March 9, 2018
senior Claire Leffler tests out the trapeze from Durango Aerial Arts and Acrobatics, which will offer a 4th quarter XBlock class starting next Wednesday
Greetings Osprey Community,

All families must complete the Online Registration Form by next Thursday, March 15 to reserve a spot for 2018-19; please email [email protected] to have the registration information resent to you.  We have several students on the waitlist for the class of 2020 and will begin offering them spots next Thursday if we haven't heard back from current sophomores. The strong interest from families in our community is testimony to the strength of our academic program and positive school culture and we are grateful to all the families who entrust us with the education of their children!

We would like to invite families to join us for an Osprey Family Meeting about School Safety Preparedness next Monday. Stop by school at 8:30 or 5:00 to learn more from Sean about the measures we have taken as a school to ensure the safety of our students. It was great to see so many families represented at our Osprey Family Meeting early this week, where the conversation was about expecting excellence and school culture. There are so many ways for parents to be involved at AHS, and our school is stronger when parents are part of our team. Next week, t he School Excellence Committee meets Monday 4:30-6:00, the Wellness Committee meets Monday 5:30-6:30 and the AHS Board of Directors meets Wednesday 5:30-7:30.  All meetings are on campus and open to the public.

Animas Restorative Team member Emma Poitras facilitates a workshop with 7th graders at Escalante Middle School
Ninth graders will head out to meet with professionals in the community in the fields of Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources for their monthly Career Exploration Day next Wednesday morning. We are seeking additional parent drivers for this day; please sign up here if you are available to drive and chaperone from 9:30 to noon.

Seniors have completed their Senior Theses, college-level papers that are the first part of Senior Project, and are now preparing to defend them through TED-style Talks, which begin next Thursday and continue through April 9. Please have a look at the complete list of research questions and schedule for TED Talks here. The class of 2018 is exploring a truly diverse and intriguing array of real world questions including Does the lack of female mentors in engineering affect the gender gap in the field? What are the most promising treatment options for patients with Alzheimer's disease? What are the potential future roles of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies in the economy? and What are the most effective agriculture techniques farmers in Southwest Colorado are using to handle current drought? TED talks are an excellent opportunity for community members to see how much our students grow in terms of critical thinking, presentation skills, confidence and academic passion over the course of their four years with us and we encourage everyone to pick a few to attend. As Osprey parent Mac Thomson put it in his recent letter to the editor in the Durango Herald, "Project-based learning teaches kids how to solve problems, how to learn and instills a love of learning." Senior Project showcases all this and more, and we're proud of our seniors for engaging so deeply in their learning.

happy birthday Stephen Sellers!
The AHS Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 8:00 to 11:00pm at the Powerhouse Science Center and tickets, which are $35 each, will go on sale next Monday in the main office. Osprey parent Marla Stills is taking the lead once again in organizing After Prom to provide students with a drug-free, alcohol-free place to keep the prom night fun going until the wee hours. After Prom is included in the prom ticket price and will feature games, food and prizes at the Boys & Girls Club from 11:30pm to 2:00am. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, teen traffic fatalities are higher during prom season weekends than any other time of the year. Chaperoned after prom parties provide a place for students to gather together without the drinking and driving associated with late-night private parties. Parent volunteers are needed to collect prize donations, food donations, set up, chaperone and clean up. Please sign up here to help!

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

Look who Jess ran into up at Willamette University in Oregon this week! In addition to visiting with Skylar Smith, AHS Class of 2017, our college counselor has been learning more about the schools in the Northwest Five Consortium so that she is better prepared to help Ospreys determine which might be a good fit for them. Jess reports that Skylar is loving Willamette!

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