February 2017  
The American School in Switzerland

MCF: What A Life! on YouTube

Watch the 60th Anniversary Performance
of MCF: What a Life!

When we celebrated our 60th anniversary last summer, the highlight of the weekend was a special production of MCF: What a Life!, the original musical by Todd Fletcher that premiered in 2000 and had not been performed since 2011. We are delighted to announce that a recording of the musical is now available.

Watch MCF: What a Life!
Learn about the cast and crew

Upcoming Spring Performance

We are also pleased to announce that the High School Theater Program will be putting its own spin on MCF: What a Life! this spring. Performances will be on March 31, April 1, and April 2. Use the button below to learn more about the show, see who the cast and crew are, and reserve your seats.

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International Week 2017

International Week Confirms that Mrs. Fleming’s Vision is Alive and Well

International Week 2017 was filled with inspiring events. Read about the week, see video highlights, and watch several impressive short films created by students.

See the recap

From fashion to the UN

From Fashion to the UN

After completing an M.A. in Economics, Ana Sarenac ’06 accepted a position with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She now supports the Serbian government in its efforts to reform public administration.

Read her story

Nine Reasons Why You Should Join Model UN

Nine Reasons Why You Should
Join Model UN

Shu Ye ’18 reflects on her eye-opening trip to The Hague for an International Model United Nations conference and explains why students should consider going next year.

Read the article


Spotlight on
the TASIS Faculty


Faculty excellence is the core of the TASIS experience. Our student writers caught up with six of the many exceptional teachers at TASIS, and we look forward to sharing more faculty features in the coming months.

Faculty Feature: Mark Aeschliman   Teacher: Profile: Carolyn Heard

Mr. Mark Aeschliman


Ms. Carolyn Heard

Shu Ye ’18 interviewed veteran Architecture & Design and Art History Teacher Mr. Mark Aeschliman, who has degrees in English, Fine Art, Art History, Italian Language & Literature, and Architectural History. Mr. Aeschliman has been at TASIS since 1979 and was the School’s second Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2010.

Learn more

  Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18 sat down with Ms. Carolyn Heard, who received the School’s inaugural Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2009. Ms. Heard chairs the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department and is known for helping her students achieve exceptional results on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

Learn more

Teacher: Profile: Dr. Love   Teacher: Profile: Amy Bloodworth

Dr. Christopher Love


Ms. Amy Bloodworth

Aurelia Dochnal ’19 interviewed High School English Teacher Dr. Christopher Love, who has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and taught at universities in both the United States and Turkey before coming to TASIS in 2012.

Learn more

  Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 sat down with Middle and High School Science Teacher Ms. Amy Bloodworth, who has made coding and robotics a key component of the Middle School Science curriculum and was the recipient of the 2016 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.

Learn more

Faculty Feature: Melody Tibbits   Teacher: Profile: Giorgio Volpi

Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia 


Mr. Giorgio Volpi 

Aurelia Dochnal ’19 got to know professional musician and Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, whose choir students recorded backup vocals for the 12th studio album of Gotthard, one of the most successful Swiss bands of all time.

Learn more

  Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 interviewed Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Giorgio Volpi, who has a strong background in playing and coaching American football and received the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2013.

Learn more

TASIS Educators Take on Leadership Roles at MITA Conference  

TASIS Educators Take on Leadership Roles at MITA Conference

Five TASIS faculty members and one administrator benefited greatly from the Milan International Teacher Association’s full day of workshops, keynote speeches, and "job-alike" dialogues.

Read the article 

Steven Hahn  

Steven Hahn on the Art of Storytelling

Writer and educator Steven Hahn, this year's fourth Senior Humanities Program speaker, spent time in English and drama classes and used his address in the Palmer Center to dissect the elements present in any compelling story.

Read the article and watch Mr. Hahn’s SHP address


Student Films

Welcome to TASIS   Student Films: International Human Beings

Welcome to TASIS


International Human Beings

Alex Secilmis ’19 wrote, filmed, and edited this thoughtful video that will be sent to all students upon their admission to TASIS.   In the spirit of International Week, Tennessee Hildebrand ’17 artistically highlights one of the defining messages of TASIS founder M. Crist Fleming.
Student Films: World Cup 2017   Student Films: Traditional Dress

High School World Cup 2017


Traditional Dress

Alex Secilmis ’19 does a remarkable job capturing the excitement of the High School World Cup, one of the biggest highlights of International Week.
  Tennessee Hildebrand ’17 provides an elegant look at some of the traditional costumes worn by students during International Week.
Student Films: A Boarder's Regular Night Out   Student Films: Campus Drone Video

A Boarder’s Regular Night Out


TASIS Campus—Ringed by Mountains

Employing his characteristic video blog style, John Gage ’17 infuses humor into his look at an uneventful night out in Lugano.   Tyler Miller ’18 created this mesmerizing new look at the TASIS campus.

Social Media Spotlight 

Instagram Photo




It’s been warm and sunny for most of February, but this shot from a January snowstorm got 423 likes on the TASIS Instagram page, which now has more than 2700 followers.


Visit the All Roads Lead to TASIS tumblr page to see lots of new posts about the vibrant TASIS community.


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Upcoming Alumni Reunions
All-Class Reunion in Miami | April 8, 2017
08 Miami, Florida, USA

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Avenue in South Pointe Park
Miami Beach, FL 33139
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Sign up now at www.tasisreunion.com.

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

For more information about this reunion weekend, contact Denise Chiang.

Classes of 1982–1983 and Friends: The Gold Rush Reunion, Part II | June 15–18, 2017
15 Pioneer Hotel, Sheep Ranch, CA

Find out more from Robert Cutter ’83 and via the XTR facebook group.

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 Facebook Group.

PG 1967: 50th Anniversary Reunion | June 19–25, 2017
19 Lugano, Switzerland

Contact Susan Lo Forti or Geoffrey Parker for information.

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.

TASIS Hellenic All-Class Reunion
29 Kifisia, Greece

Contact Yvonne Procyk in the Alumni office for more information.

TASIS Hellenic Class of 1987: 30th Anniversary Reunion
  Kifisia, Greece

This reunion is in conjunction with the all-class reunion. Contact Steve Psallidas to find out more.

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