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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