April 10, 2015
Greetings Osprey Community,

Geology camping trip to Utah earlier this week
It's a busy and exciting time for students and teachers alike, with just six weeks until graduation.  Seniors are deep into their Senior Projects, developing college-level research papers and TED-talks for the community on individually-slected topics ranging the global impact of child marriage to the rising cost of higher education.  They are finalizing decisions about plans for next year, weighing options about which college is the best fit.  Thanks to amazing support from Kim, they have, as a class, earned over $3,000,000 in scholarships (!)--a truly staggering number.  As hard as it is to do, we're loosening our hold on them, getting ready to watch them fly.

Seniors looking to the great expanse ahead of them, camping at Canyonlands with Dave and Hannah
Spring brings opportunities for the Ospreys to celebrate in style.  The AHS Prom will be on Saturday, April 25th at the DoubleTree Hotel; juniors and seniors can purchase tickets from Laurel at the front desk with cash (exact change, please!) or check.  Osprey parents Marla Stills and Sue Lawton are taking the lead on organizing an after-prom party at the Rec Center; read more below about ways you can help make that event a success.

Another exciting aspect of spring is our Bonanza process, where we invite teaching candidates to join us on campus for a full day.  Getting input from many perspectives is important to this process, and it helps ensure that we're finding top quality educators who fully embrace our unique culture and mission.  The Head of School candidates will have all Bonanzaed by the end of today ( join us tonight from 7-8pm in the AHS Commons for the community forum with our final candidate!), and next week, we'll begin welcoming candidates for teaching positions.  While it's always sad to say good-bye to those who are moving on to other adventures, we are honored and humbled by the quality of applicants we're seeing and excited about what our new staff members will contribute to our school next year.

Our fabulous 9th grade teachers, on the Field Trip to Fort Lewis College last week
The AHS Board Meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has been postponed until April 28th.  Osprey parent Jane Katz is serving as the PAC Representative to the Board, and is happy to hear bring questions and concerns from the parent perspective.  You can contact her at  As a reminder, the AHS Board is looking for solid participation in the annual Parent Survey as a way to stay abreast of how we're doing as a school.  If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so now.  You can access the Parent Survey here.

Finally, a quick plea to our families to avoid using Wildcat Canyon Liquor's parking lot for student drop offs or pick ups for safety reasons.

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

Osprey After-Prom--Help Us Create Memories! 


The Prom Committee needs your help to create a special, memorable and safe evening for our Juniors and Seniors!  The student committee has planned a wonderful prom on Saturday, April 25th.  These students would love to keep the party going at "Osprey After Prom" - an alcohol-free, drug-free, chaperoned event.  Please help us create wonderful memories for our students!  Junior & Senior Parents - Your kids will thank you!  Freshman and Sophomore parents - Pay it forward - help with After Prom now and future incoming parents will volunteer when your student attends prom!


Volunteer Roles:

  • Planning volunteers - help us plan and organize activities for the event  
  • Set up volunteers -  time TBA 
  • Clean up volunteers -  approx. 1:45am
  • Blackjack/poker dealers  - 11:15pm - 2:00am
  • Chaperones / Floaters to help with activities and food - 11:15pm - 2:00am


We are in need of prizes, gift cards, merchandise and donations of party goods.  Three ways to help:

  1. Please consider making a donation on the Animas Website right this minute through our website!! Make sure to put AFTER PROM in the "Reason for Payment" line.  
  2. Prefer to write a check?  Write AFTER PROM on the memo line and deliver to the office or use our 100% Free Check Pick-Up Service by emailing Marla Stills or Sue Lawton at the links below.  
  3. Prefer to purchase gift cards, prizes or party goods and decorations?  Please contact Marla or Sue at the links below.

Thanks for helping us create a fun and safe night our kids will always remember!


Marla Stills - 

Sue Lawton -


Contact Us
Phone: (970) 247-2474
Fax: (970) 247-2483

Community Opportunities


Calling all current 10th-12th grade girls interested in developing wilderness navigation and leadership skills! Ashley Carruth is co-creating SOLES, and will be offering a seven-day backpacking trip this summer in the San Juan Mountains.  


Trip Dates: June 19th-25th

Trip Cost: $600 (scholarships up to $500 available)


For more information, visit  San Juan Mountain SOLES or email Ashley directly at

Enrollment for 2015-16

 There are still a small handful of open seats for enrollment in the 2015-16 school year for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th graders.  All current students will receive re-registration materials later this month.

Questions? Contact AHS Registrar Maureen Truax at (970) 247-2474 x2307.

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