What Sets Us Apart
LA CLASE GRADUANDA 2020 DE TASIS DORADO celebró su gran entrada en agosto 2019 con alegría, esperanza y metas por cumplir durante el año escolar y, a pesar de toda adversidad, así lo logró.
El temple y carácter que define a estos 53 Seniors han sido clave para enfrentar con resiliencia este histórico reto global que les ha tocado vivir. Además, ese carácter ha contribuido al gran éxito alcanzado, como obtener 100 % de aceptaciones a universidades competitivas en Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y el extranjero, 254 admisiones, $2 millones en becas de honor, 6 nominaciones al U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, entre otros. Los logros alcanzados son el fruto del arduo trabajo y dedicación de cada estudiante junto con el apoyo, orientación y seguimiento del TD College Counseling and Writing Center.
TASIS Dorado logró desarrollar y celebrar junto con la clase graduanda 2020 actividades tradicionales, pero en formato virtual o a distancia, tales como: Spirit Week, Senior Legacies, Senior Farewell y Draft Day. Esto fue posible gracias a la avanzada infraestructura tecnológica que posee, la cual permite responder activa y rápidamente ante cualquier situación que así lo requiera. Gracias a la creatividad, esfuerzo y habilidad de la administración y facultad, lanzaron exitosamente un programa en línea llamado TASIS Dorado Distance Learning Hub en su página web: tasisdorado.com. El mismo incluye: calendario escolar, tareas, tutoriales, evaluaciones, cursos en línea y apoyo tecnológico para estudiantes y padres. Además, utilizan programas en línea que les permiten identificar e impactar factores emocionales que comprometan la salud y el bienestar de los estudiantes. La facultad ha demostrado un increíble nivel de dedicación, colaboración y profesionalismo a lo largo de esta experiencia y han logrado mantener su comunidad escolar unida, aún en la distancia.
Otra historia impactante durante este tiempo de distanciamiento, fue la alianza de TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab con la Universidad de Puerto Rico, donde diseñaron e imprimieron, en las impresoras 3D del colegio, más de 2,000 protectores faciales. Los mismos han sido donados al personal de primera respuesta y a los pacientes. Su misión social siempre ha sido impactar comunidades en necesidad y, ahora, aportar en la lucha contra el COVID-19.
"Estamos orgullosos de nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia, pero hemos evidenciado que no hay nada como estar juntos en el salón de clase. Nuestra misión es continuar trabajando y desarrollando planes académicos y protocolos de seguridad para el próximo año escolar. La experiencia que hemos tenido con el aprendizaje a distancia, sin duda, nos proporcionó un paradigma completamente nuevo de la experiencia escolar. Confío que regresaremos fuertes y con las herramientas necesarias para continuar ofreciendo nuestra educación de excelencia. ¡Extrañamos muchísimo ver a nuestros estudiantes compartiendo, creando y aprendiendo en nuestro bellísimo plantel escolar!" exclamó el Dr. Timothy Howard, director escolar de TASIS Dorado.
TASIS Dorado 2020: A Model for Resilience, Innovation, and Social Commitment
TASIS DORADO CLASS OF 2020 celebrated its grand entrance in August 2019 with joy, hope, and goals to fulfill during the school year, and, despite all adversity, it did so.
The grit and character that defines these 53 Seniors have been key to face with resilience this historic global challenge. Also, that character has contributed to the great success achieved, such as obtaining 100% of acceptances to competitive 4-year colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and abroad, 254 admissions, $ 2 million in merit scholarships, 6 candidates to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, among others. The achievements are the result of the hard work and dedication of each student, along with the support and guidance of the TD College Counseling and Writing Center.
TASIS Dorado managed to develop and celebrate with the graduating class 2020 traditional activities in virtual or remote format, such as Spirit Week, Senior Legacies, Senior Farewell, and Draft Day. This was possible thanks to the advanced technological infrastructure it has, which allows it to respond actively and quickly to any situation that requires it. Thanks to the creativity, effort, and skill of the administration and faculty, they successfully launched an online program called TASIS Dorado Distance Learning Hub on their website: tasisdorado.com. It includes school calendar, homework, tutorials, assessments, online courses, and technology support for students and parents. Additionally, they use online programs that allow them to identify and impact emotional factors that compromise students' health and well-being. The faculty has demonstrated an incredible level of dedication, collaboration, and professionalism throughout this experience and managed to keep their school community together, even at a distance.
Another impactful story during this time of distancing was the alliance of TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab with the University of Puerto Rico, where they designed and printed on the school's 3D printers, more than 2,000 face shields. They have been donated to first responders and patients. Its social mission has always been to impact communities in need and, now, to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.
"We are proud of our distance learning plan, but we have validated that there is nothing like being together in the classroom. Our mission is to continue working and developing academic plans and safety protocols for the upcoming school year. The experience we've had with distance learning, without a doubt, provided us with a completely new paradigm of the school experience. I am confident that we will return stronger and with the necessary tools to continue offering our education of excellence. We really miss seeing our students sharing, creating, and learning on our beautiful campus!" exclaimed Dr. Timothy Howard, Head of School at TASIS Dorado.
Seven TASIS Dorado Students Win National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award
TASIS Dorado would like to recognize seven exemplary students selected as recipients of the 2020 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Outstanding Achievement Awards. The award honors 500 exceptional NJHS students nationwide with a certificate of recognition, a medallion, and a $500 award, which will be placed in a college savings account.
We are proud to congratulate these seven members from the class of 2023:
- Adrián de Jesús
- Laura Espinosa
- Karla Junco
- Tomás Navedo
- Natalia Pérez
- Nadine Rodríguez
- Emma Trápaga
The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to NJHS members who have demonstrated excellence in the five pillars of NJHS: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
"Our NJHS Strivers Chapter is committed to serving the community. Throughout the year, members think of, design, plan, and work hard on projects that make a difference. They also maintain the highest standards of academics and school ethics. The winning members went above and beyond the call. In fact, most of them continue to be actively involved in several projects. I congratulate them for their dedication, perseverance, and commitment." Ms. Melissa Arroyo said proudly. Ms. Arroyo, is the NJHS Strivers Chapter Adviser, a former selected member of the NASSP Student Leadership Advisory Committee, and TASIS Dorado English department teacher and coordinator.
We commend Adrián, Laura, Karla, Tomás, Natalia, Nadine, and Emma on this remarkable achievement! #TDGlobalLeaders #NJHS #TDBearPride
TASIS Dorado Student Council Earns National Recognition
April 17, 2020 — For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, The TASIS School in Dorado student council has been recognized as a 2020 National Council of Excellence by National Student Council (NatStuCo).
"Receiving a National Council of Excellence Award reflects dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program," said Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership. "NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities."
To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded receiving the award have successfully met all required criteria based on standards established by the National Student Council.
Ms. Sara Hernández, TASIS Dorado Upper School Principal, praised the work of the council: "I am proud that the TASIS Dorado Student Council has been awarded the recognition of the 2020 National Council of Excellence Award. I want to thank Dean Garrison Knapp for all of his hard work, leadership, and commitment to the Student Council. Furthermore, I am incredibly proud of all the students that form part of the Student Council. They are ambassadors of our school, and their leadership and their continued pursuit of building community in the student body are noteworthy."
"It is a true honor for the Student Council and the school to receive this recognition. To me, this is more than just an award. It is a reflection of the Student Council's unity, spirit, voice, chemistry, and love to serve the student body. This wouldn't have been possible without our team, our supportive StuCo members, and our wonderful Papa G. (Garrison Knapp)," said Eva Soler, 2020 TD Student Council President.
Dean of Students and founding TASIS Dorado Student Council adviser Garrison Knapp has led the Council for 14 years. "I am beyond thrilled and excited that our Council has earned this distinction. It says a lot about our Student Council and current Executive Board led by Eva Soler. I also would like to take the time to thank all the past members and presidents, Cecilia Joy '11, Aniceto Solares '11, Riley Steele '12, Isabel Fortuño '13, Julián Fiallo '14, Gonzalo Alcalde '15, Samuel Fortuño '16, Patrick Beliard '17, Ana Fiallo '18, and Jorge Blasini '19, for what they did to help establish the Council. This organization is all about teamwork, collaboration, and supporting one another in order to help serve the school and community," proudly said Dean Garrison Knapp.
The 2019-2020 student council members are president Eva Soler '20, vice-president Valeria Pérez '21, Secretary Pablo Casanova '21, and Liliana Dávila '22, Treasurer. Congratulations to all!
About National Student Council
National Student Council (NatStuCo) provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities. For more information, visit www.NatStuCo.org.
For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit www.nassp.org or call 703-860-0200.