ATASCADERO MIDDLE SCHOOL
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a quality education through shared responsibility
in a safe supportive environment.
iNews for August 23rd
Dear Atascadero Middle School Students and Families,
We are excited to welcome our students back to school tomorrow morning! The modernization project continues to progress and we hope to see the completed parking lot at the front of the school within the next week!
AMS TRAFFIC INFORMATION:
The student entrance to Atascadero Middle School is
temporarily located on West Mall and marked by balloons. The sidewalks are now
accessible on Lewis Avenue and West Mall. Students may be dropped off on either
of these streets or the surrounding side streets, then walk toward the entrance
on West Mall. Student safety is our priority; therefore, we have staffed each
crosswalk with crossing guards. If you are dropping off your student tomorrow
morning be sure to allow enough time to get through this congested area. There
tends to be quite a bit of traffic the first days of school.
Students riding their bikes will also enter through the gate on West Mall; however, they will be asked to walk their bike once they are on the sidewalk. When they are through the student entrance we will have an adult help our student bike riders find the bike rack. Be sure to remind your student to bring a bike lock!
Please note – parents will be permitted to walk their student to first period tomorrow morning, but must exit the campus by the bell at 8:11 a.m. This will be for the first day of school only, then for the remainder of the year good-byes must be said before the students enter campus. We will also have many staff members in the hallways each morning and during passing periods to ensure the students find their classrooms. We understand this is a big transition to a new campus and we hope to make it as comfortable as possible.
Lastly, be sure to remind your students to report to first period and not homeroom tomorrow morning. Again, there will many adults and signs posted to remind the students of this information.
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a wonderful school year!
Mrs. Lloyd, Principal
We have a dynamic staff at Atascadero Middle School and we are excited to welcome several additional teachers this year. Darcy Kaselionis and Michelle Finck will join the English department. Mrs. Kaselionis will join the 7th grade English team, and Miss Finck will join the 8th grade English team and also the electives department as the brand new Spanish 1 teacher. Christina Heller will join the 8th grade science department and the electives department as she establishes the Engineering elective. Nicolette Teitelbaum will join the 7th grade history team and Tim Schamp will establish the new Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC). Each of these talented individuals will be an excellent addition to the Atascadero Middle School family.
Registration Packets - Location Changed
Atascadero Middle School registration packets will be distributed from the tennis courts (in front of the District Office and behind Atascadero Middle School) located at 5601 Lewis Avenue on Friday, August 12th from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The completed packets will be returned on Registration Day. See days and times below. Students will pick up class schedules, buy PE clothes, have school pictures taken (for the yearbook and ID cards), and pick-up textbooks. Depending on the progress of the modernization project tours of Atascadero Middle School led by our 8th grade Leadership students may also be available.
8th Grade Registration
Thursday, August 18th: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6th Grade Registration
Thursday, August 18th: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
7th Grade Registration
Friday, August 19th: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL INFORMATION:
Students return to school on Wednesday, August 24th. The first bell rings at 8:11 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m. All teachers will stand at the door of their classroom to welcome the students. All administration and support staff will also be in the hallways to welcome our students and ensure they confidently find their classrooms. We hope to make the first few days of school a comfortable and smooth transition for our students.
Please stay tuned for additional information about student drop off and pick up. This will be clearly defined including information about bike racks as we get closer to the start date of school. We will know more once we have the new parking lot and entrance to the school complete.
BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION:
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. for Back-to-School Night. This is a great opportunity to meet the AMS teachers and experience moving from one class to the next. Families will become acquainted with the campus as they follow their student’s daily schedule and hustle between classes during passing periods!
Please also note the AMS 6th-8th grade conference week. ALL middle school students will be released at 1:20 p.m. during the week of September 12-16th. All sixth grade families will meet with homeroom teachers; however, seventh and eighth grade conferences will be scheduled as needed. Families will receive a confirmation phone call the week of September 5th if they are to attend a meeting. If a conference for 7th and/or 8th graders is not able to be scheduled during the week of September 12-16th we are happy to meet with you at a later date through our FST (Family Support Team) process. We value the time and opportunity to work with our families throughout their time at Atascadero Middle School!
EXCITING MODERNIZATION PROGRESS:
Our brand new 56,000 square foot building will be complete by the beginning of the school year! This building will house all office staff, administration, support staff, the library tech center, the Severely Handicapped (SH) classroom and the core 7th and 8th grade classrooms.
Although the building will be finished, it will take some time to get all of the classrooms moved in. We are excited to begin the school year with the office staff, administration, several teachers and the science department in the new building. Then, throughout the next few months all classrooms will establish permanent residency. By January 2017 we will be completely moved in.
Along with moving into the new building phase two of the modernization bond project is well underway. Buildings have been demoed, the electives classrooms are being modernized, new sidewalks are being poured, and the beginning stages of the 6th grade wing are taking place.
The three year modernization project will draw to a close by June 2017. We will have a new campus physically and be prepared to welcome all 6th grade classes from the AUSD elementary schools.
This is an exciting time for Atascadero Unified School District and especially Atascadero Middle School. Please watch for parent information nights and events that will take place on the Atascadero Middle School campus throughout the school year. We value our families and look forward to working with you!