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HS Weekly Bulletin | February 15, 2019
Posted 02/15/2019 10:00AM

Maybe foolishly, but 40 years ago I did dream of a school or schools that by bringing young people closely together in their young and formative tender years we might be able to ‘bond’ the world together in such a way that ties of understanding, compassion, love, and a sense of reality would create a saner, safer, better world.


- M. Crist Fleming, 1996 speech


In her 1975 yearbook message, Mary Crist Fleming, TASIS's founder, said, "We must bring together old dreams with new realities into a fusion of international cooperation and communication, ever more essential as the world pinches us closer and closer together."

International Week, admirably stewarded by our own Eleonora Pinton, represents the fusion Mrs. Fleming envisioned, a fusion that brightens a world pinched even more closely together in 2019 than in 1975. This week our students learned how to express the highest form of patriotism, love of home and country, while retaining an open heart and mind to all that the world, in its various and wondrous plenitude, has to offer.

As students embark on Academic Travel and Global Service in a week's time, they will extend their education from the classroom to Europe and around the world, continuing their exploration of the truth, goodness, and beauty that abide in all of us. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful community we call TASIS.

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 23–Friday, March 2 Spring Academic Travel (including Global Service Program trips)
Monday, March 4 Yearbook portrait retakes
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday

Another Great International Week Draws to a Close!

Please enjoy this article (with video footage) about Monday’s Opening Ceremony, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, and outstanding musical and dance performances. Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

The High School World Cup took place in the Palestra Monday through Wednesday and somehow managed to reach a newfound level of excitement this year, with both semifinal matches and the title match coming down to an excruciating series of penalty kicks. Congratulations to Team Latinos, who defeated FC United Nations 3-2 in penalty kicks in the championship game (after two scoreless halves); to the Spice Girls, who went 1-0-2 in their matchups against Team Latinas to emerge as champions of the girls’ pool; to Latinos’ keeper Enzo Tondo ’20, who won both the Golden Glove and Most Valuable Player awards; and to FC United Nations’ Giuseppe Tola ’19, who took home the Golden Boot Award with five goals.

Many more photos from International Week—which also featured themed lunches and dinners each day, themed dress-up options each day, and the always-popular International Food Fair on Thursday night—can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.


Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi or a movie and pizza night in the Snack Bar on Friday evening, an all-day trip to Milan on Saturday, and a shopping trip to Foxtown or crêpes-making activity in Lanterna on Sunday. Students can consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.


Meeting Blocks Next Week

Students will have their final Academic Travel meetings next Thursday, and on Friday there will be a community-building event with hot chocolate and cookies during the Advisor block.


Spring Academic Travel

All parents should have received an email from their children’s Spring Academic Travel trip leaders with itineraries and packing lists. Basic information about each trip is listed below, and please contact Academic Travel Director Natalie Philpot or Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff with any questions.

February 21–March 2 Trip Leader Emergency Check-in Place Check-in Time
GSP India Ms. Philpot +41 78 254 7825 Lanterna 15:45
GSP Kenya Ms. Sarcevic +41 79 866 3901 Gazebo 18:00
February 23–March 1 Trip Leader Emergency Check-in Place Check-in Time
Modern History (Poland) Mr. Fredericksen +41 79 866 3923 Gazebo 6:15
Ski Adventure (Crans-Montana) Mr. Diviani +41 79 398 3017 De Nobili 8:30–10:30
February 24–March 1 Trip Leader Emergency Check-in Place Check-in Time
Ancient History (Greece) Ms. Heard +41 79 866 3936 De Nobili 7:30
US History (Paris/Normandy) Mr. White +41 79 866 3924 De Nobili 6:00
History and Culture (Lisbon) Mr. Walker +41 79 866 3920 De Nobili 8:00
Combined Arts (Paris) Ms. Forrest +41 79 866 3907 De Nobili 6:00
IB II Retreat (Tuscany) Mr. Stickley +41 79 866 3903 De Nobili 7:30

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade students should register via Naviance to attend the meetings. All other students can send an email to college@tasis.ch to register.

British Council Study UK Fair (Milan)

  • Saturday, February 16, 10:00–17:00
  • Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61

Istituto Marangoni Open Days

  • Thursday, February 21, 15:00–20:00 - Design (Milan)
  • Saturday, February 23, 10:00–17:00 - Fashion (Milan)
  • Saturday, March 16, 10:00–17:00 - Fashion, Art, Design (Florence)

EU Business School Open Day

Swiss Education Group Open Days


  • Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Le Bouveret
  • Swiss Hotel Management School, Caux
  • IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Neuchâtel
  • Hotel Institute Montreux

Standardized Testing Information

TASIS 2018-2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule (recently modified)

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
  • ACT Information
    • The last 2018-2019 ACT administered at TASIS will be on February 9 (the registration period has closed)
    • Additional ACT administrations are available at other testing centers:
      • April 13—register by March 8
      • June 8—register by May 3
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:

Franklin University Academic Summit

Saturday, February 16, from 11:00–18:30 at Franklin University
Topic: “Climate Change: Swiss realities and Swiss future”

  • This program is open to students who would like to explore this topic while interacting with university students and professors.
  • For more information, call 091 986 3613 or email info@fus.edu. Please use this link to register or learn more.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests
February 21 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs. U17 Cassarate Palestra, TASIS campus
March 6 Varsity Badminton • SGIS Doubles Palestra, TASIS campus
March 6 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. BC Vedeggio Palestra, TASIS campus
March 8 Varsity Girls Basketball • ESC ISL
March 8 Varsity Boys Basketball • ESC BBIS
March 8 Swimming • ESC ISZL
Recent Athletic Results
February 9 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Tournament 1st Place
February 9 Varsity Badminton • ESC Tournament Win

Important Reminder About Our Dismissal Procedure

Please note that the local police have begun to complain that some parents have used the bus stop in front of the main TASIS campus as a place to pick up their children. In order to avoid incurring a fine, please take note of the following options available to you when you pick up your child after school:

  • If the parking lot next to Hadsall is full, you may want to try the lot on Via Matorèll (see map below).

  • If you would prefer to avoid the busiest pick-up period, you may want to consider waiting in the cemetery lot (across from Sant’Abbondio) until you see the Romantic Tour buses going down the hill. At that point, you can drive up to the TASIS campus and pick up your child with very little hassle.

Thank you for your attention to this matter!


Volunteers Needed for Used Uniform Sales on February 20–21

The TPA is looking for volunteers to work at Used Uniform Sales on February 20 from 13:00–17:00 and on February 21 from 13:00–17:00. To volunteer to help out at either sale, please click here.

If you can't volunteer on either day, you can still help! Please bring gently used uniforms that your children have outgrown. There will be a box in the Palestrina used for collecting uniform donations on February 20 and February 21. All items will be professionally laundered and then used at future sales.

We appreciate your help and support,

TPA Co-Presidents
Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton


Portrait Retake Day

Portrait retake day will be held on Monday, March 4, from 10:00–16:00 in the MCF Library for any students who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook and in Veracross, so it’s very important that students remember to go.


Save the date for the next TPA Potluck on March 12

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) invites all TASIS parents to its next Potluck on Tuesday, March 12, at the home of Stefania Rovelli. To attend, please RSVP at tpa@tasis.ch.


No HS Bulletin Next Two Weeks

Because there are no classes during the week of February 25—March 1 due to Spring Academic Travel, please note that we will not send a High School Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 22, or on Friday, March 1. Classes will resume on Monday, March 4, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 8.

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