HS Weekly Bulletin | February 7, 2020
Posted 02/04/2020 12:00PM

What we are doing, or at least attempting to do, is to create not international schools but international human beings, men and women who are capable of moving easily in any society and any civilization on the face of the earth, people who do not have to overcome the barriers of prejudice or even unfamiliarity in communicating with their fellow human beings, no matter what their backgrounds.


– M. Crist Fleming (1993 speech)

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Wednesday, February 12 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, February 19 Construction and Logistics Meeting • 8:30, Palmer Center
Saturday, February 22—Friday, February 28  Spring Academic Travel
Friday, March 6 Portrait retakes
Friday, March 27–Sunday, March 29 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 4–Sunday, April 19 All-School Spring Holiday

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

We continue to remain fortunate that no cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been identified in Switzerland. For the latest information on the outbreak, we would like to point you in the direction of the following resources:

We also wish to inform you that our recent discussions with local health professionals have helped us draw the following conclusions, all of which remain subject to change due to the dynamic nature of this situation. 

  • None of our upcoming Academic Travel and Global Service Program trips is to a high-risk area (see a full list of locations below), but we still believe that it is imperative to provide basic education to all chaperones and students about prevention. The prevention protocols for upcoming travel can be found here.

  • The Swiss authorities are providing guidance for travelers and recommending that any travelers from China report to a local doctor if they become symptomatic within two weeks of arriving in Switzerland.

  • We are in communication with our students from China about their plans for the upcoming Spring Holiday (April 4–19). If the coronavirus fears have not subsided by that point, we will help these students make alternative travel plans or provide them assistance in finding local accommodations, possibly with host families.

  • Any members of our community (students, faculty, or staff) who decide to travel to China for the Spring Holiday are asked to report to our Health Center ahead of time. They will work with our health professionals on pre-trip education and post-trip support, such as checking for symptoms.

  • We must acknowledge that there is always the possibility that members of our community or visitors arriving on campus have recently traveled from China but are not disclosing that travel to us. Following the prevention protocols mentioned above remains paramount—no matter how low the risk of infection appears to be in Switzerland.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt to this developing situation, and we wish you and your family a safe and healthy weekend.


Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Academic Travel and Global Service Program Trips
February 20–29 (HS) Trip Leader Emergency #
Global Service Program: India Ms. Philpot 078 254 7825
Global Service Program: Kenya Ms. Sarcevic 078 822 4811
February 22–28 (HS) Trip Leader Emergency #
Modern History: Poland Ms. Barciak 079 866 3924
Ski Adventure: Crans-Montana Mr. Diviani 079 398 30 17
February 23–28 (HS) Trip Leader Emergency #
Computer Science: Zurich Ms. Bloodworth 079 175 9754
Honors Literature: Greece Dr. Love 079 175 9790
Ancient & Medieval History: Greece Ms. Heard 079 866 3923
Ancient & Medieval History: Madrid Mr. McKee 076 392 4409
Ancient & Medieval History: Rome Mr. Byers 079 175 9807
US History: Paris & Normandy Mr. Izsa 079 866 3907
Performing Arts: Paris Ms. Forrest 079 866 3903
CERN: Bern/Geneva Mr. Knee 079 175 9739
Economics/Business: Brussels Mr. Cawthorne 079 866 3774
Fine Art Retreat: Granada Mr. Dukes 079 866 3901
Introduction to Budapest: Hungary Ms. Baxter/Campenni 079 175 9958
IB II Retreat: Tuscany Mr. Stickley 079 175 9744
February 24–26 (MS)
Grade 6 trip: Zurich
February 24–27 (MS)
Winter Adventure (grades 7–8): St. Moritz


Academic Awards Assembly

Congratulations to all students recognized at the Academic Awards Assembly this morning. A total of 30 students earned the designation of Highest Honors for posting a GPA of 3.80 or greater in the Fall Semester!

Academic Dean Dr. Mark Abisi also noted that 57 students achieved High Honors (at least a 3.50 GPA), 91 students earned Honors (at least a 3.20 GPA), 68 students were named to the High Dean’s List (effort mark of 4.50 or higher, no unexcused absences, no major school rule violations, and approval of both the faculty and administration), and 139 students were named to the Dean’s List (effort mark of 4.0 or higher, no more than one unexcused absence, and no major school rule violations).

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include dinner out on Friday evening, a skiing trip or a day trip to Milan on Saturday, and a shopping trip to Foxtown on Sunday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.

International Week Starts on Monday!

International Week 2020 will kick off with the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning. This exciting event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to very limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend.

The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the Elementary School International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair. See the full schedule of events below.

Monday, February 10
Theme: Traditional Costume Day*

10:15–11:10: All-School Parade of Flags Assembly, Palestra
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Mexican
13:05–13:40: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Chinese

Tuesday, February 11
Theme: Swiss Flag Day*

11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Thai
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
14:30-15:30: TPA International Merenda, Focolare (parents are welcome to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Swiss Raclette

Wednesday, February 12
Theme: Sports Jersey Day*

11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: American
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament Finals, Palestra (ES students encouraged to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Greek

Thursday, February 13
Theme: Flag Colors Day (HS and MS), 

9:05–11:00: MS International Brunch, De Nobili
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Italian
11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
17:30–18:00: MS/HS Dinner: British
19:30–21:00: HS International Food Fair, De Nobili

Friday, February 14
Theme: USA Day (HS and MS), Traditional Costumes or Flag Colors Day (ES)*

8:15–9:45: ES International Showcase, Palmer Center
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Russian
17:45–18:45: MS/HS Dinner: Moroccan

* Please note that students may choose to wear their regular school uniforms if they do not wish to participate in the themed dress-up day.

Upcoming Meeting Blocks

There will be no advisor meetings next week due to International Week events. Spring Academic Travel groups will discuss their upcoming trips during the meeting block on Friday.

On Monday, February 17, seniors will have a class meeting to discuss graduation and the Class of 2020 gift.

Construction and Logistics Meeting on February 19

As noted in last week’s announcement from the Director of Institutional Advancement, we will need to close our current parking lot beginning on Monday, February 24, which will affect our drop-off and pick-up procedures beginning on Monday, March 2, the day classes resume after Spring Academic Travel. We will hold a special Parent Coffee for parents of students in all divisions in the Palmer Center on Wednesday, February 19, from 8:30–9:30 AM to discuss construction and transportation logistics. We strongly recommend that any parents who regularly drive to campus plan to attend this meeting.

Portrait Retake Day 

Portrait retake day will be held on Friday, March 6, from 8:00–16:00 in the MCF Library for any students who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook and in Veracross, so it’s very important that students remember to go.


New Location for the Admissions Office

Please note that the Admissions Office is now in historic Casa Fleming! You can find Mr. Eichner and Ms. McKee on the ground floor, and Ms. Roowalla and Ms. Soravia are right upstairs.

Parent-Board of Directors Social

Thank you to the many parents who attended last night’s lovely reception at Resort Collina d’Oro. We hope you enjoyed the evening!

Athletics Update

Upcoming Games
February 8 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Championships BSM
February 8 Varsity Girls Basketball • NISSA Championships TASIS
February 8 Varsity Badminton @ ASM ASM
February 20 Varsity Boys Basketball Friendly @FSU Franklin University
Recent Results
January 30 Varsity Badminton • NISSA Singles Results
February 6–7 Downhill Skiing  
See more details on the TASIS website.

College Counseling News

12th Grade and PG

  • Seniors should continue to update their college counselor as they receive university decisions. Students are responsible for supplying decisions for all transcript requests submitted.

11th Grade

  • College Support Class has been added to all students’ schedules in Veracross.
    • Students are assigned to one class per week.
    • Attendance is mandatory and will be reported.
    • All classes will take place in the College Counseling Office (De Nobili, above the Health Center)

  • The presentation from the 11th-grade parent meeting on January 21 can be found here
  • Please review the complete TASIS testing recommendations here.
    • It is recommended that all students take one SAT and one ACT in the spring of the junior year.

9th, 10th, and 11th Grades

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students who took the October 16 PSAT and provided a valid email address were notified via email from College Board to access their scores online. A PDF copy of the presentation from the PSAT Score Release assembly can be seen here.
  • If you have a problem accessing your scores, please see Mr. or Mrs. Birk in the College Counseling Office (above the Health Center in De Nobili) or write to college@tasis.ch

Standardized Testing Information

  • Please review the 2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
  • SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • 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:
    • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
    • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
  • SAT/ACT prep course offered at TASIS
    • March 21-22 and 28-29
    • For students interested in this preparation for the SAT and/or ACT tests, TASIS College Counseling recommends that students take this course in the spring of the11th grade and then revisit the course in the fall of 12th grade (at no additional cost).
    • This optional course prepares students for both the SAT and ACT tests. For program details and to register for the course please visit asi-sat.com or email zmustafa@asi-sat.com. Informational videos are also available on the website under the subtitle “The ASI Difference.
    • Spring Semester Test dates:
      • February 15
      • March 7
      • April 25
      • May 16
    • Registration information and instructions, including the “bulk registration code” unique to each test date, will be sent from testcoordinator@tasis.ch when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS students should register with the code, which is valid until 10 days before the exam. Registration during the 10 days prior to the exam is open to the public (including TASIS students) and can be done without a code. Please note that only 12 seats are available for each test administration. Early registration is encouraged.
  • Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 
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