Typhoon Day 10/5
Dear KAS Families,
I hope you are well, and are ready at home for the typhoon. T. Koinu’s wind and rain are already making the streets more dangerous.
The mayor has announced closures for Thursday but we do not know yet about plans for Friday. We will not offer virtual classes for the day because of the short notice for families and teachers to prepare. We will announce adjustments for schedules for ES, MS and HS on Thursday or Friday, when we know more.
高雄市長已經宣布明天週四停班停課，但是我們還不知道星期五會如何變化。由於通知時間倉促，老師及各位家長準備不及，因此學校不會提供線上課程。當我們收到更多資訊時，我們將在週四或週五宣布對小學、中學 和 高中 的課表進行調整。
Stay safe and dry, and we hope to see everyone safely on Friday before the long weekend. 請您保持安全及乾爽，希望 在長周末之前的星期五見到大家!
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Students wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or booster on campus will need to provide a signed permission form. Please complete and return this form in your preferred language on the due date prior to the vaccine date.
This list represents schools around the world where our students were accepted to a university. Names in bold represent universities where the students of the Class of 2022 will attend in Fall 2022.
American University (2)
Arizona State University (4)
Boston University (4)
British Columbia Institute of Technology
California College of the Arts
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, Long Beach
Case Western Reserve University (4)
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Chapman University (2)
Colorado State University
Drexel University (5)
EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH)
Emerson College (2)
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Fordham University (3)
George Washington University (2)
Goldsmiths, University of London
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
HAN University of Applied Sciences
Hofstra University (2)
Hult International Business School
Indiana University Bloomington (2)
Johns Hopkins University
King’s College London (2)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
LaSalle College Vancouver
Leeds Arts University
London Metropolitan University
Loyola Marymount University (2)
Loyola University Chicago
Manchester Metropolitan University
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
McMaster University (2)
Michigan State University (7)
New York University (3)
Northeastern University (9)
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Oregon State University (3)
Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg
Pennsylvania State University – University Park (14)
Purdue University (8)
Queen’s University (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2)
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (3)
Rutgers University – Camden
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Rutgers University – Newark (2)
San Diego State University (3)
San Francisco State University
San José State University
Santa Clara University (6)
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2)
Simon Fraser University (3)
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Syracuse University (2)
Temple University (2)
Temple University Japan (2)
Temple University Japan
The College for Creative Studies
The Glasgow School of Art
The New School
The Ohio State University (6)
The University of Hong Kong
Toronto Metropolitan University (3)
University of Arizona (2)
University of Birmingham
University of British Columbia (6)
University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
University of Calgary
University of California, Berkeley (5)
University of California, Davis (9)
University of California, Irvine (10)
University of California, Los Angeles (3)
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside (8)
University of California, San Diego (4)
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz (5)
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Edinburgh (2)
University of Florida
University of Groningen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (10)
University of La Verne
University of Manchester
University of Maryland, College Park (2)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (4)
University of Michigan (2)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2)
University of New South Wales (2)
University of Oregon (2)
University of Pittsburgh (5)
University of Queensland
University of Rochester (3)
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco (2)
University of Sheffield
University of South Australia
University of Southern California (2)
University of Surrey
University of Sydney
University of Toledo
University of Toronto (15)
University of Toronto Mississauga
University of Toronto Scarborough (2)
University of Victoria (2)
University of Washington (13)
University of Waterloo (3)
University of Western Ontario (4)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (10)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) (4)
Wake Forest University
York University (6)
Dear KAS Parents and Students,
Today the Board supported our leadership team’s plans for remaining online for the remainder of the school year, with safe, in-person activities and events for each class or grade level (such as graduation) to close the year well. This was a difficult decision but we feel we can best provide all of our learners with a robust and holistic learning program that features quality online teaching only if we can plan ahead. Going on/off at short notice to maintain the health and safety of our community is disruptive for students and their families, and makes it impossible for teachers to prepare consistently for high quality lessons and learning. The school will continue to monitor regulations carefully and we will adapt our plans if necessary.
The virtualKAS plan ensures that our Mission and Vision will continue to drive learning for all our students. Our online learning program will be synchronous, with additional learning activities planned for off-line or for homework too. Principals and teachers will be sharing details with you soon for daily class schedules and events, and expectations for our learners. You can read more detail in our virtualKAS handbook HERE. The handbook includes helpful guidelines for students and parents to make the online learning experience more productive and engaging.
This is a difficult way to end the school year and I thank you in advance for your support. The principals and I will be in regular communication with you in the coming days. We will get through this together.
With flexibility and resilience,
Head of School
Still haven’t registered for KAS’s Global Online Academy Summer session? What are you waiting for? Our $250 discount by using code “KASSummer” is available through May 22nd.
PTA members who attended this month’s online meeting saw a presentation with Summer Program site coordinator and Director of Learning Technology, Mr. Brian Meehan. He shared some of the motivation about why KAS students should be interested in the summer program, and answered some common questions that parents and students have shared with him.
If you weren’t able to attend the presentation, you can see the slides below.
Today, an online group of parents attended this month’s PTA meeting to learn about, among many things, how their children will use and interact with technology during their upcoming middle school years.
In many ways, our students have been preparing for this transition the entire time they’ve been at KAS. They’ve been learning the necessary skills to successfully navigate an information landscape that offers opportunities and pitfalls. Luckily, at KAS, they have the room and the support to be curious and inquisitive, to make discoveries and make mistakes, and to learn and grow from both.
If you were unable to attend the online portion of today’s event, please be sure to check out the slides presented below and contact the KAS Office of Learning Technology if you need assistance navigating the digital currents.
Dear KAS Parents,
I’m writing to inform all KAS parents and staff members that one of our secondary teachers tested positive for COVID on Tuesday afternoon with a rapid test. The teacher was on campus on Monday, May 2. Our teacher is fully vaccinated, has had a booster shot, and is mildly symptomatic at home today. If the teacher’s PCR test is positive tomorrow, all students and employees who came into contact with our teacher will be individually notified as soon as possible.
Our Pandemic Response Team met this evening. We discussed our situation with the BOE and we reviewed the recent guidance from the CECC regarding close contacts and schools.
Our decision is to move our Middle/High School classes online for the remainder of this week. IB and AP exams will continue this week as planned. There is no reason to move the elementary school to online learning at this time.
60+ students and several colleagues were in close contact with our teacher on Monday. Staying online the next three days will reduce the possibility of transmission in the KAS community, and will also protect our seniors and their exams. Two G11 students who were in the teacher’s classes cannot take their AP exams this week, and we don’t want any further community spread to disrupt IB or AP exams for our seniors.
Our teachers and other employees will come in as usual, unless they were in close contact. On Wednesday, MS/HS teachers will provide asynchronous learning assignments and materials to students by email and Google Classroom by 10 AM. Then on Thursday/Friday we will start with our synchronous/asynchronous schedule of lessons and assignments. Parents can review our online learning plans in our virtualKAS Handbook in English and in Mandarin.
On Wednesday we will know more and we will also get further instructions from the BOE.
We urge everyone in our community to please continue to practice self-health awareness, monitor temperatures and symptoms at home, and not send children to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of an illness. Should anyone start to experience symptoms, please contact 1922 to report any symptoms or self-test results and wait for further instructions regarding testing.
我們呼籲所有社區成員，請繼續實行自我健康意識，在家監測體溫和症狀，如果孩子出現任何新冠病毒的症狀，請讓孩子在家休息。如果有人開始出現症狀，請聯繫 1922 回報任何症狀或自我檢測結果，並等待有關檢測的進一步指示。
Thank you for helping our community maintain medical confidentiality and for remaining calm and resilient as we operate with health and safety as our priority during this phase of endemic COVID-19.
Head of School
The end of the school year can get overwhelming for our seniors. Keep track of your schedule with this official calendar for KAS seniors and their related events.
We are so grateful for the level of effort and interest that the KAS community has shown toward the ArtForPeaceInUkraine campaign. Charrette Club is happy to announce that we’ve received almost 150 artworks from the whole school! The display is in the lobby now, so feel free to admire all the beautiful artwork there.
Ms. Souchon will post pictures of our artwork to the campaign’s Padlet made by Pechersk School International (PSI) in Kyiv. Also, shout out to Mr. Laney for posting about this event on Twitter and Instagram — thanks!
Again, thank you so much for your support and solidarity~