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HS Weekly Bulletin | March 22, 2019
Posted 03/22/2019 10:00AM

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.


- George Bernard Shaw

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24 IB Visual Arts Exhibition
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
Saturday, April 13—Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday
Thursday, May 2–Friday, May 24 IB Exams
Tuesday, May 14–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation

Celebrate the Arts at TASIS This Month!

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival may not kick off for another few months, but there are still a pair of exciting visual and performing arts events to enjoy before the month of March is out. Please join us on campus for the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition, which kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday, and for the High School Spring Musical, which opens next Friday evening and also runs Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. See below for more details.

All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to celebrate the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition in the Palestrina and Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center beginning at 16:30 this afternoon. Join us for some refreshments and discover what our talented senior artists and designers have been up to in the studio over the past two years.

The exhibition, which constitutes the internal assessment element of the IB Visual Arts course, will also be open on Saturday from 8:30 until 18:30 and on Sunday from 15:30 until 18:30.

Fall Tragedy turns to Spring Comedy with Gilbert & Sullivan’s very funny musical operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. This year’s High School Spring Musical features multiple swordfights, bumbling policemen, spirited teenage girls, comic romance, high-energy and beautiful songs, rowdy dancing, and, of course, PIRATES! With wit and broad humor, hummable songs, a playground of a set, beautiful costuming, and terrific performances from the cast, the show is guaranteed to be great fun for all ages!

A rehearsal shot from this week

The Pirates of Penzance will open in the Palmer Center on the evening of Friday, March 29, at 19:30, with additional shows performed in the Palmer Center on Saturday, March 30, at 19:30 and on Sunday, March 31, at 14:30.

Reserve your seats at tasis.ch/penzance before it’s too late!

Of special note to Elementary School families: Ms. Caroline Rossi's fourth-grade art classes helped create stained glass window screens for the musical’s Act II set, so don’t miss out on this chance to see their beautiful scenic art onstage!


Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a hike and overnight stay in a mountain hut on Friday, cookie decorating in De Nobili on Saturday afternoon, an Open Mic Night in De Nobili on Saturday evening, and an indoor rock climbing trip or FIFA tournament on Sunday afternoon. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details about all these activities.


Meeting Blocks in the High School Next Week

In Advisor meetings on Tuesday, students in grades 9–11 will discuss peer pressure while students in grade 12 will have a class meeting with the Headmaster. Thursday’s assembly will offer a preview of the High School Spring Musical. On Friday, Advisor groups will engage in a pre-musical activity.


Spring Uniform Begins Monday!

Beginning on Monday, March 25, students may wear a burgundy, navy, or white TASIS polo shirt. Please refer to pages 76–78 of the High School Student Handbook for more information about the TASIS dress code.


TPA Bake Sale on March 27

The High School Student Council has organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for High School and Middle School students from 16:00–18:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27. All games will be played on the outdoor courts on the main TASIS campus.

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will help organize a bake sale for this event, which all students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend. The TPA is looking for lots of baked goods and many volunteers. Please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch or sign up here if you would like to join us for this event. Baked goods can be brought to the Gazebo between 8:00–8:30 or to the Kay Hamblin Terrace (next to the Campo Science Center) between 15:00–16:00 on the day of the bake sale.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the TASIS Service Learning Program.



A short clip from last year’s performance at TASIS

Percussion Ensemble to Perform at TASIS on April 4

There will be yet another opportunity to enjoy the arts at TASIS early in April, as the Percussion Ensemble of the G. Verdi Conservatory of Como will return to TASIS and perform in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on the evening of Thursday, April 4.

Under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Pasqualin, this ensemble comprises the best students of the conservatory. The group plays a varied and multifaceted repertoire and has performed for the opening of the 2017 International Music Fair, the European Opera Days, AFAM Opera, the opening of the ComoNExT technology center, the Teatro Sociale of Como, and the Vatican Radio in Rome.

This exciting event is open to everyone but is required for students in grade 9. Learn more about the TASIS Cultural Events Program here, and please contact Cultural Events Coordinator Simone Aeschliman with any questions.


College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

All college visits take place in the College Counseling Office unless otherwise noted. Interested 12th-grade students should register via Naviance to attend the meetings. All other students can send an email to college@tasis.ch to register.

Istituto Marangoni Open Days

  • March 30, 10:00–17:00—Fashion (Milan)
  • April 4, 15:00–20:00—Design (Milan)

Swiss Education Group Open Days (dates vary by the combination of schools selected)


  • Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Le Bouveret
  • Swiss Hotel Management School, Caux
  • IHTTI School of Hotel Management, Neuchâtel
  • Hotel Institute Montreux

ESADE Open Days

  • April 5—Bachelor in Global Governance, Economics & Legal Order
  • April 6—Bachelor of Business Administration

MODUL University Open Day

  • April 6—Bachelor Open Day

Standardized Testing Information

TASIS 2018-2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule (recently modified)

  • SAT Registration Deadline Reminders
  • ACT Information
    • ACT administrations available at other testing centers:
      • June 8—register by May 3
      • July 13—register by June 14 (available in the US ONLY and not offered in California or New York)
  • Spring TOEFL administrations:

Submitting Travel Plans for Spring Holiday

Travel plans for the Spring Holiday (April 13–28) should now be in the finalization step. Students must complete their travel forms by Thursday, April 4, and complete all necessary brown forms at least 24 hours before their departure. Return flight information is required before students are granted permission to travel.


Save the Date: TPA 10-Year Anniversary Dinner on May 9

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