April 17, 2015

Dom, back in action!
Greetings Osprey Community,

 We're so happy to welcome our Facilities Coordinator, Dom Armato, back to the nest this week.  As many of you know, Dom injured his hand over the winter break and it's been a challenging recovery process.  We love seeing him back at work and encourage you to extend your appreciations to him next time you see him.

Masonic Teacher of the Year Matt Hughes
While we're expressing appreciation, we want to acknowledge senior Humanities teacher Matt Hughes, who has been named the Durango Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year for AHS.  Senior Bryn Joyner will present the honor to him this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Durango Masonic Lodge, 421 Turner Drive.  All are welcome to attend the ceremony and share with Matt how his uniquely engaging, supportive, creative teaching positively impacts our students' lives.  He is, truly, a rock star educator.

Next Tuesday evening, a group of Kyle Edmundson's Statistics students will present their research and analysis of affordable housing in our community at the Durango City Council Meeting.  Stop by Durango City Hall at 6:30 to learn more.

The AHS Prom is next Saturday evening, April 25th, from 7:00 to 11:00 at the DoubleTree Hotel.  With a Vintage Vegas theme, this student-organized event is bound to be special. A group of intrepid parents, led by Marla Stills and Sue Lawton, have been working their magic in planning for the Osprey After Prom Party, which will be from 11:00pm to 2:00am at the Durango Rec Center.  After Prom provides a fun, safe, drug and alcohol-free space for the party to continue, and will feature a bouncy house, food, games and chances to win a truly amazing array of prizes that the parents have gotten donated--including a Purgatory season pass (!), a tent, sleeping bag and pack from Gardenschwartz, an Animas rafting trip with Mild to Wild and gift cards from many other generous local businesses.  Tickets for Prom are $40, and available for juniors and seniors to purchase by cash or check at the Main Office.  Each junior and senior may invite a guest.  A generous anonymous parent has offered to make it possible for those who cannot afford the ticket price to attend; if interested in this opportunity, please contact Assistant Head of School Libby Cowles at [email protected].

Senior Travis Carlson at the Osprey Art Show at Pine River Valley Bank
We are in need of a few microwave ovens for the Commons, as we're down to three on campus that are operating reliably.  If you have one in good condition that you'd like to donate to the school, please contact Laurel Rodd at (970) 247-2474 x 2306 before bringing it by.

Finally, if you haven't had a chance to see it yet, please stop by Pine River Valley Bank to view original artwork by students in Roxy McKnight's independent art class. It will be on display through the end of next week.

Thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

Ospreys Soaring 


Isaac Jordan

Osprey scientists did an amazing job at the Colorado State Science Fair last week! Junior 

Trevor Jordan placed 1st in his division and r

eceived a scholarships for Colorado School of Mines and CSU, the US Navy & Marine Corps Research Award, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Award.


9th grader Isaac Jordan placed 5th in his division with an Honorable Mention, the Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters Award, Fort Collins Conservation District plaque, the Geological Society of America Award.

 Juniors Hannah Langford and Molly Dickinson

ach received a scholarship for Colorado School of Mines.


9th Grader Liam Foster won the Rob and Melanie Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives from Arizona State University, 2nd Place from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2nd Place from the Colorado Scientific Society, Outstanding Earth Science Award for the Senior Division, Best Water Related Science Research from the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association. This award was accompanied by a chance to enter directly into the state level of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.


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Phone: (970) 247-2474
Fax: (970) 247-2483

Community Opportunities


An Animas family is seeking housing for the 2015-16 school year.  If you have a lead on a two-bedroom home or apartment in Durango, please contact Susan Kuhns at (970) 946-3396.

Enrollment for 2015-16

 There are still a small handful of open seats for enrollment in the 2015-16 school year for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  All current students will receive re-registration materials next week.

Questions? Contact AHS Registrar Maureen Truax at (970) 247-2474 x2307.

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