Director's Update November 22

November 22, 2017

AST News

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:

Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

November 22, 2017

Menu

11/27 - 12/1

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

November 17, 2017

AST News

Dear MS/HS parents and students, Please take the time to fill out this survey for MS/HS students by November 27 so we can get data on your children's extra-curricular interests. Based on this information we will be sending out a registration form for clubs with payment information. Our goal is to equitably support student interest in clubs.

Director's Update November 17

November 17, 2017

AST News

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 Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

November 17, 2017

Athletics Update

A big thanks to all who helped make our badminton tournament last weekend a success! Thanks to Mr. Dodge for supervising and helping with the team and the tournament and to our first aid workers Thomas Yen and Enzo Pan! AST took 3rd overall out of 11 teams! Congratulations to Irene Liang who placed first in the Female Singles category, Charlotte Revett and Irene Liang took 1st in Female Doubles, and Austin Wei placed 3rd in Male Singles. Way to go AST! There will be no basketball practice on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd due to Thanksgiving activities. The high school girls basketball team will play their first game this Tuesday, November 21st at AST against Morrison. JV Boys basketball will play their first game November 27th at AST vs Morrison. Boys Varsity basketball will have a game November 28th at AST against Hsinchu American School. Parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend and cheer on our teams! Courtesy of Athletic Director: Kendra Hansen

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 10

November 10, 2017

AST News

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.

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 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

AST News

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

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

Spirit Week & Halloween

October 20, 2017

AST Events

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

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

October 16, 2017

AST Events

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.

Director's Update October 13

October 13, 2017

AST News

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.

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.

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

October 3, 2017

AST Events

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 October 3

October 3, 2017

AST News

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

Director's Update September 29

September 29, 2017

AST News

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.

Director's Update September 22

September 22, 2017

AST News

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

AST Events

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.

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

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

AST News

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

AST News

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

AST Events

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!

Director's Update 2017 September 1

September 1, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, This was the most normal week so far. We had classes each day, clubs starting up, sports practices beginning, and a feeling that routines are in place. We have an important update regarding picking up elementary students from the bus that may impact bus arrival times. Have a great weekend, Anthony Keen New Bus Drop Off Procedure in effect on Monday, 4 September There was a misalignment between picking up an elementary school student at school and picking them up at a bus stop. At school, parents are required to come in and sign out their children. This expectation will be extended to bus stops. Each elementary student must be signed out with the bus monitor. We will allow an older AST student (such as an older sibling) or adult to sign out a child. If you wish to opt out of this signing process, you should contact GAO. This may result in buses running a little behind schedule. We will monitor those times and update you if we need to adjust them. Thank you for your patience as we take actions to better care for our littlest family members. Yearbook, ID and Portal Photos Each year our Publications class takes on the monumental task of photographing each and every student. They have begun that process and pictures will continue to be taken through September 13th. Students should talk to their Block C teacher if they have questions. Stop and smell the roses Our neighbors have expressed some concerns about the speed of cars on the mountainside near AST. So, if you are driving to or from school it might be a great opportunity to slow down just a little and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Website Updates We are busy updating various pieces of information on the website to make sure that you have the right information at your fingertips. Updated this week: the athletic seasons and tournaments for the school year, the bus routes (one minor change), and the AST directory should now include all the new teachers' names, photos, and email addresses.

Director's Update 2017 August 25

August 25, 2017

AST News

Thank you to the parents for participating in our Back to School Night last night. It is great to work on that partnership between teachers and parents. We value that connection and look forward to working together. If you missed the director's address or would like to see the slides for reference, they are available here. Portal Email Problems We have uncovered problems with emails being sent from the Portal to some student accounts. We are working with the Portal vendor on the problem and hope to have it solved today. We will continue to monitor the situation through next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we resolve this technical glitch. TI-84 Calculators Graphing calculators are required for most high school math courses. We have made strong recommendations for TI-84 series calculators as they are valid to use on AP examinations and the SAT. In trying to support the acquisition of these calculators we have ordered a large number of TI 84 Plus CE calculators and are reselling them to students. They are now available in the GAO at the price of 6000 NTD. We strongly encourage all high school students to have a graphic calculator.

Back to School Night / 親師見面會

August 22, 2017

AST Events

Back to School Night - 24 Aug 2017 Back to School Night is an opportunity to come in and meet your children's teachers. The elementary school program runs through the afternoon from 1:00 pm to about 3:00 pm and includes time to meet the elective teachers and spend some time in the homeroom classroom with the grade level teacher. The middle and high school programs start with an optional address in the theatre at 3:45 pm and then parents will follow their child's schedule and visit each teacher for a brief presentation. Thank you for your participation in this event.

Director's Update 2017 August 18

August 18, 2017

AST News

Today, we held our second annual club fair. I want to take a moment and remember that the big drive behind this event starting was the Parent Association (PA). They pushed us to try and find a way to diversify our middle school and high school club options and where we have now ended up follows a process that encourages student leadership, student interest, and student exploration. We are pleased with the results and are excited to see what happens with this year's clubs.

Director's Update 2017 August 11

August 11, 2017

AST News

Thank you for a great start to the school year. A lot has been accomplished in just a few days. I spent much of my first day in schedule changes, but I was able to visit every classroom. It was great to see the students sitting together setting up classroom agreements, free writing, discussing possibilities for their future, and trying to remember those skills that they haven't used much over the summer. I have not been on campus since Tuesday, because my new son, Zeno Atlas Keen, was born on Wednesday. Our family is happy and healthy and taking some time to just be together and get to know our new family member. In my absence, Matt Kowalski and Diane Wilson have been working with high school students on schedule changes. Likewise, Tim Michael is working with middle school students who want to change their electives. And, finally, I am working remotely with teachers to try and figure out those final shifts and those special cases. For example, we are looking at some shifts to better support a handful of eighth and ninth grade students in their Chinese studies. Thank you for your patience while we make these adjustments and I apologize if my email response time has been slower than expected.

Director's Update 2017 August 4

August 4, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Our teachers are busy ramping up for greeting your children next week and we are excited about what lies ahead. There have been a number of shifts and improvements ...

Director Update - Goodbye Letter 06.16.2017

June 16, 2017

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Today is my final day as Director of AST. I would like to thank the entire AST community for a wonderful seven years. We accomplished a lot over these past few years and it could not have been done without your support. You all were instrumental to the success we have enjoyed. As measured by the conventional markers of success for a school, be it enrollment, college admissions, or AP results, it has been a good seven years. Measured by more unconventional markers like enthusiasm among teachers and students and a general feeling on campus, it has also been a good seven years. Now we wait to see as students and graduates begin to write their own stories. Many of you have heard me say over the years that parents placed their greatest treasure in our care, their children. The awesome responsibility captured in that thought has motivated me for over four decades. It brings with it both a sense of pride and a dose of humility to realize you entrusted with us that responsibility. Thank you to all the parents who are essential to the life of AST. Teachers work most directly with the students. I have always felt one of the most important rules for any administrator is to remember that teachers know their students the best. Administrators should never forget that. I hope you have felt the freedom to do what you believed was best for your students and that you were given the support you needed to be successful. Staff are unsung heroes of AST. With all the craziness that happens around a school, particularly one wrapped in two cultures, this staff has somehow managed to keep the day to day operations going smoothly. But the job descriptions you operated under were only the beginning of your contribution. Oftentimes you provided the only way for parents to communicate with the school. Our ability to respond to parent concerns often relied on our ability to communicate through you. Of course, the student are the heart of any school, and here that heart is amazing. You brightened every day. A special thanks goes out to all those who dared to venture into the economics classroom or came to work with me individually. Teaching has always been my first love. Teaching you has been a remarkable gift that I cherish. A major thank to Anna Lee for offering me this opportunity. I never imagined it would be as rich and rewarding as it was. Your support made it possible. Finally, thank you to Anthony Keen. I have taken AST as far as I can. My work with you these past few years tells me that you are the person to take AST to levels I never could. Now, one last time… May you always be excited about learning and happy to be wherever life’s journey takes you.

AST STUGO 2017-2018

June 9, 2017

AST Events

Middle school STUGO officers for next year, 2017-2018, have been elected in what turned out to be an extremely close election. The new offices are: President: Janice Chen, Vice-president: Elizabeth Yoo, Secretary: Jasmine Liu, and Treasurer: Charlotte Revett. HS STUGO officers for next year: Richard Tang (President), Juliat Lin (Vice-president), and Austin Wei (Treasurer) will be leading the HS Student Government next year.

2017 Summer Hours / 暑期辦公時間

June 9, 2017

AST News

Summer office hours begin Monday, June 12, 2017 Summer office hours for American School in Taichung will begin on Monday, June 12, 2017 and will be in effect through Monday, July 31, 2017. June 12-July 6 Summer office hours are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 7-July 31 Summer office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. July 4 Office closed due to Independence Day Questions? Please contact: General admission & report card questions: Amy Chang (ext. 11) Email: admission@ast.tc.edu.tw General school & schedule questions: Ching Wang (ext 16) Email: secretary@ast.tc.edu.tw Bus & lunch questions: GAO office (ext 14 or 21) Email: gao@ast.tc.edu.tw Payment questions: Alice Shih (ext 23) Email: accountant@ast.tc.edu.tw Summer textbooks check out questions: Rita Li (ext 13) Email: library@ast.tc.edu.tw

Director Update 06.09.2017

June 9, 2017

AST News

Have a Wonderful Summer The class of 2017 are now graduates. Now the class of ’18 become the student leaders of the school, the old 8th grade (class of ’21) enters high school and the 5th grade (class of ’24) moves into middle school. School leadership is seeing a similar set of moves with Mr. Anthony Keen stepping in as School Director and Ms. Annie Tung as Assistant Director. It is an exciting time for AST. All the activity this week got in the way of preparing a final newsletter for the year so there will be one more newsletter next week to bring us to a formal close. Have a great summer.