TAS – Week Without Wall 2018

The American School hosted Week Without Walls from Mar 26th to Mar 30th, 2018 for all Middle and High School students. The purpose of this program is to promote team building, heighten awareness of community and environment and provide students with an array of experiences to help them learn and grow. It also inspired students to give back and make meaningful connections outside of school and provided an opportunity for unique and diverse experiences.

In one week, our students traveled to Thailand, Nepal, Hanoi, Phu Quoc and Singapore to learn and provide community service. Students who stayed in Ho Chi Minh City spent each day participating in a different meaningful activity. Students volunteered at Smile Restaurant (a meal service for low income residents), painted a mural for the new campus, built a new garden for the ECC, visited orphanages, spent time with elderly people and more.

We are extremely proud of TAS students who worked extra hard to help build a house for an impoverished family in Dong Thap. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity Vietnam for making it all possible.

Week Without Walls was a huge success! Thank you to our teachers, support staff and students for all of their hard work this week.

Spring at TAS: From the University Counselor’s Desk

By Ms. Karen Jacobi – College & Guidance Counselor

Karen Jacobi

Spring is an exciting time for graduating seniors and their parents as they prepare for the future. As the College and University Guidance Counselor at The American School, it is also an exciting time for me because I’ve been along on the journey to help them find the right school. Because this is a process, it is important that students begin the journey in grade 10 or 11. It can feel like a long road, sometimes with detours and an occasional road block. Careful planning is important because these decisions can affect the rest of their lives.

Most TAS students apply to colleges and universities in the US and Canada. A handful of students apply to Australian universities. There are many things to consider and I use a questionnaire to help students determine what is most important. The questions that they rank in order of importance are:

_____ Region (Where in the world do I want to be?) __________________________________

_____ Major (Area of study) ______________________________________________________

_____ Big City – urban

_____ College Town – cozy

_____ Finances and Scholarships

_____ Size (smaller schools give more personal attention; large schools may offer more options)

_____ Diversity (are there many types of students from a range of backgrounds?)

_____ Culture (this relates to issues of religion, politics – liberal or conservative)

_____ Sports ________________________________ Play or just a sports fan?

_____ Live on Campus

An excellent website to help students discover college majors, career options and university programs is https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ .

Once students have an idea of what and where to study, it’s time to think about the admission requirements. Each school has their own requirements, but testing is usually a part of the application. SAT or ACT exams are designed to measure student skills and readiness for college level work. There are many “test optional” schools that do not require the SAT or ACT; however, merit scholarships are strongly influenced by these test scores. Because of the financial gain associated with these tests, it is a good idea for students to take their first SAT exam in the spring of their junior year. Many students opt to take the exam more than once in order to improve their score and increase scholarship opportunities. As of March 22, 2018, the merit scholarships awarded to the 20 members of the TAS 2018 graduating class is close to 1,000,000. USD.

Students will also need to take an English proficiency exam for admission to overseas universities. The IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson Test of English or PTE are the most widely recognized. Once again, individual schools have their own requirements.

Test scores are an important component in college admissions, but scores are just one piece of the puzzle. Written essays and life experiences give admissions counselors a better idea of who you are and what kind of college student you will be. Get involved in school activities such as sports teams, drama productions, academic and artistic competitions – whatever suits your interests. Look for volunteer opportunities so that you grow through the experience of making a positive difference in the lives of others. It is recommended that students create a resume, or summary, of their academic and volunteer accomplishments from grade 9 – 12. A resume will also help teachers and counselors to write a better letter of recommendation for you. A college essay and recommendation letters are usually part of the application. Tips on writing essays:

· Don’t simply repeat the accomplishments on your resume. Admissions counselors already have that information.

· Carefully read the prompt and answer in your own voice.

· Be specific. Focus on one event, person or activity and explain what it means to you. Take your time, you can learn a lot about yourself in the process.

· Proofread, proofread and proofread again. Ask a teacher or counselor for feedback.

Once students have completed the application process, decided on a college or university and accepted an offer, it is time to begin the visa application process. An acceptance letter from the college or university will be the first step in obtaining a student visa. Next, you will apply online or in person at the consulate, pay the service fee and collect all necessary documents including bank statements and school transcripts. Scheduling an interview is the final step. Interviewers will want to know that you are a serious student, have the necessary English skills to be successful and that, at the end of your visa period, you plan to return to your home country. Consulate representatives want you to study in their country; remember, they are not there to turn you away but to accept you. If you are nervous about the interview process, practice with a teacher, friend or counselor.

Counseling students on each step of the way toward reaching their goals is rewarding and getting to know students and their future ambitions is the most enjoyable part of my job.

Loserville – School Musical

It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s about to invent something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary, if only he had the courage to talk to her.

Perhaps things haven’t changed that much after all!

Holly is the girl: she has brains and looks and is determined to be the first woman in space but will she want Michael?

Michael and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends, Lucas, Francis, and Marvin are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

Eddie wants a fast ride to the top and doesn’t care who gets trampled along the way. Leia just wants Eddie. Or Eddie’s babies – well, she thinks she does.

Loserville, the smash-hit, musical from London’s West End, takes geek to a whole new rock-pop level. Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013 and many more accolades, Loserville is based on the groundbreaking album, “Welcome to Loserville,” from the band, Son of Dork.

2018 WASC Mid-Cycle Visit

The American School proudly hosted a two-member Visiting Committee appointed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for a three-day Mid-Cycle site visit from March 11- March 13, 2018. Mr Robert Hulbert, retired high school principal from Woodland, California, and Mr. Gene Cheh, Associate Principal at Hong Kong International School, visited TAS to evaluate school governance, curriculum, teaching and learning, student support services, and overall campus facilities. The team visited each teacher’s classroom and spoke with student and parent representatives in order to gain a full understanding of the academic and co-curricular programs on offer. On the final day of the visit, the WASC-appointed team presented its findings to the entire TAS learning community, highlighting commendations in areas of strength as well as recommendations for future growth. Overall, the site visit was hailed as a success. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools will act on the on the report from the Visiting Committee during the annual spring meeting on April 30-May 1, 2018.

TAS is a WASC-Accredited School, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, valid through June 30, 2021.

Loserville – School Musical

It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s about to invent something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary, if only he had the courage to talk to her.

Perhaps things haven’t changed that much after all!

Holly is the girl: she has brains and looks and is determined to be the first woman in space but will she want Michael?

Michael and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends, Lucas, Francis, and Marvin are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

Eddie wants a fast ride to the top and doesn’t care who gets trampled along the way. Leia just wants Eddie. Or Eddie’s babies – well, she thinks she does.

Loserville, the smash-hit, musical from London’s West End, takes geek to a whole new rock-pop level. Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013 and many more accolades, Loserville is based on the groundbreaking album, “Welcome to Loserville,” from the band, Son of Dork.

Come and see this feel good, retro extravaganza at TAS this spring, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Please note: This is a family-friendly musical but is not recommended for children under 6.

VENUE INFORMATION:
The American School, MSHS Campus
172-180 Nguyen van Huong
Thao Dien, District 2
Ho Chi Minh City

Please note there is very limited motorbike parking. Parking is not available for cars on campus.

The box office will be open from 6:30 pm.

Latecomers will NOT be admitted.

Showtime is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes including a 20 minutes interval.

Loserville is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

TAS Connecting love HTV9

TAS staff and students visited Tam Duc Heart Hospital to see the recipients of the TAS fundraising efforts. It was a heartwarming visit and an opportunity for our students to demonstrate understanding and compassion.

TAS Christmas Bazaar 2017

On Saturday, December 9, The American School organized a Christmas Bazaar with the participation of teachers, parents, students and neighborhood residents.

Younger children headed to an inflatable bounce house, castle maze, statue painting and crafts station while middle-high school students gravitated towards the trampoline, water walking ball and free henna tattoos. Attendees casually perused and mingled between booths boasting products from local vendors, donation opportunities from charities and Christmas-themed items. Mr. Rasul Buisan and his student dancers summoned additional holiday spirit with an onstage performance to Mariah Carey’s classic Christmas tune.

The Christmas Bazaar provided a great opportunity for the public and for the TAS family to relax and spread holiday cheer. The school looks forward to future events that will provide a similar atmosphere and ambiance.

Happy Halloween!

The Halloween Carnival 2017 has been held at The American School (TAS) on the afternoon of October 31. The event involved a multitude of booths, activities, games, and a dance performance.

Today the ECC and ES students dressed up in their favorite costumes and attended the event with their teachers and parents. From 8:30am, all ECC students went to ES campus to trick or treat and joined interesting activities such as watching a scary movie, coloring and listening to storytelling. All of the ECC & ES students looked fairy tale characters dressed as little princesses, princes, or even cute little mummies.

For MSHS students, this is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year because they can express their creativity. A lot of fun activities from the booths which were planned and run by MSHS students such as musical chairs, apple fishing, eyeball Toss and the devil’s café among others.

The Haunted house especially attracted the curiosity of the students. At the end of the program, many exciting gifts were awarded for the best costume & best booth. Check out some photos!

Wishing you a fun and spooky Halloween!

Welcome back to school

This morning, more than 400 students from pre-nursery to high school came to The American School (TAS) for the first day of school. In the cheerful and bustling atmosphere to celebrate the new school year, students were brought to school by their parents in the early morning. They arrived with a mix of emotions. If students from pre-nursery to grade 1 tended to feel more anxious and bewildered, middle and high school students felt more excited to see teachers and friends after two months of summer holidays.

From the school gate, students of kindergarten and elementary were greeted by two cute mascots of Pooh and Mickey with colorful balloons in their hands. Encouraged by the parents and teachers, they gradually forgot about their anxiety and were eager to encounter new things.

Let’s start a new school year full of confidence, bravery and a lot of fun!

TAS Grade 5 Move Up Day

June 5, 2017

Grade 5 spent this morning at the TAS Middle School with Garth Odonnell, Chelsea Armstrong, and Betsy Suits preparing for the next school year 2017-18. They visited all the Grade 6 Teachers’ Classrooms to have a preview of what they will be learning in Middle School Subjects. There was a Grade 6 Student Panel Discussion about the transition. Grade 5 students asked about Student Council, homework, tests, organizational tips, field trips, time management, and After School Activities. They are excited to have lockers and change classes the next school year. The morning ended with lunch in the MS Canteen with the Middle School Students.

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