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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 3, 2019
Posted 05/03/2019 08:37AM


Creativity takes courage.

- Henri Matisse

Dear Families,

I hope you and your loved ones had a restful, magical Spring Holiday. With the advent of the 45th annual Spring Arts Festival, final exams, promotion ceremonies, prom, graduation, and many other community events including the Student Council-sponsored barbecue on campus this Saturday, we have much to look forward to in the final stretch of school.

I am writing to let you know that I am encouraging everyone in the TASIS community to make every minute count both in and outside the classroom for the rest of the year. Management guru Peter Drucker reminds us that the bottom line of non-profits is changing lives for the better. Let’s finish the year even more inspired and stretched by the timeless values of truth, goodness, and beauty. We can do so thanks to your support and trust in these values and the school. Thanks to all of you!

Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4 Grill & Chill • 17:45–22:45
Wednesday, May 8 Used Uniform Sale
Thursday, May 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, May 15 TPA Lunch
Thursday, May 2–Friday, May 24 IB Exams
Friday, May 10–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical: Sketch
Monday, May 20 TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
Monday, May 27–Wednesday, May 29 Final exams (for non-AP and non-IB courses)
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Wednesday, May 29 Farewell Assembly and Alumni Induction
Thursday, May 30 Prom
Friday, May 31 Senior Banquet
Saturday, June 1 Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon

Grill & Chill Event Kicks Off at 17:45 this Saturday

We hope you can join us on campus this Saturday, May 4, for our inaugural Grill & Chill event. All TASIS families are cordially invited to come enjoy a delicious BBQ (17:45–20:30), ice cream treats and marshmallow roasting (19:30–20:30), lots of fun games throughout the evening (wiffle ball, soccer, basketball, bocce, frisbee, hide and seek, tag, etc), and an outdoor movie (20:30–22:30).

Please take note of the following details:

  • We have decided to show a movie that will be suitable for students of all ages. If Elementary School students and their parents would like to stay for the outdoor movie, they are welcome to do so.
  • Students who stay for the outdoor movie should bring their own blanket or lawn chair to sit on.
  • No babysitting service will be provided as part of this event, meaning parents are still responsible for supervising their own children (particularly those in the Elementary School).

If you plan to attend this community-building event and have not registered yet, please take a moment to do so in order to help our Food Services team know how much food to prepare for the BBQ.

Register Now

TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail: Date Changed to May 20

Please note that the TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail will no longer be a part of this Saturday’s Grill & Chill event. It will instead be held on Monday, May 20, in Casa Fleming at 18:00.

This is an important event to show TASIS teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! Parents, if you would like to help out at the event, please send an email to

Spring Arts Festival Opens Next Friday

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will open with a Kickoff Event in the Monticello Piazza at 10:10 on Friday, May 10, and conclude with a Closing Celebration in the Palestra at 17:00 on Sunday, May 19. All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, and art workshops, and more.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a dinner in the snack bar on Friday evening, the Grill & Chill event on Saturday evening, and a trip to FoxTown on Sunday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

Used Uniform Sale on May 8

The TPA will hold a used uniform sale for all three divisions (ES, MS, and HS) outside Monticello on Wednesday, May 8, from 14:30 to 16:30.

TPA-Sponsored Lunch on May 15

Please join us for lunch at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:00 to 14:00. The TPA will share highlights from this year and announce the new TPA board members for 2019–2020.

Reserve Your Seats for Sketch (May 17–19)

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

Reserve Your Seats for The Prince and the Pauper (May 28–29)

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


Final Exam Schedule for Seniors: May 27–29

Please see below the final exam schedule for all non-AP and non-IB courses. Seniors who have earned an A- or better in a class may be exempt from taking a final exam at the discretion of the teacher.

College Counseling News

Class of 2019
Seniors must inform the College Counseling Office of ALL application results to be cleared to participate in their Commencement Ceremony. Students should check the list of “colleges I’m applying to” in Naviance and contact College Counseling to resolve all decisions marked as “unknown.”

College Representative Visits

Standardized Testing Information
TASIS 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
    • June 1, 2019: SAT Subject Tests (only)—register by May 3
    • Dates for 2019–2020: Registration is now open for 2019-2020 test administrations.
      • October 5
      • November 2 (Subject Tests ONLY/Please note: Language Subject Tests with Listening will not be offered again until May 2021)
      • December 7
      • March 14 (NO Subject Tests)
      • May 2
      • June 6 (Subject Tests ONLY)
  • 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)
    • Dates for 2019–2020 (Registration is not yet open.)
      • September 14
      • October 12 (Family Weekend)
      • December 14
      • February 8
      • April 4 (Spring Break—test available at other testing centers)
      • June 13 (School closed—test available at other testing centers)
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:
    • May 11
    • Please contact for more information.

National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA)

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

Athletics Update

Upcoming Contests
May 2 Golf • SGIS Championships International Institute De Lancy (IIL)
May 4 Varsity Track and Field • SGIS Championships ISG
May 5 Tennis Doubles • SGIS Championships KLAS
May 11 Varsity Cross Country • ESC Championships TASIS Grotto
Recent Results
April 6 Tennis • NISSA Championships Results
April 9 Varsity Cross Country • NISSA Championships Results
April 29 Varsity Track and Field vs. ASM • Friendly Results

See more athletics photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

6th Annual Beat the Bells Run Draws 48 Runners

Forty-eight runners departed from the TASIS gates at 6:15 on Wednesday morning for the 6th annual Beat the Bells Run, with 38 making it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant’Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. The challenging run, which is just under seven kilometers with an elevation change of 340 meters, helped raise more than CHF 400 for the Nepal Global Service Program group.

Thirty-two TASIS students, 10 faculty and staff members, three parents, and three guests (including the remarkable Fatah Soroush, who made his first trip back to TASIS since graduating in 2014) accepted the challenge. Though this is a community-building event and not a race, it’s worth noting that High School Math Teacher and World Masters Mountain Running Champion Tommy Manning cruised to a course record of 26:44, guest Storm Keays was not far behind at 27:57, and the trio of Danny Schiff (Global Service Program Director and ultramarathon runner), Denis Breus ’20, and Enzo Allanson ’21 crossed the finish line at 31:14.

Learn about the history of this TASIS tradition.

A note About Traveling Before Graduation

All boarding students must remain in the dorms through the end of their academic responsibilities. The final day of class for non-AP and non-IB courses is Friday, May 24, and senior exams for these courses will take place on the following Monday–Wednesday (May 27–29). Many AP and IB students will finish their exams much earlier than this. In these cases, students may travel upon completion of their last exam but must first visit the Deans Office to review their plans. We typically expect these students to return to the dorms by Monday, May 27, as all students must attend the Academic Awards Assembly on Tuesday, May 28.

To summarize, boarding students are allowed to travel before graduation if

  • they have completed all of their academic obligations
  • they have gone through the normal travel process
  • they are prepared to return to their dorm by the evening of Monday, May 27

Special note: Any students who are planning to check out of the dormitory permanently once their academic obligations are complete must move out of their dorm completely before they will be cleared to travel. (And they will still be expected to attend the Academic Awards Assembly on May 28.)

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