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MS Weekly Bulletin | October 5, 2018
Posted 10/05/2018 03:00PM

Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.

– Anthony D’Angelo

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 8 No classes for MS and HS
Friday–Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend (registration form)
Wednesday, October 17 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Sunday, October 21 TPA Fall Festival Brunch • 11:00–13:00, De Nobili
Monday–Wednesday, October 29–31 Grade 6 Academic Travel
Thursday–Friday, November 1–2 Grade 6 no school
Monday–Thursday, October 29–November 1 Grades 7 and 8 Academic Travel
Friday, November 2 No School for Grades 7–8
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)
Wednesday, November 14 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-school: no classes


Fall Break: Please take note that there is no school for MS and HS students on Monday, October 8. It will be a regular school day for ES students, and the ES shuttle service will run as usual.

Help Centers: Math, English, and Technology Help Centers have started running this week. 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/EAL (also 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 has also begun this week. It is held in Belvedere Inner after school from 16:00–17:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is for students who are required by a teacher to complete homework that has not been handed in.

Interim Grades: Interim grades will be released on or before Monday, October 8. These grades are based on the first four weeks of school and serve as the first checkpoint of the school year. Your child should use these as a reflective tool to identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. They are not permanent records and will change as the semester progresses.

MAP Results: Fall MAP results will be emailed home on or before Thursday, October 11. These scores do not count in your child’s grade. They are used as a way for the school to track growth and progress.

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

The first film sessions will be held on Friday, November 16, from 15:45–18:00 and on Saturday, November 17, from 10:00–12:00. The students will be watching A Christmas Carol.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings Last Week

During our MS Assembly on Tuesday, October 2, we held the 2018–2019 Student Council elections. Congratulations to those who gave a speech in front of the whole MS community: Pedro Frascogna (Grade 7), Arya Kelley (Grade 7), Edoardo Vasino (Grade 7), Marcus Pistor (Grade 7), and Michelangelo Vecchio (Grade 8). The election results will be in the next Weekly Bulletin.

During Assembly on Wednesday, October 3, the MS Academic Dean, Mr. Fitzgerald, discussed how to use interim grades to set goals. He explained SMART goals and how to set academic and personal goals.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, October 4, students reflected on their academic and personal goals.

MS Service Learning Program

Service Learning groups are posted in Belvedere, and the first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9, from 15:20–15:50. They will be held each Tuesday at this time.

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. Students receive a Passing (P) or Failing (F) grade for participating and completing the academic work related to their trip.

Academic Travel is the main topic of the next MS Coffee for parents on Wednesday, October 17, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming.

Travel Information:

6th Grade: Verona, Mantova, and Sirmione

  • Monday, October 29, at 8:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Verona/Mantova
  • Wednesday, October 31, at 17:30 Arrive at TASIS

7th Grade: Sorrento and Pompeii

  • Monday, October 29, at 11:00 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 18:45 Arrive at TASIS

8th Grade: Edinburgh

  • Monday, October 29, at 7:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 19:00 Arrive at TASIS

MS After-School Sports and Activities

Recent athletic contest

Enjoy Coach Sawyer-Price’s recap of the SGIS Cross Country Championships on September 29:

“Our running shoes have magic in them—the power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.”

– Mina Samuels, Run Like a Girl

2018 Middle School Cross Country team:

  • Grade 6: Platon Bukharin, Max Sulla, and Marco Preatoni
  • Grade 7: Edoardo Vasino, Max Lim, Enzo Scionti, Denis Voevodin, and Bill Zhang

The Middle School Cross Country team traveled to ICSZ in Zumikon, Zurich, on a beautiful autumn morning to compete in the annual SGIS Cross Country Running Championships, the premier cross country race for the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS).

Out of our 8-strong team, we had only two runners who had competed previously and six competitors for whom this was their first taste of competitive cross-country running.

Everyone on the team completed the race with so much to feel proud of. Marco, Platon, and Max Sulla all ran (raced!) further than they had ever run before, clocking personal bests in the Category E event (2.2 km run in 12:11, 13:22, and 14:02, respectively). They were all tired and quite "out of puff" at the finish line, but they were truly proud of their achievements—as were their teammates and coaches. They placed 28th, 34th, and 35th in the Category E race. Max Sulla deserves a huge pat on the back for having the courage to compete even although he had only joined the team two days prior!

In the 3.9-km Category C event, Bill was our first TASIS finisher to cross the line with a time of 17.32, followed by Enzo (18.03), Max Lim (18.08), Edoardo (19.06), and Denis (20.23). Max and Edoardo notably improved their times from 2017. Enzo, Denis, and Bill all completed personal bests, and it was good to see them cross the line in good spirit with some energy still left in their tanks.

As coaches, we were particularly impressed by the runners' positive spirit, their readiness to motivate and support each other, and generally their courtesy and good manners throughout the day. It was just a pleasure to spend the day with such cheerful and good-natured athletes. Thank you, boys, for such a positive and fun start to the 2017 season!

Upcoming athletic events

Date Event Location Time
October 6 MS and Varsity Cross Country • ISSL Invitational
  • TASIS will be hosting its first race of the year down on the Grotto Course.
TASIS 10:00
October 20 MS Cross Country Invitational TASIS 09:00
October 23 MS Cross Country • NISSA TASIS 15:00

Message from the TPA

Dear Parents,

What a great start! The TPA-sponsored coffee meetings and lunch were an amazing success. We had record-breaking attendance with more than 130 parents participating overall. Thank you for sharing your ideas, and we will incorporate as many of them as possible.

We’ve got a busy year ahead, so please mark your calendars with the TPA and holiday event dates listed on the calendar on the TPA page of the TASIS website (and see details about the upcoming Mountain Trek and Halloween Brunch below). We will work with the coordinators in the coming weeks to discuss event details, and you will receive more information in the Weekly Bulletins.

Please note that we also have some coordinator positions open. See this presentation for details, and if you are interested in becoming a TPA coordinator, please contact us at

All TPA coordinators and members wish you a great year at TASIS.

Brunella Pignaton and Laura Colombo
TPA Co-Presidents

TPA Mountain Trekking on October 9

The TPA welcomes all parents to join them for a Monte Bre-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Tuesday, October 9. From the summit (1,129 meters), the beautiful panorama opens up over the Lugano bay.

The group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 9:30 (or at 10:00 on Monte Bre). The trek from Monte Bre to Monte Boglia takes two hours. Please bring your own lunch and water. We will return to TASIS by 15:00. Please send an email to to confirm your attendance or ask any questions.

Family Weekend Just a Week Away

If you have not yet had a chance to register for Family Weekend (October 12–13), please use the button below to do so.

Register for Family Weekend 2018

Please review the full schedule of events for Middle School parents, contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton or Ms. Breton with any questions, and see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website for information about hotels in the area.

Sign up for Parent Reception on October 12

Any parents who would like to attend the Parent Reception during Family Weekend (16:00–17:30 in Casa Fleming on Friday, October 12) should confirm their attendance by sending an email to Yvonne Procyk.

Shuttle Schedule on Friday, October 12

Please note that there will be a few changes to the MS/HS shuttle schedule on Friday, October 12, as class schedules for MS and HS students have been adjusted to accommodate the start of Family Weekend. Please note the following:

  • Shuttles for MS and HS students will depart at 14:30.
  • MS and HS car riders will depart between 14:30–14:45.
  • ES shuttles will depart at their usual time of 16:00.
  • ES car riders will depart between 16:00–16:15 (as usual).

Used Uniform Sale and Drop-Off on October 12

The TPA will host a Used Uniform Sale outside Monticello on the afternoon of Friday, October 12, from 15:00–17:00. Parents are also encouraged to donate used uniforms at this time, and anyone interested in volunteering to work at this event should speak to the Used Uniform Coordinator in their child’s division or send an email to

Shuttle Bus Safety

We kindly ask all parents of children who ride a shuttle bus to help them understand how important it is to keep their seat belts fastened for the entire ride. Our drivers check to make sure all students are buckled in before departure, but some students have been unfastening their seat belts during the trip to or from school. It is difficult for our drivers to monitor this while they are concentrating on the road, so please help us communicate this message to your children.

We also ask you to please review our Shuttle Bus Behavior Expectations with your children and make sure they understand that failure to follow the rules will result in infractions. The Shuttle Service privilege will be taken away from students who incur three infractions in one semester.

Halloween Brunch on October 21

The TPA will be sponsoring a Halloween Brunch for Middle and High School students on Sunday, October 21, from 11:00–13:00. Students are encouraged to dress up for this annual event.

The TPA will be working on this event from 10:00–14:00 that day and is looking for parent volunteers to decorate De Nobili, bake treats, and serve food. Please send an email to if you’d like to help out.

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