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The Great California Shake Out

Having a sense of urgency in an emergency is critical to ensure the safety of everyone. Thursday, Carrisa Plains Elementary School students participated in The Great California Shake Out to enhance their emergency preparedness. The students practiced Drop! Cover! Hold On! inside and outside of the classroom. In the event of a real earthquake, these students will know what steps to take, without hesitation. We are so proud of our Polecats for doing their best, great job!
Carrisa Plains students participate in California Shake Out
Carrisa Plains students participate in California Shake Out
Carrisa Plains students participate in California Shake Out

On October 18th Creston Elementary School students, along with students all over the state, participated in The Great California Shake Out. By practicing Drop! Cover! Hold On! our students are learning how to react automatically if an earthquake should hit. The students and staff did an outstanding job ensuring that they will be safe in an emergency, great job, Cougars!
Creston students participate the California Shake out

Former Atascadero High School Wrestling Coach was Inducted into the CIF Hall of Fame

Atascadero High School Wrestling Coach, Dan Pry, was inducted into the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Click Here to read the great KSBY article.
Superintendent Tom Butler, AHS Principal Bill Neely and School Board member Ray Buban pose with Dan Pry

Atascadero High School Girls Golf Team Heading to CIF and Making School History!

For the first time in the history of the program, the Atascadero High School Girls Golf team will be heading to the CIF playoffs. The playoff berth comes on the heels of another Atascadero girls first when they defeated San Luis Obispo at their home course of Chalk Mountain on Oct. 1 by a score of 244-249. Read the full article in the Atascadero News.  Go HOUNDS!
AHS Golfing girls
“I would have honestly laughed so hard,” Powell replied when asked what she would have said if someone would have told her the Hounds would make the playoffs her senior year. “We took months to learn how to use a club and now we are so picky if our aim isn’t right, but, honestly, in the beginning, aim wasn’t even a factor, just hitting the ball was the biggest thing.”

Atascadero High School doing the Bachata!

The AHS library hosted a Bachata lesson on Sept. 26 during Study Hall, taught by Felipe Gonzales of San Luis Obispo. The Bachata is a three-step, partner dance, which originated in the Dominican Republic around the 1960's and has many features in common with Salsa and Tango. It is popular all over the world with different variations. The dance style has been performed competitively and for recreational purposes. Read the full article in the HILLTOP News.
AHS library taught the Bachata

San Benito's Youngest Scientists

Students in San Benito's TK class are learning all about pumpkins! The young scientists explore pumpkins using rich language and their senses. Check out their circle maps!
San Benito students learn about Pumpkins with circle maps
San Benito students learn all about the texture of pumpkins

Science at San Benito Elementary

Students in Ms. Edgar’s class have been learning about how substances can change by mixing, heating, and cooling them. Students drew the conclusion that this may also change a substance’s state of matter. Using this knowledge of how substances can change plus learning about our global water crisis, students brainstormed solutions to create clean drinking water. Students worked together to create solar “desalination stations” in which they followed the engineering process to make an object that can transform the salty ocean water into fresh water using heat from the sun! Students took action to solve a real issue facing scientists today.
San Benito science desolation station in Room 7

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

SLOMA is presenting a year-long program celebrating art and community, expressed through the imaginative creations of our county's students. Click Here to get information on all the different opportunities offered to San Luis Obispo county students.

Central Coast Writer's Conference

AHS students from the Creative Writing class applied for and received scholarships to attend the Central Coast Writer's Conference at Cuesta College. Over the course of the weekend, they attended workshops presented by published authors, screen writers, and literary agents. The teen scholarships were funded by PG&E and SLO Nightwriters.
AHS Creative Writing Class

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SENECA Family of Agencies

Check out all the upcoming events and opportunities offered by SENECA Family of Agencies. Seneca is an innovative leader in the provision of unconditional care through a comprehensive continuum of school, community-based, and family-focused treatment services for children and families who have experienced high levels of trauma and are at risk for family disruption or institutional placement of the children. Click Here for dates and times.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents has a great calendar for you: they have workshops coming up on behavioral therapy, IHSS, accessing CenCal services, social opportunities, support groups and more. Please share with any families who support a loved one with special needs. You can visit the Parents Helping Parents website by clicking here 

          National Walk to School Day        

San Benito Elementary School

Every Wednesday, our families "Walk and Roll" to school: Bike, scooter, walk or carpool to school with friends. It’s healthy for kids and for our planet. We are working to make green travel a lifelong habit. Then students visit our morning Walk & Roll Welcome Station in front of the school on the Second Wednesday of every month for
special giveaways and other fun incentives that celebrate active transportation! This week many of our families walked to school to celebrate National Walk to School Day.
San Benito Walk to school

Santa Rosa Academic Academy

Staff, students and parents met at Marston’s 101 and formed the walking school bus. Students were able to be put into a prize drawing with a grant from Safe Routes to School.
Santa Rosa Walk to school day

Creston Elementary School

With the support of Safe Routes to School, Creston Elementary School, along with children from more than 40 countries, participated in International Walk to School Day on October 10th. Our kiddos had a blast walking to school with their families and peers. Safe Routes to School provided all of our participating students with awesome stickers and neat color changing pencils. Great job, Cougars!!
Creston Walk to school day

Carrisa Plains Elementary School

Students from Carrisa Plains Elementary School participated in International Walk to School Day. All of our kiddos were excited to get out and exercise while enjoying the crisp early morning air. By participating in this global event, our Carrisa Plains students are joining walkers from around the world!
Carrisa Plains Walk to School Day

Colony Day Parade: San Gabriel Elementary School

San Gabriel PTA's 2nd year of being a part of the Colony Day parade. Many families joined in on the fun! We even won second place for marching in the parade! Our gator snap stole the judges hearts. Go gators, go green!
San Gabriel Elementary walked in Colony Days Parade

Creston Meets Pablo Picasso!

Pablo Picasso's drawing help us to appreciate his natural artistic talent as well as our own. Picasso's genius brought about so much in his drawings, with often just a single, well thought-out line in pencil. His simplicity helped our 4th and 5th grade students to realize their own talents. They created beautiful line art as a means of expressing their own artistic ability.
Creston Elementary meets Pablo Picasso

Fire Prevention Week

This past Tuesday, fire prevention week, the Atascadero Fire department came out to San Gabriel to talk to Pre-K through 4th grades! The firemen spoke to the students and taught them how to prevent prepare for the "just in case" moment and how to have a plan in case of an emergency. Our students love seeing the fire truck and firemen in uniform.
Atascadero Fire Department goes to San Gabriel Elementary for Fire Prevention week

Atascadero Art Association awards AHS Art Teachers with grants

The Atascadero Art Association awarded grants to three Atascadero High School teachers David Pascolla, Tess Harback, and Julie Steyer. Each grant was for $500, and will enable each teacher to buy additional supplies for their classrooms in order to encourage students in the arts. Read the full article in the A-Town Daily News
Atascadero Art Association awards grants to local art teachers