March 20, 2015
Senior Emily Weiser pitches her ideas for developing a strong local economy at the True Wealth Exhibition on Tuesday
Greetings Osprey Community,

As we head into Spring Break with the realization that the end of the year will come quickly, we want to pause to appreciate the growth we're seeing in our students and the way that they continue to impress us daily.  Being an Osprey isn't always easy, but we work hard to support our students and we love seeing them persevere and thrive in an environment where rigorous academics and genuine responsibilities combine to create an education that matters.  

Charles and wolfdog Trinity
We look forward to welcoming our juniors back into the fold after the break, fresh off their three-week long LINK Internships.  Please plan to attend the LINK Exhibition on Thursday, April 2nd at Fort Lewis College from 5:00 to 7:00pm to hear tales of their diverse, impactful travels, experiences and adventures.  This week,  The Durango Herald highlighted both  Charles Rohde 's internship at WolfWood Refuge and Noah Hotchkiss ' work with Adaptive Sports Association.  

Noah getting ready to shred on his monoski, working with ASA on his LINK internship/photo by Shaun Stanley, Durango Herald
Noah just learned, while on his internship, that he's been awarded a $10,000 grant to develop a project to connect more disabled Native Americans to the athletic pursuits he loves.  Noah will travel to Washington DC in April along with his LINK Mentor, Anne Marie Meighan, for the Dreamstarter Academy, where he'll get training in organizing, marketing and implementing projects.  This trip will build the skills he'll need to develop a series of basketball camps for Native Americans with disabilities in the Four Corners this summer.  What a truly outstanding example of taking the core lessons of LINK beyond the scope of these three weeks in March and finding a way to use what he's learned in service of others while using the habits of Advocacy and Perspective to make learning authentic and relevant. Way to go, Noah!

We hope you all have a restful,  rejuvenating  break.  Thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

Ospreys Soaring

Our Ambassadors leant a helping hand in the community this week, getting everything set up for the Soup for the Soul fundraiser for the Mercy Health Foundation.  Nice job reaching out through this service project, Ambassadors!

And hats off to the class of 2015, who have already collectively been awarded $2,707,750 in scholarships to support their college education.  Wow!  Many thanks to our amazing college counselor Kim Coufal for helping the seniors navigate their way through this process.


Community Opportunities

The Veteran's Homestead Project, a local nonprofit founded by senior Araaa Aquarian's mother and step-father, is dedicated to providing veterans with rehabilitation through community agriculture.  They will be railing off a whole hog (live!) raised by a combat veteran as a fundraiser.  VHP is seeking volunteer help selling raffle tickets at the Home & Ranch Show in Durango on April 25-26.  Please contact Edit Aquarian at [email protected] if you would like to help--or see Araaa if you would like to purchase a ticket to support the work of this organization!

Over the break, join Osprey parent  and La Plata Youth Services counselor Jennifer Turner (mom to junior Nicolas Turco) at a free screening of the documentary The Homestretch at the Durango Public Library on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:45.  The Homestretch profiles three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future.  Join the dialogue to hear how this issue plays out in our own community, and be part of the solution for creating more resources to help at-risk teens in the Four Corners.


Enrollment for 2015-16

 We are still open for enrollment for the 2015-16 school year for a limited number of seats for incoming 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

 All students who completed an intent to enroll form by March 12th have been guaranteed a spot for next year.

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

Got Coffee?

Good news coffee lovers!

For those of you who missed the Desert Sun Coffee fundraiser, or those who wish they ordered more bags, we've got you covered. Contact Ashley Hein to order. All varieties, with the exception of decaf, are available.


Osprey Appreciations

 What an improvement!  Many, many thanks to Nathan Zick (father to Dawson, class of 2016) for bringing his crew by last weekend to lay down gravel on our walking path from the lower lot to school.  Nathan volunteered his time and resources to this task, creating a safer, less muddy path for our students and we are so appreciative of his unsolicited kindness and generosity!


We offer our Osprey appreciation to the Durango Friends of the Arts, who recently donated $1,000 to support art programming at AHS.  Thank you, also, to rock star teacher  Roxy McKnight for the truly incredible work she puts in above and beyond teaching her classes, including applying for this grant, which we've received for the past four years. 

Finally, our heartfelt thanks to the parents who have donated food for our students and gently used graduation gowns for our seniors!  We can use more of each.  Students particularly appreciate quick lunch options for days when they've forgotten to bring food, such as microwavable ramen, ravioli mac and cheese and Indian food.

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