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HS Weekly Bulletin | February 1, 2019
Posted 02/01/2019 10:00AM

The TASIS Speaker Series Committee met Wednesday night to prepare for Michael Lesslie’s upcoming visit.

I just think nothing's ever going to get done unless you get your work out there.

- Michael Lesslie

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 4 No classes for HS and MS
Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Friday, February 8 Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
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
Monday, March 4 Yearbook portrait retakes
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Break

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This three-day weekend’s activities include a Hockey Club Lugano game or a trip to Chiasso for Indian food on Friday evening; a ski trip (location to be determined), baking session in Lanterna, or movie night in De Nobili on Saturday; a day trip to Milan on Sunday; and a trip to the thermal baths in Locarno on Sunday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

Advisor Meetings and Assembly Next Week

On Tuesday, advisors will review interim grades with their advisees; on Thursday, an Academic Award Ceremony will be held during assembly; and on Friday, students and advisors will begin preparing for International Week. 

Join Us Tuesday Evening for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address

Acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Michael Lesslie will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Parents are cordially invited to attend this exciting TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event and are asked to please email TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 7

The entire TASIS community is cordially invited to attend a Memorial Mass held in memory of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino on Thursday, February 7, at 8:30 AM.

Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception on February 8

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite all TASIS parents to a reception at the Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra on Friday, February 8, from 18:00–19:30.

Start the weekend in style by joining us for this aperitivo, and take advantage of the opportunity to socialize with the School leadership team and the Board of Directors—and with each other!

Please RSVP to Yvonne Procyk at or + 41 91 960 5181 by Wednesday, February 6, if you’d like to attend.

International Week Just 10 Days Away!

International Week, a treasured annual TASIS tradition, will open on Monday, February 11, and conclude on Friday, February 15. The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the all-school Parade of Flags, the Elementary School's International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair.

The week will kick off with the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning. This raucous event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to very limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend.

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visit

  • Monday, February 11, at 15:45 in the College Counseling Office: Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern (jointly developed and run with the School of Business at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

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

EU Business School Open Days

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 (the registration period has closed)
    • 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.

TASIS To Offer CILS Exams This Spring

Dear Parents,

In our ongoing effort to broaden the academic opportunities for our students, this year we will offer Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) exams on May 30. The CILS Diploma, issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena, certifies that a student's knowledge of Italian is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)—the international standard for assessing language ability. The certification is valid throughout the world and does not expire.

We recommend that Italian Section students who are not mother-tongue Italian speakers take this exam. In order to organize the logistics of the exam administrations, we need to know how many students are interested. If you think you would like your son or daughter to take any of the exams, please send me an email at

Please take note of the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 21: Mock exams administered at TASIS (no cost)
  • Thursday, March 21: Registration deadline for official CILS exams
  • Thursday, May 30: official CILS exams administered at TASIS
    • Level A1 & A2 (CHF 120)
    • Level B1 (CHF 170)
    • Level B2 (CHF 200)
    • Level C1 (CHF 230)

Thank you for your time, and please feel free to email me with any questions.


Nilda Lucchini
Chair of the Modern Languages Department

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests
February 2 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • SGIS Tournament TASIS
February 5 Varsity Badminton • NISSA Singles TASIS
February 9 Varsity Badminton • ESC Tournament TASIS
February 8 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Tournament SE (Scuola Europa)
Recent Athletic Results
January 26 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament Results
January 26 Varsity Badminton • SGIS Doubles Results
January 27 Swimming • SGIS Results

Potluck Celebrates 10 Years of TPA at TASIS

Dear Parents,

The TPA Potluck on January 24 was such a special event and an opportunity to celebrate 10 years of the TPA at TASIS! Thank you so much for supporting our community, for organizing events, and for celebrating friendship. Our passion for volunteering to serve this amazing community, our kids, their fellow students, and our friends is what makes TASIS so meaningful to all. And a special thanks to Francesca Varano for hosting this wonderful event!

Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

Archimia Quartet On Point Once Again

As part of the TASIS Cultural Events Program, the renowned Archimia Quartet performed in the Palmer Center last night—its second trip to TASIS in as many years. The supremely talented musicians again wowed High School students with their fusion of classical music with inspiration from pop and jazz.

Franklin University Students Available for Hire

An updated list of Franklin University students who are available this semester for babysitting, cleaning, yard work, and other odd jobs is now available. ( Username: fcedu\oddjobs | Password: Juloct~19 )

Please contact Franklin students directly if you would like to discuss a potential job with them.

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