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2016 was a great year at SAS!
Posted 12/15/2016 11:00AM


The end of the first semester is here--and has been as frenzied as ever. Students across the school have been displaying their learning in some truly extraordinary ways. The enthusiasm they have for their learning, and the sophisticated way that even our youngest students can articulate what they are learning and why is truly inspiring. I can honestly say that there is nowhere else in the world I would want to be an educator. SAS is a very special place.

As school quickly winds down and the winter holiday begins, I want to thank you for being part of our community. Each day I am grateful as you support and inspire your children while sharing your passion and talents with us. We are grateful for your fantastic partnership so we can offer each student an exemplary American educational experience. We take the trust you place in us very seriously, and we are committed to knowing each and every student, ensuring that they all learn at high levels in every classroom, every day.

I can't talk about student learning at SAS without describing some of the incredible evidence I've recently seen. Just in the past couple of weeks, early learning students wondered about caterpillars who wrapped into cocoons. They talked with high school biology teachers about the lifecycle of butterflies, and continued their thinking through The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Elementary students held an invention convention, turning thoughtful ideas to life in maker challenges. Lunch Bunch students made recycled decorations and crafts, sold them to faculty and parents, and donated their funds to the SAS Foundation. The Foundation in turn uses these funds to provide more opportunities for students, like the global Hour of Code that took place in every division this month.

Middle schoolers are researching and debating topics they are interested in as they develop the foundational writing skills that will serve them throughout their lives. The middle school makerspace has been bursting with activity, most recently with an origami workshop. And each day, middle school band students have been visiting classrooms throughout campus playing holiday tunes that culminated in a fabulous concert, just this morning.

Speaking of concerts, we just had our high school winter collage—just wow! I echo the sentiments of so many parents that say our students' performance rivals any concert available in Singapore. Our high school robotics team just won their first victory at the VEX Formosa robotics contest in Taipei, and our boys varsity basketball team won the Hong Kong Holiday tournament. Model United Nations students spoke with US Ambassador Kirk Wagar about global and US politics, economics, and near-term implications in the coming US administration. Advanced Topic Writing Seminar students have been working with Columbia University Teachers College on a publishing project, a dream for any aspiring author, and Catalyst projects were showcased at an evening exhibition of learning. These are all things that have taken place just in the last couple of weeks, and doesn't include dozens of other activities and performances, and the great learning in classrooms that happens each and every day.

This great work is resulting in our students gaining skills that are valuable to them now, and that will be valuable to them throughout life. Such opportunities also help our students create portfolios of experiences that they can later reflect upon and cite in the college application process. What our kids accomplish is simply remarkable.

It is early in the college admission process for many of our students, yet some seniors, plus a few National Servicemen from previous classes, are already learning results from their applications to first choice schools. As is typically the case, our students are doing very well. As of today, one or more of our students have confirmed that they have been accepted to one of the following institutions next year, with several schools still not reporting as of the writing. We have received acceptances from:

University of Alabama

University of Alaska

Ashland University

Baylor University

Boston University

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

University of Chicago

University of Colorado

Colorado College

Columbia University

Cornell University

Creighton University

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Fordham University

George Mason University

Hamilton College

University of Illinois

Indiana University

Ithaca College

King's College London

University of LaVerne

Loyola Marymount University

University of Mary Washington

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Michigan State University

Montana State University

New Mexico State University

New York University

NYU Abu Dhabi

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Old Dominion University

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Princeton University

Purdue University

Queen's University

Ringling College of Art and Design

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Santa Monica College

University of Scranton

Skidmore College

Slippery Rock University

St. Edward's University

University of St. Thomas

Susquehanna University

Swarthmore College

Texas A&M University

Texas Christian University

The Ohio State University

Trinity University

Tufts University

Tulane University

United States Military Academy - West Point

University College London

University of Kent

University of Sydney

Valdosta State University

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Tech

Washington University in St. Louis

Wichita State University

University of Wisconsin

We know that receiving a university acceptance letter is a wonderful part of the student experience, and we are thrilled for all of our students receiving good news. And we also recognize that not everyone received the news they were hoping for, and as a result there is some disappointment. This is natural, part of the process, and we will be supporting our students through their personal highs, and their lows.

But SAS students do well, and there are several months of letters still to come. Our high school students continue to work with their counselors for support and advice as they get ready for the round of regular decision announcements that will come in March. We are optimistic and confident that all our graduates will continue to be accepted into incredible universities around the world. Singapore American School students see astounding results, despite an increasingly competitive environment.

There is so much to celebrate here in our school. We created a video of 2016 in a snapshot and invite you to celebrate the past year with us.

Lastly, I would like to highlight a very successful start to our SAS Foundation annual fund appeal. We have already seen incredible generosity from over 200 families since the launch three weeks ago. The annual fund supports programs that tuition alone cannot cover, and it is making a difference for our kids. Thank you!

Though the SAS Foundation will continue their campaign through June 30, 2017, if you pay taxes in the United States and you would like to receive a tax deduction for this calendar year, your gift to the SAS Foundation (USA) must be received by midnight on December 31 EST. You can make your gift online at

Thank you for being an active part of our community. It is a privilege to serve with you. I wish you and your family blessings this holiday season, filled with family and friends, rest and adventure, and peace, joy, and hope.

Warmest wishes,


Dr. Chip Kimball


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