April 24, 2015
Greetings Osprey Community,

Sam Duncan, winning the Poetry Slam in style!
Congratulations to junior Samantha Duncan, who took first place at the High School Poetry Slam Wednesday night!  Sophomores Mikayla Wright and Dylan Williamson also did an excellent job representing the Ospreys, finishing in the top ten.

We're wishing our Ospreys a safe and fun Prom and After-Prom Party this Saturday evening.  Many, many thanks to the students and parents who have worked tirelessly to organize these events, which are bound to be fantastic!

Next Tuesday evening, Steve Smith's Honors Chemistry students will exhibit from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center.  Please join them as they share their individual projects, which  range from acid mine drainage remediation alternatives to a chemistry magic show.  Also on Tuesday, the AHS Board Meeting will take place at 5:30 in the AHS Commons.  As shared in the letter from the Head of School Search Committee, which went out to families yesterday, there will be an opportunity at this meeting for public participation so those who wish to share perspectives on the Head of School candidates may do so.  All are welcome to attend.

Juniors up at Fort Lewis College last Friday
Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00,
please join us for the All-School Math Exhibition on campus, when we'll celebrate student learning across all Animas math classes (save Statistics) through a variety of engaging activities including a Socratic seminar and hands-on, inquiry-based problem solving with audience participation.  Again, all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Kyle Edmonson's Statistics students will exhibit their work on Thursday evening at school at a forum they're calling "Beyond Standardization: Accountability in a Project-Based Model." The students have been exploring the complex issues surrounding assessment and accountability, with a particular attention to the role standardized tests play.  We invite you to read the summary of their project work here, and plan to join in the conversation next Thursday at 5:30 in the AHS Commons.

It's a busy week in store for us at the Nest next week, but the students who are participating in Relay for Life, which raises money to fight cancer, are squeezing in a bake sale on Thursday.  Kudos to sophomore Hailey Redding and her crew for making time for community-oriented service in the midst of the final weeks of school, when academics can be particularly demanding of time and attention.  

Thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events  
View the 2015-16 AHS School Calendar here

Community Opportunities 


The 20th Annual Children's Water Festival will be Wednesday May 6th at Fort Lewis College. To help make this event the success that it is, guides are needed to lead more than 700 regional fifth-grade students and their classes to various water-related stations on campus. In exchange for this valuable and FUN service a continental breakfast will be provided, a Water Festival t-shirt, gourmet lunch, as well as a keepsake water bottle and bag. Guides will need to meet at 7:30 am sharp at the FLC Student Union Ballroom and will likely be finished sometime between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. If you can help, please contact Denise Rue-Pastin with the Water Information Program at (970) 247-1302 or


Humanities teacher Matt Dooley is offering a  Writing and Wilderness program this summer for Animas students, from July 6-10th, on the Colorado Trail. Students will receive personalized writing instruction that will help them thrive in their Humanities classes next year as they hike and explore the wilderness and themselves.   The trip is fully funded, and there is no charge to participate.  Rental gear (backpacks, boots if needed, etc.) will be provided through our association with a local outfitter. Matt will be co-leading the course with his brother Chris, who holds a Master's in Education and has taught high school in Minneapolis and Massachusetts.  Enrollment is capped at 6 students, so please email Matt ( to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  

Ashley Carruth's San Juan Mountain SOLES summer backpacking trip for 9th-12th grade girls will run from June 19th through 25th, and the deadline to apply is next Friday, May 1st.   Check out the promotional video to learn more abut this cool summer opportunity!


Osprey Appreciations


Many thanks to parent Michelle Wiley for donating a new microwave!  We could still use one or two more for our Commons if anyone else would like to make a donation.


Biology teacher Colleen Dunning is seeking an adult-sized bicycle, stationary or otherwise, in relatively good working condition.  The bike will be used to build a human-powered honey extractor, which we'll use in the fall when we harvest our first batch of Osprey honey. 

Enrollment for 2015-16

 There are still a small handful of open seats for enrollment in the 2015-16 school year for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  Returning Ospreys must complete and return registration packets by Friday, May 1st, to hold your spot.

Questions? Contact AHS Registrar Maureen Truax at (970) 247-2474 x2307.

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