The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2019-2020, Issue #1: August 19
From the Desk of Dr. Ploeger
For years it’s been our mission to challenge students to achieve academic excellence, and to prepare them to be: Balanced individuals, Independent leaders, and Global citizens. On Wednesday, 8/21 we had our second annual beginning of year whole school assembly, where we talked about our mission of Thinking BIG. We heard from our high school student council and also our administration about what is means to Think BIG, and how we can push ourselves even further in those key areas. You can learn more about this by watching our assembly here.
New York Philharmonic Strings Trio Visits KAS
Thanks for the Music!
HS Principal Ms. Dawn Rock, Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Ploeger, Mr. Patrick Lee, Mr. Frank Huang, Mr. Hung-Wei Huang, Performing Arts Director Ms. Monica Su.
Cellist Patrick Jee waves to the audience
Best Seats in the House
KAS students get front row seats to a world-class performance!
Thanks for the Music!
Friday, Aug. 30th, 3:15pm
Kaohsiung American School
Mr. Payne, Middle School Principal
I am honored and pleased to be working with our wonderful children. I can say with confidence, based on my many years of experience, that KAS Middle School is among the best in the world at meeting the academic and character needs of our students.
KAS Middle is an International Baccalaureate, Middle Years Program (IB, MYP) school, which means our curriculum and pedagogy are aligned with world class standards and excellent university and career outcomes for youth. The IB program supports our school values and Think BIG philosophy. At the core is the IB MYP learner profile, and the ten attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
I look forward to working with each member of our school; students, staff, and parents, to support our students’ achievement. Please don’t hesitate to contact me any time.
Mr. Coyle, Elementary School Principal
The Elementary School has had an amazing start. It is wonderful to see the classrooms filled with children’s smiling faces and hear their laughter through the halls. Our dedicated and passionate teachers and teaching assistants worked hard to set up and organize their classrooms to be ready to welcome our students and help them feel safe and comfortable in their transition back to school. Starting the school year with strong relationships is so important for children and from the first two weeks of school I can already see KAS is a special place.
Open house this year will be on Friday, August 30 from 3:15 - 5:00 for Elementary School parents. Here you will have the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom as well as any specialist teachers. I encourage all of you to attend to get to better know the day to day experiences of your children. I look forward to working with the KAS community this school year and thank you for helping me feel so welcome already.
Greg Bishop College Counselor 大學輔導老師
Jill Newman College Counselor 大學輔導老師
Senior Students & Families
Upcoming College Visits
- Sept 3 Waseda University 12:30 pm
- Sept 9 Yale-NUS 2 pm
- Sept 9 UCLA 6 PM
- Sept 11 Mc Master University Canada 12:40 pm
- Sept 14 Taiwan Counselors College Far @ TAS 135 universities present 2-4 PM
- Sept 18 USC- 9 am & Indiana University Bloomington 12 noon
- Sept 19 Boston University 3:30 PM Sept 30 Brown University 12 noon
- Sept 30 University of Pennsylvania 12 noon
Please check weekly as more are being visits are being added.
Grade 12 Parent Meeting
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.