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Elementary and Middle Schools Celebrate Another Great Year at TASIS

The TASIS Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony, which commemorates eighth-grade students’ passage from Middle to High School, was held in the Palmer Center on the afternoon of June 7.

Outstanding student speeches were delivered by Emilie Hansen, Skye Rourke, Ianis Paval, and Jennifer Kraemer, and this year’s awards were presented to Moritz Mohr (Service Award), Rourke (Tyler Schmidt & Megan Keenan Citizenship Award), and Anna Savinova (Highest Grade Point Average Award).

Dean of Students Ms. MJ Breton gave the Opening Remarks, Academic Dean Mr. James Lemmon awarded graduation certificates, and Headmaster Mr. Lyle Rigg delivered the Closing Remarks following a moving slideshow.

Elettra McConnell played Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor,” Xingling Liu played Kangshi Chen’s “Encountering Sorrow” on the Hammered Dulcimer,  Mr. Jonathan Morris played pianoforte for “Pomp and Circumstance” and a Mixed Vocal Ensemble’s performance of Stephanie Mabey’s “Glorious,” and Ms. Samantha Forrest and Ms. Sarah Grove Locke played violoncello and violin for the processional and recessional.

Please enjoy photos from the event, and click on the video clip below to watch the full ceremony.


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The following morning, the Elementary School recognized its departing fifth-grade students by holding its Moving-Up Ceremony in the Palestra.

Under the direction of Ms. Melody Tibbits, students performed Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There,” Marta Keen Thompson’s “Homeward Bound,” and Todd Fletcher’s “Together.”

Ms. Theresa Cullen Hill, Head of the Elementary School, and Headmaster Mr. Lyle Rigg delivered remarks at the ceremony, and Assistant Head of the Elementary School Ms. Guia Berera called forth each fifth-grade student for recognition.

Photos can be found here, and the full ceremony can be viewed below.


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Prior to the Moving-Up Ceremonies, both divisions celebrated the end of the year with their annual activities days. On June 3, Middle School students either went to Splash & Spa or participated in Spirit Games at the new Muzzano Sports Center (see a gallery of images), and the Elementary School held a Field Day on both the main TASIS campus and at Muzzano on June 7 (see photos).

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