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bshea - Posted Sunday, May 28, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding members of The American School in Switzerland's 61st graduating class were recognized for excellence in a number of areas at the Commencement Ceremony on May 27, 2017.
bshea - Posted Sunday, May 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Headmaster Lyle Rigg, 12th Grade Dean Peter Locke, and five members of the Class of 2017 delivered inspiring remarks in the Palestra on the evening of May 26.
bshea - Posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Each spring the TASIS High School Faculty selects three philanthropic students from grade 11 to receive the distinguished Junior Awards. Read about this year's deserving recipients.
marslanian - Posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:00:00 PM
Director of Studies David Jepson's weekly words of wisdom help frame various aspects of the TASIS experience and often provide context for an event happening on campus. Viewed as a whole, they serve as a lofty compendium of the 2016–2017 Academic Year.
bshea - Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 provides a student perspective in this excellent recap of the 2017 Spring Arts Festival.
bshea - Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM
The 43rd annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival began with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra on the morning of May 18 and concluded with a magnificent concert in the Palestra on the evening of May 21. Read about the week and watch many of the events.
bshea - Posted Monday, May 22, 2017 4:00:00 PM
The inaugural class of the TASIS Cum Laude Society Chapter—the first to be established in Switzerland—comprises six outstanding scholars from the Class of 2017 and three from the Class of 2018.
bshea - Posted Sunday, May 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Read about the season, see who won the Varsity Athletics Awards this spring, and learn who was named 2017 Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
bshea - Posted Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18, whose remarkable science achievements were heralded on the TASIS Blog earlier this spring, discusses her experiences at Physics Week in Zurich and the Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament (SYPT) in Lausanne.
bshea - Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Shu Ye '18 and Diana Kuznetsova '18 discuss the motivations behind their decision to start a club designed to promote a deeper understanding of the impressive cultural diversity existing within the TASIS student body.
bshea - Posted Monday, May 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Bryan Soh '18 writes about the joys of showing his native Singapore to a friend from Russia and discusses how TASIS instills international-mindedness in all its students.
bshea - Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017 4:25:10 PM
The TASIS Elementary School celebrated its second annual Book Week with a series of fun activities designed to build enthusiasm and promote reading during the week of May 1–5.
bshea - Posted Friday, May 5, 2017 1:36:00 PM
A record 119 TASIS students, faculty, staff, and community members completed the fifth annual Walk for Water on the afternoon of May 3, raising more than CHF 1100 for clean water initiatives.
Esma Karuv ’19 - Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:05:00 PM
Esma Karuv '19 reflects on the powerful lessons she learned while spending two weeks in Zambia with the Serving Southern Africa Global Service Program group.
TASIS - Posted Monday, May 1, 2017 2:59:00 PM
The TASIS Performing Arts program brought the community a fun-filled day of jazz-inspired musical performances, workshops, and art exhibits on Sunday, April 30.
TASIS - Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM
While much of TASIS was enjoying a well-deserved break, 29 students and nine adult chaperones chose to devote their spring holiday to impoverished communities well off the beaten path.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Elementary School students continue to excel in mathematics as they adjust to the demanding Math in Focus curriculum, a new textbook alternative for schools that wish to deliver an authentic Singapore Math program.
Bryan Soh ’18 - Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed High School Math Teacher Ms. Kerry Venchus, whose contributions to TASIS extend well beyond the classroom. Ms. Venchus has helped her AP Calculus students perform extraordinarily well on their exams in recent years and was the 2017 recipient of the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 - Posted Monday, Apr 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how students deal with stress levels that tend to spike as the final exam period approaches.
Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18 - Posted Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 interviewed Middle School Science Department Chair Dr. Brett Merritt, who helped develop an Engineering and Invention unit at TASIS and was awarded the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2014.
TASIS - Posted Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Our talented alumni continue to do amazing things in a variety of industries around the world. Read about recent accomplishments in news media, humanitarianism, filmmaking, acting, and athletics.
Diana Kuznetsova ’18 - Posted Friday, Apr 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, who runs the IB Theater program and is responsible for directing and producing a classic play each fall and a musical each spring.
TASIS - Posted Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Middle School art teacher Simona Bellini's students created eight pieces for a giant puzzle that was displayed in Mendrisio in recognition of the 10th annual World Autism Awareness Day.
Bryan Soh ’18 - Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Bryan Soh '18 interviewed Mr. Zach Mulert, who teaches AP US History and has been the director of the School's pioneering Global Service Program since its inception in 2013.
Diana Kuznetsova ’18 - Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Diana Kuznetsova '18 sat down with High School French Teacher Ms. Brigitte Cazebonne, who has taught at TASIS since 1993 and was the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2012.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM
The High School Theater Program put forth three inspired performances of MCF: What a Life!—an original musical by Todd Fletcher about the incredible life of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming—over the weekend of March 31–April 2. Watch the Saturday evening performance, see photo galleries, and read about the cast and crew.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Mar 31, 2017 3:29:13 PM
TASIS IB student Anastasia Kolesnikova was one of 100 high school students worldwide to be selected for the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge, and she has also advanced to the final round of the Swiss Young Physicists' Tournament.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Spring Academic Travel took TASIS students all over the map. Read about where they went and what they did.
Bryan Soh '18 - Posted Monday, Mar 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Watch a terrific video created by Milo Zanecchia with help from Alex Secilmis and Sasha Tsenter, read Bryan Soh's account of one particularly brilliant day in Crans-Montana, and hear from students interviewed by Aurelia Dochnal.
Maria Vittoria Conti ’17 - Posted Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM
More than 50 IB II students spent a week preparing for their impending exams at a historic monastery in Siena, Italy.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Read about the winter sports season, learn who won the team awards, see a gallery of the top photos, and watch a great highlight video.
Diana Kuznetsova ’18 - Posted Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Diana Kuznetsova '18 examines one day of the WISER Global Service Program group's nine-day trip to Muhuru Bay, Kenya.
Karen Corda ’18 - Posted Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Karen Corda '18 recaps the Global Service Program trip to Marrakesh, Morocco, in which TASIS students worked with underprivileged or abandoned children to help improve their access to education.
Tennessee Hildebrand '17 - Posted Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Tennessee Hildebrand '17 beautifully captured the sights and sounds of India in an impressive video shot during the Gram Vikas Global Service Program trip to Odisha.
Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18 - Posted Friday, Mar 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 explains how her Spring Academic Travel trip, which took her to 17 universities in the UK and the Netherlands, changed the way she'll approach the college admissions process.
Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 - Posted Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 reflects upon an emotional journey to Poland that included visits to the Madjanek and Auschwitz concentration camps.
John Gage ’17 - Posted Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Student filmmaker John Gage '17 chronicled his group's trip to Lisbon, a new Spring Academic Travel destination.
TASIS - Posted Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Dr. Reimer, Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, was the fifth and final Senior Humanities Program speaker for the 2016–2017 Academic Year.
TASIS - Posted Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 11:58:00 AM
International Week 2017 was filled with inspiring events. Read about the week, see video highlights, and watch several impressive short films created by students.
bshea - Posted Monday, Feb 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Enjoy the special production of Todd Fletcher's original musical, which premiered in 2000 and had not been performed since 2011.
Aurelia Dochnal ’19 - Posted Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Aurelia Dochnal '19 interviewed High School English Teacher Dr. Christopher Love, who has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and taught at universities in both the United States and Turkey before coming to TASIS in 2012.
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 - Posted Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 sat down with Middle and High School Science Teacher Ms. Amy Bloodworth, who has made coding and robotics a key component of the Middle School Science curriculum and was the recipient of the 2016 Khan-Page Master Teacher Award.
Shu Ye '18 - Posted Friday, Feb 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Shu Ye '18 reflects on her eye-opening trip to The Hague for an International Model United Nations conference and explains why students should consider going next year.
Shu Ye ’18 - Posted Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Shu Ye '18 interviewed veteran Architecture & Design and Art History Teacher Mr. Mark Aeschliman, who has degrees in English, Fine Art, Art History, Italian Language & Literature, and Architectural History. Mr. Aeschliman has been at TASIS since 1979 and was the School's second Khan-Page Master Teacher Award recipient in 2010.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM
After completing an M.A. in Economics, Ana Sarenac '06 accepted a position with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She now supports the Serbian government in its efforts to reform public administration.
TASIS - Posted Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Writer and educator Steven Hahn, this year's fourth Senior Humanities Program speaker, spent time in English and drama classes and used his address in the Palmer Center to dissect the elements present in any compelling story.
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 - Posted Monday, Feb 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 interviewed Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Mr. Giorgio Volpi, who has a strong background in playing and coaching American football and received the Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2013.
bshea - Posted Friday, Feb 17, 2017 1:26:00 PM
Five TASIS faculty members and one administrator benefited greatly from the Milan International Teacher Association's full day of workshops, keynote speeches, and job-alike dialogues.
bshea - Posted Friday, Feb 17, 2017 1:21:00 PM
In order to prevent students from overextending themselves, those who wish to take more than 6½ classes must first seek approval from High School Academic Dean Dr. Mark Abisi.
Aurelia Dochnal ’19 - Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Aurelia Dochnal '19 got to know professional musician and Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, whose choir students recorded backup vocals for the 12th studio album of Gotthard, one of the most successful Swiss bands of all time.
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 - Posted Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 sat down with Ms. Carolyn Heard, who received the School's inaugural Khan-Page Master Teacher Award in 2009. Ms. Heard chairs the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department and is known for helping her students achieve exceptional results on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Feb 13, 2017 4:12:00 PM
TASIS opened International Week with the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, and an excellent musical performance.
bshea - Posted Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 3:00:00 PM
The leading measure of global peacefulness concludes that the permanently neutral nation of 8.4 million people continues to become more peaceful even as the world as a whole grows more dangerous.
bshea - Posted Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Each summer a community of professional artists gathers amongst the mountains and lakes of southern Switzerland and devotes itself to providing a transformative experience to students hailing from more than 50 nations.
Bryan Soh '18 - Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Although he had reservations when he moved from Singapore two years ago, Bryan Soh '18 has grown to appreciate all Switzerland has to offer.
Diana Kuznestova '18 - Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 2:30:00 PM
Diana Kuznetsova '18 reflects on her life as a student at TASIS, the third boarding school she's attended since sixth grade.
Anastasia Kolesnikova - Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 writes about the day she stumbled upon a Lugano treasure: the annual Santa Claus Motorcycle Ride.
Shu Ye ’18 - Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 1:30:00 PM
Shu Ye '18 discusses how the TASIS Music Program has rekindled her love for playing the piano.
Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 - Posted Friday, Jan 27, 2017 1:00:00 PM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18 addresses the challenges and rewards of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) student.
bshea - Posted Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 3:00:00 PM
Learn about recent alumni achievements in the fields of film, music, visual arts, and public policy.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Jan 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM
The creators of Living on One Dollar and Salam Neighbor met with TASIS students and delivered a Senior Humanities Program address on January 19.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 12:50:00 PM
The top decile of each graduating class will be considered for membership in the prestigious Society, which recognizes superior scholastic achievement in secondary schools.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Based simply on the number of likes received from our followers, we have compiled a list of our top 10 Instagram photos from 2016.
bshea - Posted Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM
We've compiled a list of our ten most-viewed YouTube videos from the past year.
bshea - Posted Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 6:01:00 AM
Read a quick recap and see photos and video footage from the many festive events that took place during the holiday season, including the All-School Christmas Service and the Elementary School Christmas Concert.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 2:38:00 PM
Students in grades 6–PG went on more than 20 separate trips to eight different countries around Europe earlier this month. Learn more about where they went and what they did.
TASIS Films - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Students from the School's new Journalism and Video Production Internship created some excellent short films about their TASIS travel experiences.
Bryan Soh '18 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Bryan Soh '18 writes about the many joys of studying Italian for a week while staying with a host family in Sicily.
Shu Ye '18 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Shu Ye '18 discusses how she's been influenced by her Academic Travel trips to Sicily and Munich.
Diana Kuznetsova '18 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Stage manager Diana Kuznetsova '18 discusses her first TASIS Theater production, which included a trip to Veneto for the cast and crew.
Aurelia Dochnal '19 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Aurelia Dochnal '19 explains how the Honors World Literature trip to Florence helped her see Dante in a whole new light.
Ekaterina Plotnikova ’18 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Ekaterina Plotnikova '18, who went on the IB Environmental Studies trip to Cyprus this fall, reflects on the varied travel experiences that have shaped her character.
Anastasia Kolesnikova ’18 - Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Anastasia Kolesnikova '18 writes about the IB Physics trip that included visits to CERN, a massive wind farm, and several power plants.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Nov 28, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Read about highlights from the fall season, learn who won the awards for each team, and see the top photographs.
bshea - Posted Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 4:09:00 PM
This year's fall play dazzled audiences over the course of a three-night run in the Palmer Center. See photos from the show and watch the full performances from Friday and Saturday night.
bshea - Posted Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 11:04:00 AM
Acclaimed architect David Mayernik, who developed a Master Plan for TASIS in 1996 and has since designed or renovated more than ten buildings on campus, accepted the Urban Design Award at the 2016 INTBAU World Congress.
TASIS Today - Posted Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 1:00:00 PM
We catch up with the prolific Thiago de Aragao '01, who explains, "At TASIS we learn to become diplomats without even acknowledging it."
bshea - Posted Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 2:24:00 PM
Motivated by her own hardships, Heela Najibullah has devoted her life to helping those who need it most. She shared her story with TASIS students as part of the Senior Humanities Program.
TASIS - Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM
The highly respected weekly cultural program filmed its November 9 episode—"The Future of the USA"—on the campus of TASIS.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Oct 28, 2016 10:50:00 AM
The Brangelina divorce, hit albums, new fashion collections, and more. Learn about a few of the amazing projects our alumni are involved in.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 6:10:00 PM
John Hooper, whose brilliant career in journalism has spanned more than 40 years, kicked off the 2016–2017 Senior Humanities Program with an engaging lecture about his latest book, The Italians, which examines contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Oct 24, 2016 3:16:00 PM
Students and faculty offered visitors a first-hand look at the extraordinary talent at TASIS during a special Family Weekend assembly on the afternoon of October 21, 2016.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Oct 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM
In the first installment of the TASIS Faculty Lecture Series, Math Teacher, Service Learning Leader, and Dorm Head Danny Schiff inspired the High School student body with tales from his remarkable summer.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Sep 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM
TASIS students have received acceptance letters from 425 schools in 20 different nations over the past five years. We examine how the School's first-rate College Counseling Office has helped make this happen.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Sep 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM
A combination of great teachers, an inventive curriculum, and first-rate facilities has made TASIS a very attractive destination for science enthusiasts.
TASIS - Posted Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 10:15:00 AM
Students from the TASIS Elementary School and Middle School Choirs recorded backup vocals for Gotthard, one of the most successful Swiss bands of all time, on the afternoon of September 20.
TASIS - Posted Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM
All 11 TASIS students who took the AP Calculus AB exam in 2016 earned a 5. Hear from their teacher and learn about some more excellent scores from last spring's exams.
bshea - Posted Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM
We examine the excellent work done by the TASIS EAL Department and highlight other impressive results from the 2016 International Baccalaureate exams.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Sep 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Nineteen TASIS students have earned an AP Scholar Award for their exceptional work on the 2016 Advanced Placement exams.
TASIS - Posted Monday, Sep 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Ultramarathons, massive bike tours, advanced degrees, professional development, publications, weddings, births, and more—learn about many of the exciting things the TASIS faculty and staff did over the summer.
TASIS - Posted Friday, Sep 16, 2016 3:45:00 PM
TASIS students and faculty commemorated the amazing life of international educational pioneer M. Crist Fleming at special Founder's Day ceremonies on September 15–16.
bshea - Posted Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 9:27:00 AM
After graduating the largest senior class in School history, TASIS opened the 2016–2017 Academic Year with 716 students hailing from 61 different nations.
bshea - Posted Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 4:52:00 PM
More than 300 TASIS alumni and friends returned to Montagnola in August 2016 to celebrate the School's 60th Anniversary. The amazing weekend was capped by two special performances of Todd Fletcher's original musical, MCF: What a Life!
marslanian - Posted Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 12:23:00 PM
From June 8-19, 11 TASIS students traveled to Cambodia to build, teach, and learn. Mathematics teacher and chaperone Kerry Venchus shares her impressions of her first trip with the Global Service group.
marslanian - Posted Friday, Jul 8, 2016 3:42:00 PM
Aida Loggiodice '17 and Maria Paula Ramos '17 reflect on their incredible 13-day trip to Mongolia with Understanding Ulgii, the newest addition to the TASIS Global Service Program.
marslanian - Posted Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 3:09:00 PM
Roubik Aftandilians '74 hosted an elegant reunion at his home on April 30, 2016—complete with TASIS memorabilia and a VW Bus!
bshea - Posted Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 2:05:00 PM
School Photographer Kim Nelson's annual year-in-review slideshow was a huge hit at the TASIS High School's Farewell Assembly in late May.
TASIS - Posted Monday, May 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM
The 42nd annual TASIS Arts Festival was a wonderful celebration of vocal and instrumental music, dance, theater, painting, drawing, photography, architecture, sculpture, ceramics, and other creative endeavors.
bshea - Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM
See who won the Varsity Athletics awards this spring and read about some of the exciting highlights from the season.
bshea - Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM
For the fourth consecutive year, students in the TASIS Elementary School have participated in the innovative Service Learning project Read to Feed, partnering with Heifer International to donate livestock to struggling families all over the the world.
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