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2019-2020 AUSD Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Parent Information Nights

Central Section Winter Academic Champions

Congratulations to our Greyhound varsity wrestling team for being recognized as Central Section Winter Academic Champions with a team GPA of 3.36. We extend our congratulations to the student athletes, coaching staff, and faculty and for the continuous drive for excellence both in the classroom and on the field of play.
Greyhound Wrestling team
https://drive.google.com/open?id=11ltiZAS4iHOe4bxvfqufjm5nG43m6kN_

National Children's Health Month

To support National Children’s Health Month and to raise awareness regarding the importance of oral health, our Carrisa Plains Polecats became little scientists. Their goal was to determine what would happen to a hard boiled egg if left in cola, grape juice, and water overnight; the hard boiled egg represented their teeth. They discovered that the egg in cola and juice were discolored and splotchy. The egg left in juice looked like a rock. Lesson learned: teeth should be brushed every night before bed. Our little Polecats did an outstanding job of thinking like scientists and making connections between abstract ideas and real life.
Carissa Plains Polecats support National Children's Health Month

Dental Screenings

AUSD Nursing Services along with volunteer denistry doctor's, Dr. Lindscott from Brack L. Lindscott D.D.S., Dr. Edward Montoya from Montoya Family Dental and Dr. Stout from Stout Pediatric Denistry offered dental screenings to the students at San Gabriel Elementary School. Here at AUSD our student's health is important.
Dental Screenings at AUSD schools

Corporal Schamber at Santa Rosa Academic Academy  

Students in Mrs. Buerster's Transitional Kindergarten class at Santa Rosa Academic Academy ask questions of Corporal Schamber, AUSD's School Resource Officer. Mrs. Buerster's class was studying their community and it's community members. TK students brainstormed the things that they thought a police officer does, and were then thrilled to have Corporal Schamber come in to confirm their perceptions. What better way for students to learn than to get to ask first hand!
Corporal Schamber at Santa Rosa Academic Academy

Atascadero Middle School Digital Arts on Display

Posters created by AMS Digital Art students with Adobe Illustrator are hanging on the wall and are for sale at SloDoCo as part of our career #ctepathways and real-world learning through direct community collaboration. Look for them in SLO and soon in the new Atascadero location. Thank you to Justin Winery and CAPS for providing frames for these projects.
Atascadero Middle School Digital Arts on Display at Slo Donut Company

Fine Arts Academy Artwork on Display at SLOMA

Three dozen Fine Arts Academy students' artwork have been selected to be displayed in the AWAKEN show at the SLO Museum of Art. Awaken is a year-long program celebrating art and community expressed through the imaginative creations of SLO County students. Our students have drawings, paintings, ceramic sculptures, and masks in this exhibition. The show features middle school students, and FAA artwork will be represented with other middle school students from all over the county.
SLOMA, Awaken Exhibit
1010 Broad St, SLO
Exhibition: February 1-17
Opening reception: February 1, 6 - 9pm; Awards announced at 7pm
Closing reception: February 17, 3-5pm (also artist pick-up)
Fine Arts Academy Artwork on Display at SLOMA

Prevention Education

VAPING EFFECTS ON YOUTH 
Prevention Education for Parents & Students
When: Wednesday, February 13th, 5:30-6:30pm
Where: AMS Gym
Free for Parents & Students
Click on the flyers for more information.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzLrstFU5qjIaVZxUGlBbkxERXhnZjJGakNEM3g4VnNoRVF3/view?usp=sharing

Quilting for a Cause

Atascadero High School Library will be doing two more quilting events in February. Cindy Ursprung was the guest instructor who taught the students how to quilt. She is a retired home economics teacher from the Los Angeles Unified School District who is now part of the Almond Country Quilt Guild. The guild was responsible for sewing 400 quilts this past year. Some were donated to foster care and the others were donated to the people affected by the California fires. The AHS quilts will be donated to foster care after they are completed. The quilting event was delightful. The students learned to quilt quickly and they had a great time doing it. One student said she loved it and another student said, "Quilting is so easy and fun!"
Cindy Ursprung was the guest instructor who taught Atascadero High School students how to quilt.

Creston Elementary's Science Camp Fundraiser

Mrs. Newland's 4th and 5th grade class at Creston Elementary had a blast Friday night hosting a Science Camp Spaghetti Dinner and Dance. Not only was there dinner, but also a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, dance lessons by A-Town Ballroom, and fantastic music by DJ Joy Bonner. The class not only helped host a great party, they also raised all the funds they need for this year plus their deposit funds for next year!

"Thank you to all the families, businesses, and volunteers who helped make the night such a huge success."
Mrs. Newland's 4th and 5th grade class at Creston Elementary had a blast Friday night hosting a Science Camp Spaghetti Dinner and Dance.

Walk and Roll Wednesday

Walk and Roll Wednesday at Carrisa Plains Elementary School was a huge success. The rain held out just long enough for the kiddos to squeeze in a few loops around the bike track during recess and lunch. Our Polecats love practicing their biking skills and practicing being safe pedestrians on our course. Great job, Polecats!!
Walk and Roll Wednesday at Carrisa Plains Elementary School was a huge success.

Robotics

Several students from The Fine Arts Academy and Santa Margarita Elementary attended the robotics competition at St. Patrick’s this past weekend. The Fine Arts students received a trophy for the Judge's Award for perseverance.
Several students from The Fine Arts Academy and Santa Margarita Elementary attended the robotics competition at St. Patrick’s this past weekend.

Lighthouse After School at Monterey Road Elementary

Monterey Road Elementary started their Lighthouse After School Bike Class. The students played follow the leader and had a slow race! Check Here to find out more on Lighthouse After School and how you can be a part of it.
Monterey Road Elementary started their Lighthouse After School Bike Class.

Atascadero High School Writing Contest

AHS students are encouraged to submit to the annual Literary Magazine. Entries will be accepted in the categories of short fiction, personal narrative, creative non-fiction, poetry and song lyrics. All entries will be evaluated by a committee of student and adult judges and winners will be illustrated by AHS art students and published digitally. Check the AHS website for the entry form and more details!


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

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Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Open Enrollment & Campus Tours

If your child is interested in attending the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, please plan on attending one of the campus tours happening throughout the month of February. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the school and the arts-based classes that are offered. New student enrollment forms may be obtained at the school office or by visiting our school website at faa.atasusd.org. Please see the flyer for more information. Thank you!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zanAz38lD1OV4JyObp5uBQ47xxGF45DK

Atascadero Middle School's Encore Saints Block

As part of the Middle School's Encore Saints Block (Exploring Medical Fields), 7th & 8th grade students got to hear from two guest speakers. Dr. John Freeman, orthodontist & Jessica Otter, paramedic with San Luis Ambulance, who shared their knowledge with the students. It's great to have community members in the classroom and the students were captivated and asked wonderful questions!

 7th & 8th grade students got to hear from two guest speakers. Dr. John Freeman, orthodontist & Jessica Otter, paramedic with San Luis Ambulance, who shared their knowledge with the students. 

Parents Helping Parents Upcoming Events

The monthly Get Connected will be on February 13 in both SLO and Atascadero. PHP will be talking about positive reinforcement and making valentines to our children. 11am-12pm.
Please RSVP to PHP at (805) 543-3277
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzLrstFU5qjITXhIN0FqSTNiRGRmdlJVclZvalNlT0Y3SG5z/view?usp=sharing

Click on the flyers for more information.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzLrstFU5qjIMGFydzJZQUFUUmd4aUR3LUEwdzlrSTh0b0pN/view?usp=sharing

The Butterfly Project

All AMS 8th grade students recently painted a ceramic butterfly as part of our participation in The Butterfly Project. This culminating activity focuses on Holocaust remembrance and corresponds with numerous class lessons and readings led by our amazing language arts and learning center teachers. The painted butterflies are set to be glazed and fired in our kiln and then will be permanently mounted on campus for all to see, enjoy, and remember. Talk to an eighth grader to learn more!
All AMS 8th grade students recently painted a ceramic butterfly as part of our participation in The Butterfly Project.
The Butterfly Project is a global education and arts program whose mission is to paint and display 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to honor and remember each child killed in the Holocaust, and to foster education and awareness of the dangers of hate and bigotry, by mobilizing the global community to stand up against injustice and create a more compassionate and peaceful world. Installations have been created in communities of all faiths across the United States and in such diverse countries as Israel, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Czech Republic, Canada and Argentina.

Atascadero High School Photoshoot

Students in the Portfolio Development/ Field Experience class participated in a photoshoot under the direction of Jeffrey Bacon, a professional graphic designer and mentor for the class. Read about their experience and who the images were taken here.
John Durant, a retired Marine colonel and former San Luis Obispo High teacher and football coach was the subject.

Looking Ahead with Superintendent Tom Butler

Atascadero News recently talked with Superintendent Butler about the 2018 year and plans for 2019. Read the full interview here.
 Atascadero Unified School District Superintendent Tom Butler has an office view overlooking the Atascadero Middle School facility.

Lighthouse After School

Lighthouse After School's Birding class has begun at San Benito Elementary School. The students took a walk around campus and were able to observe all these different birds:
  1. Mourning dove
  2. Brewer’s blackbird
  3. Turkey vulture
  4. Western bluebird, male and female
  5. Yellow-rumped warbler
  6. Black phoebe
  7. American kestrel (very cool!)
  8. Acorn woodpecker
  9. European starling
  10. Eurasian collared dove
Each child received a “Beginner's Checklist of Common Birds” guide to take home. These guides will help kids identify and record observations about birds they might see around Atascadero and other Southern California/Central Coast locations.
San Benito students took a walk around campus to view various bird species
Each child received a “Beginner's Checklist of Common Birds” guide to take home.

2-D Time Capsule at Atascadero Middle School

The Yearbook Staff of 2018-2019 created a two-dimensional time capsule. This is the first annual time capsule recording their time at Atascadero Middle School. The vision is that the art installation will build each year and students and staff will be able to look back years from now at the art that represents this moment in history. Drop by to see it hanging in the Middle School lobby, and let them know what you think!

District's Core Value of Teamwork

AUSD Board of Trustees congratulates LeAnne Martinez, Food Services employee, for being recognized for the District's Core Value of Teamwork. Mrs. Martinez is in charge of the District's central kitchen, located at San Benito Elementary School. Way to go LeAnne!
Curt Eichperger, AUSD Human Resources Assistant Superintendent, presents LeAnne Martinez, Food Service employee, with the Core Value of Teamwork recognition certificate. LeAnne Martinez, Food Services employee, for being recognized for the District's Core Value of Teamwork

Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year

AUSD Board of Trustees recognizes teacher Kara Ferrell for her recent selection as Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year. Principal Lloyd shared a nomination letter with the Board that listed some of the many things Ms. Ferrell does for the students and staff at AMS. Congratulations Kara!
Curt Eichperger, AUSD Human Resources Assistant Superintendent, presents Kara Ferrell, Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year, with the Core Value of Excellence recognition certificate.
AUSD Board of Trustees recognizes teacher Kara Ferrell for her recent selection as Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year.