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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,


With the start of the month of December, we are entering what should be a time of celebration and traditional communion with family, friends and loved ones.  As with everything else, however, this holiday season is mitigated by the pandemic and compromised by regulations designed to protect everyone's health.  This weekend here in Austria, St. Nicholas should be making his rounds, rewarding the good children, while his companions, the Krampus, warn and frighten those who might not have taken their responsibilities as seriously as they should have.  We needn't dread the Krampus this season.  He's been cancelled by law.  We do, however, have a much more dangerous and threatening adversary among us, cautioning us with much more serious consequences—a 'Corona-Krampus'.

With the world-famous Christmas carol, Silent Night, composed here in Salzburg 202 years ago, we are musically reminded that this season, even in a pandemic year, is and should be one of introspection, compassion, and confirmation of our common desire for peace and accord.  This doesn't necessarily require shopping, fancy dinners or George Michael on the radio.  In fact, it can't even be silenced by government health regulations because it is found in the silence itself.  Maybe there's an important lesson to be learned here and one that is, perhaps, somewhat overdue...

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.  
 

Headmaster McLean

Internet Upgrades at AIS-Salzburg

We are currently in the process of installing a fibre-optic connection to the Internet. This involved running fibre-optic cable under the street from about 1km up the Moosstrasse starting near the gas station. With this upgrade, classrooms will enjoy much higher speeds with lower latency. Reads, downloads will be faster and webpages will feel more reactive.
 

Inside the Virtual Classroom; November 30 - December 4

Junior High Literature

Students in Mrs. Fratianni's Junior High Literature class were asked to imagine that there is a heaven and in a one-minute monologue, describe what their heaven looks like. They were asked to describe how people would act in heaven and what their typical day in heaven would be like. The video below features video submissions from Ola and Leonardo. 

Grade 10 Composition and Literature: Poetry Project

Students in Mrs. Fratianni's Composition and Literature class chose from a selection of poems and were instructed to analyze and explain the effect of the poem's poetic devices. They were also instructed to describe the main message of the poem in their own words and explain why they chose the poem.

The following are two slideshow submissions by Carolina and Adam. To navigate the presentation, click on the slide.

Our Teachers Hard At Work with Students

In this video, visit the AIS-Salzburg campus to say hello to teachers and also hop inside some of their virtual classrooms. Keep an eye out in the video for our P.E. Challenge leader, Adel, who has an uncanny ability to hold a plank for long periods of time. 

Up-to-Date Corona Virus Information in Austria

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

As of 12:00 pm, December 4th, 2020
Although the number of cases has gone down recently, it is still at a dangerously high level in Austria and an extended lockdown is therefore likely. 

Notable Corona Virus news in Austria in the past week via Metropole.at
  • Vienna and other Austrian federal states start their free mass testing program today.
  • Chancellor Sebastian Kurz believes the antigen-mass testing, scheduled from December 3, will provide “a good chance” for the country to avoid a third shut down.
  • From December 19 to January 10, the Austrian government plans to continue with current travel restrictions including mandatory quarantine and testing. This is despite the December third guidelines issued by the EU commission stating that imported Coronavirus cases are a very small proportion of detected cases, that travelers are not a high-risk population and that quarantine and testing are not recommended. 
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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