February 23, 2018
juniors Sadie Vance, Sam Southworth, Abby Allsopp and Faith Mewmaw present their Humanities work exploring how we create meaning in life at Durango Chocolate Company
Greetings Osprey Community,

Due to last week's snow storm (finally--a bit of winter this winter!) the School Excellence Committee meeting has been rescheduled for next Monday from 4:30 to 6:00. All are welcome.

We will welcome the Durango Independent Film Festival to campus on Wednesday of next week. They will share their REEL Learning program with our community, including the beautiful short documentary film The Life of the Navajo, created by Animas sophomore Noelle John this fall for her Humanities class. We encourage you to all to go see Noelle's film, which is also being screened publicly three other times during the festival (full schedule here).

Please be sure to sign up for a time slot for Student-Led Conferences, which take place next Wednesday after school. As a reminder, SLCs are required for all 9th and 10th grade families, as well as for 11th grade students who have not yet confirmed their LINK Internship or who have below a C- in any class. For all the details and to access the signup links, please review the letter we sent home here.

Wednesday evening, senior Rollin Leavitt and juniors Charlie Stein and Acacia Bryson will represent youth voice at Durango Diaries: Legal Marijuana and Teenagers at the Powerhouse Science Center from 5:30 to 6:30. We are proud of the fact that our students were invited by The Durango Herald to participate in this important dialogue because they are seen as well-informed, articulate, thoughtful and community-minded. We hope to see many Osprey families in the audience, engaged in the community conversation about how the legalization of marijuana has shifted the landscape for teens and how we, as a adults, can help them navigate it.

We will send registration materials to all new and returning families next Thursday, March 1 and will ask that they are returned by March 15 in order to hold a spot for the 2018-19 school year. We anticipate going to lottery in at least one grade level and will communicate with newly enrolling families where they are on the wait list on March 1 as well. 
New families must complete the online Intent to Enroll form by February 28 to be placed in the enrollment lottery. Siblings of current students or alumni are guaranteed a spot as long as they complete Intent to Enroll by February 28 and complete registration materials by March 15. 

the AHS Solar Car team, Energy Odyssey, Jem Van Tyn, Joe Thomson, Henry Haggart, Kurt Pattison, Akos Varga, Grady James, Nick Glotfelty and Sean Holley; not pictured: Parker Smith and Simon Donaway
Please be sure that you have paid the fee in Infinite Campus for Osprey Week, which is coming up soon. Osprey Week groups will meet one last time during Advisory on Wednesday March 7 and group leaders will share itineraries then. All forms should already be submitted for students who require any medications while on Osprey Week, and we must receive medications no later than next Friday, March 9. Please refer to this letter for answers to any questions you might have.

The AHS Solar Car team, Energy Odyssey, is hard at work renovating and upgrading the solar car that Dylan Kroes and Domi Frideger, AHS class of 2016, built for their Senior Project. Their goal is to compete in the Solar Car Challenge, a race from Texas to California, this summer, putting their STEM knowledge to the ultimate test alongside teams from across the country. As you might imagine, getting a solar car race-ready not only requires ingenuity, science smarts and dedication, but also financial support. Please consider making your contribution here.

9th grader Rosie Gurnee's ibeautiful ndia ink work from Britt Gordon's Painting elective
Finally, if you're looking for something fun to do Saturday night this weekend, check out sophomore Jade Robbins performing at the Animas City Theatre as part of the Southwest Music Festival, a fundraiser for Stillwater Music, the fabulous local music education program that offers our Acapela elective here at AHS. Jade goes on at 8:15 and if you haven't heard her sing yet, we promise you won't be disappointed. Also on Saturday, Durango Nature Studies hosts the Backcountry Film Festival at the Durango Arts Center, and word on the street is that they'll showcase Animas student work from Sophomore Inspire Week. 

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

College and Career Corner

The Denver STEM College and Career Fair is a great opportunity for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math to learn more about college programs. It's free and open to the public and will take place at the University of Denver June 3. Register here.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are still seeking a few parent driver/chaperones to help with the next Career Exploration Day for 9th graders on March 14, 9:15 to 12:00. If interested, please contact Leigh Bright at

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