January 19, 2018
Humanities teacher Sara Price listens as senior Quinn Luthy shares his thoughts on next steps after the screening of The Mask You Live In screening at Fort Lewis College
Greetings Osprey Community,

Often a new year inspires ideas about ways we can positively impact our community. If you've been thinking about getting more involved in 2018, we hope you might consider one of the many volunteer roles available at AHS. You can always reach out to to offer up your services. A great way to get involved is to serve on the AHS Board of Directors. A couple of current Board Members' terms are coming to a close in the next few months, and we are looking for community members to fill their seats. We are especially seeking Board Members with fundraising experience, but welcome all who have interest in supporting Animas High School as we prepare to enter our second decade. Please contact our Board President Ann Laffaye at to learn more.

sophomore Saige Fogarty addresses the crowd at the Liberty School groundbreaking ceremony
This week Ospreys were networking with and supporting two other local schools, with several students speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for The Liberty School and our staff meeting up with teachers from The Juniper School Thursday afternoon. We're proud to be part of a community with so many excellent educational options for families and enjoy finding ways to connect with other schools as it helps us better understand the unique programs each offer.

We had plenty of zany fun and shenanigans at today's Winter Advisory Olympics, including all of House Three performing synchronized West African dance moves, advisories competing in relay speed skating through the hallways and House Four sharing a rousing Maori Haka warrior battle cry. Check out Awkward Team Photos and more on the AHS Facebook page here.

The School Excellence Committee meets Monday from 4:30 to 6:00 on campus, where they'll discuss enrollment and annual surveys. All are welcome to attend.

junior Aidyn Hankins joyfully speed skates through the west hall
Students have been assigned to their Osprey Week groups and will meet together for the first time on Wednesday of next week during Advisory period. Please refer to the Osprey Week letter sent out to all families this week for details about dates, fees, medical forms and more.

Juniors and their families are encouraged to attend the Junior College Night on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Commons. Our college counselor, Jess Adams, will share helpful information tailored to juniors about course selection for senior year, letters of recommendation, SAT/ACT testing, researching colleges and more.

On Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center, Steve Smith's students will display and welcome feedback on their conceptual designs and prototypes of educational exhibitions about watersheds at their Chemistry Exhibition. Steve's students have worked in partnership with Mountain Studies Institute and hope these exhibits might inspire the educational space that will be included as part of the Administration Building at the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility.

AHS Yearbooks are now on sale! Students enrolled in the Yearbook elective are working hard to create a professional, beautiful keepsake of the 2017-18 school year. Yearbooks cost $45, with the price rising to $50 after March 15. Pay at the Main Office or online through Infinite Campus. Community members and families are welcome to purchase Senior Pages at $25 for half-page or $50 for full-page. Contact to design a special tribute to your favorite graduate from the AHS Class of 2018.

Enjoy the weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events
See the 2017-18 School Calendar here


News from the Board of Directors

The AHS Board of Directors met this past week. Primary areas of discussion were:

Fundraising update from Ashley Hein, Development Director, who reported on the direct mail campaign she organized in December, update on the November Friend Raiser and Silent Auction and future fundraising and grant opportunities.

Budget Update from Christine Imming, Finance Director, who shared the difficulty in accurately forecasting and budgeting for future enrollment. Every year we approve a budget for the next year based on the number of students that was projected. If AHS misses the enrollment target than we have to adjust the budget to accommodate the actual enrollment and Per Pupil Funding.

Academics Update from Linda Fitts-Liberman. Sean confirmed that Ashley Carruth will continue as lead staff contact for Academic Goals portion of the Strategic Plan while she is on sabbatical spring semester, working on examining overlap of the Arc of the Osprey and the Strategic Plan Academic Goals and making sure one supports the other.

Board Right Sizing and Recruitment. We are recruiting board members to join the board over the summer and into the fall. If you are interested in learning more about joining the board please contact
If you're interested in learning more about what the AHS Board of Directors is working on please see the Board section of the AHS website or attend a Board Meeting!

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