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HS Weekly Bulletin | May 4, 2018
Posted 05/04/2018 11:00AM


To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

– Steve Prefontaine

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26–Sunday May 18 IB exams
Monday, May 7–Friday, May 18 AP exams
Tuesday, May 15 “Music Without Borders” Concert • Palazzo dei Congressi, 20:00
Tuesday, May 15–Sunday, May 20 Spring Arts Festival
Monday, May 21–Wednesday, May 23 Final exams for seniors
Thursday, May 24 HS Prom
Friday, May 25 HS Senior Banquet
Saturday, May 26 HS Graduation
Thursday, May 31 –Friday, June 1 Final exams for non-seniors

Record Turnout for 5th Annual Beat the Bells Run

A record 55 runners departed from TASIS at 6:15 on Tuesday morning for this year’s Beat the Bells Run, and 36 made it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant’Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. The challenging run, which is just under seven kilometers with an elevation change of 340 meters, helped raise more than CHF 500 for the Nepal Global Service Program group.

Thirty-three TASIS students, 16 faculty and staff members, six guests, and one parent gave it a shot this year, with the lead pack crossing the finish line in just over 30 minutes.

Learn more about the history of this community-building event.

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

A representative from University IFM Institute of Finance and Management will visit on Tuesday, May 8, at 15:45 in the College Counseling Office. Representatives from Chapman University and Rollins College will visit on Thursday, May 10, at 15:45 in the College Counseling Office.

Interested students in grades 10, 11, 12, and PG should register via Naviance to attend the meetings.

Spring Arts Festival Opens on May 15

The 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will begin with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra at 10:10 on Tuesday, May 15, and conclude in the Palestra on Sunday, May 20, with a Closing Concert at 19:00. The days and hours in between will be packed with concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and more—including a special performance at Lugano’s Palazzo dei Congressi on the evening of May 15.

See the full schedule of events for this year’s celebration of the arts.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Athletic Contests
May 5 Doubles Tennis • SGIS KLAS Leysin
May 24 Golf • ESC ISP International School Paris
Recent Athletic Results
April 28 Varsity Track and Field • SGIS Championships Girls: 2nd-place overall; Boys: 3rd-place overall
April 27 Varsity Golf • EFG Tournament Results

Reserve Your Seats for the Middle School Musical, Beauty and the Beast JR.

Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture and the original Broadway production that ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, the TASIS Middle School's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. will be performed in the Palmer Center on the evenings of May 18–19 and on the afternoon of May 20.

Visit the registration page to learn more and reserve your seats.

TPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 7

In recognition of its gratitude toward all TASIS employees, the TPA will host its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner at Bora da Besa on Monday, May 7, from 17:30–20:30.

The TPA is looking for volunteers who would like to come enjoy the evening and help with food service. Please send an email to if you’d like to participate.

The “Building the Future” Spring Gala raffle drawing will also take place at this dinner, and all winners will be posted at afterward.

TPA Potluck Lunch at Casa Fleming on May 30

All parents are invited to come to Casa Fleming between 12:30–14:30 on Wednesday, May 30, to enjoy one another’s company and share homemade dishes before breaking for the summer holiday. TPA President Laura Colombo will talk about this past year, discuss the new structure of the TPA Board, and discuss some of the activities proposed for 2018–2019. She will also ask parents for feedback based upon their experiences this year.

It is also time for the 2017–2018 TPA members to give parents the opportunity to be involved with the TPA next year. The 2018–2019 TPA will be organized soon, and the TPA is looking for parents who are ready to help. Drawing upon their experience over the past few years, the TPA members would like to organize the volunteering structure a bit differently to make it easier for everyone.

The TPA will have three new positions to help the president keep people involved: High School Coordinator, Middle School Coordinator, and Elementary School Coordinator.

Elections will soon be held for the positions listed below. Please let Laura Colombo know if you are curious about any of the following positions by writing to, and she will be happy to meet with you to provide more details.

  • TPA President
  • TPA Vice President / All-School Event Coordinator
  • TPA Treasurer
  • TPA Communications Specialist
  • High School Event Coordinator
  • Middle School Event Coordinator
  • Elementary School Event Coordinator

The Parent Support Committee (PSC) heads are also recruiting new members for the PSC. Please send an email to to learn more about these positions.

Elementary School Musical to Premiere on May 31

Directed by Mr. and Mrs. Frazier-Smith, Cry Wolf—an original musical written by Stephanie Figer, TJ Liquori, and Mikey Rosenbaum, three veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs' Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT)—will enjoy its European premiere in the Palmer Center on the evening of Thursday, May 31, at 19:00 and will also be performed at 19:00 on Friday, June 1.

Reserve your seats and learn more about the show at

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