October 2, 2020
Hello Ospreys,

At AHS, we strive to create curriculum that is relevant to the world around us, with a goal of making learning rigorous and engaging for our students. Today, our seniors wrapped up the fifth week of school by delivering Justice Monologues in their Humanities classes, sharing their perspectives about how theories of justice connect to a wide array of current events, informed by a variety of texts they've been studying together. Their short speeches demonstrated strong critical analysis and intertextual synthesis paired with a compassionate connection to issues impacting the world they are on the cusp of inheriting.

Exhibition of Learning is a key piece of an AHS education. Over the course of four years, Ospreys develop strong presentation and communication skills that serve them well, no matter what career field they enter. While exhibitions may look a bit different this fall due to limitations on in-person gatherings, we will continue to provide opportunities for students to share their learning with authentic audiences in meaningful ways.

Student-led Conferences are another way we give students a way to reflect on their learning and growth while practicing important communication skills. Generally, SLCs take place on campus over the course of one afternoon, with parents in attendance and students leading the conversation while teachers observe. This fall, however, we will schedule SLCs individually and virtually, during the week of October 12 through 16. Stay tuned for more specific information coming next week.

Please look for weekly emails home starting next Friday that summarize student attendance for both online and in-person classes. Check in IC if you'd like to view attendance before then.
With the cooler days arriving, we have ordered a new batch of cozy AHS sweatshirts. They're available for $25 in our main office (exact change if paying with cash, or check). We also have AHS mugs for just $5 and t-shirts for $10. Make a purchase to support our school and show off your Osprey pride!

The Durango 9R School Board has voted to allocate $2.5million to AHS if the 4A Ballot Issue passes in November, which would help us construct our new campus at Fort Lewis College. Read more about Bond Issue 4a here. Want to get involved in raising awareness about the Bond Issue? Reach out to Osprey Parent Amy Hewitt at hewittmv@gmail.com.
Finally, our hearts are heavy with the news of AHS alumnus Ty MacGuffie's passing this week. Ty (second from left in the third row, above) was a well-loved member of AHS' first graduating class in 2013, and we know that this loss is extremely difficult for many in our community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extraordinarily difficult time.

A service for Ty will be held at 2:00pm tomorrow, Saturday October 3, at Crestview Cemetery by Elmore's Corner and we hope to see many Ospreys there.

We hope all Ospreys have a restful weekend and we appreciate all you do as part of our school community.
Upcoming AHS Events

Student-led Conferences: week of 10/12-10/16, individually scheduled

PSAT/NMSQT Exam (11th grade): Wed. 10/14

Online Osprey Parent Coffee: Fri. 10/16, 9am

AHS Board of Directors Meeting: Thurs.10/22, 5:30pm

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

Marketing Committee Meeting: Thurs. 10/29, 2:30pm

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Thurs. 10/29, 4:30pm
Cooper Machicek's Student Council video...have a look--it's super duper entertaining!
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