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

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 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.

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

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

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.
Atascadero fifth-graders feel SLO Wind

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

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. 
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.

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. 
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

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

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

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!

Fall Fun Around AUSD!

Atascadero Fine Arts Academy
Atascadero Fine Arts Academy dressed up as Unicorns for Halloween
San Gabriel Elementary School
San Gabriel Elementary dressed up as characters from Toy Story
Monterey Road Elementary School
Monterey Road students carved pumpkins for Halloween


 


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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.
Mustangs Bring Science to the Bengals

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

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.

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.

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

Greyhound's Volleyball

The Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team hit the road for their first-round Central Section Division 2 playoff game and travel to Bakersfield to face Bakersfield Christian High School at 7 p.m. Oct. 25th. Atascadero finished the season 22-12 overall with a 5-7 record in the Mountain League which placed them fourth.
Click here to view full article in the Atascadero news

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!
AHS Varsity Tennis player Anneline Breytenbach

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

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

Retro Bill Visits Creston

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

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.
Atascadero Middle School Greenshop students built a tree bench

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!
Real-World Skills with Ivan Bradley