September 11, 2020
Hello Ospreys,

It's been great to see our teachers and students really beginning to dig into their academic work this week as we hit our stride in the blended learning model. Remember that teacher's Digital Portfolios, which you can access on the AHS website Staff page, are a great way to learn more about what's happening in individual classes.

We want to thank our students, staff and families for the high level of conscientious attention to health and safety practices that we're seeing in our school community. Wearing masks, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing are key to keeping campus open, with all cohorts in attendance.

Thank you to those who have stayed home when potential COVID symptoms present themselves. We know that it's tough to miss a day of school when there are only two opportunities a week to be with peers and teachers, but we appreciate folks erring on the side of caution and staying home when they're sick. This brief guide from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, How Sick is Too Sick?, is a helpful resource you may want to bookmark or print and post on the refrigerator. In short, students and staff should stay home if they're experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, body aches, headache, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue or loss of taste/smell. Our health consultant, Etoile Hening, RN, BSN, has been doing outstanding work supporting the handful of families that have kept students home and providing counsel on best steps to returning to school safely. Our goal is to keep in-person learning available to our students as much as possible!

Daily Health Screener
Thank you to those who are consistently completing the Student Daily Self-Screening Form at home before coming to campus! Please keep a thermometer handy and bookmark the online form for quick access. Checking temperatures and completing the form with students when they arrive on campus takes away valuable, limited classroom time and we're striving for all Ospreys building the habit of completing the form before arriving at school.

Individual Student Schedules
Students attended their first day of online elective classes on Wednesday and teachers are seeing strong engagement thus far. As a reminder, attendance is required for all online classes on the three days students remain home.

Students may request changes to electives by using the Add/Drop Form through 9/22. This form, along with many others, can be found on the AHS website: Our Families > Forms.
Meal Service Updates
Please refer to the letter sent to families yesterday to learn more about important updates and improvements to our meal service program.

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Now is the time to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch! We are asking ALL families to complete the Meal Application Form by Wednesday 9/23.

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As we mentioned in yesterday's letter, we will not charge families for meals through the end this semester, thanks to our partnership with the National School Lunch Program and the Emergency Feeding Program. However, AHS pays $3 for each catered lunch we provide, as our lunches are more expensive than traditional cafeteria food cooked in bulk, since we partner with local restaurants. As you know, school budgets are tight. If your family is able to make a donation to AHS to cover the cost of catered lunches that your student receives, it will help our school better stretch our limited funding. Please consider making donations through the donate button on the AHS website and indicate it is in support of our meal service program.
Osprey Parent Coffee and Parent Orientation
Save the date for the next two opportunities to connect with other families and learn more about AHS:

  • Online Osprey Parent Orientation on Tuesday 9/22, 5:30pm
  • Online Osprey Parent Coffee on Friday 9/25, 9am

Please note, we pushed our Osprey Parent Orientation back a week to give teachers a bit more time to work with students before presenting updates about their classes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Enjoy the cooler fall air and snowcapped mountains this weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Tues. 9/15, 7-8pm via meet.google.com/adf-zyyd-xqw

AHS Board of Directors Meeting:Thurs. 9/17, 5:30-7:30pm via meet.google.com/frq-jspo-kbr

Last Day to Add/Drop First Semester Electives: Tues. 9/22

Online Osprey Parent Orientation: Tues. 9/22, 5:30-6:30pm via meet.google.com/pwv-uogz-nbx

SAT (12th graders): Wed. 9/23, 8:30am-1pm

Online Osprey Parent Coffee: Fri. 9/25, 9am via meet.google.com/uwo-dbav-fia

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Fri. 10/23
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