January 8, 2021
No, that's not a conceptual drawing of our new building...it's how students in last semester's Theater elective pictured Ogden Hall, the namesake of their original radio mystery play.
Settle in with a cup of tea, have a listen and enjoy!
Greetings Ospreys,

Need evidence of how awesome our school community is? After our Humanities teachers made space in this week's classes to address Wednesday's events at our nation's Capitol, we threw an invitation out to all staff and students to gather online this afternoon to continue the conversation. The dialogue was authentic, respectful and impressive as Ospreys of all ages grappled with their feelings and questions.

We're happy to be back in session for our 2nd semester and would like to give a special welcome to our 11 newest Ospreys: 9th graders Max, Ava, Nico, Avan and Mia, 10th graders Abby, James and Ashlee ind 11th graders Cristoff, Roxy and Zach. We're so glad to have you and your families aboard!

2nd Semester Electives
Elective classes begin meeting online next Wednesday, January 13. You can view the elective schedule here and students can see which electives they are enrolled in via Infinite Campus. Students can request course changes through January 29 using the Add/Drop form; find this form on the AHS website, along with many others, under the "Our Families" tab. Advisors reached out to their advisees this week to check in and provide advising around electives. Still wondering which electives to take? Don't hesitate to reach out!

Beautiful Work
Last semester, junior Lorelai Brunner looked into potential correlation between blood type and susceptibility to COVID-19 in her Chemistry class. The beautiful infographic she created to summarize her research has been published on the SciJourner website. Check it out here!

Career and College Counseling for Juniors
Starting next Monday, January 11, Jess Morrison will hold weekly, virtual college preparation sessions every Monday until we return to in-person learning. These sessions will provide students with an opportunity to gather more resources to conduct college searches, learn how to start crafting college lists, understand how to find requirements for colleges and learn about application types. Juniors have been split into two groups, with one meeting online 1:00-2:00pm and the other from 2:15-3:15pm. Rosters for these sessions, Zoom links, and passcodes have been sent our to juniors and families via email and can also be found the homepage of Jess' digital portfolio. Janae Hunderman will also meet weekly with juniors, at the same times on Tuesday afternoons, to help them prepare for and secure their LINK Internships. Details in Janae's email!
Osprey Opportunities
Alzar School alumnus and AHS senior Mason James and his family will host a virtual information session next Friday to describe the unique educational opportunities they offer. Alzar's semester program continues to challenge high school students academically as they live alongside peers from across the world at their campus in Idaho and dive into a new culture during time abroad in Chile. Alzar also offers gap year programming for high school graduates who are looking to get into the outdoors in the American West or Patagonia.  Want to learn more? Join the virtual event on January 15 at 5:30pm with Alzar Director of Admissions, Jami Black. Register here.

Another opportunity for Osprey families to broaden horizons is hosting an exchange student. International Student Exchange (ISE) provides study abroad programs for young adults from around the globe. Local ISE coordinator Katie McCullough is seeking host families for seven students from Brazil, France, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Read more about the students here and reach out to Katie for more information at katie@growingmindstogether.org. We love having global citizens at AHS and encourage you to consider opening your home to an exchange student!
COVID Updates
San Juan Basin Public Health is seeking volunteer support to administer COVID vaccines in our community and help with contact tracing.

We continue to closely monitor local data as we consider a path to return to in-person learning. As of right now the goal is to return to hybrid on Monday, January 25 unless we see a spike in cases and positivity rates for our local area. We will continue to keep our community updated.

Enrollment Open Now for Fall 2021
Finally, AHS enrollment for fall 2021 is open now, 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/. In an effort to keep our campus and community safe and healthy, our enrollment events will look different than in years past. For the foreseeable future, we are not hosting visitors on campus and so we are unable to invite students and families for school tours or shadow days. In place of the traditional visits, we are creating several virtual opportunities to help families learn more about our school. Online Information Sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday  1/12, 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 1/27, 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 2/9, 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 2/ 24, 5:30pm

Please help spread the word and contact libby.cowles@animashighschool.com to RSVP.

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

Information Session for Prospective Families: Tues. 1/12, 12:30pm via meet.google.com/iod-tzkm-scx

Elective Classes Begin: Wed. 1/13

Marketing Committee Meeting: Wed. 1/13 1pm via meet.google.com/edo-ngye-kvt

Online Osprey Parent Coffee: Fri. 1/15, 9am via meet.google.com/uwo-dbav-fia

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes): Mon. 1/18

NEST Meeting: Wed. 1/20, 12:35pm via meet.google.com/zue-stbp-pyg

AHS Board Meeting Wed. 1/20, 5:30pm

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Thurs. 1/27 5pm via meet.google.com/awm-dctf-zkh

Information Session for Prospective Families: Wed. 1/27, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/iod-tzkm-scx
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