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MS Weekly Bulletin | September 21, 2018
Posted 09/21/2018 11:00AM

MS Hike

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

- Frank Lloyd Wright

Upcoming Events

Tuesday–Friday, September 25–28 Visit from FCD Prevention Works
Wednesday, September 26 FCD Parent Meeting • 19:00, Monticello 1
Thursday–Friday, October 4–5 Yearbook Portrait Days
Monday, October 8 No classes for MS and HS
Friday–Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend
Wednesday, October 17 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Sunday, October 21 MS/HS Fall Festival Brunch • De Nobili
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)

MS Parent Coffee

We want to thank all the parents who attended the Middle School Parent Coffee on Wednesday. Here is the presentation for those who could not attend.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of teachers to support and guide your children, and all of them are available by email if you have questions or concerns. To find their contact information, please visit the Faculty Directory page on the TASIS website or check Veracross.

If you feel your child is struggling to adjust academically or adapt to the rhythm of Middle School, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Breton, or your child’s advisor.

The next MS Coffee for parents will be held on the morning of Wednesday, October 17, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming. The topic will be Academic Travel.


Academics

Help Centers: Math, English, and Technology Help Centers will start running on October 1. They will be open during MS recess time from 12:45–13:05. This is an opportunity for students who need specific help in Math, English, or Technology to get the help they need during the school day. There will be one teacher to help with each subject area.

  • Math
    • Belvedere Outer
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05
  • English (For English help in any subject)
    • Belvedere Inner
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05
  • Technology
    • Belvedere Salon (Monday) and Campo Science Left (Thursday)
    • Monday and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05

Homework Club: Homework Club will also begin on October 1. It will be held in Belvedere Inner after school from 16:00–17:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is for students who have been asked to work in a quiet setting with a teacher present or who are required by a teacher to complete homework that has not been handed in.

MAP Testing: MAP testing will continue this week with English 6, 7, and 8 classes testing in Reading and Language Usage.

Since each MAP test is individually tailored for the child, there is no way to study for the test. To best prepare your child, make sure he or she does the following:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a nutritious breakfast.
  • Come to school with a positive attitude.

This should be no different than any other school day.

Individual MAP reports will be sent home in early October.

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English class (Mrs.Guarnieri Rosso’s class)

Our Middle School EAL Film Program is part of the EAL Beginner curriculum. Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s students in the Introduction to MS Academic English class are required to follow this program outside of regular academic hours. This project has been designed to provide students the opportunity to learn English through the analysis of film while being guided by expert faculty. We have planned activities related to the three films using iPads, group work, discussions, and games. These activities will help students understand the underlying linguistic and cultural messages in the films and improve their English. Students must attend the following film sessions this year:

  • November 16–17 (Film: A Christmas Carol )
    • Friday, 15:45–18:00
    • Saturday, 10–12
  • February 8–9 (Film: Hugo)
    • Friday, 15:45–18:00
    • Saturday, 10–12
  • April 5–6 (Film: TBD )
    • Friday, 15:45–18:00
    • Saturday, 10–12

Assemblies and Advisory This Week

During our MS Assembly on Tuesday, September 18, students received information about two Service Learning groups: Student Council and Event Planners.

During our MS Assembly on Wednesday, September 19, Mr. Fitzgerald discussed academic topics, such as interim grades and effort grades, Homework Club, and Help Centers.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, September 20, advisors talked with students about effort grades and self-organization. The students were shown this video: Study and Organization Tips for School.


Founder’s Day and Class Outings

Enjoy photographs from the Founder’s Day Assembly and Class Outings.


MS Service Learning Program

Students will be choosing their preferred Service Learning clubs electronically on Thursday, September 27, during the Advisor block. Descriptions of the 2018–2019 Service Learning groups can be found on the Middle School Service Learning pageon the TASIS website.

Please enjoy the presentation “The Value of Service,” which was prepared by HS students Aurelia Dochnal and Cecilia Long for last week’s MS Assembly.

MS Student Council is one of the Service Learning groups that is open to all MS grade levels. The group organizes different events and assemblies and serves as the voice of its peers. It is a good way for students to develop their organizational and leadership skills. Students who are interested in becoming a member of Student Council—and those who would like to apply for the specific roles of President/Vice President/Secretary—are required to fill out the Student Council Application Form and return it to Ms. Breton’s office by Tuesday, September 25. We hope to receive many applications!


Accreditation Visit Next Week

We look forward to hosting visitors from our accrediting body—the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Independent Schools (CIS)—which we are working closely with as we prepare for our re-accreditation process in 2020. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC/CIS Accreditation attests to a school's high quality and integrity.

We also wish to thank the many parents who have generously volunteered their time as we progress through this lengthy process.


FCD Prevention Works Meeting for Parents on September 26

This is a reminder that prevention specialists from FCD Prevention Works will be at TASIS from September 25–28 and that parents of all Middle School and High School students are invited to attend an open meeting in Monticello 1 (on the main TASIS campus) on Wednesday, September 26, from 19:00–19:45.


MS After-School Sports and Activities

MS/HS Cross Country athletes will compete at the SGIS Championships at ICS Zurich on Saturday, September 29. They will depart at 7:00 and return around 14:00 (MS) or 18:00 (HS).

If you have any questions regarding the After-School Sports and Activities Program, please contact Mr. Jack Morton, the MS After-School Program Assistant Coordinator.


Recent Sports Results

MS Boys Soccer - ISSL Tournament  3rd Place

Family Weekend

Family Weekend Schedules Now Available

This year's Family Weekend will be held October 12–13, and the full schedule of events for Middle School parents is now available. Please use the button below to access the Family Weekend registration page.

Register for Family Weekend 2018

For hotel information, please see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website.

We look forward to seeing many of you on campus in just three weeks, and please do not hesitate to contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions.


Fall Academic Travel: October 29–November 1 (October 31 for Grade 6)

Academic Travel is a core part of the Middle School academic program and is required for all students. This fall grade 6 will visit Mantova, Verona, and Sirmione, grade 7 will explore Sorrento and Pompeii, and grade 8 will discover Edinburgh and its surroundings.

Traveling Documents: All students are required to travel with their passports, as they are minors and traveling without parents. Please be advised that on school trips, children must travel with the passport that is registered with TASIS. (Please check your Parent Portal if you’re not sure which passport this is.) Should you wish to change the nationality you’ve listed for your child in order to let him or her travel on a different passport, please let us know immediately so that we can provide this information to the airlines. Students will be refused boarding if the airline does not have the correct passport details.


Advisor Dinners and Special Meals for MS Boarding Students

Would you be interested in hosting an Advisor Dinner or a special meal for our MS boarding students? If so, please email your child’s advisor directly or email the MS Dorm Head, Mr. Angelitti.


Key Bracelets

All students have received a bracelet to enter all MS buildings. It is important that they wear this bracelet every day, as all doors are kept locked at all times. If the bracelet is lost, students must come to Ms. Koreshkova to report it and order a new one. Replacement bracelets cost CHF 50. This sum will be included in the next invoice sent by the School (cash cannot be accepted). All bracelets will be collected at the end of the year.


2018 Terry Fox Run Coming Up

High School students and faculty members are excited to take part in the School’s second-annual Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10. The run is designed to honor the legacy of international hero Terry Fox—an extraordinary athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who in 1980 embarked upon a Marathon of Hope across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer three years earlier, ultimately covering 5,373 kilometers (or 127.3 marathons) in just 143 days before the spread of his cancer forced him to abandon his quest and claimed his life.

For the run on October 10, Athletic Director Sonny Lim and Varsity Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged high school students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window and to help raise at least CHF 5,373 for cancer research. Students can support this vital cause by purchasing Terry Fox t-shirts for CHF 6 in advance (or CHF 10 on the day of the race) and by finding sponsors who are willing to pledge a set amount of money for each lap completed.

Parents of students in all divisions who would like to learn how they can be involved in this community-building event can contact Mr. Lim at sonny.lim@tasis.ch.

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