Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
- Omar N. Bradley
As she approached the end of her ninth decade, Mrs. Fleming said this to TASIS students: “Always remember, even when I’m not here to scold you, times change, values don’t. Always hold on to yours!” But exactly what are these values that students should hold onto?
Are they found in the words chiseled into our campus building facades, or are they expressed in our Mission Statement? Possibly in the “TASIS Paideia” foundation document, or in Mortimer Adler’s Paideia Proposal, or in Werner Jaeger’s Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture (a book that would certainly be on my recommended reading list for all teachers)? Might they be identical to those of the Cum Laude academic honour society to which we elect some of our students every year?
I think that the answer is Yes—and No. Yes, because all of these articulate aspirations that are promoted and encouraged to some extent in various ways at TASIS. But also No, because many of the admirable principles found in these sources can seem rather distant from students’ daily lives. As I try to observe the values visible in the TASIS community today, I come up with this list:
- Leadership, initiative
- Service, commitment to others
- Kindness, generosity, empathy, compassion
- Academic scholarship, dedication to knowledge acquisition
- Perseverance, determination to overcome obstacles
- Global outlook, open-minded, international mindedness
- Creativity, problem-solving
Some may want to quibble with the values in this list, and of course there is always room for discussion and improvement. But I think that if we listen carefully to the kinds of qualities that this year’s student award winners are said to embody, we will hear words like those above.
And furthermore, I think that these values are exactly what Mrs. Fleming dreamed about seeing in young people when she began dreaming her impossible dreams.
– David Jepson, Director of Studies
|Saturday, May 26||HS Commencement Ceremony|
|Thursday, May 31–Friday, June 1||ES Musical|
|Monday, June 4||MS last day of classes|
|Tuesday, June 5||8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony|
|Wednesday, June 6||Dormitories close|
Class of 2018 Graduates Tomorrow!
TASIS The American School in Switzerland's Class of 2018 will graduate on the morning of Saturday, May 26, with the Commencement Ceremony beginning in the Palestra at 11:00.
Ms. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, will deliver the Invocation; Hon. Francesco Hurle, Municipale di Collina d’Oro, will offer a message from the Comune; Rev. Dr. William W. Schumacher, Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary, will give the Commencement address; Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, will present the School's coveted Graduation Awards; and Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean, will present diplomas to the 103 members of the Class of 2018.
All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony, which can also be viewed live on the TASIS YouTube page.
Textbooks: Students must return textbooks to their teachers by Friday, June 1. If the books are not returned, the TASIS Business Office will charge CHF 100 per textbook. This fee also applies for all missing library books. Fees for other kinds of books (workbooks, grammar books, etc.) may vary.
Summer Reading Lists: Please see required summer reading lists for EAL, English, and the Italian Section.
Summer Learning Resources: We realize that many of you would like to keep your children engaged in their learning process throughout the summer. In order to help support this effort, every year the Middle School puts together a list of recommended learning resources by subject that you can consider when trying to engage your child in the different disciplines they encounter throughout the school year.
MS Supplies List: Please see a list of student supplies needed for next year.
MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings
During Assembly on Wednesday, May 23, the MS After-School Program Spring Term Awards Ceremony was held. Congratulations to the award recipients!
|Track and Field||Floor Van Leeuwen, Coach’s Award
Ivan Linnikov, Most Valuable Athlete
|Music Band||Adriano Condulmari, Leadership and commitment
Leonardo Panella, Leadership and commitment
|Theater||Jane Wilson, Outstanding commitment and performance
Pedro Dias, Outstanding commitment and performance
|Girls Volleyball||Liza Chirikova, Most improved
Maria Mochalnikova, Leadership award
|Dance||Mariaurora Rosso, Fearless Award|
|Choir||Sofya Rappoport, Passion and dedication|
|Climbing Club||Sofia Gozman, Enthusiasm and positivity|
Also, the World Issues Service Learning Group talked about their activities, projects, and recent trip to Geneva.
MS Service Learning News
The Cometa SL Group visited Cometa in Como yesterday and gave the proceeds from their bake sale and "no dress code day" to the Headmaster of Cometa, Mr. Giovanni Figini. All proceeds will be given as a scholarship to a student in need who can learn a practical job and have a new opportunity in life. The visit was very informative and delightful: Mr. Figini gave our students a tour of the school, the gardens and families' houses and talked about the history of Cometa. The group also spent time with the students after school and played sports with them.
The Music Therapy SL Group also visited Cometa yesterday afternoon, and it was a great trip to a fantastic place. TASIS students had positive and meaningful interactions with the Cometa students in a musical context. They created a short, interactive musical performance using singing, ukuleles, drums, and several other percussion instruments. What they prepared contained an element of performance and elements of playing instruments and games with the children they met in Cometa. The intention of the interaction was to create a fun and therapeutic space in which to relax and enjoy music together while participating in music-making and playing.
Last day of school for MS students on June 4
Monday, June 4, is the last full day of school for MS students. Please see the alternate schedule below.
|6th & 7th Grade & Advisors||8th Grade & Advisors|
8:40–9:30 Farewell Assembly Rehearsal (for those involved with Assembly)
8:40–9:30 Student Council Preparations at UBS (only for those who are preparing)
|9:30 Walk to UBS Sports Complex||9:30 Depart for Splash & Spa|
|10:00 Structured Games||10:00 Arrive at Splash & Spa|
|11:00 Supervised Free Time||10:00–14:15
Splash & Spa
|12:00 BBQ Lunch|
|13:00 Structured Games|
|13:45 Supervised Free Time|
|14:30 Walk back to school||14:10 Depart Splash & Spa|
|14:45 Arrive at school||14:45 Arrive back at school|
MS students will meet for the Advisor block from 8:00–9:30. All key bracelets must be brought to the advisors for collection. If a student does not return the bracelet, the family will receive an invoice for CHF 50. On that day, students must also clean out their lockers.
After the Advisor block, students will depart for the End-of-the-Year Activities.
- Eighth graders will go to Splash and Spa. Sack lunches will be provided.
- Sixth and seventh graders will participate in the Spirit Games at the UBS Sports Complex.
On that day, students may wear the TASIS PE uniform.
The last day of school will conclude with the MS Farewell Assembly and distribution of the MS Yearbook.
Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019
Please note that next year shuttle buses for all divisions will leave campus every day at 16:00. (Note that on Wednesdays, shuttle buses for Elementary School students will leave campus at 14:55.)
The Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019 is available now. Please review the new Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.
Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle bus service next school year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at email@example.com.
Reminder: TPA Potluck Lunch at Casa Fleming on May 30
All parents are invited to come to Casa Fleming between 12:30–14:30 on Wednesday, May 30, to enjoy one another’s company and share homemade dishes before breaking for the summer holiday. TPA President Laura Colombo will talk about this past year, discuss the new structure of the TPA Board, and discuss some of the activities proposed for 2018–2019. She will ask parents for feedback based upon their experiences this year. Interested parents will also have the opportunity to share their interests and availability to help with the TPA next year.