Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy / Corcoran促進經濟知識基金

December 8, 2017

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Former AST Director Andrew Corcoran presented $100 US scholarships to sophomores Sean Ko and Selina Fu at a high school assembly this week. These are the first awards from the Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy and Global Awareness for their participation in THIMUN, the Hague next spring. The Fund is also supporting an essay contest on Income and Wealth Inequality. All participants in the essay contest will receive certificates and the finalists and contest winner will receive scholarship awards.

Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

December 8, 2017

Menu

1211-12/15

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案 2017-2018

December 8, 2017

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On Saturday morning, December 2nd, a group of middle-schoolers (Janice, Darren, Felipe, Michael, Lorenzo, and Mika) along with chaperones Mr. Chou and Ms. Tipton, participated in the middle school service learning project at Gougoushan Animal Shelter. They spent the morning working hard doing a variety of necessary jobs. They cleaned and refilled many water buckets and food bowls, and then filled and distributed food for about half of the 150 dogs at the shelter. Dogs were brushed, petted, and given lots of attention and ear scratches! Giant bags of food were carried to distribution points too. The students worked hard and their efforts were greatly appreciated by Surbrina Cheng, the owner/manager. Along with this project, advisories had a competition for collecting funds to help support the shelter. Ms. Sharp’s advisory collected the most money and was awarded free teas for their efforts. Altogether students collected $14,000 NTD and MS STUGO voted to add in $6000 NTD more to make a total contribution of $20.000 NTD. Janice, President of MS STUGO, presented the money to a very appreciative Ms. Cheng before we left on Saturday. This was a fun and worthwhile experience, and we look forward to being able to return on a more regular basis. Please click here to see the photos shared by Mr. Chou and collages arranged by Elizabeth, class of 2022. https://zh-tw.facebook.com/gougoushan/ Submitted by: Joan Freeman, MS STUGO Advisor

AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

December 8, 2017

Athletics Update

AST will have a middle school soccer team that will practice Mondays and Wednesdays starting January 10th. Please contact Mr. Dombkowski (edombkowski@ast.tc.edu.tw ) for more information if you are interested.! Courtesy of Athletic Director: Kendra Hansen

Grade 2 Pajama Party Read In / 2年級睡衣閱讀派對

December 8, 2017

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Grade 2 Pajama Party Read In Today Grade 2 celebrated reading 25 books in three weeks! Students wore their pajamas to school and relaxed on their yoga mats while they read. They also read poetry and performed a Dr. Seuss readers' theater. In addition, they had time to partner read and share books. Congratulations to Grade 2 students for the reading accomplishments! Courtesy of Ms. Greta Sharp

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

December 8, 2017

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Next Friday 12/15 is the last day for clubs. Congrats to Michael Wiles, MS Dance Club, Bells, Rock Band Club, and Chamber Music Club for their wonderful performances this week. Courtesy of Activities Coordinator Derek Kensinger Food Drive Thanks to all who sent lots of love towards our Food Drive donation. We have a lot of students, teachers, and staff donating diverse choices of long lasting food to our food drive. Also, special thanks to Ms. Betsy & Mr. Norton who baked all the sweet brownies for the donors. In addition, we will still keep this event going so please make sure you donate if you want to as soon as possible. Thanks so much! Courtesy of AST Red Cross Captain Christin Kim, class of 2018

Director's Update December 8,2017

December 8, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We have had a great week of performances. On Tuesday, the middle school dance team performed and inspired. There were large group, solo, and duo performances. The event ended by inviting the audience up to the stage for a bit of a dance party. A great time was had by all. On Thursday, our Winter Concert included performances by the middle school bells class, the high school bells class, the chamber music club, and the rock band club. It was a great week for celebrating and appreciating music and dance. We would like to thank all the parents that joined us for the middle school tea time this week. I appreciate their straight forward and honest feedback. We value our parents and their advocacy for their children. Next Thursday, we would like to invite the high school parents to join us for Tea Time at 2:30 pm in the MPR. Have a great next week, Anthony Keen Quick Reminder List:  Thursday, December 14, 2:30 PM - High School Tea Time with the Directors  Friday, December 15, 2:00-3:30 - Elementary School End of Semester Celebration  Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21 - High School Semester Exams  Thursday, December 21 - Half Day for the Last Day of the Semester  Thursday, December 21, 10:30 AM - Middle School Drama Performance for Parents and Middle School Students

Tea Time / 茶敘

December 1, 2017

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We would like to thank the elementary parents that took time out of their busy schedules to sit down with us. We value the thought provoking questions and the ideas that were shared with us. Those parents expressed an appreciation for the format and the opportunity to focus on the needs of the elementary students. Just to give a couple of examples from the ES parents. They brought up concerns about consistency of parent communication, a handful of playground safety questions around campus, and some great requests around expanding PE and finding ways to let the kids run on indoor recess days. We would like to continue to invite our middle school parents to join us next Thursday at 2:30 pm and our high school parents to join us the following week. And, we looking forward to our next elementary Tea Time in January (exact dates coming soon).

MAPs Growth

December 1, 2017

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MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is a standardized test that we have administered to all students in grades three through ten. We will have additional testing coming later in February and May to allow us to look at the growth of our students. The initial student reports from the fall testing are ready and are in the process of being distributed to be sent home (some may be this week and some may be early next week). We are including the letter to parents prepared by the provider of the assessment. This letter is available in English and Simplified Chinese. Homeroom and advisory teachers are going over the data with their students.

Air Quality / 空氣品質

December 1, 2017

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We are on alert about air quality. We are monitoring the air quality on campus at least daily. We are developing and fine tuning procedures for days with unhealthy air quality. We are working on agreements to add air filtration to all of our classrooms. On Wednesday, the air quality was in the red band according the AQI US measurements that are used in both the US and Taiwan. On that day, we instructed our teachers to keep the elementary students on the indoor recess schedules. We will continue to do this when the readings show orange or higher on our sensors on campus. Typically, the air quality is a little bit better on campus than down in the city based upon the wonderful natural environment where our school is located. Additionally, our air conditioning systems do help reduce the amount of contaminants in the air, but we are not yet satisfied and we want to provide cleaner air for everyone on campus. We will provide more information as we get the next pieces into place.

Director's Update December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

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Dear AST Friends and Families, It has been a busy and exciting time here at AST. We wrapped up the wonderful Thanksgiving activities and now we run full speed ahead toward the end of the semester. A few things going on:  Our students are off to STMUN in Kaohsiung on Saturday.  We are hosting the SAT this weekend.  The 1st and 2nd graders are off campus exploring on Monday.  Basketball games are happening every week between now and the next holiday break.  End of semester celebrations and exams are being prepped for.  Student art work is on display all over campus.  Even the weather is amazing today - clean air and clear skies. I hope that everyone is able to really enjoy this time as we get some great things accomplished and finish off our semester. Have a great next week, Anthony

AST Line @

December 1, 2017

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Please Add AST Line@ To improve our communication with parents, we have adopted Line@ - a broadcasting Line tool that will allow us to notify parents instantly as necessary. For example, parents will receive messages when a bus runs late, upcoming school events as well as for emergency situations such as school closure due to typhoons. Please add our Line account today and get instant notification! Line ID: @ast.tw QR code:

WASC Accreditation / WASC認證

December 1, 2017

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We are working hard to get input from everyone about the school. This includes teachers, staff, students, parents, and the board. As part of that work, we have posted our Mission, Vision, and ESLRs in the MPR on campus and asked for input. Besides these posters, there are also categorized word lists posted on the wall. And we have asked everyone to come into the MPR and vote for those words that they feel are most important to AST. Once we are confident that everyone has had an opportunity to be involved, we will take down the posters and analyze the input to determine if the Mission, Vision, and ESLRs need to be updated and how to update them. Finally, this information will go to the AST School Board for approval and then the update will be published for everyone. This is exciting work as we work to ensure that we are on the right path for our school. Also, parents, please join us for Tea Time meetings as they are great opportunities to have focused group conversations. You can also simply come in and see us or send us an email if you have an idea or question. We value our parents and their thinking.

Director's Update November 22

November 22, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We wish you a restful Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy the time at home with your family and take a few minutes together to be thankful for all that you have. Best regards,Anthony Keen Important: Add AST Line@ To improve our communication with parents, we have adopted Line@ - a broadcasting Line tool that will allow us to notify parents instantly as necessary. For example, parents will receive messages when a bus runs late, upcoming school events as well as for emergency situations such as school closure due to typhoons. Please add our Line account today and get instant notification! Line ID: @ast.tw QR code:

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案 2017-2018

November 17, 2017

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For the second year, middle school’s STUGO has organized a service project and fundraiser to assist the Gougoushan animal shelter in Wufeng District. Students will have an opportunity to work with about 150 dogs waiting for permanent homes. On this visit they will be washing and then refilling all the water and food bowls and containers. They will also be brushing, walking, and even just playing with dogs. This interaction is an important activity for the dogs since it helps them with socializing and learning good manners, so that they have a better chance of being adopted later. MS students need to return the permission form as soon as possible. Since we need to limit the first visit this year to about 15 students, students who turn in forms first will have the first opportunity to go. This event will take place on Saturday morning, December 2nd, from 8:00 – 11:30AM. Transportation will be provided by the school. We hope to continue this activity two more times this year, so that many students will be able to participate later as well.

Director's Update November 17

November 17, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Looking forward to next week, it is both Thanksgiving week and THIMUN Singapore week. We celebrate Thanksgiving together as an AST family on Wednesday and then have no school on Thursday and Friday in honor of the holiday. THIMUN Singapore students leave on Monday for their week of Model United Nations in Singapore and they return the following weekend. Have a great week, Anthony Keen Thanksgiving Activities Next Wednesday we will have our annual Thanksgiving activities. Festivities start at 11:15 in the gymnasium with an all school assembly including themed performances. This will be followed by an all school lunch generously provided by the Parent Association. The afternoon is time together doing various activities with a very loose schedule. All parents are encouraged to attend and join in this AST family time.

AST PA Corner/ 家長會訊息

November 10, 2017

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PA meeting agenda / Thursday, November 16th 1. Greeting by PA president 2. Time for Mr. Keen 3. Thanksgiving discussion 4. Red Cross report 5. Q & A

Director's Update November 10

November 10, 2017

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We are preparing for Thanksgiving festivities and we would like to invite all parents to come join us on Wednesday, November 22nd for an afternoon of giving thanks and building community. At 11:15 there will be an all school assembly with a handful of performances followed by lunch and afternoon activities. It is a relaxed AST family afternoon and we hope everyone can join us.

Director's Update November 3

November 3, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We have just completed our fall MAPs testing and we will get the results to you soon. The technology improvements helped to make the process more efficient and streamlined and the switch to a growth-based test should provide us better feedback as to how our students are growing and in what areas we need to focus additional efforts. I, also, wanted to share the student-led conference results of the parent survey.

Middle School Parents! Camp Taiwan is coming! / 初中部家長請注意! Camp Taiwan活動即將舉行!

October 27, 2017

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Camp Taiwan was postponed earlier this year due to a typhoon, and we are coming up to the new date for this. From Wednesday, November 8 to Friday, November 10, middle school students will be at Camp Taiwan. Attached is the packing form. If your child is NOT going, please keep them home on those days, as the teachers will be at the camp as well. We are looking forward to this new adventure!! Courtesy of Diane Wilson, School Counseling

Director's Update October 27

October 27, 2017

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Parents, thank you for your on-campus participation this week. Between the student-led conferences and the Halloween activities, it has been wonderful to have so many parents on campus. We are compiling the survey data from the student-led conferences and we will share it with you once we have completed that work.

Halloween Activities Schdule / 萬聖節前夕活動課表

October 24, 2017

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Costume Prize Categories (1 per Division): Costumes will be judged by Division Coordinators during the parade and activity hour. Costumes must not be reflective of aggressive characteristics. / 萬聖節服裝造型競賽活動請勿作有侵犯性的打扮,學校Division coordinators將評分選出以下獎項得獎者。 Scary / 最恐怖造型獎 Creative / 最有創意造型獎 Humorous /最風趣幽默造型獎

Spirit Week & Halloween

October 20, 2017

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Next week is our annual spirit week.  Monday - Cartoon / Anime Character Day  Tuesday - Colorful Day  Wednesday - Jobs Day  Thursday - Twins Day  Friday - Costume Day Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the themed days. Also, those that are dressed up are requested to join us for a group photo on the front steps of the admin building at the start of lunch.  Monday - 11:20  Tuesday - 11:40  Wednesday - 11:40  Thursday - 11:40 The Halloween Activities start at 1:00 pm with the parade at 1:20 pm and the activities at 2:00 pm. The full schedule can be seen here. Also the AST Parent Association is tying their fall bake sale to the Halloween event. They will be selling during lunch and if they have enough food remaining, they will also sell after the parade.

Director's Update October 20

October 20, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Today our high school students are away on their field day. We look forward to their late return. For those that take the bus, we are offering late buses today to get them hope. Next week is a very busy week. At one end, we have student-led conferences and elementary parent-teacher conferences and, at the other end, we have our Halloween festivities. And finally, we wrap it all together with themed dress up days for Spirit Week. It is a great week to be on campus. Best regards, Anthony

MUN / 模擬聯合國

October 20, 2017

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MUN ACTIVITIES Eleven middle and high school students attended the first MUN conference of this school year. HSINMUN, held at IBSH in Hsinchu, with almost 300 delegates, was deemed successful by all of our delegates. Representing countries from Africa, Europe, and Asia, 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. Four of AST's delegation were first timers. They expressed satisfaction and pride at the end of the conference and cannot wait for the next one, in early December in Kaohsiung. Courtesy of TAIMUN Coordinator: Sylvia Wiebe

Student-Led / Parent-Teacher Conferences) : 學生主導 / 親師懇談會議

October 16, 2017

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When: Monday, October 23, 12:00 noon to 17:00. Conferences are coming, and we are excited to announce a different format! Student-Led Conferences empower students to take an active, engaged role in their learning by reflecting on what and how they have learned and sharing their reflections and artifacts with their parents. Students are building their portfolios in preparation for conferences--we hope to see you there! Student-Led Conference Format: Students will sit down with their advisory or homeroom teacher and their parent(s). The students will then talk about each of their classes - presenting artifacts and discussing their personal reflection about their learning. While the students are sharing their work, parents and teacher should hold their questions. At the end, parents and teachers may ask questions to dig into the student’s reflection and further push their thinking. The students select the artifacts and the reflection questions, but some reflection questions may include:  What went well for you in this class?  Why is this artifact meaningful to you?  What did you learn from the lessons that resulted in this artifact?  What are you still struggling with in this class?  How would you like to improve as a student in this class?  How has this class changed your thinking? Parents and Teachers might follow up with questions like these:  What was the most important thing that you took away from the unit that this artifact was a part of?  What changes do you need to make in your study habits to continue to improve in this class?  What is the thing that you’d most like to learn more about related to this class or artifact?  How do you think this might apply to your life, now or in the future? We ask that all parents take the necessary 30 minutes to sit down with their child and their advisory / homeroom teacher. This is an important part of the learning process.

Student- Led/ Parent-Teacher Conferences / 學生主導 / 親師懇談會議

October 13, 2017

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Why Student- Led Conferences (for middle and high school students) Student-led conferences empower students to take an active, engaged role in their learning. We want students to understand that  learning is purposeful and contextual. “Students should be helped to see the purpose in what they are asked to learn. Learning should be framed by relevant questions, meaningful challenges, and authentic applications” ― Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins,  feedback enhances learning and performances, “We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” ― John Dewey, and  learning is social, “Student- led conferences provide opportunities for interactive learning in a supportive environment”. - Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Please note: 1. All teachers will be in their regular classrooms for conferences. 2. In order to avoid conflicts, appointments should be made through the secretary’s Office. Please email Ms. Ching at secretary@ast.tc.edu.tw before Wednesday, October 18, 2017. 3. There are both regular and late buses on conference day. 4. You may take your child home after the conference. 5. You do not have to wait until conference days to meet teachers. You may call for an appointment at any time in the year. Middle and High School 6. All middle and high school students will participate in the student-led conferences. Students whose parents are not attending will be assigned a time to meet with their homeroom teacher. Elementary Parents 7. Appointments are for 15 minutes. 8. Students will be supervised in the B building from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. 9. After your conference, please pick up your child and sign out with the supervising teachers in the ES library.

Director's Update October 13

October 13, 2017

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Dear AST Friends and Family, We hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays. We are preparing for student-led conferences and Halloween activities. We are beginning the fall MAPs testing process. Thank you for being part of our great community. Best regards, Anthony Keen Teacher In-Service Days, EARCOS Weekend Workshop AST teachers are committed to continuous improvement. This past weekend, they modeled the behaviors associated with lifelong learners. They attended an AST and EARCOS sponsored workshop, "Learning Focused Instruction and Assessment". They questioned their own assumptions about assessment, reflected on their practices, and pushed themselves to improve. It is wonderful to have this opportunity to connect with each other as well as colleagues from around Taiwan. We had 11 participants from other schools in Taiwan and 1 participant from an international school in mainland China. Air Pollution Watch We take student safety as our highest priority at AST and monitoring the air pollution levels is just one part of that. This week, on Thursday, we did keep students inside as a precaution when pollution levels were exceptionally high. We have researched this topic in the past (how can we best protect our kids) and will continue to look for the best ways to keep everyone safe. At present, our air conditioner configurations do a lot to reduce the air pollution levels in the classroom spaces. Also, the green space our school is in helps to combat those same pollution levels.

Director's Update October 3

October 3, 2017

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Dear AST Friends and Families, We are going to keep this week's newsletter very brief and we will have more for you next week. I did want to take a moment to tell you that the middle school Chromebooks have rolled out to students. The students and teachers are already working together to utilize these tremendous tools. Also, we wanted to wish you happy holidays for both the Mid Autumn Festival and 10/10. We will see you all again next Wednesday after the short break. Best wishes, Anthony Keen

Andrew Corcoran Talks to High School Students / 前校長Andrew Corcoran與高中部同學的談話

October 3, 2017

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On Thursday Mr. Corcoran returned to campus to speak to the high school students about scholarship opportunities from the Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy. The fund is supporting an essay contest on Income/Wealth Inequality for AST students who have taken Economics. All students who participate will receive certificates and finalists will receive scholarships ranging from $100 USD to $400 USD. The larger scholarships are for participation in conferences. The fund is also providing scholarships of $100 USD for students who participate in THIMUN (The Hague) in January. More information on the essay contest and THIMUN (The Hague) are available from the director office. Courtesy of Mr. Andrew Corcoran

Director's Update September 29

September 29, 2017

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As we approach the end of September, we are looking forward to the busy month of October and we have a number of important and exciting events happening that hopefully are already on your calendar! Looking forward to a great October, Anthony Keen Our Extended 10/10 - Mid Autumn Festival Break We have two significant Taiwanese holidays and the teachers have two in-service days and these all together result in a nice week off for students from October 4th through October 10th. HSINMUN HSINMUN is the first big MUN event of the year from October 13th through October 15th. MUN is a great opportunity for our students to meet other people, challenge their own beliefs about society, debate issues that matter to the world, and it is a great activity for college applications. High School Field Day Based upon the typhoon scare, the high school field day was rescheduled to October 20. All high school students will be off campus together engaging in an element of Taiwanese culture while cultivating relationships with each other that translate to improved classroom experiences. Student-Led Conferences (formerly Parent-Teacher Conferences) Student-led conferences will be held on Monday, October 23rd from 12:00 (noon) to 5:00 pm (17:00). Halloween Activities We will celebrate the holiday of Halloween during the week of October 23 through October 27. During this spirit week, there will be a daily dress-up theme and on Friday, we have Halloween Activities in the afternoon. To get involved, contact your child's homeroom or advisory teacher or the parent association. It is a great event for everyone involved.

Fiji Conservation Trip Summer 2018 /暑假斐濟生態保護之旅

September 22, 2017

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AST students in grades 10-12 have the opportunity to be a part of an environmental and conservation expedition to Fiji this summer through Operation Wallacea. This is a chance for students to be in the field and gain hands on science experience by assisting scientists on various environmental research topics. There are also options to earn college science credit and PADI scuba certification through this trip for those interested. The trip is from June 12th to June 25th with the first week spent at a forest camp within the lowland tropical forests and the second week is spent at the Natewa Bay Marine Research Center. More specific information about the Fiji research can be found here. Interested students should fill out the google form to receive more information. Courtesy of Athletic Director: Kendra Hansen

Director's Update September 22

September 22, 2017

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Dear AST Family and Friends, It is time to start talking about ERB, our annual external assessment for students, and to get ready for conferences. In both of these areas, we are excited to talk about improvements. In the area of assessment, we are switching to the MAPs assessment (by NWEA). We believe that this assessment will give us better information in informing instruction in the classroom and take away less class time. The data is still compared to other schools around the world and we will share our results with you when we have the processes all figured out. For conferences for our middle school and high school students, we are excited to adopt a new model that is better for our kids. It is more focused on learning and engaging in meaningful reflection about themselves as a learner. This will be our first time using this model at AST and we expect a lot of hiccups along the way, so please bear with us as we learn and put into practice this new model together. Best regards, Anthony

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

September 22, 2017

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This Friday (9/21), 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. In order to be supportive, all of them brought food that aren't easily rotten, such as canned food and instant noodle, and learned about where these food goes and what's the purpose of food bank.

More on MAPs (formerly ERB) / MAPs 評量 (前ERB測驗)

September 22, 2017

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We are changing our external assessment system away from ERB to MAPs (Measures of Academic Performance). MAP assessments are different in two fundamental ways. The first is that they are focused on measuring growth. This means that we are focused on meeting students where they are now and getting them to move forward from that place. This supports goal setting for all students and acknowledges that a grade level doesn't necessarily indicate where students' skills are in English and mathematics. The second is that the test is adaptive. This means that the test will adjust as the kids get answers right or wrong. The test is attempting to lock in on where their current skill levels really are. As an example, I have seen test questions get up in to derivative and logarithm questions for Algebra 1 students just to make sure they find the ceiling for the students. This means that the concept of getting a perfect score by getting every question right does not apply on these tests. As this is something new, we are taking our time to make sure that we have the systems in place to create a positive testing environment and experience for our kids.

Director's Update September 15

September 15, 2017

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Camp Taiwan and Field Trips Postponed Due to the Talim typhoon, the elementary, high school, and Camp Taiwan trips have been postponed. The Elementary students will go on Friday, September 29. 1st and 2nd graders will go to Alice’s Garden in Changhua, while 3rd-5th graders will to Aofeng Mountain Sports Park & Carton King for both active and crafty students . Middle school students will go to Camp Taiwan from Wednesday, November 8 to Friday, November 10. High school students will go to Monster Village on Friday, October 20th. We are looking forward to a fun field day off campus. Let’s hope for sunny weather!

THE COLLEGE CORNER 09.15.2017

September 15, 2017

College Corner

I hope the start of the school year has treated you and your family well. I know that your kids are adjusting to a new school year, with a lot of new people to meet and work with. I want to start this year’s College Corner by commenting on some of the words that are used to describe colleges and universities in the United States. A key issue to think about is the funding of the institution. In the US, colleges and universities are referred to as “public” schools or “private” schools. A public school receives a significant portion of its funding from state tax dollars. In other words, the university is supported by the state it is located in. Not surprisingly, many of these public institutions have the state name as part of the institution’s name. The University of Washington, the University of Minnesota, and all of the Universities of California (UCLA, UC Davis, UC Riverside, etc.) are examples of “public” schools, and they are all supported in part by taxes collected from the residents of those states. In contrast, “private” schools are not supported by taxes from the state. They are generally supported by tuition, gifts from former students, and income derived from other assets owned by the institution. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Pomona College, Santa Clara University, and Johns Hopkins University are all examples of “private” schools.

Director's Update 2017 September 8

September 8, 2017

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Next week we have three big events off campus focused on team building and community building. Wednesday morning, the middle school students will depart for Camp Taiwan where they will experience three days of outdoor activities that require them to work together and build comradery in our middle school. On Friday, the elementary students will head out on field trips. Our goal for elementary school is one field trip per quarter for each grade level that is focused on community building and interesting shared experiences. Also, on Friday, the annual high school field day will take our high school students to Monster Village in Nantou. This annual event is planned by the high school student government (STUGO) with the goal of coming together as a student body.

Fall BBQ / 秋季烤肉活動

September 8, 2017

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The Fall BBQ is a long-standing tradition at the American School in Taichung. Set on the 22nd of Sepember, started long ago in a time now hazy to memory, it has fast become a staple of AST's fall season. Featuring burgers, volleyball tournaments, and an eating contest, it is one of the largest STUGO-hosted events for Middle and High School students alike.

Fun Run /七夕情人節路跑活動

September 1, 2017

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Last Saturday, August 26, Tatung Rotary, AST students, teachers and parents have joined me and welcomed over 3,000 runners to AST as a resting stop. This is our second year working with the Taichung City Sport Organization to sponsor a public running event. Special thanks to Yao- Wei for leading the Red Cross Club students who generously volunteered their time to help with the event. They passed out drinks, cut fruits, and cheered the runners with African drums and their kind words. There were about 40 volunteers total, including Anthony Keen, Greta Sharp, Dan Norton, Susan Kern, 13 AST students and 18 Tatung Rotary members. There were three teachers: Derek Kensinger, Amber Chin, Kendra Hensan and two faculty spouses- Joey Chuang and Noam Eppel who participated in the Chinese Valentine race and finished strong! It was a fun filled evening and helped the larger Taichung community members learned about AST!