Director's Update 02262020

February 26, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, We are off to a great start. The dropoff procedures went smoothly. The last bus arrived about five minutes before the school day started. Everyone involved followed the updated procedures and a safe day began. During lunch, students were separated by school division as well as spread out within the cafeteria (seating only four students per table).

Director's Update 02242020

February 24, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, We look forward to being face-to-face with our students again. In preparation for school tomorrow, we would like to give some brief reminders. First, tomorrow is "Day 2". Before Leaving Home:Please check your child's/children's temperature.Please make sure they have 2 or 3 masks in their backpack. (More if they have minor symptoms.)

Director's Update 02212020

February 21, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, The campus will not reopen until Tuesday, February 25, 2020.As we prepare for our return to campus on February 25, we need to gather some information from all of our families related to their travel plans and health over the last two weeks and looking forward to it. To make gathering that information as easy as possible, we have created a survey using Survey Monkey. We need the survey completed for each household and students will not be permitted to return until the survey is completed.

Director's Update 02072020

February 14, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, The campus will reopen on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.We want to thank all of our parents for the efforts and patience during this time. We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus status around Taiwan and this week has been relatively quiet on that front. 

Weekly Lunch Menu /午餐菜單

February 7, 2020

Menu

2/25-2/28

Director's Update 02072020

February 7, 2020

AST News

Dear Members of the AST Community, As we consider our return date, we have maintained these priorities in our decision-making process in this order: We maintain the safety of our students and our community. We maximize student learning while not neglecting safety. We support those students needing to be successful on external assessments (AP).

2020 Summer Camp is canceled / 2020夏令營活動取消

February 7, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, Unfortunately, due to the push back of the last day of Taiwan public school to July 15th, AST summer camp 2020 will not happen.We look forward to having fun with you in 2021!

Director's Update 01302020

January 30, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, We are updating you based on the newest information that we have available. The government has expanded the self-quarantine requirement to 14 days since returning from any travel that included mainland China, Macau, or Hong Kong. We are keeping our expectations the same.

Director's Update - 01282020

January 28, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Family and Friends, We wanted to take a moment and update you regarding our monitoring of the coronavirus outbreak and its potential impact on our school. We are following the lead of the Taiwanese government, the Center for Disease Control, and the Taiwan international school community in considering our responses. We want to assure you that the safety of our children is the highest priority in our decision making.

Director's Update 01232020

January 22, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,We wish everyone a happy new year. For those traveling, we would like to urge care and watchfulness. A novel coronavirus has prompted a travel warning in and around China from the CDC. News reports have confirmed that this virus has reached the US, Korea, and Taiwan.

MS Health Program/ 初中部健康教育課程

January 17, 2020

AST News

Dear Parents,Please read this letter, which offers information and resources, related to online safety. We hope you find it helpful. 

Director's Update 01172020

January 17, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, Thank you to all the parents that joined us for the Parent Association meeting. We appreciate our parents and the huge role that they play in the success of our school. This week, our middle and high school students have been participating in the 3rd Annual Shakespeare Experience.

MS Health Program / 初中健康教育講座

January 10, 2020

AST News

Dear Middle School Parents, Information regarding the Middle School Health Program was emailed to you earlier this week. If you are interested in attending the free information session with Dr. Wang, on Friday, January 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Dive Cube Hotel, please click this link to register by this Friday, January 10th.

Temporary Bus Monitor / 校車隨車人員異動

January 10, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Students and Parents,Starting January 7th to 23rd, Ms. Tsai will be the temporary bus monitor for Bus C and the late bus-Art Museum route. Her contact number is 0966-739-408.We will update you when we find a permanent bus monitor.

Director's Update 01102020

January 10, 2020

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,Welcome back for the new semester. Last-minute schedule changes are underway, final touches are being put on next week’s Shakespeare Experience, Chinese New Year celebrations are being planned, and we are already looking forward to our annual International Carnival.Next week, parents are invited to join the PA Meeting on Thursday at 2:00 pm.

ES After School Program - Semester 2 / 小學部課後社團活動

January 10, 2020

AST News

Dear Parents, Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break with your family.ES after school club starts this week, students are welcome to stay after school and try out different activities. For more information about ES after school club, please visit our website. Register the clubs, please fill-up the registration form.

Director's Update 12202019

December 20, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, We hope that everyone is able to take a restful break and spend time with their families. We look forward to seeing everyone renewed and restored for the start of the new semester on Tuesday, January 7th.

A Big THANK YOU to AST !! Food donation, Christmas Celebration!

December 20, 2019

AST News

On 12/19, Taichung Red Cross truck came to pick up the Food that AST donated. The Food was already sent to the LuChuan Food Bank. We are very thankful for everyone’s donations! Over the course of the event, we have seen your love for others and the willingness to help. This is exactly what Christmas spirit stands for! A huge thank you to everyone! We are looking forward to your support and donation next year! Thank you, AST!

Food donation, Christmas Celebration! 聖誕飽食節

December 13, 2019

AST News

AST Red Cross would like to thank those who have donated food! For people who haven't participated in the Food Drive Event, we sincerely invite you to donate food and we will send it to LuChuan(綠川) Food Bank in Taichung. Since the event ends by 12/20, please donate ASAP.

VEX Competition Accomplishments / VEX 機器人競賽成果

December 13, 2019

AST News

CONGRATULATIONS to ASTonishing A and ASTonishing B, your hard work and dedication paid off!! Dec. 6-7 at Taipei American School both teams from AST performed well under pressure. Coaches from Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei American School complimented them on their robot design and their performance. Team B had a few losses early in the round-robin competition, but peaked at the right time, going into the elimination round they were on a winning streak.

Director's Update 12132019

December 13, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, We would like to thank all those parents that joined us today for the ES End of Semester Celebration. We are so proud of all the great things that our kids are learning and doing and it is such a pleasure to share that with our parents.

Formosa VEX competition / 機器人競賽

December 6, 2019

AST News

Team ASTonishing A and B are excited about competing on December 6-7 at the Formosa VEX competition at Taipei American School. Both teams worked through the Thanksgiving Holiday to improve their autonomous program and sharpen their driving skills.

Director's Update 12062019

December 6, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you, everyone, for being an important member at the Thanksgiving luncheon. Many thanks to the Leadership Class students and teachers who have organized and contributed such a meaningful Movember event. We have raised $13,200 as a collective group effort through auction. The donation will go towards cancer organizations. 

Director's Update 11272019

November 27, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, We would like to thank our amazing PA for the Thanksgiving meal that we shared today and we would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and a restful weekend.

Tis the Season to Recycle and Reuse Household Items / 回收重組創新藝術季節已到來

November 27, 2019

AST News

Hi everyone - it's that time of the year when Art classes turn their visions towards the recrafting of something old and refashioning it into something new - new ART assemblage sculptures that is!

MAPS Assessment for Grades 1 & 2 / 1、2年級開始參加MAPS測驗

November 22, 2019

AST News

During the week of December 10th, our 1st and 2nd-grade students will take the MAPS assessment. The format for their assessment is different. It relies more heavily on understand spoken language.

Director's Update 11222019

November 22, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,There are so many amazing things happening right now in such a short time. Our first annual TAI-VEX tournament is happening tomorrow. Our elementary soccer team also has a match tomorrow and our badminton team is headed to Taipei for their tournament. On Monday, we have parent-teacher/student-led conferences and, on Wednesday, we have our Thanksgiving celebration starting at 11:40 am in the gym.

Director's Update 11152019

November 15, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to those parents and students that were involved with the Candidate Director Visit and the Charity Fun Run. Next weekend, we will host the first-ever Tai-VEX tournament. Come and witness an exciting day of robotics and engineering on Saturday.Parents, please join us on Thursday at 2:00 pm for our PA Meeting. The PA is putting together the final touches on the Thanksgiving Luncheon preparation. Your support is welcome and valued!

Director's Update 11082019

November 8, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,We have had a busy week. The high school had a great time on their field trip to Kaohsiung TAROKO Park and E-DA Theme Park and the middle school has just returned from their Camp Taiwan experience. 

Director's Update 11012019

November 1, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,Thank you to all the families that joined us for the Halloween activities. Thank you especially to those parents and students who were involved with creating activities for everyone for the afternoon. Thank you to those that put so much effort into dressing up throughout the week.This weekend, we transition from one busy week to the next.

Director's Update 10252019

October 25, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,This time of year is very special at AST. With Spirit Week culminating in our Halloween events on November 1, our community comes together to celebrate both this American holiday, but also our unique take on that holiday. Halloween at AST is steeped in school spirit, creating for others, and celebrating that creativity. I would like to thank everyone for their work on making this all happen. The Parent Association has taken on a larger role this year in creating special experiences for our elementary students. Our seniors are working diligently on their Haunted House. Our advisory groups are building activities and displays to share. Our librarian has created special classes sharing the story of Halloween with our elementary students.

Director's Update 10182019

October 18, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,Congratulations to Annie Lee (9th Grade) for taking 3rd place in the TISSA Tennis Tournament. This was AST’s first participation in that tournament. Thank you to the parents that arranged our October Greeters (see right). In Advisory, our students are busy preparing for our Halloween celebration.

PA Meeting Announcement / 家長月例會公告

October 18, 2019

AST News

Thank you so much to all the parents who joined us for this month's PA meeting. We really appreciate and value your time and energy. This month's Social and Emotional presentation focused on Growth Mindset, a research based approach to education, by Carol Deweck. This theory emphasizes that our intelligence is not a fixed state that never changes.

Food Bank Field Trip / 食物銀行校外教學

October 4, 2019

AST News

On Sept. 27 Friday, some of our Red Cross Club 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.

Director's Update 10042019

October 4, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends,‍ We would like to start by congratulating our JV Girls Volleyball team for winning their tournament at AST this past weekend. Their teamwork, positive attitude, and ever-improving skills are fun to watch. We took a brief moment to pause and honor them before the entire high school.This week is the end of the first quarter. We will be getting report cards out to students and parents as quickly as possible over the coming days. We are working to get the reports out more quickly than in the past, but we cannot speed the process at the cost of the quality of meaningful information for students and parents. We are seeking the perfect balance.October is an especially busy month. This weekend, our teachers will be in a two-day professional development workshop around proficiency-based grading and high-quality feedback and reporting. Afterward, they will join the students in the restful fall break next week. 

BMUN Registration is Currently Open / 柏克萊模擬聯合國會議(BMUN)開放註冊

October 4, 2019

AST News

The BMUN trip is tentatively scheduled for March 4 through March 10. This will include participation in this exceptional MUN event as well as campus tours of Berkeley and Stanford. Please contact Mr. Watson with questions or to register.

Director's Update 09272019

September 27, 2019

AST News

Dear AST Families and Friends, Last weekend, our teachers worked with a trainer from NWEA to better use MAPS data to differentiate instruction within the classroom. This concept is part of our commitment to meeting the needs of each and every student at AST. Thank you to all the teachers that gave up weekend time to improve their craft. Last Sunday, we held a VEX practice event at AST. It was a fun experience for all involved. We are preparing to host Tai-VEX this fall including schools from around Taiwan and special guests from the States. There is still time to get involved with robotics in general or Tai-VEX specifically. 

Medicine Request Form / 服藥委託單

September 27, 2019

AST News

If medicine needs to be distributed to a student at school, we need precise information to guarantee that we properly administer medication. Previously, this information was only recorded by the nurse directly, but we are now providing a form on our website under the Parent Information section so that it can be filled out in advance. We are still happy to support in person as well, but some will find the form easier.

TAI-VEX Tower Takeover Scrimmage / TAI-VEX Tower Takeover 比賽

September 27, 2019

AST News

On Sunday, Sept. 22 team AST-onishing hosted our first VEX robotics scrimmage. The students and parents did a FANTASTIC job of getting all of the fields setup and materials prepared. Thomas Yen and Ruby Shih were in charge of the tournament manager software, and the system was not cooperating. But they persevered and got the bugs worked out of the program.

MUN Conferences / 模擬聯合國 (MUN) 會議

September 27, 2019

AST News

As a student who has attended myriad conferences all over Taiwan, and some overseas, I believe it is imperative to look further into the world for MUN experiences. Not only to gain experience but also acquire and refine our collaboration and communication skills at a MUN event. As the oldest and one of the most prestigious Model United Nations conferences in the world, Berkeley MUN provides not only what are considered the bread and butter of MUN conferences, lobbying, and debating, but also presents a more holistic approach to the model united nations experience.