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Director's Update 12142018

December 14, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to all the parents that joined us for our Winter Concert, Elementary Semester Celebration, and the High School Drama Performance of A Christmas Carol. Next week, we are looking forward to the Middle School Drama Performance on Friday. The students are abuzz about the Middle School Social this evening and the High School Winter Formal next Friday as well. And, they are probably a little less excited about our winter MAPS testing next week and the high school finals on Thursday and Friday. A few quick reminders: There are no after-school activities next week. Elementary students will be dismissed at noon on Friday. We have included a separate document below to try to organize all the information for next week related to scheduling. Friday is the most complicated day with buses leaving at different times, but all buses on Friday will follow the late bus routes.

Gougou Shan Animal Shelter Service Project / 狗狗山服務專案

December 7, 2018

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On Saturday morning, December 1st, a group of 18 sixth through ninth grade AST students participated in the middle school service learning project at the Gougou Shan Animal Shelter. They spent the morning working hard doing a variety of necessary jobs. They cleaned and refilled many water buckets, cleaned about 150 food bowls, hosed and swept out the indoor rooms, and cleaned areas out in the dog yards too. We also had a crew of boys, led by parent Mr. Jeff Chou, carry about 40 huge bags of donated blankets. Mr. Chou said that this involved: “a 1st trip from outside to inside the house, then inside the house to the 2nd floor, then 2nd floor to the storage spot. It was lots of heavy lifting but there was really great teamwork among the kids.” Along with all this hard work the dogs were given lots of attention and ear scratches too! All the students' efforts were greatly appreciated.

VEX Competition / VEX 機器人大賽

December 7, 2018

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This past weekend the ASTonishing robotics club took 2 teams to the 8th Annual Formosa VEX Turning Point Challenge at Taipei American School. There were 36 teams from Japan, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. After the preliminary competition, our teams were ranked 2nd and 11th. ASTonishing Team A went on to a third place finish and were awarded the Build Award. Everyone worked hard, learned a lot, met interesting people from other countries and had a great experience.

Director's Update 12072018

December 7, 2018

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, December is a wonderful time to celebrate the learning happening inside and outside the classroom. The pictures below show many of the tremendous things that have been happening at our school including the robotics competitions, the dog shelter visit and the growing pile of donations for the food bank. The spirit of care and giving is alive and well at AST. In this vein of sharing, we’d like to invite you to a variety of performances for the end of the semester and calendar year, with the first being the Winter Concert this coming Monday, December 10th.

Food donation, Christmas Celebration! / 聖誕飽食節

December 7, 2018

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AST Red Cross would like to thank those who have donated food! For people who haven't participated in the Food Drive Event yet, we sincerely invite you to donate food and we will send it to LuChuan(綠川) Food Bank in Taichung. Since the event ends by 12/21, please donate as soon as possible.

MS SOCIAL / 初中生聯歡會

December 7, 2018

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On Friday, December 14 MS STUGO is hosting a free, holiday Social for all middle school students in the AST Activities Center! The event begins at 4 p.m with clean-up starting 6:30 p.m. and late bus departing at 7 p.m.

Director's Update 11302018

November 30, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to everyone that is supporting our clubs and activities. Parent volunteers have really helped to make experiences more powerful and also easier to implement. Two events happening this weekend are the VEX robotics competition and the Gougoushan Dog Shelter service project. Both of these are tremendous opportunities for our kids, and for each of these activities, our parents have been instrumental in helping make them happen. On Monday next week, we will have a guest speaker, Ms. Mary Tong, who is an interviewer for MIT, and she will be talking to our high school students. The speaker will first meet with our seniors at 1:10 pm and then with the rest of the high school at 2:30 pm. Parents are welcome to join us. Additionally, 8th-grade students will have the option of attending the high school presentation. The rest of our student body will be participating in “Hour of Code.”

A Visit to the Orphanage / AST拜訪台中育嬰院

November 30, 2018

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On November 21st, during AST’s Thanksgiving celebration a small group of students from almost every grade at AST celebrated Thanksgiving in a very meaningful way. These students went to the Taichung Orphanage to play music and games with the kids there. The children at the Orphanage are special needs kids with a variety of afflictions. At the Orphanage, we started the visit with a performance by the Chamber Choir Club.

Director's Update 11212018

November 21, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a restful weekend. As a quick reminder, there are no classes on Monday, November 26. Classes will resume normally on Tuesday.

Director's Update 11162018

November 16, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to those parents who joined us on Monday for the Chamber Music Club Concert. The students were fantastic! Evan, Daniel, Juliat, Sara, Zoe, Carilyn, Makayla, Ben, Hazel, Syndey,Ting, and Angela amazed us with performances across various instruments and with vocals. Thank you to those parents who joined us for the parent workshop this week with our guest counselor, Ms. Wu. The event was very well received. Also, thank you to those parents who joined us for the Parent Association meeting that afternoon.

Food donation, Christmas Celebration! / 聖誕飽食節

November 16, 2018

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The purpose of the Food Bank is to help people with lower incomes and insufficient nutrition to get aid for food and clothing. With the help of the AST community, resources will be donated to the Taichung Food Bank to distribute to the people who are in need. Such actions not only open the hearts and minds of young people but also make them more aware that many people in the world are suffering from hunger.

Melody Cheng: Finalist in the Taichung Preliminary Competition “107 Years of Art” / Melody Cheng: 入圍台中“107年台中學生美術比賽”決賽資格

November 16, 2018

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Congratulations to Advanced Art student, Melody Chang (2021) who has been selected as a finalist in the regional, Taichung 107 years Art Competition Preliminary. Both of her submissions won awards in competition with a total of 5170 works of art. Her works include, Bottleneck, which won Third Place in the Chinese Painting category; and her ink drawing, Eliminate, won Third Place in the Comic category.

Director's Update 11092018

November 9, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, After the very business end of October, this week was relatively quiet. Given that, I wanted to take a moment to point out a few bits. One is that our students are amazing. All of the activities planned for the Halloween Activity and planned and prepared by the students. They take the lead while we support and guide. It represents a philosophy about how we approach learning as a school whenever possible. It is also a testament to our kids. They host multiple significant events throughout the year and they do a fabulous job.

Red Cross Volunteer Training (Oct 20 & Nov.3 2018) / 紅十字會志工特殊訓練 (2018/10/20 & 11/3)

November 9, 2018

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Before joining in the volunteer special training, we all thought to have passion and care for others is all we need to know as a red cross member. But after participating in this training, each and every one of us learned that Red Cross offered so much more when it comes to different types of cares, and we can participate in all of these caring system programs.

AST MEETS JANE GOODALL / AST與JANE GOODALLl博士根與芽動物嘉年華見面會

November 2, 2018

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On Sunday, October 28, 2018, fifteen students and teachers traveled to Tainan to meet Dr. Jane Goodall on her annual trip to Taiwan to build her Roots & Shoots program supporting environment, animals and education with school students across the world. Christine Kao, Selina Fu, Yume Hsu, Yuyu Ho, Hoyoon Song, Catherine Wu, Angel Weng, Sharon Lin, Olivia Cheong, Winnie Ho, Seoyoon Song, Josie Yu and Dunja Jaric joined Dr. Teresa M. Tipton and Godfrey Semwaiko to participate in an inaugural groundbreaking ceremony for the new International Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Eco-Center build by Chang Jung Christian University in her honor. The ceremony included a welcome song from international African student drummers, speeches by Jane Goodall and dignitaries.

Director's Update 11022018

November 2, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you for joining us for our Halloween Activities and celebration. It is wonderful to see the kids experiencing and enjoying this American tradition in a positive, community-building way. We would like to announce that we have made an adjustment to the calendar for next semester. February 28th (2/28) will now be the date for the International Carnival. We saw this as a tremendous opportunity to allow more people to join us for this day and maintain as much normalcy in the regular school schedule as possible

AST robotics

October 26, 2018

AST Events

The AST robotics team has been working overtime to prepare for their first VEX competition. On Sunday October 21 they got on a bus to go to Taoyuan Arena for the Taiwan International Robotics Tournament. They were nervous, excited and ready to learn. Their hard work paid off. ASTonishing Team A was awarded the Excellence award, which is the highest honor of the tournament.

HSINMUN / 新竹模擬聯合國活動

October 26, 2018

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Twelve middle and high school students attended the first MUN conference of this school year. HSINMUN, held at IBSH in Hsinchu, with over 300 delegates, was deemed successful by all of our delegates. Representing major countries the United Kingdom and Russian Federation, each delegate wrote and gave a one minute opening speech about the issues concerning their country. Following that, they participated in lobbying to find their allies, wrote resolutions, debated, and voted on issues using procedures similar to that of the United Nations.

Director's Update 10/26/2018

October 26, 2018

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our students last weekend at the various events in which AST participated. We appreciate both your support and being able to enjoy celebrating our successes together. One particular award earned last weekend which aligns so well with our core values of Excellence, Integrity, and Responsibility came from the VEX robotic competition. Our team earned the Excellence award for their tremendous attention to detail and thorough work. We cannot be prouder of how well they represented our school. We look forward to sharing pictures and reports from all those events next week. As I write this letter, Ms.Tung, Ms. Herding, and I are at the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumpur. We are attending sessions and listening to speakers talking about best practices and current research related to standards-based grading, using data to improve student learning, and what we know about the unknown future. Much of this reinforces things that we already know and are working towards implementing at AST, but new insights are always gleaned from these conferences.

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

October 19, 2018

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

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

October 19, 2018

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

Director's Update 10192018

October 19, 2018

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

Director's Update 10122018

October 12, 2018

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

PSAT is on the horizon! / PSAT即將來臨囉!

October 12, 2018

AST News

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

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

October 12, 2018

AST News

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

Director's Update 10052018

October 5, 2018

AST News

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

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

October 5, 2018

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

London Culture Trip / AST學生倫敦之旅集錦

October 5, 2018

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

Director's Update 09282018

September 28, 2018

AST News

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

PSAT PreAdministration Session - October 22nd

September 28, 2018

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

MUN Conferences 2018-2019/ 2018-2019 MUN會議

September 28, 2018

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

Director's Update 09212018

September 21, 2018

AST News

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

STORIES HELP US DREAM/ 故事創造夢想

September 21, 2018

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

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

September 21, 2018

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

ASTonishing!! / AST機器人團隊令人讚嘆!

September 21, 2018

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

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

September 21, 2018

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

Thank you, parent speakers! 謝謝家長來校演講

September 21, 2018

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

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

September 14, 2018

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

Family Fun Night / 闔家歡樂夜

September 14, 2018

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