February 28, 2023

Dear Osprey Families,

While it may not feel very springlike outside, spring Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are right around the corner. On Thursday, March 9 between 4 and 6pm, we’ll welcome families to campus for these important check-in conversations, facilitated by students and designed to help foster meaningful reflection and conversation about student growth and progress. SLCs occur once a semester and are mandatory in the spring for all 9th and10th grade students and select 11th grade students.

We require 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. 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; dark socks to match trousers and dress shoes (no sneakers, no excessively high heels). Please communicate with an adult at school if procuring professional dress clothes is cost-prohibitive; we will find a way to help.  

SLC Format

Spring SLCs for 9th graders will offer students and families a chance to dive into self reflection through a series of guided questions. The goal of the SLC is to support a strong finish to the first year of high school and to encourage 9th graders to reflect on their role in the school as a whole. Students will look at their action plans from their 1st semester Presentations of Learning with their families and decide what is working and what needs modification/refinement in order to reach success.

Sophomores and their families will have authentic conversations about academic habits, growth, challenges and strengths in preparation for Sophomore Inspire Week, which will happen in April. 

Juniors who meet the following criteria will not be required to complete SLCs this semester: 

  • confirmed LINK Internship with a completed LINK Confirmation & Agreement Form, signed by the student, parent and mentor, submitted via Transeo by Friday March 3 
  • in good academic standing (no C- or below in any class) as of Monday, March 6. All student work must be submitted by Friday March 3 to be graded by this deadline.

For those who have a C- or below in any class and/or have not yet confirmed their internship, SLCs will consist of creating an action plan to address academic and/or internship issues with a goal of ensuring the student is on track to finish their junior year strong. Juniors are responsible for communicating with their families about whether or not the SLC is required for them.

Seniors are not required to complete SLCs.

Scheduling and Signing Up

Please sign up using the following link, with just one time slot per student:

If your family is unable to meet on March 9 or you cannot sign up online, please reach out to the appropriate teacher:

As always, our goal with SLCs is for students to take the lead in being responsible and reflective in their high school journey as they consider how they continue to grow, academically, socially and emotionally. We appreciate your ongoing engagement in this process. Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.

Upcoming Events

Campus Tour for Prospective Families: Tues. 2/28, 5:30pm RSVP here

9th Grade Career Site Visits: Wed. 3/1, 8:30am-12pm; sign up here to help transport students

NEST Meeting: Durango Film Festival: Wed. 3/1, 1:40pm

Desert Sun Coffee Order Forms Due: Wed. 3/1

Realtor Open House: Thurs. 3/2, 11am-1pm

Enrollment Lottery Date: Mon. 3/6

TWIGS Parent Coffee: Mon. 3/6, 8:30am

Model UN (10th grade): Tues. 3/7 through Thurs. 3/9

Graduation Meeting (12th grade): Tues. 3/7, 5:30pm

Teen Mental Health 1st Aid (11th grade): Wed. 3/8, Wed. 3/29 and Wed. 4/5, 10:15am-12pm

Chew on This! Lunch & Learn: Ashley Carruth from San Juan Mountain SOLES: Wed. 3/8, 12pm

Osprey Week Group Meetings: Wed. 3/8, 12:50-1:40pm

Welcome to the Nest Event for Newly Admitted Students and Families: Wed. 3/8, 5pm

Development Committee Meeting: Thurs. 3/9, 1pm

Student-led Conferences: Thurs. 3/9, 4-6pm

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Fri. 3/10, 10:30am

TWIGS Buds Meeting: Mon. 3/13, 5:30pm; email [email protected] for location

Osprey Week (no regular classes): Mon. 3/13 through Fri. 3/17

Spring Break (no classes): Mon. 3/20 through Fri. 3/24

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 3/27

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AHS 2022/23 School Calendar
TWIGS Website
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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