AIS Vienna

Issue 19, 19. January 2017

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Elementary School 

 Middle School

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This Week at AIS - Important Dates


Thursday Jan 19 Day 4 Day 3 ES/MS Parent Tech Meeting 
Friday Jan 20 Day 5 Day 4 ES/MS Parent Tech Meeting 
Saturday Jan 21     SAT Test
Sunday Jan 22      
Monday Jan 23 Day 6 Day 5 ASA Semester 2 Begins
Tuesday Jan 24 Day 1 Day 6 PTF Breakfast with Friends
Wednesday Jan 25 Day 2 Day 7  
Thursday Jan 26 Day 3 Day 8  

Full AIS Calendar


From Blaguss


Mr. Ing. Christian Rathmanner is no longer the Blaguss Coordinator. All tasks concerning the AIS School Bus Service provided by Blaguss have now been taken over by Ms. Martina Jankovic. 

Ms. Jankovic is now your contact person at Blaguss. Below is her contact information:

Ms. Martina Jankovic, Blaguss Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Telephone: +43 1 610 90 233
Mobile: +43 664 88 460 098
24h hotline: +43 1 610 90

Your Blaguss Team


After School Activities (ASA's) Update


ASA's Ready to Start Monday: After a busy week of making changes and updates to lists and activities, we are almost ready to go next week. You will receive a welcome email from the instructor of the ASA your child is involved with. In addition, you should have received an email from Claudia Bonek referring to ASA rules and regulations, as well as a list of ASA's for you to check.

Please contact Claudia Bonek or Andy Harrison should you have any questions.

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


Athletics & Activities


Knights in Action: This week sees our HS basketball team and our HS/MS swim team on the road as they travel to the International School of Prague and Munich International school respectively. Please check Teams & Schedules for all travel details.

Housing Assignments for Winter Season: All athlete families received an email this week with their housing assignments. Many thanks to all those who have confirmed by replying to the email. We are hosting two events this season: a HS Basketball exchange February 3 & 4 and the SCIS MS Boys Basketball tournament March 9 & 10. More details to follow...

Andy Harrison, Director of Athletics, Activities & Events


PTF Meeting and Newcomers Coffee


Everyone is invited to our next PTF meeting and our Newcomers Coffee, all in one meeting! Please join us next Tuesday, January 24 at 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM in the Teacher Lounge near the Cafeteria.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other members of our AIS community and we are ready to help you with your transition to AIS and Vienna. Come and join us for a cup of coffee and a snack!
We will also announce the results of our recent AIS PTF Appropriations for 2016/2017. Come on out and hear all about what our students/staff have submitted and what was approved by our school community!

Click here for the flyer. We look forward to welcoming you!

The PTF Board and The PTF Newcomers Committee


PTF Variety Show 2017


Sign up now for the PTF Variety Show! Students grades 3-12, teachers and parents are welcome to participate!

Saturday, February 11, 2017
AIS Theater, 7:00 PM

To sign up, contact Althea Papoulia. Click here for more info.

Althea Papoulia, Variety Show Coordinator


PTF Out and About - February: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna


Thank you for the continued support of our PTF Out & About events! Our January event was sold out and everyone had a fabulous day out including lunch!

Don't wait to sign up for our next parent event on Monday, February 13 at 9:45 AM! We will have a private Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walking tour with a highly skilled and knowledgeable guide from Artissimi, as well as a private tour at the Mozarthaus. We will learn all about one of Austria's most popular and influential composers of the Classical era.

We will end our tour with a delightful lunch at the newly opened Gerstner Beletage Café. Lunch cost is not included.

Please RSVP to Claudia before paying your €15 non-refundable fee. Reservation fees are to be dropped off in the ES Office by the end of the school day on Monday, February 6. Please clearly label the envelope with your name and Claudia Siffert/ Mozart Out & About. 

Tammie Perdue and Claudia Siffert, PTF Out and About Coordinators


Your Child and Social Media - Tonight!


The world of social media has grown considerably in recent years, and as a result so has the accessibility to many different programs. Our students have access to many forms of communication. The use of these social media platforms can be constructive and a positive addition to our day-to-day lives, however, the same programs can be used inappropriately.

We would like to offer an opportunity to collaborate with our school counselor and tech facilitators to learn more about the world of social media, and how our students can use them effectively and appropriately. Please join us January 19, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Secondary Library or January 20, 9:00-10:30 AM in the Faculty Lounge.

We will share AIS statistics, concerns, resources and strategies to help us all use technology wisely. 

Dave Straffon and Nemanja Arandelovic


End of Quarter 2


The Middle School quarter two ends on Friday, January 20. The third quarter will begin on Monday, January 23. Grades will be sent home to parents on Friday, February 3.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


Middle School Play


The Middle School players, under the direction of Chris Gutmann, will be presenting "Professor Thyme and the History Mystery". There will be two shows on Thursday, January 26. At 1:00 PM, the play will be presented to the Middle School student body. The show will be repeated for parents at 6:30 PM that evening. We hope you can join us for the evening performance.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


No School for MS students


There will be no school for Middle School students on Friday, January 27. AIS Vienna is hosting the European League of Middle Level Education (ELMLE) off campus. This is a professional development opportunity focused on middle level education and our teachers will be participating in this conference on Friday.

Dave Straffon, Middle School Principal


From the HS Principal


Upcoming Events
January 23 - First day of 2nd Semester
January 30 - Report Cards sent via email
February 14 - Grade 11 Parent Night on university application process
February 20-24 - Ski Week (no school)

Semester Two Begins
With the conclusion of exams this week first semester work for our students is complete, but our teachers continue working on the assessment of those exams and finalizing semester grades. We will complete that process and email report cards to parents on January 30.

Next Monday, January 24, all AIS high school students have a fresh start for second semester. Students and parents are reminded that once the first semester grades are reported they do not impact second semester grades. Because of this fresh start we encourage parents to discuss with students their goals for second semester. Be it improving course grades or improving Life Skills Scores that directly impact course grades, now is the time for reflection and plans for improvement. Many of our students will be completing this process in class with their teachers, but support from home has a significant impact.

Since each course a student takes begins with the gradebook officially reset, parents are reminded that each of the first few second semester assignments will have a significant impact on the semester 2 total score. But over time as more and more data is collected to measure student learning, the changes in overall score will be less dramatic.

So many of our students have worked hard and had a great first semester, we eagerly look forward to an even more impressive second semester!

Jarret Lambie, High School Principal


HS Counseling News


Click here for more information on the following:

SAT Prep Course
Junior University Night
Upcoming University Visits

The HS Counseling Team


IB News


The IB News includes the following:

  • Report on the IB Diploma Program Evaluation, 2016
  • Grade 10 Student and Parent Individual Meetings for IB Diploma Planning
  • IB Information Meeting for Parents of Grade 10 Students, February 7, 2017
  • Extended Essay for Grade 11 Diploma Students

Cheryl Augustine, IB Diploma Program Coordinator/Academic Dean


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