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HS Weekly Bulletin | April 5, 2019
Posted 04/05/2019 02:00PM


I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a
human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

- Thornton Wilder

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 13—Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday
Wednesday, May 1 Beat the Bells Run
Saturday, May 4 Spring Celebration and TPA Teacher Appreciation
Thursday, May 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 2–Friday, May 24 IB Exams
Tuesday, May 14–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival • full program will be shared soon
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical: Sketch
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation

Spring Holiday on the Way: No Bulletin Next Three Weeks

The spring holiday will commence at the close of school on Friday, April 12. Please note that we will not send a High School Weekly Bulletin next Friday or on the two Fridays during the holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, April 29, and our next HS Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, May 3.

We wish all students and teachers a wonderful and well-deserved holiday!

The Pirates of Penzance Take Over TASIS!

Congratulations to High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and her talented and hardworking cast and crew for delighting audiences with three outstanding performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance last weekend! Learn more and watch two of the shows.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi or a grilled cheese and games night in De Nobili on Friday evening, a day trip to Milan or a day trip to Lucerne (for indoor surfing!) on Saturday, a yoga walk on Saturday morning, and a Crossfit session in the Palestra or movie with salsa and guacamole in Lanterna on Sunday afternoon. There will also be a BBQ dinner for all students outside De Nobili on Sunday evening,

Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details about all these activities.

Meeting Blocks in the High School Next Week

On Tuesday, we will hold a dorm meeting for all boarding students during the advisor block to help them prepare for their spring holiday departures. Thursday’s assembly will be run by the dorm proctors and will involve some fun competition between students and faculty members. On Friday, we will have an Easter-themed community event with snacks for students and advisors.

Upcoming Athletic Contests

April 6 Tennis • NISSA BSM
April 9 Varsity Cross Country • NISSA Tournament TASIS Grotto
April 29 Varsity Track and Field • Friendly ISG
May 3 Varsity Golf • SGIS Tournament Gruyere
May 4 Tennis • SGIS Doubles KLAS
May 4 Varsity Track and Field • SGIS Tournament IS Geneva

Join Us for the 6th Annual Beat the Bells Run

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to join TASIS students and teachers for the 6th annual Beat the Bells Run on the morning of Wednesday, May 1. (And why not invite your friends to join you in some healthy exercise to celebrate the start of the month of May along with the springtime beauty of Lugano?)

All runners should plan to check in at the De Nobili Salon at 6:00 AM for a 6:15 sharp start to beat the 7:00 bells. The course is just under 7 km in length going down to Paradiso and then along the lake and back up to campus before the 7:00 Sant'Abbondio bells ring. The dining hall will open early for breakfast at 7:00, so a post-run breakfast will be provided!

For a small donation (minimum CHF 10) to the Nepal Global Service Program group, participants will get a commemorative Beat the Bells shirt (limited sizes available). Please consider joining us for this annual community-building event!

Spring Celebration and TPA Teacher Appreciation on May 4

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) and the High School Student Council are joining forces to establish a new community-building event and express their gratitude for everything TASIS teachers do for their students. This event will kick off at 17:00 on Saturday, May 4, and will feature a delicious BBQ and plenty of games on campus. All TASIS parents, students, and teachers (and their families) are cordially invited!

Sketch was originally performed as part of the 2016 TASIS Summer Arts Festival

MS Spring Musical, Sketch, to Open on May 17

Violet is thirteen, bookish, and an outcast among her peers. She spends her school days ducking insults and dreaming up villainous alter-egos for her classmates and teachers. When the bullies who have plagued her for years discover her artistic talents, they convince her that sketching parodies of students and teachers is a victimless crime. Will she learn to use her powers only for good and become the hero of her own story?

Sketch was written by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori, all of whom are veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs’ Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT).

Featuring an all-star cast of Middle School students, Sketch will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Friday, May 17, and will also be performed May 18 at 19:00 and May 19 at 13:00.

Reserve your seats


ES Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, to Open on May 28

Tom Canty and Prince Edward are born on the same day to two very different families in two very different parts of London. Tom, poor and unwanted by his family, is raised in the slums of Offal Court, where he dreams of being a Prince. Edward, drowning in the power and riches of royalty, dreams of what life might be like outside the castle walls. One day, the two look-alike boys meet and decide to swap places and experience life from a different perspective. Both learn valuable lessons throughout their respective journeys in this Mark Twain masterpiece about truth and mercy.

This version of The Prince and the Pauper was adapted by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori and will be directed by Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Julie Frazier-Smith. The enthusiastic cast of Elementary School students can’t wait to showcase its talents in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, and at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Reserve your seats


College Counseling News

College Representative Visits

Standardized Testing Information

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

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
  • ACT Information
    • ACT administrations available at other testing centers:
      • June 8—register by May 3
      • July 13—register by June 14 (available in the US ONLY and not offered in California or New York)
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:

Swiss Education Group Open Days (dates vary by the combination of schools selected)

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

Order Your School Portraits Online

All students who were photographed on portrait retake day (March 4) should have received a portrait proof from their advisor. With this portrait proof, please visit and enter the unique access code to place an order. If you have misplaced your ordering information, please contact Rotary directly at

Orders placed online by the close of April 17 will be delivered to TASIS free of charge and distributed in advisor groups.

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