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HS Weekly Bulletin | November 9, 2018
Posted 11/07/2018 11:00AM


All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.

– William Shakespeare

Upcoming Events

Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-School: No classes
Tuesday, November 27 Sweet November Dance Company performance • 18:30, Palmer Center
Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 6 HS Parent Coffee: PSAT results information session • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday

Academic Travel

Despite the challenges posed by extremely rainy weather throughout much of Italy, our students enjoyed another very successful Academic Travel session. Please enjoy photo galleries here and here, and we will be sharing student articles and videos about a variety of trips in the November Newsletter later this month.


High School Fall Play Opens Next Friday!

The High School Theater Program is delighted to present the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 16, with additional performances at 19:30 on Saturday, November 17, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 18. Seats are filling up fast, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Reserve your seats

Learn about the cast and crew, see rehearsal photos, and hear from Director Valerie Bijur Carlson at

Poster designed by Nensi Hasanbelli ’20

Athletics Update

October Athletes of the Month

Cristina Estevez ’19
From Coach Masa Yo: Cristina was a driving force in our friendly Varsity Girls Volleyball games this month versus American School of Milan (ASM) and International School of Milan (ISM)—particularly in our Family Weekend home game versus ASM, she kept her composure and consistency throughout the entire game. Her quick movements to be in the appropriate defensive position saved many points. The defining moment was when we were losing 14-11 in the final set (match point for ASM). Cristina was our server and delivered three strong serves, putting us back in the game and giving us the opportunity to win the game 20-18 and the match 2-1. She was under tremendous pressure but kept calm and led the comeback. Cristina’s never-give-up attitude is one reason why she is deserving of this award.

Enzo Tondo ’20
From Coach Alex Zanecchia ’03: Enzo is a quiet person, but once he is on the soccer field, he is ultra-focused, a very tough-minded goalkeeper, and very vocal. He stood out in each game, making the saves when needed and supporting his teammates when they were down. Enzo had notable performances at the ISSL tournament in Zurich. He received numerous compliments from a number of other coaches and earned respect from his teammates. He has great natural athletic abilities and quick reflexes that make him an outstanding goalkeeper. Enzo also made a handful of saves during the Family Weekend game against ASM, ensuring the team’s first victory of the season. He is one of the most positive and friendly players on the Varsity Boys Soccer team. Enzo is truly deserving of this recognition.

Upcoming Athletic Contests
November 9–10 Varsity Boys Volleyball • ESC Tournament ISZL
November 10 Boys Varsity Rugby • SGIS Tournament Le Rosey
November 10 Varsity Girls Volleyball • NISSA BSM
November 10 Varsity Girls Soccer • NISSA Tournament Home, Campari Field
Recent Athletic Results
November 3 Varsity Boys Volleyball • SGIS Tournament 2nd Place
November 3 Varsity Girls Volleyball • SGIS Tournament 4th Place
November 3 Varsity Boys Soccer • SGIS Tournament Results

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade and Postgraduate students should register via Naviance if they’d like to attend any of these meetings. All other students should send an email to to register.

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

American School of Milan University Fair on November 13

The American School of Milan will host a university fair on Tuesday, November 13, from 18:45–21:00. Learn more here.


American University of Paris to Host Open Day on November 17
The American University of Paris (AUP) invites prospective students and parents to campus on Saturday, November 17, to spend the day discovering life as a student of the university. This is a unique opportunity to meet current students and experience the AUP classroom together by participating in practical workshops in Arts, Science, or Journalism. Register at

University of St.Gallen Open Day on November 29
The University of St.Gallen will host an Open Day for prospective undergraduates on Thursday, November 29. The day will start with a presentation about studying and living at the HSG. Current students will offer guided tours of the campus with a joint lunch in the Mensa restaurant. In the afternoon, visiting students will have an opportunity to attend a taster lecture and two presentations of the majors and speak with representatives from the Admissions and Crediting Office.

Essay Competition Sponsored by New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities London invites 11th-grade students to submit essays by January 31, 2019. Full details, including essay subjects/titles and prizes, can be found at All prize-winners and runners-up, along with a guest, will be invited to a celebratory awards evening hosted by Professor A.C. Grayling and the College's Faculty at New College of the Humanities' home in Bedford Square, London.

IE University Summer Program
IE University, which has campuses in both Madrid and Segovia, Spain, invites students graduating in 2020 or 2021 to apply for a spot in its Summer Program, which will be held July 8–19 this summer. (Registration opens soon.) The program is for students interested in improving interpersonal and leadership skills and studying in one of five specialized tracks:

  • Architecture & Design
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Innovation & Technology
  • Marketing, Communication & Behavior
  • Politics, Law & International Relations

Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule
Please review the 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule with your children for important information about standardized tests they may need to take in high school.

Advisor Meetings Next Week

On Monday, all students will receive a Magnificent 7 card they can fill out to acknowledge students who embody the timeless virtues of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision. On Thursday, all High School students will gather in the Palestra for an assembly centered on the High School Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR. Advisor groups will then further discuss the play in their individual meetings on Friday.

Upcoming Cultural Events

The Cultural Events Program at TASIS provides valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists. All members of the TASIS community (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the School) are welcome to attend cultural events that take place on campus while off-campus trips are reserved for students and their chaperones.

Upcoming cultural events include trips to the Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) Hall for a student flute ensemble on November 4, an open rehearsal with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana on November 8, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin on November 18; productions of antigone/CAESAR in the Palmer Center November 16–18; the Sweet November Dance Company’s latest dance showcase in the Palmer Center on November 27; and a performance by Swiss harpist Elisa Netzer in the Palmer Center on November 29.

See the Cultural Events calendar on the TASIS website for more information.

TASIS Speaker Series Continues on November 18

Award-winning newscaster Nazlı Çelik ’96 will address the senior class in the Palmer Center at 20:00 on Sunday, November 18, and lead a question-and-answer session with students in Casa Fleming immediately afterward. Read about the full 2018–2019 TASIS Speaker Series lineup.

Shuttle Bus Service Update

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the TASIS shuttle service and to make it more convenient for parents, we have been looking for location-sharing solutions for our community. We have begun using the Glympse app this school year, as it provides real-time information about bus locations and current traffic situations. See instructions for how to set up the app, and please contact Shuttle Bus Coordinator Ms. Koreshkova with any questions.

Dogs on Campus

This is a friendly reminder that all dogs must be kept on leashes while they are on campus. Thank you for your cooperation!

Calling All singers!

Scuola Corale Cathedral Recruiting New Members
The prestigious Scuola Corale Cathedral (SCC) is proud to announce a new collaboration with TASIS that will offer students (ages nine and above) and faculty members the opportunity to sing with the SCC. Inductions will be made through a brief interview and a short test, so as to assess ability levels and teaching requirements at each individual’s level. Rehearsals will be held twice a week, and previous experience is not obligatory.

For more information, consult this brochure or contact Robert Michaels, Master of the Choristers, at or +41 79 219 14 10.

Faculty Choir Welcomes TASIS Parents to Join
The TASIS Faculty/Staff choir cordially invites any and all singing members of the TASIS community to join our adult choir and enjoy the camaraderie and the singing of a variety of musical styles. We are not a professional group and welcome all singers regardless of experience.

Please join us on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 18:30 in Music 1, which is located in the basement of the Palestra. Please contact the director, Tamara Schumacher, at with any questions.

TPA Thanksgiving Potluck on November 22

All parents are invited to a Thanksgiving TPA potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Tuesday, November 22, at 12:30. Bring your favorite dish to share! Please confirm your availability by sending an email to Additional details will follow.

Ornaments Needed for Christmas trees

TPA members will be decorating four live Christmas trees on the TASIS campus. If your family would like to donate an ornament for the trees, please bring it to campus on November 19. Ornaments can be dropped off in a well-marked car located in the parking lot near the Gazebo from 7:30–19:00 that day.

TASIS Holiday Market: Community Vendors

The TASIS Holiday Market will take place on Friday, November 30, on the TASIS campus. This year the Holiday Market will not be open to outside vendors, but if members of the TASIS community would like to sell their wares during the market from 16:00 to 18:30, they can reserve a booth for CHF 80. The booths will be set up on the outdoor basketball court, and they must be reserved by Monday, November 12. Please contact to make a reservation

Raffle Prize Donations for TASIS Staff

The annual TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 15. As a thank you to the staff for all their hard work during the year, the TPA would like to participate by providing raffle prizes.

Our goal is to provide one raffle prize (valued at CHF 100 or less) from each grade—Pre-K3 to 12th grade—but we need your help!

If you would like to participate, please contact parents within your grade to coordinate the purchase and collection of the prize. The TPA will create a list of all prizes purchased. Please email your grade's prize to so that it can be added to the list. In addition, the TPA will donate 100 TPA Cookbooks for the event.

All raffle prizes will be collected in Casa Fleming on November 30. Please contact with any questions, and thank you very much for all your support!

Health Warning from FCD Prevention Works

We would like to pass along the following e-Journal about the dangers of vaping from FCD Prevention Works, an organization that comes to the TASIS campus to work with students each year.

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