The Dragon's Tale
The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School
2021-2022 Issue #10 December 13, 2021
Dear KAS Community,
As the semester ends, I want to send my warmest holiday wishes to each student, parent, and staff member. In these difficult times, it's important to thank one another early and often. Thank you for your support for our school and our programs. Thank you for the trust you have given me in my first few months as the Head of School.
在學期結束之際，我想向每一位學生、家長和教職員工致以最熱烈的節日祝福。 在這困難時期，經常互相表達感謝是很重要的。 感謝您對我們學校和課程的支持。 感謝您在我擔任總校長的前幾個月給予我的信任。
Our students who are 12–17 are eligible for a BNT vaccination can receive their second dose on Friday, January 14, 2022. Our Nurse Shu-ping has been in touch with students and families. 98% of our eligible students received their first dose in October and we’re glad that we can keep on track for the second.
2021 has been a challenging year around the world. Taiwan has been sheltered from much of the turmoil that many countries and families have faced, but all of our lives have been affected, whether we know someone who’s suffered from COVID-19 or not. All of our regular patterns and our plans for the future have been disrupted. Many of our teachers will be leaving in June 2022, and that will create more challenges for the school community. We know that challenges also bring opportunities. The principals and I are excited about the hiring we’ve already been doing. There is much work to be done, but KAS is and will remain a strong school. Thank you for your support and trust.
2021年對全球都是充滿挑戰的一年。 當許多國家和家庭面臨到許多混亂，台灣幸運得到了庇護。 然而我們所有人的生活都受到了影響，無論我們是否認識確診 COVID-19病毒的人。 我們所有的日常生活模式和我們對未來的計劃都被打亂了。我們許多教師將於 2022 年 6 月離職，這將為學校社群帶來更多挑戰。 我們知道挑戰同時也將帶來轉機。 各校長對於我們已經著手進行的教師聘任工作感到興奮。 有很多工作要做，但KAS是，將來也會一直是一所強大的學校。 感謝您的支持和信任。
The holiday season ahead will be a welcome break, even if our plans and activities are different than in the past, or in the way we had hoped they would be. I encourage everyone to enjoy some local activities and travel and to relax and refresh. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family, and come back on January 10 recharged for the second semester.
即將到來的假期是受大家喜愛的聖誕假期，即使我們的計劃和活動與以往不同，或者該說與我們希望的方式不同。 我鼓勵大家在台灣當地享受一些活動和旅行、放鬆身心和恢復活力。 與親朋好友一起享受美好假期，充電完後，1月10日回來繼續為第二學期努力。
Mr. Laney, Head of School
Ms. Clark, High School Principal
Mr. Payne, Middle School Principal
Mr. Coyle, Elementary School Principal
Parents, are you thinking about the summer of 2022 yet? If your children are in Grades PreK–8 next year, check out our plans for Dragons Camp 2022. Three weeks of learning and fun, including arts & crafts, robotics & math, English and reading, games, sports and swimming, and local field trips each week. Please check out the information HERE and fill out our quick survey to tell us if you’re interested in learning more.
Let's welcome our high school basketball teams 2021-22. Let's go Dragons!
Social Emotional Wellness 社交情感健康發展
At KAS, we talk with students about the many differences in people and the world. Some of the differences include beliefs, race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, religion, gender, income, age, physical ability, mental ability, physical appearance, body shape, eye color and shape, hair color and texture, the sounds of your voice, talents, style, likes and dislikes.
Take some time to talk to your child about his/her unique qualities. Being different is a good thing and we appreciate differences. By having these discussions with your child you will help to build a level of appreciation and respect for others. We believe that understanding differences is an important part of being an empathetic understanding global citizen.
Take some time to discuss the following with your child:
Think about a classmate who is different from you, how can you get to know them better? 想一下和你不同的同學，要怎樣才能更了解他們？
If you saw someone who seems lonely, how would you include them with you and your friends? 如果看到有很孤單的同學，要怎麼樣讓他加入你和朋友的圈子？
What is a problem you’ve had with another person recently and what did you do to be part of the solution? 你最近和別人有什麼樣的問題，你做了什麼來解決這些事？
If you saw someone being mistreated or excluded, how could you assertively speak out about it? 如果你看到有人被孤立，要怎麼樣勇敢的把這事說出來？
Has anyone ever made a decision about you just by looking at you? How did that make you feel? 有沒有只是看你的外表就對你下了定論？那讓你有什麼感受？
What do you think the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” means and why is this important? 不要看一本書的封面就下定論"這句話帶給你什麼想法？這為什麼很重要？
What makes you special (unique talents, things that make you different from others)? 是什麼讓你與眾不同？（特殊專長，讓你不同於他人的東西）
When your child talks to you about a conflict they are having, ask them to think about the other person’s feelings and point of view. 當孩子與您討論他們遇到的衝突時，請他們考慮對方的感受和觀點。
Our family does things a certain way because we feel it’s best for us. But other families do things differently and that is okay because it’s what is best for them. 我們的家庭教育我們怎樣處理事情是最好的，但是其它家庭或許不是如此，但那都不要緊，因為對每個人來說那就是最適合的。
Talk about an opposing view within your family and why it is necessary to respect individual differences. 聊聊您家中的對立觀點，以及為什麼有必要尊重個別差異。
Here are some of the KAS Resources available for your information:
Library Collection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice picture books.
Library Collection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice secondary books.
Library Collection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice nonfiction books.
At KAS, our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) committee is working to create a curriculum around this topic for each grade level PreK-12. Our DEIJ committee is also developing our practices and procedures at school to support students and staff school-wide.
在 KAS，我們的多元化、公平、包容和正義 (DEIJ) 委員會正致力於為每個年級的學生，規劃主題課程。DEIJ 委員會正在制定我們的做法和程序，以協助全校學生和教職員工。
ES Counselor 小學輔導老師
MS Counselor 中學輔導老師
HS Counselor 高中輔導老師
Future Leaders Program and Service-Learning
This winter, four KAS interns will be working with two experienced teachers at Summershine Camps. Two interns will be going to the overnight camp, the other two will be leading outdoor activities and field trips in day camps, and all four will experience being camp counselors for elementary students and assistants in post-camp work. We are excited to share more about the students’ experiences after break!
寒假期間，四位 KAS 學生將在 Summershine Camps 與兩位經驗豐富的老師實習。兩位實習生會陪同去三天兩夜的露營梯次，另外兩位會協助帶領戶外活動及教學，每一位實習生都將會有在營隊輔導國小學生及行政或業務上的幫忙的經驗。我們期待在寒假過後與大家分享學生的經驗及心得！
Jiu Zhen Nan Foods Co. Ltd. 舊振南食品集團
This winter cohort of Jiu Zhen Nan will continue the tradition of customer services with an injection of fresh new internship content: corporate shadowing! Our two new interns at Jiu Zhen Nan will follow in the steps of executives during meetings, planning, and executions of different customer integration projects at Jiu Zhen Nan, paired with the usual and occasional baking class instructing and customer/server transactions. Jiu Zhen Nan’s concentrated 3-week program will immerse the two interns in the world of the service industry and explore the foundations that make Jiu Zhen Nan such a successful and enduring company for the past century.
Jenn Liang Medical Clinic 振亮診所
The Jenn Liang Medical Clinic’s new and continuing interns will experience the everyday in’s and out’s of the medical career pathway. Interns will get a first-hand account of the operations of two esteemed and respected doctors, hard-working nurses, and diligent clinical receptionists. They will also help take blood pressure, measure body temperature, and prod the minds of brilliant professionals in their respective pathways.
Brogent Technologies 智崴集團
This past fall, the Brogent Technologies Marketing Team took three KAS students, Tribeca Kao ‘24, Darrin Lin ‘24, and Julie Lin ‘22 under their wing and guided them towards creating two promotional videos for their technology tourism product, the i-Ride. Our interns enlisted the help of Jonathan Hu ‘22 to star in their video. Please feel free to watch the video here (the video is in Chinese).
今年秋季，智崴集團的行銷部門帶領我們學生，十年級的 Tribeca Kao，十年級的 Darrin Lin，及十二年級的 Julie Lin 為這檔期的 i-Ride 飛行體驗製作兩支行銷影片。實習生也請到十二年級的 Jonathan Hu 幫忙，擔任影片的主角。歡迎大家點選此連結欣賞。
We will continue working with Brogent Technologies this winter, with a customer service and product operation internship. This past semester’s interns created promotional videos for Brogent’s current product, and this winter’s three interns will lead customers through the i-Ride product.
Brogent Technologies has offered all KAS students and faculty a special discount on the i-Ride! The current event features films such as FlyOver Australia and FlyOver Europe, to bring customers the experience of traveling the world while staying in Kaohsiung. Just bring your KAS student ID to their Kaohsiung center and enjoy a discount of over 50%. Stop by on a weekday for the chance to see a KAS intern in action!
智崴集團為了 KAS 的學生及教職員提出優惠價！這次的檔期是「下一站去哪裡」，包含飛越澳洲、飛越歐洲等 i-Ride 影片，希望帶給大家「偽出國」的體驗。KAS 學生只需出示學生證，即可打對折。如果在寒假的週間去體驗的話，還有機會碰到我們的實習生！
Winter Service Trip with V Taiwan 與 V Taiwan 合辦的寒假服務計畫
KAS and Volunteering Taiwan are working together again this winter! Around 10 KAS students, including mostly high school (9th ~ 12th grade) students and a few student-leaders from 8th grade, will be attending this four-day three-night trip to a district in Liouguei that was heavily affected by Typhoon Morakot a decade ago. Students will be working with senior citizens, renovating a recycling station, cleaning streets, experiencing tea farming and tea ceremonies, and engaging in reflective discussions led by V Taiwan.
KAS 與 Volunteering Taiwan 將在寒假再次合體！共十位 KAS 的學生，含高中生（九到十二年級的學生）及幾位八年級的學生領袖，將到十年前受八八風災重創的六龜新開部落。在四天三夜的行程，學生將體驗青銀共學：教英文、與年長者交流，幫助社區活化：環保站意象設計、施作，晨起社區漫遊及清道，在地青創家茶農及山茶儀式，以及 V Taiwan 帶領的小組討論及反思。
As we head into the winter vacation, many of our seniors will be receiving notifications about their early action and early decision deadlines. This can be a time of excitement but also sometimes disappointment. Recently, contributor Brennan Barnard published an excellent article “Handling College Admission Decisions: A Sidecar Parent’s Guide” that offers advice from educators to students and families about how to approach the season of college decisions.
寒假就要開始，許多的高年級生也會陸續接到EA和ED的通知，這有可能是令人興奮的時刻，但也有可能令人失望。近來 Brennan Barnard 發表了一篇名為 “Handling College Admission Decisions: A Sidecar Parent’s Guide” 的文章，提供了很好的建議給要面對這個季節的家長和學生們。
“We recommend that teens open emails from colleges in private rather than finding out in class in the middle of the school day or having a parent live stream it on social media. If the news is not good, your teen may need some support and time to grieve, and they will likely be watching your reaction as well. As a parent, consider going to a separate room from your teen after hearing the news, so you can celebrate or grieve alone and have a few moments to regulate your emotions.” - Denise Pope, Challenge Success, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
As counselors we are here to celebrate and strategize at each and every step of the process. Please reach out to us if you’d like to discuss your results and enrollment plans.
During winter break, we also put together a suggested KAS Winter College Admissions Reading List for juniors and parents to get started on building a list of colleges and learning about recent admission trends. This list was emailed to you on Friday to introduce you to some new resources that may be of interest. Individual appointments with juniors are starting in January and advisory lessons with G9 and G10 will also be underway. Thank you for supporting your child to participate and take notes in these sessions.
We wish you a wonderful few weeks of rest and relaxation!
Students are assigned college counselors alphabetically based on their last name:
字母A-L Cerise Roth-Vinson, email@example.com
字母M-Z Lori Dietrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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