Mrs. Fleming had a vision that we could bring students from around the world and have a wonderful, beautiful community and make the world a better place. You are a part of that. You are her vision, and you’re making that happen every day.
– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at yesterday’s Founder’s Day Assembly
If I stand on my mountaintop and look down at the last ninety years—or if I look up—outward and up at the next 90 years, what do I see? This is what I hope to see: TASIS bursting at the seams with very special young people, from all over the world, preparing themselves for leadership roles in their own countries, where they will strive to eliminate poverty, hunger, disease, exploitation, injustice, and war!
– TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming’s Yearbook message in 2000
|Wednesday, September 18||TPA Welcome Luncheon • 12:00, Casa Fleming|
|Friday, September 20||Global Day of Climate Action|
|Friday, September 20||TPA Hike • Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia|
|Monday, September 23||Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center|
|Wednesday, September 25||HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming|
|Thursday–Friday, October 3–4||School Portrait Days|
|Monday, October 7||No classes for MS/HS (ES has classes that day.)|
|Thursday, October 10||Autumn Aperitifs • 18:30, The View (Lugano)|
|Friday–Saturday, October 11–12||Family Weekend|
TASIS Portugal Opening in Fall 2020: Help Us Spread the Word!
We are delighted to announce that the TASIS family will be extending to the Iberian peninsula! Learn about this exciting development here, and if you know of anyone in the Lisbon area who could be interested in learning more, please direct them to this inquiry form.
Founder’s Day Assembly
TASIS held a special assembly yesterday afternoon to celebrate the incredible life of international education pioneer M. Crist Fleming, who overcame many obstacles to found the School in 1956 and nurture it to greatness. The inspiring assembly, which can be viewed in full below, included engaging remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and a number of excellent presentations and musical performances designed to highlight Mrs. Fleming’s love of learning languages and conviction that TASIS would, well beyond her own lifetime, “continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings.”
Following the assembly, students and faculty members moved to the MCF Piazza to enjoy cake and the time-honored Founder’s Day tradition of tossing yellow rose petals into Mrs. Fleming’s fountain.
The 2019 Founder’s Day Assembly
Sports this Weekend
Come on out and support the Varsity Boys Volleyball team in the Palestra tomorrow as the Tigers look to start their season with an ISSL title! TASIS opens up with a match against a strong ISBasel squad at 9:00 and will play at least two more matches later in the day (likely around 11:30 and 15:00 and then hopefully in the championship game afterward).
|Saturday, Sept 14||Varsity Boys Volleyball • ISSL Tournament||TASIS Palestra||9:00|
|Saturday, Sept 14||Varsity Girls Volleyball • ISSL Tournament||ZIS||9:00|
|Saturday, Sept 14||Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball • ISSL Tournament||ISZL||9:00|
|Saturday, Sept 14||Cross Country runs the Gemmi Pass||Leukerbad||9:00|
Visit the Athletics section of the TASIS website for a full list of upcoming games.
Student Activities Offered this Weekend
This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi and board games/ice cream in Villa De Nobili on Friday evening, day trips to Uri for the Autumn Alpine Cow Migration or to Morcote for hiking and shopping on Saturday, and trips to Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) or Foxtown Sunday afternoon.
Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for sign-up information and more details about each activity.
Office Hours: New for 2019–2020
This year’s revamped High School schedule includes an Office Hours block from 10:10–10:45 each Tuesday and Thursday. This is a great time for students to check in with their teachers about any questions or concerns they may have, so please encourage your children to take advantage of this opportunity. Each teacher’s Office Hours location can be found in the chart below.
|English Department||History Department|
|Mr. d’Azzo||Monticello 1||Mr. Aeschliman||Architecture Studio|
|Ms. Du Ree||Ca’ Gioia 1||Mr. Byers||Lanternello|
|Mr. Federico||Ca’ Gioia English Office||Mr. Cawthorne||Lanterna 1|
|Ms. Hubner||Lanterna 3||Mr. Diviani||Monticello 10|
|Dr. Love (Chair)||Ca’ Gioia 2||Dr. Gress||Monticello 13|
|Ms. Rosenberger||Ca’ Gioia 3||Mr. Kirsch (Chair)||Lanterna 3|
|Ms. Shepherd||College Counseling Office||Mr. Izsa||Lanternello|
|Mr. Walsh||Lanterna 4||Mr. McKee||De Nobili|
|Ms. Yount||Fiammetta 4||Mr. Shelley||Lanterna 1|
|EAL Department||Mr. White||Lanterna 2|
|Ms. Heard (Chair)||Casetta||TOK Department|
|Ms. Schlicht||Fiammetta 3||Dr. Gress||Monticello 13|
|Ms. Schumacher||Fiammetta 3||Dr. Mauro (Chair)||Library Office|
|Ms. Wiens||Fiammetta 2||Mr. Panontin||Monticello 11|
|Ms. Yount||Fiammetta 4||Science Department|
|Ms. Zanecchia||Fiammetta 1||Mr. Bullock||Mindge Lab|
|Modern Languages||Ms. Chan||Environmental Lab|
|Mr. Alvarez||Monticello 7||Ms. Crockett||General Science Lab|
|Ms. Barciak||Monticello 9||Mr. Grimm||Physics Lab|
|Ms. Bernasconi||IB Office||Mr. Hughes||Physics Lab|
|Ms. Carretta||Monticello 6||Mr. Ogilvie (Chair)||Chemistry Lab|
|Ms. Caussette||Monticello 8||Dr. Sawyer-Price||General Science Lab|
|Ms. Cazebonne||Monticello 8||Mr. Walser||Bell Biology Lab|
|Mr. d’Azzo||Monticello 1||Math Department|
|Ms. Kofler||Monticello 8||Mr. Carey||Monticello 3|
|Ms. Lucchini (Chair)||Casetta||Mr. Dudley||Monticello 3|
|Ms. Roth||Monticello 6||Mr. Greenwood||Fiammetta 4|
|Ms. Simona||Monticello 7||Mr. Knee||Monticello 11|
|Performing Arts||Mr. Manning||Monticello 4|
|Ms. Carlson||Drama Room||Ms. Nijssen||Monticello 1 (Tuesday) Monticello 5 (Thursday)|
|Ms. Forrest (Chair)||Music Room||Mr. Panontin||Monticello 11|
|Visual Arts||Mr. Schiff||GSP Office|
|Mr. Aeschliman||Architecture Studio||Mr. Schwartz||Monticello 4|
|Mr. Martyn Dukke (Chair)||Drawing & Painting Studio||Mr. Shields (Chair)||Monticello 7|
|Mr. Frank Long||Photo Lab||Ms. Tompkins||Monticello 10|
|Ms. Kim Nelson||Photo Lab||Ms. Venchus||Monticello 12|
How to Request Tutoring
Students seeking additional academic support may want to consider requesting a tutor. The TASIS Tutoring Parent Authorization Form can be accessed directly at tasis.ch/tutor. You will be prompted to enter your Veracross username and password and will be taken directly to the form once you do so.
Once received, we will try our very best to find the right tutor for your son or daughter, but please be aware that due to changes in schedules and tutor availability throughout the year, it may not always be possible to find a tutor immediately—or at all in some cases.
If you or your son or daughter would like to discuss tutoring needs in person, please contact Tutoring Coordinator Stephanie Chevalier at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
TPA Welcome Lunch on September 18
Please join the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, September 18, from 12:00–14:00 to welcome new and returning parents over a relaxing lunch. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!
We will talk about the TPA, discuss upcoming events, and introduce the Parent Support Committee (PSC). This lunch is for parents of students in all grades. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TASIS students and faculty members are among the millions inspired by Greta Thunberg’s message.
TASIS To Participate in Global Day of Climate Action on September 20
Dr. William Sawyer, a senior computational climate scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, will join forces with the TASIS Green Team and Service Learning groups to present to students at a special assembly, and lessons in all Elementary, Middle, and High School classes throughout the day will be directly connected to environmental issues. The day of action will be followed by a week of awareness and activism with several anchor events designed to foster collaboration among teachers, administrators, and students.
TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale
The TPA is selling BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30. Help the TASIS Green Team promote environmental consciousness by buying a bottle for your children to refill and reuse! These bottles are also useful for class trips, outings, and sports.
To place an order, please email email@example.com. (And stay tuned for upcoming sales on campus!) All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students.
TPA Mountain Trekking on September 20
“A walk in nature brings the soul back home.” We are excited to begin a new year of TPA hiking trips led by Francesca Varano and Vittoria Marazzi and are pleased to welcome all parents to join us for a Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Friday, September 20.
Our group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 10:15 or in the Monte Bre Alto parking lot at 10:35. We expect the hike to take just over four hours to complete.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other TASIS parents and take in the breathtaking views of Lugano that await you! Bring your best hiking shoes and a sack lunch! Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can reach you with any additional details (such as a cancellation email if the weather is bad), and please also let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23
We cordially invite all American citizens to a consular services event on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, from 16:30–18:30. To request an appointment, please send an email to BernConsOutreach@state.gov.
Representatives from the US Embassy in Bern will be on hand to offer the following services:
- Passport applications
- Consular report of birth abroad applications
- Notarial services
There is no cost to attend the event, but fees may be incurred for consular services and are payable in Swiss francs (cash only). For more information about documentary requirements and applicable fees, visit the US Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein website.
Parent Coffee on September 25
Our first High School Parent Coffee of the year will be on Wednesday, September 25, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming.
Save the Date: Autumn Aperitifs on October 10
More details about this event, including registration info, will be shared in next week's bulletin.
Procedure For Students Leaving Campus
Please note that if students need to leave campus for any reason before the conclusion of their final class of the day, they must follow the procedures outlined below. These procedures are in place to ensure that if there is ever an emergency on campus, we have a complete record of which students are not on campus.
Students in grades 9–10 must first come to the Dean’s Office to get a green form. They then need to check out with the security officer on duty at the Gazebo and check back in when they return.
Students in grades 11–12 do not need to come to the Dean’s Office first. They simply need to check out with the security officer on duty at the Gazebo and check back in when they return.
Email Communication between Teachers and Parents Through Veracross
Please note that the Veracross system allows teachers to send messages to parents through its portal. Often these messages have an email address that looks something like m.@mail2.veracross.com. If you receive an email with such an address, you may use the “Reply” feature to write back to the teacher. But please know that this email address is system-generated and is only valid when you are using the “Reply” function. If you save this address as a contact (or if your iPhone automatically does this), it will not work if you use it to send a new email.
If you need to write a new email to a teacher (meaning you are not replying to an email already sent to you), please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s TASIS address. The standard format for a TASIS email account is email@example.com, and you can always refer to the Faculty and Staff directory if you’re unsure.
College Counseling News
Event for Parents of Students in Grade 12/Postgraduate:
- Date: Tuesday, September 17
- Time: 19:00–20:30
- Location: College Counseling Office (Via dei Berra 7 in Certenago)
- Description: This will be an informal program for parents of 12th-grade and Postgraduate students to discuss how parents can best support their child through the university application process and to explain the timeline, responsibilities (counselor, student, and parent), and procedures of the application process.
- Questions: Please contact Mr. Greg Birk, Director of University and College Counseling, with any questions.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Zürich Marriott Hotel
Upcoming College Representative Visits:
- September 19, 15:45, College Counseling Office: Hult International Business School (London, Boston, San Francisco)
- September 20, 15:45, College Counseling Office: Bentley University
- September 26, 15:45, Sahenk Art Room: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)—including portfolio review
- October 15, 15:45, College Counseling Office: The New School, Parsons, Parsons Paris
- October 16, 15:45, College Counseling Office: Boston University
- October 21, 15:45, College Counseling Office: SBS Swiss Business School
- November 7, 15:45, College Counseling Office: Geneva Business School
- November 11, 19:00, Monticello 1 & 2:
- Suffolk University
- Suffolk University Madrid
- Webster University Geneva
- Franklin University Switzerland
- Richmond, The American International University in London
- Saint Louis University Madrid
- John Cabot University (Rome)
- City, University of London
- University of East Anglia
- University of Reading
- University of Essex
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- American University of Rome
- November 13, 15:45, College Counseling Office:
- November 27, 15:45, College Counseling Office: IE University
Standardized Testing Information:
- Please review the 2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
- SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
- October 5 (Registration deadline was September 6)
- November 2—Subject Tests ONLY, and please note that Language Subject Tests with Listening will not be offered again until May 2021 (Registration deadline: Oct 3)
- December 7 (Registration deadline: Nov 8)
- March 14—SAT ONLY/NO Subject Tests (Registration deadline: Feb 14)
- May 2 (Registration deadline: April 3)
- June 6—Subject Tests ONLY (Registration deadline: May 8)
- ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
- September 14
- October 12—Family Weekend (Registration deadline: Sept 20)
- December 14 (Registration deadline: Nov 22)
- February 8 (Registration deadline: Jan 17)
- April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
- June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
- TOEFL Fall Semester test dates:
- September 28
- October 19
- November 9
- December 7
- Registration information and instructions will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS is a closed test center, and a registration code is required.