November 2016  
The American School in Switzerland

Christopher Nikoloff Selected to be Next TASIS Headmaster

Christopher Nikoloff Selected to be
Next TASIS Headmaster

Mr. Nikoloff will join TASIS in July 2017 after completing his 12th year as headmaster at California’s largest independent school, The Harker School.

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TASIS Campus Designed by David Mayernik Wins INTBAU Award

TASIS Campus Designed by
David Mayernik Wins INTBAU Award

Acclaimed architect David Mayernik, who developed a Master Plan for TASIS in 1996 and has since designed or renovated more than ten buildings on campus, accepted the Urban Design Award at the 2016 INTBAU World Congress.

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High School Theater Program Presents The Servant of Two Masters

High School Theater Program
Presents The Servant of Two Masters

This year's fall play dazzled audiences over the course of a three-night run in the Palmer Center. See photos from the show and watch the full performances from Friday and Saturday night.

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Spotlight on
Academic Travel


Where Do TASIS Students Go for Fall Academic Travel?

Where Do Students Go for
Fall Academic Travel?

Students in grades 6–PG went on more than 20 separate trips to eight different countries around Europe earlier this month. Learn about where they went and what they did.

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See a photo gallery
What is Academic Travel?

A Closer Look at Academic Travel

Students from the School’s new Journalism and Video Production Internship wrote articles and created videos about their travel experiences at TASIS. Have a look at their excellent work.


Aspiring Scientist Gets to See World’s Biggest Hadron Collider
Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18 writes about the IB Physics trip that included visits to CERN, a massive wind farm, and several power plants.

Finding Beauty
Shu Ye ’18 discusses how she’s been influenced by her Academic Travel trips to Sicily and Munich.

Four Days in the City of Art
Aurelia Dochnal ’19 explains how the Honors World Literature trip to Florence helped her see Dante in a whole new light. 

Of Food, Scenery...and More Food
Bryan Soh ’18 writes about the many joys of studying Italian for a week while staying with a host family in Sicily.

Traveling Helps Us Find Our Identity
Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18, who went on the IB Environmental Studies trip to Cyprus this fall, reflects on the varied travel experiences that have shaped her character.

We Could Not Believe the Journey Was Over
Stage manager Diana Kuznetsova ’18 discusses her first TASIS Theater production, which included a trip to Veneto for the cast and crew.



Student Films: Dublin   Student Films: Florence

Tennessee Hildebrand ’17 took a poetic approach to his film about the English Literature trip to the land of James Joyce.


Alexander Secilmis '19 and Sasha Tsentser '19 produced this excellent recap of the Dante-themed trip to Florence.

Student Films: Sevilla   Student Films: Sevilla 2

John Gage ’17 offers a hilarious account of his trip to Sevilla in the first installment of his video blog.


Maria Vittoria Conti '17 also traveled to Sevilla and captured the excitement of the trip in this highlight video.

Student Films: Veneto   Student Films: Veneto

Georgia Mantegazza '17 provides an inside look at how the theater trip to Veneto helped the cast and crew prepare for the fall play.


The student filmmakers are guided by Milo Zanecchia ’08, who produced this stunning look at Academic Travel in January 2015.

Athletics Recap  

Athletics Report: 2016 Fall Season

Read about highlights from the season, learn who won the awards for each team, and see the top photographs.

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The Accidental Diplomat

We catch up with the prolific Thiago de Aragao ’01, who explains, "At TASIS we learn to become diplomats without even acknowledging it."

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Heela Najibullah’s Journey from Political Exile to Humanitarian

Motivated by her own hardships, Najibullah has devoted her life to helping those who need it most. She shared her story with TASIS students.

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Kulturplatz Filming  

TASIS Featured on Episode of Kulturplatz

The highly respected weekly cultural program filmed its November 9 episode—"The Future of the USA"—on the campus of TASIS.

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Upcoming Alumni Reunions
jan Class of 2006 and Friends | January 2–8, 2017
02 Gstaad, Switzerland

Ski reunion in Gstaad
Relive a TASIS Ski Week! Find out more on the TASIS Reunion 2017 Winter Edition Facebook page

Alumni of all classes are invited to join in the dinner on January 5. Contact to find out more.

All-Class New Year's Après-Ski Dinner | January 5, 2017
05 Gstaad, Switzerland

Contact to find out more.

All-Class Reunion in Miami | April 8, 2017
8 Miami, Florida, USA

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Avenue in South Pointe Park
Miami Beach, FL 33139
6:30—9:30 pm.

Class of 2007: 10th Anniversary Reunion | June 9-11, 2017
9 Lugano, Switzerland

Find out more from Denise Chiang.

Class of 1987: 30th Anniversary Reunion | June 16-18, 2017
16 Lugano, Switzerland

Find out more from Alex de Bruin or on the TASIS Class of 1987 30th Reunion Facebook page.

Class of 1992: 25th Anniversary Reunion | June 30–July 2, 2017
30 Lugano, Switzerland

Friends from the classes of 1991 and 1993 are also welcome! Contact Miki Nava to find out more.

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