The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2020-2021, Issue #13: March 1, 2021

Dear KAS Community,

We are so grateful to Mr. Dan Castelaz, our high school Visual Arts teacher, who has arranged for an exhibit of art work from Luba Lukova. Internationally-renowned, New York-based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most original image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color, and text to pinpoint essential themes of humanity or to succinctly visualize social commentary, her work is undeniably powerful and thought-provoking.

我們非常感謝高中部的美術老師Mr Dan Castelaz,他為我們安排了知名藝術家Luba Lukova的作品展。享譽國際,現今長住紐約的Luba Lukova被認為是最初始的幾位平面海報設計師之一。無論是透過簡潔的線條、色彩和文字的來呈現人類的必要的議題,還是簡而有力的將社會評論視覺化,她的作品無疑都是強大而發人深省的。

Lukova's work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Denver Art Museum; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium; the Library of Congress; and the World Bank, Washington, D.C.


Mr. Castelaz’s classes will have opportunities to interact with the artist over the course of the two-week exhibition, and all classes on campus will have a chance to see the work in the Media Center.
在KAS為期兩週的展覽期間,Mr Castelaz的班級將有機會與藝術家互動,並且校園內的所有班級都將有機會在多媒體中心欣賞展覽作品。

We would also like to invite all parents who are interested to join us for a viewing on March 18, from 4:30 - 5:30. More information will come later, but please save the date if you are interested.

Parent Opportunities in the weeks ahead

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IB Bits

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

Grade 12 Mock Exams 12年級模擬考

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All exams (other than Chinese exams) will take place in the Lecture Hall. Students should be outside of the exam site 15 minutes before the exam.


March is here and that means that most of our Class of 2021 students will be learning about their college admissions decisions. Remember to check each university portal and your junk email box on a weekly basis, so you do not miss any important correspondence from any of your universities/colleges. Make sure to inform your College Counselor of your results and please remember that if you are admitted to your ED university, you MUST withdraw all applications, including EA and all applications around the world. For most U.S. schools, they will require a response and your final decision with a deposit by May 1 or June 1.


Gr 11 students who may need to take an ACT or SAT exam are recommended to register for the May, August or September exams. Most universities will continue to not require SATs for next year; however, it is still recommended to check the universities' official website. TOEFL or iELTS are also recommended and we encourage students to take this test during the summer break.


Meet with us during Parent-Teacher Conferences - April 1


Will you be visiting campus to meet with your student’s teachers on Thursday, April 1? We invite you to drop by to chat with the College Counselors or make an appointment. We are excited to talk with you, and will hold open office hours this day to meet with parents and students.


Upcoming events:


  • Oxford and Cambridge Virtual Student Conference
    March 16 - 25 (various times on demand, live March 23 - 25)

  • AEO Tour (35 universities & colleges) Virtual Visits including UC Irvine, San Francisco State University and Ohio State University will meet with juniors and their families to share more information. Sign-up here!

  • Study in Scotland Virtual Event - Thinking about studying in Scotland? Meet staff and students from Scottish universities and find out what it’s like to be a student in Scotland.
    Wed, 17 Mar 2021, 19:30 – Thu, 18 Mar 2021, 07:30 CST

  • ArtPod (registration required, session link will be sent after sign-up) - Four US-based art schools, California College of the Arts (CCA), College for Creative Studies (CCS), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) have joined forces as "The ArtPod," to offer workshops and events to interested students. This is an upcoming opportunity for you to learn more about studying fine arts and design in the United States. The Portfolio Preparation Presentation is designed for students (all grades and levels of experience) who are looking for tips on creating an art portfolio. Representatives from the ArtPod will share examples of student artwork, discuss portfolio requirements, and answer questions about the application process.

Thursday March 11th 7pm-8pm EST

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Friday March 12th 9am-10am EST

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Resources to share:


How the pandemic is shaking up college admissions and testing


New 3-part series from PBS Newshour gives an update on how COVID affected recent college admissions. With many college admissions testing sites closing down during the pandemic, as many as 50 percent of early applications arrived without any test scores this year. That's resulted in some top-ranked schools seeing a surge in applications, but elsewhere, application numbers are flat or even down.


Jeffrey Selingo: Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions

Jeffrey Selingo: 誰會被錄取: 我在招生部門的一年

Jeff Selingo is a New York Times bestselling author of Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, which was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He spent a year embedded with 3 admissions offices.

Jeffrey Selingo是紐約時報的暢銷書《Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions》的作者,該書於2020年9月出版,並被紐約時報評為年度100本書中的佼佼者。Jeff是《The Atlantic》的定期撰稿人,也是Arizona State University的創新特別顧問和實習教授。他花了一年時間在3個招生辦公室工作。

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.