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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,


This week Austria hit new record highs in Corona Virus cases while students of AIS-Salzburg continue to depart the school to begin online instruction from home starting November 16th. We are hopeful that the newly imposed strict lockdown measures will reverse this trend and bring the number of cases back to a level safe enough to continue with on-campus schooling in January.  

In the meantime, our teachers are becoming more and more adept at online instruction and are finding new and creative ways to engage students virtually. 

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and wish you a wonderful weekend. 

Stay safe, 

The AIS-Salzburg Newsletter Team

Extra Help in Abundance at AIS-Salzburg

Need help with English?

AIS-Salzburg has got you covered.

Providing students with the extra help they need to succeed is a top priority at AIS-Salzburg. The school offers tutoring to students in all subject areas. AIS-Salzburg also has a student tutoring program. Students with high proficiency in different subject areas are recommended by their teachers. They are then paired with students who need help. It is a win-win situation. The student tutors get the satisfaction of helping other students (with the extra benefit of earning community service credits). The students who need help are often paired with a student who can explain the material in their native language. 

AIS-Salzburg also has a comprehensive daily English tutoring program during the academic day. In this program, students receive individual attention in addressing their specific problems with English and help in understanding the material of their other academic class. Students enrolled in this program have five hours of individual customized tutoring per week. 

Need extra help in math? Science?

The general student population at AIS-Salzburg has the opportunity to meet with teachers after school during office hours –four hours per week– to ask questions and for extra help, however, some teachers often stick around for hours after the final bell to work with students. The prime example of this is Mr. Lichty, who spends up to 12 hours a week outside of academic hours helping students with their math struggles. Mr. Leicher is another teacher who spends countless hours with science students after school. With that being said, it is no secret that both teachers take full advantage of the free dinner that follows a long day at the office!
Photo: Mr. Lichty tutoring math after school yesterday
Need help in the evening?

In the evening, students enjoy the benefit of having recent college graduates as big brothers and sisters in the form of Resident Assistants (RAs) to support them with their studies. Often RAs have a background in Education and are trained and even experienced in working with young students and their academics. For example, current RA Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies and History and RA Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience which was followed by a Bachelor of Education with a concentration at the intermediate/senior level, qualifying her to teach biology, science, and geography.
Photo: Resident Assistant Kathy (left), helping a student in study hall
Need a boost in your motivation and your grade-point-average?

We have now established that there are plenty of opportunities to succeed at AIS-Salzburg for all students. However, students who decide not to take advantage of office hours will often find themselves on remediation, a program designed to help bring their grades up. Remediation can come in a number of forms, one being a mandatory, after-school, teacher or student-led tutorial. 

In summary, there are multiple ways for students to receive the help they need. Across the board at AIS-Salzburg teachers are willing to go that extra mile for their students, especially if their students are matching giving back that same effort in return. Therefore take note students and parents, that as we transition to online education once again as of November 16th, students will not be alone and teachers will once again make themselves available to go over and above for their students who are seeking that extra help and actively pursuing better academic results.

Introducing the AIS-Salzburg

Due to the Corona Virus lockdown and ongoing switch to online education, we have introduced the Physical Education Challenge (learn more) to students as a creative way to remain fit at home and have some fun doing it. 

P.E. instructors, teachers and even some special guests submit physical challenges –either video or live-streamed– to students of AIS-Salzburg to complete for P.E. points. Students can pick and choose which challenges they want to complete, accumulating points each week that are then displayed on a scoreboard. Teachers and staff can also complete challenges and compete for that #1 spot atop the scoreboard. 

The P.E. Challenge starts on Monday, November 9th and a number of challenges have already been submitted. All information about the P.E. Challenge can be found on the AIS-Salzburg website under 'Athletics' on this page (link). Weekly assignments and communications with students are via Google classroom.

The video below is of a challenge submitted by a Resident Assistant and former professional soccer, Matt Kryger. 

Weekend Activities Report

With the heightened Corona Virus restrictions nation-wide, weekend activities at AIS-Salzburg have been restricted to on-campus and in smaller groups. Unfortunately, this meant the cancellation of the Halloween dance and the second student council BBQ fundraiser. However we made due and managed to keep the boarding community active and spirits relatively high considering the situation. 

Up-to-Date Corona Virus Information in Austria

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

As of 12:00 pm, November 6th, 2020
For more information in English on the latest Corona Virus news across Austria, click here

News & Upcoming Events

November 9th through November 13th: Regular classes for remaining boarding students continue. Campus is on lockdown. Boarding students may depart at any time if desired.

November 9th: Beginning of the first week of the P.E. Challenge.

November 13th: End of Trimester 1. In-class instruction ends and all educational activity goes online for all students. All boarding students must depart immediately.

November 16th: Trimester 2 begins. Start of online education from home. 
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