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

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 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:

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!!

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.
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

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!

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

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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