September 17, 2021
first Biology lab at Fort Lewis College today for the AHS class of 2025
9th grader Eila Lance studying cancer cells in the FLC Biology lab
Greetings Ospreys,

With the first month of school under our belts and Student-led Conferences 4 weeks away, projects are now fully underway. Seniors have completed their College Admissions Essays in Humanities and they line the hallway walls of the Jesse Hutt Wing alongside sketches from Britt's art classes and sophomore posters about Attachment Theory, developed as part of their Adolescent Identity Project.

Our hope is that conversations at home include discussions about what's happening in classes, and that parents are hearing students share out questions they're grappling with in various courses. Need a little more information about what's happening in your student's classes? Remember that teacher Digital Portfolios are a great resource that can help you turn "How was your day?" into a more specific question more likely to lead to a fuller conversation!
Next Week's Events
Our Board of Directors will be hard at work next Monday and Tuesday evenings with back-to-back work sessions in partnership with Philanthropy Expert staff, who will visit to help kick off the fundraising work necessary to help us move into our new building on the Fort Lewis College campus next school year. We are so grateful for the countless hours and dedication of this intrepid crew of volunteers.

On Wednesday, senior Maya Olivier will take school photos for any students who were absent this week. Remember that you can preview your student's photo and purchase digital or print copies through Maya's School Photo website.

As outlined in this week's letter about student wellness, all grades will participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in Advisory on Wednesday.

Join us Friday morning at 9am for a virtual Osprey Parent Coffee, using this link: meet.google.com/jvz-smfg-iwe. Join Sean and Libby for an informal chat about the start of the year, upcoming events and more--it's a great way to meet other parents. Pour yourself a morning beverage and bring your feedback and questions. We will alternate between online and in-person Parent Coffees this year, with the next one scheduled for Friday 10/29 on campus.

Juniors have their first Chemistry Lab at Fort Lewis next Friday. Please email steve.smith@animashigschool.com if you are available to help for the day as a teaching assistant. Time commitment is approximately 9:45am to 2:00pm. Chemistry background welcome, but not required.

Please plan to join us for the Osprey Back-to-School Social on Friday 9/24 from 5:30 to 7pm at Buckley Park. We'll provide beverages; bring a dish to share, your picnic blanket and lawn chairs plus frisbee, bocce or other lawn games.

  • Student Last Name A-H bring a side or salad
  • Student Last Name I-S bring a main dish
  • Student Last Name T-Z bring a dessert
COVID Updates
We had an additional positive COVID case in our senior class this week and to date, no other students or staff have had to quarantine due to this case, due in part to our high vaccination rates. We have communicated with all students and families who we believe may be considered high-risk exposure to the student who tested positive. Since the impact of positive cases is far smaller this year than last, we will no longer send out emails each time we have a positive case.

Moving forward, we will send out a standard email with detailed instructions to follow prior to returning to school, including CDPHE’s Return to Learn guidelines, anytime a family lets us know that a student is home sick. This process must be followed regardless of vaccination status. COVID test results can be emailed to Bridget at mainoffice@animashighschool.com for clearance to return to school. 

Here is a quick reference guide for when students are required to stay home.

Please contact our school health consultant, Etoile Hening, RN, BSN at (970) 769-9030 or etoile.hening@animashighschool.com with any positive COVID results, questions or guidance you might need.
Student Council Elections
By Za Barrett and Maddie Tharp, Animas Quill Staff

Animas High School Student Council has announced the opening of its elections! Campaigning will take place until the end of September, and all students are invited to run. There are open positions for 3 seniors, 2 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 4 freshpeople on StuCo this year. 

StuCo Co-President Kristina Bodewes commented, “My goal for this year is to help put together fun events and activities to strengthen the AHS community and spirit and to get to know each other better!” 

Before the election, a candidate meet-and-greet will be held 9/28 at lunch in the upper parking lot, giving the student body a chance to better know the contenders. Elections will take place in advisory on the 9/29, with the ballot closing at noon the next day. The winning candidates will be announced 10/1. 

On Thursday, 9/16, potential candidates gathered in the Flex Room to learn more about the role of StuCo in our school. During the meeting, current members spoke about the responsibilities involved, and how to run. The candidates explained why they are interested in running for StuCo.

Sophomore StuCo member Mae Loebig expressed, “I am excited for the enthusiasm of the students and to bring new people on our team.” 

To run in the election, students must fill out a 2021-22 Intent to Run Form by 9/22, and represent themselves during the meet-and-greet. All candidates are encouraged by StuCo to campaign during the weeks before the election.

Keep an eye out for campaigns, and don't forget to vote!
AHS Color Guard off to a Spirited Start
By Illyria Brunner, Animas Quill Staff

Animas High School's newly formed Color Guard crew began practicing last Wednesday. The group started as an XBlock idea and is slowly becoming a sisterhood of mixed grade level connection. The group is composed of freshpeople through juniors who share a sense of Animas pride.

The Flags Corps, as Color Guard members are called, has already started to practice for their upcoming performance on 10/13 at the AHS Groundbreaking Ceremony at our building site at FLC. They will practice every Wednesday during XBlock until the performance. 

The Color Guard is collaborating with the newly formed Fashion Club to design uniforms that reflect the school spirit the group is trying to embody. 

The Color Guard coach is 10th grade Physics teacher Tina Trujillo. She participated in Color Guard in high school herself, where she found a safe place and a sisterhood with fellow Flag Corps members. Tina sees great potential for this group, exclaiming, “I’m so excited to share a passion of mine with my students. It is a performing art that shows how proud we are of our school while building discipline and strength in our community.”

Set the date for the ceremony on 10/13 so you don’t miss the debut of this amazing group of young women!


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

AHS Board of Directors Meeting: Mon. 9/20, 5:30-8:30pm at AHS

AHS Board of Directors Meeting: Tues. 9/21, 5:00-7:00pm at AHS

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in Advisory: Wed. 9/22, 12:45-1:40pm

Osprey Parent Coffee (virtual): Fri. 9/24, 8:30-9:30am online at meet.google.com/jvz-smfg-iwe

Chemistry Lab at FLC (11th grade): Fri. 9/24

Back to School Social: Fri. 9/24, 5:30-7pm at Buckley Park

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 9/27

Student Council Election: Wed. 9/29

FAFSA Night (12th grade): Tues. 10/7, 5:30-7pm

PSAT/NMSQT College Entrance Exam (11th grade): Wed. 10/13, 8:30am-12pm

AHS Groundbreaking Ceremony: Wed. 10/13, 2:30-3:30pm at Fort Lewis College

Student-led Conferences: Thurs. 10/14, 4-6pm at AHS
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