May 5, 2022
Greetings Ospreys,

It's been a quiet week at the Nest, with freshpeople at Bears Ears National Monument, juniors off on LINK and seniors off campus much of the time working on Action Projects. We gave a little extra love to our sophomores with surprise ice cream sundaes today, and we were glad to welcome the class of 2025 back to campus after their camping adventures.

As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow, as we have our final Professional Development Day of the year. We're excited that our next Head of School, Rebecca Ruland, will join us for the day to connect with teachers and staff. Read more about Rebecca, as well as the significant contributions Sean Woytek has made in his 7 years in the position, in this week's Durango Herald article "New leader to join Animas High School in July." In case you missed it, the Herald also ran another article recently about AHS' future, "Animas High School building takes shape on Fort Lewis College campus."
It's an exciting time full of big change for our school. We will say good bye to Sean and 5 other beloved staff members at the end of this year as they move on to their next adventures. We would love your help in sharing your appreciation for Sean, Ashley Carruth, Susy Raleigh, Maureen Truax, Torrey Baldwin and Katherine Pamplin. Please take a few minutes before Monday May 16 to share your words of gratitude for departing staff via this form. We will compile messages and present them to departing staff at our final NEST Meeting on Thursday, May 26.

We are also looking for parents who are interested in putting on our end-of-year Staff Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, June 2. Email Libby if you'd like to help out!

Next Week's Events
The sophomores' Rocketry Exhibition, is next Tuesday May 10, 9:30am to 12:30pm at Smiths Sports Complex.

Ninth graders will head out into the community for Career Exploration Field Trips on Wednesday morning. Erin Cummins-Roper will host a 9th and 10th Grade College and Career Night Wednesday evening at 5:30, focusing on course selection for next year, what students should be doing now to prepare for postsecondary success and how to begin financial planning for college.

Next Wednesday will be the final Advisory meetings and XBlock classes of the year since we will have early release at 12:30 on Wednesday May 18, the day before All School Exhibition. The AHS Board Meeting Thursday evening at 5:30, at our new school site.
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
The Yearbook is now available for pre-order! Buy yours for $30 through the Jostens website, using this link. The Yearbook team has been working hard to create a beautiful publication that captures the 21/22 school year, including gorgeous cover design from junior Chloe Sturm. Yearbooks will be delivered to school in the summer--stay tuned for details about a summer event where we'll hand them out. Deadline to order: May 27.
LINK Updates
Hop on over to the AHS Facebook page for frequent posts and updates from our juniors as they wrap up the second week of their LINK Internships.

Junior Charlie Bridgham is interning at the Hive, the local nonprofit whose mission is "to provide an inclusive, safe space for youth and community members to develop and discover their true selves by providing passion-based exploration through creative expression, mentorship and leadership opportunities." For his LINK project, Charlie is organizing Mountain Movement Film Friday, a fundraising event in support of his friend Cyrus Lewis, who broke his neck skiing in Velocity Basin last November. Cyrus is showing amazing resiliency and recovery, and he'll be coming to Durango for the event on May 20. Learn more about Cyrus' story in this Rocky Mountain PBS profile. We'd love to see Ospreys submitting artwork and videos, donating silent auction items and turning out to support Cyrus!
junior Alexis Hanson (with a very big rescue wrench!) at her internship with Los Piños Fire Protection District
Julia Earley with the MRI machine where they conduct fMRI studies and brain scans for football/soccer players at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior
Senior Project Update
Sailor Kabeary and Naima Van Tyn will facilitate a community seminar at All School Exhibition about climate change, capitalism and public opinion. Their joint action project follows the research each conducted in response to their Senior Project research questions: "How does capitalism inhibit environmental justice and sustainability? "(Sailor) and "To what degree does political affiliation influence individuals' views on climate change?" (Naima).

Sailor and Naima will frame the discussion around the causes of climate change, human relationship to the environment and an exploration of capitalism's role. Please plan to join in and share your perspectives. If you can’t stay the whole time, feel to stop by for part of the seminar--we know there will be many interesting projects to view!
Crêpes not Vapes!
Maddie Tharp, Animas Quill
Crêpes not Vapes is back at AHS! In the past two weeks, French teacher Susy Raleigh and her French 2 class have run a pop-up crêpe stand in the hall outside of her room, brandishing the slogan “Crêpes Not Vapes!”

Over the past few years putting on crepe stands was particularly difficult for the French class during online school in the midst of Covid and with new food regulations. As soon as the stand opened on Thursday, April 28 the line to get crêpes was to the school’s front door, with both students and teachers clamoring for Nutella or apple butter crêpes. 

Any money made from selling crêpes will go to printing Sa, Son Ses Vol. Deux, the second fashion magazine made by the AHS French class. Suze is also selling copies of the magazine, so reach out to her if you’re interested in purchasing a copy. They will be available at All School Exhibition on May 19.
Staffing Updates
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 long 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

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

Career Exploration Field Trips (9th grade): Wed. 5/11, 9-11:30am

9th and 10th Grade Career/College Night: Wed. 5/11, 5:30pm

AHS Open House for Prospective Families: Thurs. 5/12, 8:45am

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 5/12, 5:30pm at new AHS building site

Junior LINK Welcome Back Brunch: Mon. 5/16, 10:15-11am; sign up here to donate food

Special Schedule: Early Release at 12:30: Wed. 5/18

All School Exhibition: Thurs. 5/19, 4-7pm at AHS

Senior Project TED Talks: Fri. 5/20 through Wed. 5/26; see schedule here (seniors will begin signing up 5/11)

BEC Appreciation: Tues. 5/24, 5:30-7pm at Fort Lewis College Ballroom
Final NEST Meeting: Thurs. 5/26, 1:30-3:30pm

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

Advisory Olympics: Fri. 5/27, 8:25am to 12:30pm at Fort Lewis College

AHS Graduation: Fri. 5/27, 4pm

Transitional Presentations of Learning (9th through 11th grade): Tues. 5/31 through Thurs. 6/2

Last Day of School: Thurs. 6/2

Rising Senior College Boot Camp: 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