The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2019-2020, Issue #17: May 25

Dear KAS Families,


Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our school community safe. With your cooperation with our campus safety measures like frequent hand washing and disinfection, temperature checks and health monitoring, wearing masks, and other precautions, we are so happy for students to continue learning in classrooms. Let’s all make an extra effort to stay safe and healthy, and finish this school year strong!
感謝您為維護我們學校社區的安全所做的努力。 有您配合我們的校園安全措施(例如:經常洗手和消毒、溫度檢查和健康監控、戴口罩以及其他預防措施等)的合作下,我們為學生能繼續在教室裡學習感到開心。 讓我們大家一起,繼續為所有人都付出更多的努力,以保持大家的安全和健康,讓本學期能圓滿結束!

We are pleased to announce that Rosa Li will serve as the President of the KAS Parent-Teacher Association in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. We are grateful to our current PTA President, Susana Yeh, for her leadership during this school year. Ms. Yeh and the PTA executive committee’s leadership, together with the efforts of the PTA, have made such a positive difference for KAS. In addition to the many events and support from earlier in the year, they have helped our entire community stay strong and united through the challenges we faced from COVID-19, and we are forever grateful. The official change of the PTA Presidents will take place at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
我們在此很開心地宣布Rosa Li將擔任2020-21學年的家長會長。我們很感謝目前的家長會長Susana Yeh。有著Ms. Yeh和家長會幹部共同領導,為KAS帶來了很多正向的影響。除了今年早些時候他們半了許多活動外,他們還幫助我們整個社區保持強大並團結起來,幫助我們克服面對COVID-19所面臨的各種挑戰,我們將永遠心懷感激。 PTA新任會長的任期將在2020-21學年開始之時生效。

In recent weeks our high school students and parents have heard about our KAS Future Leaders Program, and the great opportunities this will provide for students. Please direct any inquiries to the Program Coordinator, Ms. Monica Su. She can be reached at

最近幾週,相信我高中學生和家長都已經聽說了關於我們所發起的 KAS未來領袖計畫和其將為學生所帶來的絕佳機會。若您的孩子有興趣參與,請與本計畫的協調老師 Ms. Monica Su聯繫,可以寫信至

Please note that school year 2020-21 school fee invoices will be brought home by students in the elementary school, and will be mailed by post for middle school and high school students by May 29. The invoices will include information about our new catering company for lunch, and those fees are now included in the school fees invoices as we previously did prior to 2017. As with this year, middle school and high school students must swipe their iPass cards to get lunch. The tuition payment deadline is July 15, and the deadline to apply for a new iPass card (if missing or broken) is July 31.

KAS READS with Summer Reading!

Parents, you know how important it is to read during the summer--there's even a name for the loss of reading skills that happens if children don't read, called the "Summer Slide". Studies show that students can lose up to 4 months of reading skills over the summer if they don't read any books. But the KAS Library is here to help! We provide access to over 60,000 eBooks, digital magazines and digital audiobooks, as well as a virtual summer reading program that your children can compete against their friends in to win virtual prizes and points for their school houses upon their return in August. There is even a way for you to manage all of your children's summer reading accounts in one place, to help you encourage and keep track of them (and you, too, can participate and model summer reading for your kids)!

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To register as a parent:

  1. Go to and click on the "Parent" tab. 並點選”Parent(家長)”按鈕

  2. Click on "Register"

  3. Click on "Myself." Your children already have accounts. Please don't create duplicate accounts for your children. Usernames/passwords for PK-2nd have already been distributed through your children's classrooms.

    • 2nd Grade: Usernames ended in 30 | 1st: 31 | K: 32 | PK : 33 and passwords were kas and it asked you to reset it to your own.

    • 3rd-11th grades usernames are their KAS gmail accounts--the ones that end in

  4. Enter your child/ren's usernames and link your accounts.

  5. I need more help in setting up and linking our accounts.

Need more help using the program? Here's some more tutorials (You can also change the language in these):

After you register and link your children, there's an information sheet and slideshow with links, tutorials, usernames and passwords to all of the ebooks that you and your children can access posted in the "Info/Help" tab on the main page. And, yes, print books "count" too!

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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

IB bits

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

International-mindedness from “What is an IB Education”
國際意識 “什麼是IB教育” 自

International-mindedness is a multifaceted concept that captures a way of thinking, being and acting characterized by an openness to the world and a recognition of our deep interconnectedness to others.


To be open to the world, we need to understand it. IB programmes therefore provide students with opportunities for sustained inquiry into a range of local and global issues and ideas. This willingness to see beyond immediate situations and boundaries is essential as globalization and emerging technologies continue to blur traditional distinctions between the local, national and international.


An IB education fosters international-mindedness by helping students reflect on their own perspective, culture and identities, as well as those of others. By engaging with diverse beliefs, values and experiences, and by learning to think and collaborate across cultures and disciplines, IB learners gain the understanding necessary to make progress towards a more peaceful world.


International-mindedness is also encouraged through a focus on global engagement and meaningful service with the community. These elements challenge students to critically consider power and privilege, and to recognize that they hold this planet and its resources in trust for future generations. They also highlight the focus on action in all IB programmes: a focus on moving beyond awareness and understanding to engagement, action and bringing about meaningful change to make a more peaceful and sustainable world for everyone.


College Corner

Greg Bishop

College Counselor 大學輔導老師

Jill Newman

College Counselor 大學輔導老師



On June 3 there will be an education fair of Canadian universities. Please register at

6月3日將舉行一場加拿大大學博覽會,欲參加者請至 登記。

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KAS Class of 2021 College Application Boot Camp (KAS 2021年度大學申請說明)

August 7, 2020, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (2020年8月7日, 下午12:00-4:00)

KAS Lecture Hall (KAS演講廳)

KAS seniors, Class of 2021, please plan to join us on campus on Friday, August 7 from 12 - 4 pm (the Friday before classes start) for a College Application Boot Camp. Bring your computer and any notes or planning tools you are using. We will roll up our sleeves and get to work on your applications! Your college counselors will guide you through lots of topics including how to write your list of extracurricular activities, tips on how to write strong supplemental essays, editing personal statements, finalizing your list of colleges and much more. This will be a hands-on working session designed to boost the quality of your applications and answer any questions you have along the way.


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.