September 11, 2015
Animas and Silverton students discuss the Gold King Mine spill and ideas for handling waste
Greetings Osprey Community,

Several of our students spent the day in Silverton yesterday, doing field work to enrich current projects in 11th grade Humanities, Chemistry and Geology.  Highlights included a conversation with students from the Silverton School exploring the pros and cons of Superfund status in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, gathering water samples from Cement Creek and the Animas River and touring the Old One Hundred Mine with a gentleman who knows mining from the inside out.  We love how the flexibility to design curriculum that is responsive to real-time events in our specific geographical and historical context helps our teachers create authentic, relevant learning opportunities like this, and it's inspiring to watch the young adults in our school ask compelling questions and generate creative, collaborative solutions.

new Board Member Mary Polino
You may have seen an article in yesterday's Durango Herald that described updates on our evolving plans for a permanent facility as well as our enrollment, as discussed in this week's AHS Board Meeting.  If you missed it, have a read here and please know that you are welcome to reach out to  AHS Board Members at any time with questions, concerns or ideas.  We'd like to welcome Mary Polino to the Board.  Mary is co-founder of the Durango Montessori Elementary School, where she currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Staff Development and she is also an AHS parent.

senior Sonya McGuire engaged in some serious hands-on learning at the Old One Hundred Mine
As we settle into our academic year, we want to be sure that all students have the resources they need to be successful.  Please know that if the $100 deposit for a yearly loaner laptop presents a challenge for you financially, we can find a way to help.  Talk to our IT Director Dusty Grannis, or any adult on campus and we'll find a way forward that works for everyone.

impromptu Osprey jam session at lunch today
On Monday of next week, our staff will meet for the first of five Professional Development Days throughout the year, and there will therefore be no school for students.  PD Days provide critical time and space for our teachers to collaborate and refine our program as we reflect on research and best practices, provide peer coaching and plan for key events.  

Wednesday of next week, we will welcome Colorado Humanities Chautauqua performer Becky Stone, who makes history come alive through her portrayal of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, to our all-community PEAK Meeting.  

Please plan to join us next Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at Rotary Park for our All School Picnic, where we'll have live music and magic, performed by some of our talented students.  It's potluck style, and we're asking families with last name A-F to please bring an appetizer, G-S a salad or main dish and T-Z dessert.

Enjoy another long weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events  
View the 2015-16 AHS School Calendar here  

College Corner

There is still time for juniors to sign up for the Fort Lewis College Day on Monday, September 21st.  This is a great opportunity to explore what a small four-year liberal arts school is like.  Even if FLC is not your college of choice, visiting it will help clarify what you want from your college experience.  Interested in going? See Jess or sign up on the door of the counseling office.

Jess will offer an optional College Workshop for seniors next Wednesday during 7th period in the Commons. The focus will be on researching colleges, navigating admission deadlines and creating a timeline for getting those applications in.

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