Dear AST Family and Friends,
We are left with two full weeks of academics followed by conferences and celebrations. That said, the first celebration is next Friday at 6:00 pm where we honor the accomplishments of our seniors at their graduation. This year, we are pulling together three major events into one evening. Along with Graduation, we are hosting the annual Senior Parents’ Dinner and the High School Prom. These three events will all be held at the Lin Garden. Spaces are limited; please contact us if you have not yet reserved a space for any of these events.
We have one safety reminder regarding student drop-off and pick-up. As much as possible, please have students enter and exit from the passenger side of the vehicle. As the weather gets worse, students entering and exiting vehicles on the driver side of the vehicle are at greater risk for slipping and falling or colliding with another vehicle. If a student must enter or exit on the driver’s side, please help them to exercise extreme caution.
This week, we are almost completing our spring MAPS testing for our students in the elementary and high school. The HS students in grades 9 and 10 will take their MAP tests in Language Usage and Reading on Wednesday and Thursday next week--May 27-28--with a make-up day on Friday, May 29. As a reminder, this assessment is given three times per year and includes three sections (Reading, Language Usage, and Math). These adaptive tests attempt to determine a proficiency level for your student and that is communicated as a RIT score. These scores are further supported by three subscores for each test to help show relative areas of strength and growth. These results are tracked throughout your student’s time at AST painting a picture of their learning. This data is used to inform instruction in the classroom. Teachers use the data along with their own in-class assessments to monitor and track their students over time. NWEA provides norming data comparing our students to students from around the world in the same grade levels and RIT bands to help us see how our students are doing compared to the rest of the world. Overall, AST’s data has shown better than average results in Reading and Language Usage and top-tier results in Mathematics. Your advisory teachers can help you look at the specific results for your student.
Have a great week,
Anthony & Annie
Anti-smoking workshop held by the Health Center of Bei Tung at AST on May 22, 2020.
2020-2021 Year at a Glance Calendar
- The 2020-2021 calendar has an updated format and is available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15VZijjtej1hkmcQn1zXxf5MOBiUrIiT1m_jm68dlAbU/edit?usp=sharing
- The first day of the school year will be Monday, August 3, 2020.
- New Student Orientation will be Friday, July 31, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.