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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!






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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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