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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 10, 2019
Posted 05/10/2019 10:00AM


For me, a love of literature, the arts, and the performing arts is the heart and soul of education, for it grows throughout our entire lifetime, keeping alive the excitement of learning, creating constant enrichment in our leisure hours and throughout our long golden years.

- M. Crist Fleming, 1993

Upcoming Events

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


Spring Arts Festival Now Under Way!

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival officially opened this morning with a kickoff event in the Monticello Piazza, and the action continues with a percussion showcase in the Palestra Snack Bar at 16:00 this afternoon and student band performances in the same location at 20:00 this evening. All are welcome to join us at these exciting events!

The action will resume on Tuesday, May 14, with the festival continuing through the evening of 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, art workshops, and more.

See the full schedule


For those who are unable to attend, please note that the following events will be filmed and shared with the TASIS community afterward:

Tuesday, May 14

  • Arts Festival Assembly

Thursday, May 16

  • All-School Choral Concert
  • Full Bloom: A Sweet November Dance Company Performance

Friday, May 17

  • Excerpts from The Magic Flute by W. A Mozart
  • The Middle School Musical: Sketch

Sunday, May 19

  • Theater Performance: “Absolute Identity”
  • Closing Celebration

This morning’s kickoff event

Learn more about recent happenings in the arts at TASIS:

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi or a trivia night in De Nobili on Friday evening, an all-day trip to Gardaland on Saturday, and rock climbing on San Salvatore on Sunday afternoon. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

Advisor Meetings Next Week

In next week’s High School advisor meetings, groups will focus on the Spring Arts Festival and exam preparation.

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.

Sketch Opens Next Friday!

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?

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


TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail on May 20

On Monday, May 20, the TPA will host an Appreciation Cocktail for teachers 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 click on the button below.

Volunteer Sign-up Form

The Prince and the Pauper Premieres 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


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.

Athletics Update

Recent Results
May 5 Tennis • SGIS Doubles 4th Place
May 4 Track and Field • SGIS Championships 3rd Place
May 3 Golf • SGIS Championships 1st Place, Boys Cat. B
Upcoming Athletics Contests  
May 11 Varsity Cross Country • ESC Championships Home
May 13 Varsity Golf • ESC Championships Home - Villa d'Este
May 24  Varsity Tennis • ESC Championships ASM
May 24 Varsity Track and Field • ESC Championships BIS

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 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:
      • 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

First “Grill and Chill” a Huge Success!

Thank you to the High School Student Council, the TASIS Parents Association, the Dining Services team, and all the families who joined us for Saturday’s terrific event! It was wonderful to see students of all ages playing together on campus. Please enjoy a photo gallery on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Electronic Devices on Shuttle Buses

Please note that the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices is not permitted at meals or in the classroom (unless the teacher grants permission for academic purposes). We have recently been made aware of some unfortunate behavior with electronic devices on our shuttles buses—including the playing of inappropriate music/video content at loud volumes—and would like to limit the use of these devices on the rides to and from school, which we consider to be an extension of the school day.

We understand that students may occasionally need to send a quick message home, and that kind of behavior remains acceptable. But we no longer want students to use their devices to play music or videos that other students can hear, take photos or videos of other students, or carry out any other form of inappropriate behavior. Our drivers have been instructed to take devices if they spot this kind of behavior.

We thank you for understanding and ask that you please have a quick conversation with your children to help us enforce this message.

A Reminder 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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