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HS Weekly Bulletin | November 16, 2018
Posted 11/16/2018 03:00PM

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

– Sophocles (Antigone)

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 16–Sunday, November 18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Thursday, November 22 TPA Thanksgiving Potluck
Friday, November 23 All-school: no classes
Tuesday, November 27 Sweet November Dance Company performance
Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 6 HS Parent Coffee
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00

Last Chance to Reserve Seats for antigone/CAESAR!

This year’s High School Fall play, the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR, will officially premiere in the Palmer Center tonight at 19:30 and will also be performed Saturday at 19:30 and Sunday at 14:30.

Reserve your seats now

To learn more about the inspiration behind this year’s unique play and hear Director Valerie Bijur Carlson’s thoughts on her talented cast and crew, read this engaging article by Bryan Soh ’18.

Ornaments needed for Christmas trees

TPA members will be decorating four live Christmas trees on the TASIS campus. If your family would like to donate an ornament for the trees, please bring it to campus on Monday, November 19. Ornaments can be dropped off in a well-marked car that will be located in the parking lot near the Gazebo from 7:30–19:00 that day.

TPA Thanksgiving potluck on November 22

All parents are invited to a Thanksgiving TPA potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Tuesday, November 22, at 12:30. Bring your favorite dish to share! Please confirm your availability by sending an email to

Advisor Meetings Next Week

Next week’s advisor meetings will focus on what it means to be thankful and how to express gratitude. We will also have a Thanksgiving-themed Family-style Advisor Dinner on Wednesday.

No School Next Friday

This is a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, November 23. We will send next week’s bulletin on Thursday, and classes will resume on Monday, November 26.

Sweet November Dance Company to Perform on November 27

Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) is excited to unveil an evening of original choreography at its Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 27, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Center.

Reserve your seats now

This enthusiastic company is made up of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works from tap to contemporary dance numbers. The concert will include original faculty- and student-choreographed works with live and recorded accompaniment. The company, directed by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith, will be joined on stage by dancers from the TASIS Faculty and even by student tap dancers from Focolare. Please come join the dance celebration of the season and make your November a little sweeter!

Learn more about Sweet November Dance Company and watch the debut performance from November 2017 here.

Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30

All members of the TASIS community and their guests are invited to commence the holiday season with the annual TPA Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 16:30 and Holiday Market from 15:30–18:30 on Friday, November 30. A valet parking service will be available in the main campus parking lot from 16:00–19:00. Please note that no cars will be allowed into the parking lot until the buses depart at 16:00.

Program details:

  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Beginning at 16:30, this annual event will be hosted by Mr. Nikoloff with music provided by the TASIS choir.
  • Service Learning Program Fundraiser: High School students will be selling crafts, baked goods, holiday treats, and other delicious food at booths on the outdoor basketball court from 15:30–18:30. All proceeds will support TASIS service-learning groups and their partner organizations.
  • Winter Village: Beginning at 16:45, Elementary School students will be invited inside the Winter Village in the Palmer Center to enjoy holiday crafts. Admission into the Winter Village is CHF 15 per child.
  • Used Uniform Sale: This sale will be open to all divisions in the Palmer Center lobby.

All-School Christmas Service on December 9

The annual All-School Christmas Service will be held at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe at 15:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, December 9. More details regarding rehearsal schedules and plans for the service itself will be sent by email soon.

Athletics Update

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Volleyball team for being crowned European Sports Conference (ESC) champions for the second year in a row and to the Varsity Girls Soccer team for winning its sixth Northern International School Sports Association (NISSA) title! Read more about their triumphs here.

Athletic Contests this Weekend
November 16–17 Varsity Girls Soccer • ESC Tournament St. Julian’s School (Lisbon, Portugal)
November 16–17 Varsity Boys Soccer • ESC Tournament Carlucci American International School Lisbon (CAISL)
November 16–17 Varsity Girls Volleyball • ESC Tournament American School of Milan (ASM)
Recent Athletic Results
November 9–10 Varsity Boys Volleyball • ESC Tournament 1st Place
November 9–10 Varsity Girls Volleyball • NISSA Tournament 3rd Place
November 9–10 Varsity Girls Soccer • ESC Tournament 1st Place

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade and Postgraduate students should register via Naviance if they’d like to attend any of these meetings. All other students should send an email to to register.

Please note that all college representative visits are also listed on the All-School Calendar.

American University of Paris to Host Open Day on November 17

The American University of Paris (AUP) invites prospective students and parents to campus on Saturday, November 17, to spend the day discovering life as a student of the university. This is a unique opportunity to meet current students and experience the AUP classroom together by participating in practical workshops in Arts, Science, or Journalism. Register at

Glion Institute of Higher Education: Information Session on November 29

18:00–21:30, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lugano

University of St.Gallen Open Day on November 29

The University of St.Gallen will host an Open Day for prospective undergraduates on Thursday, November 29. The day will start with a presentation about studying and living at the HSG. Current students will offer guided tours of the campus with a joint lunch in the Mensa restaurant. In the afternoon, visiting students will have an opportunity to attend a taster lecture and two presentations of the majors and speak with representatives from the Admissions and Crediting Office.

Essay Competition Sponsored by New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities London invites 11th-grade students to submit essays by January 31, 2019. Full details, including essay subjects/titles and prizes, can be found at All prize-winners and runners-up, along with a guest, will be invited to a celebratory awards evening hosted by Professor A.C. Grayling and the College's Faculty at New College of the Humanities' home in Bedford Square, London.

IE University Summer Program

IE University, which has campuses in both Madrid and Segovia, Spain, invites students graduating in 2020 or 2021 to apply for a spot in its Summer Program, which will be held July 8–19 this summer. (Registration opens soon.) The program is for students interested in improving interpersonal and leadership skills and studying in one of five specialized tracks:

  • Architecture & Design
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Innovation & Technology
  • Marketing, Communication & Behavior
  • Politics, Law & International Relations

Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule
Please review the 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule with your children for important information about standardized tests they may need to take in high school.

Parent Coffee on December 6: PSAT Information Session

The next High School Parent Coffee will be on Thursday, December 6, from 8:30–9:30 AM in Casa Fleming. The main topic will be the PSAT.

An Important Note About Absences

This is an important reminder that if a student accumulates 10 or more absences (excused or unexcused) in one semester, the Academic Committee may withhold credit for courses.

How to review your child’s current attendance record:

  • Log into your Parent Portal and click the "Classes and Reports" link listed under your child’s name.
  • When the Student Overview window pops up, click on the link to the current semester provided in the "Attendance" section.
  • When the Attendance Detail report pops up, review the number of absences on record, paying closest attention to the third column: “Absent: Total.” It is this number that should not exceed 10 for any semester. (The Academic Committee does understand that there may be extenuating circumstances if the total number of absences has risen above 10 and deals with every situation on an individual basis.)

The Dangers of Excessive Mobile Phone Use: What Can We Do as a Community?

A growing body of research indicates that too much mobile phone use can result in a variety of dangerous consequences for teenagers. (See an insightful article from Psychology Today that addresses this topic.)

To help combat this growing problem, TASIS would like to partner with a group of parents to form a committee designed to explore some ways in which the School can help students decrease their phone usage during the academic day. Parents who think they may want to be a part of this committee can register their interest by filling out this form.

Raffle Prize Donations for TASIS Staff

The annual TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 15. As a thank you to the staff for all their hard work during the year, the TPA would like to participate by providing raffle prizes.

Our goal is to provide one raffle prize (valued at CHF 100 or less) from each grade—Pre-K3 to 12th grade—but we need your help! We already received Middle School parents gifts, one for each from the three grades!

If you would like to participate, please contact parents within your grade to coordinate the purchase and collection of the prize. The TPA will create a list of all prizes purchased. Please email your grade's prize to so that it can be added to the list. In addition, the TPA will donate 100 TPA Cookbooks for the event.

All raffle prizes will be collected in Casa Fleming on Friday, November 30. Please contact with any questions, and thank you very much for all your support!

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