The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2019-2020, Issue #13: March 24
Dear KAS Families,
We want to thank you for your support in keeping students and community safe.
These are difficult times for all, and we will continue doing everything we can for safety, for learning, and for the school spirit that is so important in our community
As you know, we are doing e-learning through Digital Days through Tuesday, March 24. Spring break for families will start on Wednesday, March 25. These measures allow a full two week period off campus, in consideration of the changing circumstances worldwide, and the heightened number of family members returning to Taiwan through no fault or choice of their own.
We currently plan to return to classrooms on Monday, April 6. Our Response Team will continue meeting during spring break to monitor the situation and plan accordingly, and we will keep you informed.
Even though these are tough times, our students and families, faculty and staff, and community continue to show our strength and our resolve. You can count on us to keep doing everything we can for safety and for learning, and you can count on us to keep you informed.
Enjoy your spring break, and we hope to see you soon
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
Alumni Corner 校友天地
Meet Carissa Lee
After graduating from KAS in 2014, Carissa attended Middlebury College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Vermont where she majored in International and Global Studies and recently graduated. Known for their impressive language programs, Carissa took advantage of the college’s long-standing study abroad programs and spent a full-year on a study abroad program in Tokyo.
Carissa’s academic interests in the social sciences meant a lot of writing and research for her major, and that’s where she credits KAS for preparing her to be successful. “The IB program was really helpful for me. Having the Extended Essay (EE) and IA experience prepared me for longer pieces of writing, including my senior thesis.” The IB Diploma program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills and creativity, and these values became important when it was time for Carissa to explore university courses.
“I remember when I was in 12th grade, I felt like everyone else around me knew what they wanted to do and had such perfect plans, whether that be in their class choices or extracurriculars. The majority of people in college don't know what they want to do as well so don't be afraid to explore in high school. There will be so many more options when you go to college!”
Carissa’s next steps have her headed toward law school and graduate school. She is currently working part-time to gain practical work experience until the next door opens.
College Counselor 大學輔導老師
College Counselor 大學輔導老師
Grade 11 Parent Meeting
We were going to schedule the parent college meeting for this Wednesday during Parent/Teacher interviews but due to that being cancelled, we have tentatively rescheduled the grade 11 parent meeting for April 16 at 3:30 pm. If the KAS campus is still closed at that time we will share a recorded presentation with you so that you will be well-informed & connected.
Once again, if anyone has questions about the college process, please feel free to call us after April 6.
April 1 Deadline
Senior students will have all their US college decisions by April 1st. The 9 different UC schools are not releasing them at the same time and this is the same as in past years.
Please remember that being denied entrance to any university is not a reflection of a student’s performance or something they were lacking in. All of our students have great things to offer to colleges and in most cases the decision boils down to institutional priorities which are set each year. Congratulations to all of our students for a difficult year in all respects so lets now celebrate their successes.
Students, please remember to update your CIALFO account as you receive your decisions.
Update on admissions changes during COVID-19
During this unprecedented time, we know you may have many questions about how universities and admissions are making adjustments. We are receiving updates periodically as these decisions are made and guidance is offered to school counselors. The KAS College Counselors will continue to report out and share information as we receive it so that you can be as informed as possible about how universities will adapt to changes in education during COVID-19.
Stay healthy everyone!
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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