April 1, 2022
Za Barrett, Jadin Pierce and Ashlee Parker use their knowledge of chemistry to make soap at today's lab with Steve Smith at Fort Lewis College, where juniors also enjoyed a VIP campus tour
Greetings Ospreys,

Upon our return from Spring Break, all the sudden it feels a bit like we're in the final stretch, turning our attention to end-of-year activities like Prom, LINK Internships, All School Exhibition and Graduation.

Seniors will put the finishing touches on their theses this weekend and embark on Senior Action Projects next week, putting their research from the past 3 months into practice. Juniors just completed their final chemistry lab of the year today up at the Fort, since they leave for their internships in 3 weeks. Sophomores have begun their final projects in core classes, diving into the study of poetry for Humanities and the math and physics they'll need for their rocketry project.
senior Adrian Griffin working on final edits of his senior thesis, exploring the underrepresentation of marginalized people's experiences in history
sophomores Zoe Ramsey and Niko Peterson test their mini trebuchets to deepen understanding of physics concepts in preparation for their interdisciplinary rocket project
Ninth graders are continuing to work on their 20% projects, finding real solutions to current issues. For their project, Nove Tocco and Eli Rambo are hoping to purchase and care for an Argentine tegu lizard for the school, based on research suggesting classroom pets reduce student stress. Read more and donate through their GoFundMe page.

Upcoming Events
Seniors and their families, please plan to attend the Graduation Meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 5:30pm. We'll share important information about senior pages in the yearbook, the Senior Celebration Booklet, cap & gown orders, graduation week festivities and more.

Osprey artists' work will be exhibited at two community events next week. Opening on Tuesday April 5, the Creativity Festivity at the Durango Arts Center will include pieces by Asher Rehman, Kristina Bodewes, Chloe Sturm, Savanna Templeton, Porter Hilgenberg, Col Hinds, Haley Hurst and Eila Lance. Stop by the exhibit's Grand Opening next Thursday 5:30-7:30. Alyce Goff, Makenna Piel, Savanna Templeton and Rosie LeCompte's work will be included in the Fort Lewis College's Gallery Art Class show at the Center for Innovation on April 7 as well, from 4:30-6 p.m. This show's theme is "Gratitude."

The AHS Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 7-9:30pm at the Durango Elks Lodge. Tickets are available now--look for students selling during lunch!
French Fashion
Maddie Tharp, Roan Harvey, Animas Quill
The AHS French class is moving into the final days of their fashion project, Le projet de le mode. They have been creating original fashion designs sourced from materials from the thrift store and their own closets. The goal of this project was to repurpose and upcycle the clothing into something new and tres chic, with a bit of original flair from each of the students.  

The final project will be putting their designs into a fashion magazine, the second issue of Sa, Son, Ses, a publication of the AHS French 2 class. The magazine is due to be finished and printed by late April. 

Each of the students have spent the last three weeks creating and photographing their own collections and designs. “We had so much fun taking fashion photos with our friends to display in our magazine, even though it was very cold!” said étudiante Lucy Donnaway. 
The students will also be writing short articles, both in French and English, about their fashion collections, what inspired them in the curation of their designs, and random fashion-related events and things around Animas and in the world at large. Some of the articles that can be expected are: AHS Fashion Dos and Don'ts, Fashion and Fencing, and Finding Sustainable Fashion in a world of “fast fashion.”

The creation of outfits and the magazine is the second phase of the project. First semester, the French students learned how to draw ‘croquis’ and design outfits while also learning the vocabulary to describe the outfits and looking into the work of famous French designers such as Coco Chanel. The students now have the opportunity to apply what they have learned while they sew and write about their projects. “We have been working on the fashion project since the beginning of the semester. We shopped, we sewed and we styled! Now we are in the thick of creating our final magazine!” exclaimed French teacher Susy Raleigh. Come check out their work at All School Exhibition on May 19, where the designs will be on display along with copies of the magazine.
Hiring Updates
The Head of School search committee will complete initial screening interviews for candidates next week to determine who they'll invite to campus for the final round of interviews, which will include Community Forums, a chance for our families and community partners to meet the candidates. Please see the Employment Opportunities page on the AHS website for information about open teaching positions.
Building Our New Nest
Join us on Fridays this month for Elevated Nest Tours, a chance to get a look at the exciting progress on our new campus at Fort Lewis College. RSVP here or just show up! Please wear closed-toed shoes. We'll provide hardhats for the job site. Parking available on site. Call us at (970) 247-2474 if you need directions. We hope you'll join us in the Elevating Animas fundraising campaign to raise the final $1.5 million needed to complete the building, with a goal of $150,000 from our families. We're well on our way to meeting this goal! More information here.

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

Graduation Information Family Meeting (12th grade): Tues. 4/5, 5:30pm

Elevated Nest Tour: Fri. 4/8, 1pm at new campus site

PSAT9, PSAT10 and SAT (9th, 10th and 11th grade): Wed. 4/13, 8:30am-12:30pm--early release after completion of testing for all students

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 4/14, 5:30pm

Professional Development Day (no classes): Fri. 4/15

Elevated Nest Tour: Fri. 4/15, 9am at new campus site

AHS Prom: Sat. 4/16, 8-10:30pm at Elks Lodge

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 4/21, 5:30pm

Online Osprey Parent Coffee: Fri. 4/22, 8:30am

Elevated Nest Tour: Fri. 4/22, 1pm at new campus site

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

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

AHS Graduation: Fri. 5/27, 4pm
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Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
Strong student-faculty relationships, where students are well known.
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