November 17, 2021
Dear 9th Grade Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to the Winter Exhibition Extravaganza on Wednesday, December 8 from 5-7pm in the Michael Ackerman Wing at Animas High School. As the first major exhibition for the class of 2025, this evening promises to be an engaging and informative glimpse into what your students have been learning this semester at AHS.

Juniors will also be on campus, exhibiting their Humanities and Chemistry projects in the Jesse Hutt Wing. Be sure to swing over there while you're on campus to see 9th grade Digital Art projects and see what's happening in the 11th grade, too!

As a project-based learning school, exhibitions are our crown jewels and serve as a forum for students to showcase their learning in front of an authentic audience. Exhibitions help our students build confidence and public speaking skills alongside their ability to apply their knowledge to the real world. All students are required to participate and we certainly hope that families are able to join as well!

Professional Dress Expectations
Exhibitions, SLCs, Presentations of Learning (POLs) and some other school-related activities where students are presenting to community audiences require Professional Dress, which means that in addition to the guidelines described above, students must wear a button-down shirt and tie, shirt with finished neck, sweater or blouse; a nice pair of slacks (no jeans), skirt or dress; dark socks to match trousers and dress shoes (no sneakers, no excessively high heels). Faculty will remind students when there exists the expectation of professional dress and will assist students in planning for these experiences. Please communicate with an adult at school if procuring professional dress clothes is cost-prohibitive; we will find a way to help!
Students will be exhibiting work from Biology, Humanities, Math and Spanish. Here is what you can expect to experience at the Extravaganza:

Audience members will be welcomed to the AHS Oncology Center, where they will be invited to assume the role of a cancer patient. Student Oncologists will meet with patients to discuss the impact of various forms of cancer on cells, tissue, organs and systems.

As a culmination of the Socialization and Identity: Mask Project, students will present their personal essays and masks to represent their identities and the forces of socialization that have shaped those identities. Students are also working in teams to come up with an experience to engage and inform audience members about the cycle of socialization.

Torrey's classroom will be set up to present our conclusions from Unit 2: The Cost of Travel. Come by to see our master 9th grade graph comparing the financial costs of different forms of transportation over time, as well as our work on the environmental costs of travel, student work leading to our linear equations, and more.

Digital Art Foundations
Digital Art Foundations will be featuring the Classic, Timeless, Forever Standing Teacher Creature Project. Digital Art projects will be displayed in the hallway outside of the Digital Art Classroom in the Jesse Hutt Wing. The Teacher Creature project covers all basic photoshop and digital literacy skills necessary in any graphic arts field, and also is about strengthening student teacher relationships. Sure students are learning to cut and paste, refine edge, blend layers, etc... but where else do you get to watch an onlooking teacher and their pure fascination while being photoshopped into a landscape of endless creative possibilities? Lori Fisher watches as her students photoshop her realistically as James Bond? Or the highly respected Steve Smith get turned into a primate? It's quite magical what happens inside the computer lab during this project. As you get a chance to gaze into the projects let yourself wander into your own imagination of what could be.

***Please note students will not be expected to stand by their art so that art pieces can be left open to audience interpretation.

Stop by Spanish 1’s Dia de los Muertos altar in the hallway of the Michael Ackerman Wing and check out student “ofrendas.” They have created some beautiful celebrations and descriptions (in Spanish!) to honor the memory of loved ones.

We can’t wait to see the culmination of our students’ amazing work over the course of this semester. They have proven themselves to be true Ospreys-- engaged, motivated, kind, creative and curious!  We look forward to seeing you as we share their learning.


The 9th grade Team
Torrey, Jenny, Dave, Ashley and Roxy
Upcoming AHS Events

Thanksgiving Break (no classes): Mon. 11/22 through Fri. 11/26

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 11/29

Holiday Gift Drive 4 the Children: Tues. 11/30 through Fri. 12/10

Student Ambassador Training: Wed. 12/1, 1:45-3:30

Student Council Holiday Blood Drive: Thurs. 12/2, 9am-2pm; sign up to donate blood here

Get a Job Fair: Thurs. 12/2, 4-5:30 at Fairgrounds

Humanities 10 Exhibition: Appreciating Adolescence (10th grade): Thurs. 12/2, 4:30-6pm

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

Winter Exhibition Extravaganza (9th and 11th grades): Wed. 12/8, 5-7pm

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

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 Students: Sun. 12/12

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