January 27, 2017
sophomores Garnet Smith and Jimmy Yeager deliberate whether the British colonial government was accountable for the protagonist's death in China Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart while Humanities teacher Ally Johnson proudly looks on--photo by Jerry McBride of the Durango Herald
Greetings Osprey Community,

Students who are interested in studying art in college are invited to join admissions representatives from Santa Fe University of Art and Design next Monday during lunch in Roxy's classroom.  Our guests will discuss the variety of art majors available at colleges and how to develop a portfolio for college admission.

The AHS Student Council is co-sponsoring a friendly competition with Durango High School's Student Council to see which school can collect the most food per capita next week to donate to our community's individuals and families in need.  Let's show some Osprey spirit!  Gather up cans and non-perishable food items and bring them by the main office Monday through Friday of next week.  We may be a small school, but our hearts are big and we can certainly take on this challenge!

junior Kai Henriksen testing the chemical make-up of food at Fort Lewis College in today's Chemistry lab
Next Wednesday we will welcome community members who are using restorative justice practices in their work to speak with our school during a NEST Meeting sponsored by the Animas Restorative Team.  District Attorney Christian Champaign, County Judge Martha Minot, Miller Middle School Principal Cito Nuhn, La Plata Youth Services educators Dillon Walls and Scott Smith and Osprey parent/probation office Tina Beekman have all volunteered to serve as panelists as we discuss what restorative justice is, how it works in schools and communities and how we're using it at AHS.  Parents are welcome to attend; the panel will run twice, once from 12:20 to 1:00 and again from 1:05 to 1:45 in the Commons.  We are grateful for the students in the Animas Restorative Team and their ongoing work facilitating restorative circles as a way to uphold our Culture of Excellence, and so appreciative of the community support for this program in our school.

Biology teacher Tina Hott sporting her School Choice Week scarf
On Wednesday evening, please join us at the Henry Strater Theatre from 5:30 to 7:30, where we'll be cheering on the AHS team at the  Snowdown Spellebration.  Humanities teacher Lori Fisher, Spanish teacher Susy Raleigh and Math teacher Aliza Cruz will compete against nine other teams in an intergalactic-themed spelling bee, all in the name of raising money for the Durango Adult Education Center.  It's a family-friendly Snowdown event for a good cause--come root for our team!

Sophomores in Matt Dooley's Humanities classes partnered with the Colorado Humanities Writers in the Schools program this year, working alongside local writer and DGO editor David Halub to craft poems, essays and stories of the American West.  Their work has been published in an anthology called  The World Articulates Itself .  Join them Thursday afternoon from 12:45 to 1:30 for a book launch exhibition at AHS, complete with student readings.

Finally, three of the couches in our Commons have reached the end of their couch life and are ready to be hauled off to the dump.  If you have a truck and a little free time , we certainly would appreciate your help.  Please contact Bridget Stowers at or (970) 247-2474.

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