A key value for us as a school is ensuring that what students learn at AHS is
relevant to their lives and
connected to the adult world. This week, our campus was filled with visitors bringing these values to life, including Fort Lewis College Biology professor Steven Fenster, international social justice activist Kathy Kelly, educators from the Responsible Sex Ed Institute, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Lee Parker, State Representative J. Paul Brown, local journalist David Holub, members of the Colorado Democracy Challenge and several Osprey parents who graciously served as panelists expressing both conservative and liberal viewpoints. We are so grateful for these folks coming in to share their expertise and experiences with our students; it expands our curriculum in important ways.
Next week, students will continue connecting their work to our community, with juniors heading to Fort Lewis College on Monday for the
Real History of the Americas
celebration on Indigenous Peoples' Day to enrich their study of US History in Humanities, and our sophomores working alongside
Powerhouse Science Center
to do ecology fieldwork and trail work at Horse Gulch on Tuesday and Wednesday for Biology class.
||Arava, Janae, Heather, Sara and Libby in their fall colors
On Tuesday evening next week, we will host an
Osprey Parent Talk
from 5:00 to 6:00 in the AHS Commons. School counselor Arava Geva, Spanish teacher Susy Raleigh and Lauren Patterson from
Celebrating Healthy Communities
will lead a conversation about strategies for talking with teens about high-risk behaviors, including drug and alcohol use. They will share data from the
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey,
which our students took last year, as a way to examine student perception and behavior. Please join in the conversation!
Next Thursday evening from 5:00 to 6:00, all families are welcome to join our IT Director, Dusty Grannis in the AHS Commons to learn more about a
trip to the Galapagos Islands
that he'll offer June 2 through 12 with the travel company
. Students from Mountain Middle School will be traveling the same itinerary, same dates with MMS Instructional Leader Angela Crossland. Interested but unable to attend the info session? Contact Dusty directly at
. The deadline to sign up for our other international travel option for the year, Kyle Edmondson's trip to Thailand during Osprey Week and Spring Break, is Friday, October 21. Want to learn more about that opportunity? Email
Looking ahead a week, all juniors will take the
on Wednesday morning, October 19 here at school, free of charge. Scores on this exam are used to determine qualification for
National Merit Scholarships
. We will welcome all families to campus that same afternoon for
(SLCs). Please refer to
, sent out earlier in the week, to learn more about what to expect and SLCs and how to sign up for a time slot.
Finally, we're wishing the AHS Mountain Biking Team good luck at their fourth race of the season this weekend in Nathrop. The
Ospreys are second in their division
heading into the race, with State Championships right around the corner, thanks to great coaching from AHS teachers Ashley Carruth and Tina Hott, plus the whole Durango DEVO crew.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!