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HS Weekly Bulletin | October 18, 2019
Posted 10/18/2019 02:00PM

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

– Abraham Lincoln

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 20 TPA Spooky Sunday Brunch• 10:00–12:45, De Nobili
Sunday, October 20 Ballet Performance • 19:00, Palestra
Monday, October 21 TASIS Speaker Series Address • 19:00, Palmer Center
Tuesday, October 22 Informational Event for Parents • 11:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, October 23 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Monday–Friday, October 28–November 1 Fall Academic Travel (some trips leave earlier)
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats)
Saturday, November 23 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–16:00, Palestra Dance Studio
Tuesday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company Performance • 18:30, Palmer Center
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)

Thank You for Visiting!

We were honored to welcome families to campus last weekend for our annual Family Weekend celebration. Thank you also to everyone who attended the TPA Autumn Aperitifs at THE VIEW Lugano on Thursday evening. What a wonderful event!

Read more about Family Weekend on the TASIS Blog, and see more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Family Weekend Athletics Results

Saturday, October 12 JV Girls Volleyball vs. ASM Loss (2–1)
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. ASM Loss (2–1)
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Boys Soccer vs. ASM Loss (6–1)
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Boys Volleyball vs. ASM Win (2–1)
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Girls Soccer vs ASM Win (15–0)

Upcoming Contests 

Date Event Location Time
Saturday, October 19 Varsity Boys Volleyball • NISSA Championships ISM 09:00
Monday, October 21 JV Girls Volleyball vs. ASM ASM 16:00
Tuesday, October 22 Varsity Cross Country • NISSA Championships ISC 16:00

See athletics galleries

Running for Terry Fox

More than 400 TASIS High School students, Middle School Cross Country runners, and faculty members participated in the School’s third annual Terry Fox Run—completing as many 500-meter laps as possible in 45 minutes—on Wednesday afternoon to raise money for cancer research and honor the legacy of inspiring athlete, humanitarian, and activist Terry Fox. Through donations and the purchase of pink ribbons, the event raised just over CHF 1000 for the Swiss Cancer Foundation, which used last year’s donation to develop digital marketing tools designed to continue raising awareness for the many facets of this terrible disease.

Learn more about this year’s Terry Fox Run on the TASIS Blog.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Friday evening, bowling on Saturday afternoon, a trip to Varese to watch an Italian Hockey League game on Saturday evening, and a few Halloween-themed activities on Sunday.

Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for sign-up information and more details about each activity. 

TPA Spooky Brunch this Sunday 

The TPA will be hosting a “Spooky Sunday” Brunch for Middle and High School students on October 20 from 10:00–12:45. A delicious feast of delights and baked goodies (no candy) awaits you! 

Parent volunteers who have baked something for this event, please bring your treats to De Nobili by 9:30 AM on Sunday. It is never too late to volunteer, so please contact your TPA division coordinator or send an email to if you would like to help out!

Ballet Dancers from Teatro Alla Scala to Perform at TASIS on Sunday

Five dancers plus for the first time a soloist from the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan will be performing three classical pas-de-deux and one contemporary group piece in the Palestra at 19:00 on Sunday, October 20. Performances will include the following:

  • From Le Corsaire, inspired by Lord Byron's epic poem, “The Corsair”
  • From The Flames of Paris, a ballet in four acts based on songs of the French Revolution
  • Grand Pas Classique from the ballet Raymonda. This ballet is famous above all for its Grand Pas Classique in the third act, which is often performed independently from the ballet itself. 
  • Alchemy: a contemporary group dance choreographed by soloist dancer Matteo Gavazzi 

A group of Corps de Ballet dancers has been coming to TASIS every few years for the past 20 years. We are fortunate that they are willing to sacrifice their day off to come and perform for us since they are often on tour. They were in China this summer, will be heading to Kuwait in January to perform Giselle, will be in Los Angeles for Giselle and Onjegin this spring, and will go to Japan to perform the dance scenes in the opera La Traviata this summer.

Everyone is welcome to attend this TASIS Cultural Event

Dr. Janne Sirén To Open 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series on Monday

Dr. Janne Sirén—a 1988 graduate of TASIS who now serves as the Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York—will open the 2019–2020 TASIS Speaker Series on Monday, October 21. He will visit seven IB and AP visual arts classes throughout Monday and Tuesday, will address the senior class in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Monday evening, and will lead a question-and-answer session with students and faculty members in Casa Fleming following his address.

Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

Join Us for Lunch and a Discussion on Tuesday

All TASIS parents are invited to an informational event in Casa Fleming on Tuesday, October 22, beginning at 11:30. Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and Accreditation Coordinator Nilda Lucchini will provide an update about the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process and lead a discussion about the School’s ongoing efforts to develop a Definition of High Quality Learning, for which parents will be encouraged to provide feedback. 

A panini lunch will be served in Casa Fleming at 11:30 for those interested. The presentation and Q&A will commence at 12:00 and should conclude by 13:00. 

To help the School prepare for this event, please RSVP to if you plan to attend the panini lunch. (You may also let your child’s room parent or TPA section coordinator know if you’d prefer.)

TPA Used Uniform Sale on Thursday 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA Used Uniform Sale in the Palestrina on Thursday, October 24, from 14:00–17:00. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward events organized for our students.

TPA Umbrellas for Sale

Support TPA fundraising and help prepare our students for the rainy weather ahead by purchasing beautiful artisan umbrellas made in Italy. Two models of these umbrellas, which also make for wonderful gifts, will be available for purchase at the Used Uniform Sale on Thursday. They can also be ordered by sending an email to

Don’t miss out on this TPA fundraiser, as all proceeds go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students!

Academic Travel Info

By this weekend, all students and parents will have received their child's upcoming Academic Travel itinerary. Departures begin on Saturday, October 26, with the 9th-grade Outward Bound program, followed by the language homestays and Environmental Systems trip on Sunday, October 27. All other trips depart on Monday, October 28, and return on Friday, November 1.

Please consult the spreadsheet below for the names of trip leaders, emergency contact information, and check-in times. If you have any questions, please write to the trip leader or Academic Travel Director Natalie Philpot.

Trips leaving before October 28 Trip Leader Emergency # Check-in Time
Outward Bound - 9th Grade (Oct 26) Schiff & Sarcevic 076 469 5605 7:45
Azores - IB Environmental Systems I (Oct 27) Chan 079 866 3936 8:00
French Homestay - Montreux, Switzerland (Oct 27) Roth 079 866 3924 8:30
Italian Homestay - Trapani, Sicily (Oct 27) D'Azzo 079 866 3923 TBD
Spanish Homestay - Salamanca, Spain (Oct 27) Heard 079 866 3920 13:45
German Homestay - Berlin, Germany (Oct 27) Barciak 079 866 3903 12:30
Trips leaving on October 28 Trip Leader Emergency # Check-in Time
Vienna - AP Art History & Music History Aeschliman 079 866 3901 7:00
Berlin - Music & Performing Arts Forrest 079 394 9397 10:00
Zurich - IB Bio II Sawyer-Price 079 866 3778 8:15
Florence I - Modern History Kirsch 079 175 9739 9:30
Florence II - Modern History Cawthorne 079 866 3774 9:30
Florence III - Modern History Izsa 079 866 3739 9:30
Florence - Dante Honors Lit Love 079 866 3721 8:20
Venice - Photo Long 079 175 9744 9:30
Venice - IB Visual Arts Curation Dukes 079 175 9790 9:30
London - University Visits Stickley 079 866 3704 7:00
CERN (Bern/Geneva) - IB Physics II Knee 079 866 3620 8:45
Rome - TOK & Art History Byers/Schlicht 079 175 9947 8:30
Lisbon - Catch-all Diviani 079 398 3017 12:45

Reserve Your Seats for A Christmas Carol Before it’s Too Late!

Seats are filling up quickly for A Christmas Carol, which will be performed in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15 (19:30), on Saturday, November 16 (19:30), and on Sunday, November 17 (14:30).

Visit to reserve your seats, and learn more about this year’s High School Fall Play on the TASIS Blog.

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

You can now register for the second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:00. To register and see a full schedule of events, visit

A Safety Note About the Morning Drop-Off Routine

The TASIS Security Team would like us to remind families that when students are dropped off on the Hadsall side of the street, they should always exit their vehicle on the right side (the side farther away from the street) for safety reasons.

No HS Weekly Bulletin the Next Two Weeks

Please note that the next HS Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, November 8, as we typically do not send bulletins on the Friday preceding a week in which classes are not in session (or during the week in which classes are not in session). If any school-related information needs to be communicated in the meantime, it will be emailed directly.

College Counseling Information

Recent Parent Meeting:

A PDF of the presentation that was delivered at the 10th-Grade Parent Meeting on October 10 can be found here.

Upcoming College Representative Visits:

Standardized Testing Information:
Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 

Please review the 2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule

SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:

  • November 2—Subject Tests ONLY, and please note that Language Subject Tests with Listening will not be offered again until May 2021 (Registration deadline: Oct 3)
  • December 7 (Registration deadline: Nov 8)
  • March 14—SAT ONLY/NO Subject Tests (Registration deadline: Feb 14)
  • May 2 (Registration deadline: April 3)
  • June 6—Subject Tests ONLY (Registration deadline: May 8)

ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:

  • December 14 (Registration deadline: Nov 22)
  • February 8 (Registration deadline: Jan 17)
  • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
  • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)

TOEFL Fall Semester test dates:

  • October 19
  • November 9
  • December 7
  • Registration information and instructions will be sent from when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS is a closed test center, and a registration code is required.
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