Jesse Hutt, Amy Hewitt, Katherine (Jeffrey), Danielle Sullivan (fresh), Flow Wolf
(fresh), Cate Smock, Jessi Kileene (frosh), Diane Gray (10th), Cari Harrison, Kristina
Monroe,Meghan McGrath, Tiare Flora, Carin Garcia, Kate McGrath, Jane Katz, Lynn
Arava, School Counselor
– Report on Mental Health Survey
Jake noted that we are in 5th year at AHS, and this is first year we have had a
counselor, which is making a huge impact. Mental health and emotional well-being
are of vital concern for parents, teachers and administrators.
Arava is focusing on social/emotional well-being and health; she is a licensed social
October was mental health screening month. She did mental health screening for
General mental health issues: anxiety and depression (about 13%, which trends
slightly higher than national number of 10%)– school stress, family issues, pressure
around drugs and alcohol here in Durango (she recommended that parents/families
offer more Drug/alcohol-free activities like bowling, movie, game nights). Seniors
have more skills for dealing with these issues.
In teenagers depression typically manifests itself as irritability and anger and sleep
Amy recommended using SJ Basin Health statistics, which has been studying
drug/alcohol use and it might be helpful to show that the majority of kids in
community aren’t partaking in drug and alcohol.
Arava started POW: Peer advocacy and wellness club. Planning an alcohol/drug-
free event for Snowdown and an event that will help freshman get to know
Mindfulness activities for staff meetings: Arava has been working with staff and
focusing on mindfulness to focus staff and more readily address topics at hand.
In giving advice for teens, when the child is stressed, don’t get straight to problem-
solving, slow down and both of you pay attention to what’s going on in your bodies
to help get you out of reactionary mode, focus on quieting down.
Issues of bullying among freshman this year were discussed. This would be expected
because it is a bigger group. Jake and Arava pulled 9th grade boys into meeting last
week to discuss 5 things about bullying. The next step is to bring SASO in to do
bystander training. The goal is to give all students tools to use when they see
bullying. Teaching empathy is a big part of 9th grade curriculum. Jane recommends
Jake’s visit to High Tech High
It was afantastic experience. Larry Rosenstock and Rob Riordan started HTH as
PBL school. Jake shadowed Brett Peterson at the original HTH. He is hoping to bring
him here in the spring. When Jake returned he emphasized: 1)strong sense of
collaboration among teachers across content areas, which increases student
engagement and forces children to do more real world learning, 2) placing a lot of
value in celebrating student work. Jake wants to create opportunities for staff to
celebrate student work so they have begun a process wherein at staff meetings one
teacher shares exceptional work of one student, 3) He was really inspired by how
HTH teachers are thinking big about projects and how they can have real world
Jesse spoke about her experience at HTH when she visited 4 years ago: Close
faculty/student relationships, relevant learning, internships are all important parts
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:
Friday, December 20 from 11:30-1:00.
Ceci and Jessie Kileen are organizing the food. They passed around a sign-up for
entrees. The menu is Italian, and they will be soliciting participation from parents
after Thanksgiving. They have arranged to have student musicians at the event.
Meghan is handling decorations. Carin G. is making gifts for teachers.
Fall Friendraiser Report:
Jesse reported that Friend-Raiser raised $60,000. Will stay at Strater for next year.
Kathy Setka gets a big hats off, say thanks if you see her.
1. Student Coffee Sale-January 10-31,2014:
This is an opportunity to partner with a local fair trade organic coffee roaster,
Desert Sun Coffee, where our students actively participate in fundraising. Our goal is
for each student to sell a minimum of 6 bags
Order Deadline: Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Price: $12 per bag; make checks payable to AHS
-all money should be paid at the
Delivery: February 12
-Juniors and Seniors; February 19
Proceeds from coffee fundraiser are earmarked for Osprey Week. Osprey Week is
time in May where students choose a particular activity. They spend time together
pursuing something of particular interest to them, ie. College visit tour, art museum
tour, back-country skiing trip, mountain biking, horseback riding. The idea is to
really engage students and enhance a love of learning. Kids love it! Some of the
experiences cost money. AHS is trying to lower that cost by raising funds during the
Unstructured social activities
: Jake agrees that this is important. If anyone wants
to get involved emailto help with the current parent
Amy will touch base with the student government to work more closely with them.
Members of Culture Club will attend and offer our support and discuss a survey to
get better idea of what kids would be interested in
Music at AHS
. We place strong emphasis on pretty traditional academics, we don’t
want to limit our students opportunities for music, art… Jam SIG is one opportunity
for playing music, Honors Orchestra is another way. Rock and Roll academy proved
too expensive for this year. Jake has been talking to Stillwater and IAMusic about
music. Jake is looking at designing a SIG in the future, but it is unlikely to happen
during this academic year. Speech club was suggested. Jake said if we had enough
student interest we could get something like that going. We have to be very
intentional about what we do as we have such limited time and resources, must be
student generated so we know there is strong student interest.
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