight deposit $3,000). The deadline to submit fees will be March 22, 2017 via bank transfer to AST account (This helps secure a low cost for the airfare). If you have further questions about this project, please contact Angus at ELIV. His contact information is: 0936-942-669 or 02-2362-1738 We need 15 participants to make this trip happen. If for any reason we do not have enough participants, AST will refund your total deposit. Please contact me or Angus from ELIV if you have any questions.

Director's Update 03.10.2017

March 10, 2017

AST News

Additional Bus Stops for Late Bus Thank you to all those who responded to the Late Bus Survey. As a result of the information received, effective Monday March 20 we will be adding additional stops at Tiger City and Maple Garden Park. Specific information about the stops will be provided. One bus will follow the current route and one bus will follow the current route to the Art Museum. From that stop, the second bus will turn to Tiger City and Maple Garden Park. We will be insuring monitors on both buses understand the supervision requirements for the elementary students in their care. Parent Teacher Conferences Approaching, Make Your Appointments Now! Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday March 24. Please mark the day on your calendar and plan to visit with your child’s teachers. Please email Ching Wang at secretary@ast.tc.edu.tw and provide a list of teachers you would like to see. Ching will do her best to schedule meetings with all the teachers you request. Please, no phone calls. Emails only. Include your child’s name and the teachers you would like to see.

THE COLLEGE CORNER

March 10, 2017

AST News

THE COLLEGE CORNER I know I’ve been silent for quite some time, but now there are a number of items that I want to share with you. First, you may know that the publishers of the SAT have significantly changed the exam. They have reduced the number of sections from three down to two, so the highest possible score is now 1600. The verbal and written section has changed in the style and format of the questions, and is more dependent upon reading and interpreting sections of novels or essays. The text that a student must interpret is provided, but the questions are structured in a way that requires knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. These changes mean that older test-preparation books and study strategies are not as effective as they might have been last year. Fortunately, College Board (publishers of the SAT) has partnered with Khan Academy to provide excellent online preparation materials. Seven full exams are offered, and students can even select just one section at a time to focus on. Once a section is finished, the student’s score is given, along with full explanations for the correct answer on those questions the student missed. All of our Juniors are currently working their way through one full SAT on Khan Academy. I’ve been taking the test myself, and have found the information very helpful. I strongly recommend this resource. The SAT prep can be found here: https://www.khanacademy.org/mission/sat/exams Second, AST will be hosting the AEO College Tour, on March 8th, from 12:30 to 1:30, in the MPR. Seventeen colleges and universities will have representatives, and our students and their families are welcome to attend. We will also host Jacobs University from Bremen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 7th, and New York University, Abu Dhabi campus on Thursday March 9th. The week following Carnival will be busy. Since we are all preparing for TAIMUN, it is useful to have your students keep a record of the work that they do for the event. Our kids are usually prepared to list the positions they’ve held, or the formal role that they played. What they tend to skip are the anecdotal stories that provide context. I hope that our students will capture some of those stories -- these are the details that help a student write application essays that stand out.