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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,

The last summer school students are departing today and we are excited about the way in which the 4-week program has provided them with both excellent instruction and activity as well as kept them safe and healthy.  Needless to say, the school needed this 'dry run' test to ensure that our policies and actions were appropriately designed to provide a healthy environment as well as an enjoyable experience for both students and staff.  This will help us tremendously as we head toward the start of the new school year in September where the stakes are much higher.  In our preparations, we will often remind ourselves of what worked well this summer and which improvements or adjustments may be required in order to do what we do best: provide an outstanding college-preparatory education and diploma.

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter!

Headmaster McLean

Boarding Life Interview: Cassandra Baehler, Dean of Students

Cassandra Baehler first joined AIS-Salzburg in 2017 as a Resident Assistant, a position for which she was overqualified, considering her Masters Degree in Foreign Language and Pedagogy, but it enabled her to get her foot-in-the-door, eventually leading to her current position as Dean of Students. Her two years of experience as an R.A. gave Cassandra the opportunity to work first hand with students and gain insight into what was working well and what could use improvement. Now entering her second year as Dean of Students, Cassandra will continue to implement new strategies and programs which will further enhance pastoral care at AIS-Salzburg.

Hidden Salzburg: A Rodeo in Salzburg?!

Salzburg was the headquarters and military capital of the U.S. Area of Occupation following the Second World War from 1945 until 1955.  One of the largest overseas military bases was constructed here in 1951 between the Vienna/Munich autobahn and the border with Germany at the Saalach river.  It was christened Camp Roeder.  Thousands of U.S. troops were stationed here and helped restore and reconstruct the city as well as assist with the relocation of displaced persons.  

In order for Camp Roeder to facilitate the stationing of enlisted men and officers, the U.S. government pumped millions of dollars into the facilities which included recreational areas, housing, and all necessary infrastructure, including a school.  This, then, was the first American school in Salzburg.  Today, the Volksschule (elementary school) of Wals-Siezenheim occupies the site where the American school was once located.  In the city of Salzburg itself, just south of the Altstadt, the U.S. government funded the construction of a swimming pool for the local population (one which is used frequently by AIS-Salzburg).  Still known as the Ayabad (Aya Swimming Pool), very few today realize that 'AYA' stood for American Youth Association, a successor program of the Depression-Era's New Deal.

In the area between the autobahn and Camp Roeder, a large recreational area was constructed which included numerous sports fields, a baseball diamond, a regulation track for running and field events, as well as an multi-purpose area where various events took place including at least one rodeo!  The sight of some khaki-clad buckaroo riding a twisting and turning bull with the Gaisberg in the background is not something you're likely to see again anytime soon, at least not until we add it to our physical education electives!

Summer Language Program Session 2, Week 2 Review

The final week of our 2020 Summer Language Program was action-packed and featured some of the most popular activities on the schedule. Thankfully, we were able to capture all of the fun in and out of the classroom with some excellent photos and videos!

2020 Summer Language Program; A "Dry Run"

Back in April, May and even June, there was still great uncertainty as to whether our Summer Language Program would proceed as scheduled. Thankfully, the Austrian government, health officials and general population demonstrated excellent discipline and cooperation and brought the first wave of infections down relatively quickly; much more quickly than in most areas. Due to this outstanding response, AIS-Salzburg opened its doors to summer language students on July 19 and completed two of the regularly-scheduled program sessions with great success.

We feel very lucky to have been given the chance and opportunity to continue with on-campus programming this past July and August which enabled us to refine and further develop our plans for September with direct experience of offering educational programming during this health crisis.  This will serve us well come September.

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News & Events

Arrival Days, September 7h & 8th - Boarding students for the 2020-2021 school year should arrive and settle in during these two days.

Orientation Day, September 9th - Students receive an orientation tour of the city of Salzburg.

First Day of Classes, September 10th - The 2020-2021 academic calendar begins.
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