February 19, 2021
Greetings Ospreys,

Whether it's testing out a hand-built calorimeter to better understand thermal energy, or workshopping a Senior Project thesis statement one-on-one with a teacher, there just are some learning moments that simply work better when we can be together in person. We are grateful for the smooth return to in-person learning.

Students and staff are encouraged to join us for the February NEST Meeting on Wednesday at 12:35, brought to you by Student Council. Jump in to hear more about their plans for a COVID-safe student talent show, coming up this spring!

Beautiful Work
This week we want to highlight some Beautiful Work students are creating in our elective classes. In Dusty Grannis' Computer Science class, sophomore Kade Marion-Wagoner rose to the challenge of using Python to create coding that would generate a drawing of a house. Kade was the only student who created code that did it all in one line.
In Advanced Digital Art, Roxy McKnight's students have joined in on the Self Portrait project, and their work will be hung in both buildings alongside 9th graders' on Monday, with the hopes of creating a sense of community among students sharing the same building on different days of the week. Ospreys are encourage to interact with the Self Portraits by writing appreciations and placing them in the envelope below the portrait. Check out particularly gorgeous work from senior Darby Voorhees and junior Lorelai Brunner, below.
Finally, in Britt Blasdell's Painting class, sophomore Julia Earley rose beautifully to the challenge of using household items in her Stain Study. Her portrait of Aphrodite and her muse features cranberry juice on the man's silks.

Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)
As we approach the midpoint of the semester, students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade have Student-Led Conferences on the horizon. SLCs will all take place online, in the early evening during the week of March 8-12. These conversations provide a structured check in for families as a way for students to reflect on their successes and areas of growth. We'll send out more detailed information soon about what to expect at each grade level. For now, please save the date:

  • 9th grade: Tuesday, March 9
  • 10th grade: Thursday, March 11
  • 11th grade, Tuesday, March 9

Seniors are not required to complete SLCs.
Spring Break Travel
It's hard to believe, but we have just three weeks left until Spring Break. Obviously, the safest option is to avoid travel. If you are considering travel plans, please refer to the CDC Know Your Travel Risk page and check ahead to get the most current health information for your potential travel destination.

Particularly if your travel plans fall into the "even less safe" (direct flights, long distance train or bus travel, car trips with people outside of your household) or "least safe" (flights with layovers, cruise ship) categories, please follow CDC guidelines for what you should do upon returning home:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative
  • Isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected if you test positive
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel if you do not get tested
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Our community has worked hard to reduce COVID transmission rates and keep each other safe and healthy. Please continue to do your part so we can keep our doors open to students!

Enrollment Open for Fall 2021
AHS enrollment for fall 2021 is open, with a lottery on March 1 if interest exceeds available spots in any grade level. We have limited spots available in 9th, 10th and 11th grade. For more information about enrollment, or to complete an Intent to Enroll Form for New Students, visit http://animashighschool.com/how-to-enroll/. As we are currently unable to offer Shadow Days, prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to attend an online Information Session; the next one is next Wednesday, February 24, at 5:30pm. To RSVP, contact libby.cowles@animashighschool.com. Current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will receive fall 2021 registration materials in early March--no need to do anything until then.

Enjoy the weekend and thank you for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

NEST Meeting: Wed. 2/24, 12:35pm via meet.google.com/zue-stbp-pyg

Marketing Committee Meeting: Wed. 2/24 1pm via meet.google.com/edo-ngye-kv

Information Session for Prospective Families: Wed. 2/24, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/iod-tzkm-sc

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Wed. 3/3 5pm via https://zoom.us/j/372955370

Student-Led Conference (9th and 11th grade): Tues. 3/9

Student-Led Conference (10th grade): Thurs. 3/11

Spring Break (no classes): Mon. 3/15 through Fri. 3/19

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Mon. 3/22
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