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HS Weekly Bulletin | September 20, 2019
Posted 09/20/2019 01:00PM

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible.


– Greta Thunberg

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Wednesday, September 25 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Tuesday, October 1 College Counseling Meeting for 9th-grade parents • 19:00
Thursday–Friday, October 3–4 School Portrait Days
Monday, October 7 No classes for MS/HS (ES has classes that day.)
Thursday, October 10 College Counseling Meeting for 10th-grade parents • 19:00
Thursday, October 10 Autumn Aperitifs • 18:30, THE VIEW Lugano
Friday–Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include various dinner options on Friday evening, a day trip to Zero Gravity Milan on Saturday, an afternoon trip to Ascona on Saturday afternoon, a movie and ice cream night in Villa De Nobili on Saturday evening, and a trip to the Swiss Super League soccer match between Lugano and Lucerne on 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. 

Sweet November Dance Company Holding Auditions on Sunday

Students interested in joining the Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) are encouraged to audition in the Dance Studio this Sunday, September 22, from 16:00–17:30. This season's SNDC concert, "Take Flight," will include Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Aerial dance. Students do not need to have anything prepared for the audition—they simply need to come dressed to dance and ready to have a great time. Email Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith with any questions about the audition or the dance company.

Recent Athletics Results

Varsity Boys Volleyball • ISSL Tournament 2nd Place
Varsity Girls Volleyball • ISSL Tournament 3rd Place
JV Girls Volleyball • ISSL Tournament 4th Place

Athletics This Weekend

Date Event Location Time
September 21 Varsity Boys Soccer • ISSL Tournament ZIS 9:00
September 21 Varsity Girls Soccer • ISSL Tournament ISB 10:00
September 22 Varsity Cross Country • ISSL Championships TASIS Grotto Course 10:00
September 22 Middle School Cross Country • ISSL Championships TASIS Grotto Course 10:00


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.

Family Weekend Schedules Now Available

This year's Family Weekend will be held October 11–12, and the full schedule of events for High School parents is now available. Please use the link below to access the Family Weekend registration page.

Register for Family Weekend 2019

For hotel and travel information, please see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website, and do not hesitate to contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions.

Join the TPA for Autumn Aperitifs on October 10

Dear Middle School and High School Parents,

Please join us at THE VIEW Lugano from 18:00–20:00 on Thursday, October 10, for an Autumn Aperitif to kick off family weekend! This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and get to know each other! 

The aperitif will be organized on the covered terrace with a beautiful view of the lake. The central section of the terrace will be prepared with cocktail tables and sitting sofas. 

The gourmet aperitif will feature a selection of five finger-food varieties accompanied by a selection of the following delicious beverages:

  • Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene DOCG
  • A suggestion or red & wine selected by our Maitre Sommelier
  • A choice of aperitif cocktails (Spritz or Hugo)

The cost for this gourmet aperitif is CHF 50 per person. To register and submit payment, please click on the link below. We look forward to seeing you!

Register for the Autumn Aperitifs

Warm wishes,

Jennifer Hung-Zanarini
TPA President 

The View Lugano Hotel & Spa
Via Guidino 29
CH - 6900 Lugano, Paradiso
Tel +41 (0)91 210 00 00
Tel +41 (0)91 210 00 09

College Counseling News

Upcoming event for parents of students in grade 9:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 1
  • Time: 19:00–20:30
  • Location: College Counseling Office (Via dei Berra 7 in Certenago)
  • Description: This informal meeting will provide parents of 9th-grade students an opportunity to meet the college counseling staff and learn about the comprehensive college counseling program and college counseling resources available to all TASIS students.
  • Questions: Please contact Mr. Greg Birk, Director of University and College Counseling, with any questions.

Upcoming event for parents of students in grade 10:

  • Date: Thursday, October 10 (note that this is the Thursday preceding Family Weekend)
  • Time: 19:00–20:30
  • Location: Monticello 1
  • Description: This informal program for parents of 10th-grade students will explain the overall college planning process and college counseling support and resources provided by TASIS. There will also be an explanation of the various curriculum choices available to TASIS students as 11th graders and the importance of proper curriculum choice to match and maximize each student's university options.
  • 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 the2019–2020 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:
    • 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.

The inaugural Terry Fox Run at TASIS

2019 Terry Fox Run on October 16

The third annual TASIS Terry Fox Run will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 16. The run is designed to honor the legacy of international hero Terry Fox—an extraordinary athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who in 1980 embarked upon a Marathon of Hope across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer three years earlier, ultimately covering 5,373 kilometers (or 127.3 marathons) in just 143 days before the spread of his cancer forced him to abandon his quest and claimed his life.

For the run on October 16, Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged High School students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window and are asking them to consider making donations that will be gifted to the Terry Fox Foundation.

To learn more about this TASIS tradition, read about the first two Terry Fox Runs on the TASIS website: 2017 and 2018.

Any parents who would like to learn how they can be involved with this community-building event are welcome to contact Mr. Birk at

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale

This is a reminder that the TPA is now 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.


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