Aspen High School
Student and Family Weekly Update
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Dear Students & Families,
I want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to rest, relax, and spend quality time with friends and family. I continue to be incredibly grateful to lead Aspen High School, to work alongside a stellar staff, to engage with incredible students, and to partner with our fantastic families.
As we head into the holiday season, we want to remind everyone that this time of year can be very difficult for some people. If you or someone you care about is struggling, please reach out for help. Students have access to their counselors here at school, as well as a mental health professional from the Hope Center. We also want everyone to remember that the Hope Center is available 24/7:
Aspen Hope Center, 24-hour Hope Line 970-925-5858
Parent Virtual Coffee with AHS Principal
Join us next time for Parent Virtual Coffee
with AHS Principal Sarah Strassburger.
We will be discussing The IB Program, and we will be joined by MYP & DP. "IB: DP & MYP - What do you need to know?"
Friday, November 17th, 9:00 – 10:00am
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/men-szre-vqc
Past recordings can be found on our webiste.
10th Grade Students & Families: PERSONAL PROJECT
Attention 10th Grade Parents!
Your student has begun working on their personal project during their SET time. The Personal Project is the culminating project of the Middle Years Programme for IB. This year’s sophomore class will be our first class of students to complete the project. Already, we are impressed with students’ ideas and we’re excited to see what they accomplish through their projects.
At this time, students have chosen their project idea as well as the learning and product goal. Currently, they’re working on developing their success criteria and action plan and will soon be starting to follow their action plan to complete the project. The goal is for students to be completed with their projects by January 15th.
Talk to your student about their projects and check out the handbook to learn more about the entirety of the project.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Personal Project Coordinator
Graduation, Class of 2024!
Come by the Front Office to grab your graduation packet. It has everything you and your family needs to get ready for Graduation Day. Custom Grad Announcements, Cap & Gown, Senior Apparel, Letter Jackets, 2024 Class Rings and MORE!
Package options can also be viewed on the
Jostens website: My School Store.
If further ordering instruction is needed, please check out their Zoom recording, password !nC5ypLy
Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior & Seniors!
Class Ring Lookbooks are available ion the Front Office. You are all welcome to grab a lookbook or visit the Jostens website to order Class Rings!
Senior photos and quotes are due December 1st.
To submit photos, email the jpg file to email@example.com. Please include the quote in the email as well. We encourage seniors to select a quote that will be placed below their photo that is meaningful to them. Additionally, we encourage you to purchase both a yearbook and a senior recognition ad to go in the back of the book. These ads are traditionally a way for families to honor seniors.
From Post Secondary Couseling
Calling All Juniors:
Right after the break …
A second Junior & Parent Evening Meeting is scheduled for November 29 at 5:30pm, click here for the virtual meeting link. We'll hear words of advice from a college admissions officer, discuss the junior year timeline, and go over priorities and programming specifically for juniors. Live Spanish translation will be available.
Now that so many of the seniors have submitted their first round of college applications, we can turn our attention to the Class of 2025! All juniors are encouraged to schedule an Individual Meeting with either Karen (students with last names A-K) or Brennan (L-Z). We recommend that each junior have at least two individual meetings - ideally one in the winter and one in the spring. Click here to schedule your meetings (scroll down to the Juniors section). ***Students are not allowed to miss class for these meetings. Please schedule before school or during SET, lunch, or a free period. *** So that the individual meetings are as productive as possible, completed junior intake and parent intake forms are requested.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
November 20th - 24th - Thanksgiving Break
December 13th - Student Early Release / Staff PD
December 22nd - January 5th - Winter Break
January 10 - Student Early Release / Staff PD
January 15 - Martin Luther King Day
Community Events & Opportunities
Family Engagement & Parent Volunteer Opportunities
AHS Parent Group News
- Teacher Appreciation: Throughout the year we show appreciation for our AHS teachers and staff with monthly celebrations. These events cannot happen without the support of our AHS families. To sponsor/co-sponsor or contribute to breakfast, lunch, or snacks, please get in touch with Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parent lunch volunteers: A HUGE thank you to our devoted group of AHS parents who have been volunteering weekly. It is an enormous help to Tenille and a great way to support the school and get a glimpse of what high school life is like (we promise you the kids like seeing us there). Whether you can sign up for one shift or three, any time you can give is greatly appreciated! To sign up for a shift click here.
If you have any questions, you can contact the AHS Parent Group.
We are always looking to enhance our parent engagement. If you would like to join the Aspen High School Parent Group and learn more about volunteer opportunities or other ways to stay connected to the school community, please take a moment to fill out this form.
Aspen Jewish Congregation
Aspen Jewish Congregation, in partnership with the American Jewish Committee and Aspen Chabad, is hosting an event at which 7-12th graders (and their parents) will be encouraged to ask all their questions about Israel and antisemitism, and will gain resources for future use. The event will be over the course of the day on Sunday, December 3. Click here to RSVP
Holy Cross Youth Leadership Program
Travel-Based Youth Leadership Oppurtunities
High School Juniors & Seniors of Holy Cross Energy members are encouraged to apply. All expenses paid! Free for winning applicants.
Students must submit their application to Holy Cross Energy by Friday, January 12.
More information and application instructions are available at:
2023-2024 AVSC & Student Ski/Snowboard Pass
ON SALE NOW!!
If your child is enrolled in AVSC or a local school during the 2023-2024 season, you are eligible to purchase an AVSC or Student Pass for them. To order online visit shop.aspensnowmass.com/s/season-passes or visit any of the Aspen Snowmass ticket offices. The Mountain Sales Call Center can be reached at (855) 547-5546.
Youth In Nature Recruitment
Want to get outside, explore where you live, and get paid to do it?
Youth in Nature is a FREE program open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students attending Aspen to Parachute schools. Throughout the program you will learn from experienced outdoor leaders during a backcountry hut trip, stewardship projects, skiing, climbing, wilderness first aid training, farming and more! Prior outdoor experience is NOT needed. Discover volunteer, internship, and job opportunities in the outdoors and receive a $1,500 educational award over the course of this year-long program that meets once a month. All supplies, gear, and transportation for the trips will be provided. Applications open January 15th at www.rfov.org"