Carrisa Plains Elementary

Polecat Logo -says Carrisa Plains Polecats with a picture of a walking polecat and two polecat paws

The Mission of Carrisa Plains Elementary, in partnership with families and community, is to create a learning environment that promotes collaborative and innovative thinking. By supporting students in a socially and emotionally safe atmosphere, we foster academic excellence and support students as they discover their strengths and achieve their maximum potential.

Phone Number



9640 Carrisa Highway

Santa Margarita, California 93453


2018-2019 School Year

2017-2018 School Year

Raising chickens is a great way to teach our students about where food comes from, as well as encouraging responsibility and nurturing skills.

Our new chickens!

Our first egg


Dr. Seuss Week picture


Students working
students posing by rain barrel

As we wait for the results of our Green Ribbon Application, our students continue to learn about sustainability and the world around them!

Students in greenhouse
Students sitting on stumps
Winter Performance picture

Winter Performance

Our students had a wonderful time performing their original play! Great job to all of our kiddos. And a big thank you to the PTF for supporting their efforts!

As we prepare for our Holiday Season, students learned how to make Christmas Trees using forks!

Students painting christmas trees with forks

Students worked with friends from the Sheriff Department to learning about safe practices during an emergency!

Students with guests from the Sheriff's Department

Connecting art and reading with GO Away, Big Green Monster!

Making art based on the book GO Away, Big Green Monster
students during earthquake drill

Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Carrisa Plains Elementary Students and millions of people worldwide practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during our Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

Participating was a great way for our kiddos to be prepared and know what to do in case of an earthquake.

Student's during an earthquake drill 2
kids drawing haunted houses 2

This haunted house writing activity inspires kids to be creative. Even our most reluctant writers enjoy describing and creating a haunted houses!

Kids drawing haunted houses

Thinking Maps in TK-2nd Grades!!

Ever wonder what Early Release Friday and Professional Development Days were for? Well one of the best things about having a student in the Atascadero Unified School District is the level to which they go to ensure ALL of our teachers have access to the best researched based practices possible. Recently, teachers were trained in a process called Thinking Maps. A process that teaches our children how to visually organize their thinking and explain their thinking! WOW!! Gone are the days where one word answers are the norm!!

Students sitting at a table , drawing thinking maps.

Mrs. Maynor's TK- 2nd grade class using Thinking Maps

Retro Bill is a motivational speaker who puts fun into safety, self-esteem, and character counts education! He was able to visit our Polecats on September 27th, what a treat!! He is truly engaging and sends a wonderful message! For more information you can visit his website at:

Retro Bill taking selfie with Carrisa Plains students
Reto Bill holding up large remote control

Stay on a positive respectful channel!

HAPPY FALL- When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Our Carrisa Plains Polecats, embrace art to enhance their educational experience. Here we see Mrs.Maynor's and Mrs.Davis's Class are participating collaboratively in Autumn Cubism Art.

kids at table drawing trees
kids at table, drawing trees 2
kids at table drawing trees 3
kids at table drawing trees 4