October 2, 2015
the Osprey Regatta at Navajo Lake
Greetings Osprey Community,

We revived the AHS tradition of the Osprey Regatta at yesterday's junior retreat, where students were split into small groups and asked to use teamwork, innovation and problem-solving skills to design the most lake-worthy craft possible, with a goal of getting every member of their team safely through the course as quickly as possible.  It was a beautiful day, and the juniors appreciated the break in their routine and the opportunity to play together.  Many thanks to all the families who contributed materials for the boats and snacks for the students! 

StAC election speeches at PEAK Meeting
The results are in!  The following students have been elected to  Student Advisory Council, and will help StAC President Lyle Bryson and Vice-President Gabe Garcia represent student voice in their work of creating positive school culture at AHS: Amaya Holliday and Acacia Bryson (9th grade), Jason Caplin and Izzy Simpson with Clay Kinder as alternate (10th grade), Hailey Redding and Kody John (11th grade) and Becca Schaldach and Drew Allsopp (12th grade).

the Hiking XBlock crew taking a break
With the first student projects of the year beginning to wrap up, we have our first two public Exhibitions next week.  Exhibitions allow students to demonstrate their learning with an authentic audience, and they are a key component in our project-based model.  We require students to wear professional dress for Exhibitions as a way of emphasizing the importance of these performance-based assessments and celebrations of learning.  On Thursday of next week in the AHS Commons from 5:30 to 7:00, sophomores in Tina Hott's Biology class will share biodiversity data they gathered during their recent field work at Weaselskin Equestrian Center, where they have explored the root causes of a growing dead zone.  Students will also lead interactive activities to demonstrate ecological testing methodology. That same evening, our juniors will be at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building from 5:30 to 7:30 for the Voices from the Animas Junior Humanities Exhibition.  Read on below to learn more about this exciting community project. We encourage you to attend as many AHS Exhibitions as possible and all are welcome.

senior Keenan DesPlanques' stunning documentary about his Rotary Exchange experience in Italy last year--"Travato (Found)"
photo by Charlie Malone
a quiet moment of reflection atop Animas Mountain during last Friday's Senior Retreat
On Tuesday of next week, Amanda Kuenzi from Mountain Studies Institute will share her experiences working in the environmental science and conservation fields during Power Lunch in Steve Smith's classroom.  In addition, there will be an AHS Board Meeting on Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

Finally, our students are very appreciative of all the donations of healthy food when they forget their lunches (granola bars, microwavable noodles and other nonperishable, single-serving items work best).  Our stash is almost depleted and we would be grateful for more donations. Please bring them to the Main Office so students can focus on schoolwork and not rumbling tummies.

Thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
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Voices from the Animas: Juniors Exhibit StoryCorps Archive
by Samantha Duncan
The juniors will be exhibiting their Humanities project, "Voices from the Animas" on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-7:30 at the Fairgrounds Extension Building. They researched the human impacts of the Animas River spill by interviewing community stakeholders upstream and downstream of the Animas River and collaborated with a local community collective concerned with mitigating the secondary effects and human impacts of environmental disasters. The interviews will be archived through the StoryCorps Initiative, an organization dedicated to documenting personal stories and oral histories of everyday life. Attendants of the exhibition will be able to listen to the interviews and have the option of being interviewed if they have an opinion to share on the spill.

Ospreys Soaring: Durango Volleyball Beats Cortez in Three
by Lia Henriksen

All three of the Durango Demons' volleyball teams beat Cortez on Tuesday, September 29 this week. Varsity won in three in a very decisive match, and left with their first league win of the season. Right now, varsity is five and four with their win and loss record and believe that they have a good chance at making it to state. Student athletes on the volleyball team are Caity Mulcahy, Sarah Vontersch, and Atlantia Aquarian on C team, and Lia Henriksen and Celia Hale on varsity. Durango volleyball has a home game against Bayfield at 2:30pm this Saturday, October 3, which is sure to get exciting, so come and support your student athletes!

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College Corner

Susy Raleigh and Aliza Cruz will accompany a group of Opsreys to the Western Slope College Fair in Aspen this weekend.  It's not too late to register and go independently.  More information here.

An admissions representative from Montana State University will be in Tina's classroom during 1st period Tuesday of next week, and a rep from Colorado Mesa University will be in Aliza's room that same day during lunch.  Rep visits are a great opportunity to learn about a variety of colleges and are open to all interested students.

AHS Juniors will take the PSAT at school on Wednesday, October 28.  The College Board has put together a helpful overview of what to expect on the test and how to prepare; please view it here.
News from Beyond the Nest: Alumnus Tucker Leavitt
by Hannah Langford

After graduating from AHS in 2012, Tucker Leavitt began his epic journey through college at Stanford University. He is now a junior at Stanford and is majoring in Engineering Physics with a Computational Science specialty. In his spare time, you can find Tucker playing drums for four different music groups on campus. Tucker has also recently started interning with Twitter and has taken up rock climbing. Tucker states that "Animas taught me to advocate for my academic wellbeing by reaching out to professors and other students. Furthermore, you get out of school what you put into it; this is true both at Animas and at Standford." He also advises that we "invest in your class projects; they teach you a lot, and colleges care about that kind of stuff."

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