Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

April 28, 2017

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AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

April 28, 2017

Athletics Update

Attention Parents: American schools know that students who have parents involved in their education tend to be more successful. A couple ways to get involved include coming to parent teacher conferences and coming to extra-curricular (after school) events like concerts, plays, and sporting events. It is my job as Athletic Director to create an after school competitive athletic program for our students. Our Athletic program has grown into a very positive program over the years. Athletics are an excellent way to improve the education of your child. Our athletic program teaches students respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. What students learn in athletics will help them at universities and help them in life. “Some people define good sportsmanship as the "golden rule" of sports — in other words, treating the people you play with and against as you'd like to be treated yourself. You demonstrate good sportsmanship when you show respect for yourself, your teammates, and your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees, judges, and other officials.” Sportsmanship information I strongly encourage all parents to come to our athletic games. Our athletes work hard at learning athletic skill and the values of respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The athletic games are when students get to show parents what they have learned. Please check AST website and Athletics Calendar for game information. The end of year Sport Party is another great way to get involved in your child’s education. This night (May 19) we recognize the hard work of our athletes. Right now is the time to get signed up (at GAO) to come and enjoy an evening of sporting awards, a dance performance, musical performance, and a raffle. We encourage all parents of AST students to come enjoy the Sport Party this year.

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

April 28, 2017

AST News

Fencing has met off campus after school on Wednesdays all 2016-2017 school year. Grade 10 Jasmine Chang has been an excellent student leader of this activity. Jasmine's enjoys Fencing attacks (ripostes) 'to get points". Jasmine hopes next year "more students will join Fencing and support them."

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

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

SUMMER CAMP 2017/ AST暑假夏令營

April 21, 2017

AST Events

We are excited to announce that there is more interest in our summer camp program than ever before. Our enrollment so far is looking very good!!! We have also hired some excellent teachers and teaching assistants. We are still offering the early bird discount until the end of the month!!! Summer Camp is three weeks from July 10-28. It is open to students in grades 2-9 offering small classroom sizes in a natural English acquisition environment. Summer Camp is filled with fun, games, art, friendship, sports, field trips and learning. There are no foreign passports required for the summer camp so please feel free to recommend this camp to family and friends. Please click on this link for more information or register today: Register for Summer Camp 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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!

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.

Director's Update 03.03.2017

March 3, 2017

AST News

From Lincoln Way to the Lincoln Memorial As the WAMUN team awaits the start of the conference, we took the opportunity to tour Washington, DC. High on the priority list for the group was the Lincoln Memorial. When AST was founded, Ms. Anna Lee named the school for American President Abraham Lincoln as an embodiment of the qualities the school hoped to foster. Although the name has changed, we still recognize the importance the 16th president of the United States has for us in the names of the Lincoln Activities Center and Lincoln Way. We were fortunate to have this chance to rekindle that relationship.

AST Carnival / 國際文化嘉年華會

March 3, 2017

AST Events

AST’s annual International Carnival will be hosted on Saturday, March 4th, from 10AM to 2PM. MS/HS students should be school before 9AM. The school bus will pick up students one hour later than the usual pick up time. Then, after carnival ends, the bus will leave AST at 3PM (no late bus). There will be no school the following Monday, March 6th. The tickets are nonrefundable, sold in strips of 10 tickets, a total of 100NTD per strip. Raffle tickets are 100 NT each. There will be a raffle for one Apple iPad Mini 2, one speaker, one Polaroid Camera, and two portable chargers, as well as other prizes sponsored by the Parent Association. Next Monday, HS STUGO will hand out pre-order forms. On Friday, February 24th, there will be a table in the cafeteria during lunch time to sell carnival (buy a strip get a ticket for free) and raffle tickets. Because March 4th is a school day, STUGO will refund lunch money in the form of carnival tickets on 2/24. Students should bring the pre-order form signed by the parents to collect their lunch tickets and purchase carnival and raffle tickets. Courtesy of Joyce Huang ‘17

MUN / 模擬聯合國

February 24, 2017

AST Events

MUN ACTIVITIES On Monday, February 27, 6 students and 2 staff will depart for Washington D.C. to participate in WAMUNC, an MUN conference. This conference will host 1300 American and international students. Our students have been preparing for several months for this conference. They are looking forward to making new friends, seeing snow, and learning about current global issues. Parents: Mark your calendars! Students who are training as delegates for TAIMUN should be at school on Saturday, April 15 for a mini MUN session. They will practice resolutions, procedures and public speaking. The session will take place approximately 9:30 AM to 3:00PM with exact hours to be announced later. Students must bring their own lunch and drinks. The countdown is on. It is less than two months to TAIMUN. Remind the students who are delegates that they should be at training sessions after school on Mondays from now until April 17. Encourage them to come to practice, especially if they have experience with MUN. Discuss the committee and issues they will debate. Then debate current topics with them and ask questions about the country they represent. See Ms Wiebe for further information Courtesy of Ms. Sylvia Wiebe

Director's Update 02.24.2017

February 24, 2017

AST News

Late Bus Survey In our ongoing efforts to improve transportation services for AST families, we are considering the desirability of a late bus stop in the Tiger City area. If a late bus stop in that area would be preferable for you, please contact Registrar Amy Chang (phone 04-2239-7532 ext 11 or email admission@ast.tc.edu.tw) next week. If there is sufficient demand we will consider a new stop. Increasing Healthy Food Offerings Our lunch vendors have been working with us to provide more healthy alternatives for our lunch menus. This includes fresher vegetables cooked with little or no oil, fresh fruit cups and salads. Please encourage your children to take advantage of the healthier options such as salad when we can offer it. Attending WAMUNC Next week I will be accompanying six students and librarian Sylvia Weibe to Washington, D.C. for WAMUNC. During my absence please refer any questions or concerns to Assistant Director Anthony Keen. I expect to return to campus Wednesday, March 8.

Chromebooks at AST/ 使用Chromebooks 計畫

February 17, 2017

AST News

At AST, we have been using Google Apps for Education (now GSuite) for some time. We are excited to enhance this integration by adding Chromebooks to our technology suite. Chromebooks are small computers specifically designed for web-based applications like Google Apps and our student portals. Chrome Books for Elementary We have recently been awarded a government grant allowing the purchase of ASUS Chromebooks for use in our elementary school. These Chromebooks are specifically designed for use in schools. Here is a video if you'd like to learn more about this device and its design. 1 to 1 Program for Middle School Moving forward, we are planning for increased inclusion of Chromebooks in our middle school. We are working on the logistics of rolling out Chromebooks to every middle school student. The 1 to 1 Program for Middle School will allow more media enhanced and data enriched lessons and provide a measure of digital management for teachers to control what students are doing on these computers. Altogether, it is a recipe for better classroom experiences while mitigating the risks of distractions from computers in the classroom. We will share more information in upcoming newsletters. Courtesy of Assistant Director: Anthony Keen

Director's Update 02.17.2017

February 17, 2017

AST News

Addressing Pollution Issuers Over the past six months we have seen a significant increase in particulate pollution in the Taichung area. We will be testing the levels of pollution throughout campus and will take action based on the findings. We will keep you informed of our progress. PA Bylaw Changes Approved at PA Meeting PA Bylaws relating to officer and representative election were approved. The changes will move elections one month earlier. This will allow more time for transition to the new board members and officers. Nominations will be taken at the March meeting. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. If you nominate another person, it is important to get that person’s approval first. More information from the PA on the nominations and elections will be provided in upcoming newsletters and via the PA.

Counselor Corner / 輔導室訊息

February 17, 2017

AST Events

Students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses at AST will be taking an Advanced Placement exam in May 2017 as part of their AP course. If your son/daughter is enrolled in an AP course, they have already received a copy of the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents which includes the exam schedule and valuable information on preparing for AP exams. One way to support your son/daughter through this process is to review this bulletin with them. Your son/daughter will receive a letter that is addressed to all parents that lists the AP exams schedule in May. The fee per exam is 4000NTD. Payment is due to the GAO (Sunny or Amber) by Friday, March 10, 2017. If you have further questions about the AP exam administration, please contact me at 886-4-22397532 ext. 24.

HS Publication class / 高中部校刊班

February 17, 2017

AST News

This semester the High School Publications class has been working hard to finish the yearbook, they have also been working on a website. This website has been created completely by the students, they have included information about the various clubs on campus, they will also work to keep the website updated with events that will be happening on campus. Another section that the students have included is a "Student Work" tab. This is where they will showcase student work from around the school. This week they have included a piece from the Creative Writing class, in the future they hope to include samples from more classes around the school. Check out the website at: http://astpublications.wixsite.com/ast-publications

Red Cross Club Toy Drive Update / 紅十字會社團玩具總動員活動

February 10, 2017

AST News

Peter who cooperates with Taichung Red Cross, picked up all the donated toys for the Indian children on Wednesday, Feb. 8th. Some 9th graders helped upload the toys in the car. These toys will be mailed to India in May. Thank you all for your participation and love. We hope the donations will bring happiness to the kids in India.

Director's Update 02.10.2017

February 10, 2017

AST News

New Signage Helps Visitors The old paper signs in the windows have been replaced with new professional designations for each building. It is much easier to identify buildings along Lincoln Way. As small as our campus is, visitors were often confused by the informal signage we used in the past. International Carnival Coming Up Soon! Saturday March 4 Excitement for the annual International Carnival is building as students prepare for the big day. Middle and high school students are hard at work getting ready to prepare food and games for all who attend. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends who would like to learn more about AST. In addition to food and fun, there will be tours of the school and an open house for interested families. Reminder, no school on Monday March 6, a day of rest after the carnival. PA Meeting Thursday Feb. 16 Please join the PA meeting to help plan the parent booth at the upcoming International Carnival. More Student Activities Being Planned Congratulations to the Red Cross Club for the successful Toy Drive in conjunction with the local Red Cross Chapter (see article below). TAIMUN XV planning is well underway. All students in grades 8 to 12 are directly involved in this activity. Students are hard at work either developing their research and debating skills for those who will be delegates or organizing the conference itself for those in the Admin Team. The weekend of March 4 we will send our first delegation to Washington, D.C. to participate in WAMUN, held on the George Washington University campus. In the midst of all this, students are participating in sports and club activities afterschool while still “hitting the books” for their classes.

Red Cross Club Toy Drive Update / 紅十字會社團玩具總動員活動

January 26, 2017

AST News

Thank you for donating toys to the children in India! There are plenty of toys in the lobby! We will send them to Taichung Red Cross as as to ship the toys to India. May everyone have a wonderful Chinese New Year!!

Happy New Year! 恭賀新禧!

January 26, 2017

AST News

Happy New Year! 恭賀新禧!

Volunteer Opportunity in Cambodia for students in grades 7 through 12 via ELIV/ 7-12年級同學春假柬埔寨志工服務計畫

January 26, 2017

AST Events

ELIV (Empowering Lives Through Innovative Volunteerism) is organising a service project to Cambodia for our students, grades 7-12. The project will take place during Spring break, from Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31, 2017. Please read the brochure that includes details of the project and the costs involved. If you are interested in your child participating, please review the materials and contact me via email or phone. You will need to complete an application form, supply a copy of your child's passport and "agreement for participation" form, pay the project fees and flight ticket fees to AST. There will be a 3 hour pre-planning meeting prior to the trip to Cambodia. Please contact Stephanie Graham via phone or email for further information or questions about the Cambodia project.

Director's Update 01.20.2017

January 20, 2017

AST News

Wishing All a Prosperous Year of the Rooster On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at AST we would like to wish all the families and friends of American School in Taichung a wonderful New Year. Notice of PA Bylaws Change Vote for February Meeting At the January 19 meeting of the AST Parent Association, those present recommended the following changes to the bylaws. • Article V.b “Officers and division representatives shall be elected at the May meeting…” be changed to “Officers and division representatives shall be elected at the April meeting…” • Article V.g)i “Nominations for ASTPA Board will be taken at the April general meeting…” be changed to “Nominations for ASTPA Board will be taken at the March general meeting…” • Article V.g)ii “ASTPA Board elections shall be held at the May PA general meeting.” Be changed to “ASTPA Board elections shall be held at the April PA general meeting.” Rational: To provide more time for transition for the new PA Board before the start of the new school year. The vote on these changes will be held at the February PA meeting. Changes will pass if approved by two-thirds majority of those present at the February 16 meeting.

High School Girls Basketball / 高中女生籃球隊

January 20, 2017

Athletics Update

The girls put forth an exceptional effort at the basketball tournament in Taipei last Saturday. After losing the first game to Taipei European School, they rallied to beat I-Shou International School in a hard-fought game. Their defense took over in the last game against Kaohsiung American School. The girls never trailed against KAS and ended the tournament in third place. They played well all year and we can all be proud of the skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship that the AST Girls displayed throughout an excellent season.

TAIMUN / 台灣模擬聯合國

January 20, 2017

AST Events

AST HS Students Prepare for TAIMUN XV TAIMUN XV is only three months away! TAIMUN is proud to celebrate its fifteenth year of hosting students from around Asia to simulate the United Nations. The Planning Team has been at work since September and AST delegates, officers, press and admin are already at work. Every student from Gr. 8-12 is involved in TAIMUN. Every Monday until April 17, from 3:45 to 4:55 PM, delegates are required to meet as a team to learn and practice procedures and debating. Those experienced with MUN assist new students in learning the art of debating. Those appointed to the Admin team will also be meeting weekly, day to be announced shortly. The Press team will be lead by Mr. Tim Michael. The meeting times for Press are still to be determined. All Grade 8 students will be given positions as Secretaries, assisting the Admin and committees. There will be a brief training session for them, to be announced later. Give your child a chance to practice MUN skills by opening conversations about current issues like the Syrian refugee crisis, nuclear disarmament, and so on. Ask the student delegates about their countries, committees, and issues. If your child is in admin position, ask about the behind the scenes activities at TAIMUN. The students will appreciate your support and encouragement to help them through the next three months of preparation. April 15 is when the final UN simulation, mini-MUN occurs and all delegates and officers are required to be present for one final practice. TAIMUN is a sought after conference and we are training this year's students to uphold this fine tradition. Courtesy of Sylvia Wiebe, Director TAIMUN

Director's Update 01.13.2017

January 13, 2017

AST News

*Report cards we distributed to students today (Friday Jan 13). Please check with your child for the report card. Questions from Parents Several questions concerning late bus routes and athletics were from parents were forwarded through the PA. A brief response to the questions is provided below. If you would like more information, please attend the PA meeting next Thursday, January 19 in the MPR. (Thank you to the PA for forwarding the questions to us.) Why do both late buses follow the same route? Safety for elementary students. We realized we need two late buses now with the increased enrollment. In working with the bus company, we could arrange a regular bus monitor who knows all our procedures, particularly the care necessary for elementary student, for only one bus. While the company provides a monitor for both buses, the second monitor often changes. With so many students from the Tiger City area, could we have a late bus stop in that location? We are currently looking at for a solution to that issue. Why doesn’t AST send a trainer with its athletic teams like other schools do? I am aware of only one school that occasionally sends a trainer with some of its teams. Schools hosting the game are responsible for having appropriate persons available. Our school nurse remains on campus for all games and practices during the week. When we host a weekend tournament we have first aid certified Red Cross members at the games. We do not have resources to send additional trainers to events at other schools.