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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 25, 2018
Posted 05/25/2018 02:00PM

Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

– Steve Jobs (graduation speech at Stanford University)

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 25 Senior Banquet • Palestra
Saturday, May 26 Commencement Ceremony • Palestra
Thursday, May 31–Tuesday, June 5 Final exams for non-seniors
Thursday, May 31–Friday, June 1 ES Musical • Palmer Center
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.

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

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.

ES Musical Opens Next Week

Reserve seats and learn more about the show at


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