The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2020-2021, Issue #9: December 14
Dear KAS Community,
As we finish this first semester, and also finish 2020, we’d like to reflect on our journey together as a Dragon community this year. 2020 has unarguably been one of the most difficult years of a lifetime. At the same time, KAS students have accomplished many great things.
For example, this semester our Dragon varsity basketball team ended a rival team's multi-year winning streak. This semester, over 32 KAS students completed internships in diverse placements like the Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for Arts, the Southern Taiwan Association of Implant Dentistry, and Jiu Zhen Nan Pastries through their efforts in the KAS Future Leaders Program. This semester our students learned and grew together through co-hosting the South Taiwan Model United Nations, which was one of the only in-person Model United Nations events to take place globally this semester. And finally, for the first time in KAS history, we have our first legacy student. Please see below in our Alumni Corner for more details.
Even during this time of limited global travel, in just this semester, admissions officers from almost 100 universities have met personally with KAS students via video conference. In these meetings the university admissions officers could both get to know our KAS students better, and help answer students’ questions about the application process. Already in December some members of the Class of 2021 are starting to receive good news about the Early Action and Early Decision applications, and there will certainly be more good news in the months ahead.
即使現在全球旅行皆受限，但，在本學期中，將近100所大學的大學代表透過視訊會議與KAS學生面談。 在這些會議中，大學代表不僅可以更加了解KAS學生，還可以幫助回答學生有關申請程序的問題。 12月，2021年畢業班的一些學生已經開始收到有關“Early Action”和“Early Decision”的好消息，並且肯定會在接下來的幾個月中獲得更多好消息。
We feel grateful that, in many ways, we have eluded some of the grimmest outcomes of COVID-19. After becoming the first school in Taiwan to switch to remote learning in January, we also became the first school in Taiwan to resume in-person learning in February. Since that time, KAS students have experienced more in-person learning days in 2020 than students in most other schools in the world. This became reality for us due to the hard work and cooperation of each member of the KAS school community, in partnership together with Taiwan’s excellent management of COVID-19.
我們很高興在很多方面都躲過了COVID-19的一些最壞的影響。 1月份開始我們成為台灣第一所改用線上教學的學校之後，我們在2月份變成台灣第一所恢復面對面上課的校園。 自那時以來，與世界上其他多數學校的學生相比，KAS學生在2020年獲得更多的面對面學習時間。 由於KAS大家庭中每位成員的辛勤工作和合作，加上台灣對COVID-19的出色管理，才得以實現。
At the same time, even to this day, we remain cautious. We share some collective anxiety about the unknown. We continue to worry about friends and family across the globe. In some tragic cases we have even faced significant losses. Indeed, this has been a year of contradictions, where we have experienced the good and the bad at the same time, over and over again.
同時，即使到今天，我們仍然保持謹慎。 我們對未知有一些共同的焦慮。 我們繼續擔心分佈全球的朋友和家人。 在某些不幸的情況下，我們甚至面臨失去親友的痛。 確實，這是矛盾的一年，我們在同一時間一遍又一遍地經歷了好與壞。
As we look forward to 2021, we see a brighter future filled with even better opportunities for students. After what we’ve overcome in 2020, we know that students and the entire KAS school community are ready for any challenge. We wish each of you an excellent winter break, and look forward to starting our second semester on Monday, January 11, 2021.
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
This year, KAS alumna Ms. Jade Huang (Class of 2004) enrolled her daughter Amber in KAS PK. This is especially exciting because Amber is now the first legacy student ever to enroll at KAS. A legacy student is a student who is a child of an alumni. We know that more legacy students will enroll soon, and with Amber joining KAS PK, it is the beginning of a new era.
今年，KAS校友Jade Huang女士 (2004年畢業班)的女兒Amber申請進入KAS中班就讀。這是一個令人興奮的時刻，因為Amber是第一個KAS世代傳承的學生。世代傳承學生是指校友的子女。我們知道很快將有更多世代傳承的學生進入KAS就讀，隨著Amber 加入KAS中班，新的世代即將開始。
Jade came to KAS early in high school and stayed through graduation. The school changed much during Jade’s time, and has changed even more since then. When she first came to KAS, the school was located on the campus of Fudong Elementary School in Lingya District. During Jade’s senior year 2003-04, KAS moved to its current location at the former site of Sheng Li Elementary school. At the time KAS was much smaller - Jade remembers her senior class having about 15 students. Jade expressed how much both the campus and the overall school structure have changed since then.
After Jade graduated from KAS she moved back to Melbourne, Australia, where she completed her degrees in marketing. Due to an agreement with her siblings, she came back to Kaohsiung eight years ago. She planned to stay for two years then return to Australia, but instead got married and chose to stay in Kaohsiung much longer!
Jade knew that KAS was the priority school for her daughter Amber. Jade says that Amber really likes Pre-K at KAS. She comes home happy every day, and each evening she talks about wanting to go back to school the next day.
We are so happy to have Amber join our KAS family, we are thrilled that Jade is a lifelong Dragon, and we are excited that Jade chose KAS for her own children. We often say, once a Dragon, always a Dragon!
IB Projects 專題研究
Essential elements of all IB Programs are projects. The Middle Years Programs culminates with the Personal Project, completed in grade 10, and the Diploma Program requires students to complete an Extended Essay. Projects are important to IB, and teach important independent work skills important to success in university and beyond.
All students at KAS begin a Personal Project in grade 9 and finish it in grade 10. They select a topic in which they are interested that has a connection to one of IB’s global contexts: identities and relationships, orientation in time and space, personal and cultural expression, scientific and technical innovation, globalization and sustainability, or fairness and development. The global context ensures the connection of the project to something bigger than the student’s own smaller world. The student researches the topic and considers a project that can be created with the knowledge they have gained, that can impact others. Students research, plan, meet with their advisors, and then finally complete the projects. A project might be a website, an architectural model, a book, a movie, a robot - projects our students have created are too many to list. Then they write a report on the entire process, focussing on what they have learned. During the months necessary to complete the project, students must learn how to document, how to plan, how to take action to meet goals, and how to meet the challenges that inevitably will arise. This year’s grade 10 students will display their Personal Projects on January 20, 2021.
KAS所有的學生於9年級會開始他們的個人專題，並於10年級完成。他們選擇一個感興趣的題目且相關於IB全球脈絡：自我認同與關係，時空取向，個人與文化表現，科學與技術創新，全球化與可永續性 ，或是公平與發展。全球脈絡確保了專題與學生所處的較小世界有更大的連結。學生研究該主題並考慮可以運用他們獲得的知識來建立這個可以影響他人的專題。學生研究、計畫，與指導老師見面，最後完成這個專題。這個專題可以是一個網站、一個建築模型、一本書、一部電影、一個機器人- 學生創造出的專題太多了，無法全部列出。之後，他們就著過程完成一份報告，著重於他們學習到的內容。在完成專題所需的這幾個月中，學生必須學習如何記錄、如何規劃、如何行動來達到目標，和如何應對出現不可避免的挑戰。今年的10年級學生將於明年的1/20展示他們的個人專題。
All students wishing to earn the IB Diploma will begin their Extended Essay in December of their junior year. This 4,000 maximum research paper on a topic of the student’s choice is a major benefit to being an IB Diploma student when one considers how important it is to prepare our students for researching and writing in college. If a student chooses a topic about which he or she has passion, the Extended Essay can also provide a rich topic for college essay personal topics and college interviews.
12th grade parents: IB Diploma students have a strict and hard due date for their Extended Essays. After having been led through the process by their CORE teacher, having met with their personal advisors, and after having submitted drafts for feedback, their FINAL version is due the day we return from break: January 11th. Students who do not submit their EE that morning will be using the school day to finish the paper. I find that students who do not meet this deadline struggle in the very demanding final semester of the IB DP program, with Internal Assessments due in most classes, mock exams in early March, final delivery and review of two years of content, and then IB exams which begin April 29th. We also want our seniors to find time to enjoy their senior year. Parents, please encourage your seniors to finish and submit these final projects before they return to school in January.
Ms Deborah Haines, IB/AP Coordinator IB/AP召集人
Greetings. We would like to thank all our HS student-athletes and coaches who devote time and effort into this basketball season, as all our 4 teams are ready for the season-ending playoffs upon returning from the winter break.
Meanwhile, congratulations to our Dragons, G10 Grace Huang and G9 Tristan Li, in the earlier 2020 Winter Short Waterway National Age Group Swimming Championships for strong finishes.
我們在此同時恭喜G10 Grace Huang與G9 Tristan Li參加理事長盃冬季短水道游泳分齡賽獲得優異的成績表現。
Last but not least, our very own Dragons G3 Jack Hua and Marcus Chen took part in the CTFA School-Boy Cup soccer tournament earlier whose club team took 1st place in the southern division. Way to go Dragons!
在小學部分， 我們的G3 Jack Hua與Marcus Chen參與的校外社團足球隊參加全國學童杯足球錦標賽 獲得南區冠軍，我們很開心能一起分享他們的喜悅！
Thank you all for your continuous support of our programs. Happy Holidays and Let's Go Dragons!
Mr. Ken Su, Athletic Director
Congratulations to our seniors who are hearing back from schools with early application deadlines. We are so happy and excited for you! Seniors will continue receiving admissions decisions over the next few months. Please take some time during the winter break to relax and rest after a very demanding semester!
Starting next semester, College Counselors begin working intensively with the Class of 2022 to start their college application process. The College Board provides a Parent Action Plan Checklist for Grade 12 that may be useful to parents, too. Here is a timeline of important steps in the process for students:
從下學期開始，大學輔導會開始與2022年畢業生展開一連串合作，著手他們的大學申請程序，The College Board 提供12年級的《家長計劃清單》，可能對家長有用。以下是時間表中針對學生的重要步驟：
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: https://forms.gle/NcgQtwTJVVPD7iH1A
Thank you for a terrific first semester and enjoy the Winter Break!
January 1 - 15 Canada, USA regular decision, UK deadlines
April 1 U.S. schools must notify students of admissions decision
May 1 Students must make a decision and deposit for U.S. schools
May 8 SAT and SAT Subject tests offered at KAS
Spring - Summer Deadlines for Australia, Europe, Korea, Japan, UK Clearing
Find your student’s college counselor. Last name letter starts with:
A - L Cerise Roth-Vinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
字母A-L Cerise Roth-Vinson, email@example.com
M - Z Jill Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org
字母M-Z Jill Newman, email@example.com
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.