December 7, 2018
Britt Autry, Marina Diaz, Sophia Flannery, Adrian Griffith and August Gates at the Mask Exhibition
Dear Osprey Community,

Thank you to all who played a role in making the 9th and 11th grade Humanities Exhibitions successful this past week. The stakes can be high for students when they present their work to authentic audiences, and we appreciate the supportive, constructive feedback they receive from those who attend. 

This coming Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Powerhouse Science Center, the Junior Humanities and Chemistry Exhibition will showcase work from Sara Price's Humanities classes alongside work from Steve Smith's Chemistry classes. In Sara's classes, students have studied the history of labor issues in the U.S. They will share podcasts they've created exploring a variety of contemporary issues connected to work in our modern society. Learn more and get a sneak peak of the podcasts here. For Chemistry, students have completed individual projects applying their understanding of chemistry to questions of their own choosing relating to materials science, trash and recycling. 

The Marketing and Communication Committee meets next Monday morning at 8:30 and the School Excellence Committee meets Thursday at 4:30. Both meetings are open to the public; view agendas and minutes here.

juniors Zac Larson, Anika Shideler, Jackson Vaughn, Logan Zick and Noelle John model nonviolent communication skills while discussing divisive political issues
Next week is the final week of classes for first semester, and students will soon be preparing for Presentations of Learning with supported time from their grade-level teaching team. As a reminder, POLs are scheduled individually with teachers at school, rather than through an online signup with parents. Please be sure to communicate at home about your student's schedule for the week after next, as it will vary depending upon when he or she is presenting and paneling for others. For more details about POL formats, expectations and schedules, please refer to this letter we sent out to families earlier this week.

Looking ahead to second semester, students received the online signup for third quarter XBlock classes today via email. We will create class rosters before the break so that students know which XBlock to attend starting Wednesday, January 9. Please discuss options at home so that your student signs up for a class that works for everyone. You can see descriptions of third quarter XBlock classes here.

Student Council members Ethan Holst, Alma Wolf, Wyllow Hildner and Greta Cahill reminding Ospreys to bring donations for Project Merry Christmas
As a reminder, fees for Osprey Week have been entered into Infinite Campus and 50% of the fee is due by next Wednesday, December 12. Please pay by cash or check to the main office or via IC. 

Student Council is hosting a Holiday Party for AHS students next Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 at school, complete with cookie decorating, a screening of the film Elf and wrapping gifts for the Durango family we have adopted through Project Merry Christmas.  Please consider contributing to our family, which consists of a toddler, a nine-year old, two teens, a mom and dad. We are collecting food donations and gifts through next Friday; please refer to the list of items we are hoping to present to the family here. All items should be new. We hope to support this local family in need by delivering all the items on their list to them the week after next. 

Finally, many thanks to all who participated in the Desert Sun Coffee Holiday Fundraiser! We will deliver coffee to students next Wednesday in advisory so that they can distribute it to those who made purchases. 

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Seeking Community Input in Designing Our Permanent Campus and Facility

Please join us on Wednesday December 19th for a Community Design Input Meeting at R Space, 726 E 2nd Avenue, from 6:00 to 8:00pm to explore possibilities for the location, orientation and organization of our future campus in Twin Buttes.

Eric Grebliunas from Humphries Poli Architects will lead stakeholder groups of students, staff, parents, community members and board through two exciting hands-on activities that will help us identify priorities and creative solutions for the location and layout of our future campus.

All are welcome, so even if you haven't been part of the design process prior to now or can only stay for part of the evening please join us. Your input is valued and we hope to see you there! .

Opportunity to Support Senior Humanities Project
a group of seniors at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit this week with AHS school counselor Erin Skyles
The senior class is working on a project surrounding mental health and resilience. Seniors Sarah Von Tersch and Acacia Bryson have created a fundraising campaign in order to raise money for mental health care in La Plata County. The money raised through this project will go to the Second Wind Fund, an organization that helps provide affordable mental health care to youth in La Plata County. If you feel inspired to donate to the campaign, your contribution will go towards providing free therapy and psychiatry to youth with suicide ideation. Anything you can give will help tremendously! Go to this link and it will take you to page where you can donate.

Upcoming AHS Events
See the 2018-19 School Calendar 

Giving Back to AHS

There are no shortage of ways to give back to AHS--please pick the way that fits best for you!
For the month of December, when you shop at Nature's Oasis, bring your own shopping bags and they will give you a token for each bag to place in a jar. Choose the AHS jar and we'll receive a nice little donation at no cost to you!