The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2019-2020, Issue #2: Sept 6th

Board of Directors Update

We are pleased to announce the KAS Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee for the 2019-20 school year as follows:
我們很開心向您介紹KAS 2019-20學年的董事會成員以及董事會幹部名單如下:


  • Ken Lin, Chair 董事會主席
  • Matthew O’Connor, Vice-Chair, and also Branch Chief of American Institute of Taiwan / Kaohsiung
  • 董事會副主席,同時也是美國在台協會高雄分處處長
  • Denny Ko, Treasurer 董事會財務長
  • David Hwang, Secretary 董事會秘書


  • Eric Chang 董事會成員
  • Cory Pavicich 董事會成員
  • Tony Shien 董事會成員
  • Dr. Yin-Pin Wang 董事會成員
  • Monica Yang 董事會成員


We appreciate the voluntary service of each Board member, and their leadership in guiding KAS to an even better future. The Board consists of seven elected members and two appointed members. One appointed member is selected each year by the American Institute of Taiwan / Kaohsiung. This year for the first time in KAS history, the Board also appointed a USA-based member, Cory Pavicich. Mr. Pavicich has worked in universities for many years, and currently works for a company that helps notable universities around the USA integrate technology to better deliver their curriculum. Each Board member offers support for the school’s governance, policy, and long-term vision. Serving on the Board requires a substantial investment of time and effort, and we thank them for their dedication in helping us reach new levels of success for students.


我們很感謝董事會成員無償的為我們服務,他們領導KAS持續開創更美好的未來。今年董事會是由 七位選任董事以及兩位指派董事所組成。其中一位指派的董事是每年都由美國在台協會高雄分處指 派一位成員出任。今年,KAS有史以來,董事會指派了一位在美國的成員,Cory Pavicich。Mr. Pavicich曾在大學裡有過多年的工作經驗,而現在在一個公司幫忙美國各地知名大學整合技術以便提 供更好的課程。每位董事會成員都為學校的管理、政策、以及長期的願景提供支持。在董事會任職 需要投入大量的時間和心力,我們感謝他們的奉獻來幫助我們為學生達成更進一步的成就。

KAS G11 Student to Represent KAS at United Nations Conference

Kudos to G11 student Daniel Hsuan, who will represent KAS and Taiwan at a United Nations conference in Europe. He was selected for this honor because he wrote a song and video that was selected out of 1200 submissions to be featured at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime international conference entitled: “Educating for the Rule of Law: Inspire. Change. Together.” This event recognizes the fundamental importance of universal education for children and youth, for the prevention of crime, terrorism, and corruption. Congratulations to Daniel for his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.


在此向11年級學生 Daniel Hsuan致敬,他即將代表KAS和台灣參加一個在歐洲舉辦的聯合國會議。 原因是因為他最近撰寫及錄製了一首歌曲,該歌曲是在聯合國毒品和犯罪辦公室徵選的1200篇投稿 作品中脫穎而出的,題目是:​「​法治教育:啟發、 改變、 共同協力。​」​。 這個活動彰顯了普及教 育對全球兒童和青年對於防範犯罪、恐怖主義和腐敗的重要性。 恭喜Daniel,他的心力為他人的生 活帶來積極正向的改變。

Thank You For Your Feedback

We always welcome your feedback and communication as we partner to make KAS the best it can be. Towards that effort, we have included our Constructive Communication Policy with this week’s newsletter. It includes contact information for many people at KAS who can help, along with guidance on who to contact to help work through any issues. It is included in both English and Mandarin for your convenience. Thank you for your partnership and communication!

我們總是歡迎您給予我們意見回饋及溝通,因為我們的合作可以讓KAS變得更好。為此,我們隨信 附上​「有效的溝通政策」。其內容包含了許多在KAS的聯絡對象以及相關問題該由誰協助,為了方 便大家閱讀,有效的溝通政策是中英文並注版本。感謝您的合作和溝通。

MYP Informational Meeting

Monday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

KAS Lecture Hall

On September 30th, at 3:30 in the Lecture Hall, there will be an informational meeting on the MYP for all interested parents. This will include special attention on the personal project, and as such, 10th grade parents are particularly encouraged to attend.

9月30日下午三點半在3樓演講廳將會舉辦一個MYP課程的說明會,歡迎所有對此有興趣的家長前來 了解。當天會特別講解MYP個人專題的部分,因此,我們特別鼓勵10年級家長前來參加。

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Mr. Payne, Middle School Principal

This past week during “BIG Time” classes on Wednesday, September 5, we were honored and privileged to enjoy a visit from Australian Olympic Gold Medalist in Sailing, Mr. Tom Burton. Mr Burton spoke to the students during a middle school assembly and shared his journey as an athlete and a student. He told stories of personal challenges and the lessons learned from defeat and how those moments led ultimately led to his success.

本週三9月5日在BIG Time的時間裡,我們很榮幸能有機會享受到澳洲奧運金牌得主,Mr. Tom Burton來為學生演講,在集會中,他分享了自己身為運動員以及學生的人生歷程。他向我們學生分 享了個人的挑戰故事和從失敗中學習的例子,以及這些經歷如何幫助他迎來最後的成功。

The best moment for many of the students was when Mr. Burton revealed his Gold Medal and passed it though the auditorium so that each student could hold and touch this historic prize. As principal, I was especially proud of our students’ thoughtful questions during the Q and A period.

對於許多學生來說,過程中最好的時刻就是當Mr. Burton將他的金牌借給大家在音樂廳裡傳閱,因此每位學生都有機會能實際拿到以及觸摸到這個歷史性的榮耀。身為校長,我對於學生在問與答裡

面提出的引人深思的提問特別感到很驕傲。

On behalf the KAS community I’d like to thank KAS’s own Cowie family and the Fleming Yacht Company for arranging this event for our students.

謹代表KAS大家庭,感謝KAS的家長Cowie家庭以及Fleming 遊艇公司安排了這項活動。

“BIG Time” is our weekly class, along with the Advisory period, where we explicitly build community and reinforce our school vision and mission.
BIG Time和Advisory是我們每週一次的課程時間,在這兩個課程時間我們明確地建立大家庭情感以 及加強學校的願景和使命。

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College Corner

Greg Bishop 📨 College Counselor 大學輔導老師

Jill Newman 📨 College Counselor 大學輔導老師

College Chat

August 29 大學座談會-8月29日


We were happy to see several parents attend the morning coffee to meet with the college counselors. Thank you for coming. I hope the timeline and college application process is clearer to everyone as it can be a complicated process. Please feel free to meet with Ms. Newman or myself to discuss college topics & plans further by making an appointment with either of us.

很高興看到各位家長出席29日早上的大學座談會,希望各位對於當天解說的大學申請各重要時間都 能清楚,畢竟有點複雜。若您需要更多了解,歡迎和我或Ms. Newman約時間再聊聊。

Upcoming College Visits

September promises to have a great variety of colleges visit the campus at KAS. Please come out to meet the representatives as they hold all the answers! In addition, these are the people who usually read your child’s application first so it would be nice to engage in conversation with them.
Here is a partial list of visitors this month. 9月開始陸續有大學代表來KAS參訪,請大家踴躍出席,畢竟大學代表對錄取也有很大的關聯,這些 代表們會是最先看到貴子弟申請表的人,所以和他們聊過加強他們的印象是很重要的,以下是本月 的參訪列表:


  • Sept 9 Yale-NUS : 2 pm Media Center
  • Sept 9 UCLA 6 PM Lecture Hall 3F
  • Sept 11 McMasterUniversityCanada12:40pm Room 167
  • Sept.11 Jacobs University from Bremen Germany15:15pm Room 167
  • Sept 14 (​Saturday​) Counselors’ Association of Taiwan College Fair @ TAS
    135 universities 2-5 PM
  • Sept 15 (​Sunday​) Univ of Oregon; Univ of Colorado-Boulder; Univ of Missouri 16:00 PM Lecture Hall
  • Sept 16 City University of Hong Kong 15:15 pm Room 167
  • Sept 18 University of Southern California- 9 am Lecture Hall
  • Sept 18 Indiana University Bloomington & University of Minnesota
    Parent meeting 11:30
    *Interactive decision making exercise 12:10 with students Lecture Hall
  • Sept 18 University of Southern California- 9 am Lecture Hall
  • Sept 18 Indiana University Bloomington & University of Minnesota
    Parent meeting 11:30
    *Interactive decision making exercise 12:10 with students Lecture Hall
  • Sept 19 Boston University15:30PM LectureHall
  • Sept 23 University of Northern Texas 12:30 Room167
  • Sept 30 Brown University12noon Lecture Hall
  • Sept 30 University of Pennsylvania 12 noon Lecture Hall


This is not a complete list. We are working on adding them to the school website. Please call Ms. Denise Wu for further details about times and venue. Please check weekly as more are being visits are being added.

Activities on Moon Festival Weekend

In case you are staying in Kaohsiung the long weekend, we have college visitors in the school on Sunday, Sept 15 at 4 pm in the Lecture Hall. They are:

或許有些人會在高雄過中秋,我們將有幾所大學的代表會在9月15日星期天下午4點在學校Lecture Hall 進行短講,分別是:


  • The University of Oregon
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Colorado-Boulder


The University of Oregon is organized into five colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Design, Education, and Honors) and seven professional schools (Accounting, Architecture and Environment, Art and Design, Journalism and Communication, Law, Music and Dance, and Planning, Public Policy and Management)

The University of Oregon 是由五個學院(藝術與科學,商業,設計,教育和榮譽學院)和七個專 業學校(會計,建築與環境,藝術與設計,新聞與傳播,法律,音樂與舞蹈,規劃,公共政策和管 理)組成的


University of Missouri is ranked No. 82 in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 64 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care.
University of Missouri​是排名第82的醫學研究院以及排名第64的藥學院


The most popular majors at University of Colorado--Boulder include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs.
在​University of Colorado--Boulder最受歡迎的科系包括: 生物和生物醫學科學;商業,管理,市場營 銷和相關支持服務;工程;社會科學;和傳播,新聞和相關計劃。


This would be an excellent opportunity to meet and dialogue with individual college reps regarding any issues about college admissions.

這將是和大學代表們碰面聊聊的最佳機會,歡迎各位到場提出您的問題。

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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