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2019-2020 AUSD Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Student Registration now Open!

Atascadero Historical Society's Family Fun Day 

Saturday, April 27th, is Family Fun Day at the Colony Heritage Center. There will be old time games, activities, and tours, click on the flyer for more information.
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Atascadero Middle School Open House is May 1st

Please note the date has changed for the Atascadero Middle School's open house. Join Principal Jessica Lloyd in the gym for the 6th grade "Future Saints" welcome. Click on the flyer for more information.
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Exploring Atascadero High School's Greytness

Atascadero High School offers multiple dual enrollment classes in partnership with Cuesta College. These classes are offered at the High School and students will earn college credits as well as meeting graduation requirements. Students who would like to enroll in dual enrollment are encouraged to speak with their counselor about this great opportunity and to further discuss their academic plan. The following dual enrollments courses are offered at the High School:

Level 200+ classes
Math Analysis
Child Development
Physical Geology (H)
Astronomy
Video Production
Graphic Design
Career Planning
Photography
Advanced Auto
Intro to Sports Medicine
Production Design
Careers in Education


Level 100 classes
Career Planning
Expository Reading and Writing


In addition there are also Cuesta College Enrichment Opportunities at the High School. After school, Cuesta offers both Workplace Readiness and American Sign Language course 1 and 2.

Art and Perseverance

Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of over 30 books, presented a Graphic Novel Writing and Drawing workshop at the AHS High School Library on Wednesday. His most recent book for young adults, Hey Kiddo, was a finalist for the National Book Award and tells the true story of his life growing up in a family affected by drug addiction and how his love for art helped him persevere through adversity. This amazing opportunity was made possible through a partnership with the AHS Library and the County of SLO Public Libraries' Book to Action grant. Over 95 students and teachers were in attendance.
Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of over 30 books, presented a Graphic Novel Writing and Drawing workshop at the AHS High School Library on Wednesday.

Monterey Mustang's Book Adventure

Monterey Road teacher Kayleen Leong and District Librarian Kris Bell hosted the 3rd annual Book Adventure for 2nd and 3rd graders at Monterey Road last week. Similar to the Battle of the Books, students who wish to compete are required to read at least 12 books from a list of books at different levels and genres. Students had a great time team building, competing in rounds, and were given a free book at the end thanks to the MRES PTA! Congratulations to the Bees who were the top scoring team!
Monterey Road teacher Kayleen Leong and District Librarian Kris Bell hosted the 3rd annual Book Adventure for 2nd and 3rd graders at Monterey Road last week.

Atascadero High School Blood Drive

Atascadero High School's Health Room Nurse, Jody Batten, coordinated a blood drive with Vitalant, who brought a blood drive van to campus for the entire day. Students and Staff donated enough blood to save 84 lives!
Debbie Peterson, secretary to Assistant Principal Chris Allen, gives blood during the blood drive

A Big Thank You to Atascadero Kiwanis Club

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero spent their weekend painting baseball and softball dugouts at Atascadero High School. AUSD greatly appreciates their time and effort given to our schools.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero spent their weekend painting baseball and softball dugouts at Atascadero High School.

Green Ribbon Schools Recognized at
Tuesday's Board Meeting

Santa Rosa Academic Academy: Gold-Green Ribbon

AUSD Board of Trustees recognized Santa Rosa Academic Academy for it's Gold Green Ribbon state recognition. Principal Tim Sobraske shared how the students are experiencing new foods with garden tastings, learning how the rain barrel works in recycling water, participating in 'Fit and Fun Fridays', making films on where the waste goes, and practicing 'Walk, Roll or Car Pool' in getting to school.
AUSD Board of Trustees recognized Santa Rosa Academic Academy for it's Gold Green Ribbon state recognition

Carrisa Plains: Silver-National Green Ribbon

AUSD Board of Trustees is pleased to recognize Carrisa Plains Elementary Schools 2019 National Green Ribbon School recognition. They are among a handful of schools that will be recognized in Washington D.C. later this year. Principal Sarah Betz stated that the school had received a silver state recognition last year and students and staff continue to work everyday, caring about the well being of each other and the world around them.
AUSD Board of Trustees is pleased to recognize Carrisa Plains Elementary Schools 2019 National Green Ribbon School recognition.

Creston: Silver-Green Ribbon

AUSD Board of Trustees is pleased to recognize Creston Elementary School for their 2019 State Silver Green Ribbon School recognition. Principal Sarah Betz thanked the many outside organizations for their support and shared how the school has 'Walk and Roll' Wednesdays where the students walk or ride bikes to school as an effort to show how they can help their world.
AUSD Board of Trustees is pleased to recognize Creston Elementary School for their 2019 State Silver Green Ribbon School recognition.

Monterey Road: Silver - National Green Ribbon

The Board of Trustees was happy to recognize Monterey Road Elementary School's achievements as a Green Ribbon School. They have been recognized as a Silver State recipient twice, a Gold State recipient as well as earning National Recognition in 2018. She stated that by taking academics outside her students have been given the power to act on those things they care about.
The Board of Trustees was happy to recognize Monterey Road Elementary School's achievements as a Green Ribbon School.

San Benito: Silver Green Ribbon

The Board of Trustees recognized San Benito Elementary School for their Silver Green Ribbon School state recognition. Principal Kat Holmes stated that #BENGALS GO GREEN reflects the students actions; by wearing hats and sunglasses, turning off lights, garden club and One Cool Earth meetings weekly to promoting wellness amongst the staff with 'Walk & Talk' Wednesdays, followed with a weekly memo on ways to take care of oneself.  
The Board of Trustees recognized San Benito Elementary School for their Silver Green Ribbon School state recognition
 

Flying High Atascadero High School's Stunt Team

Last year, stunt was recognized as an official sport in California high schools. “Stunt being recognized as a sport allows the athletes who participate in sideline cheerleading to have a season that recognizes their hard work,” said Coach Haworth. Last year the team focused on learning about the game and the routines. “We did well with our competitions and are excited for this season,” Coach. Haworth said. You can check out the next stunt competition on Thursday the 18th at AHS Gym, the Hounds will be going up against Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles. Read the full article in the Hill Top News
AHS Stunt team athletes perform a stunt called a “hitch.” Photo by Morgan Orgeron





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Learning Among the Oaks

The LATO tour for UC California Naturalist/Cuesta College class was a great success! Hats off to Ewan, Joshua, Leland, Lily and Julie and a big thank you to parents and AUSD Superintendent Tom Butler for making last Friday special. The Middle School Oak Ambassadors did an awesome job leading the tour. They were confident, knowledgeable, interesting, funny — all in all, very engaging teachers!
The Middle School Oak Ambassadors did an awesome job leading the tour.

Students Graft Apple Trees at Atascadero High School

Members of CA Rare Fruit Growers led by Dr. Joe Sabol of Cal Poly came to AHS on March 15 to teach apple tree grafting to the Agriculture Systems Management class. 20 students learned how to graft scion wood to rootstalks. The class pruned scion wood from an apple tree on the east of the "B" building and affectionately named it "Greyhound Apples" in addition to grafting "Fuji" variety trees. The newly grafted trees will remain on campus at the Ornamental Horticulture unit where students will care for them until the end of the school year when they will be able to take them home. In the mean time everyone is anxiously awaiting the first buds of spring.
Members of CA Rare Fruit Growers led by Dr. Joe Sabol of Cal Poly came to AHS on March 15 to teach apple tree grafting to the Agriculture Systems Management class.

Hounds Baseball Beats Bearcats

Atascadero and Paso Robles faced off for game one of their two-game series on Wednesday afternoon, April 3, at Kidwell Park in a game that will go down as an instant classic. The game between the rivals saw three lead changes, two ties and ended with a Justin Vose walk-off home run for the Greyhounds who took the game 5-4. Read this entire article and all about the game in the Atascadero News.
Greyhounds beat Bearcats 5-4

Thank You Big Creek Lumber!

Big Creek Lumber donated garden kits to several local schools. Paloma Creek High School was one of the ten schools that received one of these kits that included redwood lumber ready to assemble and soil courtesy of Sun Land Garden Products. Read the full story at KSBY.
A locally owned lumber store in Paso Robles is doing its part in supporting local schools with a garden kit donation program.

Check Out Cal Poly's Radio Antenna at San Benito's Open House

Over the summer, Cal Poly Liberal Studies students Sara Bettencourt, Sarah Coyle, Carly Muller, and Aileen Saucedo participated in FROST summer research with Dr. David Mitchell. They were able to construct and use a radio antenna to observe Jupiter storms throughout the summer, and this led to their senior project. This entailed the four students creating, planning, and piloting lessons on waves for Mrs. Jowett's first graders and Mrs. Mueller's fourth graders at San Benito Elementary. The lessons focused on sound waves and included a variety of activities, from interactive games, videos, and hands on stations. The goal was for students to discover that sound makes vibrations, and vibrations make sound, and also for them to draw models of how different sound waves behave. This general knowledge of waves was then connected to the radio antenna, which functions by picking up radio waves, and students were introduced to the electromagnetic spectrum. On the final day of the project, the students were able to see the radio antenna which was set up in a nearby field, and were able to hear signals from the universe and the sun. The project was a success and the Cal Poly students are in the process of revising the lessons in order to make them available for teachers to use in the future. The radio antenna should be set up during Open House, Friday May 3rd, so everyone can see it in action!
Over the summer, Cal Poly Liberal Studies students Sara Bettencourt, Sarah Coyle, Carly Muller, and Aileen Saucedo participated in FROST summer research with Dr. David Mitchell.

Atascadero High School Hosts End of Year Ocean League Tennis Tournament

It was Atascadero’s turn to host the end of the year tennis tournament which brought the six other Ocean League schools — Santa Maria, Orcutt Academy, Nipomo, Morro Bay, Mission Prep and Pioneer Valley — to Heilman Park for league prelims and finals. Atascadero’s Nathan Hontz made it to the finals after opening with a first-round bye and the doubles team of Jaedyn Imhoff and Andy Pericic advanced to the semifinals. Read all about the exciting matches that took place in the Atascadero News.
Atascadero’s Nathan Hontz made it to the finals after opening with a first-round bye and the doubles team of Jaedyn Imhoff and Andy Pericic advanced to the semifinals.

Learning Among the Oaks

Mrs. Witt's 2nd grade class participated in the Santa Margarita LATO trail Bioblitz last Friday. The goal: find as many different animals as possible.
Santa Margarita, Learning Among the Oaks
Santa Margarita School Oak Ambassador Class of 2019.
Atascadero Unified School District hands on soil, rocks and fossils for Santa Margarita's OAs-in-training last Friday! LATO Program Coordinator Nathan Sharon and Program Assistant Rialda Mustic guided the lesson and activities. We learned about the geologic history of Santa Margarita, how soil is formed, why soil conservation is important and what a watershed is.

Achieving Recognition at Atascadero Middle School

The Atascadero Middle School Yearbook class of 2018 has been selected to be featured in the national LOOKBOOK for Jostens Publishing company. The LOOKBOOK features top designs from across the nation and is used as a resource for all schools as an inspiration on layouts, design, and photography. We are so proud of our amazing AMS Yearbook students for their hard work in achieving this recognition! Great Job Saints!
The Atascadero Middle School Yearbook class of 2018 has been selected to be featured in the national LOOKBOOK for Jostens Publishing company.

L.I.T Club (Librarians in Training)

The L.I.T. Club (Librarians in Training) at the AHS High School would like to thank CAPS for continuing to sponsor a grant that funds their annual book buy trip to Barnes and Nobles. The students research appealing new titles and are each given a portion of the total budget to manage and spend on new books for the AHS Library. This year they also toured the Atascadero Public Library.
The L.I.T. Club (Librarians in Training) at the AHS High School