December 3, 2021
Erin Cummins-Roper and junior Kade Marion-Wagoner donate blood, doing their part to make the drive a great success!
Carlin Nielsen chats with student ambassadors during their training to help them understand the important work of our Inclusion team
Greetings Ospreys,

Our sophomores and Advanced Digital Arts students did outstanding work this week exhibiting their learning and the buildings are abuzz with energy as 9th graders prepare for their first big Exhibition next week. With POLs right around the corner, it's an exciting time at the Nest, full of reflection, growth and celebration.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Join us next Wednesday from 5-7pm for the Winter Exhibition Extravaganza, when 9th graders will present their learning from all core classes in a variety of interactive ways, including a thoughtfully-executed and scientifically-rooted mock clinic for cancer patients (Biology) and their unique twist on the rite-of-passage Mask Project (Humanities). Please note that juniors had been planning to exhibit next Wednesday as well, but have decided to postpone their exhibition until January in the spirit of taking a little more time to craft Beautiful Work. Stay tuned for more information about date and time.

Britt's Painting students will exhibit their Coal Painting Nature Studies next Friday, December 10, 6-7pm at the D&SNGRR Museum (please note this was originally scheduled for Monday December 6). Join the post-Polar Express scene at the train museum and support our Osprey artists.
The Osprey Theater Company presents their exhibition of learning--the one-act play The Hope and Heartache Diner next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Durango Art Center. To purchase tickets, you must "register" for it as you would an event or class. Here is the link to the event registration page. If you scroll down, you will see the different dates for Willy Wonka, Jr. The AHS play is a double feature with Wonka on December 10 and 11 @ 7pm and December 12 @ 2pm.

Finally, students in our two Music Performance elective classes will perform at the iAM Music Winter Student Showcase on Sunday December 12, which runs from 2-7pm at Outdoorsy at 934 Main Avenue in downtown Durango. The 2 AHS bands will go on around 6pm and admission is free.

Presentations of Learning (POLs)
Next week is the final week of classes, and then students complete Presentations of Learning to wrap up the semester. Please review all the details in the POL letter, including format for each grade, scheduling, expectations and more.

2nd Semester Schedules
Second semester begins on Tuesday, January 4. The add/drop form is now open for students who would like to request changes in 2nd semester electives. Next week, students will receive information about 3rd quarter XBlock class offerings and will have the opportunity to indicate their choices. Questions? Reach out to Maureen at
Student Council Events: Holiday Gift Drive, Candygrams and Ospreys on Ice
Thank you to all who have already donated to the Holidays with Heart Gift Drive. We have just 1 week left in the drive, and there are several toys, games, books and items of clothing on the Wish List for our 6 families that we'd love to encourage you all to contribute items by next Friday! Please note that we are updating the Wish List as items come in.

StuCo will sell candygrams next week during lunch and deliver them to students and staff on Friday, the last day of classes. That evening, we look forward to seeing lots of students at the Ospreys on Ice Holiday Party at Chapman Skating Rink, 7:30-9pm.
Sophomores Shine at Mask Exhibition
Leela Fallows, Quill staff

Last night at Animas High School, the sophomores had an exhibition to share their work from their Adolescence project in Humanities. The students were able to come together to create an event that was beautifully captivating for their parents and peers. They were put into groups and tasked with running the entire exhibition, through hospitality, art, performances and games. One group created a skit about how peer to peer relationships and child to adult relationships change. Niko Peterson, a 10th grader who was part of the skit group said, “The skit was easy to connect to which I think caught more parents' and peers' attention.” While some people made skits, other students had other creative ideas.
In one room there were games about stereotypes, relationships and theories of development. We also had a conversation room where there was a seminar going on about cross-generational communication in which both adolescents and adults were participating . We heard lots of good feedback about the seminar and how it was really great to hear from both someone going through adolescence and someone who has already gone through it. 

Mia Macon, a sophomore at Animas did a really great job dealing with the essay portion of the exhibition. She also did a wonderful job covering the walls with the essays and quotes that could be hung up for display. When we asked Mia to comment on the subject, she said, “It was so interesting to watch all the parents take interest in the essays and seem so impressed with the writing and work we had all done.”

We also asked our teacher and facilitator of the entire exhibition, Lori Fisher to give her opinion on the night. She said, “I am incredibly proud of what was done last night. Everyone showed how big they thought and how they took risks. In the end, everyone's hard work clearly paid off into a beautiful and interactive exhibition.” That pretty much sums the amazing night up! It was great kick off for next semester and the exhibitions we will have coming up.
Be Local Coupon Books
Don't forget to purchase your Be Local Coupon Book at the AHS Main Office for $25 cash or check made out to "Animas High School" or order here and we'll send it home with your student.

Coupon books make great holiday gifts and AHS receives $6 from each one sold!

COVID Updates
This week, we had 2 new COVID cases among students, 1 who tested positive over break. We've contacted all close contacts and no students or staff have been asked to quarantine at this time. Please continue to contact with any positive COVID results, questions or guidance you might need.

To register your student for our weekly on-campus COVID testing sign up here. Our school code is C0075 and once registered, students can test weekly without re-registering. Parents must provide consent for students under 18. Students receive $25 for first test and $10 for each thereafter. Learn more about the program here.

Enjoy the weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Design Thinking students Emma Burnett, Stuffy Lanus and Rilee Lytle turning the Gaga pit idea to reality
junior Josiah Rhinehart and his beautiful stippling project owl, taking shape in Advanced Drawing
Upcoming AHS Events

Last Advisory and XBlock of the Semester: Wed. 12/8

Winter Exhibition Extravaganza (9th and 11th grades): Wed. 12/8

Last Day of 1st Semester Classes: Fri. 12/10

Painting Exhibition: Coal Painting Nature Studies: Fri. 12/610, 5-6pm at D&SNGRR Roundhouse Museum

Ospreys on Ice Holiday Party: Fri. 12/10, 7-8:30pm at Chapman Ice Rink

Osprey Theater Company: The Hope and Heartache Diner: Fri. 12/10, Sat. 12/11, Sun. 12/12

iAM Music Winter Student Showcase featuring AHS Music Performance Students: Sun. 12/12, 2-7pm at Outdoorsy

Presentations of Learning: Mon. 12/13 to Fri. 12/17

Winter Break: Sat. 12/18 through Sun. 1/2

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 1/3

First Day of 2nd Semester: Tues. 1/4
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