The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2019-2020, Issue #5: October 14th
We are in our final week of preparation for the 2019 ACAMIS volleyball tournament. Visiting teams will arrive on Wednesday, October 23rd, and games begin on Thursday, October 24th. KAS boys will play their first game at 10am, and the girls will play at 11:15am. Our Varsity soccer boys will play their last official game against MAK on Wednesday, October 23 at KAS. This game will determine whether KAS is seeded first or second in our TISSA South division. On Sunday, October 13th we were fortunate enough to host the Australian men’s national soccer team for a training session, while they prepared to play a World Cup qualifying game against Chinese Taipei, which happened on Tuesday, October 15. This was a great opportunity for some of our varsity boys and girls to watch high level athletes prepare.
At the MS level, a reminder that the MS soccer season will end on Friday, November 1, and we look forward to their performances at the tournaments on November 2nd.
Please be aware that there will not be a late bus service from October 21-25, however practice will continue. Finally, the MS softball season will begin on November 4th, with sign ups going out on October 21.
“Heed the Plea and Set them Free”
Earlier this year, the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime invited youth from around the world to create art work which addresses important world issues. We are so pleased to report that our current junior, Daniel Hsuan, was one of the winners of this competition with a song he wrote entitled “Heed the Plea and Set them Free,” which focuses on the urgent issue of global human trafficking. As the winner of this competition, he was invited to go to a conference in Vienna, Austria to perform his song in front of the delegation gathered there. He was also invited to sit on a panel to discuss how youth can be involved in addressing social justice on a global scale. Please visit check out a short video about this process here. Congratulations to Daniel: you have represented yourself and KAS excellently and we are proud to call you a Dragon!
今年年初聯合國毒品及犯罪防治辨公室邀請全世界的青少年一起以藝術創作的方式為全球重要議題發聲。我們非常高興的跟大家報告，目前就讀本校11年級的Daniel Hsuan以一首自己所創作名為”Heed the Plea and Set them Free”的歌曲成為這項競賽的優勝者之一。這首歌主要是專注於全球人口非法交易的緊急議題。由於是比賽優勝者，主辦單位邀請該學生前往奧地利維也納在所有與會代表的面前表演這首歌曲。他同時也受邀參與小組座談，討論有關青少年如何參與為全球規模的社會正義發聲。請您點此參考相關訊息。恭喜Daniel：你是你自己及高雄美國學校的最佳典範，我們以稱呼你龍兒為榮!
Middle School Update
Mr. Payne Middle School Principal 國中校長
Student Led Conferences 學生主導會議
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Student-Led Parent Conferences on October 25, 2019. Please be sure that you are signed up through your child’s Advisory teacher. You can also make appointments with any of your child’s teachers that day by emailing the teacher directly. If you have any questions or need support in making appointments, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our MS Administrative Assistant Nancy Huang at email@example.com.
MS Technology Policy 中學的科技使用規則
Although KAS is one of the most progressive international schools in the world with the use of integrated technology in the classroom, KAS MS does not allow the use of personal technology during school time for MS students. Cell phone use, social media, and gaming are not permitted during the KAS school day, at breaks or at lunch. Please support this rule with your child. Contact me with questions. Thank you!
Elementary School Student Supervision
Mr. Coyle Elementary School Principal 小學校長
All families should be reminded of our supervision policy for elementary students to ensure their safety at all times during the school day. Please be advised that older siblings of any grade are not considered to be adequate after school supervision. From the KAS Elementary School Handbook:
為確保小學的學生在上課日的安全，在此提醒所有的家庭成員關於小學生的照護規則。 請注意 - 家中不管幾年級的哥哥姊姊都不被視為是照看年幼的弟弟妹妹的合適對象。請參閱以下節錄自KAS小學手冊的內容：
9.3 Student Supervision
The safety and security of every student is a top priority that is taken very seriously by the KAS community. Students in grades PreK–5 are to be supervised at all times by a member of the KAS faculty and/or staff; no students may leave the campus without verified parental permission. When students are released from school to parent care, parents assume the responsibility for the student’s safety and security. Children are welcome to play in the designated playgrounds after school but a parent/guardian must be on the playground with them at all times. The playgrounds are not supervised for PreK-5 after school hours.
All advisers of after school activities, including sports, are responsible for the supervision of all participants until they leave campus or the venue.
Ms Deborah Haines IB/AP Coordinator IB/AP 召集人
IB Points and Predicted Grades
Students who pursue the IB Diploma will take 6 exams and complete IB Core work. For each exam, the student will earn up to 7 points. For IB Core Work (the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS) the student can earn up to an additional 3 points, depending on the quality of the work. Thus, an IB Diploma student can earn up to 45 points.
Some universities have an IB point requirement in order for a student to be accepted. However, IB scores are not released until July. Universities will ask the school for Predicted IB Scores. This allows a student to be accepted based on the level at which the teachers feel the student is performing and will perform. KAS counselors will send a student’s Predicted Scores to universities, sometimes as early as October. Of course, it is challenging for teachers to forecast a student’s final IB score, but most of the teachers have worked with the student during the previous year and have an idea of the student’s capabilities. It is important that the teacher submit as accurate a Predicted Score as possible. Overprediction (giving the student a much higher mark than will be earned) can result in losing an admittance to a university when actual IB scores are released in July.
This month is extra busy for our seniors who are working on completing their college applications and essays. It would be nice if we could say that everyone is on the same level with respect to completion but everyone works at their own pace depending on their deadlines. Here are some dates to be mindful of with your senior students who are applying:
Most US ED and EA applications are due by November 1 or November 15.
The University of California website will be accepting applications from Nov 1 to Nov 30 only.
Nov 30 is the last day that the UC schools will accept applications.
All other US applications are due before the Christmas break on Dec 13. We will have a week after that to tie up loose ends.
大多數美國大學的 ED 和 EA申請都將在11月1日11月15日截止。
Other applications to Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries have various deadlines. These deadlines can be found on the college website.
In cases where the SAT exam is a required part of the application, the student MUST contact the College Board directly and have their scores sent to the specific college.
Please encourage your children to adhere to deadlines and support them whenever you can. It's a very busy semester for them.
As always if you have any questions, please contact me or Ms Newman at any time.
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.