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Director's Update 03152019

March 15, 2019

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

Science Fair / 學生科學展覽

March 15, 2019

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

Red Cross news / 紅十字會社團快訊

March 15, 2019

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

ES Career Day / 小學部職業觀摩日

March 15, 2019

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

Director's Update 03082019

March 8, 2019

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

Director's Update 02222019

February 22, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This week, teams around the school have been busy putting together final touches for the AST International Carnival. Please join us on Thursday, 2/28, for this celebration of cultures from around the world. The main carnival events this year will take place in the areas around the Lincoln Activity Center. Parents and guest will park on Lincoln Way for the event. Space is always tight for this busy event so if you have the means to carpool, please do. As a school, we are trying to more and more environmentally conscientious. With that in mind, we have purchased utensil sets for all students. We are asking students to bring these utensils to and from school every day and to keep them clean. This small act should make a big difference in reducing plastic waste at lunchtime. Equally, at the carnival, we ask that all students bring their utensils to help reduce that plastic waste.

ATTENTION: The Mini-MUN Date Has Been Postponed / 注意: 迷你MUN已延期

February 15, 2019

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Our annual mini-MUN has been postponed to April 13th, the Saturday right before TAIMUN. Parents and students, please mark the date! All grade 8 to grade 12 students must wear their formal clothes and attend the event.

Director's Update 02152019

February 15, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Two of our clubs have made big news this week. Team ASTonishing, our VEX Robotics Team, has been invited to the World’s competitions as one of only two teams representing Taiwan in that competition. The news article describing the announcement can be found here: http://www.sydt.com.tw/e_news/K12-122/.

Director's Update 02012019

February 1, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to all the families that participated in Family Fun Night. You can find a few pictures from the event here. An additional thank you goes to those parents who joined us for Tea Time with the Directors. It is important that we keep an open two-way dialogue with parents, who are our partners in educating our young people.Last Friday, we announced our 30th Anniversary Logo contest winner. The three top vote receivers are shown to the left.These logos are being incorporated in different ways.

The Carnival Stage / 嘉年華舞台

February 1, 2019

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Since it began, our AST Carnival has got bigger and better with each passing year. This year is no exception, and on our 30th anniversary, we’re excited to announce that we have included an open mic stage to make this day even more special. What does this mean? It means that musicians and performers from our school community will have the opportunity to perform live on stage with microphones and sound equipment provided. Who can perform?

11th grade - lessons in “civil disobedience” / 高中部11年級英語課- "公民抗命"

February 1, 2019

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This Wednesday our 11th grade English class ended our unit on transcendentalism with a mock protest. Henry David Thoreau is famous for his essay on Civil Disobedience and why it is important to stand up against unjust laws. Students chose an issue that they care about and created a poster to raise awareness about the issue. Then they prepared statements about the issue and facts to support their claims. They also made connections to Transcendentalism by citing quotes from Thoreau or Emerson that related to their stance on the issue.

5th Grade Field Trip / 五年級校外教學

February 1, 2019

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On Monday, January 28th, 2019, grade 5 went on a field trip to NIKE. It was a great success! This was the first time a school was invited into the NIKE office in Taichung. The field trip was arranged by Mr. Iwan, the father of G5 student Thariq. Mr. Iwan put a lot of time and effort into creating a presentation that was both informative and entertaining.

AST Open House and International Carnival!

January 30, 2019

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Located in scenic DaKeng, the American School in Taichung invites you to celebrate their 30th anniversary at the annual AST Open House and International Carnival! Experience AST through food, sports, performances, and activities! Learn about the school’s programs and the English Immersion Summer Camp.

Director's Update 01252019

January 25, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This week, while our students primarily focused on their academics, a lot of planning was happening behind the scenes. Final touches were put on tonight’s Family Fun Night at Tiger Sports. The last logistical questions were settled about today’s club fair. Activities for the elementary school Chinese New Year celebration were designed. Details for the International Carnival and Open House on February 28 are coming together.

ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDRAISER / 為動物庇護所募款活動

January 25, 2019

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This week we started our fundraiser to support the Gougou Shan Animal shelter. We will finish the drive Friday, February 1st. Please encourage your students to contribute to this worthy cause, and I invite parents to also contribute as well.

ATTENTION: High School and Grade 8 parents, SAVE THE DATE / 注意:高中部和8年級同學及家長請註記這個日期

January 25, 2019

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Parents of high school delegates and Grade 8 students should mark Saturday, March 2, on the calendar as a day when your child will be at AST from 9.30 AM to 3.00 PM for the annual mini-MUN. On this day these students simulate a MUN committee and practice their roles.

Director's Update 01112019

January 18, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This week, we have been very fortunate to have Mr. Dewi Hughes from Drama Arts Productions, UK here with us in Taichung to work on the physicality and voice of formal performance and presentation, in general, and specifically connected to Shakespearean drama. These skills connect strongly to our students as future business people, lawyers, doctors, leaders, and other professionals. The ability to stand before an audience with confidence and speak thoughtfully is one that we are continuously working to develop in our students. In addition, connecting the students to the physical place of the National Taichung Theatre further connects them to the community and the performing arts and elevates the importance of the work. We cherish these opportunities when we can create them for our students.

Director's Update 01112019

January 11, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Welcome to 2019. We are excited to be back together for our second semester and the kickoff of our 30th anniversary. AST was founded in 1989 with modest roots and now it is a dynamic, exciting place for personalized education and exploration of passion. Our students attend great universities, win awards, and return as successful alumni. Some of those alumni joined us this week for a basketball round-robin between an alumni team, a teacher team, our Varsity boys and our JV boys basketball teams. It was a fun event and it was great to reconnect with those alumni.

TAIMU&N XVII / 第十七屆台灣模擬聯合國會議(TAIMUN XVII)

January 11, 2019

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AST will present its XVII Model United Nations Conference (TAIMUN) on April 17-19. ALL high school and Grade 8 students are involved in this event. Regular in school and after school meetings are held for HS students from January 14 to April 15. These meetings prepare students for the debates, speeches and logistics. Grade 8 students will be involved as secretaries on the days of April 16-19 and will prepare for that role during late March and early April. The meetings for Grade 8 students will be announced at a later date.

Director's Update 12212018

December 21, 2018

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Dear AST Families and Friends,We have had a wonderful semester filled with tremendous academic successes, moving performances, meaningful learning, and discovery of passion. We are already excited about what the next semester will bring.

Food donation, Christmas Celebration! / 聖誕飽食節

December 21, 2018

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On 12/20, Red Cross truck came to pick up the Food that AST donated. The Food was already sent to the Food Bank. We are very thankful for everyone’s donations! Over the course of the event, we have seen your love for others and the willingness to help.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! AST 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LOGO CONTEST / 號召所有學生們 ! AST 建校30年周年紀念Logo設計比賽

December 21, 2018

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Starting in January 2019, AST will begin a year-long celebration of its 30-year anniversary each month until January 2020! To mark this milestone event of the school’s tremendous history and begin our vision for the next 30 years to come - we invite all students to submit hand-drawn or digital designs for a 30-year anniversary logo!

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

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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

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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.