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HS Weekly Bulletin | February 9, 2018
Posted 02/09/2018 03:00PM


You ask, ‘What in the world is TASIS?’ A sanctuary? A refuge from the storm? I answer it is not an escape; it is an attempt to create a world model—the way architects build a miniature model before they construct the actual permanent edifice.

– M. Crist Fleming (Yearbook message, 1994)

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16 International Week
Wednesday, February 14 HS Parent Coffee
Saturday, February 24–Friday, March 2 Spring Academic Travel
Friday, March 9 Yearbook portrait retakes
Thursday, March 15–Saturday, March 17 Spring Musical
Sunday, March 25–Sunday, April 8 Spring Break

Recap of the Headmaster’s Presentation on February 7

We would like to thank the many parents who attended Wednesday evening’s Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Palmer Center, which featured an excellent presentation from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff. Mr. Nikoloff discussed his background, the educational philosophy that drives TASIS, the School’s financial model, the improvements that will be made to the Elementary School’s academic program next year, and plans regarding future campus developments.

Please enjoy a summary of Mr. Nikoloff’s presentation.

International Week Begins on Monday!

International Week, a favorite annual TASIS tradition, will begin on Monday, February 12, and conclude on Friday, February 16. 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. See the full schedule of events.

* The Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube page later that day. Due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend this event.

College Counseling News for Students in Grades 10, 11, 12, and PG

A representative from Swiss Business School will visit TASIS on Tuesday, February 13, and a representative from Saint Louis University Madrid will visit on Thursday, February 15. Both meetings will begin at 15:45 and will be held in the College Counseling Office. Interested students in grades 10, 11, 12, and PG should register via Naviance if they’d like to attend.

Chess Tournament at TASIS on March 3

Swiss Chess Tour will host a chess tournament on the TASIS campus (Monticello 1 and 2) on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3. The check-in period will run from 13:45–14:25, and the tournament will begin at 14:30. Prizes will be awarded at 18:40.

TASIS students of all ages can enter the tournament for free (provided that they know the rules of chess), and parents and other members of the community are also welcome to participate for an entry fee of CHF 20. Please see the flyer below for registration details.

Volunteers Needed for Spring Gala: Building the Future

The TPA has begun to plan this year’s Spring Gala (“Building the Future”) and is looking for volunteers to help organize the event, which will include an auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. The Gala will be held in the Palestra on Saturday, April 21.

The TPA would also be delighted to receive any donations for the raffle and auctions. If you have any new items or services (e.g. bags, yoga lessons, etc.) you would be willing to contribute or would like to volunteer to help in any other capacity, please contact Brunella Pignaton at

More information about the Spring Gala will be shared in the coming weeks.


TASIS Teachers Participate in Third Annual MITA Conference

The Milan International Teachers Association (MITA) held its third annual educational conference on Saturday, February 3—and TASIS was there once again, represented by a group of eight faculty members: Keith Izsa (High School History Department) and Valerie Bijur Carlson (High School Theater Director & TOK teacher), who have participated in the conference since its inception; Olymar Marco Brown (High School and Middle School Science Department), who attended for the second time; and first-time attendees Erin Fitzgerald and Carla Santoro (Elementary School Literacy Department), Carol Hinchliff (Early Childhood Coordinator), Alice Vassalli (Elementary School teacher), and Emmanuelle Kaser (Elementary School student teacher).

Several members of the TASIS Faculty even led their own workshop sessions: Mr. Izsa laid out a “blueprint” for project-based learning, Ms. Brown taught the methodology of art therapy in the classroom, and Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Santoro presented the use of mentor texts for improving student writing.

Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests

February 10 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Tournament Palestra, TASIS campus
February 21 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs. U17 Cassarate Palestra, TASIS campus
March 6 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. BC Vedeggio Palestra, TASIS campus
March 8 Varsity Girls Basketball • ESC ISL
March 8 Varsity Boys Basketball • ESC BBIS
March 8 Swimming • ESC ISZL

Recent Athletic Results

February 3 Varsity Girls Basketball • SGIS Tournament 5th Place
February 3 Varsity Badminton • ESC Singles and Doubles 2nd Place
February 7 Varsity Badminton • NISSA Girls: 1st Place, Boys: 2nd Place
February 8 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. American School Milan Win: 22–12
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