April 8, 2016
senior Tristan Govreau shares his comparative analysis of a variety of energy sources in considering how to respond to climate change
Greetings Osprey Community,

Our seniors have been tackling a range of issues in their Senior Project TED Talks this week, delivering well-researched, professional presentations.  It's amazing to reflect on the growth we've seen over four years, as they've developed confidence, knowledge and skills that have transformed them into young adults ready to head off to college and the work force.  Senior Project TED Talks continue next Monday and Tuesday and all are welcome to attend; see the full schedule here.

As a reminder, 9th grade students will take the PARCC exams next Monday through Wednesday, with sophomores taking PSAT and juniors taking Colorado ACT and CMAS Science exams the following week.  For more details about all the spring state assessments, visit our website here.  

New and returning families, please be sure to complete your Online Registration Packets by April 15 to hold your spot for next year.   Registration materials have been sent out to all families; please contact AHS Registrar Laurel Rodd at if you did not receive them, or if you have any questions.  We will host an AHS Information Session next Thursday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 at AHS for families who are still weighing options for next year.  Please encourage your friends who might be considering Animas for the fall to attend!

Cathy Dellinger describes self-healing techniques that reduce stress and improve health in her Senior Project TED Talk
Our Parent Advisory Committee will meet next Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 10:00 at Carver's.  Please attend if you'd like to hear updates from Sean or share your perspective with him.  Sean will review the highlights of the letter to families we sent out right before spring break, in which he reported progress on three priorities for this school year: right-sizing of the school to achieve financial health, school culture and instructional leadership.  You can read Sean's letter here.  Minutes from PAC meetings are posted on the AHS website here, for those who are interested but unable to attend.   The AHS Board of Directors meets next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 at AHS.  All are welcome.

Please join us for the 9th Grade Environmental Film Festival next Tuesday at the Animas City Theatre, an exhibition of student learning.  All 9th graders crafted documentary films for an interdisciplinary science/digital arts project in which they interviewed local experts and explored a wide range of environmental issues including energy, food production, public land use, climate change, recycling and more.  Doors open at 4:00; screenings begin at 4:30 and continue through 8:45 (see the full film schedule here).

sophomore student ambassadors Nicole Wiley and Victoria Reeve
The AHS Prom is next Saturday evening at the beautiful River Bend Ranch in the Animas Valley.  A team of seniors, spearheaded by Sonya McGuire, have been working for months to create a beautiful evening for our upperclassmen and their guests.  Parent Marla Stills is putting the finishing touches on plans for the After Prom Party, which provides a safe space for Ospreys to extend the fun after the dance, from 11:00pm to 2:00am at the Rec Center.  She could still use some parent volunteer support, including having a few night-owls stay up late to help run After Prom activities.  Please see details below, and contact Marla directly at to let her know how you can help!

Finally, the Stoke Exploratory is planning Kindness Week May 2 through 6.  Advisory groups will create gift baskets for local businesses that have been particularly supportive of AHS, and they are hoping there are families who may be able to donate baskets for the project.  If your spring cleaning has uncovered baskets you're no longer using, please bring them to the Main Office.

Many thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
AHS Student Ambassadors, serving the community this week by setting up for Soup for the Soul, the annual fundraiser for Hospice of Mercy

Upcoming AHS Events

Community Opportunities

The Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center offers a safe, non judgmental, and visible space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, families and allies in our community. They are hosting their Spring Benefit on Friday, April 22 from 6:00 to 10:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for this 21+ event, which will feature food, music and a silent auction.
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After Prom: Call for Parent Volunteers and Donations
The After Prom Committee needs your help to create a special, memorable and safe evening for our students! "Osprey After Prom" is an alcohol-free, drug-free, chaperoned event at the Durango Rec Center.  Please help us create wonderful memories for our students! We can't do it without your help! Contact Osprey parent Marla Stills to volunteer or donate:
Volunteer roles : Pick up and delivery of donated food: times TBA before 9:30pm; Set up: 9:30-11pm; Blackjack/poker dealers: 11:15pm-2:00am; Help with activities and food: 11:15pm-2:00am; Clean up: 1:45-2:30am

Please consider making a donation to help with expenses of After Prom. You may donate through the AHS website here ; please indicate that your donation is for "After Prom."  Prefer to pay by check?  Write "After Prom" on the memo line and deliver to the office or email Marla Stills for a donation pick-up!  Prefer to purchase gift cards, prizes or party goods? Contact Marla.
Thank you in advance for your help in creating a fun, special night our students will always remember!