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2nd graders from San Gabriel Elementary learned about seed dispersal in the garden with One Cool Earth.





SAN GABRIEL GARDEN

2nd graders from San Gabriel Elementary learned about seed dispersal in the garden with One Cool Earth.









Kindergarten scientists in room 2 are carefully mixing their primary colors to see the results.



MIXING IT UP AT SAN BENITO

Kindergarten scientists in room 2 are carefully mixing their primary colors to see the results.









Fire trucks from all over the county stopped at San Gabriel for the burn relay. Students learned fire safety including stop, drop, and roll




STOP, DROP AND ROLL!

Fire trucks from all over the county stopped at San Gabriel for the burn relay. Students learned fire safety including stop, drop, and roll.















Students at San Benito Elementary are participating in friendly races during recess


RUNNING BENGALS!

Recess Running Races! Students at San Benito Elementary are participating in friendly races during recess led by our yard supervision team. Being active and having fun are ways these Bengals stay active. #bengalsgogreen.











WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

San Gabriel Elementary School participated in the National walk to school day with 118 participants with some walking, biking and scooting.


SAN GABRIEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

San Gabriel Elementary School participated in the National walk to school day with 118 participants with some walking, biking and scooting. Student's and families met SG staff at Marina's Cocina at 7:45 am and then took the bike path down Highway 41 onto San Gabriel.  Student's were treated to incentives from the Principal, Mrs. Ames and RideShare.org.





Monterey Road Mustangs had a blast walking to school on National Walk to School Day! Over 60 students and parents joined in on the fun!


MONTEREY ROAD

Monterey Road Mustangs had a blast walking to school on National Walk to School Day! Over 60 students and parents joined in on the fun!









Students, parents, and teachers gathered at Marston's 101 once again for National Walk to School day.


SANTA ROSA ACADEMIC ACADEMY

Students, parents, and teachers gathered at Marston's 101 once again for National Walk to School day. An Atascadero Police Department officer escorted families on their walk to school where they were greeted with snacks and wristbands for their participation. This event not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also builds community!




LIGHTHOUSE AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASS SUCCESS!

LIGHTHOUSE AFTER SCHOOL ART CLASS BUSY CREATING




4th through 8th graders had a fantastic first after-school painting and drawing class at the Fine Arts Academy. Students learned to draw animals with geometric shapes, make a graphite and soft pastel silhouette, mix oil pastel in an abstract composition, and experiment with watercolor and pen techniques to create cityscapes and other creations!




Lighthouse Afterschool art projects





Our Collage class is starting October 8th. There is still room in the 6/7/8th grade class that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 14th. The 4/5th is full. Permission slips are available: https://sites.google.com/atasusd.org/ausd-lighthouse-after-school/program-flyers-and-calendars?authuser=0, and the attendees are determined by lottery. Future classes are Ceramics, Printmaking and Painting.







4th and 5th graders in Mrs. Vermurlen’s class got a lesson on how to care for a horse from high school students in Mr. Dadson’s Ag science class.

AHS AG SCIENCE CLASS VISITS SAN BENITO

4th and 5th graders in Mrs. Vermurlen’s class got a lesson on how to care for a horse from high school students in Mr. Dadson’s Ag science class. Along with getting to pet Caspar, they were able to see what he eats, how to saddle him, and how his reins are put on and used!





Click the image for a PDF copy of Superintendent Butler's message on Vaping


COUNTY HEALTH ADVISORY ASSOCIATED WITH VAPING

Please read the following message from Superintendent Butler, Here for the health advisory issued by the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency.








Collage of Mrs. Black's 4th graders and their buddies from 1st grade,


1ST GRADE IS BETTER WITH A BIG BUDDY!

Mrs. Black's 4th graders and their buddies from 1st grade, Mrs. Goossen class, getting to know each other using a double bubble map at Santa Margarita Elementary.









(Pictured from left to right are Trustee Shoemaker, Debbie Twissleman (student support), Kate Maynor (teacher), Sarah Betz (Principal), Trustee Buban).
AUSD IS PROUD TO CELEBRATE CARRISA PLAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Trustee Ray Buban and Trustee George Shoemaker were happy to support Carrisa Plains Elementary School in Washington D.C. this week as they received the 2019 National Green Ribbon School Recognition. One of only 5 schools to be recognized from California they follow Monterey Road Elementary School that won this distinction in 2018. Click Here to see the article to find out what 'Green Ribbon School' things they are doing at Carrisa Plains School. (Pictured from left to right are Trustee Shoemaker, Debbie Twissleman (student support), Kate Maynor (teacher), Sarah Betz (Principal), Trustee Buban). 

Practicing Bus Safety at San Benito Elementary


BUS SAFETY AT SAN BENITO

All scholars at San Benito participated in bus evacuation drills last week. Since safety is of the utmost importance to us all, our students are now prepared to safely ride the bus to and from school and on field trips. Thanks to our transportation department for making this possible.








Santa Margarita's Robotic students are starting off the year working hard on their robots!



SANTA MARGARITA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S ROBOTICS TEAM

Santa Margarita's Robotic students are starting off the year working hard on their robots!








8th grade Engineering students rose to the challenge of creating a structure utilizing motion, solar panels and more!



ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL 8TH GRADE ENGINEERING

8th grade Engineering students rose to the challenge of creating a structure utilizing motion, solar panels and more!








Students in Mrs. Daniel’s 4th and 5th grade class experiment with multiple variables to figure out the best choice in creating hydropower energy.


HYDROPOWER ENERGY!

Students in Mrs. Daniel’s 4th and 5th grade class experiment with multiple variables to figure out the best choice in creating hydropower energy. Plastic spoons vs. wooden paddles; height of water source; number of spoons / paddles chosen, then recording three trials. NGSS science is fun with Ms. Amanda from Cuesta College.










SABRINA DEGNAN, AHS ALUM, IS A CANDIDATE FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR
SABRINA DEGNAN, AHS ALUM, IS A CANDIDATE FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR

A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

A selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.   Way to go Sabrina, AUSD is proud of you!

9/11 Flag ceremony at Creston Elementary


SEPTEMBER 11TH FLAG CEREMONY

Creston Elementary Students participated in a September 11th flag ceremony, honoring both Patriot Day and our National Day of Service and Remembrance.






Kay Milligan and her Pre-Schoolers


LEARNING THE RULES OF THE ROAD!

Pre-school teacher Kay Milligan, Classroom Aides, and Speech Pathologist, Sam Weber, taught these pre-schoolers what the words STOP and Go mean. The students had a mini field trip to the crosswalk to learn how to properly stop, go and cross the street.



Salsa Bowls


ONE COOL EARTH

The first week of lessons at San Gabriel Elementary went very well! The first batch of seeds tossed out during garden tours have begun to sprout.

In the after school program, Grow-Cook-Eat, students made a super delicious fresh salad from local organic fruits & veggies, as well as some herbs the students collected from the garden's herb spiral. They discovered that apples and mint go great together, however chives and watermelon don't...

Learn all about One Cool Earth and what they do on their Facebook Page. 





Click here to view the message from Superintendent



MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT RE: PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUT OFF

PG&E's Public Safety Power shut off (PSPS) is a proactive measure to avoid a wildland fire sparked by power lines. As a school district, student and staff safety are our highest concern. This loss of power will impact our schools. Click the image below for a message from Superintendent Butler regarding a PSPS.











Girls Varsity Tennis


BRINGING HOME A WIN

Girls Varsity Tennis brought home 1st place in the consolation finals in Clovis over the weekend. They attended the annual California Tennis Classic held in Clovis with over 90 other high schools. Way to go Hounds!






Bicycle Education during PE at Fine Arts


BICYCLE EDUCATION

Students at the Fine Arts Academy had a blast in their PE classes with the bicycle unit on campus over the last few weeks. Huge thanks to AUSD's community partnership with K-Man Cyclery, SLOCOG, Bike SLO County, and our amazing team of PE teachers who help bring this program to life with students throughout the district!









Creston Cougar visits Creston students



CRESTON COUGARS

The Creston Cougar came and visited Creston's 2nd and 3rd grades. The students received the visit for having perfect attendance all week!

















STEAM students at San benito

FULL "STEAM" AHEAD

Teamwork: No Talking
Second grade scholars at San Benito, a STEAM-focused school, learn how to communicate and work together without talking. Their challenge? Build a house structure together using no words.







MUSEUM DAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST

Aerial image of City Hall at night

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country participate in this annual event. Here locally, we will celebrate Museum Day in Atascadero at Historic City Hall, Colony House and Atascadero Printery. Historic City Hall will have complimentary Docent Tours from 1-4 pm and the Colony House will also be open from 1-4 pm. The Atascadero Printery will host an outside Hot dog BBQ from 11-4 pm. All proceeds from the tours of City Hall will go to the Atascadero Colony Heritage Center and the proceeds for the BBQ at the Printery will go towards the Printery Foundation. 

There will also be booths at City Park in Paso Robles showcasing the Paso Robles Historical Society, Pioneer Museum, Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Friends of the Adobe, and Santa Margarita Historical Society. In addition to museums participating in Atascadero, there will be a handful participating at the various locations around North County, like Pioneer Museum and Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles, and Templeton Historical Museum.


AHS Announcements

WHO SAID TEACHER'S HAVE NO FUN!!

Morning announcements at the High School just got more interesting. While informing students of the current happenings at the school, teachers also got a chance to show their fun side! Watch some of the latest announcements on You Tube.





Carrisa Plains first Bike at School Day of 2019-2020 School Year

THE POLECATS ARE ROLLING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Carrisa Plains Polecats were excited for their first Bike at School Day! All the Polecats love using the Bike Garden to practice bike safety and improve their health!


San Benito Kindergartners



SAN BENITO BENGALS CLASS OF 2032!


San Benito Kindergartner's were scientists this week, learning about colors and writing in their Science Notebooks. They also worked in their Learning Centers doing various fun projects!







Sheriff's Family Day 2019



SHERIFF'S FAMILY DAY


Sheriff's Family Day is Saturday, September 14th. Click on the flyer for more information.














San Gabriel Elementary School's 5th grade teachers welcome in the new school year!


1st DAY OF SCHOOL AT SAN GABRIEL ELEMENTARY

San Gabriel Elementary School's 5th grade teachers welcome in the new school year!







Superintendent Tom Butler and Atascadero High Principal Bill Neely oversee construction of new science facilities, in Winter 2018. (photo by Camas Frank)


Heading Back to School

On the first day of school Superintendent Tom Butler made it a point to spend the morning checking in with as many schools as he could. The District is very excited with all the new construction and renovations going on at many of the sites.  Atascadero News






Construction of the Science/Ag complex nearing completion at Atascadero High School


Construction of the Science/Ag complex nearing completion at Atascadero High School

AHS Girls Locker Room









Girls Locker Room



Renovations at Creston Elementary School




Renovations at Creston Elementary School










Girls Hounds Tennis



HOUNDS TENNIS HITTING IT HARD ON THE COURTS

Girls Hounds Tennis starts the season with a strong turnout this year. Varsity and JV are fired up and bringing lots of action to the courts this year. They had their first scrimmage against the Templeton Eagles on Tuesday then took on Morro Bay High School on Thursday with both Varsity and JV taking home wins against the Pirates.  Atascadero News








Joyce Rabellino presents Fletcher Ferrara with a scholarship from the band. Photo by Kamal Mostafa.


2019 AHS GRADUATE RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP

Fletcher Ferrara an Atascadero High School graduate received a $250 scholarship from the Atascadero Community Band. Fletcher has been an ACB Guest Conductor and plans on attending Cuesta College to pursue music education and film composition. Read all about Fletcher in the A-Town Daily News article linked below.
A-Town Daily News




Miranda, a 3rd year Garden Educator Manager at San Gabriel Elementary

ONE COOL EARTH AT SAN GABRIEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

Meet Miranda! This year will be Miranda's 3rd year as a Garden Educator Manager at San Gabriel Elementary. Here's what she has to say!
What's your favorite garden creature?
My favorite garden creature is the blue belly lizard. A group of students come in the garden every week to go lizard hunting. I love to see what they find and most of the time it's the blue bellies. They are so excited to show me as well as turn them upside down to pet their bellies and "hypnotize" them.
Why do you think it's important for kids to learn outdoors? 
I think it's important for kids to learn outdoors because most kids have little exposure to nature. By being exposed to their garden space year-round, students can feel a part of the garden and develop a sense of ownership and responsibility. I always say, "This is not my garden, this is your garden. You get to create it". Kids have so much creativity and I allow them to use it. I work with them at a garden lunch club to develop ideas including lizard homes and fairy gardens.
Thanks for all you do!
San Gabriel Elementary San Gabriel Elementary PTA Atascadero Unified School District
See more of what One Cool Earth does at local elementary school's by clicking on their Facebook page linked below.
OneCoolEarth Facebook

Creston Elementary participate in their first Bike to School day! Our Cougars had a great time being active throughout the day while practicing the rules of the road!

CRESTON ELEMENTARY HAS FIRST BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY OF THE YEAR

Creston Elementary participate in their first Bike to School day! Our Cougars had a great time being active throughout the day while practicing the rules of the road!




New Teachers for 2019-2020 School year


AUSD WELCOMES NEW TEACHERS

Atascadero Unified School District is very excited to welcome many new faces to its certificated teaching staff. The new staff members attended orientation and are ready to start the 2019-2020 school year!



AHS first scrimmage will be against Templeton Eagles tonight at 7:00 p.m.

BRINGING NEW LIFE TO THE HOUNDS

Dan Loney is welcomed back to the AHS coaching staff this year in hopes of bringing new life to Greyhound football. Cultural and coaching changes have been made to the team this year in hopes to shake it up a bit and to see some positive results this year. The team is full of excitement and ready to start the 2019-2020 school year. Their first scrimmage will be against Templeton Eagles tonight at 7:00 p.m. Read the full article in the Atascadero News and get out and support the team!


CAPS event will take place at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on Saturday, August 24.

CAPS EVENING FOR EDUCATION FUNDRAISER

Each year CAPS hosts it's Evening for Education, a fundraising dinner that features a live and silent auction and ends with a lively casino. This year’s event will take place at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on Saturday, August 24. Last year the organization raised more than $85,000 through sponsorship's, donations and auctions. This year’s event theme is “Granting Wishes” and will portray an Aladdin-esque “Arabian Nights” style theme. Read all about the fundraiser and how you can get in involved here.



Besides their regular studies and rotations through P.E., science and music, students and teachers at Santa Margarita Elementary have a couple of additional resources for more learning opportunities, those being the school garden and an “Artist in Residence” program.


MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING AT SANTA MARGARITA ELEMENTARY

Learning happens in many ways and can vary between individuals. Learning and memory expert Jim Kwik emphasizes multi-sensory learning, noting that the more our senses are stimulated, the better we learn, i.e. singing the A,B,C song, counting blocks, drawing pictures or planting a row of lettuce. Besides their regular studies and rotations through P.E., science and music, students and teachers at Santa Margarita Elementary have a couple of additional resources for more learning opportunities, those being the school garden and an “Artist in Residence” program. Read about the programs Santa Margarita offers in the Colony Magazine.






AHS CHEER CAMP


Atascadero High School JV Cheer team came home from camp with a 1st place award for best rally routine (half time performance).





Atascadero High School JV Cheer team came home from camp with a 1st place award for best rally routine (half time performance).





Varsity Cheer Team made their way back from camp with two 3rd place awards for best rally and crowd leading routine.





Varsity Cheer Team made their way back from camp with two 3rd place awards for best rally and crowd leading routine.






Emma Ioppini and Mary Sherer made the All-American team and will be performing in London for the New Year's Day Parade.








Emma Ioppini and Mary Sherer made the All-American team and will be performing in London for the New Year's Day Parade.











Stuff the Bus was a huge success this year, the District received dozens of boxes of supplies that will be distributed to students to help make their school year a success.

STUFFED WITH SUCCESS

Stuff the Bus was a huge success this year, the District received dozens of boxes of supplies that will be distributed to students to help make their school year a success. A big thank you to United Way, K-Mart and all the community members who donated to Stuff the Bus.





Atascadero Middle School teachers spent a few minutes of their Professional Development time on Monday getting FIRED UP, ENGAGED, and READY FOR THE STUDENTS as our amazing Instructional Leadership Team led a staff-wide Rock-Paper-Scissors challenge.

First Day Fun at Atascadero Middle School

Atascadero Middle School teachers spent a few minutes of their Professional Development time on Monday getting FIRED UP, ENGAGED, and READY FOR THE STUDENTS as our amazing Instructional Leadership Team led a staff-wide Rock-Paper-Scissors challenge. In this super fun format, the "winner" adds the vanquished to their cheering committee with each additional win. By the end, math teacher Matt Avila faced off against electives teacher Chris de Firmian in the final round. Chants of "Matt, Matt, Matt!" and "Chris, Chris, Chris!" echoed in the halls. Mr. de Firmian ultimately won the challenge, while the whole staff won the day as they grew together, modeling the District's Core Values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence.

Team AMS are educators who care about each other and their students. We are truly excited to teach and learn together as we welcome our new 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students this year! Go Saints! Watch on YouTube.


Our new 6th graders arrived so well prepared with Thinking Maps! They were able to compare and contrast their summer fun with a Thinking Map from day one of 6th grade at AMS



SUMMER THINKING MAPS

AMS would like to send a great big THANK YOU to all the elementary school teachers here in AUSD! Our new 6th graders arrived so well prepared with Thinking Maps! They were able to compare and contrast their summer fun with a Thinking Map from day one of 6th grade at AMS; We can see their thinking and they are so engaged! Way to go 6th graders! We're happy to pick up the baton and continue on with all your great work thus far. It's going to be a fantastic year!









ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AUSD Board of Trustees for 2019-2020 School Year
Superintendent's Message to Parents 2019-2020
Transportation Route Information 2019-2020

AUSD BUS ROUTES

2019-2020 Bus routes can be found on the AUSD website under the "For Parents" tab. Some of the routes have changed so please check the new schedule and see if any changes have affected you.

Bus Route

LIGHTHOUSE AFTER SCHOOL


Lighthouse Bike Class






BIKE CLASS
San Gabriel Elementary will be offering the fist bike class of the year. 4th and 5th graders will learn basic bike repair, replacing and patching tubes, and on road bike safety. Click on the flyer for more information.















Lighthouse Building Computers







BUILDING COMPUTERS
In only eight sessions students will learn how to tear down and rebuild a fully functioning PC. The first "Building Computers" class will be held at Creston Elementary School, see flyer to learn how to sign up.














AUSD Lighthouse After School Art Class








ART CLASS
Drawing, collage, ceramics, printmaking and painting. Students learn a variety of art that will inspire them to get their creative juices flowing! Sign up quick these classes fill fast.














AUSD Lighthouse After School Dance Class








DANCE 101
Learn the foundation of dance, and a variety of styles of dance. This three week course is packed with lots of movement and fun and will engage both mind and body. The first sessions this year are offered at San Benito Elementary School.








AUSD Lighthouse After School Grow Cook Eat






GROW COOK EAT!
In this course students will learn about growing, harvesting and cooking their own food. They will also get to experiment with recipes and of course the best part, EAT! The first session is offered at San Gabriel Elementary School this year.










All District Choir, Grades 4-5-6







ALL DISTRICT CHOIR
Learn to read music, voice coaching, sing in parts and performances! Open to all 4th-6th graders at AUSD. Offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Fine Arts Academy, click on the flyer for more information.







All District Band





ALL DISTRICT BAND
Beginning and Advanced All District Band will be starting soon, this is open to all 5th and 6th graders and will be held at the Atascadero Middle School Band Room. Click on the flyer for more information.







Contact your site secretary to sing up for any of these classes, below is a link to the sign up sheet that can be filled out and returned to your site. Availability is limited and you will be notified of your enrollment prior to classes starting.
Sign up form


Greybots Team

GREYBOTS

The Greybots are entering the 2019-2020 school year as World Champions and making a name for AHS and our community. They would like to keep the momentum going but are in need of funds to do so. This year it will cost nearly $35,000 to have the entire Greybot Team attend the FIRST Championship in Houston. Click the link below to find out all about the Greybots and how you can help to send them to Houston.

Greybots



Atascadero High School Renovation

ATASCADERO HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

With the new school year just a few days away, check out all the exciting things coming to AHS this year. From Tech to Tennis the High School will be modernized and more unified, click on the link to read about all the upcoming plans.





Congratulations to the
Graduating Class of 2019!


Congratulations to all the graduates from Atascadero High School, Paloma Creek High School, ACE Academy and STEP’s.

Creston's 4th and 5th graders Learn by Doing



Learn by Doing Lab

Creston's 4th and 5th graders attended a Learn by Doing Lab on Thursday, May 30th at Cal Poly. Some of the things they learned about were strawberry DNA and how to make bubbles that popped with smoke. They also got to meet Cal Poly's President Jeffrey Armstrong whom was observing the lab for the first time!






Atascadero High School's 49th Annual "Night of Scholars and Champions" Scholarship Award ceremony

Night of Scholars and Champions

Atascadero High School held it's 49th Annual "Night of Scholars and Champions" Scholarship Award ceremony last night at Ewing Gymnasium. Over $210,000 of scholarships were awarded to 89 graduating seniors by 44 community groups and individuals during the evening. Pictured are the Rotary Club of Atascadero's 13 award winners with a total of $34,000. Congratulations to all of the students on their many achievements.


Director of Curriculum, Kurt Payne, shows off his family's 3 tortoises


Carrisa Plains Get Special Visit

The last week of school and Carrisa Plains Elementary students were completing the finale to their animal report writing. They were visited by Kurt Payne, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and his three desert tortoises. Mr. Payne is licensed by the State of California to have all three captive bred tortoises. Students were quizzed on their knowledge of identifying the differences between turtles and tortoises. Mr. Payne furthered the lesson using the idea of phenomenon and inquiry from the Next Generation Science Standards and had students discuss tortoise adaptations to their habitat and how human impact has affected the native tortoise population. Students enjoyed getting to feed and handle the tortoises as part of the lesson closure.



Monterey Road Elementary Receives Water-Conserving Landscape Award


Monterey Road Elementary Receives Water-Conserving Landscape Award

Congratulations to Monterey Road! They, along with One Cool Earth, will be receiving a Water-Conserving Landscape Award for outstanding contributions and excellence in water conservation on June 12 from Atascadero Mutual Water Company. 

Monterey Road planted a Food Forest last year in place of a grass hill. The Food Forest is full of native, drought resistant plants. The students designed the forest and tend to it. The area is also used for outdoor learning experiences. Way to go Monterey Road Mustangs!









AMS students awarded by the Rotary club

Rotarian Essay Contest Winners

Atascadero Unified School District partnered with the Atascadero Rotarian Club to award the top three 8th grade student winners of the Rotary 4 Way Test Essay Contest. The students were presented with cash awards from the Rotarian's of $300.00, $225.00, and $150.00. AUSD recognized the students and their families at a luncheon held in their honor. The winners were; Sydney Beeman, Kailyn Trimble and William Pierce.  


Santa Margarita students play telephone with cups and piping


Hello, Hello!

Following a unit on sound, Santa Margarita students in Mrs. Goossen's first grade class participated in hands on Science. Students create, test, and improve communication devices following a unit on sound.  








Board Recognizes Enlisting Seniors

The Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees was honored to recognize the nine graduating seniors who have enlisted to serve their country in military service. These students will be serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and the Army National Guard. Some of the recruiters were on hand as well as the parents to help celebrate. AUSD is proud of all it's students who have served in the military.  





AUSD Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees thanked Atascadero High School representative Bella Otter





The Board of Trustees thanked Atascadero High School representative Bella Otter for her service this year by reporting monthly to the Trustees the happenings at Atascadero High School. They look forward to her return next year.  








The Board of Trustees thanked Nathan Sharon for his many years of support for the Learning Among the Oaks (L.A.T.O.)

The Board of Trustees thanked Nathan Sharon for his many years of support for the Learning Among the Oaks (L.A.T.O.) program. L.A.T.O. program director Bev Gingg was on hand for the recognition as well as Nathan's proud parents. He will be heading to Pennsylvania to continue his education this fall with a promise to continue his support for students. 






Looking for your Students Score Reports?

As part of its commitment to build a quality education system in the fast changing world of technology, California is moving its California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Student Score Reports to an electronic format that will be delivered online. The electronic Student Score Reports also will be enhanced, offering a more dynamic way of providing information about how your student is progressing in their education.

Assessments included in CAASPP are the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium (SBAC) in English Language Arts and Math, the California Science Test (CAST), and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA). Electronic Student Score Reports will be available for you to access through your Aeries Parent Portal Account. As your student’s assessments are finalized and scored they will be made immediately available.

After logging into your Aeries Parent Portal account you will use the Test Scores dropdown to access the State Test Scores Reports option. Our official notification to all parents will be sent when all student’s scores are finalized with more detailed information at that time. 


Greyhound Wellness Center Logo
Summer Wellness

The Wellness Center at Atascadero High School is offering a variety of summer programs. The programs are for Middle and High School students as well as a parent night each Wednesday during the summer while the programs are running. Click on the links for more information on how to sign up.

San Gabriel students get yogurt for perfect attendance


Perfect Attendance at San Gabriel

San Gabriel's principal, Mrs. Ames, took 15 students to Yogurt Creations to reward them for perfect attendance this school year! Congratulations to all the students.








Click here for a slideshow of photos

San Benito Elementary School


Why San Benito?
476 reasons SB is an ideal learning environment for our scholars! 
STEAM focus + Character Development & Social-Emotional Learning + Outdoor Education + Hands-on Learning + High Achievement in Reading + Green Ribbon School Silver Level + Hard-working Staff + Generous Families = one great education for our young scientists!
Click on the picture to see the video and slide show.


AUSD board member and Lighthouse Admin Don Clickard poses with 5 AUSD District staff members who participated in the 5K: (from left to right) Kortney Kasfeldt, Heather Benson, Loni Twisselman, Don Clickard, Troylyn Lindsay, and Annie Allen


7th Annual Lighthouse 5K Fun Run

Saturday, June 1st, Lighthouse had their 7th annual fun run and family day. It was held at Fableist and benefited Lighthouse Atascadero, a program dedicated to overcoming addiction through awareness, prevention, intervention and education.







Irene McDaniel's AHS Honors Geometry class met with Rachelle Rickard, Atascadero's City manager

College and Career Ready

Thank you to the Atascadero City Manager, Rachelle Rickard, and our city staff for taking the time to meet with all three of Irene McDaniel's AHS Honors Geometry classes during the month of May. Ms. Rickard took the students on a tour of the building to meet with each department. Students learned about careers that use math including finance, engineering, city planning, building inspection, and public works. Ms. Rickard also spoke about the 2003 earthquake and what engineers did to ensure the structure was safe. Our AHS Greyhounds were exposed to several potential career paths helping to make them college and career ready!





Atascadero Unified School District Celebrates Our Retirees

AUSD celebrated this years retirees at a special Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 21st. There were sixteen retirees this year, Congratulations to all of you! Click on the picture to see a slide show of the festivities.





AUSD's Lettuce harvest


AUSD's First Harvest!

AUSD is so excited to be growing our own fresh produce. Thanks to Brandon Sanders our School District farm's first harvest was plentiful with fresh produce already being served at schools throughout the District. Atascadero News









Carrisa Plains Polecats Logo

Carrisa Plains Elementary Awarded 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The staff at Carrisa Plains is always looking for new and innovative ways to support the students; at the same time, they are providing opportunities for their students to help the world. Students and staff are learning about the world around them and working with and using their environment to promote a change in their education, their way of thought, and their way of living. Much of this change at Carrisa Plains is carried out with a clear conservation plan and a strong and supportive relationship with the Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD), headquartered more than 40 miles west of the school. Click here to read the entire article on all the amazing programs Carrisa Plains has implemented in the link attached. Congratulations Polecats!

‘No judgment,’ Atascadero High School’s Wellness Center offers mental health support for students



Each Mind Matters - Atascadero High School's Wellness Center

A Wellness Center is not common place in most high schools, but Atascadero High School is committed to offering this service to all it's students. “This is a place where there’s no judgment,” said Kamela Proulx, the center’s coordinator and a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Kids can walk in the door and just want to share something wonderful that happened to them that day. Sometimes they come in over something devastating that happened in their family. Here they can get help immediately or almost immediately, and they feel that relief, they feel heard, they feel supported and it’s just right here,” The Wellness Center will also be providing summer programs. Click here to hear all about our Wellness Center.



AUSD's 2019 Classified Employee of the Year

Bill Johnson, San Gabriel's custodian, with Tom Butler and Sean McKinley





Bill Johnson, San Gabriel's custodian, was elected by the AUSD classified staff as the Employee of the Year!













Congratulations to all the site employee's of the year, thank you for all your hard work and commitment to AUSD's students and staff. 









Students in Mrs. Daniel's class


Creston Elementary School

At Creston Elementary School, students in Mrs. Daniel's class are so happy after doing math stories with their student teacher, Mr. Spandler. He used their names, profiles, and interests to create math lessons.




Congratulations to this years TIP (Teacher Induction Program) Year 2 Colloquium graduates.

T.I.P. Graduates

Congratulations to this years TIP (Teacher Induction Program) Year 2 Colloquium graduates. New teachers that successfully completed their induction program to clear their credential were honored and celebrated on Monday at the District Office. They worked for two years with a veteran mentor teacher to complete various components of this support program. Each mentor teacher gave a brief surprise speech highlighting the strengths and experiences of the graduate. They also shared their reflections from their culminating project- specifically focused on how it led to student success.
Congratulations
Matt Avila
Lauren Chambers
Michael Clemmensen
Kaylie Edgar
Kristin Gaeta
Julia Harrigan
Sarah Iba
Sally Immel
Jocelyn Johnston
Julie Newton
Rachel Pollard
Rob Robertson

Atascadero Greybots champs celebrated by district and city

Greybots Celebrated by Community

On Wednesday, May 22, the Greybots arrived at City Hall in style compliments of Atascadero Fire Department as Atascadero celebrated their World Champions for the third time! Watch all the festivities on KSBY.




7th and 8th grade Atascadero Middle School choir members

Atascadero Middle School Choir Takes 1st Place at Music in the Parks

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Atascadero Middle School choir members for their performance at the Music in the Parks choral festival in Santa Clarita on Saturday, May 11. 
They placed 1st out of the 9 participating middle school choirs with an overall rating of Excellent. Further, they were top-notch ambassadors for their school, district and community both on and off the stage.
The students had a great time after the festival at Six Flags Magic Mountain. A big thank you to all of our students, chaperones and bus driver who made this trip a success and one that our kids will remember for years to come.


Creston Elementary celebrated National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.

National Bike to School Day at Creston Elementary

Creston Elementary celebrated National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8. The students biked to school, enjoyed recess bike rodeos, and went home with bike swag like bike lights, pencils, water bottles, and even a new helmet if they needed it thanks to the SLOCOG Safe Routes to School!



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Hounds Headed to CIF Championship!

AHS Hounds defeat the Eagles in a 4-3 CIF semifinals game. This was a big win for the Greyhounds and will send them to the Division 3 CIF Central Section Championships. This will be the first CIF baseball semifinal since 1995, and the first time playing in a CIF Championship in the high schools history. GO HOUNDS!





a few pictures from Painting, Collage and Ceramics classes.


Lighthouse After School Fun!

It has been a successful year in after school art classes at FAA. Included are a few pictures from Painting, Collage and Ceramics classes. Our Monday/Wednesday classes were for 4th and 5th grade, and the Tuesday/Thursday classes accommodated 6th through 8th grade. The classes will be offered again next year, and best of all they are free. Look for sign-ups in August!








AUSD Special Olympics contestants



AUSD United Special Olympics

Congratulations to all of those who participated in the AUSD United Special Olympics Games and the Regional Special Olympics Games.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.






Congratulations to the following FAA students who won Honorable Mention at the AWAKEN Show for Elementary Students at the SLO Museum of Art: Sophia Wilson and Sheila King in 4th grade, and Kayla Zemaitis, Tabitha Mendes, and Sophia Devereaux in 6th grade.

Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Wins at AWAKEN Art Show at SLOMA

Congratulations to the following FAA students who won Honorable Mention at the AWAKEN Show for Elementary Students at the SLO Museum of Art: Sophia Wilson and Sheila King in 4th grade, and Kayla Zemaitis, Tabitha Mendes, and Sophia Devereaux in 6th grade. A dozen students from FAA had paintings, drawing, collages, and ceramics pieces on display. The artwork was made during the school day, or created in the Lighthouse After School Art Classes. The Juror's Choice award went to an AMS Student, Nathan Robosciotti who attends these classes. 

Additionally, a belated shout out to FAA 8th grade student, Isabella Brylewski for winning Third Place with a ceramic sculpture in the AWAKEN Show for Middle Schoolers at SLOMA in February.


San Benito Elementary participated in Week of Awareness



Week of Awareness at San Gabriel Elementary School

San Gabriel Elementary participated in Week of Awareness, where students learned about inclusion, acceptance, and an understanding of different abilities. An assembly for Brent Poppen wrapped up their week.














Sidewalk drawings done by AMS students

Testing Week at Atascadero Middle School!

It was a great job across the board this week for our wonderful AMS students. Monday - Friday students completed nearly 4000 testing sessions! Everyone really demonstrated great LEADERSHIP, hanging in there and doing their very best! These important tests are valuable for students, families, and the school, and they offer great practice for future high stakes tests. Fantastic job, Saints. 

Parents: thank you for all your support this week in motivating your students and providing the home-side support. AND, thank you for emphasizing students bring charged Chromebooks and headphones! The school/home partnership is very important to us and we really do appreciate all you do.

All AMS staff were very creative in supporting, rewarding, and motivating their classes. Each afternoon after testing, students enjoyed a tremendous array of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including Cornhole, Karaoke, Just Dance, Ultimate Frisbee, Grass Volleyball, Dodgeball, Arts & Crafts, Jeopardy Trivia, and many more!

Cover of Blooming



Blooming: A Digital Anthology

Blooming is a digital anthology that is a result of a collaborative project between Atascadero High School students and staff. Students wrote in the categories of Creative Non-fiction, Personal Narrative, Poetry, Short Fiction, and Song Lyrics as part of a writing contest. Art students created illustrations, photography students created photos, and Graphic Communications students produced the layout for this digital book. The title for this book is derived from the Superbloom that occurred in the Spring of 2019 in California, and the “blooming” of students as they develop their skills and talents in writing and art. It is an example of students utilizing 21st century skills to produce literature in a contemporary format.





Raul Cordova leads a primary PE group at Monterey Road Elementary school. Photo by Eden Marshall

Atascadero High School Students Instruct Primary P.E. Classes

Primary PE is an interactive elective offered at AHS in which students learn about child behavior through instructing elementary school students in Physical Education (PE). The course is offered to upperclassmen and is a unique opportunity for students to study child development by working with first, second, and third grade children. Learn more about this class and the students participating in the HillTop News.



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Living Wax Museum at San Benito Elementary School!

Third graders in Mrs. Gaeta's class at San Benito Elementary School, chose and studied influential figures throughout history. They wrote a biographical paragraph about their lives. These little scholars re-imagined their very own Wax Museum and brought them to life. Students showed such passion performing as the wax figure. Click on the picture to see the video.















San Gabriel Bike to school Students



Rolling Gator's

San Gabriel Elementary School Gator's participated in bike to school day. There were 111 student participants and a lot of parent and adult support as well. The ride started at the head of the new Morro Road pathway on Morro Road and Hwy 41 and then utilized the Safe Routes to School Path and ended at San Gabriel School.










Joshua Wilson-Murry and Faith Archibald named Cuesta’s 2019 Outstanding Athletes of the Year

Atascadero High School Alumni Named Cuesta's Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Atascadero High Alumni, Faith Archibald, was one of Cuesta Colleges 2019 outstanding athletes of the year. Faith was also selected to the 2019 All-Western State Conference First Team and all-Southern California Second Team, while also being tabbed an All American. A three-time all-Conference Academic selection. Read all about Faith's success in the Atascadero News.


Fine Arts Principal Kibbe Rubin poses with the Advances Strings group and their Director Megan Glimpse


Fine Arts Advanced Strings Group perform for the Board of Trustees

Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Principal Kibbe Rubin was happy to introduce the Advanced Strings group who performed 3 different numbers for the Board of Trustees. The group proudly displayed a trophy earned at the Music in the Parks Festival in southern California where they received a score of excellent and a rating of 1st place. This awesome group received the Overall Middle School Orchestra award after competing with 20 different schools and 2500 students.




The Board of Trustees Recognizes Excellence

The Board of Trustees was pleased to recognize Atascadero High School senior Claire Livengood as the CIF Central Section Scholar Athlete.




The Board of Trustees was pleased to recognize Atascadero High School senior Claire Livengood as the CIF Central Section Scholar Athlete. Principal Bill Neely stated that she was a 'slam dunk' for this honor with her incredible academic achievement and her many years of athletics. 








AUSD Board of Trustees were pleased to recognize Atascadero High School senior Jessica Jen as a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award.







AUSD Board of Trustees were pleased to recognize Atascadero High School senior Jessica Jen as a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award. Principal Bill Neely stated that Jessica scored in the top 1% of 1.6 million students nation wide on the Pre-Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT)




















The Board of Trustees were honored to recognize the Atascadero High School Science Bowl team and their teachers, John Forte and Robin Ryburn.




The Board of Trustees were honored to recognize the Atascadero High School Science Bowl team and their teachers, John Forte and Robin Ryburn. Even though AHS has only had a team for 2 years the team placed 4th out of 32 teams in the Regional National Science Bowl competition.







Exploring Atascadero High School's Greytness

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. An exam score of 5 & 4 are most readily accepted by colleges, an exam score of 3 is accepted by some colleges and scores of 1 & 2 are not accepted. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. View Atascadero High School's informational video here: Atascadero High School AP Courses

For more information go to: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap
and
https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-2019-students-parents-handout.pdf

The following A/P courses are offered at AHS:
European History
Government & Politics United States
Human Geography
United States History
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Calculus
Statistics
Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physics
Spanish Language & Culture
Studio Art
Computer Science Principles
Psychology


The Fine Arts Academy advanced performers represented their school proudly as they performed in Southern California on April 12-13.

The Monarchs Compete in Southern California

The Fine Arts Academy advanced performers represented their school proudly as they performed in Southern California on April 12-13. 
The Advanced Strings and Honor Choir were judged in the Music in the Parks Festival, and both received a score of excellent and a rating of 1st place. The Strings received the Overall Middle School Orchestra award with the score of 82.25. The Honor Choir received a score of 88.25.
A special award was given to Katilyn Spann, who received the Middle School accompanist award for playing cello with the Honor Choir. The festival included over 2500 students from 20 different schools. 
The Honors Dancers were selected by the Disney Parks to dance at California Adventure.
Their program included solo and group numbers and was performed on stage with sound and lighting provided by the Disney tech team.

Congratulations to all and a big thanks to their teachers, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Glimpse and Mrs. Klemm.

The Board of Trustees and the Greyhound Foundation recognized Superintendent Tom Butler for his winning efforts this year as a dancer for the non-profit fundraising efforts of Dancing With Our Stars.

Dancing with the Stars

The Board of Trustees and the Greyhound Foundation recognized Superintendent Tom Butler for his winning efforts this year as a dancer for the non-profit fundraising efforts of Dancing With Our Stars. Greyhound President, Jim Stecher, announced that not only was Superintendent Butler and his partner declared the winner of the event but their efforts raised the Foundation $48,855.00. He was then awarded the group's Lamplighter Award, given to those whose efforts have been above and beyond in support of students.


Lia Medeiros graduated from Atascadero High School in 2009.



2009 AHS Alumni has ties to Revolutionary Black Hole Project

Working under a fellowship with the NSF, Lia Medeiros’ doctoral thesis was on the EHT collaboration, her name appears on the 10 research papers released as part of the public unveiling of the supermassive black hole, and she’s been working with the images revealed last week since June of last year. Read the full article in the Paso Robles Press.










World Champion Greybots Win the 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition

World Champion Greybots Win the 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition

This is the teams third win on the world stage. Atascadero Robotics Team 973 took the championship with their robot named "Fireball". FIRST championship brings together tens of thousands of students from around the world. Watch the final competition by clicking on the link below.

Congratulations Greybots!


Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of over 30 books, presented a Graphic Novel Writing and Drawing workshop at the AHS High School Library on Wednesday.


Art and Perseverance

Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of over 30 books, presented a Graphic Novel Writing and Drawing workshop at the AHS High School Library on Wednesday. His most recent book for young adults, Hey Kiddo, was a finalist for the National Book Award and tells the true story of his life growing up in a family affected by drug addiction and how his love for art helped him persevere through adversity. This amazing opportunity was made possible through a partnership with the AHS Library and the County of SLO Public Libraries' Book to Action grant. Over 95 students and teachers were in attendance.






Monterey Road teacher Kayleen Leong and District Librarian Kris Bell hosted the 3rd annual Book Adventure for 2nd and 3rd graders at Monterey Road last week.


Monterey Mustang's Book Adventure

Monterey Road teacher Kayleen Leong and District Librarian Kris Bell hosted the 3rd annual Book Adventure for 2nd and 3rd graders at Monterey Road last week. Similar to the Battle of the Books, students who wish to compete are required to read at least 12 books from a list of books at different levels and genres. Students had a great time team building, competing in rounds, and were given a free book at the end thanks to the MRES PTA! Congratulations to the Bees who were the top scoring team!







Debbie Peterson, secretary to Assistant Principal Chris Allen, gives blood during the blood drive



Atascadero High School Blood Drive

Atascadero High School's Health Room Nurse, Jody Batten, coordinated a blood drive with Vitalant, who brought a blood drive van to campus for the entire day. Students and Staff donated enough blood to save 84 lives!















Members of the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero spent their weekend painting baseball and softball dugouts at Atascadero High School.




A Big Thank You to Atascadero Kiwanis Club

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Atascadero spent their weekend painting baseball and softball dugouts at Atascadero High School. AUSD greatly appreciates their time and effort given to our schools.















Green Ribbon Schools Recognized at
Tuesday's Board Meeting

AUSD Board of Trustees recognized Santa Rosa Academic Academy for it's Gold Green Ribbon state recognition

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 is pleased to recognize Carrisa Plains Elementary Schools 2019 National Green Ribbon School 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 Creston Elementary School for their 2019 State Silver 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.


The Board of Trustees was happy to recognize Monterey Road Elementary School's achievements as a Green Ribbon School.


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 recognized San Benito Elementary School for their Silver Green Ribbon School state recognition

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 Middle School Oak Ambassadors did an awesome job leading the tour.


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!









AHS Stunt team athletes perform a stunt called a “hitch.” Photo by Morgan Orgeron



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




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.


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.











Greyhounds beat Bearcats 5-4


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.




A locally owned lumber store in Paso Robles is doing its part in supporting local schools with a garden kit donation program.


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.






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.

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!


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.

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.






Santa Margarita, Learning Among the Oaks


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 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.


The Atascadero Middle School Yearbook class of 2018 has been selected to be featured in the national LOOKBOOK for Jostens Publishing company.


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 L.I.T. Club (Librarians in Training) at the AHS High School


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.









Students in Ms. Edgar’s class are learning about arrays through analyzing otherwise ordinary buildings and places.


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.






31 freshman English students and their chaperones: Mrs. George, Mrs. Corey and Ms. McSpadden, attended the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas on March 20th.

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.

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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 to watch the video.


https://www.atascaderonews.com/article/greybots-celebrate-big-year

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.

Boys Varsity Tennis went up against Morro Bay Pirates on Thursday and walked away with the win.


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.





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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. 



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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.






Hounds top Bearcats, 1-0, to open Mountain league play

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.






Student Names in photo from the left:  Katie Kershner Anneline Breytenbach Logan Jones Alex Zavala



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.











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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.






Santa Rosa Academy staff participate in Read Across America for Dr. Seuss' birthday



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.













Mr. Clickard reads to a class 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. 












https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EmvgZRuaCc&feature=youtu.be

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.






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.

Santa Margarita School Oak Ambassadors trained with Morro Coast Audubon Society and Dave Sommerville, a retired biologist



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!









AHS nominated individuals at their school for being great examples of respect

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!

AMS Science bowl team at Cal Poly




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.











Atascadero Middle School students in Mr. Avila's class were visited by Atascadero FFA students and some of their animals


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 Saint's Block
AMS students learn CSI forensics during 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!


Paloma Creek High School Logo

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.



Gina Cope ropes for the AHS rodeo team

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.








San Gabriel Career Fair
San Gabriel students learned about the different careers at the annual 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



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.

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




Atascadero High School's Mock Trial Team Competes at Courthouse


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 Middle Schooler Graciela Vance Wins Award of Merit for her photo Equine Majesty

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.



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.


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!




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.


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. 



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.






Creston students were given 105 linker-cubes per pair and ten minutes to create the tallest free standing skyscraper they could construct.

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! 





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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! 












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_


Carissa Plains Polecats support National Children's Health Month

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.



Dental Screenings at AUSD schools


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.






Corporal Schamber at Santa Rosa Academic Academy



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!








Atascadero Middle School Digital Arts on Display at Slo Donut Company


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.








Fine Arts Academy Artwork on Display at SLOMA

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)

Cindy Ursprung was the guest instructor who taught Atascadero High School students how to quilt.

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!"





Mrs. Newland's 4th and 5th grade class at Creston Elementary had a blast Friday night hosting a Science Camp Spaghetti Dinner and Dance.


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."











Walk and Roll Wednesday at Carrisa Plains Elementary School was a huge success.

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!!








Several students from The Fine Arts Academy and Santa Margarita Elementary attended the robotics competition at St. Patrick’s this past weekend.


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.










Monterey Road Elementary started their Lighthouse After School Bike Class.



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.















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.




John Durant, a retired Marine colonel and former San Luis Obispo High teacher and football coach was the subject.

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.






 Atascadero Unified School District Superintendent Tom Butler has an office view overlooking the Atascadero Middle School facility.


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.





 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. 

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!







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:
San Benito students took a walk around campus to view various bird species

  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.





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.











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.


Holiday Fun at San Gabriel

San Gabriel Elementary School's 5th grade students held a fundraiser for Camp Keep. Students and staff were able to take photos with Gillian the Gator and the proceeds went to Camp Keep. Here are some fun photos of Curt Eichperger, Assistant Superintendent to Human Resources, enjoying a gator photo shoot!
Student photo with Santa Gator
Staff photo with Santa Gator






Atascadero Middle School 6th grade leadership team

Atascadero Middle School 6th Grade Leadership Team

The Atascadero Middle School 6th grade leadership students held a Santa Paws pet supply drive to help the animals at Woods Humane Society have a happy holiday season. They know that these furry friends are often overlooked during the holidays and it was their goal to make sure they get the love and attention that other pets are lucky enough to have. Several donations were brought in from the 6th grade students that will be delivered to Woods Humane Society.



2018 All-WSC First Teamer Kaylie Griffin


2018 All-WSC First Teamer Kaylie Griffin

Atascadero High School Alumni, Kaylie Griffin, is a sophomore at Cuesta College and has made a name for herself playing Volleyball as a Cougar. Read all about her and her team's 2018 season accomplishments in The Atascadero News.
















Santa Margarita Lighthouse after School

Lighthouse After School

Santa Margarita had their last Lighthouse After School Bike Class. Pictured below students played bike tag trying to catch Keith the instructor. Find out more about Lighthouse After School and how you can sign up for one of the fun classes.






Atascadero Fall Mountain League All-league Selections

Congratulations to the following Atascadero High School student athletes for being selected as the Fall Mountain League-All League Athletes

Girls Golf: 
Katie Burson, Abbey Hurst, and Cairo Murphy
Girls Golf: Katie Burson, Abbey Hurst, and Cairo Murphy

Girls Tennis: 
Anneline Breytenbach
Girls Tennis: Anneline Breytenbach

Cross Country:
Girls: Claire Livengood, Kacey Journey
Girls: Claire Livengood, Kacey Journey

Boys: Jonathan Dolan, Xavier Gonzales
Cross Country Boys: Xavier Gonzales, Jonathan Dolan
Cross Country Boys: Xavier Gonzales, Jonathan Dolan



Congratulations Kara Farrell, County Middle School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Kara Farrell, County Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kara Farrell accepted the award of County Middle School Teacher of the Year presented by the California League of Middle Schools on Wednesday, December 19th, at the Atascadero Middle School.
Great job Kara!





Students of Carrisa Plains Elementary School enjoyed a special guest reading of The Toad’s Code authored by Ryan Teixeira and read by Holly Teixeira.

Toad's Code

Students of Carrisa Plains Elementary School enjoyed a special guest reading of The Toad’s Code authored by Ryan Teixeira and read by Holly Teixeira. Students enthusiastically listened as they tried to figure out Toad’s Code. After the reading, students had the privilege of teaching Toad some cool new dance moves.






Science in Action at Atascadero Middle School



Science in Action at Atascadero Middle School

Rex West's science students demonstrated their student cars for Superintendent Butler and Principal Jessica Lloyd, thanks to a CAPS grant the students were able to build and test their cars.  Learning is Fun at AMS!










Creston Elementary School Winter Performance

Creston Elementary School Winter Performance

With the support of staff, teachers, and music teacher, Laurie Peterson, Creston Elementary Students performed for their families and community members during their annual Winter Performance and Fundraiser. A big thank you to the more than 30 local businesses and community members who donated to the event, helping Creston Elementary School 's PTA to raise more than $3000.00.






Mrs. Sherer’s 4th graders at San Gabriel performed the annual 12 Days of Christmas play.



San Gabriel Elementary School

Mrs. Sherer’s 4th graders at San Gabriel performed the annual 12 Days of Christmas play. This is the 17th year students have performed the play, written by Mrs. Sherer, based on the classic Christmas song.






Hounds steal victory from Bearcats in Overtime

Hounds Defeat Bearcats in Overtime

For the first and maybe only time this year the Hounds and Bearcats faced off for an exciting game that ended up in overtime. But in the end the Hounds took the game with a final 12-10 score. Read all about the game and the key players in the Atascadero News.








Battle of the Books

Winter break is a great time for students to read some Battle Books. All AUSD students in grades 4 & 5 (4-6 at Fine Arts Academy) may participate in their school's Battle of the Books program and work towards qualifying for the District Battle! For more information and the list of books visit the AUSD Battle of the Books website!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ui93c9pz3Bmk4wp6LVwRHFm8Qa7S719o

Students in 4th/5th grade at Santa Rosa met with Library Tech Denise Novak for Battle Book Club. They have been choosing and reading books off the Battle of the Books list, then meeting during lunch to discuss. This month there was fun and excitement expressed for Wayside School! The students gave the book a 4 star recommendation! 
Students in 4th/5th grade at Santa Rosa met with Library Tech Denise Novak for Battle Book Club.




Cuesta women’s soccer lands 5 North County players on All-WSC teams


Two Atascadero High School Alumni on All-WSC teams 

Two Atascadero alumni playing for the Cuesta Cougars were named to the 2018 All-Western State Conference First Team. Read all about Alley Andrade and Serena Ramirez in the Atascadero News article.





https://atowndailynews.com/leadership-north-county-class-graduates-thursday/52699/

Leadership North County Graduates

Congratulations to AUSD's Merry Reynolds and Sean McKinley, they recently finished a nine month program and are now graduates of Leadership North County. Read all about what the class entails in the A-Town Daily News.




Atascadero beats Righetti in penalty shootout to win league opener

Atascadero Beats Righetti in Penalty Shootout to Win League Opener

Atascadero is now 6-1-3 in the season and more importantly 1-0 in the Mountain League. The Greyhounds’ schedule doesn’t get any easier as they will face Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo in their next three games. Read all about the exciting match against Righetti in the Atascadero News.





The History of AHS's Hilltop News

Read about how Atascadero High School's student paper, the Hilltop News, got its start and some of its controversial articles.
https://www.ahshilltopnews.com/single-post/2018/11/05/Hilltop-News-looks-into-its-past-with-Lon-Allan

Parents Helping Parents

Click here to see all the exciting events and activities going on in the county for the month of December. Parents Helping Parents is a family resource center committed to supporting families of children with special needs and children who are at risk for developmental delays.

Parents Helping Parents

Click here to see all the exciting events and activities going on in the county for the month of December. Parents Helping Parents is a family resource center committed to supporting families of children with special needs and children who are at risk for developmental delays.

Atascadero Middle School Students Visit Cal Poly

Thanks to a Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS) grant, the Middle School's Learning Center and Study Skills students were able to tour the Cal Poly Campus. They watched a Women’s Basketball game and had a meet and greet with the team and cheer squad. The Learning Center students also received information from Cal Poly's Disability Resource Center informing them of the supports available as they continue their education.
AMS students meet with Cal Poly Cheerleaders
AMS students meet with Cal Poly Basketball players

AUSD School's participate in Amazon's Hour of Code

Mrs. Isbell’s fourth and fifth grade class had three volunteers from Amazon come and teach students basic coding by using code.org.



Santa Rosa Academic Academy Learns Coding Basics

Mrs. Isbell’s fourth and fifth grade class had three volunteers from Amazon come and teach students basic coding by using code.org. It was well received by students and teachers alike!





San Gabriel students participate in the hour of code.




San Gabriel's Hour of Code








Monterey Road students participate in hour of code


Monterey Road's Hour of Code

Monterey Road students learned about computer engineering and coding with Amazon employees for the Annual Hour of Code event!








Atascadero High School hosted their 43rd annual Ruth Doser girls basketball tournament this past weekend and invited five schools from around California to compete over three days.

AHS Hosted their 43rd Annual Ruth Doser Tournament

Atascadero High School hosted their 43rd annual Ruth Doser Tournament which is named after a former Atascadero High School foreign language teacher, read all about the tournament and Doser in the Atascadero News.






San Gabriel's 5th-grade Student Council held a canned food drive to benefit our local Loaves Fishes.

Giving Gators

San Gabriel's 5th-grade Student Council held a canned food drive to benefit our local Loaves & Fishes. Donations came from San Gabriel families which will provide food to families across Atascadero.








Lighthouse bike class teaches students the proper technique on how to bike downhill

Lighthouse Bike Class

The Lighthouse After School Bike Class is on a roll. They learned the proper technique on how to bike downhill and played follow the leader. Looks like fun? Learn how you can sign up for this and other fun programs put on by Lighthouse After School.



Lighthouse After School

Art Classes
The first two sessions of Lighthouse After School Art Classes have been a great success at the Fine Arts Academy. In "Book It" students made recycled decorative paper, paste paper and marbleized paper. The decorative paper was then turned into bound books, such as Piano Hinge, Japanese Stab Bindings, Accordion, Pocket, Stick Bound, and various Origami Books. Next the "Record Your World" class was all about drawing and painting the world around us. Kids learned how to use contour-line and value (shading) to help describe their world. They learned to mix oil pastels and acrylic paint to show value and texture and describe form. In addition, it was a lot of fun! The next session, "Creative Clay," starts after Thanksgiving break, with "Color Your World" starting in late January. Currently 4th and 5th is full, and there are a few spots open for 6,7,8th grade. Check the Lighthouse After School website for information about future sessions for your 4th -8th grader.
In "Book It" students made recycled decorative paper, paste paper and marbleized paper.
The decorative paper was then turned into bound books, such as Piano Hinge, Japanese Stab Bindings, Accordion, Pocket, Stick Bound, and various Origami Books.

Atascadero’s Xavier Gonzales was crowned a CIF Central Section Champion after winning the Division 2 race over Bakersfield-Liberty’s Jacob Resendez on Nov. 15 at Woodward Park in Fresno.


Central Section Cross Country Finals

Two Atascadero High School Seniors advance to State Championships. Congratulations to Atascadero Senior Claire Livengood , who placed 5th in the girls Division 2 race with a time of 19:28 and Xavier Gonzales who won the boys Division 2 race with a time of 15:46, Xavier Gonzales was crowned a CIF Central Section Champion after winning the Division 2 race over Bakersfield-Liberty’s Jacob Resendez on Nov. 15 at Woodward Park in Fresno.  Read the full story here















AMS students with R2D2

Atascadero Middle School

Christina DiSanti and Ryan Allison from the Middle School wrote an entry for the Tynker Blog. They told about many of the new electives offered at the Middle School including engineering and computer Science. Read all about it here.




Second and third grade scholars at San Benito, have the opportunity to join a weekly STEAM Squad.


San Benito's STEAM Squad

Second and third grade scholars at San Benito, have the opportunity to join a weekly STEAM Squad. Here, the engineers were given just one sheet of paper and their task was to create the longest paper chain. These students AMAZE us with their ingenuity daily!






Open House for the newly renovated Atascadero High School Music Building

AHS Choir and String musicians performed for the public during the Open House held for the newly renovated Music Building at Atascadero High School. As well, the Culinary Arts students prepared delicious foods for all to enjoy. The District is grateful for a giving community who is funding the Bonds that are allowing the renovations and new construction to take place throughout the District. The classroom learning spaces are beautiful and are allow for great learning to take place.
AHS Choir and String musicians performed for the public during the Open House held for the newly renovated Music Building at Atascadero High School
AHS Choir and String musicians performed for the public during the Open House held for the newly renovated Music Building at Atascadero High School

Examples of activities available during a recent educational fundraiser at the Fine Arts Academy

Fine Arts Academy premiers in documentary

Since retirement, former Fine Arts teacher Alan Pietsch, said he still felt the need to help the school in his own way, and provide some continuity of history for new administrators and teachers, to give them an idea of what was envisioned at the start of the Fine Arts Academy nearly 20 years ago. The documentary will premier December 3rd at the Galaxy Theater in downtown Atascadero, read the full article in the Atascadeo News.


The Atascadero High School Show Choir will make a return appearance to the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Dec. 5. They will sing a mixture of Christmas carols and other favorites.

Atascadero High School Show Choir will preform at The Warbirds Museum

The Atascadero High School Show Choir will make a return appearance to the Estrella Warbirds Museum on December 5th. They will sing a mixture of Christmas carols and other favorites. Click here to see how you can attend.



The Wellness Center calendar art contest winners for each month gathered for a photo featuring their creations. Photo by Megan Weferling


Wellness Center Calendar Contest Winners

This years Wellness Center Calendar theme is "Identity" and the winners of the art contest for the calendar have been chosen. Read the HillTop news article to find out about the calendar and how to get one.




Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten students at Santa Rosa Academics Academy made thank you cards for Veterans.

Veteran's Day Thank You

Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten students at Santa Rosa Academics Academy made thank you cards for Veterans. They sent out homemade cards to nearly 50 Veterans as well as gave the local office SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) posters and cards to show their appreciation.







Atascadero fifth-graders feel SLO Wind

Atascadero fifth-graders feel SLO Wind

Fifth-grade classes from all of the Atascadero Unified School District poured onto yellow busses and headed down the Cuesta Grade on Friday, October 26 to attend a concert at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center.
SLO Wind musicians volunteered their day for a performance in the morning with San Luis Obispo students and again for Atascadero at 11 a.m., getting the kids there was more of a logistical issue as field trips and bus use isn’t free. Ann Berry-Gallegos, marketing and development director for one of the event donors, Center for Family Strengthening, organized fundraising for the event with private donors and contributions from Kiwanis Club of Atascadero, Atascadero Quota, Optimist Club of Atascadero, Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee, and the Santa Lucia Knights of Columbus contributing in this and previous years. Read the full article in the Atascadero News.

Santa Rosa Academic Academy's Garden Education Manager, Ms. Danica, discussed the importance of "eating the rainbow" with Miss Maytubby's students.


Santa Rosa Academic Academy's Garden Education

Santa Rosa Academic Academy's Garden Education Manager, Ms. Danica, discussed the importance of "eating the rainbow" with Miss Maytubby's students. They looked at each of the colors of the rainbows, brainstormed unprocessed foods that were that color, and then discussed how foods in each color help the body. For example, foods that are orange support the development of healthy eyes, while foods that are red support healthy heart development and function. Then, Ms. Danica prepared fruit smoothies with fresh ingredients from the school garden including edible flowers. Yum!









Atascadero High School students from Photography, Ceramics, Intro to Art and Advanced AP Art are represented at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Awaken Art Show.

Awaken Art Show

The Awaken Art Show is at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Atascadero High School students from Photography, Ceramics, Intro to Art and Advanced AP Art are represented. The art is on exhibit from November 2nd through November 18th. 




Maria Lavigne - FAA Carmen Ybarra - Substitute Debbie Rennegarbe – SM (back) Teressa Rodrigues - SG Sharon Fredericks (Back) – Substitute Laine Larson - SRAA Cindy Wilson - MR LeAnne Martinez - SB

What's Cooking!

Food service staff at San Benito Elementary School cook up approximately 900 school lunches a day. Click here to see the special meal they prepared on November 8th. Thank you AUSD Food Services. 






























































































































Scholars in Mrs. Gaeta’s third grade class are engaged in circuit building
  


San Benito Science Scholars

Scholars in Mrs. Gaeta’s third grade class are engaged in circuit building, which they use to power their self-designed and self-created electric engine vehicle!!
















CAPS presents AUSD an $83,000 check for classroom teachers


CAPS presents check for classroom teachers

CAPS co-chairs, Hayley Mattson and Nicole Hider, present the Board of Trustees with a check for over $83,000.00. Once again thru the generosity of the community and the tireless efforts of their volunteers CAPS have provided grants for the classroom teachers that will add to the learning of the students. Thank you CAPS for all you do for AUSD students!!


AUSD Trustees have fun with 'Gator' Camp Keep fundraising socks!



AUSD Trustees have fun with 'Gator' Camp Keep fundraising socks!




Atascadero High School AP Scholar Recipients

Congratulations AHS AP Scholar recipients! Superintendent Tom Butler had the privilege to congratulate these students after Principal Bill Neely read their names and accomplishment at a recent Board Meeting. There are 4 classifications; AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honors, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National AP Scholar. AHS has students in each of those categories. Way to go Greyhounds!







Mustangs Bring Science to the Bengals

Mustangs Bring Science to the Bengals

San Benito Elementary School is the lucky recipient of a STEM based curriculum drafted by four senior Cal Poly students as part of their Senior Project. A part of the curriculum will include using an antennae that was purchased with the Frost Fund Grant. With this antennae they can listen to storms on Jupiter among other things. Read the full article in the Mustang News to see the amazing things these four Mustang Ladies have accomplished.


Lighthouse After School

The Lighthouse after school programs are in full swing at Atascadero Unified Elementary Schools. Learning Among The Oaks is at Monterey Road Elementary School this month. Last week they were joined by Morro Coast Audubon Society to give the students an amazing birding adventure. Make sure to keep an eye out for flyers coming home or contact your school to see how you can sign your student up for these great after school programs offered by Lighthouse.
Monterey Road students bird watch with the Morro Coast Audubon Society
Morro Coast Audubon Society show off bird feathers to Monterey Road students


AHS Varsity Tennis player Anneline Breytenbach


Atascadero High School Girl's Tennis

AHS's Varsity Tennis tied for second in League Finals and made their way to first round CIF. Anneline Breytenbach advanced to individual CIF and won her first round matches and will now move on to the Individual CIF Championships held in Visalia on Friday.
Way to Go Hounds!














Carrisa Plains Elementary students participated in The Great AGventure at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds.


The Great AGventure

Carrisa Plains Elementary students participated in The Great AGventure at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds. The students had the opportunity to wonder, create, and learn all while having fun! They interacted at six agriculturally themed stations: farm animals, seeds and plants, fertilizer, meteorology, harvesting and farm machinery, and environmental stewardship. An all around wonderful experience as they utilized hands-on learning to build their capacity towards becoming college and career ready scholars.



Atascadero High School's 'My Little Zombie: The Musical.'


The Zombie Apocalypse is Coming to Atascadero High School

Don't miss Atascadero High School's 'My Little Zombie: The Musical.' There will be five performances at the Black Box Theater starting Friday November 9th. Read the full article in the A-Town Daily News.




Retro Bill Visits Creston


Retro Bill Visits Creston

Our Creston Cougars were able to enjoy the powerful message from Retro Bill! He is a motivational speaker who puts fun into safety, self-esteem, and character counts education, and he was able to visit Creston Elementary School, what a treat!! He is truly engaging and sends a wonderful message!
For more information you can visit his website at: http://www.retrobill.com/about.htm




Atascadero Middle School Greenshop students built a tree bench


Atascadero Middle School's Greenshop Class

Atascadero Middle School's Greenshop students put their skills to work. The student's showcased their construction skills by building an awesome tree bench which will be enjoyed for years to come.







Real-World Skills with Ivan Bradley

Real-World Skills with Ivan Bradley

To Ivan Bradley, the skills students pick up are far beyond learning how a camera works or which switch to push to change a shot. They’re learning how to tell a story through a graphic medium, and the message their stories can impart.
Read the entire article on why video skills are a valuable gateway to digital literacy in the EducationDive Newsletter, featuring Atascadero High School's own Ivan Bradley! Way to Go Mr. Ivan Bradley!


Atascadero High School students have a great opportunity to participate and teach Primary P.E. to students from grades 1st through 3rd at San Gabriel School. 


Primary P.E. at San Gabriel

Atascadero High School students have a great opportunity to participate and teach Primary P.E. to students from grades 1st through 3rd at San Gabriel School. Our students love primary p.e. days because they get to "play" with the older kids!






Back row L-R: Samadhy Coots (PTSA Treasurer), Christian Marano (King David’s Past Master), Kibbie Rubin (Principal), Susan Sparling (PTSA Vice President), Roni DeCoster (PTSA President), and Franca Lansky (PTSA VP of Membership). Front row L-R: Caitlyn Whaley and Izzy Nunes, Student Leadership Representatives.


Atascadero Fine Arts Academy Receives Donation from The Masons

The Masons of King David’s Masonic Lodge No. 209 in San Luis Obispo recently donated $1,000 to the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy. This presentation was part of the fall 2018 philanthropy program of the Lodge. Fine Arts is the only public school in the county that delivers arts-based curriculum to 4th-8th grade students. Read the full article in the A-Town Daily News.


San Benito's Science Program Heats Up!

Mrs. Gaeta’s third grade class learned about thermal solar energy. They put heat energy to use with solar ovens that got to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This allowed them to cook s’mores while getting to learn about the power of the sun. 
San Benito student learning about thermal solar energy

Did you know that every student at San Benito Road Elementary receives at least 30 minutes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) instruction daily. Last week kindergartners in Mrs. Sims class participated in color mixing. The students said, “this is REAL LIFE SCIENCE “. Check out that Thinking Map: Tree Map.
San Benito STEAM thinking map



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
Creston students participate the 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!









Superintendent Tom Butler, AHS Principal Bill Neely and School Board member Ray Buban pose with Dan Pry


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.



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

AHS Golfing girls

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! “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.”



AHS library taught the Bachata

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.



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


San Benito science desolation station in Room 7

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 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.

AHS Creative Writing Class


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.


          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 schoolSan 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
 Creston Walk to school


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

Carrisa Plains walk to school


San Gabriel Elementary walked in Colony Days Parade

 


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!






Creston Elementary meets Pablo Picasso

 




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.














Atascadero Fire Department goes to San Gabriel Elementary for Fire Prevention week


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 Art Association awards grants to local art teachers

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








AHS Video Production classes visited by Woods Humane Society

Woods Humane Society visits AHS Video Production Class

The Video Production classes, taught by Mr. Bradley, will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video using the information they learned about animals and their care from Woods. Students will work in teams of three or four and will use technology and other helpful resources to create their PSAs. Read all about the class and their furry friends in the HILLTOP News.






2nd grade students at Carrisa Plains Elementary completed a measurement challenge



Polecat Magic

Measuring Magic! The second grade students at Carrisa Plains Elementary School, were tasked with completing a measurement challenge. Using teamwork and their critical thinking skills they were successful in finding the missing magic ruler! It was evident they sure measure up! Great Job, Polecats!!






2018 Employee of the Year

San Benito Elementary School custodian, Perry Broster AUSD's 2018 classified employee of the year was honored by San Luis Obispo Office of Education at it's annual employee of the year recognition. Check out the great video about our own Mr. Perry!

2018 Teacher of the Year

Atascadero High School teacher Ivan Bradley was honored along with teachers and classified personnel from eleven other school districts in the area that are supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. Watch the video to hear all about the Amazing Ivan Bradley!

San Benito Kindergarten Scientists.



San Benito's Youngest Scientists!

Kindergartners at San Benito Elementary School learn to become scientists! Every student at San Benito does observations, labs, drawings, hypotheses, store notes, Thinking Maps, essential vocabulary terms, and much more in their very own science notebook. Mrs. Sims teaches her kids to be serious scientists as they begin to develop their first science notebook. Just another example of how our students are given opportunities to thrive!












Creston 2nd and 3rd grade mystery science


Mystery Science Question?

Students at Creston Elementary School were asked: If you were stranded on a deserted island, how would you protect yourself from the sun with only the items in your lunch box? Mrs.Ginnell's innovative 2nd and 3rd grade answered this question by making hats to protect their skin.






Carrisa Plains and Retro Bill


Carrisa Plains and Retro Bill

Retro Bill is a motivational speaker who puts fun into safety, self-esteem, and character counts education, and he was able to visit our Carrisa Plains Polecats, what a treat!! He is truly engaging and sends a wonderful message! For more information you can visit Retro Bill's website.



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 

San Benito's Green Team Hard at Work

Last week students at San Benito worked with the Garden Educator Mentor (GEM), Gloria, from One Cool Earth to sort trash that was collected in a 24 hour period. San Benito students discovered the importance of recycling, reusing, renewing, and our impact on the earth. Learning how trash and recycling can be better sorted to lessen the trash we send to the landfill helped students to understand the value of recycling and composting. San Benito's Green Team has been specially trained to take the daily fruit and vegetable scraps from lunch to the compost bin with worms to create fertile soil for their garden.

San Benito student are taught the importance of recycling, reusing, renewing and our impact on the earth
San Benito students sort trash for recycling

Walk and Roll Wednesday at Creston Elementary


Walk and Roll Wednesday

Walk and Roll Wednesday was a huge hit at Creston! The kiddos loved riding their bikes to school and increasing their strength, balance, and overall fitness! Nice Job!






Monterey Road recognized in Washington DC


Monterey Road Elementary recognized as a Green Ribbon School

AUSD congratulates Monterey Road Elementary School for their National Recognition in Washington D.C. as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Retired Director of Facilities, Stu Stoddard, Principal Julie Ann Davis, Board of Trustee President Mary Kay Mills and Trustee Clerk Corinne Kuhnle were on hand to receive the award. Way to go AUSD!





Atascadero Girls Volleyball team

Hounds Volleyball goes Undefeated at Tournament

Atascadero girls volleyball won the Highland Varsity Tournament in Bakersfield this weekend going undefeated in six matches.
Weekend stats:
N. DeRose: 58 digs, 7 aces
O. Sprouse: 72 assists, 21 digs
K. Degnan: 52 kills, 73 assists, 44 digs, 11 aces
M. Wright: 66 kills, 44 digs, 9 aces




Carrisa Plains Healthy Class Party


100% Data Confirmation Complete at Carrisa Plains

Congratulations to the Parents and Students of Carrisa Plains Elementary for reaching their goal of completing 100% of their data confirmation. In doing so, students were rewarded with a HEALTHY CLASS PARTY!! Our students LOVED their frisbee, donated by Sylvester's Burger, and they had a BLAST throwing, catching, and chasing their frisbee around! Way to ROCK our WELLNESS POLICY!!








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Greybots Selected to Receive Tournament Proceeds

Come out September, 22nd and help support the Greybots Robotic Team. The Kiwanis Club has selected the Greybots to receive proceeds from the 3rd annual Cornhole Tournament. Click on the photo below for more information.











Creston students buddy up to learn each other's interests, opinions and ideas




Creston Elementary School using Caring School Community

Relationships are at the core of a successful learning community and help us foster learning at Creston Elementary School. Mrs. Grinnell and Mrs. Shadowen's kiddos are using Caring School Community to help big buddies and little buddies learn about one others’ interests, opinions, and ideas, and to treat one another with respect.













Carrisa Plains Welcome Back to School Night



Carrisa Plains Elementary School's Welcome Back Night

Back to School Night at Carrisa Plains Elementary School was the perfect way to welcome back our amazing families! 
Mrs. Maynor and Mrs. Davis always welcome the opportunity to foster relationships while they communicate their expectations and excitement.







Atascadero High School Alumni earns Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Cal Poly

Miranda Daschian, a psychology major at Cal Poly, was selected as the Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week, and was also chosen as Cal Poly's Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week. Read the full article in The Atascadero News.

AUSD Welcomes New Teachers for 2018-2019 School Year

AUSD trustees (Trustee Ray Buban pictured) welcomed new teachers to Atascadero Unified School District at the annual new teacher luncheon. Atascadero Unified School District is proud to welcome 38 new teachers to the team for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Trustee Ray Buban welcomed new teachers to Atascadero Unified School District at the annual new teacher luncheon.
New AUSD teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.


Atascadero High School: An Exploration of Arts

A video that provides Insights from teachers and students on a few of the art courses Atascadero High School offers. This video will showcase how these courses have benefited our students and sparked creative ability. 






AHS Ivan Bradley

Educator Spotlight

Special thanks to educators who have shared innovative approaches to teaching the T-Shirt that Travels the World module. Thank you for inspiring us all!

Ivan Bradley teaches Computer Animation, Computer Applications, Graphic Communications, and Video Production at Atascadero High School and is a lecturer/professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Graphic Communication department. 

His implementation of the T-Shirt module was in the Video Production course, a dual-enrollment course with Cuesta College. Upon completion of the module, students created two-minute educational videos, selecting from one of the lessons. 

Project sheets for the course included objectives, rubric, personal critique, and student responses to questions related to the 21st century skills of: creative thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration. The project is an example of real life application of the varied type of work that is performed by those in global trade. 

Bradley says, "I like to try new things and explore opportunities, but this was stepping outside my comfort curriculum area. But in the end, it has been a most rewarding learning experience for me and my students."

Great Job Mr. Bradley, way to represent Atascadero High School and our District!



AHS Infographics

Atascadero High School Students Create T-Shirt Module Infographics and Featured in Global-T Program

Students in Ivan Bradley's Graphic Communications classes at Atascadero High School created infographics based upon each T-Shirt Module lesson. The students were given PDFs with links to the videos in the module and to other websites that have related global trade statistical information, researched by Mr. Bradley. In an inter-curricular approach, Bradley's Video Production class later used the infographics to make two-minute short educational videos on global trade careers.




Carrisa Plains New Bike Garden

Carrisa Plains new Bike Garden

Carrisa Plains Elementary School got a new Bike Garden over the summer. Students will learn about bike safety and the rules of the road. We are very excited to see our students learning and having fun












Atascadero High School's Fall Sports are in Full Swing

Football has their first game today, August 24th. JV begins at 4:00pm and Varsity at 7:00pm. Both games are here at home against San Luis Obispo High School.
Varsity girls tennis and varsity boys water polo won their first matches against the Paso Robles Bearcats.
WAY TO GO HOUNDS!
Click on the link below for schedules of all the fall sports, and make sure to come out and cheer the Greyhounds on.

AHS Varsity Girls Tennis

AHS Boys Water Polo

San Gabriel Students pose for Welcome back 2018-2019


Welcome Back AUSD Students and Staff

San Gabriel Elementary School starting off the 2018-19 school year.

Check out all the first day fun on the link below.
















Elks School Supply donations


Thank you Elks

Once again the Elks donated school supplies for AUSD students. Our schools will provide necessary school supplies for students but can always use help to supplement materials and provide additional supplies our students can use throughout the coming school year. The Elks donated 48 filled backpacks with more supplies to come.














United Way Stuff the Bus Donations


Thank You United Way and the Atascadero Community for Stuffing the Bus

School supplies including backpacks, crayons, notebooks and so much more were donated from the community. Thank you to the United Way for coordinating this with K-Mart and our local community.






Atascadero Unified School District Office Staff



Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year





The Sideline Cheer Team represented Atascadero well

Cheer Camp

The Sideline Cheer Team is home from camp and they represented Atascadero well! Coming home with them is the 1st place game day award, a Leadership Award; which is voted on by the other athletes at camp, and the Top Banana award; an award that recognizes the team as being an overall well-rounded team, demonstrating growth, spirit, and hard work.
Additionally, two athletes were offered job positions with United Cheer Association next summer, and another six were selected to be on the All-American team! 
The All-American cheerleaders will travel to London and participate in the New Year's Day Parade. Keep an eye open for their fundraising efforts.
Go Hounds!



Greyhound, Johnathan Dolan, wins 2018 Aquathlon

Greyhound, Johnathan Dolan, wins 2018 Aquathlon

Atascadero’s Johnathan Dolan traveled to Denmark to compete in the 2018 World Aquathlon Championships and returned as a World Champion. The Aquathlon held two races, one for professionals and one divided into age groups, July 14-15. Dolan, being a high school junior, competed in the age groups.  Click Here to read the article in Atascadero News. 





Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Awards

El Paso de Robles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Award Committee presented Youth Good Citizen Awards to 12 schools. Atascadero Middle School had three recipients this year, sixth grader Gabriela, seventh grader Savannah, and eighth grader Nina.

DAR Youth award winners at AMS

The qualifications set forth by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to honor outstanding students are:
  • Honor: honesty-high principles, trustworthiness, loyalty, truthfulness, punctuality, moral strength, and stability, cleanliness in mind and body.
  • Service: cooperation, meritorious behavior bringing honor to school or community, kindliness, true Americanism – individual responsibility to Home, to Country, to God.
  • Courage: mental and physical, determination to overcome obstacles.
  • Leadership: personality – originality- ability to lead and hold others – good sportsmanship -responsibility.
  • Patriotism: fundamental Americanism


Fletcher Ferrara

Fletcher Ferrara

Fletcher Ferrara, an AHS senior, is an active member in the instrumental music department: Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Marching/Concert Band. He has also been musically active in the community: Atascadero Community Band (conducted a concert with them this summer) SLO Youth Orchestra, and SLO County Honor Band. 
This summer the AHS Band Boosters sponsored Fletcher and our other two drum majors to attendance at a summer leadership camp specifically for high school drum majors. 
Our other two drum majors, Liliana Garcia, and Justin Roberts had a phenomenal camp, and came back to our program with a wealth of peer leadership knowledge and excitement towards this marching season. 
The camp staff were so impressed with Fletcher Ferrara, that they invited him to march in the Roman New Years Day Parade 2019...taking place in Rome, Italy. They also invited him to come back next year to be a staff member for all of their summer camps. We are really proud of the work Fletcher has done here at AHS and in our musical community.
Fletcher would like to attend The Roman New Year's Day Parade but there is a financial cost that he has to meet in order to attend. Fletcher has saved some money from a summer job to help cover costs, and his parents are also contributing a sizable chunk. We know that it will be an expensive trip and any help from our community would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help out Fletcher please contact Nathaniel Conrad at nathanaelconrad@atasusd.org.






Spring All League 2018



Congratulations to our 2018 Athletic Award Winners!

2018 AHS Greyhound Athletic Award Winners


David B. Hamilton Award: Kamren Brown
Bud and Helen Ewing Scholarship: Abagail Wright
Scholar Athlete: Abagail Wright
Brian Russell Award: Alex Cooper
Athlete of the Year – Girl: Taylor Degnan
Athlete of the Year – Boy: Kyler Warren












Backpacks From Coast Hills

Atascadero Unified School District and Coast Hills Credit Union employees were all smiles while displaying 50 brand new backpacks stuffed with school supplies. AUSD thanks Coast Hills for the wonderful community partnership in supporting students and families with this gift.



District Classified Employee of the Year 2018


District employee, Perry Broster, was recognized as the District Classified Employee of the Year 2018 at the annual CSEA celebration. Mr. Broster is the custodian at San Benito Elementary School. His school staff came out in force to support him in this recognition and praised his efforts in keeping their campus clean and safe. Mr. Boster will go on to the county level to be recognized there as well. Congratulations Perry!






Article: Atascadero Fire Department provides memorable experience for local boys











Michelle McKenzie presentation

Michelle McKenzie, Bond Oversight Committee Chairperson, reported to the Board of Trustees at Tuesday night's meeting, regarding the committee's activities this past year. AUSD is looking great with beautiful new classrooms and facilities!




Enrique Hernandez

Enrique Sanchez Hernandez was recognized by AUSD trustees and administration for his CORE VALUE of Excellence in his grounds keeper duties as he maintains the athletic fields at Atascadero High School and the campus of San Gabriel Elementary School. Principals Neely and Ames couldn't say enough wonderful things about the professionalism Enrique shows as he keeps both campus in tip top shape. Keep up the good work!



AUSD Trustees congratulate Monterey Road Elementary School principal

Monterey Road Awards

AUSD Trustees congratulate Monterey Road Elementary School principal, Julie Ann Davis, for being only one of 4 schools in the state to receive the Gold status, Green Ribbon School award. Monterey Road has also been nominated to the national level and will find out in May if they have been selected for this prestigious honor. Sarah Betz, Carrisa Plains principal was happy to share that her site was one of 12 schools in the state to make Silver recognition as a first time Green Ribbon School. Go Green Team!


Local Photographer Shows Her Work and Provides Creative Inspiration


Students from the Photography, Portfolio Development/Field Experience classes and other students were privileged to attend a presentation by local photographer Cheryl Strahl held prior to Spring break. She showed a number of her photographs providing insight about the photographic characteristics of each and about her experience taking each photograph. One instant in particular was her photographing a welder in Cuba, who was initially reluctant until she, through some effort, explained that her husband at one time was a welder.

Click Here to continue this story on the Atascadero High School Website

VEX IQ Robotics Camp


Greybots second annual summer robotics camp is now taking sign ups. The camps will be held at Santa Rosa Academic Academy starting in June. Follow the link below for more information and to register.

Robotics Camp





AUSD's Resource Officer Honored for 20 Years of Service

    



Corporal Michele Schamber, Resource officer for Atascadero Unified School District, was recognized at a recent City Council Meeting for her 20 years of service with the Atascadero Police Department.




AHS Science Bowl Competition












Regional Science Bowl Competition

Congratulations to the AHS Science Bowl Team: Kyle De Matias, Jessica Jen, Kaeden Russell, Claire Livengood, and Justin Roberts for taking 3rd place out of 32 teams at the Science Bowl Competition this weekend at Cal State Bakersfield. They defeated teams from Templeton and SLO along the way. Thank you John Forte & Angie Mcquitty for inspiring students!



Stu Stoddard and Rubi Rajbanshi with the board


Community Partnerships at its Best

Stu Stoddard, Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities, introduced Rubi Rajbanshi from the San Luis Obispo County Pollution Control District. Rubi shared with the Board some of the grants that they have assisted AUSD in securing over the last several years such as; new buses, fuel storage tanks, retrofitted buses, and more. The latest being 2 EV charging stations along $4,905 to go towards the purchase of a 2017 Chevy Volt. AUSD is committed to pursuing all avenues of sustainability thru community partnerships!



Andrew Weatherly with two students and the board

AHS Presents Students with Completed Certifications
Andrew Weatherly, AHS Ag teacher, along with students Oren and Chandler, shared with the Board a list of students who have received certification in some of the Career Pathways being offered at AHS. Mr. Weatherly also shared that over 80 students have been able to obtain their OSHA 10-Hour Cards to show that they have completed a 10 hour course on safety recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. Way to go Greyhounds!






High School Students mentor Middle school students


Lighthouse Atascadero Mentoring Program, LAMP

Sometimes, all a kid needs to overcome adversity is a helping hand. The Lighthouse Atascadero Mentoring Program, also known as LAMP, has been under supervision of Ms. Davis, Atascadero Middle School teacher and director, as well as Atascadero High School teachers Mr. Melzer and Mr. Davis. The Greyhound Foundation, in collaboration with the Atascadero Unified School District founded the program to help middle school students strengthen their individual abilities to make healthy decisions. The goal of this mentor program is to model positive leadership, honesty and loyalty.


Congratulations to Derek Gong for making State Honor band


AHS Trumpet player made the State Honor Band

Congratulations to Derek Gong, AHS student and trumpet player, for making the State Honor Band. He was one of over 3,000 high school students who tried out for this honor. Band Instructor Nate Conrad touted his talents by calling Derek a phenomenal musician and outstanding individual. Way to go Derek!








AHS AP Students honored at Board meeting
AHS Students honored for being AP Scholars

The Board of Trustees were honored to recognize several of the Atascadero High School students as AP scholars. Principal Bill Neely presented each with a certificate recognizing their achievement in one of 3 separate areas. All of the students had to score a 3 or higher on at least 3 of the AP exams to be considered an AP Scholar. To be recognized as an AP Scholar with Honors they had to score 3 or higher on at least 4 AP exams. The highest honor given was to those who scored 3 or higher on at least 5 AP exams, receiving the recognition of AP Scholar with Special Recognition. Franko Jiro, AHS senior, received this honor and will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Congratulations to each of these scholars. You represent yourselves and your school with distinction.

Book War's Hogwarts party at Atascadero Middle School


Book War's Hogwarts Party

Atascadero Middle School hosted the Harry Potter Reading Celebration for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Students were invited if they read at least one Harry Potter book and took the Reading Counts test or wrote a summary about the book. Students who read the entire series were awarded prizes. Students at the celebration lunch got to have Harry Potter themed snacks and were part of a raffle drawing as well. Thanks to Mrs. O'Malley and Ms. Garcia for all the hard work of getting this together!"


San Gabriel STEAM Expo 2018

San Gabriel's Family STEAM Expo had over 175 students participate in activities from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Members from Cal Poly, Paso Robles Science Department, and Dr. Hider, a local optometrist, volunteered their time to run stations.

San Benito PTA with the School Board



San Benito PTA presents the Board with gifts and a challenge!
San Benito Elementary School PTA presented the Board with Bengal cups and a challenge to join their PTA, which by the way was accepted. They were commended for having 100% membership at their site and for 2 years in a row having the highest percentage of members in the County. Superintendent Butler stated their presentation was one of the best he has seen. Way to go Bengals!





Santa Rosa Secretary and Principal recognized by the Board

SRAA Office Staff Recognized by the Board

Santa Rosa Academic Academy office staff, Nikki Hutchinson and Eddy Grace, were recognized for the Core Value of Excellence. Superintendent Butler stated he has seen them in action with customer service being paramount with new students and families. Principal Tim Sobraske stated that the opening of a new housing development, among other things, has brought 24 (and counting) new students in the last couple of weeks and that the office staff exudes a positive energy with their sincerity and genuineness. Asst. Superintendent Eichperger stated how important that first interaction is for new families and commended them for setting the right tone.



AHS Women's Water Polo ranked Number 10

AHS Women's Water Polo Ranked in the CIFSS Top Ten

The CIF Southern Section office released on Monday its top women's water polo teams. Out of 46 schools in Southern California the Greyhounds are ranked number 10. Way to go Lady Greyhounds! Check out the great write up in the Atascadero News.





Two new MOT administrators

AUSD Welcomes new Support Services Director and Assistant Director

As Stu Stoddard prepares for retirement Brant Lloyd joins the AUSD family as the new Director of Support Services. Check out the write up in the Atascadero News to see the great things Brant will bring to our District.




4 AHS students win design awards

Movie Poster Contest Awards

Atascadero High School students had the opportunity to enter a movie poster contest sponsored by San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in partnership with Jeffrey Bacon. Read more about this contest and the students that entered it by clicking Here.












Santa Rosa Academic Academy Robotics

Santa Rosa Robotics

Santa Rosa Academic Academy principal Tim Sobraske gave a presentation to the Board of Trustees. As part of his presentation, two SRAA 5th grade students, Paige and Penelope, demonstrated just what they have been learning in robotics. They shared their enthusiasm for the upcoming competition this Saturday, December 16th, to be held at SRAA. It is anticipated that there will be 34 teams in attendance from all over the county. These kids' skills are incredible! Go AUSD Elementary Robotics teams!




CAPS presents check to Atascadero Unified School District
 

CAPS Presents AUSD with a Check!

Kathy Peterson and Lori Bickel of CAPS present the District with a check for $80,000.00. Thank you CAPS for your continued support of the teachers and students of AUSD!             




  

Madison Cendro gives the board her Monthly report

Student Representative Updates the Board

AHS student representative to the Board of Trustees, Madison Cendro, gives her monthly report to the Board. Thank you Madison for the terrific job you do keeping everyone updated on the happenings at AHS!




AHS Drama performers gave Board Members a sneak peak of upcoming play 'Little Shop of Horrors'

AHS presents Little Shop of Horrors

AHS Drama performers (Cora Balogh, Lauren Tarica and Christina Rogers )gave those in attendance at this weeks Board Meeting a sneak preview to their upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors. Don't miss their performances on November 10, 11,16, & 17 at 7:00 p.m., AHS Black Box Theater. (Two matinees, November 11 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.)



Board Members pose with AHS principal Bill Neely and his 9 foreign exchange students

AHS Welcomes Students from all over the World

AHS principal, Bill Neely, introduced this year's foreign exchange students to the School Board. There are 9 students from all over the world attending AHS this year.










New hats for the Middle School

New Logo for Atascadero Middle School

AMS principal, Jessica Lloyd, presented the School Board with new hats, sporting the new logo, 'Innovation -Creativity - Leadership.










PG&E awards AUSD with a check for our energy efficient Middle School

Energy Efficient Middle School

Rebecca Weber and Isaiah Franco from PG&E Company congratulated AUSD for taking part in their Savings by Design program and as a result presented a check for $44,242.00 to the District. The competitive classroom project at Atascadero Middle School, where the classrooms are 29% more efficient than the code standards, led to this cash award. Mr. Stu Stoddard and project architect Greg Ravatt were on hand to be recognized for their efforts in the project.






Rotary President gives AHS Auto Club check to be used in the Automotive Career Technical Pathways

AHS Auto Shop receives Rotary Check

Outgoing Rotary President John Neal presented AHS Auto Shop teacher Charlie Herrera with a check for $5,000.00 to be used in the Automotive Career Technical Pathways. Also on hand was Rotarian Rich Johnson who stated that a $4,000.00 donation to the CTE Endowment has also been made. Thank you Rotarians for your continued support of the students in AUSD!







Students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with district staff

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the AHS Library offered a Salsa Dance Lesson to students. Library Technician, Maria Pacheco and her dance partner Felipe Gonzalez shared the music, instruments, and dance stylings of Cuban Salsa. A fun time was had by all, including Superintendent Butler and Mrs. Phillips!






http://www.ksby.com/story/36470389/safe-secure-bike-safety-part-of-school-curriculum-in-atascadero

Safe & Secure: Bike Safety Part of School Curriculum in Atascadero

AUSD, Tanya Degnan and K-Man Cyclery's implementation of bike safety in the school curriculum has won the attention of KSBY! Click on the photo to view the full story.







Cheryl Hockett receives a Certificate of Recognition for demonstrating the District's Core Values

The District's TOSA Recognized

Cheryl Hockett was recognized for going above and beyond in demonstrating the District's Core Values of Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence. Cheryl is currently teaching AP Technology classes at AHS as well as continuing her work as a TOSA, specializing in assisting teachers with the use of technology in their classrooms. Way to go Cheryl!








Group Photo of all of AUSD's new Teachers

Welcoming our New Teachers


AUSD welcomes twenty eight new staff members for the 2017-2018 school year. These include teachers, psychologists and counselors to sites throughout the District. Welcome to the Greyhound family!







Stuff the Bus staff in front of donated school supplies.

Stuff the Bus

Once again AUSD and the United Way have partnered with our awesome community to Stuff the Bus with all kinds of school supplies. These supplies will be spread throughout the District and utilized by our students. Thank you to our community partners for once again 'stuffing our bus'!







AHS Student Receives Board Recognition for Award Winning Restoration

The Board of Trustees recognized AHS student Taylor Havemann for the Core Value of Excellence in regards to his award winning restoration of a 1951 tractor. Taylor has over 630 hours of work into this project. Way to go Taylor!

Taylor Havemann and his Prize-Winning TractorThe Board poses with Taylor and his Tractor




Coach Larry Welsh

The Man, The Myth, The Legend!

Atascadero coaching legend Larry Welsh to be inducted into CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame. Click the picture for the KSBY article and video by Jessica Vo.









Atascadero High School's AP Program


There are 18 university level courses offered at the school; allowing students to save time, money, and expand their horizons in areas of their interest. The resources are available, support is offered, and students are encouraged to challenge themselves in the pursuit of their potential








AHS Writing Contest Award Winners

AHS Writing Contest Awards Ceremony


Congratulations to our student writers and artists! AHS celebrated student writers and artists at their annual Writing Contest Awards ceremony. Student writing, illustrations and photographs were selected for publication and their pieces will be featured in an ebook. Young Adult author, Mary Weber, was a special guest and gave an inspirational talk to students about publishing and achieving success.



STEP's student presenting a cooking lesson

STEP's student presenting an experiment

STEP Students' Graduation and Variety Show

Cooking and scientific experimentation were just two of the variety of skills shared at the STEP's Graduation and Variety Show.










Santa Rosa students demonstrating a crossover competition.

Santa Rosa Academic Academy Robotics

Justine Rigali and Deanna Bailey have led a team of 4th and 5th graders on the Robotics Club to competing in the VEX Robotics Crossover Challenge this year. They learned about robotics technology, coding, and collaboration. On Tuesday, 6/6/2017, some of the club members demonstrated a Crossover Competition and coding demonstrations while interested schoolmates, site and district administration, and Atascadero Unified School District Board members watched and cheered them on.
















Monterey Road students pose in front of their engineering creation

Engineering Week at Monterey Road was a Huge Success!








World Champion Greybots Recognized

The Greybots were recognized by Supervisor Arnold with a proclamation for their World Championship accomplishment.

Greybots Robotics Team


AHS Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our student writers and artists! AHS celebrated student writers and artists at their annual Writing Contest Awards ceremony. Student writing, illustrations and photographs were selected for publication and their pieces will be featured in an ebook. Young Adult author, Mary Weber, was a special guest and gave an inspirational talk to students about publishing and achieving success.

AHS Writing Contest Award Winners


2017 AHS Nature of Hope Digital Anthology

Enjoy all of the original writings and works of art from the 2017 AHS Writing Contest here. While there, you can also download your free copy of the anthology from iTunes by clicking the "Get it on iBooks" link! 


Michael O'Hara honored with Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership AwardAHS Student Michael O'Hara Honored with the Richard J. Weyhrich Leadership Award and Scholarship
















Atascadero Rotary Club's Four Way Test Essay Contest Winners Honored 

Students considered how The Four Way Test can be used in everyday decision-making, sharing a story where they applied the principles in their daily life.

Rotary Essay 12th Grade Winners
12th Grade Winners: 1st, Sabrina Van Beek;
2nd, Emily Vose; 3rd, Sarah Wulff

Rotary Essay 8th Grade Winners
8th Grade Winners: 1st, Preslee Gerber; 
2nd, Nathan Jones, 3rd, Moselle Stieler

Rotary Essay Elementary Winners
Elementary Winners: 1st, Camille Pambrun;
2nd, Morgan Hebrard; 3rd, Victoria Dawson

The 4-Way Test of Things We Think, Say or Do
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


Christine Williams, AHS History Teacher, Honored as Atascadero Unified's Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year Christine Williams




Classified Employee of the Year, Junee SherwoodJunee Sherwood, AMS Health Clerk, 
Honored as District Classified Employee of the Year










Superintendent Tom Butler's Interview with Charter


Superintendent Tom Butler was interviewed by Charter Host Brad Pomerance about the Local Control Accountability Plan, Chromebook adoption and Career Technical Pathways.










Monterey Road Walk to School Day 2017!

Monterey Road Students gather at In N Out to start their Walk to School

The Walk to School Day was a success!  Thank you to all the amazing parents and APD for your support!












Dancing with Our Stars Participants Raise Money to Support School Programs

Angela Ramsey, E.J. Rossi and Tobi Rossi honored at AUSD School Board meeting
Angela Ramsey, with the support of the Kiwanians, presented Santa Rosa Academic Academy a check for $10,400 that will be used for S.T.E.M. projects and P.E. equipment. E.J. and his daughter, Tobi Rossi, raised over $50,000 that will be used for a new mentoring program for 6th graders at the Middle School.




Great News -- Student Attendance is Up! 

Last year at this time our student attendance rate was 94.69%. Thanks to the talented efforts of staff, the diligent efforts of students and parents this year our student attendance rate has increased to 95.60%. This is a tremendous accomplishment and something we can all be very proud of. Thanks for all you do. Go AUSD!


Greybots are World Champions!

After 21 matches and 300 teams from around the world, Atascadero Greybots Team 973 moved into the finals to take the world championship this past weekend. The team set the World High Score!
Greybots team members pose with their awards
Up-close image of two of the Greybots' awards




College and Career Ready!
AHS student pose in front of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department

On Tuesday, April 25, thirteen AHS Honors Geometry students visited the SLO County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab. The students heard from several forensic specialists and saw the equipment used to analyze fingerprints and crime scene evidence. The crime lab professionals also gave great advice to the students about what they would need to do in order to pursue a career in that field. Thank you to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office for investing time in and inspiring our kids!








Fine Arts Academy Students Create Unique Bowls for the Empty Bowl Fundraiser
Fine Arts students showing off their bowls

Fifty of the fabulous Ceramics' kiddos at Fine Arts Academy have been working hard to glaze bowls for the Empty Bowl Fundraiser on April 27th for Echo Homeless Shelter. It is to be held from 11-2 on Thursday at ABC Church. The students put their artistry and heart into these bowls, and they, and we, are so very proud of their results. To view more information on the Echo Homeless Shelter, please visit www.echoshelter.net.

Carolyn Balogh posing with her creative students and their bowls


Monterey Road Elementary School Receives California Green Schools Award

Imagine of the front of Monterey Road Elementary School
Monterey Road Elementary School in Atascadero Unified School District was recently awarded Silver Recognition for the California Green Schools Award for the second year in a row.

Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate exemplary achievement in three “pillars.” Pillar I: reduce environmental impact and costs; Pillar II: improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and Pillar III: provide effective environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at effectively incorporating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, civic skills, and green career pathways. Read More




CAPS Save the Date August 26

2017-2018 Registration and Information


Watching AUSD Build Beautiful Buildings with Your Bond Dollars

Atascadero HIgh School Science and Shops rendering

"The knee bone connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone connected to the hip bone..." An architectural rendering of a new biology classroom/lab, a portion of work associated with the Atascadero High School Science and Shops project. 

This project, a collective of 8 science rooms and 2 vocational education shops is anticipated to begin construction in January, 2018. 





More Info on AUSD Bond Projects - Check here for the latest on the I-10 facility projects currently going on at San Gabriel Elementary, Atascadero Middle School, and Atascadero High School: notices, access routes, newsletters, and photos.



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