March 5, 2021
sophomore Kade Marion-Wagoner practicing his language skills while larning about Catalonian human towers, or castells, in Jenny McKenzie's Spanish 1 class
Caleb Bates and Vincent Zufelt discuss their Climate Change Project plans with Dave Farkas in 9th grade Biology
Greetings Ospreys,

A few important reminders for this week:

  • Share your input as we consider increasing in-person learning time by Monday March 8. Read the full letter here.

  • Student-led Conferences are next week!

9th Grade SLCs; Tuesday March 9
Last names A-H at 5:00 via Google Meet Link
Last names I-Z at 5:30 via Google Meet Link

10th Grade SLCs: Thursday March 11
Last names A-J at 5:00 via Zoom Link
Last names K-Z at 5:30 via Zoom Link

11th Grade SLCs: Tuesday March 9

If your family is unable to meet on the designated SLC date and time, you must reach out to the appropriate teacher to reschedule:

9th grade: Roxy McKnight,
10th grade: Tina Trujillo, 
11th grade: Steve Smith, 

Seniors are not required to complete SLCs. More details about SLCs here.

  • All classes are online next Friday. Juniors and Seniors will use their regular Monday online class schedule, with all pods meeting together. We are excited that teachers and staff will begin receiving the second dose of their COVID vaccines on Thursday!

  • Complete your registration for fall 2021 by Monday March 22 to hold your spot! We have families on our waitlist for next year's 9th and 10th grades so need to receive registration quickly so we know whether we can offer spots to them. If you need another copy of the letter outlining registration steps, email Libby at
Career and College Counseling
Our juniors are working with Janae to find community mentors and set up their LINK Internships, which will run from April 26 through May 14. COVID made it challenging for seniors to complete LINK last spring, and many have chosen to extend internships on through this school year. Senior Amira Aquarian is interning with Goff Engineering, where she's documenting construction progress on the San Juan College new student housing project, which will provide important support to many students who have been commuting back and forth from the Navajo Nation. Finn Bridgham is working with the Rainbow Youth Center to offer a gender-inclusivity training for Durango DEVO bike coaches. Ospreys are partnering with community organizations and businesses in important ways while they gain valuable professional experience and skills--a critical piece of an Animas education!
Meanwhile, the class of 2023 geared up for a modified Sophomore Inspire Week this week, working on SAT prep in Math 10, resume writing in Humanities and carer aptitude and interest exploration in Physics. While COVID measures mean that they won't engage in community-based service a student have in the past, Jess is working alongside Lori, Tina and Ande to make sure that sophomores are getting foundational support in self-exploration, career interests, college vocabulary, scholarships and post-secondary readiness through a variety of workshops next week.

Sophomore families are encouraged to attend the Sophomore College Information Night on Wednesday at 5:30 via Zoom. Jess will cover course selection, standardized testing, college exploration, YouScience career information and Scoir accounts.
Beautiful Work
Juniors interviewed some courageous volunteers from Westminster Village, a retirement community in Terre Haute, Indiana this week to gain insights on the philosophical questions they have been exploring in the Your Life on Earth Project in Humanities with Jessica McCallum. They enjoyed these cross-generational conversations on happiness, virtue and the purpose of our lives and did an excellent job being respectful, curious and engaged.
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:

Spring Break Travel
Please refer to the CDC Know Your Travel Risk page if you plan to travel for Spring Break.

Particularly if your travel plans fall into the "even less safe" (direct flights, long distance train or bus travel, car trips with people outside of your household) or "least safe" (flights with layovers, cruise ship) categories, please follow CDC guidelines for what you should do upon returning home:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative
  • Isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected if you test positive
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel if you do not get tested
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Student Schedules After Spring Break
We will increase the amount of in-person learning for students after the break, moving from half days to full days two days a week. Here is a sneak peak at the schedule that will go into effect March 23.

As outlined in this letter about Senior Project Schedules and Expectations, seniors will continue to be on campus only in the mornings, using afternoons for independent Action Project work time.

Meet the Durango 9R Superintendent Finalists
Though we are chartered through Colorado Charter School Institute and not our local school district, we partner with Durango 9R in many ways and therefore the selection of outgoing superintendent Dan Snowberger's successor is important to our school. The 9R Board of Education invites the community to attend a Superintenent Candidate Community Forum on Monday at 6:00pm via zoom.

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

AHS Information Session for Prospective Families: Tues. 3/9 5:30pm via

Student-Led Conference (9th and 11th grade): Tues. 3/9

Special NEST Meeting: Durango Film Festival REEL Learning Program: Wed. 3/10, 12:35pm via

Marketing Committee Meeting: Wed. 3/10 1pm via

Student-Led Conference (10th grade): Thurs. 3/11

Online Classes for All Grades: Fri. 3/12

Spring Break (no classes): Mon. 3/15 through Fri. 3/19

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Mon. 3/22

AHS Information Session for Prospective Families: Thurs. 3/25 5:30pm via

PSAT8/9, PSAT10 and SAT (9th, 10th and 11th grade): Tues. 4/13

CMAS Science Test (11th grade): Wed. 4/21

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

Graduation: Fri. 5/28

Last Day of School: Fri. 6/4
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