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HS Weekly Bulletin | September 13, 2019
Posted 09/13/2019 05:10PM


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

Upcoming Events

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).

Date Event Location Time
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 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 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


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. 

Learn more

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 (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 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

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 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, 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.

CIS Zurich College Night

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Zürich Marriott Hotel
Neumühlequai 42
8006 Zürich


Upcoming College Representative Visits:

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 when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS is a closed test center, and a registration code is required.
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