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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 31, 2019
Posted 05/31/2019 11:00AM

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.

- Kalpana Chawla

As the 2018–2019 Academic Year nears its completion, I would like to extend my gratitude to the entire TASIS community for another magical year in Montagnola—a year once again filled with truth, goodness, and beauty. I am grateful for the students who inspire me each and every day with their passion to build a better world, for the teachers who hearten me with their devotion to our students, and to the parents who support us at every turn and continue to have faith in us to do the work we love to do. I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful summer, and I can’t wait to start all over again next fall!

– Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 1 HS Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 3 Final day of classes for MS students
Tuesday, June 4 8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon
Saturday, June 22 TASIS Summer Programs open

Class of 2019 Graduates Tomorrow!

TASIS The American School in Switzerland's Class of 2019 will graduate tomorrow morning, with the Commencement Ceremony beginning in the Palestra at 11:00.

Ms. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, will deliver the Invocation; Arch. Andrea Bernardazzi, Municipale di Collina d’Oro, will offer a message from the Comune; Mr. Martin Naville, CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, will give the Commencement address; Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, will present the Graduation Awards; and Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean, will present diplomas to the 102 members of the Class of 2019.

All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony. The full ceremony will also be live-streamed and can be viewed at

We will share plenty of photos, videos, and news about graduation, awards, and other end-of-the-year events in our upcoming monthly newsletter.


MAP Testing: Results will be sent home by mail in early June.

Textbooks: Students must return textbooks to their teachers by Friday, May 31. If the books are not returned, the TASIS Business Office will charge CHF 100 per textbook. This fee also applies for all missing library books. Fees for other kinds of books (workbooks, grammar books, etc.) may vary.

Summer Reading Lists: Please see required summer reading lists for EAL, English, and the Italian Section.

Summer Learning Resources: We realize that many of you would like to keep your children engaged in their learning process throughout the summer. In order to help support this effort, every year the Middle School puts together a list of recommended learning resources by subject that you can consider when trying to engage your child in the different disciplines they encounter throughout the school year.

MS Supplies List: Please see a list of student supplies needed for next year.

Computer Science Class Accepts “Mission Zero” Challenge

This November, Ms. Bloodworth's Middle School Computer Science class began working on a challenge entitled “Mission Zero.” (Read about last year’s successes here.) Mission Zero is a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Students were tasked to write a short piece of code for submission, which if successful would run on the International Space Station (ISS). The code, written by students in the Python programming language, measured and displayed the ambient air temperature on the ISS and also displayed a short greeting to the crew on the Astro Pi’s 64 RGB LED matrix. There are two Astro Pi computers on the ISS, Ed and Izzy.

An Astro Pi is a small computer enclosed in a flight case with many different sensors, including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, a pressure sensor, a humidity sensor, and a temperature sensor. One of the Pis, Izzy, also has a camera attached to it that points out of the window in one of the modules that looks down on Earth. After achieving flight status just before Easter, the TASIS students’ code was queued and eventually ran on the ISS on May 2 and 3. To commemorate this impressive achievement, each student received an official certificate from the European Space Agency (ESA) that included the time and position of the ISS when their code was run.

Congratulations to Ms. Bloodworth and all students involved!

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Magnificent Seven Award Ceremony

The Spring Semester Magnificent Seven Award Ceremony was led by the Random Acts of Kindness Service Learning Group on Wednesday, May 29. Congratulations to the award recipients!

Grade 8: Nina Mondin
Grade 7: Rafael Cohn
Grade 6: Kyla Bodnar

Grade 8: Joshua Gomes
Grade 7: Mariaurora Rosso
Grade 6: Matteo Arpino

Grade 8: Melis Ahmetoglu
Grade 7: Mari-Nikol Gordeeva
Grade 6: Sarah Isabel Mesaric

Grade 8: Mira Rosa Marini
Grade 7: Michael Maffe
Grade 6: Anna Bazhenova

Grade 8: Giovanni Barbieri
Grade 7: Artur Loika
Grade 6: Lara Tocchio - Estrella

Grade 8: Giorgia Meregalli
Grade 7: Jan Sommerkamp Blanes
Grade 6: Marco Preatoni

Grade 8: Kevin Buckley
Grade 7: Alexander Bagrin
Grade 6: Jennifer Buckley

Commitment and Teamwork award:

Grade 8: Arina Kalashnikova
Grade 7: Katerina Smyslova
Grade 6: Mishel Borysova

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Spring Semester Passion and Commitment Award Ceremony
On Thursday, May 30, the Middle School honored students who have demonstrated excellent commitment and passion within a subject area. These students were selected by teachers not only for achieving academically in the classroom but for also showing a level of dedication that separated them from their peers. One student was honored from each course.

The criteria for a Passion and Commitment Award:

  • Student demonstrates outstanding commitment and passion in a specific subject
  • Student demonstrates this commitment and passion through outstanding initiative, leadership, intellectual depth, and development in the subject area

Congratulations to the award recipients!

MS Service Learning News

The Student-Created Visual Arts SL Group hosted a mandalas coloring activity this past week. On Tuesday, the activity was for free, and on Thursday, students were asked to donate CHF 5. All MS students participated by coloring mandalas during recess and earned a non-dress-code bracelet made by our group. This event raised CHF 50, and all proceeds will be used to buy art materials to donate to Cometa. We are proud to have reached our main goal, which was to offer our community a time to relax and enjoy an art activity!

The World Issues Service Learningheld a bake sale last Tuesday, and it was a great success. Students worked very hard to raise more than CHF 350 to donate to WISER, a Global Service Program group in the High School. WISER is a non-profit NGO that built the first girls’ boarding school and research center in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. The proceeds from the bake sale will be used to fund girls education in Kenya. Thanks to all who helped bake or purchase items to support this great cause!

Last day of school for MS students on June 3

Monday, June 3, is the last full day of school for MS students. Please see the alternate schedule below.

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade

8:00–9:25: Advisor Block

8:35–9:25 Farewell Assembly Rehearsal
(for those involved with Assembly)

9:30 Supervised play time on the field 
9:40 Check in on the field 
9:45 Depart for California Aqua Park
  • Swimming
  • Water Slides

9:30 Supervised play time on the field 
9:45 Check in on the field 
9:50 Depart for A-Club

10:30 to 11:30

  • Zumba
  • Water Polo
  • Swimming
12:30 to 14:00
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
9:30 Check in on the field 
9:35 Depart for Splash and Spa
  • Swimming
  • Water Slides
10:10 Arrive 10:10 Arrive 10:10 Arrive
10:15–14:00 Activities
Packing List: Swimming suit ● Swimming cap ● Towel ● Flip Flops
10:15–14:00 Activities
Packing List: Swimming suit ● Swimming cap ● Towel ● Flip Flops ● Running Shoes ● PE/Zumba clothes ● Changing of clothes
10:15–14:00 Activities
Packing List: Swimming suit ● Towel ● Flip Flops
14:00 Depart for TASIS 14:15 Depart for TASIS 14:00 Depart for TASIS
15:00–15:50 Farewell Assembly

MS students will meet for the Advisor block from 8:00–9:25. All key bracelets must be brought to the advisors for collection. If a student does not return the bracelet, the family will receive an invoice for CHF 50. On that day, students must also clean out their lockers. All remaining locks will be cut Tuesday morning.

After the Advisor block, students will depart for the End-of-the-Year Activities. Sack lunches will be provided.

The last day of school will conclude with the MS Farewell Assembly and distribution of the MS Yearbook.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students and their parents will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4.

On Tuesday, June 4, from 8:00–11:30, there will be a mandatory Moving-Up Ceremony rehearsal in the Palmer Center for all 8th graders. There will be regular shuttle bus service in the morning.

Enzo Scionti ’24 Competes in European Championship

Congratulations to seventh-grade student Enzo Scionti, who performed very well in his race at the European Championship in Belgium earlier this month! See this article for details.

Congratulations to The Elementary School Theater Program!

Hearty congratulations to Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, Assistant Director Julie Frazier-Smith, and the entire cast and crew of The Prince and the Pauper for their outstanding performances in the Palmer Center this week!

Watch the premiere and learn a bit about the cast and crew on the TASIS website.

Thank You from the TPA

Dear TASIS Parents and Community,

The TPA has accomplished so much over the past school year, and we could not have done it without your support. Thank you to all parents who volunteered their time, participated in fundraisers, and attended the 30+ events sponsored by the TPA. It is this dedication to serving our community and our children that have made theTPA what it is today.

Also, this year, the TPA celebrated its 10-year anniversary. After 10 years, the TPA is still growing, thriving, and contributing in meaningful ways to the School and its students. The community of parents volunteering and working together for the betterment of our children has never been stronger. We have a wonderfully diverse and global membership that make us unique. Thank you for being part of a dynamic and inclusive organization.

As you know, we are stepping down after this year. It has been our pleasure and honor to serve as co-presidents of the TPA this past year. We learned so much from all of you and appreciate your kind words of support and encouragement over the year.

We wish you a safe and happy summer. See you in September.

With warm regards,

Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

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.

After-School Program Offerings for 2019–2020

Fall Term (mid-September to mid-November)

  • MS Football/Soccer Boys (competitive) – Monday and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Football/Soccer Girls (competitive) – Monday, 16:00-18:00, and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • JV Girls Volleyball, with HS girls (competitive) – Monday/Thursday, 16:00-17:30; Tuesday 17:30-19:00; must come to practice at least twice a week
  • MS Boys and Girls Cross Country– Monday and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Lacrosse Boys – Monday, 17:30-18:30
  • MS Cheerleading – Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Glass Painting – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Choir – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • MS Theater – Thursday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Weekend Climbing Club – Four Sundays in September and October; dates to be determined
  • MS Robotics – Tuesdays, 16:00-17:00, from September 10 to February 18. This activity will give the opportunity for pupils to build and program their own robots. Students may be selected to have the chance to compete in the Swiss First Lego League competition in Bellinzona. (Weekend in January—date TBD)
  • MS Book Club (Day TBD)
  • MS Ensemble – Thursdays, 16:00 to 17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • Instrumental and Vocal Lessons—contact Ms. Forrest.

Winter Term (end of November to mid-March)

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Glass Painting
  • Indoor Soccer (recreational)
  • Math Club
  • MS Dance
  • MS Musical
  • Choir (this activity is a year-round commitment)
  • MS Ensemble (this activity is a year-round commitment)
  • Ski and Snowboard Club – Four Sundays: Jan 12, Jan 19, Feb 9, Feb 16
  • Robotics (until February 18)

Spring Term (mid-March to end of May)

  • Track and Field (competitive)
  • MS Girls Volleyball (competitive)
  • Math Club
  • Dance
  • Indoor Soccer (recreational)
  • MS Musical
  • Choir
  • MS Ensemble (this activity is a year-round commitment)

TASIS School Uniform: Reminder for Next Year

This is a reminder that all TASIS students are required to wear uniforms. Students should be dressed neatly and cleanly, according to the uniform guidelines, throughout the entire school day. All students must have the TASIS crest on their top layer.

Shirts must be tucked in during class time (polo-style shirts are an exception). We ask that students avoid accessories (belts, shoes, etc.) that are emblazoned with brand names or are attention-grabbing (bright colors).

Navy blue is the dress code color—black pants are not allowed.

Please note: Next year students will be allowed to wear black sneakers. These must be completely black, including the sole (NO white soles).

  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest
  • TASIS white or light blue oxford short-sleeved shirts
  • TASIS grey round-neck sweater
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS plaid skirts (hems may not be higher than hand-width from the kneecap)
  • tailored navy blue or beige capri or long trousers*
  • tailored navy blue trousers*
  • TASIS scarf
  • dress shoes or low-heeled (2 cm) shoes with a heel strap
  • black sneakers (completely black, including the sole)

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, rivets, or stripes
  • athletic shoes, white soles, rubber rain boots, Uggs, or heavy boots (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)
  • heels (exceeding 2 cm)
  • sneakers and shoes with white soles
  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS short-sleeved white or light blue oxford shirts
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest
  • TASIS light grey v-neck sweater
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • TASIS navy blue suit jacket
  • tailored navy blue, beige, or dark grey trousers or chinos (no outside pockets, no rivets, hemmed, no frayed edges, simple lines, not baggy)
  • dress shoes, oxford (lace-ups) or loafers
  • TASIS striped or dotted tie
  • Boys must wear a belt
  • TASIS scarf
  • black sneakers (completely black, including the sole)

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, stripes, or rivets
  • athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, or sandals (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)

2019–2020 Orientation Information

Dear Returning Families,

This is a friendly reminder to review the information provided in our 2019–2020 Orientation Portal over the summer. Please pay special attention to all of the mandatory items, which are marked in bold.

Thank you for your attention to this, and we hope you have a great summer!

Best wishes,

TASIS Admissions Team

Final Weekly Bulletin of the Year

Please note that this is our final Middle School Weekly Bulletin of the 2018–2019 Academic Year. We wish you all a restful and relaxing summer!

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