April 9, 2021
Greetings Ospreys,

Students in Ashley Carruth's Race and Identity in US Literature elective paired their deep dive into Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Ceremony with a visit to Aztec Ruins National Monument this week. We have missed doing fieldwork with our students this past year, and this socially-distanced foray back into it was a welcome shift out of the classroom and away from the computer screen. We look forward to increasing opportunities to get outside with our students!

Events Next Week
All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT or SAT at school next Tuesday, April 13. There will be no catered lunch on this day as students will be released early, when they finish testing. If you would like to opt your student out of any standardized exam, submit a written statement to libby.cowles@animashighschool.com. See all the details about spring testing here. As a reminder, CMAS for juniors has been cancelled.

The 9th grade class is proud to present their Climate Change Exhibition next Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30. For the past three months, students have been examining the science behind climate change and the effect it has on a changing planet. Their approach is solutions-based: Choose a topic you are passionate about, investigate how it’s contributing to climate change and find the solutions possible. At our exhibition, you will get to look over students’ projects about topics and technologies including the Ski Industry’s Response, BioPlastics, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Airplane Aerodynamics, Coastal Ecology of Northern Baja, Durango Food Collective and Plant-based Diets. The format will be a little different due to COVID restrictions. Students with families/friends/guests will be allowed a 15 min time slot to look at projects from their specific cohort. Please email dave.farkas@animashighschool.com to sign up for a time slot.

Our Spring Blood Drive takes place on campus next Friday April 16 from 9:30 to 3:30. Students, staff and community members are encouraged to sign up here to donate blood; see eligibility guidelines here. Thank you to Student Council for organizing this important community event!
Career and College Counseling
Congratulations to senior Kian Edmondson who received the Small Town Scholar Award from College Board and has been named a finalist for the National Merit scholarship. Kian has committed to Rice University and is excite to continue his studies in Houston next fall.

Course Selection for 2021-22
Look for the updated AHS Course Catalog, which will include elective offerings for next year, coming your week next week. Students will complete course requests for next year during in-person days the week of April 19-23.

LINK Internships
Internship plans are falling into place for our juniors, and they'll be off before we know t! LINK Internships begin in two weeks, On April 23. For three weeks, students in the AHS Class of 2022 will be working full time alongside mentors locally, across the country and even internationally as they gain valuable professional skills and clarify their postsecondary goals. Stay tuned for news about how we'll livestream the LINK Send Off on the afternoon of Friday, April 23 so that our whole community can hear everyone's plans!
Senior Project Spotlight
Alyssa Nicoly has focused on gender-based inequities in sports for her Senior Project research. Now, for her Action Project, she's working to bring back a Girl’s Skate Night in order for young female-identifying skaters to connect with one another. To make sure that the events meet the girls' skating community's needs, she will be holding a Girl's Skate Night Focus Group on Wednesday, April 14 from 4:00 to 5:00pm to discuss what each night will look like and hear advice from those interested in participating. All are welcome! Join at https://meet.google.com/rks-yrhj-dzz or by phone via: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪772 833 219 9355‬#

XBlock Credit for Spring Semester
Students will receive a semester of XBlock credit if they can demonstrate they have completed 40 hours of wellness-supporting activities between January 1 and June 4, when the spring semester ends. To receive credit, submit both forms below:

As a reminder, all AHS students are required to have 3 years of XBlock credit to graduate!
Finally, we want to invite our community to help us honor the memory of Ari Liberman, AHS Class of 2019, who tragically passed away last May. Ari was a talented musician and artist, an intelligent young man filled with promise, a kind and gentle soul. We lost him far too soon and his loss impacted many of us deeply. His family is encouraging those who loved Ari to wear light blue next Friday, which would have been his 20th birthday, as a way to lift his memory and help make the day less sad. If you participate, please take a photo and send it to libby.cowles@animashighschool.com; Libby will forward the photos to Ari's parents Linda and David, and to his sister Hannah, AHS Class of 2016. It's a small gesture of support, but a meaningful way to show support for this Osprey family.

Have a good weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming AHS Events

PSAT8/9, PSAT10 and SAT (9th, 10th and 11th grade: no classes): Tues. 4/13

Marketing Committee Meeting: Wed. 4/14, 1pm via meet.google.com/edo-ngye-kvt

Graduation Deadline for Seniors (cap & gown orders, seniors photos and input for senior pages due): Fri. 4/16 (see details here)

Spring Blood Drive hosted by Student Council: Fri. 4/16

NEST Meeting: Talent Show hosted by Student Council: Wed. 4/21, 12:35-1:05pm
Junior Prom Day at School: Thurs. 4/22

Senior Prom Day at School: Fri. 4/23

LINK Send Off: Fri. 4/23

No Hub Bus: Mon. 4/26

LINK Internships (11th grade): Mon. 4/26 through Fri. 5/14

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Wed. 4/28, 5pm

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Fri. 4/30

Graduation Deadline for Seniors (student speeches due): Fri. 5/7 (see details here)

Senior Project TED Talks: Thurs. 5/20 through Wed. 5/26

Senior Supper: Thurs. 5/17 6-8pm

Graduation: Fri. 5/28, 4pm

Memorial Day Holiday (no classes): Mon. 5/31

Transitional Presentations of Learning: Tues. 6/1 through Fri. 6/4

Last Day of School: Fri. 6/4
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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