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HS Weekly Bulletin | October 5, 2018
Posted 10/05/2018 03:00PM

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

– Marcel Proust

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 8 No classes for HS and MS
Wednesday, October 10 PSAT Testing
Friday–Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend (registration form)
Sunday, October 21 TPA Fall Festival Brunch • 11:00–13:00, De Nobili
Wednesday, October 24 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Monday–Friday, October 29–November 2 Fall Academic Travel (some trips leave earlier)
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)
Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)

Interim Grades

In next week’s Advisor Meetings, advisors will review interim grades with their advisees and discuss plans for improvement if necessary.

Adjustment to Veracross Attendance System

Please note that the High School will soon be switching to a new format in the Veracross attendance system. Parents will now receive an absence notification at the end of each period for which a student is marked absent (assuming the absence was not excused). In order to limit the number of notifications received from Veracross, parents are advised to inform the School of any absences in advance by using the Student Attendance & Transportation Request section in the Veracross Parent Portal.

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

All visits will be held in the College Counseling Office. Students in grades 10 or 11 who plan to attend any of these events should reserve a space by sending an email to

Please note that all college representative visits are also listed on the All-School Calendar.

Upcoming Webinar
Learn more about studying at Utrecht University in the Netherlands by participating in its Webinar Day on Saturday, October 13. Pre-registration is required.

US University Info Programs in Geneva and Zurich on October 7 and 14
Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, and Vanderbilt University invite you to attend one of two information sessions held in Switzerland. At these events, admission directors from these six universities will give a brief presentation about their institution's undergraduate programs and provide an overview of admission and financial aid policies and procedures. The admission directors will be available to answer specific questions at the end of the program.

  • Zurich event
  • Geneva event

Space is limited for both events, so advance registration is highly encouraged. Questions about either event can be directed to

University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam will host a Bachelor’s Day on November 10 in order to offer students the opportunity to explore their choice of study program by visiting program information sessions, having their questions answered by current students at an information fair, and attending an international student session on arranging practical matters. Learn how to register.

Beginning in September 2019, students at the University of Amsterdam will be able choose from 17 different English-taught Bachelor programs in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from economics and political science to literature and linguistics.

Message from the TPA

Dear Parents,

What a great start! The TPA-sponsored coffee meetings and lunch were an amazing success. We had record-breaking attendance with more than 130 parents participating overall. Thank you for sharing your ideas, and we will incorporate as many of them as possible.

We’ve got a busy year ahead, so please mark your calendars with the TPA and holiday event dates listed on the calendar on the TPA page of the TASIS website (and see details about the upcoming Mountain Trek and Halloween Brunch below). We will work with the coordinators in the coming weeks to discuss event details, and you will receive more information in the Weekly Bulletins.

Please note that we also have some coordinator positions open. See this Keynote presentation for details, and if you are interested in becoming a TPA coordinator, please contact us at

All TPA coordinators and members wish you a great year at TASIS.

Brunella Pignaton and Laura Colombo
TPA Co-Presidents

TPA Mountain Trekking on October 9

The TPA welcomes all parents to join them for a Monte Bre-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Tuesday, October 9. From the summit (1,129 meters), the beautiful panorama opens up over the Lugano bay.

The group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 9:30 (or at 10:00 on Monte Bre). The trek from Monte Bre to Monte Boglia takes two hours. Please bring your own lunch and water. We will return to TASIS by 15:00. Please send an email to to confirm your attendance or ask any questions.

Information about the PSAT on October 10

All students in grades 9–11 will take the PSAT at 8:00 on Wednesday, October 10. (Please note that 12th-grade and Postgraduate students will participate in a college/university application workshop instead of taking the PSAT.)In addition to giving students experience with a test many of them will take in the near future (the SAT), the PSAT helps students confirm that they are on track for university-level academics. Scores can also be used for class placement and AP readiness assessment.

Students will receive an email early next week explaining the specific test location for their grade level. Please remind your children to bring the following things on test day: two No. 2 or HB pencils, a calculator, their TASIS ID, and their very best attitude and effort!

Here are some additional resources students and parents may find helpful:

Chess Club Begins on October 10

The Chess Club will kick off its weekly meetings and matches on Wednesday, October 10, from 16:00–17:00. The club is taught by the Ticino Grandmaster of Chess. Players of all levels are invited to participate.

Family Weekend Just a Week Away

If you have not yet had a chance to register for Family Weekend (October 12–13), please use the button below to do so.

Register for Family Weekend 2018

Please review the full schedule of events for High School parents, contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions, and see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website for information about hotels in the area.

Sign up for Parent Reception on October 12

Any parents who would like to attend the Parent Reception during Family Weekend (16:00–17:30 in Casa Fleming on Friday, October 12) should confirm their attendance by sending an email to Yvonne Procyk.

Shuttle Schedule on October 12

This is a reminder that there will be a few changes to the HS/MS shuttle schedule on Friday, October 12, as class schedules for HS and MS students have been adjusted to accommodate the start of Family Weekend. Please note the following:

  • Shuttles for HS and MS students will depart at 14:30.
  • HS and MS car riders will depart between 14:30–14:45.
  • ES shuttles will depart at their usual time of 16:00.
  • ES car riders will depart between 16:00–16:15 (as usual).

Used Uniform Sale and Drop-Off on October 12

The TPA will host a Used Uniform Sale outside Monticello on the afternoon of Friday, October 12, from 15:00–17:00. Parents are also encouraged to donate used uniforms at this time, and anyone interested in volunteering to work at this event should speak to the Used Uniform Coordinator in their child’s division or send an email to

Winter Dress Code Begins on October 15

Starting on Monday, October 15, all students will be expected to follow the Winter Dress Code. Polo shirts will no longer be permitted, and all outer layers—including sweaters and coats— must have the TASIS crest. See the Uniforms section of the Student Handbook for more details.

Students who are lacking WInter Uniform items are advised to place an order with Unique Uniforms or stop by the TASIS Uniform Shop, which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00–13:00 on the ground floor of Monticello (across from the vending machines).

Halloween Brunch on October 21

The TPA will be sponsoring a Halloween Brunch for Middle and High School students on Sunday, October 21, from 11:00–13:00. Students are encouraged to dress up for this annual event.

The TPA will be working on this event from 10:00–14:00 that day and is looking for parent volunteers to decorate De Nobili, bake treats, and serve food. Please send an email to if you’d like to help out.

Preventing Substance Abuse at TASIS

Last week all High School students were able to learn from the highly engaging John Tummon, Senior Prevention Specialist and Regional Officer for FCD Prevention Works, a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that at TASIS, one of our founding principles centers on the importance of teaching fitness and healthy habits of living. This recognition requires that we take special care in offering nutritious meals, insisting upon timely sleeping arrangements, and encouraging students to participate in a wide range of physical activities. It also means prohibiting certain types of activities and substances, including the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. Below is a summary of the steps we take to prevent substance abuse at TASIS.

The curriculum for our Middle School and High School Physical Education classes includes a weekly health unit that addresses, among other important topics, the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs on the body. The ultimate aim of our Physical Education program is to help students develop a lifelong appreciation for exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.

When necessary, School Counselor Pamela Waters works with students to address the issues that may contribute to their need to experiment with drugs or alcohol. Exploring constructive alternatives when students are dealing with feelings of isolation or inadequacy supports the School's mandate to help them find better coping mechanisms than drugs and alcohol.

Our dedicated Residential Life team makes sure all boarding students are safely in their dormitories on each weeknight from early in the evening until the following morning. On weekends, all boarding students are required to have face-to-face check-ins in both the early and late evening to ensure their safety and accountability. Following their final check-in, they must remain in the dormitory until morning.

Drug Testing
The use or possession of any illegal or unauthorized drugs is strictly forbidden. As stated in our High School Student Handbook, members of the High School Administration team issue random drug tests each week. Our tests account for 12 different controlled substances. Our goal is not to “catch” students but to dissuade them from experimenting with drugs in the first place.

Consequences of Drug Use
Any violation of our drug policy, including a positive result on a drug test or a refusal to submit to a drug test, will result in a student’s dismissal from TASIS.

Alcohol Testing
Members of our Residential Life team administer breathalyzers to High School boarding students each night—both to a group of randomly selected students and to any students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Approximately five students are checked each weeknight, and up to 25 are checked on weekends.

Consequences of Alcohol Use
Students who fail a breathalyzer test for the first time face a five-day internal suspension. A second failure results in an external suspension, and a third leads to expulsion in most cases.

Athletes of the Month

Starting this school year, TASIS will begin a tradition of recognizing Athletes of the Month (Male and Female) for each month of the school year. The coaching staff has selected the Athletes of the Month based on the following criteria:

  • Sportsmanship (respecting coaches, officials, opponents, and teammates),
  • Commitment (toward practices, games, and continued improvement)
  • Honesty (playing by the rules, having character)
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm (for their sport both on and off the field/court)
  • Toughness (both mental and physical)
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Focus and discipline
  • Perseverance (overcoming challenges).

Congratulations to the Athletes of the Month for September:

Raffaella Alencar Barros ’19
A two-sport fall athlete who displays commitment and passion, Raffa continues to be a super positive senior leader for the Varsity Cross Country team even though she splits her time with the Varsity Soccer team. She is a role model for all and always works out on her own when she is not able to attend one of her team’s practices. She is not new to winning awards, however, and stands out for each and every team, club, group, or class she is a part of at TASIS. She gets what it means to be a part of something bigger than herself, and it has become second nature for her to lead by example.

Nadir Timerbaev ’19
A four-year veteran of the Varsity Boys Volleyball team, Nadir is a captain and the clear leader of the team. He’s recognized as a threat throughout the league. At the Basel tournament earlier this month, he tallied 21 aces and 12 kills (as a setter, he had too many assists to count). Nadir’s offensive stats were amazing, as he scored 39% of the team’s points. At the tournament TASIS hosted last weekend, it was evident that his leadership was a major reason why the team did not lose a single set during the entire tournament. He is always focused and calm under pressure and sets an example for the rest of the team.

Athletics Recaps

Sept. 29 Varsity Cross Country • SGIS Championships Category A: 2nd Place Boys and Girls
Sept. 29 Varsity Boys Volleyball • Invitational 1st Place
Sept. 25 JV Girls Volleyball vs American School of Milan Win; 2-0
Sept. 24 Varsity Girls Volleyball vs American School of Milan Win: 2-0
Sept. 24 JV Boys Soccer vs American School of Milan Loss: 6-9
Sept. 24 Varsity Boys Volleyball vs American School of Milan Win: 2-1
Sept. 22 Varsity Boys Soccer vs American School of Milan Tie
Sept. 22 Varsity Rugby vs Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz 4th Place

Upcoming Sports

Date Event Location Time
October 5 Junior Varsity Boys Soccer • SGIS Championships Brillantmont IS 9:00
October 6 MS and Varsity Cross Country • ISSL Championships TASIS 10:00
October 9 Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. ISM ISM 16:00
October 10 Terry Fox Run TASIS 13:30
October 13 Varsity Boys Soccer vs. ASM TASIS 15:00
October 13 Varsity Girls Soccer vs. ASM TASIS 16:15
October 13 Varsity Boys Volleyball vs. ASM TASIS 16:15
October 13 JV Girls Volleyball vs. ASM TASIS 13:45
October 13 JV Boys Soccer vs. ASM TASIS 13:45
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