April 28, 2017
LINK Internship coordinator Janae Hunderman behind the wheel of the All School Exhibition shuttle
Greetings Osprey Community,

Thank you to all who attended last night's All School Exhibition!  Our students and faculty worked hard to create such a moving and engaging evening and we are grateful for all the behind-the-scenes support it required.  Thank you to the Roth family for providing the golf carts for shuttles from the parking lot, AHS Board members and other parents who helped with set up and staffed the information table, 99X's Cody Kopp for providing live radio coverage in the hours leading up to Exhibition and Alpine Bank for their generous sponsorship.  It was truly an inspiring display of student learning!

We wanted to share some beautiful words one sophomore wrote to her Humanities teacher, Matt Dooley, and Math teacher, Aliza Cruz, after last night's Exhibition: 

You've given everything to this project, you guided us and gave us a chance to really be proud of something. With all the flaws and setbacks, this project is beautiful. I appreciate you both so much for giving us this chance. We're more cohesive as a sophomore team and individually we all have learned something that will help us so much in our future lives. Now, we can see what we really can do here, with enough strength, ambition, and dedication. Thank you both so much.

sophomore Sierra McCall reads her bilingual poem about the experience of friends of hers who are immigrants in our community
We hear in these words an authentic appreciation for both the challenges and the deep learning that project-based learning contains.

With juniors headed off to LINK Internships on Monday for the next three weeks, we settle in to the last stretch of the school year.  Seniors are wrapping up their Take Action Projects, the final piece of Senior Project.  Mark your calendar for the Senior Project Exhibition on Thursday, May 18, 4:00 to 7:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center, where students will showcase how they turned their research into action in our community.  

Our final AHS Information Session of the year is next week.  Enrollment numbers are looking strong for the 2017-18 school year, and we have a few seats still open for next year's 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Please encourage friends considering enrolling to join us from 5:30 to 6:30 Tuesday evening, here at school to learn more.

juniors Sterling Gates, Eric Klatt, Oakley Felker and Elena Rivera dive into the chemistry of food
The Parent Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday morning, 8:30 to 9:30, at the Smiley Cafe.  They'll be checking in on end of year activities, including the AHS End of Year Family Picnic on May 19 at Rotary Park plus ways to show appreciation for our hardworking faculty and staff.

Also on Wednesday, 9th and 10th graders will sign up for next year's electives during Advisory.  Please be sure that you've reviewed the 2017-18 AHS Course Catalog together so students are prepared to indicate their top class choices.  After Advisory, during XBlock period, the 9th and 10th grade will work together with staff on a Campus Clean Up in lieu of regular XBlock activities.  Please note that this means students will all stay on campus Wednesday afternoon rather than traveling to off-campus XBlock locations (Rec Center, Rock Lounge, etc.), which means they will be at AHS at the end of the day; the Hub Bus will run to DHS for those who need it.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

See the 2016-17 School Calendar here

Senior Project Spotlight

Seniors are deeply engaged in their Take Action Projects, the final stage of Senior Project. This week, we feature Cameron Flann and Derek Junttonen.

Cameron: My senior project is creating an online photography business and shop for selling my photography. My website is Follow @shutterspeedvisuals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on future photography prints and photography. Until May 4th, use the coupon code "AHS" for 50% off all digital photography!

Derek: For my senior project I am creating an online media company entitled Passion Project Media. Towards the end of the year, I am supporting a concert put on at the Animas City Theatre featuring RubyBlu, heartbreakP and myself. You can come talk to me if you would like discounted AHS student tickets. Follow my social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and information: @passionprj

College Corner

Congratulations to juniors Victoria Reeve and Rollin Leavitt, who received the Masonic students of the year awards last weekend. Both were selected for this honor by our faculty because they demonstrate high academic achievement, commitment to community and strong character.

In addition, senior Mikayla Wright, who received the award last year, interviewed with the Masonic Lodge this year and received a scholarship of $10,000 over four years to attend any college she chooses. She was recognized for her community service, upstanding character and academic achievements.

Finally, Humanities Teacher Sara Price was honored at the ceremony as the Masonic Teacher of the Year for AHS. Sara was recognized by our administration for her strong desire to engage students in critical thinking and intellectual risk taking, pushing them to continuously grow through their projects. She holds high expectations for herself and her students and has a strong desire to ensure her classroom is relevant to every student.

Community Opportunity

The Rainbow Youth Center is holding its 2nd Annual Spring Benefit this evening from 6:00 to 10:00pm at the Powerhouse Science Center; this is a 21+ event. Carute Roma will play music and there will be catered food from Norton's, a cash bar and lots of silent auction items.  Come support the local organization that supports our LGBTQ+ youth!

For more news and photos visit the AHS Facebook Page
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