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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,

Christmas Break is coming.  Only one more week of online classes and academic toil followed by a well-deserved break for everyone.  Then, time for being with family and enjoying the holidays as best we can this year, comforted perhaps, by the knowledge that 2021 will be a better year for those who crave a return to the social interaction and freedom of experience so badly missed these past months.  

At the age of 81, Benjamin Franklin participated in the drafting of the new Constitution for the United States in 1787.  At the close of the convention, he was asked to speak and give a sort of blessing for the work the Founding Fathers had just completed in the hope that it would be successful and accepted.  Franklin noted that throughout the four months of meeting, he had seen that the chair upon which George Washington sat and presided, exhibited a richly-carved headboard depicting a sun on the horizon, its rays spreading outward.  He said, 'I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting.  But now I... know that it is a rising sun.'

Here's to the efforts of everyone during arduous times.  Hang in there another week and take pride in your many accomplishments!

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.  

Headmaster McLean

Art By Pianoola

With the video below, we would like to introduce the amazing artwork of one of our students, 8th-grader Ola, who displays her own artwork on a YouTube channel entitled, Art by Pianoola. In the video, we chose to feature Ola creating her own background music for an amazing watercolor landscape piece she created. The song she plays on the piano is titled 'Porz Goret' by the French musician and composer, Yann Tiersen. Ola has been playing the piano since she was 8 years old. 

Inside the Grade 9 Virtual Classroom; December 7-10


It's 9th grade biology! Time for cell models! The biology students had the task to take ordinary household items and make a 3D representation of a cell and the major organelles found in a cell. Creative students used grapefruit, lettuce, various foodstuffs, things found around the house and lots and lots of modeling clay and playdoh to come up with these awesome models. Kudos to the students for being so creative.  Many accomplished this during lockdowns, when no shops other than supermarkets were open and supplies at a minimum.

Literature: Of Mice and Men Poetry Assignment

Students in Ms. Long's 9th Grade Literature were assigned the task of taking phrases or words they found within Chapter 3 of the novel they are currently reading, Of Mice and Men, to create poetry. Here is the work of three students who have agreed to share their poetry in this newsletter.

Teachers Interview on the At-Home Education Experience

In the video below, social studies teacher, Mr. Joe Suttmann, discussed the transition to and forward progress of online schooling with Mr. Burns, AIS-Salzburg Athletic Director and Media Manager.

In the interview below, English teacher Jennifer Fratianni reflects on both the online instructional period last spring as well as the one we are currently involved in.  Although quite challenging for everyone involved, the teacher perspective Mrs. Fratianni provides in this interview helps to see some of the positives that have resulted from this situation.

Up-to-Date Corona Virus Information in Austria

Ampelsystem - ‘Traffic Light System’
Current Level in Salzburg: Red

As of 12:00 pm, December 11th, 2020
As a result of the lockdown here in Austria, the number of Coronavirus cases has dropped. The images below outline the measures that remain in place as the country slowly opens back up. 
For more information in English on the latest Corona Virus news across Austria, click here

News & Upcoming Events

December 19th: Start of the winter break.

January 14th: First days of classes in 2021. 
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