Weekly Lunch Menu /午餐菜單

December 6, 2019

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Food donation, Christmas Celebration! 聖誕飽食節

December 6, 2019

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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, 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 12/20, please donate ASAP.

Director's Update 12062019

December 6, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you, everyone, for being an important member at the Thanksgiving luncheon. Many thanks to the Leadership Class students and teachers who have organized and contributed such a meaningful Movember event. We have raised $13,200 as a collective group effort through auction. The donation will go towards cancer organizations. 

Formosa VEX competition / 機器人競賽

December 6, 2019

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Team ASTonishing A and B are excited about competing on December 6-7 at the Formosa VEX competition at Taipei American School. Both teams worked through the Thanksgiving Holiday to improve their autonomous program and sharpen their driving skills.

Director's Update 11272019

November 27, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We would like to thank our amazing PA for the Thanksgiving meal that we shared today and we would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and a restful weekend.

Tis the Season to Recycle and Reuse Household Items / 回收重組創新藝術季節已到來

November 27, 2019

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Hi everyone - it's that time of the year when Art classes turn their visions towards the recrafting of something old and refashioning it into something new - new ART assemblage sculptures that is!

MAPS Assessment for Grades 1 & 2 / 1、2年級開始參加MAPS測驗

November 22, 2019

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During the week of December 10th, our 1st and 2nd-grade students will take the MAPS assessment. The format for their assessment is different. It relies more heavily on understand spoken language.

Director's Update 11222019

November 22, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,There are so many amazing things happening right now in such a short time. Our first annual TAI-VEX tournament is happening tomorrow. Our elementary soccer team also has a match tomorrow and our badminton team is headed to Taipei for their tournament. On Monday, we have parent-teacher/student-led conferences and, on Wednesday, we have our Thanksgiving celebration starting at 11:40 am in the gym.

Director's Update 11152019

November 15, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to those parents and students that were involved with the Candidate Director Visit and the Charity Fun Run. Next weekend, we will host the first-ever Tai-VEX tournament. Come and witness an exciting day of robotics and engineering on Saturday.Parents, please join us on Thursday at 2:00 pm for our PA Meeting. The PA is putting together the final touches on the Thanksgiving Luncheon preparation. Your support is welcome and valued!

Director's Update 11082019

November 8, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,We have had a busy week. The high school had a great time on their field trip to Kaohsiung TAROKO Park and E-DA Theme Park and the middle school has just returned from their Camp Taiwan experience. 

Director's Update 11012019

November 1, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to all the families that joined us for the Halloween activities. Thank you especially to those parents and students who were involved with creating activities for everyone for the afternoon. Thank you to those that put so much effort into dressing up throughout the week.This weekend, we transition from one busy week to the next.

Director's Update 10252019

October 25, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,This time of year is very special at AST. With Spirit Week culminating in our Halloween events on November 1, our community comes together to celebrate both this American holiday, but also our unique take on that holiday. Halloween at AST is steeped in school spirit, creating for others, and celebrating that creativity. I would like to thank everyone for their work on making this all happen. The Parent Association has taken on a larger role this year in creating special experiences for our elementary students. Our seniors are working diligently on their Haunted House. Our advisory groups are building activities and displays to share. Our librarian has created special classes sharing the story of Halloween with our elementary students.

Director's Update 10182019

October 18, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Congratulations to Annie Lee (9th Grade) for taking 3rd place in the TISSA Tennis Tournament. This was AST’s first participation in that tournament. Thank you to the parents that arranged our October Greeters (see right). In Advisory, our students are busy preparing for our Halloween celebration.

PA Meeting Announcement / 家長月例會公告

October 18, 2019

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Thank you so much to all the parents who joined us for this month's PA meeting. We really appreciate and value your time and energy. This month's Social and Emotional presentation focused on Growth Mindset, a research based approach to education, by Carol Deweck. This theory emphasizes that our intelligence is not a fixed state that never changes.

Director's Update 10042019

October 4, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,‍ We would like to start by congratulating our JV Girls Volleyball team for winning their tournament at AST this past weekend. Their teamwork, positive attitude, and ever-improving skills are fun to watch. We took a brief moment to pause and honor them before the entire high school.This week is the end of the first quarter. We will be getting report cards out to students and parents as quickly as possible over the coming days. We are working to get the reports out more quickly than in the past, but we cannot speed the process at the cost of the quality of meaningful information for students and parents. We are seeking the perfect balance.October is an especially busy month. This weekend, our teachers will be in a two-day professional development workshop around proficiency-based grading and high-quality feedback and reporting. Afterward, they will join the students in the restful fall break next week. 

BMUN Registration is Currently Open / 柏克萊模擬聯合國會議(BMUN)開放註冊

October 4, 2019

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The BMUN trip is tentatively scheduled for March 4 through March 10. This will include participation in this exceptional MUN event as well as campus tours of Berkeley and Stanford. Please contact Mr. Watson with questions or to register.

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

October 4, 2019

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On Sept. 27 Friday, some of our Red Cross Club 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.

Director's Update 09272019

September 27, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Last weekend, our teachers worked with a trainer from NWEA to better use MAPS data to differentiate instruction within the classroom. This concept is part of our commitment to meeting the needs of each and every student at AST. Thank you to all the teachers that gave up weekend time to improve their craft. Last Sunday, we held a VEX practice event at AST. It was a fun experience for all involved. We are preparing to host Tai-VEX this fall including schools from around Taiwan and special guests from the States. There is still time to get involved with robotics in general or Tai-VEX specifically. 

TAI-VEX Tower Takeover Scrimmage / TAI-VEX Tower Takeover 比賽

September 27, 2019

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On Sunday, Sept. 22 team AST-onishing hosted our first VEX robotics scrimmage. The students and parents did a FANTASTIC job of getting all of the fields setup and materials prepared. Thomas Yen and Ruby Shih were in charge of the tournament manager software, and the system was not cooperating. But they persevered and got the bugs worked out of the program.

MUN Conferences / 模擬聯合國 (MUN) 會議

September 27, 2019

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As a student who has attended myriad conferences all over Taiwan, and some overseas, I believe it is imperative to look further into the world for MUN experiences. Not only to gain experience but also acquire and refine our collaboration and communication skills at a MUN event. As the oldest and one of the most prestigious Model United Nations conferences in the world, Berkeley MUN provides not only what are considered the bread and butter of MUN conferences, lobbying, and debating, but also presents a more holistic approach to the model united nations experience.

Medicine Request Form / 服藥委託單

September 27, 2019

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If medicine needs to be distributed to a student at school, we need precise information to guarantee that we properly administer medication. Previously, this information was only recorded by the nurse directly, but we are now providing a form on our website under the Parent Information section so that it can be filled out in advance. We are still happy to support in person as well, but some will find the form easier.

Director's Update 09202019

September 20, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to those parents that joined us for the ES Robotics conversation and for the Parent Association meeting. Our community is what makes this school fantastic. We would like to continue to meet with parents about opportunities this year. We would like to invite parents of students in grades 8 through 11 to join us for a conversation about international MUN trips and international competition opportunities in robotics. These kinds of trips are tremendously valuable to our students’ college applications. Please join us on October 1st at 4:00 pm.We are excited to welcome Dr. Wiles back to his classroom on Monday. Installation of a chair lift for his use completed on Thursday. He is excited to be back in his classrooms.In the last week, one group of students attended the CAT College Fair in Taipei. This was our first year attending this event and we intend to be there each year from now onward. This group of students learned more about prospective universities.

Director's Update 09122019

September 12, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! In honor of this holiday, there will be no school on Friday. Please enjoy your long weekend. This week, we welcomed Michael Wiles back to the classroom. After a serious injury from a cycling accident, Dr. Wiles spent two weeks in recovery outside of school and he will be moving around slowly and carefully for the coming months. He is excited to again be working with your kids. He is temporarily located in the cafeteria as space has been carved out for his class meetings. We are working quickly to make arrangements for him to return to his classroom.The MS / HS Club Fees have been established for this semester. These fees were intended to be modest and simple. We have determined two tiers of fees with the majority of clubs have no fee at all. 

Director's Update 09062019

September 6, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to the parents that joined us for the Tea Time with the Directors this week. We talked about Alma, Google Classroom, and changes to AP testing. The full notes from the meeting can be found here. Mosquitoes and biting midges continue to be the bane of our existence at AST at this time of year. We are spraying to kill them on a weekly basis (typically on Monday, after school). Based upon the location up in the mountains within the trees and lush vegetation where our school resides, we will never be rid of the pests, but we are doing what we can to control them.

Director's Update 08302019

August 30, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to all the parents that joined us for Back to School Night. The positive working relationship between parents, teachers, and students is critical to our students' success. When we work together, our students not only take flight but soar. At Back to School Night, we shared the schoolwide MAPS data from this week and the impressive AP data from last May’s assessments. Individual data will come this week and it will be sent home by advisory/homeroom teachers. The note on the calendar about Parent Conferences (as needed) is to remind teachers to reach out regarding areas of concern or striking MAPS data. We will reach out to parents starting next week. Full conferences will happen later in November.

Director's Update 08232019

August 23, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, This week seems to have flown by. We would like to thank all the parents that joined us for the Parent Association meeting on Thursday and we would like to thank Ms. Eunice Wang for her leadership in the PA. It was a great start to the year. We are also looking forward to spending more time with our extended AST family at the Brother’s Baseball Game tonight and the Back to School Night next Friday. Both of these are great opportunities to build connections with each other. The game tonight starts at 6:35 pm.

Director's Update 08162019

August 16, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Classes have begun, clubs and activities are underway, and the rain has cleaned the air. It has been a busy, wet, and productive second week of school. Next week, we look forward to connecting with our parents at the Brother’s Baseball Family Fun Night on Friday, August 23rd. The following Friday, we will host our Back to School Night from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. These are both great opportunities to meet our teachers and build the relationships needed to best support our kids.Have a great week,Anthony Keen

Director's Update 08092019

August 9, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, The club fair on Friday was a huge success. Thank you to all the students that set up and worked at the various booths. The full list of currently active clubs will be posted soon. If you missed the fair, it is not too late to join a club or sport for the fall semester. Please see Mr. Yuri or Mr. Dombkowski with questions. Athletic practices and clubs start this coming week. The majority of clubs are free and fees are associated with those teams and groups that are renting outside facilities or specialized equipment. This coming week is also the last week for schedule changes for the Fall semester. Middle school students, please see Mr. Keen if you would like to change your schedule. High school students, please email Ms. Wilson if you would like to change your schedule. Schedule changes are limited by the availability of courses and seats, so do not wait. To check schedules or grades or email teachers, log in to Alma. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact Ms. Claire.

Director's Update 08052019

August 5, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. School starts on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. We will begin with all of our students in the gymnasium together and will follow the regular school day schedule with a few small adjustments during the day. These adjustments to that schedule will be shared by the teachers throughout the day. This year begins with a new bus company. With the concerns that we have all shared over the past two years, it was time to begin a new relationship. We look forward to working with this company. One casualty of the switch is that we are no longer able to serve breakfast on Thursday mornings. Please make sure our students get a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast each day before coming to school.

2019 Summer Reading Assignments / 暑期閱讀作業

July 18, 2019

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‍Summer reading assignments are listed by grade level. The reading assignments are required for returning students. However, it is highly recommended that new students entering AST should do the assignments as well so that the students will be ready to start the year off on an equal basis.

2019 Summer Office Hours

July 18, 2019

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June 10 - August 2, 2019

Director's Update 05312019

May 31, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, The celebration is real, profound, and widespread. Yesterday, we spent considerable time preparing for and hosting a set of reporters who were interviewing Team ASTonishing about their success in Turkey. I thought about how I would try to summarize why this is important and what it represents, and I wanted to share some of those thoughts here. The Fundamental Question: What makes AST special? AST has strong, proven academics. We have the best AP results in Taichung and arguably the best results on the island. Our students are accepted by and attend impressive colleges. But to me, these things make AST a good school--not a special school. For my first four years at AST as a teacher and Assistant Director, I would have told you that AST is special because of the individual attention that we give to every student. We have smaller class sizes than the other international schools in Taiwan because of this value, and this keeps us looking at the whole child. As a result, we love and care about our kids.

Director's Update 05242019

May 24, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year. Next week, on Wednesday, the MS Drama Performances will be held. The performance for parents will begin just a little earlier at 2:10 as this performance is a little longer than I originally understood. Afterward, parents are invited to join our presentation “Planning for College Now” in the MPR at 3:45 pm. On Friday, the elementary school is hosting the End of Year Celebration at 2:30 pm. We look forward to seeing our elementary parents at that time. For the last week of school, each day has a unique schedule. Monday, 3 June, has been designated the Service Day. Different groups will be off campus pursuing different service opportunities. These are so popular that we are currently organizing an educational trip for those MS students that did not yet sign-up for a service trip. We expect all of the groups to be back for the Spring Concert at 2:30 pm in the gym.

Director's Update 05172019

May 17, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Yesterday, the Parent Association met for the final meeting of the year. We would like to again thank Ms. Debra Liu for her service to the school and the association as its President for the past two years. Ms. Liu’s son, Norman, is graduating this year and excited to be heading off to UCLA to continue pursuing his educational career. We would like to also thank Ms. Eunice Wang & Ms. Emma Green for stepping forward together to assume the role of Co-Presidents for the coming years. These two people are excited about improving the support of new parents to AST and are committed to improving the diversity of the parent association. The entire meeting yesterday was held in English with translation into Chinese. The new ideas and leadership from our new Presidents will help us all move together as partners in our children’s education.

Tour de Taiwan

May 17, 2019

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AST Cycling Club would like to host a Tour de Taiwan, which is cycling around Taiwan. The trip will be 12 days long and the event serves some major purpose. First, the event will introduce the participants into the root of Taiwan- Taiwanese culture. For instance, during the ride, the tour will incorporate some traditional snacks but not like ordinary lunch boxes; aboriginal tribes will be visited when we are on the eastern coast of Taiwan; furthermore, the natural beauty of Taiwan will be shown to the participants. Second, Taiwan, an island that is packed with only 23 million people, has one of the largest cycling industry in the world; therefore, this event has scheduled some tours to multiple bicycling factories and museums, including 3 largest bicycle factories in Taiwan: Giant, Merida, and HODAKA.

Guo Guo Shan Dog Shelter / 狗狗山服務活動

May 10, 2019

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On June 3rd, AST Middle School students will return to Guo Guo Shan Dog Shelter. At the shelter, our students clean and refill food and water bowls, tidy the grounds and dog runs, and spend time socializing with the dogs.

Director's Update 05102019

May 10, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends,Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with an 8th-grade student and talking about her interests beyond high school. We were able to research ideas together and talk about some initial plans about high school courses and other avenues that she should also be pursuing outside of school. I enjoy these conversations so much! Ms.Wilson and Mr. Norton are both happy to have and frequently do have these conversations as well.

Director's Update 05032019

May 3, 2019

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Dear AST Families and Friends, Please congratulate our seniors on their college application success. We have not heard back from all universities or from all students, but acceptances so far include: These schools are all well respected in the field that drew our students to them. We look forward to hearing about their continued success in their university years. Testing Season -- Back on campus, the testing season is fully upon this. This week, the middle school students finished their MAPS assessment. Over the next two weeks, students in ninth grade, tenth grade, and elementary school will be taking their MAPS assessment and students in AP courses will be taken their AP course examinations.

VEX Robotics World Championship 2019 / 2019年 世界盃VEX 機器人大賽

May 3, 2019

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Team ASTonishing-A had a fabulous week in Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky, April 22-29. Over 800 teams from about 40 countries were in Louisville to compete for the championship title. For our rookie season, ASTonishing-A did a fantastic job and were gracious ambassadors for our school and for Taiwan. The team was even on the local news, WAVE Channel 3 in Louisville. Eric Lu, Thomas Yen, Yuan Yuan Chan, Jason Liao, Shawn Chuang, Ruby and Max Shih met students, coaches and engineers from all over the world.

TASMUN 2019

May 3, 2019

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Ten Model U.N. delegates from our school made a fine showing for TASMUN 2019 at Taipei American School. All delegates provided speeches in their committees and participated in other forms of public speaking. AST has been participating in TASMUN since their first conference in 2009. As part of this year's conference, delegates brought back goal-setting ideas for possible school-to-community programs we as a school could develop to help the U.N. meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).