Weekly Lunch Menu / 午餐菜單

September 22, 2017

Menu

9/25 - 9/29

AST Athletics Update / AST最新校園體育訊息

September 22, 2017

Athletics Update

Middle school volleyball games start next week, with the boys playing on Monday 25th at AST and the girls Thursday 28th at Morrison. Final Tournaments for Volleyball will be: -JV Girls October 21st at AST -Varsity Girls October 28th at Kaohsiung American School -7th Grade Girls October 28th at Morrison Taichung -8th Grade Girls October 28th at Taipei American School -MS Boys October 28th at Taipei American School For those who have indicated they are attending, the swim meet is Saturday September 30th at Morrison-Taichung campus. Students will need their parents to drop them off and pick them up. Start time to be announced at a later date. Badminton team practice will be Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 26th. Please talk to team captain Irene Liang or Ms. Hansen for more information. The badminton final tournament will be November 11th at AST. Courtesy of Athletic Director: Kendra Hansen

AST Club News / 學生社團消息

September 22, 2017

AST News

Extra-curricular activities are off to a strong start thanks to parents, students, faculty and administration. Please refer to this link for link current meeting times/locations for extra-curricular activities.

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

September 22, 2017

AST Events

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

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.

Director's Update Sempmber 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

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

September 22, 2017

AST Events

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.

Student-Led Conferences (formerly Parent-Teacher Conferences)/ 學生主導會議 (前Parent-Teacher Conferences/ 親師懇談會)

September 22, 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.

AST PA Corner/ 家長會訊息

September 15, 2017

AST News

PA meeting agenda /Sep. 21st 1. Greeting by PA president 2. Time for Mr. Keen 3. Halloween discussion 4. Health check discussion 5. Q&A

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

Fun Run /七夕情人節路跑活動

September 1, 2017

AST Events

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 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.

MUN / 模擬聯合國

August 18, 2017

AST Events

This is information regarding upcoming MUN events. Three of those listed are for MS and HS students. It would be appreciated if you would discuss these events with your children and encourage them to attend at least one of these this year to experience the excitement of MUN. This list is not definitive, other local MUN events may occur but the two out of country trips are definite for this upcoming school year. 1. HSINMUN ...Oct. 13-15 Cost approximately 6000-8500 NT dependent upon number of students sharing rooms. Deadline to register and pay is August 22. Students would leave school approximately 2:30 PM October 13 and return late afternoon Oct. 15. MS welcome and encouraged to attend. Great conference for new MUN delegates. 2. THIMUN Singapore Nov. 21-24. . Last year's cost was 53000NT. More students means lower cost. Students leave on Monday morning Nov. 20 and return Saturday Nov. 25. The Thanksgiving holiday is from November 23 and 24 so only three school days are missed.Deadline for registration and payment is Sept.8 3. STMUN ..Kaohsiung, Dec. 2-3. Students leave Taichung approximately 6AM Dec. 2 and return approximately 7PM December 3. Cost between 6000 and 8000NT. NOTE: THIS IS SAT testing time so plan accordingly. MS are welcome. Deadline for payment and registration is Oct 18. 4. THIMUN...THE HAgue, Netherlands. This is a first time invite for AST to this prestigious event. The Hague is home to THIMUN foundation and ICJ. Conference is Jan 28-Feb. 2. Cost approximately 75,000 - 90,000nt dependent upon students attending. HS only. Students would probably leave Jan. 26 or 27 and return on Feb. 3 or 4. Very prestigious event.Looks great on resume and university applications. Deadline for applications is September 8. 5. TAIMUN- here at AST April 18-20. All students from Grades 8-12 are involved in one way or another. No cost. 6. TASMUN - Approximately April 27-29. MS and HS. Cost TBA.

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

AST News

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.

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.

Counselor Corner / 輔導老師園地

June 9, 2017

AST News

I would like to take the time to say it has been a great pleasure to serve as the school counselor here at AST for the past three years. Thank you to all the students, parents, staff and faculty for being a part of my great adventure here in Taiwan. I never dreamed I would have an opportunity to live and work in Asia and Taiwan. It has been an amazing adventure and I am so thankful for the experience. I will miss being here and will treasure some great memories. Have a great Summer. Keep dreaming and never give up!

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.

Join AST Fun Run on August 26, 2017! / AST七夕歡樂路跑- 8月26日

June 9, 2017

AST Events

AST will be sponsoring a Chinese Valentine Fun Run event on August 26, 2017. The event will start at the pink bridge. The longer routes, 11 km and 21 km will come into the AST campus. It’s estimated that there will be over 3,000 runners joining us that evening. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the community and earn community hours. Let’s run for love, health and wellness! When? Saturday, August 26,2017 The race starts at 17:45 and ends around 21:00 Where? American School in Taichung How can we get involved?  Join the race (ES students must be accompanied by their parents to join the race)  Cheer the runners on and pass out water at the AST water station. All volunteers will receive free dinner bento box and a shirt! Who can help? Students, teachers, parents, family friends! If you would like sign up for the race, please sign up directly with the event organizer by going to this event page: https://www.ibodygo.com.tw/Reg.aspx?n=462 . Please let me know if you need translation. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/zd2Sl5DSL8dGTgBk1. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you on August 26, 2017. Regards, Ms. Annie Tung

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

SUMMER CAMP 2017/ AST暑假夏令營

June 9, 2017

AST Events

Enrollment continues to rise for AST's "Reach For the Stars" Summer Camp! Group enrollment discounts are available until June 15th. Register via this link for Summer Camp. Thanks for recommending AST to friends and family.

Director Update 06.02.2015

June 2, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, The end of the year rapidly approaching This has been a very short week that brings us closer to the end of the year and the end of a career. Next week seniors will return for graduation practices and their Commencement ceremony. Fifth graders and eighth graders will be promoted to new divisions. There will be a lot of activity next week so we hope you can join us for all the final festivities for the year.

M/HS Science Fair / 初/高中部科學展覽

May 26, 2017

AST Events

Congratulations to all who participated in the science fair. It was great to see students putting their own ideas to the test using scientific processes. The following awards were given out for middle school: 1st Place-Richard Chen 2nd Place-Bianca Tsai 3rd Place- Janice Chen 6th Grade Honorable Mention- Yu-yu Ho 7th Grade Honorable Mention- Elizabeth Yoo 8th Grade Honorable Mention-Rebecca Chen Best Poster-James Lai Best Website-Charlie Wu The following awards were given out for High school: 1st place: Verity Wang- Moldy Beds 2nd place: Sean Chen- Hydropower 3rd place: Roy Shieh- The Effect of Additives on R-candy Rocket Fuel Courtesy of Ms. Kendra Hansen and Ms. Lily Hsu

ES After-School Activities / 小學部課後活動

May 26, 2017

AST News

Dear ES Parents, The last day of after-school activities (classes) is next Thursday, May 25. Thank you for your support! Late bus will be available till Thursday, June 1. Please inform your child's homeroom teacher and me if child care is needed during this gap time. Thank you and I look forward to meeting everyone again soon! Sincerely yours, Elementary After School Program Evelyn and Jonah

Director Update 05.26.2017

May 26, 2017

AST News

A Very Busy Week As the school year continues on to its end, the activities and celebrations seem to multiply. Packed Sports Party Over 200 people attended the annual Sports Party in the Splendor Hotel. Coaches introduced their teams and distribute awards for most improved, most inspirational, and most valuable players. Senior Jewelry Yu and Junior Andrew Young were named Athletes of the year. All the support people, from score keepers to Red Cross volunteers and team managers were also recognized. Middle School Dance Club and the High School Chamber Music Club also performed to the enjoyment of all. The evening ended with a raffle overseen with great aplomb by Junior Richard Tang, STUGO President-Elect. High School Prom The Tempus Hotel was filled with the excitement of Prom on Saturday. In addition to an excellent meal and marvelous decorations, the unlimited picture machine added to the excitement while providing lasting mementoes of the evening. Alumni Basketball Challenge Fall Short in an Exciting Game Returning alumni challenged our boys basketball team on Wednesday. Through three quarters the game was nip and tuck, with one point separating alumni and students until around the 6 minute mark. Then age and experience gave way to youth and conditioning as the boys team pulled away to win by double digits. High School Drama Dazzles with Their Take on Romeo and Juliett

Literature Project Exhibition / 英語文學專案展

May 26, 2017

AST Events

Literature Project Exhibition AST family, teachers, students, and friends are invited to attend the Literature Project Exhibition on Monday, June 2nd from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-14:00 in the MPR on the 2nd floor of the administration building. Please feel free to stop by at your convenience while the gallery is open. The exhibition will feature art inspired by the various literary works that the grade 9 and 10 students have read throughout the second semester. We hope you can join us to celebrate literature and English literacy at AST. Courtesy of Matt Kowalski, Susan Kern, and Benjamin Kenan

Middle School Service Project / 初中部服務專案

May 26, 2017

AST Events

On Saturday morning, May 20th, a group of middle-schoolers (Janice Chen, Drew McNeal, Elizabeth Yoo, Angela Yang, Jasmine Liu, Vanita Shih, and Andre Joubert) participated in the middle school service learning project at Gou Gou Shan Animal Shelter. They spent the morning working hard doing a variety of necessary jobs. They cleaned and refilled many water buckets, cleaned over 50 food bowls, and then filled and distributed food for about half the 150 dogs at the shelter. Dogs were brushed, walked, and given lots of attention and ear scratches! Giant bags of food were carried to distribution points and boxes were moved to where they needed to be put. The students worked hard and their efforts were greatly appreciated by Surbrina, the owner. Finishing off the event, Drew McNeal, President of MS STUGO, presented her with $20,000 NTD that MS students had collected to help with veterinary expenses. This was a great and worthwhile experience, and we look forward to being able to return next year. https://zh-tw.facebook.com/gougoushan/ Submitted by: Joan Freeman, MS STUGO Advisor

Director's Update 05.19.2017

May 19, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, PA Leadership Transition—Thank you Melanie Thursday’s final PA meeting for the year marked the transition in leadership as outgoing president Melanie Hung handed the PA Chop to new president Debra Liu. On behalf of all the AST community, “Thank You Melanie!” Our best goes out to Debra as well who is returning as president of the PA. Welcome Back Annie Tung Annie Tung returned from maternity leave this week and will begin adjusting to her new position as Assistant Director. Ms. Tung will be working with current Assistant Director (and Director designate) Anthony Keen on projects to ease the transition to new leadership next year. She will also substitute as needed, but will not return full time to the 4th grade classroom. End of the Year Brings Lots of Activity The next few weeks will be filled with activities as we close out the year. Every division will be active to please check the list of events for those involving your children. Events kick-off this weekend with the annual Sports Party, sponsored by the PA, and the annual Prom, sponsored by HS STUGO.

THE COLLEGE CORNER 05.19.2017

May 19, 2017

College Corner

We’ve just completed an extremely busy time at AST. Starting with the preparations for TAIMUN, and then experiencing TAIMUN itself, our students and faculty moved directly into Advanced Placement (AP) testing. We’ve now completed the AP exams at AST, and this gives me an opportunity to tell you why our school has worked to increase the AP offerings for your children. College Board says “AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work. AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.” I think this is a true statement. To officially offer an AP class, the course structure, lessons and texts all need to be approved by College Board. They also provide extensive guidance on how to evaluate the material that the students submit, so that colleges and universities can be certain that a particular grade is reflective of the student’s understanding as compared to all other students across the globe who have taken that course. All of this is preparation for the student taking the AP exam itself, which is evaluated by employees of College Board, and scored on a 1 to 5 scale, with a 5 awarded for the highest level of achievement. In fact, the results of the AP exams are so reliable that many universities are willing to waive introductory classes if a student has scored a 3 or above. In some cases, universities will even offer credit for high AP scores. Both of these benefit the student (and their family). In the first case, the student has greater freedom with time and course selection, since they can avoid taking required introductory courses. In the second case, the student receives the same benefits, but also receives actual course credits which apply directly to graduation requirements. This means that the student with high AP exam scores can (depending upon the university, of course) graduate earlier and at lower cost than other students. For all these reasons, Mr. Corcoran has actively encouraged the adoption of additional AP classes at AST. In 2009, before Mr. Corcoran joined AST, the school offered four AP courses. AST currently offers 18 AP courses, and we plan to add more. A full list of our AP courses can be found on our website, under Curriculum. The public High School that I worked at in Seattle has about 1600 students; they currently offer 15 AP classes. For a local comparison, I looked at the websites for Ivy Collegiate Academy, and Morrison Christian Academy. Ivy offers four AP classes: https://ica.ivyjhs.tc.edu.tw/academics/curriculum/

Prom or 2017 / 高中畢業舞會

May 12, 2017

AST Events

This year’s high school prom will be held from 6:30-9:30p.m. on Saturday, May 20th at Tempus Hotel Taichung.

Director's Update 05.12.2017

May 12, 2017

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, Teacher Appreciation In the United States, this is Teacher Appreciation Week. Although it comes at a different time than Teacher Appreciation in Taiwan, it is an opportunity for us all to thank teachers for their work in education our greatest treasures. More Activities As the end of the year approaches, we have more and more activities on campus for all grade levels. AP exams are finally finished. Congratulations to the students who took on the challenge to sit for over 110 AP exams. Next week will highlight the middle and high school science fairs on Friday. Please read the articles below to keep up with that and all the other events for year's end. Sincerely, Andrew Corcoran Director

Director's Update 05.05.2017

May 5, 2017

AST News

AP Testing in Progress Each May, AP testing marks the opening of year-end activates. This year high school students are sitting for over 110 AP exams. In preparation for these exams, students complete college level work and the results of their efforts will be evaluated by the College Board. Students are sitting for exams in Psychology, Physics, English Literature, Japanese, Chinese, Computer Science, Biology, Calculus, Macroeconomics, World History, Statistics, and Microeconomics. The College Board will publish scores in mid-July. Registration for 2017-18 Due May 15 Please submit registration forms (mailed earlier) and fees by May 15. Additional forms are available in admission office. Course Requests for 2017-2018 School Year This week, students in grades 8 through 11 have been walked through using the course request forms available via the portal. The forms are assigned based upon the student grade level for next year. Course request forms should be completed by May 12, 2017. Students with additional questions should arrange times to meet with Mr. Keen or Mr. Corcoran for additional personal advising.

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB / 生日書社

April 28, 2017

AST Events

THANK YOU BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB DONORS Three ES students recently donated books to the Birthday Book Club in honor of their birthdays. Many thanks to Sharon Lin, Grade 4, Nolan Joubert, Grade 5, and Kunle Oyelaran, Grade 1. The books will be remembered and enjoyed by readers for many years. These students will attend a year end party with cake and ice cream to celebrate their generosity. Contact Ms Sylvia Wiebe, swiebe@ast.tc.edu.tw in the library to find out more about Birthday Book Club donations. Courtesy of Ms. Sylvia Wiebe AST Librarian