January 22, 2016
Greetings Osprey Community,

Next Wednesday, we hope to see many at you at one of two AHS events.  Students in Sara Price's Humanities classes present their Model UN Exhibition, 5:00-7:00pm at Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall rooms 125 and 130.  Assuming the roles of ambassadors from a variety of UN states, the students will attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict using parliamentary procedure and their knowledge of global politics--no small feat, indeed.  

9 to 5 actresses Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda: inspiration for our AHS Spellebration team
Meanwhile, over at the Henry Strater Theatre, AHS teachers Lori Fisher, Susy Raliegh and Torrey Baldwin will represent our school in the annual Snowdown Spellebration, competing against teams from other organizations and businesses in town in a spelling bee to raise money for Durango Adult Education Center.  We'd love to see a big crowd supporting the AHS team--who will, of course, be decked out in 80s costumes befitting their team name: "Working 8:30 to 3 (with summers off)."  Many thanks to local business The Payroll Department for generously sponsoring our Spellebration team.

senior Derek Pansze presents his artwork at the Spanish 3 exhibition at Sweet 11 Gallery
We have confirmed and scheduled standardized tests that will be administered in 9th through 11th grade this spring; please see this letter to families for the details.  

The PoWeR Career Fair that was originally scheduled for January 7 has been rescheduled for March 7.  All 9th and 10th grade students will travel to Fort Lewis College to participate.  As this is the first day of LINK internships for our juniors, we have decided to cancel the Beyond the Nest Conference for this year.  

beautiful work from Studio Art student senior Summer Brown
One of our Osprey families could use a little extra support right now. Sophomore Courtney Beeman's mother had a medical emergency last weekend and is in critical condition.  Courtney's friend, AHS sophomore Hannah Bissell, has started a GoFundMe page for folks to donate money to offset the Beeman family's medical expenses.  We will keep you posted as we learn of other ways to support this family.

Finally, please be aware that we have changed the date for the next Parent Advisory Committee metting; PAC will meet Tuesday, February 2 from 8:30 to 10:00am at Carvers.

As a reminder, Monday of next week is a Professional Development Day for our staff; no school for students.   Enjoy your long weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events  
  • View the 2015-16 AHS School Calendar here  

Ospreys Soaring: Ice Climber Liam Foster
by Hannah Langford

This past weekend, sophomore Liam Foster participated in the Ouray Ice Festival, where he  competed in the Elite mixed climbing competition as well as the Hari Berger speed climbing  competition. Mixed climbing is the art of using ice climbing tools to scale rock and ice. As the  youngest competitor in the history of the event, Liam competed with professional climbers from  as far as Japan, and climbed routes older than himself. Nevertheless, he placed 18th out of 33 in t he elite competition, and 19th out of 36 in speed climbing. Although he greatly enjoyed  competing, Liam highlights how much he appreciates the community and support of everyone.  Liam hopes to hear back any day now whether or not he will be able to compete next month in  Lillehammer, Norway, at the Youth Olympic Games. We look forward to seeing where Liam's  determination and skill take him next.

Osprey Week First Payment Due Next Week!
by Lyle Bryson

students in last year's Skateboarding Osprey Week
While the thrilling adventures of Osprey Week linger far off in the distance, the first fee payment deadline does not. The first 50% of the total fee for Osprey Week is due Friday, January 29.

Although families are welcome to submit the full Osprey Week fee amount at this time, at least the first 50% of the fee must be paid by this date. The easiest way to pay is to search "Online Payments" on the Animas High School website. Scroll to the bottom of his page until you find the "Osprey Week Fee" section. Fill in the required credentials, click "Add to Cart" then scroll to the bottom of the page and click "View Cart." Checkout from here is very simple, and you'll have submitted your Osprey Week fee in no time!

If you would like to make a physical payment, checks made out to Animas High School with a memo including the student's name and Osprey Week title can be given to Bridget at the front desk. Cash payments will also be accepted, but again, the organizers of Osprey Week ask that the student's name and Osprey Week title is clearly displayed on a letter/sticky note attached to the money.

The second half of the fee is not due until February 26.

Enrollment Season Is upon Us
by Oli Sakadinsky
student ambassadors preparing for Shadow Days and AHS Information Sessions

It's enrollment season! This means enrollment is now open for the 2016-2017 school year for next year's freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. To enroll online, go to the "Enrollment" tab on the Animas High School website, where you will find instructions, FAQs, and an online enrollment form.

With enrollment season, of course, come prospective students looking to check out the school. These students have the option of shadowing a student ambassador on Thursdays.

To schedule a shadow day, contact Bridget Stowers in the main office at (970) 247-2474 or at
[email protected].

The next AHS Information Session for prospective families is Tuesday, February 2, 5:30-6:30pm at the Powerhouse Science Center.  Please let your friends know!

Finally, tune in to 99X to hear a series of interviews and ads featuring our staff and students in the next several week.  Development Director Ashley Hein kicked the series off with this interview with DJ Cody Kopp this week.
College Corner

Seniors who would like assistance completing the FAFSA should attend one of the two following events.  Before attending, create a FSA ID and be sure to bring it to the session.  On Thursday January 28, Fort Lewis College's financial aid department is offering a FAFSA Night from 4-7pm in Room 30 of the Education-Business Hall.  This opportunity is not limited to those who will attend FLC.  Jess will also offer a FAFSA NIght on Thursday, February 11 from 5-8pm in the AHS Commons.  Please contact Jess for a full list of what you should bring. 

Order Your Yearbook Today!

The 2016 AHS Yearbook is available for pre-order at $40 through January 31.  The price will be $50 thereafter.  Please pay for yours with a check made out to Animas High School, which you can give to Bridget in the Main Office

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