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a quality education through shared responsibility 

in a safe supportive environment.


AMS Important Dates

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Parents of AMS 8th graders:  It's that time of year when students will be picking their classes for High School.  On Wednesday, February 21st, counselors will be presenting to your students in their 8th grade History classes.  That same evening (Wed., Feb 21st), from 5:30-6:30pm, an informational session will be held for parents about the High School Registration Process in the AMS Library.  From 6:30-7:30pm, the same presentation will be provided for our Spanish-Speaking families.  AMS 8th grade counselor Mrs. Dexter-LaSalle and AHS counselor Meghan Beck will present on topics such as high school graduation requirements, college and career preparedness, high school course selection, and helpful tips for parents.  Click here to view the presentation.  

Reg Presentation


Your child is being asked to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and wellbeing among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. Your child does not have to take the survey. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must notify your school. View the forms here: English Spanish



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!"






First practice: February 26th @ 6pm - Middle School Gym

  • Practices: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-7:30pm

  • Must have a sports physical on file with the office

  • Need to show up with wrestling shoes

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 from AMS and FAA

  • The league is for all levels of wrestlers, beginning to experienced.

  • For more information, please see the flyer.



March 6:         Track begins – first practice

Track Meet Schedule

April 18          4:00 P.M.       Orange/Blue intra-squad @ AHS

April 28          9:00 A.M.       Paso Robles Invitational @ Paso High School

May 5            9:00 A.M.       SLO All-County @ San Luis High School                                                May 12           9:00 A.M.       AMS Youth Track Meet @ AHS

May 19           9:00 A.M.       Laguna County Championship


Practice time: Monday - Thursday 3:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Parent volunteers needed for APRIL 18 AND MAY 12.  If you are interested please email kellidowns@atasusd.org.


Go see AMS's twenty top musicians participate in the San Luis Obispo County Junior Honor Band.  They will perform at the Cal Poly PAC

Wed. February 21st at 7:00 PM.  Their talents will astound you!🎶🎶




What: Choir Awesomeness!  Solos & Ensembles Showcase

When: Wednesday, March 7 - 7:00pm in the gym

How much: Admission is free!



Cal Poly is pleased to present the 11th annual EPIC — Engineering Possibilities in College — an enriching and fun summer camp for students currently in grades 6-11th. At EPIC, campers explore the world of engineering in hands-on labs at Cal Poly. This year’s program offers four residential sessions to maximize the campers’ week long university experience.


Students currently in grades 6-11 are eligible to apply for the EPIC 2018 summer camp. Camp dates are:

July 8-13:  Session 1 — Middle School Day Camp & Residential Program Option (grades 6-8)

July 15-20:  Session 2 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)     

July 22-27:  Session 3 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)   

July 29-August 3: Session 4 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)     

EPIC strives to interest ALL students in engineering, but especially those who are female, first-generation-college-bound, and/or under-represented multicultural students. Ideal candidates have good grades and abilities in math and science, with little or no exposure to engineering. Encouragement from you may spark their interest in EPIC summer camp and ultimately inspire their choosing engineering as a career path.


Please see the flyer for more information.


Join the AHS Wellness Center staff for a shared, interactive, Parent & Teen Workshop.

We will focus on building communication and understanding.

Parents and teens will start together, divide into groups, then regather for the conclusion.

This is sure to be a fun, informative, event!

Open to all Atascadero District Middle and High School families.

Tuesday, February 27th 5:30 – 7:00PM at the School District Office

Email your RSVP or questions to kamelaproulx@atasusd.org

Please see the flyer for more information.



Rules for the contest:

  • Must have some connection with the event:

    • Hares - (March “Hare” or rabbit)

    • Hounds - (Greyhounds)

    • 20th annual (March 3, 2018)

    • Atascadero Lake Park

    • Running

    • Adults and kids

    • Fun

    • On the roads and around the lake

    • Raises money for Greyhound Foundation

    • Started to raise money for the AHS all-weather track

  • Must be upbeat and positive image/idea

  • Will only be printed in 2-3 colors

  • Must be submitted to race director, Robyn Schmidt by 5pm on February 23, 2018.  Drop off at K-Man Cycle & Run or email copy to runninrobyn@gmail.com

  • Artwork may be modified by race organizers or shirt printing company

  • Winner will be announced in February

  • Winner will receive

    • A race shirt with the artwork on it

    • A free entry to run in any Hares N Hounds race distance

For further information, please see the flyer.


Thank you Students and Families!  More students attended school more frequently last year. We reduced our Chronic Absence Rate (students missing more than 20% of school) from 12% to 10.5%!


This Flu Season is shaping up to be a doozy! Does AUSD want you to send your children to school sick? No!  Too Sick for School Rule:


Send me to school if:

• I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.

• I haven’t taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours, and I haven’t had a fever during that time.

• I haven’t thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours.


Keep me at home if:

• I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.

• I’m throwing up or have diarrhea.

• My eyes are pink and crusty.


Call the doctor if:

• I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.

• I’ve been throwing up or have diarrhea for more than two days.

• I’ve had the sniffles for more than a week and they aren’t getting better.

• I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I’m having trouble breathing after using an



Need Help? Options? Solutions?

Call your school office every time your child is absent. Work with your child’s teacher and/or school principal to solve attendance problems.

Complete a Chronic Illness Form for extended illness, or talk to your principal about Home & Hospital Instruction.

Contact Alternative Education Services at 462-4350 for educational options.

Arrange for a travel contract if you are going out of town for more than FIVE days.


Students who miss more than 10% (9 days) of school a year before 3rd grade are less likely to read, and more likely to dropout of school.


For more information, please see the flyer.




We're thrilled to announce that the AMS Spirit Shop is now open!  Hundreds of high-quality options to choose from.  Search, order, and have items shipped directly to you. There is something for everyone!



Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Before and after school drop-off/pick-up is congested with the release of AMS, FAA and the bus hub. Please be conscientious of the many students (elementary through high school age students) crossing the street and the high volume of cars. Students and adults must use the crosswalks staffed with crossing guards. In order to keep everyone safe patience is key. Thank you for your help!


6th Grade

6th Grade Homework Club has started!  Homework Club will run from 3:00 - 3:30pm. The weekly schedule for each day and the room/teacher that it will be held are:
Monday - Mrs. Payne - Room #403
Tuesday - Mrs. O'Malley - Room #304
Wednesday - Mrs. Cooper - Room #402
Thursday - Ms. Jaehn - Room #305

Please Remember if your child attends homework club they must stay the entire time unless a parent/guardian calls the office to excuse them. Homework Club is optional, but would be a great opportunity for your child.

If your child does plan on attending let Mrs. Ellis-Weit know via e-mail so we can get a head count or if you have further questions.

7th & 8th Grade

Homework Club is back!  Starting Monday, Oct 2nd.  As always, Homework Club will occur M-Th, from 3pm - 4pm.

Monday - Jake Olson (room 601A)
Tuesday - Donna Kehl (room 220)
Wednesday - Kat Morse 217 (room 601A) - CHANGE OF LOCATION
Thursday - Christina Little (room 503)


Art Club has started!  We will meet weekly on Wednesday in room 1201 with Mrs. Parham from 3PM-4PM.  6th, 7th, and 8th graders are all invited.  (Room 1201 is the room closest to the Band room.)

Atascadero Middle School invites all families to become an active participant in their child’s education by joining AMS PTO.  Your membership supports academic programs, dances, athletics, classroom supplies, library books, new technology, spirit/leadership activities, and more! 100% of your Membership donation goes to AMS PTO! If you can attend meetings or volunteer your time, that is also appreciated, but not necessary to join.  For more information, see the flyer.


Did you know that you can still support AMS and our Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser with online orders through the end of December? Find something for loved ones or for yourself, every order counts, and supporting us is easy. Shop online at http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid=312127


AMS PTO is supporting our school with a Classroom Supplies Drive!
If you wish to participate, you may donate items or make a monetary donation for use in purchasing supplies.  Either way, you will be helping us fulfill the wish list of supplies our teachers and students will need during the coming school year.  Donations may be delivered at any time to the box in the school office. Any checks should be payable to “AMS PTO”. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


BOOK WARS 2018 will be held on Thursday, May 24... become an "AMS READING WARRIOR" and qualify to take part. See your English teacher, Ms. Garcia in the library, or Mrs. O'Malley in Room 304 for more details


In the attempt to keep all families informed about AUSD news and events a weekly e-mail communication is being sent. If you have not seen the messages please check your SPAM folder in your e-mail and add atascaderounified@atasusd.org to your contacts. If you would like to subscribe you may use the link on the district website http://www.atasusd.org/

Ryan Allison,
Aug 23, 2016, 5:13 PM