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This Month at TASIS

June 2023

June 2023

From two beautiful moving-up ceremonies and the conclusion of an outstanding academic year to a 20-year reunion and the start of the renowned TASIS Summer Programs, we offer a photo-driven look at the past month at TASIS.


Au Revoir But Not Good Bye

The entire Middle School convened in the Palmer Cultural Center for a touching Farewell Assembly on June 1. See more photos.


A Year to Celebrate

The High School Robotics Team gathered in Casa Fleming for a banquet on the evening of June 2 to celebrate a season full of successes—including a trip to the 2023 Vex Robotics World Championship!


Young Pianists

Students from the piano studio of Ms. Angela Perini performed in the Palmer Cultural Center on the afternoon of June 5. See more photos.


Shrewd Actors

High School students in Mr. Bill Dalton’s AP Language and Composition class performed William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew for a full audience on the Villa De Nobili Terrace on June 6. See more photos


Putting Their Knowledge to the Test

The last week of school was full of final exams for High School students.


Sports Day

Middle School advisor groups spent June 6 at the state-of-the-art Centro Sportivo Collina d’Oro competing in more than a dozen fun activities ranging from tug of war and a 50-meter sprint to Zorb soccer and beach volleyball. See more photos and enjoy a short video.


Field Day

Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 1 students kicked off Elementary School Field Day with a series of fun games on the morning of June 7. See more photos of students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 1 in action.


Girl Power

On June 7, 2nd-grade girls celebrated a tug-of-war victory over their boy counterparts during Elementary School Field Day. See more photos of grades 2–5 enjoying a number of fun activities.


Lots to Share

Students from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 gathered in the Palestrina on June 8 for an Elementary School Farewell Assembly in which students from each class presented something they learned or were grateful for this year. See more photos.


Making the Leap to High School

During their Moving-up Ceremony on June 8, 8th-grade students took time to reflect on their Middle School years before they collected their certificates and officially advanced to High School. Learn more.


Time to Step Up

Grade 5 students celebrated their final moments of Elementary School by performing two songs together and sharing their hopes for Middle School during the ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 9. Learn more.


Master Teacher Announced

Congratulations to the 2023 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient, Holly Wiens! Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff announced the selection at the final all-faculty meeting on the afternoon of June 9 and had high praise for the Middle School English/EAL teacher. Read his citation.


Reunited at Last

After a lengthy delay caused by the pandemic, the Classes of 1999 and 2000 finally had a chance to celebrate their milestone 20-year reunions over the weekend of June 9. The group had a great time celebrating together on campus on Friday evening and enjoyed a number of activities in Lugano throughout the weekend. Learn more.


Connecting Across Cultures in Cambodia

From June 8–19, 18 High School students and four faculty chaperones participated in a Opsahl Global Service Program (GSP) trip to Cambodia. The group worked closely with PEPY, an organization that aims to empower youth and believes that one has to learn before one can help—and that a wider understanding of Cambodian contexts and related development issues is essential before trying to support change. The TASIS group provided service both in the Cambodian countryside and at local educational facilities in Siem Reap. See more photos.


Serving Southern Africa

TASIS students took a break from building a mud hut in Zambia to dance with local children while on a two-week GSP trip this June. On the Serving Southern Africa trip, 17 High School students and four faculty chaperones provided service in both rural and urban communities—helping the elderly, spending time with children at schools, assisting with the provision of medication at a local hospital, planting trees, holding art workshops for street children, and more. See more photos.


Making a Difference in Mongolia

A group of TASIS High School students and faculty chaperones traveled to Mongolia during the first two weeks of their summer holiday to further solidify the growing relationship between TASIS students and a community of English language learners in Ulgii. The Understanding Ulgii GSP group planned and taught English language lessons to school-age students and interacted with local farmers, community organizers, and children to gain insight into Ulgii culture. See more photos.