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AUSD Kindergarten Parent Information Nights 2018

Backpacks From Coast Hills
Atascadero Unified School District and Coast Hills Credit Union employees were all smiles while displaying 50 brand new backpacks stuffed with school supplies. AUSD thanks Coast Hills for the wonderful community partnership in supporting students and families with this gift.

 District Classified Employee of the Year 2018
District employee, Perry Broster, was recognized as the District Classified Employee of the Year 2018 at the annual CSEA celebration. Mr. Broster is the custodian at San Benito Elementary School. His school staff came out in force to support him in this recognition and praised his efforts in keeping their campus clean and safe. Mr. Boster will go on to the county level to be recognized there as well. Congratulations Perry!

Stem Based Minecraft Camp
Check out this flier about our Stem Based Minecraft Camp this summer!
  • Open to students ages 7-13
  • Real life connections to digital experiences
  • Physical experiences using STEM themed materials
  • Signed copy of Minecraft STEM Labs (2018)
  • Run by credentialed teachers
  • Ridiculously fun up-to-date camp activities!
Click here to see all of the information and to sign-up!

Michelle McKenzie, Bond Oversight Committee Chairperson, reported to the Board of Trustees at Tuesday night's meeting, regarding the committee's activities this past year. AUSD is looking great with beautiful new classrooms and facilities!  
Michelle McKenzie presentation

Enrique Sanchez Hernandez was recognized by AUSD  trustees and administration for his CORE VALUE of Excellence in his grounds keeper duties as he maintains the athletic fields at Atascadero High School and the campus of San Gabriel Elementary School. Principals Neely and Ames couldn't say enough wonderful things about the professionalism Enrique shows as he keeps both campus in tip top shape. Keep up the good work!

Enrique Hernandez

AUSD Trustees congratulate Monterey Road Elementary School principal

Monterey Road Awards

AUSD Trustees congratulate Monterey Road Elementary School principal, Julie Ann Davis, for being only one of 4 schools in the state to receive the Gold status, Green Ribbon School award. Monterey Road has also been nominated to the national level and will find out in May if they have been selected for this prestigious honor. Sarah Betz, Carrisa Plains principal was happy to share that her site was one of 12 schools in the state to make Silver recognition as a first time Green Ribbon School. Go Green Team!

Local Photographer Shows Her Work and Provides Creative Inspiration

Students from the Photography, Portfolio Development/Field Experience classes and other students were privileged to attend a presentation by local photographer Cheryl Strahl held prior to Spring break. She showed a number of her photographs providing insight about the photographic characteristics of each and about her experience taking each photograph. One instant in particular was her photographing a welder in Cuba, who was initially reluctant until she, through some effort, explained that her husband at one time was a welder.

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VEX IQ Robotics Camp
    Greybots second annual summer robotics camp is now taking sign ups. The camps will be held at Santa Rosa Academic Academy starting in June. Follow the link below for more information and to register.

AUSD's Resource Officer Honored for 20 Years of Service
Corporal Michele Schamber, Resource officer for Atascadero Unified School District, was recognized at a recent City Council Meeting for her 20 years of service with the Atascadero Police Department.


San Gabriel Elementary School 4th graders are Catapulted into Engineering
4th graders in Mrs. Foley's class welcomed Cal Poly's Society of Women in Engineering. The students worked in groups to create and test catapults. 

Regional Science Bowl Competition

Congratulations to the AHS Science Bowl Team: Kyle De Matias, Jessica Jen, Kaeden Russell, Claire Livengood, and Justin Roberts for taking 3rd place out of 32 teams at the Science Bowl Competition this weekend at Cal State Bakersfield. They defeated teams from Templeton and SLO along the way. Thank you John Forte & Angie Mcquitty for inspiring students!

AHS Science Bowl Competition

Community Partnerships at its Best

Stu Stoddard, Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities, introduced Rubi Rajbanshi from the San Luis Obispo County Pollution Control District. Rubi shared with the Board some of the grants that they have assisted AUSD in securing over the last several years such as; new buses, fuel storage tanks, retrofitted buses, and more. The latest being 2 EV charging stations along $4,905 to go towards the purchase of a 2017 Chevy Volt. AUSD is committed to pursuing all avenues of sustainability thru community partnerships!

Stu Stoddard and Rubi Rajbanshi with the board

AHS Presents Students with Completed Certifications

Andrew Weatherly, AHS Ag teacher, along with students Oren and Chandler, shared with the Board a list of students who have received certification in some of the Career Pathways being offered at AHS. Mr. Weatherly also shared that over 80 students have been able to obtain their OSHA 10-Hour Cards to show that they have completed a 10 hour course on safety recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. Way to go Greyhounds!

Andrew Weatherly with two students and the board

Lighthouse Atascadero Mentoring Program, LAMP

Sometimes, all a kid needs to overcome adversity is a helping hand. The Lighthouse Atascadero Mentoring Program, also known as LAMP, has been under supervision of Ms. Davis, Atascadero Middle School teacher and director, as well as Atascadero High School teachers Mr. Melzer and Mr. Davis. The Greyhound Foundation, in collaboration with the Atascadero Unified School District founded the program to help middle school students strengthen their individual abilities to make healthy decisions. The goal of this mentor program is to model positive leadership, honesty and loyalty.
High School Students mentor Middle school students

AHS Trumpet player made the State Honor Band

Congratulations to Derek Gong, AHS student and trumpet player, for making the State Honor Band. He was one of over 3,000 high school students who tried out for this honor. Band Instructor Nate Conrad touted his talents by calling Derek a phenomenal musician and outstanding individual. Way to go Derek!

Congratulations to Derek Gong for making State Honor band

AHS Students honored for being AP Scholars

The Board of Trustees were honored to recognize several of the Atascadero High School students as AP scholars. Principal Bill Neely presented each with a certificate recognizing their achievement in one of 3 separate areas. All of the students had to score a 3 or higher on at least 3 of the AP exams to be considered an AP Scholar. To be recognized as an AP Scholar with Honors they had to score 3 or higher on at least 4 AP exams. The highest honor given was to those who scored 3 or higher on at least 5 AP exams, receiving the recognition of AP Scholar with Special Recognition. Franko Jiro, AHS senior, received this honor and will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Congratulations to each of these scholars. You represent yourselves and your school with distinction.

AHS AP Students honored at Board meeting

Book War's Hogwarts Party

Atascadero Middle School hosted the Harry Potter Reading Celebration for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students were invited if they read at least one Harry Potter book and took the Reading Counts test or wrote a summary about the book. Students who read the entire series were awarded prizes. Students at the celebration lunch got to have Harry Potter themed snacks and were part of a raffle drawing as well. Thanks to Mrs. O'Malley and Ms. Garcia for all the hard work of getting this together!"

Book War's Hogwarts party at Atascadero Middle School

Atascadero Unified School District’s Del Rio and West Mall Schools Get New Home

Atascadero Unified
Superintendent: Tom Butler
5601 West Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422

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Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Winter Sports All County Team!

Boys Basketball: Kyler Warren

Boys Soccer: Nick Garza, Benji Garcia

Girls Soccer: Kiana Subia, Lexi Setting, Haley Pires, Hina Nogi, Serena Ramirez

Girls Water Polo: Tina Bell, Abby Wright, Evy Cooper, Ali Marshall 

Wrestling: Anna Resco, Kimball Brown

Evening for Education

CAPS 12th annual evening for education will be August 25th this year. There will be dinner, music, casino and an auction, tickets will go on sale in June and you can reserve your table today.

San Gabriel STEAM Expo 2018

San Gabriel's Family STEAM Expo had over 175 students participate in activities from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Members from Cal Poly, Paso Robles Science Department, and Dr. Hider, a local optometrist, volunteered their time to run stations.

STEAM Expo at San Gabriel Elementary
STEAM Expo at San Gabriel Elementary 2

San Benito PTA presents the Board with gifts and a challenge!

San Benito Elementary School PTA presented the Board with Bengal cups and a challenge to join their PTA, which by the way was accepted. They were commended for having 100% membership at their site and for 2 years in a row having the highest percentage of members in the County. Superintendent Butler stated their presentation was one of the best he has seen. Way to go Bengals!

San Benito PTA with the School Board

SRAA Office Staff Recognized by the Board

Santa Rosa Academic Academy office staff, Nikki Hutchinson and Eddy Grace, were recognized for the Core Value of Excellence. Superintendent Butler stated he has seen them in action with customer service being paramount with new students and families. Principal Tim Sobraske stated that the opening of a new housing development, among other things, has brought 24 (and counting) new students in the last couple of weeks and that the office staff exudes a positive energy with their sincerity and genuineness. Asst. Superintendent Eichperger stated how important that first interaction is for new families and commended them for setting the right tone.

Santa Rosa Secretary and Principal recognized by the Board
AHS Women's Water Polo Ranked in the CIFSS Top Ten

The CIF Southern Section office released on Monday its top women's water polo teams. Out of 46 schools in Southern California the Greyhounds are ranked number 10. Way to go Lady Greyhounds! Check out the great write up in the Atascadero News.

AHS Women's Water Polo ranked Number 10

AUSD Welcomes new Support Services Director and Assistant Director. 

As Stu Stoddard prepares for retirement Brant Lloyd joins the AUSD family as the new Director of Support Services. Check out the write up in The Atascadero News to see the great things Brant will bring to our District.

Two new MOT administrators

Movie Poster Contest Awards

Atascadero High School students had the opportunity to enter a movie poster contest sponsored by San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in partnership with Jeffrey Bacon. Read more about this contest and the students that entered it by clicking Here.4 AHS students win design awards