May 11, 2018
Spanish teacher Susy Raleigh holds her daughter, senior Grace Frideger, close while she can; Grace is bound for the University of Vermont in the fall
Greetings Osprey Community,

As juniors wrap up week two of LINK Internships we prepare to head into the final week of classes before students turn their attention to Transitional Presentations of LearningSenior Exit Interviews and Graduation. It's a busy time of year, with lots of special events and schedules to track; please refer to this letter, which went to students and families yesterday, for all the details. 

Thank you to all the students and families who made Teacher Appreciation Week so special at Animas this year! Between sophomores serving up smoothies, a massage chair in the main office and kind words written on classroom and office doors, our staff is definitely feeling the Osprey love.

Busy weeks mean it sometimes helps to take cooking off the list and we hope many of you will grab your friends and families and head to Grassburger next Wednesday, May 16 any time between 11:00am and 9:00pm to support AHS. Mention our school at the register, and Grassburger--owned and operated by Osprey parents Jess and Ed Kileen, whose son Perrin graduated in 2017--will donate 10% of the check to AHS. Support local business and Animas while eating sustainably-produced, healthy, delicious and inexpensive food!

sophomore Robbie Patla studying brain science though dissection in Summer Sanford's Biology class
Sophomores in Ally Johnson's Humanities classes present their Passion Project Showcase Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at Animas Chocolate Company in downtown Durango. Passion Projects serve as a warm up for Senior Project, where students identify an interest and dive deep for a month rather than a semester. Students will exhibit their work, including business plans, science projects, climate change solutions, service projects, podcasts, plays, novellas, photography portfolios, videos, skate park features and more. 

The AHS Board of Directors meets next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 at AHS. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

the CloudBusters, AHS's rocketry team, at the US Capitol in preparation for the Team America Rocketry Challenge
Come support our student musicians at the iAM Music Spring Student Fest Thursday, May 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 at Durango Roasters. Students in the Music Performance elective will showcase their talents alongside students who also work with the iAM Music faculty at Big Picture High School and the Liberty School. The iAM Music faculty will also hold a lunchtime concert at AHS next Friday to celebrate the end of another successful school year working with our students. We appreciate the partnerships we have with both iAM Music and Stillwater Music, whose faculty taught the A Cappella Vocal Ensemble class for us this year.

Our final exhibition of the year, Senior Project Exhibition, is next Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center. Seniors will present their take action projects, the culminating piece of their capstone projects at AHS, with projects ranging from maze experiments testing memory to kinetic art pieces to workshops about the evolution of feminism. Please join us as the class of 2018 presents their last Animas project work.

Finally, good luck to the CloudBusters, AHS' rocketry team, who launch early tomorrow morning at the Team America Rocketry Challenge in the Washington DC area . We're proud of their hard work and wishing them clear skies, well-operating motors, unbroken eggs and perfect elevation and times!

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