Archived Chip Kimball's Superintendent Articles

Parents who have heard me speak have surely heard me talk about how quickly the world is changing. And while thinking about change can be daunting, it is a part of our current culture, the new normal if you will. And change actually may turn out to be one of the few constants in our lives. No matter what—we are faced with change.

Each year as our school enters the frenzy of activity that spring inevitably brings, it is important to step back from the frenzy and remember why we are here and what our ultimate goal is.

Educational leaders have been talking about personalized learning for nearly 100 years, but it is only now that personalized learning is being realized in schools around the world. What does personalized learning at SAS really mean, and what will it do for our students?

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday I find myself both reflective and deeply grateful. Our community is a remarkable one, filled with talented individuals, warm and generous families, and children that love to learn. While living away from our daughters can be hard, what we have found at SAS is meaningful relationships and a place that has become "home."

Singapore American School has some phenomenal students. Period.

Welcome back! I hope that over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend you had time with friends and family, and that your time was relaxing and generative.

Over the past four years Singapore American School has been on a journey of change to ensure that students are fully prepared for their future.

Recently I read an article about the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of gratitude.

One of the more tangible outcomes of a great K-12 education is the university admission of our graduates. At SAS our goal is to ensure that our students are placed in best-fit colleges and universities, where each student can grow and thrive, based upon their personal achievement as well as their non-academic needs and preferences.

The pursuit of passion is often self-centered—find out how the pursuit of a purpose can lead to a focus on helping others.

It has been an incredible start to the school year. This is a critical year for Singapore American School as we begin to implement our new strategic plan and roll out many of the new programs and personalized learning options for students we've been planning for years.

We are well into the school year and have much to celebrate! There are tremendous things happening in our classrooms, on our athletic fields, in our theaters, and all over our campus.


Each year at this time I am amazed at how quickly the summer flies by. The campus has been buzzing all summer with our growing Summer Semester program, professional development for many of our faculty, and summer facility projects. While students still have a couple of weeks left before returning to school, we can't wait for the new school year to begin!

We made it!

As I watch our students and faculty say their goodbyes for the year, I am impressed, proud, and touched. I am proud of our students' accomplishments. They are substantial and impressive. But I am also touched by who our students have become over the course of a year.

It is with great pride and appreciation that we can reflect on Singapore American School's 60-year history.

When the American Association founded Singapore American School in 1956, our 105 students learned in a colonial-style bungalow while Singapore was at the crossroads of change.

Last week, one of the most influential teachers in my life passed away at the age of 90. Dr. Howard M. Stien was a stern Norwegian scientist from the Midwest with a dry wit, tremendous capacity for inquiry, and deep care for his students.

It was great to see so many of our families participating in the PTA-sponsored International Fair on Saturday. I love seeing our families engaging with one another at our community events, and I personally love interacting with you and your children.

We have the privilege to live in a wonderfully safe country. Even so, we recognize that the world around us can be dangerous. I've addressed security a couple of times this year in response to worldwide events, and hope that has offered some peace of mind that security is constantly top of mind for us. But physical campus security isn't the only way that we seek to keep students safe.

The best gift of any holiday is time with family. I just can't wait to be with Cheryl and our girls for the winter break now that it is finally here. As I reflect on the first half of the year with our entire SAS family, I feel great pride as we celebrate what we've accomplished.

I love traveling with my wife, Cheryl. Her favorite part of travel is meeting new people, the more culturally diverse, the better. She smiles, says hello to anyone in any context, laughs, makes funny faces, and naturally breaks down any barriers with her demeanor and spirit.

The first half of this school year has just flown by, but when I pause to consider all that's taken place, I am incredibly grateful. Our students are thriving from preschool to high school, active in extracurricular activities, dedicated to service, fully engaged in their academic learning, and growing into incredible individuals who are already changing the world for the better.

Today the world mourns as we contemplate the senseless loss of life in Paris. My heart is broken, not only for the victims and families in Paris, but for the other senseless killings around the world that may go unnoticed. These events are too frequent and we lose sight of them too quickly. The SAS family mourns these losses, and we mourn together.

Since our founding in 1956, a full decade before Singapore declared its own independence, Singapore American School has been on the leading edge of preparing students for their future.

When SAS visitors meet our students and have the opportunity to interact with them, I am often told how impressed they are with our students' maturity, confidence, kindness, and respect. They rave about our students, and how these traits are different than those found in other kids they meet of the same age.