Supporting and Integrating our Newest Tiger Employees and Families

By Lindsey Kundel, Director of Communications and Marketing

The back-to-school time is upon us, including important events designed for our newest Tigers, including new TAS employees and families.

Our new school employees met for six full days of orientation and training prior to the beginning of the school year, including both virtual and in-person sessions with our leadership team, HR team, and divisional administrators. The goal of this annual employee orientation is to make sure each of our new employees felt supported as they become integral members of our learning community. Whether we were discussing curricular work, the school's JEDI commitment, or tips for settling into our home island of Taiwan, each session had a buzz of world-class people excited to begin their work here with our children.

The school also hosts many different new family orientation events, organized by division and grade level. The office of admissions leads this effort along with the rest of the senior administrative team in order to make sure that our new families begin to create lasting relationships with important school leaders and ask any last-minute questions before the school year begins. The orientations are also intentionally designed to help families meet one another since it's important that all members of our school community feel welcomed and supported, not just by school employees but by and alongside one another.

One highlight of this year's new family welcome programming was a revamped offering called the school services fair, in which different departments from around the school hosted small mini-sessions and Q&As for parents including the food services department, the IT team, the security team, the communications office, and TYPA. We believe that this hands-on approach to proactive problem solving will help all of our Tigers truly be set up for success come the first day of school on August 10.

Our newest Tigers come from many different countries and previous schools around the world, and we cannot wait for the rest of our community to meet them on campus soon.