February 15, 2024

Dear Osprey Families,

Spring Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are right around the corner. On Thursday, February 29 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, all 10th and most 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. 

Junior SLCs will consist of creating an action plan to address academic and/or LINK issues with a goal of ensuring the student is on track to finish their junior year strong with a successful internship experience. Juniors who meet the following criteria will not be required to complete SLCs this semester: 

  • in good academic standing (Nothing below a C- in any class as of Monday, February 26. All student work must be submitted by Friday February 23 to be graded by this deadline.)
  • completed two informational interviews in preparation for LINK Internship
  • confirmed LINK internship with a completed LINK Confirmation & Agreement Form, signed by the student, parent and mentor, submitted by February 28 

Seniors are not required to complete SLCs. However, parents are highly encouraged to check their current grades in Infinite Campus, and to have conversations with their students about their senior thesis and senior project! In addition, Lori will be sending emails out to families notifying them if their student did not turn in their thesis on Monday, March 4.

Scheduling and Signing Up

Families should use the following links to select a time slot. Please sign up for just one time slot per student:

If your family is unable to meet on February 29 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

Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes): Mon. 2/19

TWIGS Book Discussion: Lost Connections by Johan Hari: Tues. 2/20, 6pm

AHS Campus Tour: Thurs. 2/22, 8:45am; RSVP here

Advancement Committee Meeting: Tues. 2/27, 1:15pm

AHS Campus Tour: Tues. 2/27, 5:30pm; RSVP here

NEST Meeting: Durango Film Festival's REEL Learning Program: Wed. 2/28

Student-Led Conferences: Thurs. 2/29, 4-6pm

Enrollment Lottery: Mon. 3/4

Graduation Meeting: Mon. 3/4, 5:30pm

Humanites 9 Satire Exhibition: Tues. 3/5, 4-5:30pm at Durango Public Library

4th Quarter XBlock Classes Begin: Wed. 3/6

TWIGS Evening Online Parent Coffee: Mon. 3/11, 6pm

Spring Break: Mon. 3/18 through Fri. 3/22

Professional Development Day (no school): Mon. 3/25

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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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