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HS Weekly Bulletin | January 11, 2019
Posted 01/11/2019 03:00PM

Auditions are under way for the High School Spring Musical, The Pirates of Penzance.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

- Aristotle

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 22 College Planning Meeting for Parents of 11th Graders
Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27 Winter Photography Exhibition
Monday, February 4 No classes for HS and MS
Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week
Wednesday, February 13 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Saturday, February 23—Friday, March 1 Spring Academic Travel

Magnificent Seven Announced

Each fall and spring, the High School holds a special assembly to honor seven students who exemplify the qualities the School refers to as the Magnificent Seven. These timeless virtues—Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision—are character traits that were prized by Founder M. Crist Fleming and continue to be highly valued by the TASIS community today.

The fall selections were determined by nominations made by students and faculty members.Congratulations to the following well-deserving recipients, who were recognized at the last High School Assembly before the Winter Holiday.

Integrity: Natalie Flemmer ’20
Dealing honestly with each other and ourselves, and honoring our commitments

Respect: Alessandro Carlesimo ’22
Demonstrating an appreciation of the dignity of each human being and the beauty of the natural world

Responsibility: Samantha Walker ’19
Being accountable for our own actions; not blaming others for our mistakes or taking credit for another’s achievements; upholding obligations to others

Compassion: Maria Mastronardi ’20
Treating others in a kind and caring way

Humility: Hanna Osgood ’20
Acknowledging our weaknesses and learning from them

Service: Maria Veronica Ramos ’19
Dedicating ourselves to making a positive contribution to our community and world

Vision: Alex Secilmis ’19
Making sacrifices in the present to build a better future

New Members of the TASIS Community

This week we were very pleased to welcome 32 new students to the TASIS community for the start of the second semester: 19 in the High School, six in the Middle School, and seven in the Elementary School. These students hail from 13 different nations: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Fall Semester Grade Reports

Please note that Fall Semester grade reports will be made available in Veracross on Thursday, January 17.

Advisor Meetings Next Week

Students in grades 10 and 11 will meet with the college counselors for their first college planning sessions during the Advisor block next week. Students in grade 9 and 12 will be discussing time management and exploring strategies to limit phone and social media use in order to help them focus more on their studies.

Coming up: First TASIS Speaker Series Events of 2019

This Sunday, January 13, the TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) Committee will host a film screening of Before the Flood for our 12th-grade and Postgraduate students. The screening will begin at 19:00 and will be followed by a discussion in Casa Fleming. Though the event is required for boarding students, day students are encouraged to attend if they wish.

Our next TSS event will be a visit from screenwriter Mike Lesslie, who will address the seniors on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. You can read more about Mike in this article published on the TASIS website, but he is a gifted writer, most famous for writing the screenplays for major film productions of Macbeth (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016), in addition to numerous playwright credits.

In partnership with the TPA, we are opening the TSS events to parents who would like to attend the lectures. More reminders will follow in subsequent communications from the School, but if you are interested in attending Mike Lesslie's address on February 5, please email Peter Locke so he can reserve your place. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this valuable learning opportunity.

College Counseling News

College Planning Meeting for Parents of 11th Graders

  • Tuesday, January 22, from 19:00-20:30 in the College Counseling Office
  • This informal program for parents of 11th-grade students will provide an opportunity to meet the university/college counseling staff and learn about the counseling and programming provided from now through graduation for the Class of 2020.

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade students should register via Naviance to attend the meetings. All other students can send an email to to register.

Standardized Testing Information

TASIS 2018-2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule (recently modified)

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
  • ACT Information
    • The last 2018-2019 ACT administered at TASIS will be on February 9—register by January 11 (limited spaces available)
    • "Which ACT Prep is Right for Me?" Webinar: Wednesday, January 23, at 16:00
      • This webinar is designed to inform students and parents about test prep options created by the makers of the ACT.
    • Additional ACT administrations are available at other testing centers:
      • April 13—register by March 8
      • June 8—register by May 3
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:

Franklin University Academic Summit

Saturday, February 16, from 11:00–18:30 at Franklin University

Topic: “Climate Change: Swiss realities and Swiss future”

  • This program is open to students who would like to explore this topic while interacting with university students and professors.
  • For more information, call 091 986 3613 or email Please use this link to register or learn more.

Upcoming Weekend Activities

The Boarding Program is pleased to offer students the following activities this weekend:

Friday, January 11

  • Quesadillas and board games in the Certenago Common Room, 20:00–22:00. No need to sign up in advance.

Saturday, January 12

  • Ski Trip to Andermatt, 8:00–17:00. Sign up here.
  • Proctor Party in the Snack Bar and Dance Studio, 21:00–23:00. No need to sign up in advance.

Sunday, January 13

  • Indoor rock climbing at Evolution Taverne, 12:00–17:00. Sign up here.

Upcoming Athletics

Upcoming Games
January 11 Varsity Boys Basketball • ISZL Palestra, TASIS Campus
January 12 Varsity Boys Basketball • ISSL Tournament Palestra, TASIS Campus
January 12 Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament ZIS
January 18 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. ASM Palestra, TASIS Campus
January 19 Varsity Badminton • ISSL Tournament
January 22
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. ASMilan ASM
Recent Athletic Results
December 10 Varsity Boys Basketball vs. ASM Win: 35-31
December 10 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. ASM Win: 36-30

CIS Community Survey & ACE Learning Survey

All parents should have recently received an email with a link to the CIS Community Survey & ACE Learning Survey. This survey is a key part of our re-accreditation process and will help us identify strengths and areas in need of improvement.

If you have not had a chance to fill out the survey as of yet, we kindly ask that you consider completing it by January 30, at which point the survey will close. Please note that you can complete one survey per child enrolled at TASIS. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and please contact Nilda Lucchini with any questions.

TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner

Dear Parents,

The TPA proudly supported the TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner on December 15 by providing the raffle prizes for the event. We donated 70 TPA Cookbooks, and a group gift from each grade: 1st through 12th. These donations served as an acknowledgment and thank you to all the hardworking teachers and staff members who support our children throughout the year.

The TPA and the TASIS parent community worked together to make this a wonderful and exciting event for the TASIS staff. Thank you so much for your continued support and dedication to making TASIS a dynamic, supportive, and engaging place for our children to grow and learn.

With gratitude,

Brunella Pignaton and Laura Colombo
TPA Co-Presidents

TPA Italian Potluck on January 24

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to an Italian Potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Thursday, January 24, at 12:00. Bring your favorite dish to share! This is a kind and generous invitation from a TASIS mom. It is important to confirm your availability in advance. To RSVP, please send an email to

During the lunch, Brunella and Laura, TPA co-presidents, will share results from recent events and discuss TPA events planned for February–June, 2019. We are excited to welcome you!

Parents Eating Lunch in De Nobili

Parents who are on campus for TPA or PSC meetings are welcome to have lunch in De Nobili. When entering campus via the gazebo, please ask the security guard for a meal pass and ensure that it is visible when you go through the lunch line.

2019 Yearbook: Senior Tribute Pages

All parents of seniors are invited to add a personal touch to the 2019 yearbook. Parents interested in purchasing a whole-page, half-page, or quarter-page tribute are kindly requested to visit and complete the Yearbook Tribute Order Form by January 15. Tributes usually include photos and text (a poem, special message of congratulations, etc.). Further instructions can be found on the form.

TASIS Community Choir Seeking New Members

It is a new semester at TASIS and a fresh opportunity for parents to join the TASIS Community Choir, which will be learning some new melodies and preparing to sing during the Spring Arts Festival in May. All members of the TASIS community are welcome to join this adult choir and enjoy the camaraderie and the singing of a variety of musical styles. This non-professional group welcomes all singers, regardless of experience.

The choir meets on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 18:30 in Music 1, which is located in the basement of the Palestra. If you have any questions, please contact the TASIS Community Choir Director, Tamara Schumacher, at

Register Now for Yoga Marathon

The “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, January 19. This event will feature a variety of yoga classes offered from 9:00–17:00, a lunch provided by Beautyful Greens, and a raffle with many exciting prizes. All proceeds will benefit Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that travels to Zambia and Botswana for two weeks each year.

Visit to register for yoga classes and learn more about this exciting event.

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