Maybe foolishly, but 40 years ago I did dream of a school or schools that by bringing young people closely together in their young and formative tender years we might be able to ‘bond’ the world together in such a way that ties of understanding, compassion, love, and a sense of reality would create a saner, safer, better world.
– M. Crist Fleming (1996 speech)
“I would like to begin International Week with a quote from our founder Mary Crist Fleming from a letter she wrote to TASIS alumni in 2001: ‘I want to believe as I age that the dynamic of TASIS will go on forever—that it will continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings. All we need to bring us together is education, education to give us freedom from poverty, disease, and war. It sounds like a tall order, but through education it can be achieved, and TASIS must take the lead.’
I would like to say to you today that you are the community that Mrs. Fleming envisioned. You are the dynamic that she wished to go on forever, bringing together young people from around the world to share in the common values we have as humans—such as those inscribed over our library—together with the common goal of improving the world through education through a focused bettering of ourselves so that we may bring good to the world.”
– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at Monday’s Opening Ceremony
|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|
Another Wonderful International Week Draws to a Close!
Please enjoy this article about Monday’s Opening Ceremony, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, a 62-nation Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards to 14 students, an IB Theatre presentation, and several outstanding music and dance performances. Photos from the ceremony can be found here.
The High School World Cup was held in the Palestra Monday through Wednesday and was one of the most tightly contested tournaments in recent history, with many matches coming down to penalty kicks. Both semifinal matches on Wednesday were scoreless at the end of regulation, with the Pink Panthers ultimately defeating Italia 5–4 in penalty kicks and Russia downing Tampico in a marathon 11–10 shootout victory. The final match also came down to a shootout, and the Pink Panthers prevailed over Russia 4–3 to earn the 2020 title!
Many more of School Photographer Kim Nelson’s photos from International Week, which featured lots of amazing food and plenty of impressive costumes, can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.
Student Activities Offered this Weekend
This weekend’s activities include a Valentine’s Day Celebration in the Snack Bar on Friday evening, a day trip to Como on Saturday, a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Saturday evening, and a cookie-decorating activity in De Nobili on Sunday afternoon.
Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students can consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.
Construction and Logistics Meeting on Wednesday
This is a reminder that 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.
Please refer to this announcement from Bill Eichner, Director of Institutional Advancement, for more information about our upcoming construction projects, which will affect our drop-off and pick-up procedures beginning on Monday, March 2.
Spring Academic Travel
All parents should have received an email from their children’s Spring Academic Travel trip leaders with itineraries and packing lists. Basic information about each trip is listed below, and please contact your child's trip leader, Academic Travel Director Natalie Philpot, or Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff with any questions.
|Upcoming Academic Travel and Global Service Program Trips|
|February 20–29 (HS)||Trip Leader||Emergency #||Check-in Place||Check-in time|
|Global Service Program: India||Ms. Philpot||078 254 7825||Lanterna parking lot||15:45|
|Global Service Program: Kenya||Ms. Sarcevic||078 822 4811||Gazebo||17:45|
|February 22–28 (HS)||Trip Leader||Emergency #||Check-in Place||Check-in time|
|Modern History: Poland||Ms. Barciak||079 866 3924||De Nobili||6:45|
|Ski Adventure: Crans-Montana||Mr. Diviani||079 398 30 17||Between 8:30 - 10:30|
|February 23–28 (HS)||Trip Leader||Emergency #||Check-in Place||Check-in time|
|Computer Science: Zurich||Ms. Bloodworth||079 175 9754||De Nobili||13:15|
|Honors Literature: Greece||Dr. Love||079 175 9790||De Nobili||7:20|
|Ancient & Medieval History: Greece||Ms. Heard||079 866 3923||De Nobili||7:15|
|Ancient & Medieval History: Madrid||Mr. McKee||076 392 4409||De Nobili||9:15|
|Ancient & Medieval History: Rome||Mr. Byers||079 175 9807||Gazebo||11:45|
|US History: Paris & Normandy||Mr. Izsa||079 866 3907||De Nobili||6:45|
|Performing Arts: Paris||Ms. Forrest||079 866 3903||De Nobili||6:10|
|CERN: Bern/Geneva||Mr. Knee||079 175 9739||Parking Lot||9:30|
|Economics/Business: Brussels||Mr. Cawthorne||079 866 3774||Gazebo||14:45|
|Fine Art Retreat: Granada||Mr. Dukes||079 866 3901||De Nobili||5:45|
|Introduction to Budapest: Hungary||Ms. Baxter/Campenni||079 175 9958||De Nobili||10:15|
|IB II Retreat: Tuscany||Mr. Stickley||079 175 9744||Parking Lot||7:00|
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.
Please refer to the following resources for the latest updates on the novel coronavirus, which at this time has not been identified in Switzerland.
- WHO: Advice for Public
- Swiss Federal Office of Public Health: Current Outbreaks and Epidemics
- Healix: Advice for Travelers and Employers
As discussed in last week’s coronavirus update, we are closely monitoring travel plans for our students and employees for our Spring Holiday in early April and have also developed a protocols document to help guide our student travelers and faculty leaders for upcoming Academic Travel trips.
We will continue to provide updates as this situation evolves.
A Note About Graduation for Parents of Seniors and Postgraduates
Now is the time to start looking ahead toward celebrating the achievements of the class of 2020. You received an email from Mr. Nikoloff about graduation-related events before the Winter Holiday, but I wanted to provide a few reminders.
Please remember that attire for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 30, should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Girls must wear white shoes and a white dress. Please ensure the dress is tasteful; dresses that are strapless or shorter than knee-length are not allowed.
- Boys must wear a dark suit (black, dark gray, or dark blue), a tie, a white shirt, a belt, black socks, and dark dress shoes.
All seniors must have their graduation attire ready in time for a check-in on Thursday, March 26.
Dates and Times
Here is an overview of graduation-related events:
|Tuesday, May 26, 10:10||Academic Awards Assembly|
|Wednesday, May 27, 10:10||Farewell Assembly|
|Wednesday, May 27, 18:30||Alumni Induction Ceremony|
|Thursday, May 28, 10:30||Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal|
|Thursday, May 28, 18:30||Senior Prom|
|Friday, May 29, 19:00||Refreshments on the Piazza, followed by Senior Banquet in the Palestra|
|Saturday, May 30, 10:15||Seniors and postgraduates assemble|
|Saturday, May 30, 11:00||Commencement, followed by a luncheon|
If you have any questions about these dates, dress requirements, or anything else related to graduation week, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thank you, and we look forward to celebrating the class of 2020 with you this coming spring!
Recent Parent Support Committee Meeting
The following topics were discussed at the HS Parent Support Committee (PSC) meeting on February 6:
- English Department writing and instruction
- Release date for the Fall Semester grade report
- Free time for students during Academic Travel
- College Counseling changes for 2020–2021
Still Time to Order Your Personalized Water Bottle
Order your personalized, BPA-free, stainless steel, and refillable water bottle (500 ml) and help the TPA carry out its goals! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived, and these bottles would be great for your children to take on Academic Travel. The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the color, name, and font you would like. Proceeds from this sale will go toward TPA eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events.
No HS Bulletin Next Two Weeks
Because there are no classes during the week of February 24—28 due to Spring Academic Travel, please note that we will not send a High School Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 21, or on Friday, March 28. Classes will resume on Monday, March 2, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 6.
College Counseling News
Upcoming College/University Representative Visits
12th Grade and PG
9th, 10th, and 11th Grades
Standardized Testing Information