April 22, 2022
Greetings Ospreys,

What a joy it was for us to be able to hold the first AHS Prom since 2019 last weekend! Huge thanks to the seniors who organized the event, the parents who helped out, the staff members who chaperoned and Peak Food & Beverage for the sweet donation of mocktails and snacks!

Our apologies but AHS Student Council has cancelled the Earth Day Hangout scheduled for this evening.

We have an opportunity to support an Osprey family by providing meals during a difficult time. Ninth grader Rilee Lytle's mom has been hospitalized this week with significant health issues and Rilee and her dad, Clayton have given us permission to start a meal train for them. They live right in town in Durango, and it's just the two of them at home. Any and all types of food will be gratefully accepted. Please sign up to help with the meal train for this Osprey family here.
It's an exciting time of year with our juniors flying out of the Nest today to head off in many directions for their LINK Internships, which begin Monday. For the next three weeks, they will work full time alongside mentors locally and further afield. We know that the class of 2023 will make us proud as they explore veterinary science, journalism, music, medicine, chemical engineering, sustainable fishing, neuroscience, community development, teaching and more!
junior Cyrus Holt shares his LINK plans to work with iAM Music
the Osprey Theatre Company's preview at NEST Meeting
Upcoming Events
At this week's NEST Meeting, the Osprey Theater Company provided a sneak preview of this season's play, 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Join us for the one-night-only performance next Thursday at 7pm in the AHS Commons. Free entry with suggested donation of a canned food item for the Durango Food Bank.

Students who were absent on our testing days these past two weeks will make up the PSAT or SAT next Tuesday and the CMAS next Thursday unless their families have opted out.

Our final Elevated Nest Tour for April is next Friday at 9am. RSVP here or just show up at the new school building site on Talon Drive at Fort Lewis College in closed-toed shoes if you'd like to join us!
9th grade ambassadors Bella Austin and Aspen Machicek tour the 2nd floor of the new building
Drew Allsopp, AHS class of 2016, who is studying music business at Northern Colorado University marvels at the upgrades in music and recording space
Senior Project Update
Seniors are deep in the work of creating their action projects, with TED Talks on the horizon. Maya Olivier has been working closely with Durango Sexual Assault Services Organization.

April is sexual assault awareness month and Maya is researching sexual assault prevention programs for young adults. In her work with SASO, Maya is using her design skills, which she'll further develop at CU Denver next fall, to create event fliers like the one here for SASO's upcoming Denim Day Workshop. Maya reports, "The work that I am doing feels like it's truly making an impact to help sexual assault survivors of all ages." We're proud of the important work she's doing in our community!
Staffing Updates
Thanks to all who attended the Community Forum with head of school candidate Rebecca Ruland last night. Please see the Employment Opportunities page on the AHS website and help us spread the word if you know an excellent educator who might be a good fit for our school community!

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

LINK Internships (11th grade): Mon. 4/25 through Fri. 5/13

AHS Board of Directors Meeting: Mon. 4/25

P/SAT Make Up Date: Tues. 4/26

Explore Career Fair (9th grade): Wed. 4/27

CMAS Make Up Date: Thurs. 4/28

Osprey Theater Company presents 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Thurs. 4/28, 7pm

Elevated Nest Tour: Fri. 4/29, 9am at new campus site

Bears Ears Camping Trip (9th grade): Mon. 5/2 through Thurs. 5/5

Professional Development Day (no classes): Fri. 5/6

All School Exhibition: Thurs. 5/19

Senior Supper: Thurs, 5/26, 6pm at AHS

AHS Graduation: Fri. 5/27, 4pm

Transitional Presentations of Learning (9th through 11th grade): Tues. 5/31 through Fri. 6/3

Last Day of School: Fri. 6/3

First day of 2022/23 School Year: Mon. 8/22
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