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HS Weekly Bulletin | January 17, 2020
Posted 01/14/2020 01:00PM

Wednesday's IB Theatre performance

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.


– Ralph Waldo Emerson–

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 21 College Planning Meeting for Parents of 11th Graders • 19:00, College Counseling Office (Villa De Nobili)
Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 Winter Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, January 24 TPA Used Uniforms Sale • Palmer Center lobby, 14:30–17:30
Tuesday, January 28 TASIS Speaker Series: Thomas Sparrow • 19:00, Palmer Center
Monday, February 3 No classes for HS and MS
Thursday, February 6 Parent-Board of Directors Social • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Wednesday, February 12 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Saturday, February 22—Friday, February 28  Spring Academic Travel

Fall Semester Grade Reports

Please note that Fall Semester grade reports are now available in the Veracross Parent Portal.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Friday evening, skiing and snowshoeing in Andermatt on Saturday, karaoke and nachos in the Snack Bar on Saturday evening, and a trip to a rock climbing gym on Sunday. 

Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for sign-up information and more details about each activity.

A Greener TASIS 

At this morning’s High School assembly, students in the Environmental Action Service Learning group joined forces with the TASIS Green Team and the Middle School’s E-Club to help educate the community about proper recycling habits. 

This coming Monday’s advisor meetings will focus on how we can all improve our recycling efforts on campus. New recycling bins will be placed in front of Belvedere, the Snack Bar, de Nobili, Hadsall, and Focolare, and they will be available for use starting on Monday. There will be a recycling-themed community event during the assembly block next Friday.

The Middle School’s E-Club shows off the new recycling bins.

Winter Art Exhibition Opens Next Friday

We welcome you to join us at the Winter Art Exhibition, which opens in the Palmer Center next Friday, January 24, at 16:00 and will also be open all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The Winter Art Exhibition is primarily a photographic exhibition with participation from some IB Visual Arts students. It is both a showcase of work completed in photography classes and a first opportunity for advanced students to curate an exhibition of their own work. The feedback students receive from the exhibition not only helps them to refine their future work but also allows them to celebrate their accomplishments with the school community. We hope to see you there!

TPA Used Uniform Sale Next Friday

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will be running a Used Uniform Sale in the Palmer Center lobby on Friday, January 24, from 14:30–17:30. Stop by on your way to the Winter Art Exhibition!




Parent-Board of Directors Social on February 6

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to join us at the annual Parent-Board of Directors Social at the Resort Collina d'Oro on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 18:00. Guests will have an opportunity to socialize with members of the TASIS Board of Directors and the TASIS Administration.

Please RSVP before February 4 to We hope to have even more families attend this year and look forward to seeing you there!

ES Open House on February 6

Dear Parents,

If you have any friends who may be interested in learning more about the TASIS Elementary School, please let them know that we will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, February 6, from 8:30–10:45 AM. More information can be found in this article, and the registration page is available here

Thank you for your support!

The ES Leadership Team

Athletics Update


Upcoming Games
January 16 Varsity Boys Basketball @ ASM ASM
January 18 Varsity Badminton at ICSZ ICSZ
January 24 Varsity Swimming • SGIS Championships LAS
Recent Results
January 14 Varsity Girls Basketball vs ASM Win, 40–8
See more details on the TASIS website.

Travel Expectations For Boarding Students

Director of Residential Life Tom Lill reviewed travel rules and expectations with all boarding students earlier this week. His presentation can be seen here.

This is also a reminder that detailed information about travel (for both day and boarding students) can be found in this section of the High School Student Handbook.

Parent Support Committee (PSC) Meeting Notes

The following topics were discussed at the PSC meeting on Thursday, December 5. Thank you to all who attended!

  • Accountability for off-campus student behavior
  • Helping students cope with peer pressure
  • Recognition for students who have completed the Italian Section
  • Creating or enhancing dormitory common rooms
  • Responsibilities and expectations for Student Council members
  • Service Learning staffing
  • Accreditation process and update

2020 Yearbook: Senior Tribute Pages

As in previous years, parents of seniors are invited to contribute a special tribute in the TASIS yearbook. Tributes usually contain photos and text (a poem or special message of congratulations, etc.). Parents interested in purchasing a whole-page, half-page, or quarter-page tribute are kindly requested to complete the Senior Tribute Page Form by February 22 with the content they would like included. Further instructions can be found on the form.


College Counseling News

12th Grade and PG

  • Updated “midyear” transcripts including Fall Semester grades are in the process of being submitted in support of all active applications. Students do not have to request that these be sent and should not be concerned if they receive notices from colleges and universities that midyear transcripts have not been received.

11th Grade

  • College Support Class has been added to all students’ schedules in Veracross
    • Students are assigned to one class per week.
    • Attendance is mandatory and will be reported.
    • All classes will take place in the College Counseling Office (De Nobili, above the Health Center)
  • Information meeting for parents of 11th Graders:
    • Tuesday, January 21, 19:00
    • College Counseling Office (Villa de Nobili, above the Health Center)
    • This informal program for parents will provide an opportunity to meet the college counseling staff and learn about the college/university counseling and programming provided from now through graduation for the Class of 2021.
    • Please contact Mr. Greg Birk, Director of University and College Counseling, with any questions.
  • The Class of 2021 Junior Survey is now available in your Cialfo task list, "Getting Started for Grade 11!"
    • The deadline to complete the survey is January 31.
  • Please review the complete TASIS testing recommendations here.
    • It is recommended that all students take one SAT and one ACT in the spring of the junior year.
    • The only spring ACT administration at TASIS is February 8.
      • The registration deadline for this administration is TODAY, January 17.
      • The test center registration code for TASIS is 867780.
      • Watch for an email from
      • There is more information regarding testing below.

9th, 10th, and 11th Grades

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students who took the October 16 PSAT and provided a valid email address were notified via email from College Board to access their scores online. A PDF copy of the presentation from the PSAT Score Release assembly can be seen here.
  • If you have a problem accessing your scores, please see Mr. or Mrs. Birk in the College Counseling Office (above the Health Center in De Nobili) or write to 

Upcoming College Representative Visits:

Standardized Testing Information:

  • Please review the 2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
  • SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • March 14—SAT ONLY/NO Subject Tests (Registration deadline: Feb 14)
    • May 2 (Registration deadline: April 3)
    • June 6—Subject Tests ONLY (Registration deadline: May 8)
  • ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • February 8 (Registration deadline: Jan 17)
    • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
    • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
    • Spring Semester Test dates:
      • January 18
      • February 15
      • March 7
      • April 25
      • May 16
    • Registration information and instructions, including the “bulk registration code” unique to each test date, will be sent from when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS students should register with the code, which is valid until 10 days before the exam. Registration during the 10 days prior to the exam is open to the public (including TASIS students) and can be done without a code. Please note that only 12 seats are available for each test administration. Early registration is encouraged.
  • Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 
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