The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2019-2020, Issue #15: May 1
Dear KAS Families,
These last few months have brought unprecedented challenges to the world, and we feel so fortunate to continue learning safely in our classrooms here at KAS. We remain grateful for Taiwan’s excellent management of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are appreciative for the cooperation and support of all in the school community. We have been able to have more classroom days than many other schools in the world, and your support has made that possible. Thank you for your efforts.
Our faculty and staff, our facilities and custodial teams, our Response Team and our Board of Directors will all continue working together, and taking every possible safety precaution, in order to keep students and staff safe.
We are so pleased that we are in school and planning a graduation for our seniors. While it won’t look like it has in past years, we look forward to the opportunity to honor and celebrate their hard work and accomplishments. In order to comply with government regulations, it is necessary for us to restrict the number of attendees at this year’s event. With that in mind, we can only issue three invitations to each student. We’re sure that you understand, but if you have further questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Rock.
We are happy that our closed campus efforts have helped to keep everybody safe, but we dearly miss having KAS parents here in school. Your energy and support make such a positive difference for students, faculty and staff. We look forward to the time when we can get back to ‘normal,’ but until then we want to connect with families in every way we can. One such opportunity is our ‘virtual’ Superintendent’s Afternoon Tea, coming up at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, May 5. In this event, Dr. Ploeger will use Google Meets to update families about college acceptances, safety, the KAS Future Leaders program, digital learning, literacy, and to answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to join, settle into your favorite chair in your home/office with a nice cup of tea, and click on https://meet.google.com/uqb-sugu-yow at 1:30 PM on May 5 to join.
我們很高興關閉校園這個政策幫助保護大家的安全，不過我們也很想念有家長在校園內走動的時候。您的活力和支持對學生、教職員帶來積極正面的影響。我們期待恢復正常的日子，但是在那之前我們會盡力和各位保持聯繫。接下來的機會就是在5月5日下午1:30舉行的總校長下午茶，Dr. Ploeger將以Google Meets和各位家長報告大學錄取狀況，校園安全，接下來的計劃，線上學習和識讀，以及回答各位的問題等。若您想一同參與，挑一張家中／辦公室中最舒適的椅子，泡杯好茶，準時在5月5日下午1:30點選連結: https://meet.google.com/uqb-sugu-yow 加入。
Dr. Ploeger, Superintendent 總校長
Ms. Rock, High School Principal 高中校長
Mr. Payne, Middle School Principal 國中校長
Mr. Coyle, Elementary School Principal 小學校長
Ms Deborah Haines, IB/AP Coordinator IB/AP召集人
IB DP Art students, under the mentorship of art teacher Daniel Castelaz, presented the work they have created over the past two years in IB DP Visual Arts class. The exhibition is a requirement for DP students around the world. Pictures of the artwork, along with sections of the students’ process journals, have been sent to IB to determine final IB DP Visual Arts scores. KAS offers two IB DP Arts classes: Visual Arts and Music.
Maggie Hu, in front of her IB Diploma art exhibition
Alumni Corner 校友天地
Tina Wu graduated from KAS in 2014 and went on to have an amazing four years at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she double-majored in Math and Music.
Those who know Tina are familiar with her friendliness, determination, and drive. While a college student, Tina held two jobs on campus and led several organizations like Chapel Singers, International House and African Choir. She says her days as a student at KAS had a lot to do with teaching her real-life skills and leadership that later became useful as she transitioned to college and work life. “IB classes definitely prepared me for college-level assignments and more independent learning,” says Tina as she reflected on her time at KAS. “The structure that I thought of as tedious and overwhelming in high school ended up serving as a great template for me in my [college] courses.”
She encourages KAS students not to be afraid to reach out for advice and mentoring to help you along your way in life. “It's not a "waste" of time for alumni, teachers, administrators, or anyone to talk to you or help you in some way. There are so many people with amazing insights,” she shares.
Since graduating in 2018 with her undergraduate degree she has gained practical work experience in several positions in southern California. She is taking some time back in Taiwan this year to plan her next move of either graduate school or work in the U.S. We have all enjoyed seeing Tina back at KAS recently helping with events and even working in the classroom with the next generation of KAS Dragons. Thank you, Tina, for all your help to connect KAS alumni and support our school!
The KAS Alumni Association organizes events, activities and networking opportunities throughout the year. Contact the Alumni Co-Coordinators, Cerise Roth-Vinson or Vivien Huang at email@example.com if you have a story or update to share!
KAS校友會全年組織各種活動和交流機會。如您有最新消息或故事想與我們分享，請與校友會聯絡人Cerise Roth-Vinson或Vivien Huang聯繫 firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Counselor 大學輔導老師
College Counselor 大學輔導老師
I wish I had a crystal ball to answer the question “What is going to happen with the colleges for the new school year”? Many students and parents are asking this question to which I personally do not have an answer. However, let’s just say they are working on it and waiting to see which one to implement.
The answers below are reported “Inside Higher Education” as possibilities for how to start the new college year in August. With any possibility, they are first and foremost considering their students.
下面是節錄自“Inside Higher Education”，如何在八月開始新的大學一年的可能性。不管在任何情況下，學生都是優先考量的重點。
Back to Normal (回復正常) - In this scenario, the fall semester looks like any other fall semester. Residential students return to campus; commuting students participate in classes on campus as usual. All co-curricular and curricular activities pick up as usual.
A Late Start (延後開學) - One possibility for the fall is that colleges and universities begin the semester later than usual, perhaps sometime in October or even early November, whenever the social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Moving Fall to Spring (上學期移至下學期) - In this scenario, the fall semester would be postponed until January 2021. This is a drastic step, but it is one that some colleges are actively considering
First Year Intensive (大一生密集課程) - This plan brings only first-year students to campus in the fall. First-year students learn in residential classes, while also participating in a full range of campus-based orientation and social-connecting exercises. Sophomores, juniors and seniors continue to learn remotely for the fall semester.
Structured GAP year (規劃好的一年不上課) - Students could propose project-based experiences that could be implemented and managed while social distancing rules are still in place.
Targeted Curriculum (目標課程) - One approach option for fall is to reduce the number of courses being offered to limit on campus density and to prioritize support resources..
Split Curriculum (自選修課方式) - In a split curriculum scenario, courses are designed as either residential or online. Students who are able to come back to campus (up to the population in which social distancing rules can be enforced) can choose to enroll in either format.
A Modified Tutorial Model (類家教模式) - Another approach that gives students and the university a great deal of flexibility is a modified tutorial model. In this model, students would take a common online lecture session. Faculty and or TAs would then meet with small groups of students in tutorials that would allow for social distancing to be employed.
Fully Remote (完全遠端上課) - Students would be taught in a virtual environment from wherever they happen to be
What is clear with any of these models is that support for teaching and learning, advising, student (not to mention faculty and staff) health and well-being, and coordination and logistics will need to be reinforced in all of these scenarios.
We Are KAS
KAS strives to be one of the finest American International Schools in the World. KAS challenges students to achieve academic excellence and prepares them to be balanced individuals, independent learners, and global citizens.
Kaohsiung American School (KAS) is a private, non-profit, co-educational Pre K – 12 institution offering an American, college preparatory program leading to a US high school diploma and the opportunity for an IB Diploma.
KAS is located in the northern area of Kaohsiung city, the second largest city in Taiwan with 1.5 million inhabitants. Kaohsiung American School was established in 1989 as an elementary school serving the needs of local and expatriate families with children.
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