August 12, 2022
9th grade Biology and Math teachers Mike Bienkowski and Lauren Lucky
11th grade Precalculus teacher John Grotenhuis
9th grade Humanities teacher Cameron Elder and 11th grade Chemistry teacher Steve Smith
Greetings Ospreys,

It's really exciting to feel the ideas and inspiration flowing at the Nest this week as our faculty has been digging into Project-Based Learning Design Camp with trainers Kali Frederick and Nuvia Ruland from High Tech High Graduate School of Education.

New and experienced teachers are working side-by-side to design transformational projects, explore community partnerships, envision creative exhibitions of learning and recommit to our model. We're so grateful to have this creative, generative, energizing time with Kali and Nuvia from High Tech High, the school in San Diego that our founders turned to originally for inspiration when writing AHS' charter.

Of course, our time designing projects involved student feedback, too, since their perspective it so critical. At the conclusion of the week, junior Jo Downing, who attended the project design exhibition, shared how grateful she was to be in such an accepting learning community where student voice is valued and teachers continue to learn and grow. We couldn't agree more!
9th Grade Seats Open
A couple of families have moved away from the area and we now have 2 open 9th grade seats for fall enrollment. With our move to our new campus later this school year, this is a great time to make the move to AHS. Complete the Intent to Enroll Form to begin the process of registering for the 22/23 school year. We have waitlists for 10th and 11th grade. Please spread the word!

Meal Service
The federal universal free lunch program has ended and we will return to charging for meals at AHS this fall. All AHS families should complete the application for Free/Reduced Lunch even if they believe they will not qualify. This helps us with having accurate data for reporting, which impacts our school budget. To complete the application, login to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal, select "More" and then select "Meal Benefits." Paper copies of the application are available in the main office. For help logging in to IC, email We support families who qualify for free lunch in a variety of ways including course fee waivers, college application fee waivers and more.
Meal service will begin on Wednesday, August 24. We partner with local restaurants to provide catered lunch every day of the week. For the 2022/23 school year, lunches will be as follows, with specific menu items coming soon:

We will show students how to order lunch on the AHS website during Student Orientation as part of the Welcome to Tech at AHS presentation. This is also when students will learn how to login to their IC student portals.

  • Students must be signed into their AHS Google account to order lunch
  • Orders must be made by noon the day before (i.e. by 12pm Monday for Tuesday lunch)
  • To cancel a lunch order please contact Bridget in the main office
  • Prepayment for meals is required when students do not qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
  • Families are expected to preload student accounts on IC and are responsible for paying for all meals that students purchase
  • Preload your student's account through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal using your credit or debit card

Grab-and-go breakfast, which does not need to be preordered, will be available daily for $2.50 in the main office.

Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the 9R School District, AHS students are able to ride all routes of the 9R buses to Durango High School in the morning, where they can then transfer to the Hub Bus that delivers them to AHS. The Hub Bus leaves DHS and arrives at AHS so that our students are on time for their 1st period classes. Students may also board the Hub Bus at DHS without taking a route bus beforehand. In the afternoons, the Hub Bus will leave AHS after school to transport students to DHS; students may then board another 9R bus to return home.

The Hub Bus is NOT available Monday afternoons since 9R schools have early release while AHS does not. Please be aware that on the days when 9R is not in session, neither the 9R route buses or the Hub Bus will be available.

Visit the Durango 9R Transportation webpage to learn more and to register your student. Families must re-register students each school year by completing the online Registration Form.

Parking is provided on campus for students who drive, with limited spots in the upper lot for seniors only on a first-come first-serve basis.
Student Orientation and Week One Schedule
Monday 8/22
  • 9th grade: student orientation at AHS 8:25am-3:30pm
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grade transfers: optional open house; visit campus to meet teachers, get a quick tour, check on schedules, etc. 9am-3pm
  • returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade: no school

Tuesday 8/23
  • 9th grade: student orientation at AHS 8:25am-3:30pm
  • 10th grade: student orientation at Lake Nighthorse (more details coming next week) 8:25-3:30
  • 11th grade: student orientation on Animas River (more details coming next week) 8:25-3:30
  • 12th grade: Senior Sunrise; meet at ABC trailhead at the corner of East 10th Street and East 6th Avenue at 6:45am for a short hike up to the FLC campus followed by breakfast together; done by 9am

Wednesday 8/24
  • all students: grade-level core classes in the morning, student orientation activities at AHS in the afternoon 8:25-3:30

Thursday 8/25
  • all students: first full day of regular classes including electives (see daily schedule)

Student Health Information
Please be sure to get important medical information our way before the first day of school so that we can take good care of our learners! For information about immunizations, medical forms and medications, please see last week's News from the Nest.

School Supplies and Laptop Computers
We do not distribute school supply lists before school begins as individual teachers will communicate during the first week of classes about what supplies students will need. When it's time, please consider school supply shopping at the Durango Office Depot; when you mention Animas High School at the register, they will make a donation to our school. You can also support AHS by using the AmazonSmile program. Visit and select Animas High School as your charitable organization; every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation to AHS.

Each student at Animas High School is required to have a laptop computer. Students who do not own a laptop can borrow one for the year from AHS through our laptop loaner program. We also have daily laptop loaners available for students to borrow on days when their computer is not working. For annual loaners, we require a $150 security deposit, which will be refunded when the laptop is returned in satisfactory condition. We ask families for whom this creates an economic hardship to reach out to us so we can find a way to help. You can find the Yearly Loaner Laptop Agreement on the AHS website under the Our Families > Forms tab. Once the form is completed, we will add a $150 deposit fee to your family's Infinite Campus account. Students will receive annual loaner laptops once we have received the deposit, which will be fully refunded at the end of the year provided the laptop is returned in good working order.

Student Schedules
Student schedules for the 22/23 school year are now visible in Infinite Campus for all students who have completed Course Requests. To view schedules, login to IC and click "Schedule." If a student schedule is empty or incomplete please be sure to follow the directions linked below or email Maureen Truax at for support. Read more details in last week's News from the Nest.
21/22 Yearbooks
Students who ordered yearbooks last year can come pick them up anytime during regular school hours. We also have extras available for $30 each.

We hope that Ospreys are enjoying this final stretch of the summer break and feeling ready to come on back to the Nest. We can't wait to see our students! Have a good weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming Events

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 8/18, 5:30pm via

Student Orientation (9th grade; optional for transfer students): Mon. 8/22

Senior Sunrise (12th grade): Tues. 8/23, 6:45am at ABC Trailhead

Student Orientation (9th, 10th and 11th grade): Tues. 8/23

Classes Begin (all grades): Wed. 8/24

NEST Meeting and Student Activity Fair: Wed. 9/1

Labor Day Holiday (no classes): Mon. 9/5

XBlock Classes Begin: Wed. 9/7

Family Orientation: Wed. 9/7, 5:30pm

Osprey Back-to-School Social: Fri. 9/23, 5:30pm
Animas High School prepares all students for college and postsecondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. We accomplish this through:
Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
Strong student-faculty relationships, where students are well known.
Engaging learning, where students see the relevance in their education