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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 17, 2019
Posted 05/17/2019 05:10PM

Every artist was first an amateur.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming Events

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 Off to a Great Start!

The 45th annual Spring Arts Festival is now in full swing. The early performances have been phenomenal, and the Palestra is filled to the brim with exceptional student artwork!

Check out the full schedule to see which concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and workshops are still to come, and please note that this weekend’s events will proceed as planned (regardless of the weather).

Please enjoy watching some of the early events:

You can also find lots of great photo galleries on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Sketch Opens Tonight!

You won’t want to miss this year’s Middle School Spring Musical, Sketch, which premieres in the Palmer Center at 19:00 this evening and will also be performed tomorrow at 19:00 and Sunday at 13:00.

Learn more and reserve seats


Graduation Weekend Just Two Weeks Away

All parents of TASIS seniors are cordially invited to attend the Senior Banquet in the Palestra at 19:00 on Friday, May 31, and all members of the TASIS community are welcome to attend the School’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony, which will commence at 11:00 in the Palestra on Saturday, June 1. The key address will be delivered by Mr. Martin Naville, CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.

If you have yet to register for the Senior Banquet or the Commencement Ceremony, please do so at

Summary of Graduation Week Events

Tuesday, May 28
Academic Awards Assembly (required for all HS students)
10:10 in the Palestra

Wednesday, May 29
Farewell Assembly (required for all HS students)
15:00 in the Palestra

Alumni Induction (required for all HS seniors)
16:00 in Casa Fleming

Senior Outing (required for all HS seniors)
18:30 on Lake Lugano

Thursday, May 30
Graduation Rehearsal (required for all HS seniors)
10:30 in the Palestra

Senior Prom at Villa Geno on Lake Como (for HS seniors and a guest)
Meet in front of De Nobili at 18:30 for a class photo

Friday, May 31
Senior Banquet (for HS seniors and their guests)
Refreshments on the MCF Piazza at 19:00, followed by the banquet in the Palestra

Saturday, June 1
Commencement Ceremony (for HS seniors and their guests)
11:00 in the Palestra, followed by a luncheon in Villa de Nobili
All seniors must be off campus by 17:00

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a campfire with S’mores and live music on campus Friday evening, a trip downtown to the Lugano Street Food Festival and a kickball game on campus Saturday, and the Spring Arts Festival workshops and food trucks on campus 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 preparing for exams and setting up an effective study schedule.

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


TPA 10-Year Anniversary

Dear Parents,

The 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of the TPA was a success. Thank you to all who supported and attended the dinner on May 9. We had 60 parents celebrating together and dancing all night long. We really appreciate all your support and all you do for TPA, TASIS, and our kids.

We are also very pleased to announce that Jennifer Hung-Zanarini will be the new TPA President for the 2019–2020 school year!

All our best wishes,

Laura and Brunella

The Prince and the Pauper Premieres on May 28

This year’s Elementary School Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, with a second performance at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Learn more and reserve seats


Athletics Update

Recent Results
May 13 Varsity Golf • ESC Championships 1st place
Upcoming Athletic Contests
May 24 Varsity Tennis • ESC Championships American School Valencia (ASV)
May 24 Varsity Track & Field • ESC Championships Bavarian International School (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.”

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

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
    • 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)

La Salle/Ramon Llull University, Barcelona
Open Day on May 25 (Registration required)

English-taught Bachelor Degree Programs:

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

Traveling Before Graduation

This is a reminder that 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.)

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.

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020

The Shuttle Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020 is now available. Please review the updated Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.

Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle service next year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

New interactive shuttle route map
For the 2019–2020 school year, you can now browse shuttle routes and stops on google maps. The route number and drop-off/pick-up times are listed in the info box for each stop.

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