The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2020-2021, Issue #2: August 24

Dear KAS Families,


Thank you to each family that participated in this week’s (virtual) Open House. We miss having KAS families on campus, and it was so nice to connect with each of you! Safety remains our top priority, and we sincerely hope for the pandemic circumstances to improve so we can fully reopen our campus. Until then, we will continue creating meaningful opportunities to connect families together with faculty and staff for the benefit of our students. If you have any other questions, concerns, or ideas that you hope to discuss, we encourage you to email your child’s teacher directly. We want to hear from you, and we are happy to partner with you on behalf of KAS students.


We believe that good communication is important for building mutual trust, and that can ultimately provide an advantage for students. For that reason, each year we share our Constructive Communication Policy, and it is available here:

我們相信良好的溝通對於建立彼此之間的信任是很重要的,最終也能為學生帶來好處。有鑑於此,每年我們都會和您分享我們的 建設性的溝通政策,也可以使用以下連結來瀏覽:

This document is updated with contact information for many people you may need to communicate with at KAS. It includes our beliefs about communication, and guidance for who to speak with to get your questions answered and your concerns heard and resolved. Please take a look, and please let us know of any questions. We want to hear from you.


We share the belief that every KAS student should graduate with meaningful options. Every year our graduates enter some of the best universities and colleges in the world (see more details below in our College Corner section), and we want to do even better for students. This year all KAS faculty from PK to G12 are working together to revamp our curriculum, and to make it better than ever. Due to the large scope of this effort, we anticipate it will take even longer than this school year to complete. You know that our graduates already move onward from KAS thinking BIG. Just imagine a future where our graduates go forward having learned in an even more cohesive curriculum. The possibilities are endless. This effort is one part of our larger plan to further improve the education we offer. We will share more information about this effort and others in the future, and always welcome your questions.

我們共同的信念是每位KAS學生都應以有意義的選擇畢業。 每年,我們的畢業生都會到世界上一些最好的大學和學院就讀(請參閱下方“大學訊息”來了解更多相關訊息),我們希望能為學生做得更好。 今年,KAS的所有教師(從PK到G12)都將共同努力,以改善我們的課程,使其比以往更好。 由於這項工作的範圍很廣,我們預計可能需要不只本學年的時間才能完成此工作。 我們的畢業生已經朝向KAS的『BIG使命』前進。 想像未來,我們的畢業生將在更加連貫的課程中學習。 將來的可能性是永無止境。 這項工作是我們更大計劃的一部分,以進一步改善我們提供的教育。 將來,我們將分享有關此工作以及其他方面的更多訊息,並隨時歡迎您提出問題。

Please join our upcoming virtual Superintendent’s Afternoon Tea. On Wednesday you received an email with more details. It will happen at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 1, and you can join at that time by clicking here:

Kind regards,

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

Athletic Corner

Mr. Ken Su, Athletic Director

Dear Students and Parents,


Greetings and hope this note finds you all well.

收信愉悅, 平安.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding in regards to our preparation for a safe and enriched athletic experience to all. Our first season will officially underway next Monday, 8/31, the sign up form will be out to your email later today:


  • High School: Boys Soccer - Varsity and Junior Varsity (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) - Girls are welcome to join the training if desired (高中男生足球-週一至週三/女生也歡迎報名參加練習)

  • High School: Boys & Girls Volleyball - Varsity and Junior Varsity (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday)(高中男女生排球-週一至週三)

  • Middle School (G6-G8): Girls Soccer (Tuesday/Wednesday); Boys Soccer (Thursday/Friday)(國中男女生足球-週二/週三為女生隊伍練習; 週四/週五為男生隊伍練習)

  • Upper Elementary School (G4-G5): Co-Ed Soccer (Monday/Tuesday)(小學高年級G4/G5組足球練習/週一與週二)

  • Lower Elementary School (G1-G3): Co-Ed Soccer (Monday/Tuesday)(小學低年級G1-G3組足球練習/週一與週二)

Again, thank you all and welcome to Dragons' Sports!


IB Bits

Ms Deborah Haines, IB/AP Coordinator

I would like to welcome this year’s 55 new IB Diploma candidates. These grade 11 students have chosen the most rigorous academic path at KAS. Besides taking 6 two-year honors level courses, these students will progress their development as balanced human beings through Creativity, Activity, and Service projects, a Theory of Knowledge course that will help them develop their thinking abilities, and a research project that will result in a 4,000 word research paper.


New Diploma students: understand that you are part of a cohort of more than 170,00 students in 146 countries who will take the same level of classes, complete the same assessments, and sit for the same exams in May of 2022. This makes you part of a special international group of teenagers who seek to better themselves academically and personally. And you will be well-prepared for success in whatever challenges the world may offer.


As the IB Coordinator, I applaud these students for their desire for challenge, and I offer my support where needed. Good luck students!


Seniors are working hard on their college applications to meet upcoming deadlines this fall. KAS College Counselors and students are actively monitoring and adjusting their final list of schools. We are excited to see the diversity of schools and the possible majors they are choosing! Typically, most students at KAS apply to about 9 - 12 universities worldwide. On average, in 2019 and 2020, students at KAS were accepted to 40 - 45% of the schools on their list giving them many choices to consider.

高年級學生正在為他們的大學申請而努力,希望在截止日期前完成他們該做的。 KAS的大學輔導和學生們正在努力研究調整他們最終的學校志願列表。我們很高興看到很多不同學校及系所的選擇!通常,KAS的大多數學生都會申請約9-12所大學。在2019年和2020年,KAS的學生平均被志願列表上40-45%的學校錄取,給了他們很多的選擇。

This fall, we are offering Tick Tock Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3 - 4 pm for students who want additional writing support and help with their college applications. We are also meeting individually with all seniors.

今年秋天,我們為需要額外寫作教學和大學申請幫助的學生,在每個星期二和星期四放學後3:00-4:00提供Tick Tock。同時我們也持續和12年級生們個別面談。

For Juniors, we will hold our first meeting with the entire Class of 2022 on September 16, 2020 during their advisory block at school. We will also be meeting with Grade 9 students later this fall to kick-off tips for a successful high school career and to introduce college counseling to students.


Upcoming Deadlines (接近的各期限)

October 15 Oxford and Cambridge application deadline

November 1 US Early Decision, Early Action and Restricted Early Action deadline

November 2 Georgia Tech deadline for international students

November 7 University of Toronto / Ontario schools deadline for international students

November 30 University of California and California State University application deadlines

January 1 Regular decision deadline for many US schools

January 15 Canada schools deadline for most schools

Upcoming Virtual College Visits to KAS 接下來的線上大學參訪

All college visits are published on the KAS Public Calendar with details to join the virtual sessions.


Event date

Time from

College name 大學參訪日期時間


07:00 PM

Ohio Wesleyan University


10:30 AM

American University and Elon University


10:30 AM

Stony Brook University and NY schools


09:30 AM

Trinity University


08:00 AM

Ithaca College


07:00 PM

Boston University


08:00 AM

Skidmore College


07:00 PM

New York University Abu Dhabi and Northeastern University


06:00 PM

Wake Forest University

More events are scheduled daily so please check back frequently. 資訊隨時更新中,請定期查看

Are you interested in following places where our recent graduates have accepted offers of admission to university? We have just recently updated the list of KAS College Acceptances 2018 - 2020 on our website. We are very proud of our students achievements and for the excellent choice of schools they were accepted into this year. Many of our alumni are starting college this year online here in Taiwan, and we have enjoyed seeing them get started on this next journey even if not on campus as originally planned. Please make an appointment with us anytime to talk about college plans!



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.