Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

April 20, 2018

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AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

April 20, 2018

Athletics Update

The only sports practices next week are Monday, April 16th for MS basketball and Tuesday, April 17th for ES/MS Swim Team. These are the only days/teams that will practice due to TAIMUN events. Congratulations to 8th grade boys basketball team and the MS girls basketball team for their wins against Morrison this week and to the varsity boys volleyball team who won their game against HAS. On Saturday, April 21st, the swim team will attend the TISSA Elementary/Middle School Swim Meet at Kaohsiung American School. For those attending, please see the Parent Letter for more information. On Saturday, April 28th, Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball will have a tournament at AST. Please see the parent info here. Also on Saturday April 28th, Varsity Boys Volleyball will have a tournament at Kaohsiung American School. Please see this parent letter for more information. The sports party is May 18th, 6:00pm at the Tempus hotel. Tickets are $800 per person and need to be purchased from GAO before May 10th. All AST students, parents, families, and friends are invited to come and celebrate our athletes!

Director's Update 04.20.2018

April 20, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, As TAIMUN week comes to a wrap, please encourage your children to take a deep breath and reflect on and talk about the week. There was so much going on at such a high level it can be hard to take in. The ES students celebrated UN Day, had a field trip day, and hosted the students of Fah Zhi School. The 6th and 7th-grade students spent two days learning without walls. The 8th-grade students had their first TAIMUN experiences as secretaries during this epic event. They witnessed the debate, compromise, and the all-around process that leads to resolutions. The high school students lived and breathed the event as the delegates, members of the admin team, reporters for the press team, or the secretariat (student leadership team). Support for these events comes from every member of the faculty and staff of the school. Without their support and student guidance, these experiences wouldn't be possible, and I want to publically thank them. Next week, our student reflection continues as we host student-led conferences for middle and high school students on Thursday. Final scheduling is still underway and all parents are strongly encouraged to come in and be part of this reflection. Have a great next week, Anthony

MS Drama Workshop / 初中部戲劇講習

April 20, 2018

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MS Drama were very fortunate to have special guest, and professional artist, Casey Middaugh lead a fantastic two-day workshop on immersive theater this week. Students learnt the difference between immersive and interactive theater and created their own stimulating environments with the use of paper. Parts of Miss. Leahy's classroom were turned into magical woods, a donut shop, and a jungle! Thank you Casey for a fun and enriching experience!

ES Activities / 小學部活動

April 20, 2018

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This has been a very busy week for the whole school including the teachers and students in the elementary department. On Wednesday, we all participated in educational activities that gave us a better understanding of UN day. We discussed the rights of a child, before breaking off into teams for team-building games and themed arts and crafts. On Thursday, we had a fun time on our field trips to Angel Art Studio, Green World and Air Gene. Finally, on Friday we welcomed the Fah Zhi students who gave us an incredible musical performance before breaking off with the Grade 5 students to do a more in-depth session.

TAIMUN Opens with Honorable Dignitaries/ TAIMUN開幕典禮貴賓

April 19, 2018

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TAIMUN Opens with Honorable Dignitaries: Andrew Corcoran, Founder of the Andrew Corcoran Fund to Promote Economic Literacy; Yuan Yang, Co-Founder of Rethinking Economics; Dr. Liu, Deputy Director-General, Taichung City Government Education Bureau; and Anna Lee, Founder of American School in Taichung.

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

April 13, 2018

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Next week with TAIMUN activities in full swing, some after school clubs are altering their meeting times. For example, badminton next Tuesday & Thursday has been cancelled by Mr. Dodge. For any questions, please email: dkensinger@ast.tc.edu.tw We would like to cancel Wednesday's after school activity (April 18th) due to TAIMUN week. We apologize for making any inconvenience. Sincerely,

TAIMUN / 台灣模擬聯合國

April 13, 2018

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We have a very exciting week ahead of us! There will be no breakfast provided next week during TAIMUN for the bus riders. We will provide lunch boxes from the King's Table for all High school delegates and 8th graders who help out during the event. Field Trips during TAIMUN Next Thursday, April 19, the Elementary students will be participating in a field trip. The Grade 1-2 students will be celebrating their successes through fun physical activities at Air Gene Trampoline Park and also visiting Angel Kids Art Studio to participate in a creative and interactive glow-in-the-dark art session. The Grade 3-5 students will be learning about plants and animals at the Green World Ecological Park. We are sure that everyone will enjoy a full day of fun and learning!

AST Summer Camp 2018 / 暑期英語夏令營

April 13, 2018

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Attention High School Students We are currently looking to fill three Teacher Assistant positions for this year's summer camp. Candidates must be responsible individuals, exceptional communicators and eager to have fun. This is an excellent leadership opportunity for anyone looking to enhance their resume, gain meaningful work experience and earn volunteer hours. Transportation and lunch will be provided. If you are graduating from AST this school year, please note this is a paid position. If you are interested and available from July 6-27, please speak to Mrs. Eppel in the A building or email aeppel@ast.tc.edu.tw. Many thanks!

Director's Update 04.16.2018

April 13, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Next week is one of the busiest of the year at AST. It is a great time to be around our kids. Our elementary students have their UN Day celebration, a field trip day, and a cultural exchange. Our 6th and 7th-grade students have two days of offsite experiences and learning. Our 8th grade students experience for the first time the grandness of TAIMUN. Our high school students lead, participate, debate, and grow during this three-day epic event. It is a great time at AST. Have a great next week, Anthony

Looking for PE shirt Design / 徵求AST體育制服設計

April 13, 2018

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We are looking into upgrading our PE uniforms and replacing the current style for the next school year. We are accepting t-shirt design suggestions now. All members of our community (students, teachers, and parents) are encouraged to participate in this design contest. Please send your design to Ms.Tung by May 4, 2018.

World Book Day / 世界圖書日

April 13, 2018

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AST is excited to be celebrating World Book Day on April 23rd, 2018. World Book Day began in 1995 and is celebrated in over 100 countries. The annual event was introduced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote a love of reading worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading. Middle and high school students will participate in a division book exchange to share a joy of reading and provide students with an opportunity to read a range of genres and text types. Students, please hand in a book (age-appropriate and in the English language) to donate to the book exchange raffle by Monday 16th April to your homeroom or advisory teacher. The book raffle itself will be held during advisory/homeroom time on Monday 23rd April. The MS draw will take place in the library and the HS in the MPR. Student get to keep the book that matches the raffle ticket they draw. On World Book Day itself, Monday April 23rd, teachers and all students (ES, MS and HS) will dress as their favorite character from a book or as their favorite author. The most creative costume in each division will receive a 1,000 ntd book token as a reward! Courtesy of Ms. Katie Leahy

World Scholar's Cup / 世界學者盃競賽

April 13, 2018

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Just before Spring Break, nine of our middle school students made a great showing at the Kaohsiung Round of the World Scholar's Cup, taking place over two days. The event was held at Kaohsiung American School. All of our students qualified to attend one of three Global Rounds over the summer, if they are able to travel to the event. The World Scholar's Cup (www.scholarscup.org ) is a series of academic competitions around the world. They are great opportunities for students to practice public speaking, writing, and social skills. Students prepared independently for many hours outside of school, displaying a great commitment to learning and developing new skills. We enthusiastically recognize their achievement!

Music Workshop / 音樂講習

April 13, 2018

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This past week we have had the pleasure of hosting Casey Middaugh in the middle school and elementary school. Casey studied music leadership at The Guildhall School of Music in London, and she has taught music workshops and composition to kids aged 3-8 for 7 years. This week, Casey has been leading music workshops with our students. These fun and interactive workshops have taught our students more about rhythm, various instruments, cooperation and musicality. Thank you Casey for your incredible facilitation skills! We hope to see you again next year!

Director's Update 03.23.2018

March 23, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We would like to thank everyone that participated in the International Carnival. Good weather, good planning, and good company made for an amazing day on campus. Have a wonderful and relaxing spring break, Anthony A Few April Dates to Remember: • Thursday, April 12, 2:30 pm in the MPR: Tea Time with the Directors (ES) • Friday, April 13, in the morning in the MPR: PSAT (9th-Grade) • Wednesday, April 18, in the evening: TAIMUN XVI Opening Ceremonies (HS) • Thursday, April 19, Field Trip (ES) • Thursday, April 19, Field Trip (MS) • Thursday, April 19, 2:00 pm : Parent Association Meeting • Friday, April 20, Field Trip (MS) • Thursday, April 26, 2:30 pm in the MPR: Tea Time with the Directors (MS) • Thursday, April 26, in the afternoon: Parent-Teacher Conferences (ES) • Thursday, April 26, in the afternoon: Student-Led Conferences (MS/HS) • Friday, April 27, in the evening: TASMUN Begins (MS)

Director's Update 03.17.2018

March 17, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, I have spent most of the week at Korea Kent Foreign School. My visit included both a ton of work and tremendous opportunity. I have walked through the accreditation process on the side of the visiting team and I now better understand their process. This will help us to prepare for our accreditation visit next year. I have seen a school similar in size to AST that was forged differently. This grants ideas that I can bring back to improve our school. I have built new relationships with an overseas school that can turn into partnerships. One specific example is that the Principal and I have already begun the discussion of what a student exchange opportunity might look like. When looking at WASC accreditation, there are two items that are more significant than any other: 1. Is the school focused on learning? 2. Does the school prepare global citizens? When I returned to AST with these questions as my key focus from the last week, I smiled about what is going on at our school right now. Today, is our AST International Carnival. This tradition vividly illustrates our diverse and global-minded community. It allows us to share a day together as a larger community sharing food, playing games, and competing in a friendly way. This is a special time to be on campus. Next week, we are hitting two more big global issues with the 30-Hour Famine and our guest speaker and project wrap-ups on Human Trafficking. AST is providing opportunities for students to explore some of these very real global issues and make connections to their own lives and communities. This week, with the history presentations from the 6th and 7th grade students and the middle school drama monologues and duologues, we see the tremendous commitment to high quality educational experiences and a desire to address that with real topics. Have a great next week, Anthony

Invitations from MS classes / 邀請您參加初中生發表會

March 16, 2018

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History Presentations The 6th and 7th Grades have been working hard to polish their history presentations, and are now ready to show their speaking skills this Thursday, March 22nd, in the theatre at AST. Students will be speaking on a variety of topics ranging from early man and the control of fire to social media and its effect on politics. Parents of 6th and 7th graders are encouraged to attend. The 6th grade will present during 3rd block, which runs from 12:20-1:50. The 7th grade will present during 4th block, which runs from 2:05-3:35. We will serve refreshments after each set of presentations. Hope to see you there! Courtesy of Mr. Tim Michael MS Drama This semester, MS Drama have been exploring monologues and duologues. Some students have even written their own skits. We would like to invite parents and MS classes to our informal showcase next Wednesday March 21st in the theater at 10:10 am. Courtesy of Ms. Katie Leahy

Birthday Book Club Books Bring Smiles / 生日書社團為大家帶來笑容

March 16, 2018

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See how the elementary students love reading in the new library! They would also love some new books. Shown below are some books your child can donate to the AST elementary library. If you would like to donate one of these books in honor of your child's birthday, send Ms Sylvia an email and choose one of these. I will send you the prices of these, and other requested books, that the students are anxiously waiting to read. The children who donate will participate in an appreciation party at the end of the year, be acknowledged at an all school assembly, and have a book plate put into the book to commemorate the donation. Bring a smile to their faces when they see the new book(s).

Immersive Arts and Culture Experience: London, September 2018 / 身歷其境的藝術與文化體驗:2018年9月,英國倫敦

March 16, 2018

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen for MS and HS students to attend a workshop-based tour in London including English and drama workshop experiences and college visitations. This magical tour of London will include:  Workshop in English at the famous Globe Theatre with industry professionals  Discussion about admission with representatives from Oxford University and Cambridge University  Visit the London School of the Arts  Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare  Movie Making Workshop at Warner Brothers Studio, the Making of Harry Potter, which includes a walking tour of Harry Potter's London (broomsticks not required), authentic set tour, actual props and movie magic.  Puppetry master class, backstage tour, and Q & A with the cast from WAR HORSE.  Experience West End world-class theatrical productions, such as: WICKED, MATILDA, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, LES MISERABLES, etc.  Exploring London landmarks, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, The Royal National Theatre and the London Eye

Director's Update 03.09.2018

March 9, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, This past Monday we introduced our improved audio-visual equipment for the gymnasium by playing a Dragon themed stop-action movie made by three of our elementary students at our All-School assembly. The movie was impressive and well received by the entire audience. Bao was the leader of the development team and he will be presenting on Monday to our students about how they could make their own movie. This Friday we celebrated the Elementary School Science Fair. Students' boards have been up all week in the C building foyer. Middle school and high schools students have been reviewing the projects and sharing in the excitement. On Friday, we held the Science Fair including students talking to parents about their projects and our award ceremony. Next week on Saturday we will host our International Carnival and Open House. During the carnival, be sure to check out the friendly volleyball tournament and to find the pony exhibit. Thank you to all the parents supporting our kids in pulling together this event. Here are a few scheduling notes:  One Hour After Normal Time - Bus Pick Up  8:30 am - Students Arrive  10:00 am - Carnival Begins  11:00 am - School Presentation  1:00 pm - School Presentation  2:00 pm - Carnival Ends  3:00 pm - Students May Depart (assuming cleanup is done)  3:45 pm - Buses Depart for Home And, there is no school on Monday in lieu of the Saturday school day. Finally, it is time for new school applicants to apply for the 2018-2019 school year. For guaranteed consideration, applications should apply by April 30th. After that date, applications will be considered as they come in and as space allows. If you know someone considering AST, please encourage them to get it touch with us now. Have a great next week, Anthony

AST Mascot Logos / AST吉祥物標誌

March 9, 2018

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We are very excited to announce AST has its own mascot logos! We have received over 280 responses from our students, teachers, parents, and alumni who have voted and showed their passion for the school. There were alumni who have expressed that their interest in getting AST sports gear. The robotic teams have made buttons with the new logo for their upcoming robotics competition! The two logos came very close in their votes. Anthony and I have decided to keep both logos for different purposes. We encourage all clubs and teams take advantage of adopting these logos but please notify us before using them.

ES English Speakers of the Month / 小學部鼓勵使用英文獎

March 9, 2018

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ES English Speakers of the Month This semester, the elementary school began a new initiative to encourage more English speaking during social times like lunch, recess, or in the hallways. The goal is to create a more inclusive environment, where everyone can play, learn, and share together. We would now like to congratulate the English Speakers of the Month for the months of January and February. January: Justin Lai- Grade 1 Adekunle Oyelaran- Grade 2 Josie Yu- Grade 3 Chris Yang- Grade 4 Eugene Lee- Grade 5 February: John Weng- Grade 1 Yuzu Ozawa- Grade 2 Kavery Palanisamy- Grade 3 Jason Nobuta- Grade 4 Song Kim- Grade 5 Each of these students demonstrated a commitment to speaking English, both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you for being such great role models at AST! Courtesy of Ms. Lauren Leach

AST Carnival Preparation / AST 嘉年華會準備工作

March 2, 2018

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The AST Carnival is an annual event where students in middle and high school come together to provide food and activities traditional to their chosen countries. This year, the nations of Thailand, India, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Hong Kong and Italy will be on display. On 3/8, a ticket pre-sale will be taking place on Lincoln Way. Please make sure to come if you want to get your tickets and raffle tickets early!

ES Science Fair / 小學科學展覽會

March 2, 2018

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Dear Parents, We are excited to invite you to AST’s annual Elementary School Science Fair. Date: March 9th, 2018 Time: 2:15-3:30 Location: AST Cafeteria There will be plenty of time to browse the experiment displays and a rewards ceremony to follow. Please join us to celebrate our students’ hard work and ingenuity! Courtesy of Ms. Lauren Leach

Director's Update 03.02.2018

March 2, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, Save the date (March 17) for the AST International Carnival. It is a great opportunity to celebrate this long standing AST tradition. It is also the perfect time to bring a friend and show them what AST is all about. Information sessions for perspective parents are available at 11:00 and 1:00. In terms of busing for current students on March 17, we will have regular buses in the morning and afternoon. The morning buses will run one hour later than the normal schedule. The afternoon buses will run at the normal time. There will be no late buses on March 17. Finally, I will be traveling to Seoul, Korea from March 10 through March 15 as part of a WASC Visiting Team to an international school there. As part of WASC, this is a general responsibility to evaluate and provide feedback to other schools that go through their self study process. This is the same self study process that we are currently going through at AST as part of our regular WASC review process. This is also a great opportunity to talk to other educators in another setting and look at ideas that may be useful to bring back to AST. Have a great next week, Anthony

Celebrating CNY / 歡慶農曆年

February 23, 2018

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MS CFL We wish you a happy Chinese New Year! The celebration lasts for 15 days each year. This year, the New Year day falls on February 16th. While elementary school was celebrating Chinese New Year at school, MS CFL students also learned the traditions and taboos during CNY. We also tried some traditional food and drink. Courtesy of Ms. Charlene Chen

Director's Update 02.23.2018

February 23, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We hope that everyone had a restful Chinese New Year holiday and we are excited to be back in school with our great kids. The students are working hard in their classes, preparing for TAIMUN in April, and planning for the International Carnival on March 17th. Next week, we have no school on Wednesday in honor of 2/28 day and we have our Elementary Tea Time with the Directors on Thursday. Finally, we would like to remind everyone to please drop off students in the morning at the Lincoln Activity Center (LAC) rather than in front of the first gate. Have a great next week, Anthony Keen You Tube Math Channel Mr Salvato has created a new YouTube Math Channel for his Middle School students and will create and publish a new short video by the end of each week. Several students, who are proficient in video editing, will help him to accomplish this task and he hopes this will add an extra layer of fun for everyone involved, both as authors and users! Courtesy of Mr. Valentino Salvato

Musical Chairs

February 23, 2018

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Dear Parents and Friends of AST! The Art Department is planning a project called 'Musical Chairs' and kindly requests your help. Using an idea from the historic 'STOMP' performers who made music from things in their environment, we plan to use some old chairs from school and turn them into musical instruments. We are looking for donations of old pots and pans, metal lids, metal utensils, metal tubing, plastic buckets, bolts, wire, metal hooks, old or broken musical instruments, wooden tubes, old keys, and any other materials you may have an excess or wish to donate that we can bang on and make sound from it. Our Design class challenge is to turn these objects into an interactive musical instrument. Don't worry if someone looks old or bent or may be broken - we have paint! You can drop off your donations on the first floor near the elevator under the stairs with the lost and found where I can pick them up or bring them to the shelves outside the ART room in C building on the third floor, opposite from the bathrooms at the end of the corridor leading from the computer lab. Any questions about usability? Contact me Teresa Tipton: ttipton@ast.tc.edu.tw Thank you! Courtesy of Ms. Teresa Tipton

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

February 23, 2018

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Middle school’s second service project on Saturday, February 10th, to assist at the Gougou Shan animal shelter in Wufeng District was a big success. 14 students worked with about 75 of the dogs waiting for permanent homes. On this visit they washed and refilled all the water buckets and food bowls, carried numerous food and garbage bags, as well as helped to clean where needed. They also brushed and just played with the dogs. This interaction is an important activity for the dogs since it helps them with socializing and learning good manners, which will help them have a better chance of being adopted later. Both dogs and students benefited from all the love and bonding...it was good therapy for all! By the end of the visit it was common to see two or three dogs calmly sitting as they were being hugged, scratched, and petted by each student. Along with the visit to the shelter we collected leashes, halters, and other pet supplies to donate. Thank you to everyone who helped with this worthwhile project. A special thank you goes to parent chaperones Emma Green and Jeff Chou for their assistance. The accompanying photos were taken by these parents as well. Submitted by: Joan Freeman, MS STUGO Advisor

World Scholar's Cup News / 世界學者盃訊息

February 9, 2018

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We are in the planning stages for the next World Scholar's Cup round, which takes place March16-17 in Kaohsiung. That date interferes with our Carnival, and space is limited. Please have students check their email for a sign-up form. If your child qualified for a Global Round, you should have received an email yesterday about signing up for one of those rounds. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at tmichael@ast.tc.edu.tw .

ES Chinese New Year Celebration / 小學部慶祝過新年活動

February 9, 2018

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The elementary students are going to celebrate Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 13, as part of the holiday festivities. Please have your child bring a dish or dessert to share with 10 people (one dish per family.) by February 13. Label your dish with your child’s name and grade, and leave the dish in the cafeteria kitchen. We also welcome students to dress up in their traditional clothing. If you would like to volunteer on the day, please let your child's homeroom teacher know.

Director's Update 02.09.2018

February 9, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, On behalf of everyone here on campus, we want to wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year. Elementary parents, please join us on Tuesday for our Chinese New Year celebration. We hope everyone has a restful and wonderful vacation from school starting next Wednesday. Have a productive short next week and a great break, Anthony Keen

THIMUN The Hague

February 9, 2018

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On 6.30 AM Saturday Jan. 27, four nervous Grade 10 students and I boarded a van to begin our journey to The Hague. For the first time in many years, AST was represented at THIMUN The Hague, the most prestigious THIMUN conference. 3000 youth from around the world gather at The Hague each year for the United Nations simulation known as MUN (Model United Nations). Each delegate represents a country or UN organization. AST students aptly represented the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in debates about marine pollution, child brides, human trafficking and sustainable development. The King of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander opened the 50th conference. His daughter, the Princes Margarita, spoke to delegates at noon one day about child brides. Sean Ko was the school Ambassador of IMO. He said “THIMUN the Hague is not just about big, it's also about being international. Through this conference, people from all around the world compete and discuss relevant global issues that are troubling the earth. It feels almost like a miracle to me when I encounter those fresh, unprecedented ideas from those people over the days in THIMUN. "-Sean Ko Nordy Chen describes THIMUN as an event that “taught me better social skills, and also strategies to become a better speaker on stage." Delegate Selina Fu enjoyed attending THIMUN The Hague because "it gave me opportunities to meet, communicate, cooperate, and become friends with many people from different countries and diverse cultures, and although the weather was freezing cold, I really enjoyed the clean and organized environment over there."

Shakespeare workshops / 莎士比亞講座

February 9, 2018

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Shakespeare workshops at the National Taichung Theater: February 1st and 2nd. Day 1: Middle School and G10. Middle school participated in an introduction to Shakespeare workshop. Students looked at extracts from a variety of Shakespeare plays to gain an understanding of iambic pentameter and how Shakespeare creates changes in tone by breaking this pattern. Grade 10 participated in a Macbeth workshop. Students explored complex and direct language used in Shakespeare texts and staged their own duologues of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Day 2: Grade 9 Grade 9 classes explored a scene and a soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet. Students had fun exploring imagery and language in addition to staging their own interpretations of the scenes. Overall, the students had a wonderful, enriching experience. We feel very fortunate to have been able to book Dewi Hughes (Drama Arts Productions UK) to host these workshops at the National Taichung Theater. I wish to thank all the teachers and students involved - you made it a memorable experience! Thanks also to AST for supporting the project! Much appreciated. Miss Katie Leahy Teacher of English and Drama

Director's Update 02.02.2018

February 2, 2018

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Dear AST Family and Friends, We are coming to the end of an exciting week at AST. Our Shakespeare experience at the Taichung National Theater is wrapping up today. We are including a few of the pictures now and we want to share more next week. Both the students and the teachers attending are describing the event as simply "amazing". We also hosted two Tea Times this week completing this set of Tea Times. The big takeaway from this set of Tea Times was a need for parent information sessions for parents of 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students around college applications and building a strong application throughout a student's high school experience. We are already working to make that happen. We are also putting the next two sets of Tea Times with the Directors on the calendar. The first set between Chinese New Year and Spring Break will be: March 1 - Elementary School March 8 - Middle School March 22 - High School The Tea Times after Spring Break will be: April 12 - Elementary School April 26 - Middle School May 3 - High School Have a great next week, Anthony Keen

AST Carnival / 國際文化嘉年華會

February 2, 2018

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3/17/2018 10am to 2pm

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

January 26, 2018

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The middle school service learning project at the Gougoushan animal shelter has been rescheduled from February 3rd, to Saturday, February 10th. New permission forms are available reflecting that change. The box for new and used donations of leashes, halters, collars, toys, and other supplies for dogs is located in the main lobby of the administration building. Thank you in advance for your donations.

Director's Update 1.26.2018

January 26, 2018

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We just have a couple of quick updates and then a lengthier message about the AST Parent Association meetings. The 2018-2019 Year at a Glance calendar has been posted. We do not expect any significant changes. This is very useful for vacation planning around the academic calendar. The first air filtration machines have been deployed to classrooms. We have about 80% of the machines placed that we think we need. We will be regularly monitoring air quality in the classroom spaces and comparing it to outdoor air quality and reassessing how well our actual need is being met. The first data points are optimistic. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students and now that includes much of the air within closed classroom areas. We are still researching potential solutions for the larger spaces as well, but the complexity of solving the AQI issues within those spaces is much greater. Have a great next week, Anthony Parent Association I have learned a lot about parent associations over the past month. I came to AST with a pretty solid grasp of the purpose and activities of an American parent association. What I have learned more about now is the difference between these and the more common Taiwanese parent associations. At AST, we continuously walk that line between American and Taiwanese customs and cultures and attempt to bring the best of both worlds into our environment. That requires an open conversation about those differences and a look at our specific situation. An American parent association is focused on service to the school community. Primarily, it organizes fundraising events for school projects and initiatives, and coordinates volunteer efforts that support the daily operation of the school. Being part of the parent association is not a place of prestige there, but rather it is a commitment to helping create the best learning environment possible for children. At AST, when our parent association was formed, we had an additional need. Our parents needed a regular forum for communicating with the Director. They wanted time set aside to share their thoughts and concerns and to ask questions. This is not an uncommon purpose for a Taiwanese parent association and this need still exists today. So, when another avenue wasn't available, this became a secondary objective of the AST Parent Association (PA) and its meetings. The downside of this is that the parent association has developed a bit of a split focus and the primary goals of supporting school initiatives and volunteering have been overshadowed by the need for the forum to communicate with the Director. It has not been uncommon for the ‘Time with Mr. Keen’ on the PA agenda and Q & A to consume all but five minutes of the meeting time. With the creation of Tea Time with the Directors, parents have been given a clear new time and place to come in and talk to the Directors. It allows that conversation to be focused on those questions, concerns, and ideas that the parents bring forward. In fact, that is the only agenda item for the Tea Time. Based upon this, Mr. Keen and Ms. Tung will no longer be regularly attending the parent association meetings. They may be invited in to speak about a specific event or initiative and they will join in just long enough to help share the needed information related to an event that is necessary. But, for the majority of the meeting time, they will not be in attendance. This is not because we do not value what the parent association is doing. Rather, it is because we very much value it, and we want our wonderfully supportive parents to have the time that they need to plan and organize their own agenda for our school.

Director's Update 01.19.2018

January 19, 2018

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, The second semester has started pretty smoothly and the energy and flow on campus are positive and focused on learning. We have a number of small, but great things happening on and around campus. This week, we had an expert in masks and drama performance work with our elementary and middle school drama students. On February 1st and 2nd, our seventh, ninth, and tenth grade students will go to the Taichung National Theater to participate in a Shakespeare workshop. This week was our second week with a served hot lunch and the first time that our students acted as the servers to provide service to their community. Ms. Betsy's ninth grade homeroom was first to act as the servers this Wednesday. One example of why this is such a great experience for those serving and those being served was a moment between a ninth grade student passing out apples and the bright-eyed first grade girl looking up and telling him that "apples are my favorite fruit". Everyone smiled. In little ways like this, small connections are made and our community becomes just a little bit closer. Right now, we plan to continue this service program on the hot lunch Wednesdays and the pizza Fridays. And on Monday our last teacher maternity leave is completed with the return of Dr. Madeline Gonzalez. We had six babies born here at AST in 2017 and we assume that to be some kind of record. Please click here to see the slides (mostly pictures!) of the directors’ report at the PA meeting. Have a great next week, Anthony

Additional Support / 課業輔導

January 19, 2018

AST News

In Elementary School, we have a full team of classroom aides. Ms. Claire is working in fifth grade all day. Ms. Linda is working with fourth grade all day. Ms. Rax is working with third grade in the afternoon. Ms. Amber is working with first grade in the morning. Finally, Mr. Taylor Sharp is working with third, fourth, and fifth grade to specifically support reading and writing progress with those students. For Middle School and High School, they have support each day, Monday through Thursday, after school. • Monday: Ms. Susan Kern, G3a - support for English and Homework • Tuesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework • Wednesday: Mr. Valentino Salvato, K2a - support for Math and Homework • Thursday: Mr. Ethan Dombkowski, H3b - support for Social Studies and Homework This also will allow Ms. Lauren Leach to support our elementary students more fully in ESOL.