The Dragon's Tale

The Biweekly Newsletter of the Kaohsiung American School

2019-2020, Issue #8: November 25th

Dear KAS Families,


During these Thanksgiving Holidays, we take time to reflect and share gratitude for the members of the school community who make KAS such a special place to learn.

First and foremost, thank you to our students! KAS students are bright, talented, hard working, kind, open-minded, creative, and so many other excellent things. Students are the entire reason for Kaohsiung American School, and our community is so fortunate to serve such a wonderful group of young people. Thank you to our parents and families as well. It is your partnership and support that enables the school to provide a rigorous American education right here in Taiwan. KAS parents care deeply for their children and want the best for them, and we feel that every day with the helpful involvement you bring to the school and to education. It’s truly a team effort, and we thank you for all you do to support.

Thank you to our faculty and staff for their care, skill, and dedication to serving our students. We have some of the best faculty and staff in the world, and we see their results and impact every day as our programs grow stronger and stronger. The research is clear - the most important in-school factor for student success is the teacher, and we are fortunate to have such a great team here at KAS working tirelessly for students.

Thank you to our Board of Directors for their vision, leadership, and support. Our Board members volunteer countless hours of their personal time to serve our school without pay. KAS is known in the EARCOS region for having a caring, engaged, and visionary Board, and we are so thankful for all they do. Because of the efforts of our Board of Directors over the years we have been able to grow into the world-class school that we are today, and we are preparing for an even brighter future.


Thank you to our PTA for providing such energy, excitement, and goodwill to our community. This week we enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving lunch courtesy of our PTA, and this is just one of many, many examples of how they strengthen the partnership of school and families. This partnership is essential to the education of our students. The PTA’s contributions to school culture are among the reasons that students excitedly run into school every day, and we are lucky to have such kind support!

We hope that every member of the KAS family enjoys this Thanksgiving holiday, and that you get to spend time with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you again this coming Monday!


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

Alumni corner 校友天地

Meet David Hung (2014)

When David first graduated from KAS in 2014, he moved to the U.S. and enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology in 2017. In between breaks applying to graduate school and studying for the GRE, David took a few minutes to offer our current students some advice for the future.


"Declare for that IB Diploma!", shares David. As an International Baccalaureate DP student at KAS, David took some of the most rigorous classes offered. He credits the IB Diploma program with providing him pre-collegiate experience that immensely helped his transition to a competitive university environment. He also benefited from the 'advanced standing' that the IB Diploma offered him, sharing that he earned "plenty of course credits that allowed me to graduate a semester earlier than most undergraduates." David also recommends DP students "be creative...and don't be afraid to go interdisciplinary with your IB Extended Essay or IA topic."


For younger students, David says KAS really helped with learning the important skill of time management. "I was required to organize and prioritize, which in turn gave me experience in college," says David, who credits his time at KAS for preparing him well for future academic demands.


David shared that his favorite memory of KAS was visiting a butterfly farm during elementary school when he was a G1 student. "That trip and overall experience gave me the passion for entomology and a foundation for natural sciences that I eventually chose to study in college." Thank you David for continuing to support KAS and pave the way for future KAS Dragons!



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IB Bits

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

On February 12th, KAS grade 10 students will present their Personal Projects. All parents and friends are welcome to attend. Personal Projects are completed by MYP 10th graders at all IB MYP schools. These projects show off students’ abilities to research, organize, and present a project on a topic of their choice. Projects range from building musical instruments and airplanes, to researching fashion and makeup in different cultures and time periods, to understanding the benefit of playing sports, and many others. Project papers are sent to IB to evaluate. Students will receive their scores next August.

我們的10年級學生將於2/12發表他們的個人專題。歡迎家長和朋友們都能夠出席。在所有的IB MYP學校的10年級學生都會完成他們的個人專題。個人專題展示了學生的研究、組織和展示自己所選擇主題的能力。專題的項目從建造樂器、飛機、研究不同文化和時期的時尚和化妝、了解運動得到的益處等等。專題報告將會由IB來評估,學生將在八月獲得他們的成績。

KAS IB Diploma 11th grade students will be finalizing their topics and research questions for their Extended Essays. An important part of the IB Diploma curriculum, these year-long research projects can be in a subject field of the student’s choice and will contribute to their final IB point total. Most importantly, students who have gone through the IB Diploma program often comment on the university preparation this project provides. Students can analyze literature, conduct scientific experiments, prepare a business case study, among many other options. Since much of the work is done outside of class, students need to create and adhere to a timeline; procrastination on this topic can lead to stress and poor outcomes.


College Corner

Greg Bishop College Counselor 大學輔導老師

Jill Newman College Counselor 大學輔導老師

Summer Planning...Already!!


It seems year after year, families must plan earlier and earlier for upcoming courses and adventures. This is no exception. Already, we have received a number of programs which you will see listed here with the link to find out more information. They are from several different countries and are from several different areas of interest. I hope students can enroll based on the fact that it will be an exciting experience for them as well as a great learning experience, not because it might make them look good when they apply to university! Even though these can be valuable experiences, many colleges view them as being “too easy”. They would prefer students to follow something they are really interested in individually; something they have been consistently involved in or something that they can create which will leave the community a better place.

年復一年,各家為孩子的暑期活動規劃時間似乎愈來愈提前了。我們不例外的也已經收到許多資訊,列表在此 here 連結可看到更多內容,分別來自不同國家或領域,我希望孩子們都可以根據自己的興趣報名,除了留下美好的經驗之外更能達到有效率的學習,不是只為了申請大學時申請表的好看,就算這些是很有價值的經歷,大學也有可能覺得"太容易",他們更想看到學生們做自己真正感興趣的活動,那些讓他們有動力持續下去,或是能激發他們的創造力,真正達到幫助社會的成果。

Just a reminder…..University of California applications are due TODAY, Nov 30.


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.