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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 24, 2019
Posted 05/24/2019 02:51PM

There is no society ever discovered in the remotest corner of the world that has not had something that we would consider the arts. Visual arts—decoration of surfaces and bodies—appears to be a human universal.

- Steven Pinker

The Greek word for “beauty” (kallos) is etymologically connected to the Greek “to call” (kalein); beauty calls us to itself and to something beyond ourselves.

The 2019 TASIS Spring Arts Festival, “Be PART of It,” saw the entire community of TASIS artists tune into the call of beauty and celebrate the goodness and truth of that call.

If, as Dostoevsky said, “Beauty will save the world,” the TASIS community, especially its students and teachers, made the world a better place this week.

My gratitude to all of the students, teachers, staff, personale, parents and alumni for their participation, and my special thanks to Simone Aeschliman whose orchestration made the week possible.

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 27–Wednesday, May 29 Final exams (for non-AP and non-IB courses)
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Wednesday, May 29 Farewell Assembly and Alumni Induction
Thursday, May 30 Prom
Friday, May 31 Senior Banquet
Saturday, June 1 Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon

A Wonderful Festival Draws to a Close

The 45th annual Spring Arts Festival was filled with beautiful music, theater, dancing, art exhibitions, workshops, and more! Read all about this year’s festival and watch many of the events on the TASIS Blog, and see lots of great photo galleries on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Magnificent Seven Announced

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

While the fall winners are nominated by the faculty only, the spring selections are pulled from nominations made by the entire TASIS community. Congratulations to this spring’s deserving recipients, who were announced at an assembly on Thursday morning.

Integrity: Enzo Allanson ’21
Dealing honestly with each other and ourselves, and honoring our commitments

Respect: Francis Accilien ’19
Demonstrating an appreciation of the dignity of each human being and the beauty of the natural world

Responsibility: Nensi Hasanbelli ’20
Being accountable for our own actions; not blaming others for our mistakes or taking credit for another’s achievements; upholding obligations to others

Compassion: Autumn Bachofen ’21
Treating others in a kind and caring way

Humility: Omar Rahal ’20
Acknowledging our weaknesses and learning from them

Service: Ashli Sartorelli ’19
Dedicating ourselves to making a positive contribution to our community and world

Vision: Giorgio Cardani ’20
Making sacrifices in the present to build a better future

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a campfire on campus Friday evening, a trip to Como on Saturday, and a trip to Monte Generoso on Sunday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

Class of 2019 Set to Graduate Next Weekend

TASIS The American School in Switzerland's Class of 2019 will graduate on the morning of Saturday, June 1, 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; Arch. Andrea Bernardazzi, Municipale di Collina d’Oro, will offer a message from the Comune; Mr. Martin Naville, CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, will give the Commencement address; Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, will present the Graduation Awards; and Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean, will present diplomas to the 103 members of the Class of 2019.

All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony. The full ceremony will also be live-streamed and can be viewed at

Summary of Graduation Week Events

Tuesday, May 28
Academic Awards Assembly (required for all HS students)
9:40 in the Palestra

Wednesday, May 29
Farewell Assembly (required for all HS students)
15:00 in the Palestra

Alumni Induction (required for all HS seniors)
16:00 in Casa Fleming

Senior Outing (required for all HS seniors)
18:30 on Lake Lugano(meet in TASIS parking lot at 16:00)

Thursday, May 30
Graduation Rehearsal (required for all HS seniors)
10:30 in the Palestra

Senior Prom at Villa Geno on Lake Como (for HS seniors and a guest)
Meet in front of De Nobili at 18:30 for a class photo

Friday, May 31
Senior Banquet (for HS seniors and their guests)
Refreshments on the MCF Piazza at 19:00, followed by the banquet in the Palestra

Saturday, June 1
Commencement Ceremony (for HS seniors and their guests)
11:00 in the Palestra (HS seniors assemble outside Monticello at 10:15)
Followed by a luncheon in Villa de Nobili
All seniors must be off campus by 17:00

Don’t Miss the Premiere of The Prince and the Pauper on Tuesday

This year’s Elementary School Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, is sure to be a lot of fun for guests of all ages! Join us in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, or at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Learn more and reserve seats


Sports this Weekend

May 24 Varsity Tennis • ESC Championships American School Valencia (ASV)
May 24 Varsity Track & Field • ESC Championships Bavarian International School (BIS)

College Counseling News

Standardized Testing Information
TASIS 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
    • Dates for 2019–2020: Registration is now open for 2019-2020 test administrations.
      • October 5
      • November 2 (Subject Tests ONLY/Please note: Language Subject Tests with Listening will not be offered again until May 2021)
      • December 7
      • March 14 (NO Subject Tests)
      • May 2
      • June 6 (Subject Tests ONLY)
  • ACT Information
    • ACT administrations available at other testing centers:
      • July 13—register by June 14 (available in the US ONLY and not offered in California or New York)
    • Dates for 2019–2020 (Registration is not yet open.)
      • September 14
      • October 12 (Family Weekend)
      • December 14
      • February 8
      • April 4 (Spring Break—test available at other testing centers)
      • June 13 (School closed—test available at other testing centers)

National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA)

Changes to 2019–2020 Calendar

Please note that we have made a few small adjustments to the printable 2019–2020 academic year calendar. A comprehensive and up-to-date calendar is also always available at

TPA Highlights

Last Wednesday, the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) hosted its final lunch meeting of the year at Casa Fleming, with a call for new volunteers for the coming year. The TPA leaders are now happy to confirm the updated list of volunteers below. (Please note that they are still seeking parents interested in coordinating Autumn/Winter events, including those related to Halloween and Christmas. Please send an email to if interested.)

2019–2020 TPA Board
President: Jennifer Zanarini
Vice President/Communications: Lisa Izsa
Treasurer: Laura Colombo
Elementary School Coordinators: Lada Saratova, Lindsay Guest
Middle School Coordinators: Marianne Odfjell, Maria Popova
High School Coordinator: Sabine Moravi, Manuela Cerra

TPA Event Coordinators
Used Uniform Sales: Melany Tekock
HS Sports Banquet: Aleksandra Dochnal
Spring Events: Consuelo Soldanini Nores
Winter Events (Christmas): OPEN
Autumn Events (Halloween): OPEN

TPA Parent Support Committee (PSC)
HS PSC Head: Hanne Wibholm Hansen

  • 12th Grade: Katya Mohr, Alexandra Dochnal, Muriel Aciman
  • 11th Grade: Vibeke Stanford
  • 10th Grade: Lorenza Fiori, Angelika Camargo
  • 9th Grade: Manuela Cerra

MS PSC Head: Muriel Aciman

  • 8th Grade: Marianne Odfjell
  • 7th Grade: Muriel Aciman
  • 6th Grade: Linda Lopes

*ES PSC Head: Brunella Pignaton

*New PSC structure in the Elementary School for 2019–2020

ES Room Parents in grades Pre-K through 5 will be the point of contact between parents and their respective teachers. They will support the teacher with classroom activities and represent parents with questions that concern their grade or the Elementary School in general. Teachers will ask ES parents directly to volunteer in September. If you are interested, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know at that time.

Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
The TASIS Faculty and Staff would like to extend a huge thank you to the TPA for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Cocktail in Casa Fleming on Monday evening! The event featured delicious food and drinks and was very much appreciated by all who attended!

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020

The Shuttle Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020 is now available. Please review the updated 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 service next year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

New interactive shuttle route map
For the 2019–2020 school year, you can now browse shuttle routes and stops on google maps. The route number and drop-off/pick-up times are listed in the info box for each stop.

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