The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2020-2021, Issue #10: January 11, 2021

Dear KAS Community,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 term at KAS! We hope you had a lovely winter break, and we are happy to be back together for this new term.
歡迎來到KAS 2020-21學年的春季。我們希望您都度過了一個愉快的寒假,我們也很開心回到學校開始上課。

Two murals were installed over the winter break on our campus.


The first is in the lower elementary playground on the north facing wall. It was proposed and completed by two G11 students, Amelie Lin and Elaina Wang. Julie Lin (11), Amber Lay (11), Mia Chen (11), Dora Wang (9), Radika Tan (9), Saaya Wan (9) all assisted on the project.
第一幅是在小學的遊樂區,朝向北邊的牆壁上。是由兩位我們11年級的學生Amelie Lin和Elaina Wang所提議以及完成的作品。Julie Lin (11), Amber Lay (11), Mia Chen (11), Dora Wang (9), Radika Tan (9), Saaya Wan (9)以上這六位同學也共同協助完成。

The second is located on the back gate guard house campus-facing east wall. It was completed by a local artist named David Wang, assisted and arranged by G11 student Jai Chieh.

第二幅是在後門警衛室旁面東邊的牆上。這是由一位台灣本土的藝術家David Wang所繪製,並且是我們11年級的學生Jai Chieh所統籌和協助完成。

We want to thank our awesome HS students. We want to thank Mr. C and Ms. Souchon for their support and encouragement of our young artists at KAS. We want to thank our amazing facilities team. Thanks also to Ms. Rock for her relentless support of HS student leadership.

我們想要感謝我們優秀的高中學生。感謝兩位美術老師Mr. C和Ms. Souchon給我們學校的年輕藝術家的支持與鼓勵。也要感謝我們傑出的設備團隊以及高中校長Ms. Rock一直以來對高中學生的支持。

We are looking forward to future projects!


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Middle School IB MYP to DP Parent Information Meeting

Middle School parents are invited to attend an informational meeting to understand the basics of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and how that continues into KAS High School and the IB Diploma program. The date is Friday, January 29, 2021, and the time is 8:30am. The location will be the third floor Lecture Hall, and the meeting will last around one hour. There will be a presentation and time for questions. The meeting will be in English with Mandarin translation. Please look for Mr. Payne’s email for RSVP information. Thank you!
中學部家長您好:我們想邀請您來參加IB MYP的說明會,和其將如何銜接至高中的IB課程。日期是2021年1月29日星期五,早上8:30在3樓演講廳,會議時間大約是一小時左右。將會有投影簡報以及問與答時間。會議將會以英文進行,並搭配中文翻譯。請透過中學校長Mr. Payne所寄送的email來回覆報名。

Parent Opportunities in the weeks ahead

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IB Bits

Ms Deborah Haines, IB/AP Coordinator IB/AP召集人

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Athletic Corner

Dear Parents,


Greetings. Please find the following link for the upcoming ES & MS Season 2 Volleyball sign up forms, should you (your child) feel like improving your volleyball skills together with your teammates:

收信平安!歡迎參考下列小學部與中學部第二季體育排球球季報名表格, 鼓勵貴子女來參加排球球季活動, 來提升孩子們對排球技術的學習與磨練:

ES Sports Season 2 Volleyball Sign Up Form (小學體育活動第二季排球活動報名表)

MS Season 2 Volleyball Sign-up Form (中學體育第二季排球報名表)


Mr. Ken Su, Athletic Director


Meet Patricia Chen

After graduating from KAS in 2017, Patricia made her way to New York City to attend her dream school, NYU, where she is currently majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication.


Patricia has advice for high school students planning for a transition to college in a new country. She says that time management is important because students are expected to keep up with their own deadlines and complete reading in advance. “Universities aren't like high schools where teachers are there to ensure you learn,” she advises. “You'll have to be self-disciplined and take chances when you see them.”


While at KAS, Patricia earned the IB Diploma and she credits that with helping her learn to manage stress, write essays, and prepare for presentations at NYU. She remembers vividly what Dr. Leigh said to her when she finished her Extended Essay: "It wasn't that hard, was it?" “That advice really enlightened me in a way—if you stop complaining or thinking and stressing about the assignments coming up but instead do it, you'll realize that it really wasn't that hard to complete.”

在KAS期間,Patricia取得了IB文憑,她認為這幫助她學會了控制壓力、撰寫論文並為她在紐約大學的報告做好了準備。她清晰地記得當她完成延伸論文時,Dr. Leigh對她說:“沒有那麼難,對吧?”“這句話在某種程度上啟發了我~如果你停止抱怨或是想著並緊張即將到來的作業,而是去做,你會發現其實真的沒有那麼難完成。”

At NYU, Patricia has had the opportunity to participate in a lot of networking events with media agencies and business corporations and executives from well-renowned companies such as Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony, ViacomCBS, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and many more.


She misses the tight circles at KAS, going to tournaments, and other club activities from her time as a high school student. We are excited to see where her college experience takes Patricia in the future, whether that’s into the world of work or on to graduate school next.


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Follow our upcoming alumni events and stories on the Official KAS Facebook group. Have an update to share? Update your information online using this Google Form.

關注即將到來的校友會活動與故事分享Official KAS Facebook group. 如您有最新消息想與我們分享?Update your information online using this Google Form

The start of a new year also kicks off a transition when our seniors start receiving results from universities and counselors begin working intensively with juniors who are just starting their college applications. Over the next 2 - 3 months, college counselors will meet individually with each junior to create a college list and prepare their applications. Students are using the software CIALFO to research, track and organize their college applications. We will also be meeting weekly during advisory class with the Class of 2022 throughout the spring semester. We will also have a 3-week unit on college counseling with G10 students this spring.


Parents of the Class of 2022


You are invited to attend a G11 College Information session for Parents on Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 PM in the KAS Lecture Hall (3F). Please sign-up in advance using this form:



Occasionally we will share information in the newsletter about best practices in college admission and answering common questions you may have about preparing your child to apply to universities around the world. We invite you to schedule a meeting, call or email, or join us at a parent information session anytime!


Question: Is it necessary for my child to take an English proficiency test like TOEFL or iELTS if they are currently studying at an English-speaking school like KAS?


Answer: Most students who are not native English speakers or who have not had at least 3 or 4 years of English language instruction will need an English proficiency test. Universities have different language testing policies so it is very important to check each school’s admissions requirement. UK universities prefer the iELTS test while TOEFL is more common in Canada and the U.S. Many universities offer a waiver of the English proficiency test for students who have an IB Predicted Grade of 5 or higher in their IB English class or who score a 600 or higher on the SAT reading and writing portion of the test. Generally speaking, a TOEFL or iELTS test is a good idea for international students and provides universities with confidence that the student will be successful in an English language university class.



Question: Where can I find information on financial aid, scholarships and calculating the cost of college in the U.S.?


Answer: Understanding your options for financial aid and scholarships can help you make important decisions as you make a list of universities. KAS College Counselors provide workshops each year on this topic for both parents and students. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. International students and U.S. citizens can both apply for financial aid and scholarships by completing the very useful CSS Profile, which is then sent to these participating universities for consideration. College Board also offers detailed information on paying for college. To help calculate the potential cost for a specific university, search the college website for a “Net Price Calculator” (for example, here is NYU’s calculator) where you can enter some quick financial information and get an estimate of aid and cost. It is important to apply by December 1 for the best chance of receiving academic merit scholarships.

答:了解奬助學金等相關訊息,能協助您做出重要的決定。KAS大學顧問會針對此主題固定舉行年度說明會給家長和學生參加。美國公民和永久居民有資格通過FAFSA申請經濟援助。通過完成非常有用的CSS Profile,國際學生和美國公民都可以申請經濟援助和獎學金,然後將其發送給這些參與計劃的大學these participating universities考慮。College Board還提供有關支付大學費用的詳細資訊。為了幫助計算特定大學的潛在成本,請在大學網站上搜索“Net Price Calculator”(例如,這是紐約大學的NYU’s calculator),您可以輸入一些財務資料並估算補助和成本。重要的是要在12月1日之前申請,才有可能獲得領獎學金的最佳機會。

Upcoming College Visits to KAS:


25 February 2021 3:15 PM Medical Universities in Poland for Prospective Students

Find your student’s college counselor. Last name letter starts with:


A - L Cerise Roth-Vinson,

字母A-L Cerise Roth-Vinson,

M - Z Jill Newman,

字母M-Z Jill Newman,

We invite you to meet with us in person to answer questions and plan for higher education.

We Are KAS

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.