October 16, 2020
Hello Ospreys,

Thank you to all the students, families and teachers who made time this week for virtual Student-Led Conferences. As we heard in this morning's Osprey Parent Coffee, our families deeply appreciate the care they see teachers have for students at our school. It's no fluke that our teachers have received an A+ rating on niche.com. In this time where teachers are working incredibly hard to transform their curriculum and adjust to seeing students in person only two days a week, we are extraordinarily grateful to have such a talented, seasoned, dedicated group of educators at AHS.

Next Friday, October 23, our staff will gather for a professional development day to check in, connect and collaborate as we look ahead to the second half of the fall semester. We have decided to add a Fall Break holiday on Monday, October 26, in order to provide a little breather to support wellbeing for our staff and students. This means that students have a four-day weekend next weekend. We hope that all Ospreys can use some of that time to relax, reflect and rejuvenate!
Health and Wellness
As we communicated with 9th, 10th and 11th grade families this week, we are offering an alternative path for students to receive XBlock credit this term, by documenting 30 hours of wellness-supporting activity; read all the details here. While we're unable to offer our usual XBlock classes (ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, swimming, etc.), we know that student wellbeing is foundational to learning and have created this alternative path to XBlock credit to emphasize the importance of healthy habits that support physical and mental health. To receive XBlock credit this semester, students must:

Unfortunately, COVID cases in La Plata County continue to rise. The state of Colorado's positivity rate has been as high as 6.37% during the last week. Avoiding indoor social gatherings is especially important during this time. Limiting exposures to others outside your household as well as wearing a mask, keeping your distance and frequent hand sanitizing will all help to save lives in our community. Please see the CDC tool kit for supporting adolescent wellbeing during COVID-19. Thank you for staying home when you have symptoms and for continuing to complete our daily student screening form, as required by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH).

With flu season coming up, we encourage all Ospreys to get a flu shot. SJBPH is offering flu clinics at the following times and locations:

  • 9-11am Tuesday 10/20 at Manna Soup Kitchen
  • 1-4pm Wednesdays 10/21 and 10/28 Durango Public Library overflow parking lot

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever: according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the addition of another respiratory illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could overburden the health care system, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of catching both diseases at once.

Our goal continues to be to safely provide the maximum amount of in-person learning we can this year, and we appreciate all the sacrifices and effort it takes on everyone's part to keep our school doors open!
Ballot Measure 4A
Ballots are arriving in local voter mailboxes this week with several important issues up for consideration, including the Durango 9R Bond Measure which would generate $90 million for local schools without raising taxes.

As a reminder, AHS will receive $2.5 million if bond measure 4A passes, which will help us build our new campus at Fort Lewis College. This week, the AHS Board met with the Board of The Juniper School, which also stands to receive $2.5 million if 4A is approved by voters. The joint board meeting gave us an opportunity to see Juniper's beautiful new school facility in Bodo Park while brainstorming ways we might collaborate as progressive charter schools in our community. We appreciate Juniper inviting us to visit!

Read more about the bond measure here. Want to get involved in raising awareness about 4A? Reach out to Osprey Parent Amy Hewitt at hewittmv@gmail.com.

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

College Information Night (11th grade): Wed. 10/21, 5:30pm via Zoom link passcode Z9f2TF

AHS Board of Directors Meeting: Thurs.10/22, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/frq-jspo-kbr

Professional Development Day for Staff (no classes): Fri. 10/23

Fall Break (no classes): Mon. 10/26

SAT Make-up Date (12th grade): Tues. 10/27

Marketing Committee Meeting: Thurs. 10/29, 2:30pm

School Excellence Committee Meeting: Thurs. 10/29, 4:30pm

AHS Student Council Fall Blood Drive: Fri. 11/6, 9:30am-4:30pm

Thanksgiving Break: Mon. 11/23 through Fri. 11/27

Professional Development Day (no classes): Mon. 11/30
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