April 29, 2016
Charles and his mural
Greetings Osprey Community,

Yet another space on campus is being beautified and improved this week.  Senior Charles Rhodes is creating a truly magnificent mural celebrating the positive cultural impact of hip hop as part of his Senior Project.  We love how his beautiful work brightens the walk between our lower parking lot and campus!

Please join us for  AHS at ABC Happy Hour next Monday from 5:30 to 7:00 at Animas Brewing Company,  an informal, fun gathering for AHS parents and families--hopefully outside on the porch to celebrate the spring and a great school year. Current Animas parents will be available to share their perspective about why AHS is a good fit for them and new/prospective families are certainly welcome!
Ospreys square dancing to the sweet sounds of the Six Dollar String Band at NEST Meeting this week, thanks to the Bluegrass in the Schools program
Speaking of opportunities for prospective families, we are hosting our final
AHS Information Session next Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:30 at AHS, and next Thursday is our last Shadow Day of the school year. There are still a few open spots for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th grade students for 2016-17; more information about enrollment here .

There are just a few available time slots for the AHS Escape Room, which will be open to the public Monday through Friday of next week at 5:00 and 6:30, and again at All School Exhibition on May 12. Come check out this ambitious interdisciplinary Geometry/Biology project that our sophomores have created--it's amazing! Sign up here.
senior Summer Brown's painting--one of many beautiful pieces that will be part of the Studio Art show at Homeslice
The AHS 2016-17 Course Cataolg has been shared with current students families and is now available online. Current students will register for 2016-17 classes next Wednesday during Advisory. We are excited to be able to offer such a wide range of new electives, including Psychology, Materials Science, Calculus 2, Consumer Math, Spanish 5, Development for the Performing Musician and more, thanks to our new daily schedule.

Next Wednesday, the AHS Board of Directors meets from 5:30 to 7:30 at AHS. All are welcome to attend. That same evening, join Britt Gordon's Studio Art students from 5:00 to 7:00 at Homeslice's North Main location for opening night of their art show, featuring live music from juniors Julianne Marqua and TJ Rifkin.

Finally, there are still tickets available for senior Nick Tarasewicz's show The Magic Behind the Magic at the Animas City Theatre this Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00. Read this recent article from the Durango Herald to learn more about Nick's love of magic and how is has led to a successful business and a recent college scholarship.

Many thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

See the 2016-17 School Calendar here

After Prom Committee Thanks Local Merchants!
science teacher Dave Heerschap and freshman Jimmy Yeager enjoying the prom
The Animas High School After Prom Committee would like to give our sincere thanks to the wonderful Durango area merchants who generously donated the food, gifts, merchandise and equipment that made our Prom and After Prom celebrations a terrific success.  Over 90 students enjoyed delicious food, henna tattoos, bouncy house, blackjack tournament, games and fantastic prizes until 2:00am. Organized After Prom events such as this help students create fun prom night memories in a safe manner.  We thank these businesses for helping make it all happen:

Purgatory, Durango Party Rental, River Bend Ranch, East by Southwest, Cuckoo's Chicken House, Nini's Taqueria, Chip Peddler, Dominos, City Market, J Bo's Pizza, Bread, Coca-Cola of Durango, Mild to Wild Rafting, Ski Barn, Animas Chocolate Co., The Boarding Haus, April's Garden, Trimble Hot Springs, VIP Nails, Karen Skelly Photography, Animas Auto Spa, Concrete Sk8 Shop, Henna Blessings, The World According to Mark, Dolce Boutique, Durango Coffee Company, Cowgirls Jewelry, Cream Bean Berry, Maria's Bookshop, Allen Movie Theatre, Hassle Free Sports, Thai Kitchen, 4Corners Riversports, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Gardenswartz Outdoors, RGP's Flame Grilled Wraps, 81301 Coffee House, Urban Market
Durango Community Rec Center, There's No Place Like Home, Maureen May at Studio & Rose Duds, Serious Texas Bar-B-Q, Rice Monkeys, Olde Tymers Cafe ,Ken & Sue's, The Pour House, Grassburger, Artesano's

Our students and families appreciate your generosity in supporting our After Prom.

Senior Project Spotlight: Britt Collins

Hello, my name is Brittan Collins and I am a senior at Animas High School. For my Take Action Project, I am trying to raise money so that I can purchase needed supplies for Manna Soup Kitchen which provides nourishing meals as well as a variety of supportive services to those who are in need. In order to help them in this pursuit, I will spend the money that is raised on materials that Manna Soup Kitchen needs the most. This includes general food items as well as personal care supplies. Manna Soup Kitchen is also in need of some tools for their garden which supplies produce to families in need. I encourage you all to donate to my GoFundMe which can be found here. All donations are greatly appreciated--many thanks to those who have already contributed a total of $665 towards my goal of $1000!
Senior Supper: Call for Parent Volunteers and Donations

Senior Supper, on Thursday, May 26, the evening before graduation, gives seniors and staff gather one last opportunity to appreciate one another before our graduates fly off. Parents of juniors organize the celebration for the seniors, and we are seeking donations from parents of seniors to help offset costs. You may donate through the AHS website here ; please indicate that your donation is for "Senior Supper."  Prefer to pay by check?  Write "Senior Supper" on the memo line and deliver to the office. Have more questions, please email Monika Glen (, Tracy Toner (, or Kay Tarasewicz ( ).

Junior parents: please sign up to help out! Volunteer opportunities include providing decorations and food items, helping with set up and clean up and serving food at the event. Please sign up here--graduation is just a month away!

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