January 29, 2021
Greetings Ospreys,

As we get closer to welcoming students back to campus in just over a week, we want to be sure that our families have all the information they need to plan accordingly.

Our New Master Schedule goes into effect Monday, February 8:

  • In person days will run from 8:25am to 12:25pm for all grades

  • In-person classes will once again be on Monday/Tuesday for 9th and 10th grade, Thursday/Friday for 11th and 12th grades

  • Core classes continue to meet online Monday/Tuesday for 11th an 12th, Thursday/Friday for 9th and 10th

  • Wednesdays remain set aside for online electives, with campus closed for deep cleaning

  • See details about grade-level schedules for in-person an home-based days here

Our expectation is that students will leave campus when classes end at 12:30 and work independently off campus in the afternoon. Teachers will remain on campus until 4:00 to work with a small handful of students who require targeted support, but we are not offering a general option for students to stay past the end of classes. Please email libby.cowles@animashighschool.com if there are special circumstances that require your student to remain on campus past 12:30. 

Given our early release time at 12:25, we anticipate that many families who have not used the Hub Bus in the past may want to use it now and therefore are asking families to complete this brief Transportation Survey as soon as possible so that the Durango 9R transportation Department has updated information about expected ridership.

Students may take 9R buses from home to DHS in the morning, hop on the Hub Bus and get to AHS in time for 8:25 classes. When we release at 12:25, students can take the Hub bus to DHS and then take their bus route home; because 9R middle and high schools are also doing half days, bus routes from DHS to various neighborhoods will be available shortly after AHS students arrive at DHS.

Please complete ONE SURVEY PER STUDENT so that we can provide information to the Durango 9R Transportation Department. Any student who plans to ride the Hub Bus must complete the Durango 9R School Bus Rider Registration; please visit the 9R Transportation webpage to access instructions on how to complete and submit transportation forms.

COVID Testing
As we prepare to return to in-person learning, we want to remind families that the CDC recommends COVID testing for those who:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
  • have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or health department.

Keeping our school community safe depends upon each Osprey staying home if they exhibit COVID symptoms. Please stay home if you have any of the following;

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Locally, there are several testing options that are free or covered by insurance including:

Rube Goldberg Project
Why yes that is AHS Math teacher Ande Lloyd in the video above, with his classmate Gordon Gianniny, showing off their Rube Goldberg machine as 9th graders back in the 2011-12 AHS school year! Ande is now working with sophomores as they dive into the Rube Goldberg Project, an interdisciplinary exploration of simple machines and satire. Stay tuned for videos from the AHS class of 2023 coming your way soon!

Osprey Week
Perhaps unsurprisingly, we have made the tough call that we will not have Osprey Week March 8 through 12, as originally scheduled. This will instead be a regular week of classes. We are exploring the possibly of offering a shortened, closer-to-home version of Osprey Week later in the school year and will continue to share information as we make decisions. We know that this is disappointing news, as Osprey Week is a highlight of the year, and we look forward to a time when we can safely run it again!

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, 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 February 9. To RSVP, contact libby.cowles@animashighschool.com. Current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will receive fall 2021 registration materials in 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

Return to In-Person Classes: Mon. 28

Information Session for Prospective Families: Tues. 2/9, 12:30pm via meet.google.com/iod-tzkm-scx

Marketing Committee Meeting: Wed. 2/10 1pm via meet.google.com/edo-ngye-kvt

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Fri. 2/12

Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes): Mon. 2/15

AHS Board Meeting Wed. 2/17, 5:30pm

Online Osprey Parent Coffee: Fri. 2/19, 9am via meet.google.com/uwo-dbav-fia

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