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2019-2020 AUSD Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Parent Information Nights

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

Sweetheart's Dinner Theater Fundraiser

Atascadero Greyhounds Choir Boosters is holding a Sweetheart's Dinner Theater Fundraiser Friday, February 22nd. They are raising money so the choir students can attend the J. Burroughs Music Showcase in April and Music in the Parks in May. Come out and enjoy dinner and music, click on the flyer to find out how to get your tickets.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=12RhjCDhCaHe7Ihr-e-qCX5kiEVLIQKw7

The Greybot Gala

The Greybot Gala is March 9th from
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. This event is the annual showing of the new robot for the year.
Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the occasion and VEX IQ teams are encouraged to dress in their own team uniforms. There will be a reception following the showing of the robot. Click on the flyer for more information.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=13QkMLDghnxZ7ue5_7-xpYqRe1SCkgsmt

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.

Lighthouse Reality Tour

The Lighthouse Reality Tour is coming Monday, February 25th and March 11th. Click on the flyer below for more information and how to sign up.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=12LBig9Oko-NTv8twdsK7-ViiBE6ggQpn

Constructing Skyscrapers at Creston Elementary


Fostering teamwork and thought provoking strategies, students were given 105 linker-cubes per pair and ten minutes to create the tallest free standing skyscraper they could construct. Focusing on Next Generation Science Standards for 1st grade, students in Mrs. Daniel’s class integrated AUSD’s Core Values and a love of science to enhance their academic content knowledge. Great job, Cougars! 
Creston students were given 105 linker-cubes per pair and ten minutes to create the tallest free standing skyscraper they could construct.

Monterey Road Elementary School Publishes their First Neigh Newspaper

Monterey Road's 4th and 5th graders started the Neigh Newspaper Club this year. The students incorporate various types of writing that they are learning in class and during their Mustang Mix-up Intervention block in each edition. The club is led by Allison Hasch, an MRES parent and Michelle Dornish, an MRES Learning Center Teacher. All articles are student driven. We are pretty proud of them! Check out the latest edition of the MRES Neigh News here! 
http://pub.lucidpress.com/89340085-7f98-4768-9796-ca9890c77263/#_0

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




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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 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 Displayed at SLOMA

Three dozen Fine Arts Academy students' artwork had 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 had drawings, paintings, ceramic sculptures, and masks in this exhibition. The show featured middle school students, and FAA artwork was represented with other middle school students from all over the county.

Fine Arts Academy Artwork on Display at SLOMA

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 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. 

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.