October 10, 2023

Dear Osprey Students and Families,

Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) will take place on Thursday, October 19 between 4:00 and 6:00 at AHS. We look forward to welcoming families to campus for these important check in conversations, facilitated by students and designed to foster meaningful reflection and communication about student progress and growth. SLCs occur once a semester; in the fall they are mandatory for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students and families. Each SLC should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

We require that students arrive in professional dress for SLCs, as we believe that presenting oneself in a polished, mature fashion helps to set the tone for a thoughtful and engaged conversation. We also believe that learning to dress in a professional manner is a valuable life skill, so we require professional dress for Exhibitions and Presentations of Learning as well. In addition to daily dress code expectations, professional dress requires that students wear: a button-down shirt and tie, shirt with finished neck, sweater or blouse; a nice pair of slacks (no jeans), skirt or dress; dress shoes (no sneakers, no excessively high heels). Please communicate with an adult at school if finding professional dress clothing is cost-prohibitive; we have clothing to lend and we can help! 

SLC Format

Teachers will share grade-specific expectations and help students prepare for SLCs in their core classes and the format will vary a bit from grade to grade. 

  • 9th grade: fall SLCs will offer students and families a chance to go beyond the regular, "How is school going?" conversation, and instead, dive deeper into self reflection through a series of guided questions.  

  • 10th grade: the fall SLC takes the form of an interview, with parents using questions students will provide to dialogue about progress, goals and visions of the future. 

  • 11th grade: SLCs are a two-way interview with parents about their own high school, career and college experiences. Parents will interview students about their goals and learn about how students want support as they work to achieve these goals through LINK, AHS coursework and college planning.

  • 12th grade: In 12th grade, students do not do SLCs, however, we encourage all parents and guardians to check grades in Infinite Campus and discuss progress with their students.

Grade-level teachers will circulate through classrooms during SLCs, but the expectation is that students are truly the ones leading the conversations. Multiple SLCs will take place simultaneously in each classroom and if questions arise during a conference, teachers will be available to offer support.  

Scheduling and Signing Up

There are several available appointments for each time slot at each grade level. Select a time that works well for your family by using the following online links. Please only sign up for one slot per student. Be sure to hit the “Save and Continue” button after selecting your SLC time slot.

Contact the following staff members if you need to schedule your family’s SLC for a time other than Thursday October 19 between 4 and 6pm:

As always, our goal with SLCs is for students to take the lead in their educational journey, learning to authentically assess their progress and refine their personal goals. We encourage you all to engage in the conversations with fresh ears and open minds, and we hope that the experience will be meaningful for you. Please feel free to reach out to grade-level teachers with any questions, feedback or concerns.

Upcoming Events

Biology Field Trip to Silverton with Mountain Studies Institute (9th grade): Thurs. 10/12, 8:30am-2pm

Junior Postsecondary Night: Thurs. 10/12, 5:30pm

Student Council Election: Fri. 10/13

TWIGS Coffee: Fri. 10/13, 8:30am

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 10/16

Geology Field Trip to Coal Bank Pass: Tues. 10/17, 8:30am-3:20pm

Advancement Committee Meeting: Tues. 10/17, 1pm

TWIGS Buds Meeting: Tues. 10/17, 6pm

College & Cupcakes: Colorado Free Application Day (12th grade): Thurs. 10/19

AHS Campus Tour: Thurs. 10/19, 8:45am RSVP here

Student-Led Conferences (9th-11th grades): Thurs. 10/19, 4-6pm

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 10/19, 5:30pm

TWIGS Teen Mental Health Event: Tues. 10/24, 6pm

PSAT/NMSQT (11th grade): Wed. 10/25

NEST Meeting: Wed. 10/25

2nd Quarter XBlocks Begin: Wed. 11/1

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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

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