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AMS is excited to bring soccer to 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. This program is a new club on campus and needs your help to make it happen for the kids!

1) Coaches needed: 8th grade girls, 7th and 8th grade boys

2) Help raising funds! This program can’t happen without donations so please help to secure donations. There is a sponsorship program in place.

Please e-mail Jody at amssaintsfc@gmail.com to get more info.
AMS Soccer Club.  Email amssaintsfc@gmail.com for more information

Hounds Take Bearcats 1-0

“Being here, having parents here and having the full support of our school, even baseball came and watched for a little bit and, man, that just makes everything more fun and energetic.”
Read the full article in the Atascadero News.
Hounds top Bearcats, 1-0, to open Mountain league play

AHS American Legion Girls and Boys State Delegates

Students Katie Kershner, Anneline Breytenbach, Logan Jones and Alex Zavala were selected as the 2019 American Legion Girls and Boys State Delegates representing Atascadero High School. This program educates selected juniors to partake in an intense, week long conference on a college campus which will focus on learning the duties, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship.
Student Names in photo from the left:  Katie Kershner Anneline Breytenbach Logan Jones Alex Zavala

A Look at Atascadero High School's Renovations

Two years after starting life on an architect’s draft board new science, agriculture, and shop facilities at the Atascadero High School are about half-way finished with an eye on being ready for the next school year. Read the full article in the Atascadero News.
https://www.atascaderonews.com/article/atascadero-high-buildings-coming-along

Book Character Day at Santa Rosa Academic Academy

Santa Rosa Academic Academy students and staff participated in Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss Day, which is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. From young transitional kindergarten students to more experienced teachers, all enjoyed this celebration of reading.
Santa Rosa Academy staff participate in Read Across America for Dr. Seuss' birthday

Read Across America Day

It was Read Across America Day, March 1st, in celebration of Dr. Suess's birthday. Mr. Clickard, one of our board members and retired AUSD teacher, read to a class in celebration of this day. 
Mr. Clickard reads to a class for Dr. Seuss' birthday

Greybots Do It Again!

The Greybots won first place at the Orange County Regional last weekend, they also won the Autonomous Award! Click on the picture to see a video of the Greybots in action at the competition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EmvgZRuaCc&feature=youtu.be

Learning Among the Oaks

Thirty-three 4th and 5th grade students, representing three different elementary schools from Arroyo Grande to Templeton, are now in training to become Oak Ambassadors. Santa Margarita School Oak Ambassadors trained with Morro Coast Audubon Society and Dave Sommerville, a retired biologist. The students also participated in the Volunteer Stewardship Workday and Fungi Hike where they planted and protected oak seedlings, whacked weeds and enjoyed a fungi hike with fun-guy Dennis!
Santa Margarita School Oak Ambassadors trained with Morro Coast Audubon Society and Dave Sommerville, a retired biologist

RESPECT at Atascadero High School

Atascadero High School recently nominated individuals at their school for being great examples of respect. These wonderful individuals were selected anonymously by both staff and students. The winners are honorable, dignified, and courteous. They are selfless individuals who help others, they make eye contact when speaking, say thank you, treat everyone fairly, and stand up for what is right. We want to encourage all students and staff at AHS to model their behavior after these amazing individuals!
AHS nominated individuals at their school for being great examples of respect

Atascadero Middle School Science Bowl Team

The Atascadero Middle School Science Bowl team had lots of fun at Cal Poly last week!! Students competed hard, gained valuable competition experience, and represented AMS and AUSD very well. Everyone on the team is excited to compete again next year! We are very proud of the excellence and teamwork these remarkable students displayed.
AMS Science bowl team at Cal Poly

Atascadero FFA Students Visit Atascadero Middle School

To wrap up their Enrichment Saint's Block Science rotation (Agriculture: Cows, Plants, Metals & More), Atascadero Middle School students in Mr. Avila's class were visited by some special guests. AMS hosted Atascadero FFA students, who brought with them some animals to show to middle schoolers. High schoolers answered questions about FFA and offer advice about high school! A HUGE thanks goes out to Mr. Dadson and the FFA students who volunteered their time and to Mr. Avila for helping bring Ag to life for the students at AMS. www.amssaints.org Photo credits: JD Rebosura
Atascadero Middle School students in Mr. Avila's class were visited by Atascadero FFA students and some of their animals

AUSD State of the District 

Superintendent Butler addressed the Board with great enthusiasm as he delivered the State of the District on February 19th to a full house. He shared the three District Goals of student success, staff collaboration and community partnerships and how the District is doing in each area. AHS Hospitality students were there to serve some delicious food they had prepared for the evening. There was a short reception after his remarks and prior to the start of the regular Board meeting.
Superintendent Butler addressed the Board with great enthusiasm as he delivered the State of the District on February 19th to a full house. He shared the three District Goals of student success, staff collaboration and community partnerships and how the District is doing in each area.
AHS Hospitality students were there to serve some delicious food they had prepared for the evening.

Paloma Creek Named Model Continuation High School

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced last week, 31 high schools have been given the designation of Model Continuation High Schools for 2019. Atascadero Unified School District reported that Paloma Creek High School was selected as one of those schools. These schools are recognized for their innovative approach to instruction and helping students who have faced many challenges, get back on the pathway to learning. Read the entire article in the
A-Town Daily News.

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Superintendent: Tom Butler
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805-462-4200

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Let's Talk Social Stories

This is a chance for families of children with special needs to come together, feel supported and gather new ideas.
Coming up on Tuesday, April 2 from 9-10 am join us for family support, idea sharing and a talk about books, behavior and social stories. Call PHP with questions: (805) 543-3277. 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ByfIckTFhu_S7XqYlIY1yvRhdZfY86ps

The Parent Project

The tougher it gets to be a kid, the tougher it is to be a parent! Anyone raising adolescents is welcome to join this free 10 week parenting class. Click on the flyers below for more information. 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18hcuRgbih3eVrRCVmausVVmkPNa7mgG4

Parents Helping Parents

Our staff is committed to helping parents navigate the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs or learning related issues.
Read the latest Newsletter from Parents Helping Parents to find out about events going on in the month of March.  

Atascadero Middle School Saint's Block

As part of AMS' "Encore" Saint's Block, students in the CSI: AMS Forensics Saint's Block and members of the Young Women’s Entrepreneur club had the opportunity to hear from two industry professionals over the past couple of weeks. Dr. Joye Carter is the Forensic Pathologist for SLO County Sheriff’s Department. She shared her experiences as the chief medical examiner in cities such as Washington D.C., Indianapolis and Houston. Dr. Carter is a true pioneer in the field of forensic pathology.

Alissa Reina is the Community Services Officer for Paso Robles Police Department where her many duties include collecting and processing crime scene evidence, collaborating with other forensic scientists and criminal justice professionals in our county and serving as a witness in court proceedings. Ms. Reina shared some of the tools of her trade with students and gave them the opportunity to practice lifting fingerprints using magnetic print dust. Students were thrilled to have their questions answered by both women and now have a better understanding of what it takes to be a forensic scientist and crime scene technician!
AMS students learn CSI forensics during Saint's Block

Atascadero High School Rodeo Team

Did you know AHS has a Rodeo Team? They do and they are doing very well! The team could qualify for a spot in state and maybe even Nationals. Check out the Hilltop News article to see who the team consists of and how they are doing.
Gina Cope ropes for the AHS rodeo team.

San Gabriel Career Fair

Students at San Gabriel Elementary learned about the different careers/jobs at their annual Career Fair. Students were encouraged to ask questions of the presenters and were able to gain some "career" knowledge. The hope is that they have found some inspiration for future career opportunities.

Special thanks to:
Curt Eichperger, AUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources 
Donn Clickard, AUSD Trustee/Volunteer
Flavia Parotti, Zoo Keeper, Charles Paddock Zoo
Emily Armet, Real Estate Agent, Avalon Real Estate
Corporal Schamber, School Resource Officer for AUSD, Atascadero Police Department
Logan Mitchell, Software Engineer, County of San Luis Obispo, Code SLO
Leslie Brown, Medivac Nurse, Air Methods
Jared Heineman, Small Business owner, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory/The Flip Flop Shop
Jeff Montijo, Technician, City of San Luis Obispo Water Treatment Plant
Samantha Gentry, Labor and Delivery Nurse, French Hospital
Ryan Armstrong, Officer, California Highway Patrol
San Gabriel students learned about the different careers at the annual career fair.

Class of 2023 Preparing for High School!

AMS 8th grade counselor Allison Dexter is meeting one-on-one with all 8th graders to review course planning sheets for students as they prepare to transition to 9th grade. Students have the chance to ask questions, learn more about classes, discuss pathways, a-g requirements, and touch base regarding post-high school plans. These meetings are a follow-up to the parent presentation given by counselors at the high school last week. Additionally, all AMS students continue exploring careers and colleges via Xello (all 6th grade, through their elective, all 7th and 8th through class presentations with their counselors). Have your student demonstrate Xello through the Classlink portal www.amssaints.org
AMS 8th grade counselor Allison Dexter is meeting one-on-one with all 8th graders to review course planning sheets for students as they prepare to transition to 9th grade.

Atascadero High School's Mock Trial Team Competes at Courthouse

AHS's Mock Trial team, led by teacher Ms. Corey, competed at the San Luis Obispo County Mock Trial competition. At the beginning of February the team faced off against schools from all over the county. Read the full article in the Hilltop News.
Atascadero High School's Mock Trial Team Competes at Courthouse

Atascadero Middle School Student Wins Award of Merit

8th grader Graciela Vance received an Award of Merit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art for her photograph of a horse. Several students have photographs on display at SLOMA this month. Graciela has also started her own successful business as a studio photographer specializing in newborn and maternity photos. She is a member of the AMS Young Women's Entrepreneur Club. We couldn't be more proud of her ambition, talent and motivation to innovate, create and lead as an 8th grader. What a privilege it is to have her on our campus. Her work is extraordinary and her future is bright.
Atascadero Middle Schooler Graciela Vance Wins Award of Merit for her photo Equine Majesty

Next Generation Science

Students in Mrs. Rossel's 1st grade classat Santa Rosa Academic Academy are showing off home made instruments they created while investigating a Next Generation Science module exploring lights and sound. For instance, when materials vibrate they create a sound and we can use them to communicate. Students also learned how to use light to send signals. Science never sounded so good!
Students in Mrs. Rossel's 1st grade class at Santa Rosa Academic Academy are showing off home made instruments they created while investigating a Next Generation Science module exploring lights and sound.

Lunch Time STEAM Squad

Second and third graders at San Benito Elementary are working in teams to build their own solar robots for a weekly lunchtime STEAM squad led by Ms. Edgar, Mrs. Gaeta, and Ms. Egger. This robot will be able to transform into 14 different robots with comical and functional movements on land and water! Some of the benefits of this club include: learning about solar energy, how solar power drives a small motor, and teamwork. These kids recognize that renewable energy sources and green technologies will play a major role in our future. 
Second and third graders at San Benito Elementary are working in teams to build their own solar robots for a weekly lunchtime STEAM squad led by Ms. Edgar, Mrs. Gaeta, and Ms. Egger.

Atascadero Middle School's Design and Construction Class

As part of Atascadero Middle School's 6th grade elective wheel, our Design and Construction teacher Mr. De Firmian helps each of our 320 6th grade students build, paint, and learn to play a wooden bongo drum. 

Please visit his website to view this project and some of the many exciting projects our 7th and 8th grade students create during their time at AMS. #amscreates.