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A.C.E. INFORMATIONAL MEETING

ACE Academy

Atascadero Choices in Education Academy is a free public home and independent study alternative school, and is part of Atascadero Unified School District. We specialize in tailoring education experiences that are as unique as the children we serve. We offer parents diverse choices of curriculum. Tutoring, study lab time, STEM, weekly workshops, as well as a mix of online and textbook-based learning are available. Concurrent enrollment with Atascadero High School, Atascadero Middle School, and Cuesta College is also offered. On December 3rd at 5:00 pm, we will be holding an informational meeting for parents and students at our main office located at 10801 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
This meeting is informational and is mandatory if you want to be considered for enrollment to ACE Academy.
Please join us to learn more information about ACE Academy.

MARS PROJECT

Students in Ms. Edgar’s class, at San Benito Elementary, culminated their project based learning unit focused on creating solutions to grow plants on Mars. Students synthesized all their findings by making poster presentations then shared their findings with our very own scientific community.
Students in Ms. Edgar’s class, at San Benito Elementary, culminated their project based learning unit focused on creating solutions to grow plants on Mars. Students synthesized all their findings by making poster presentations then shared their findings with our very own scientific community.

ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL VISITS CAL POLY

Members of the AMS girls basketball team, learning center and study skills classes enjoyed a field trip to Cal Poly. The students explored the campus, watched a basketball game and were able to get a taste of college life by eating in the food court. Fun day!
Members of the AMS girls basketball team, learning center and study skills classes enjoyed a field trip to Cal Poly.

2020 WELLNESS CENTER CALENDAR

The 2020 Wellness Center calendar is out! The theme this year is connection, contestants were able to participate in many categories including poetry, photography, painting, and digital art. Read the full article in the Hilltop News and purchase your copy of the calendar today.
Sophia Staples-Meyers poses by her winning artwork design. Photo by Harper Pambrun

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR

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AUSD Retiree Recognized for Core Value of Teamwork

The Board of Trustees and District Administration were happy to recognize AUSD retiree Paul Gomez for the Core Value of Teamwork. Paul has been retired from AUSD for several years but continues to stand ready to fill in as a much needed bus driver whenever he is asked; which has been almost daily. Paul continues to be a valuable team member as he picks up and delivers students each day for school.
Paul Gomez with Director of MOT Brant Lloyd, Superintendent Tom Butler and the Board.

AUSD Employee Recognized for Core Value of Excellence

The Board of Trustees and District Administration were happy to recognize AUSD employee Brannon Stefancich for the Core Value of Excellence. Facilities Director Brant Lloyd shared his praise for Brannon for using his ingenuity when faced with a situation of finding the correct piece of equipment to meet the needs at Creston Elementary School. Brannon took a piece of equipment and made modifications with existing materials and met the need, while saving the District money on an expensive new paper rack.
Brannon Stefancich with wife Lisa, Director of MOT Brant Lloyd, Superintendent Tom Butler and the Board.

AHS Students Recognized as AP Scholars

AHS Principal Bill Neely and Superintendent Tom Butler congratulated this years AP Scholars. These students received three levels of recognition; AP Scholar with a score of 3 on 3 or more AP tests, AP Scholar with Honors with a score of 4 on 3 or more AP tests and AP Scholar with Distinction with a score of 5 on 3 or more AP tests. Superintendent Butler asked the parents to come up and be photographed as well for supporting these wonderful scholars. 
Top picture: AP Scholars with AHS Principal Bill Neely, Superintendent Tom Butler and the Board.  Bottom Picture: AP Scholars with their parents, AHS Principal Bill Neely, Superintendent Tom Butler and the Board

SANTA MARGARITA'S HERB GARDEN

5th Graders from Miss Buikema's class working in the garden with Earth Genius learning about and cutting herbs to take home to their families.
5th Graders from Miss Buikema's class working in the garden with Earth Genius learning about and cutting herbs to take home to their families.

LIGHTHOUSE AFTER SCHOOL PLANT TACO WORKSHOP

Creston students enjoy "Plant Tacos" eating all the parts of a plant in Lighthouse Garden Workshop.
Creston students enjoy "Plant Tacos" eating all the parts of a plant in Lighthouse Garden Workshop.

EVERYONE NEEDS A MUSIC GARDEN!

Music makes the world go round and that is no exception for our students at Creston Elementary school. Our kiddos love their Music Garden and have a great time using their pianos throughout the day!
Music Garden at Creston Elementary

ATASCADERO HIGH SCHOOL'S CREATIVE WRITING CLASS

The AHS Creative Writing class welcomed author & journalist Elizabeth Cline to their class last week. Ms. Cline is the author of Overdressed and The Conscious Closet. She spoke about her experiences in researching, writing, and publishing non-fiction and also about her advocacy efforts to raise awareness about sustainability and labor practices in the fashion industry. She visited our school through a grant written by S.L.O.T.H. (San Luis Obispo Textile Help) Fashion, a non-profit created by AHS alumni Amanda Thayer.
The AHS Creative Writing class welcomed author & journalist Elizabeth Cline to their class last week.

GARDEN MONSTERS AT SANTA MARGARITA!

Kindergarten classes made "Garden Monsters" with homemade play dough to decorate the garden. The students were very creative in the numbers of arms, legs, and eyes they wanted their garden monster to have and found some awesome garden materials that helped their monsters come to life! Mrs. Goosen's 1st grade class made "Seed Balls" that are filled with Wildflower seeds. Students placed the seed balls around the edges of the garden, so hopefully when winter rains come, wildflowers will follow.  
Kindergarten classes made "Garden Monsters" with homemade play dough to decorate the garden.
  

CUESTA COLLEGE PROMISE DAY

Atascadero High School students visited Cuesta College for their annual Cuesta Promise Day. They were able to find out about everything Cuesta has to offer and how to apply for the Cuesta Promise.
Atascadero High School students visited Cuesta College for their annual Cuesta Promise Day.

CRESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Creston Elementary School hosted the October 15th AUSD School Board Meeting and celebrated the completion of their school remodel.
Creston Elementary School hosted the October 15th AUSD School Board Meeting and celebrated the completion of their school remodel.

NATIONAL CUSTODIAN DAY

Creston celebrating National Custodian Day and our fabulous, Esther Romero!
Creston celebrating National Custodian Day and our fabulous, Esther Romero!


Atascadero Unified
Superintendent: Tom Butler
5601 West Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422
805-462-4200

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LIGHT UP THE DOWNTOWN IS BACK!

Light up the Downtown is back on December 6th. Head downtown on Friday, December 6th to join in on the celebration and watch as downtown Sunken Gardens lights up for the holidays. Click on the flyer below for more information.
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SURVEY

Attention Parents!

Please take less than ten minutes to share your experience and feedback about getting your kids to school. Your feedback supports future: infrastructure improvements and Safe Routes to School programming (Walk/Bike to School Days, on-bike education, crossing guards, etc.). The school with the greatest response will win a free bike rodeo from Bike SLO County on May 6, 2020, National Bike to School Day.



Thank you for sharing your feedback! If you have any questions about this survey, our Safe Routes to School program, or regional transportation options, please contact Peter Williamson at info@rideshare.org. You can also learn more at SLOSafeRoutes.org.
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LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD DRIVE AT AHS

Atascadero High School will be participating in the Loaves and Fishes food drive this holiday season, starting November 1st and continuing until winter break.  Loaves and Fishes will be distributing the donations throughout the holiday season. In addition to to non-perishable food, toiletries will also be accepted.  Collection bins will be in some classrooms or donations can be dropped off in the Athletic Office.
Atascadero Loaves and Fishes

LIGHTHOUSE AFTER SCHOOL: BOOK CLUB

AUSD Lighthouse after school program has another great opportunity for students in grades 4th-8th. San Gabriel's book club for 4th and 5th graders will meet on Wednesdays and Atascadero Middle School's club will meet Mondays for 6th-8th graders. Click on the flyers below for more information and how you can sign up for the AUSD Book Club!

MONDAYS AT ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL

Every Monday October 21,28, Nov.4,Dec.2,9,16,2019 Time: 2:45-3:45 pm Click the Picture for more InformationWEDNESDAY AT SAN GABRIEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Every Wednesday October 23,30, Nov.6,13,Dec.4,11, 2019 Time: 2:45-3:45 pm Click the Picture for more Information

S.T.E.P.SBUCKS COFFEE SHOP

Looking for a good place to get a morning cup of coffee and pastry? S.T.E.P.S. is open again a couple times a month and all proceeds from the sales go to the S.T.E.P.S. program. Click on the link below for their monthly schedule.
S.T.E.P.S Coffee Schedule 2019-2020

POLLINATOR DATA COLLECTION

Second grade students in Ms. Edgar’s class at San Benito observed and recorded data on the number of visits from different pollinators. Students watched as moths, butterflies, bees, and more visited the school gardens' flowers. Students even observed flies and lizards help pollinate!
Second grade students in Ms. Edgar’s class at San Benito observed and recorded data on the number of visits from different pollinators.

FINE ART ACADEMY STUDENT'S PERFORM AT JAKE SHIMUBUKURO CONCERT

Thanks to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Outreach Program, students at the Fine Arts Academy had the opportunity to see world renowned ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro, perform in concert this week. Before the show, the ukulele students were invited to play in the foyer as guests arrived. In addition, Jake Shimabukuro provided the young musicians with a meet and greet, watched the students perform, and provided autographs. Huge thanks to our community partnership with Cal Poly, along with the teachers and volunteers who helped make this opportunity possible.
Thanks to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Outreach Program, students at the Fine Arts Academy had the opportunity to see world renowned ukulele player, Jake Shimabukuro, perform in concert this week. Before the show, the ukulele students were invited to play in the foyer as guests arrived.

THE GREAT SHAKE OUT DRILL

Carrisa Plains students, along with students from 58 other counties all over California, participated in the Great ShakeOut Drill earthquake drill on October 17th.
Carrisa Plains students, along with students from 58 other counties all over California, participated in the Great ShakeOut Drill earthquake drill on October 17th.
   

ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 through October 15, is a great opportunity to kick off a whole year of cultural discovery. This year, the students at AMS gained knowledge of many Hispanic-Americans and their contributions to society through daily “spotlights” during morning announcements. The Cal Poly Men’s Soccer Team also donated 10 tickets to their Hispanic Heritage Soccer Game. Students were given an opportunity to enter the raffle and win the tickets for the game.
students at AMS gained knowledge of many Hispanic-Americans and their contributions to society through daily “spotlights” during morning announcements.

MR. CLICKARD HAS BEEN NAMED THE CHAMPION OF THE COMMUNITY!

AUSD's very own Board Member, Donn Clickard, has been selected as the 'Champion of the Community' by CPRS. Click Here to read all about Donn and his award.
MR. CLICKARD HAS BEEN NAMED THE CHAMPION OF THE COMMUNITY!