October 12, 2018
seniors Sadie Schafer and Ce Compton enjoying some sunny reading time in Bears Ears
Dear Osprey Community,

Our seniors are back in the Nest safe and sound after a truly beautiful trip to Bears Ears National Monument, where the rain fell mostly at the right times as they camped, hiked, explored and learned alongside their teachers Lori, Kyle and Ashley. Many thanks to parent chaperones Lucy Bryson, Moira Compton, Leigh Bright, Amy Haggart, Mike McQuinn and Sue McClain, as well as to  Durango Devo for supplying vans and Friends of Cedar Mesa for providing educational context out in the field. We are so fortunate to be able to use the wilderness as our classroom!

Students in Shane Nelson's Adolescent Development elective head to Moab this afternoon for a weekend of camping, hiking and boating. This summer, Shane worked with the Colorado Education Initiative to flesh out his vision of providing school-based character education that incorporates wilderness adventure. The Durango Herald reported on Shane's work in their Creating Connections series, which is examining efforts to address youth suicide in our region; read the full article here.

junior Riley Amos in the leader jersey at last weekend's Conference Championships in Eagle
Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week next week, in recognition of the successes of the AHS Mountain Biking Team, which finished third in the Southern Conference, Division 2 this season. For the first time ever, the Colorado High School Mountain Biking League's State Championships are being held in Durango the weekend after this one, and several of our team's riders have qualified to compete, including junior Riley Amos, who finished first overall for boys' varsity in the Southern Conference. We would love to see strong support from the AHS community at States, October 20-21. The race will take place on a newly constructed course on Ewing Mesa. It takes an army of volunteers to run a bike race this size, and race organizers are looking for help. Sign up here to take a shift! We'll close out Spirit Week with an AHS-Style Pep Rally Friday afternoon, celebrating our team and all the Osprey student athletes in our community.

Please join us for Understanding Test-Optional College Admissions  next Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 in the AHS Commons.  Hampshire College Assistant Director of Admissions George Blalcok will share information about why more and more selective colleges and universities are no longer requiring standardized test scores. This event is open to all in the broader community, not just AHS families, so please feel free to invite friends from other schools.

freshman CJ Meldrum tests out his group's prototype of a trebuchet in Tina Hott's Physics class
Our 9th grade students have the first of three sessions with the Responsible Sex Education Institute on Wednesday morning of next week. Any questions or concerns can be sent to

Student Led-Conferences are next Wednesday afternoon  from 4:00 to 6:00. Please be sure that you've signed up for a time slot; you can access the online signups  here . SLCs are mandatory for all students except seniors and professional dress is required for all. 

The AHS Board of Directors meets next Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30; all are welcome to attend and you can always view Board and Board Committee agendas and minutes on the AHS website here.

Have a great weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
It's The Friday Show!

The One That's Short...but has charts: The Friday Show 10/12/18
The One That's Short...but has charts: The Friday Show 10/12/18

Career and College Corner

Admissions reps from Hampshire College, Adams State and University of Vermont will visit campus next week. Check Jess' DP for specific times and location.


Upcoming AHS Events
See the 2018-19 School Calendar