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Green Ribbon Schools

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

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.




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Parents Helping Parents

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. 
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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.  

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

San Benito Elementary Students Learn About Arrays

Arrays are everywhere! Students in Ms. Edgar’s class are learning about arrays through analyzing otherwise ordinary buildings and places. During our small group instruction, students looked at City Hall and worked together to identify as many arrays hidden in this building.
Students in Ms. Edgar’s class are learning about arrays through analyzing otherwise ordinary buildings and places.

Atascadero High School 9th Graders Visit National Steinbeck Center

Thanks to a CAPS grant 31 freshman English students and their chaperones: Mrs. George, Mrs. Corey and Ms. McSpadden, attended the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas on March 20th. Students toured the museum and read excerpts from John Steinbeck's novels, noting how much of his writing described actual locations and attractions in the Monterey and Salinas regions of California. There were hands-on displays and many items of historical significance. This was a great learning experience that took students out of the classroom.  
31 freshman English students and their chaperones: Mrs. George, Mrs. Corey and Ms. McSpadden, attended the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas on March 20th.


Birds Eye View

Get a birds eye view of Atascadero High School and all the new construction taking place, recorded this morning by a drone compliments of Mr. Pascolla. Mr. Pascolla heads up the CTE pathway Design, Visual, and Media Arts at AHS. Click on the photo below to watch the video.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I22g2dAP7NjYTjo9bEfVV9G5vgE4lNjK/view?usp=sharing

The Greybot's Gala Celebration

The challenge this year has been to design a robot capable of fulfilling the mock-assignment of constructing and loading a “cargo rocket” on Mars. “Operation: Deep Space,” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, led the team to build the robot Io, named after a Galilean moon. Facing the challenge of a dust storm “blinding” control, the bots must have the ability to attach hatches on their own or via telepresence and load the orange cargo balls or “fuel pods” in the modular racks. The team works together on their own robot but each automaton also works with and competes with other devices in the arena.  Read all about the Greybot's Gala in the Atascadero News.
https://www.atascaderonews.com/article/greybots-celebrate-big-year

AHS Tennis

Boys Varsity Tennis went up against Morro Bay Pirates on Thursday and walked away with the win. The game was held at Heilmann Park as Hounds Tennis anxiously awaits the return of the courts to the AHS campus.
Boys Varsity Tennis went up against Morro Bay Pirates on Thursday and walked away with the win.

Atascadero Middle School

Whizzing left and right, flipping in all directions, Will T has successfully programmed a drone in Mrs. DiSanti's Engineering class. Forward thinking Mrs. DiSanti has designed and built our Engineering program from scratch, connecting with our educational partners at Cuesta and Cal Poly, focusing of 21st century skills such as innovation and using the Design Process... 
Watch the video of the flying drone by clicking on the photo below. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzLrstFU5qjITVlmaExrQkJFSFg0Yi11UjR6Zkx5RHhVR2ZV/view?usp=sharing

Hounds Baseball

AHS Baseball is in full swing! Hounds take Eagles 4-2 on Tuesday. After a tough start to the season the Hounds welcomed the win on Tuesday. Evyn Laude got the start on the mound for the Hounds and toed the rubber for the entire game. Read the full article in the Atascadero News.
https://www.atascaderonews.com/article/hounds-start-1-2-in-mountain-league

Summer Jobs

Notice to Parents of Juniors and Seniors - 

Is your student interested in finding a job or internship for the summer? Are they interested in learning about different careers? The Just One Job Fair is occurring at Atascadero High School on April 4th from 1:20 - 2:45 in the gym. This is a great opportunity for your student to practice their interview skills, dust off their resumes from "Get Focus, Stay Focus", and possibly get a job, internship, or job shadow experience. 
Students can begin signing up for interview times on Monday, March 25th. Just Google - "Just 1 Atascadero 2019" and sign up! You will be interviewed in a group of 3-4 students. It is fairly low key, but you might want to dress to impress and definitely bring a resume! 
Remember sign up online on the "Just 1 Atascadero 2019" website. See you on the 4th during Study Hall! 
Summer Jobs for Juniors and Seniors