News & Events
The new site details events leading up to and including the Anniversary Celebration, shares the stories of some of the many successful TASIS alumni, and presents an engaging multimedia section that features an interactive historical timeline, a TASIS history quiz, “Then and Now” photos from campus, and an archive of videos and photographs.
All TASIS alumni are invited to participate in the Anniversary Celebration this summer and can register online here. Graduates from 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006 will be celebrating class reunions and may choose to plan their own events in addition to those happening on campus.
The Essenzialmente l’Italia Exhibition, which features outstanding student and faculty artwork from Academic Travel trips to Venice, Rome, and Florence, will be displayed in the Ferit Şahenk Fine Arts Center on the main TASIS campus until early April.
Photographs, paintings, and sketches will be included in the exhibition, which will be replaced by the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibitions following the School's return from the spring holiday.
|Painting used in the poster by Maria Arevalo Poincot '16|
The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is now able to offer its students access to the newly renovated Muzzano Sports Center, an expansive and versatile sports complex that can be configured to provide space for 12 badminton courts, four tennis courts, four volleyball courts, two basketball courts, or four indoor soccer fields.
The possibilities for the new complex, which has recently been outfitted with new bathrooms and changing rooms, are endless. “It’s going to enhance our athletic program immensely,” said TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim, whose Varsity Badminton team was the first to hold a practice at the Sports Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Lim expects the facility to primarily be used for team practices and recreation purposes for the time being, but he believes that it has the potential to host games and tournaments in the future. He acknowledges that many details about the Sports Center’s usage will need to be worked out in the coming months. “In time, I see this benefiting not only our students but the entire TASIS community,” he said.
It has taken a tremendous amount of work to bring the Muzzano Sports Center to its current polished state. Led by architects Alessandro Preiano and Pierangelo Realini, and assisted by Business Manager Luca Ugolotti and TASIS Facilities Manager Michele Dinelli, the major transformation from an abandoned warehouse to a high-tech, well-equipped, multi-purpose sports facility has been accomplished in only six months. Sports facility specialist Adler and Eisenhunt AG provided all the sports equipment.
Targeted for late spring, phase two of the Sports Center development will provide TASIS with a large fitness center and two multi-use studios for dance, yoga, pilates, spinning, martial arts, gymnastics, and theater.
The facility, which is about a five-minute drive from the main TASIS campus, will offer more than just athletic opportunities. It has a large kitchen that may be used on occasion during sports tournaments and for the TASIS Summer Program’s exciting new cooking course, La Cucina Italiana. Since October the facility has also served as the School’s primary Test Center. With eight rooms converted into classroom space, the center affords TASIS a quiet and comfortable place to offer nearly 20 TOEFL, SAT, and ACT exams each year—the latter two of which are also open to other high school students in the area.
While TASIS students will be transported to and from the Muzzano Sports Center in buses and school vehicles, ample parking is also available for private cars. The School will be hosting Open Houses for parents in the coming months and encourages them to make plans to visit this impressive addition to the campus. More information will be provided in upcoming weekly bulletins and on the TASIS website.
Directions to the Muzzano Sports Center
Heartfelt thanks to the many alumni who attended and even organized TASIS reunions this fall. Here's a review of Fall 2015 Reunions below:
All-Class Reunion DC,
|PG '65 50-Year Reunion,
November 20-21, 2015
October 31, 2015
Class of 1990 25-Year Reunion,
October 10-12, 2015
Class of 1985 30-Year Reunion,
September 18-21, 2015
TASIS junior Laura Vecoli’s goal of creating an exchange program between TASIS Switzerland and TASIS England has been realized, as 10 Switzerland students will travel to England from February 14-19 this year. Vecoli has been pursuing the program since the start of the school year, and she recently worked out the final details after earning the approval and support from each school’s Headmaster.
All 10 exchange students are from the ninth-grade class, and each will correspond with one student from England both during and after the trip in an effort to build a new relationship that will continue in the future.
“Our founder M. Crist Fleming spoke often about the importance of family and friendships, and she worked hard to create a unity between the family of TASIS schools,” said Vecoli. “We are sister schools but don’t know much about each other, so the purpose of this project is to unite the schools and build stronger relationships.”
The students making this year’s trip were selected primarily because of their interest in Drama, History, or Service Learning, and they will spend the first half of the trip enjoying cultural activities in London and the second half shadowing students at TASIS England. They hope to host their new friends in Switzerland next year.
Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and English Teacher Matt Federico will lead the inaugural trip, and Vecoli, who needs to be in Spain that week to fulfill her International Baccalaureate requirements but plans to visit TASIS England next year, will be in close contact with them throughout. She will meet with the chaperones and students afterward to review the trip and begin working on improvements for next year.
“My hope is that this becomes an annual tradition at TASIS and will be an exciting event that many students are eager to participate in,” she said.
We at TASIS would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyous and restful holiday season! We hope you have an opportunity to spend plenty of time with your loved ones, and may loving-kindness increase in the world and in our lives in the New Year.
Classes have now concluded for the Christmas Holiday. Elementary School classes will resume on Monday, January 11, and Middle School and High School classes will commence on Monday, January 18, following the wonderful TASIS tradition of Ski Week.