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National Science Bowl Competition

Students at National Science Bowl competition.

The AHS Science Bowl Team took 4th place in the National Science Bowl Competition February 9th! Way to go team! Thank you to Robin Ryburn, John Forte and Angie McQuitty for all their support of our three teams! Thank you to all of the students who spent hours preparing for this competition! We honor your dedication and pursuit of excellence!

CAPS Grants Awarded, Funding Supports AHSCAPS grant winners.

Congratulations! Teachers, counselor's, and staff who were presented with their CAPS Grants last December. The Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS) was created in 2007 to help AUSD enrich the educational experience of its students through awarding grants to certificated AUSD teachers. It is comprised of dedicated members of the AUSD school community who volunteer their time to plan, organize, and execute a Fundraising Dinner/Auction. This event is called the “Evening for Education” and is held each August.

The CAPS grant are funds that is are awarded to an AUSD certificated employee to encourage and reward the creativity of teachers whose passion is to effectively reach and educate children

Glenda Highland will be taking a field trip for junior US History students to go to Estrella Warbirds Museum near the Paso Robles Airport to see aircraft and other modes of transportation and items used in World Wars I & II as well as Vietnam.

Jennifer George will be taking 50 students to the to the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.

Kris Bell partnered with Maria Pacheco for one for the Library to purchase sewing supplies and to refurbish sewing machines that they rescued from the storage closest in the B building.

Kris Bell along with Lindsey Hayes will use their grant to sponsor the yearly L.I.T. Club Book Buy at Barnes and Nobles where students select and purchase books for our school library.

Marie Pink purchased the following equipment for physics - large graduated cylinders, constant velocity cars, optics equipment (lasers, half circle diffraction dishes), tools (toolbox, hammer, screwdrivers, soldering iron, etc.) for fixing equipment, and multimeters for an electricity unit.

Christy Little bought new cookware for the Hospitality program to replace the old, scratched, broken-handled stuff!

John Forte received five graphing calculators and Quick Link cables that allow him to use a variety of electronic probes to collect experimental data, such as pH, absorbance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc.

Meghan Beck, counselor, acquired counseling therapy tools: Fidget tools/coloring books/conversation starters.

Ivan Bradley acquired a GoPro 360 camera. This purchase provides an opportunity to develop skills for the use of high growth use of 360 cameras in areas including high growth Media & Entertainment, Military & Defense, Travel & Tourism, Automotive, and Healthcare.

Tess Harback purchased a Glass Kiln and Fused Glass Art Supplies to add another learning experience for her students.

Carrie Jones purchased new show choir dresses.

Mary Corey will be taking all of her sophomore students (90 kids!) to see an evening performance of the play, Shakespeare's The Tempest, being staged by Cal Poly Theater and Dance. Sophomores read The Tempest as a part of their regular lit curriculum.

AHS Students do Photo Shoot of retired Marine Colonel

Retired Marine colonel posing for shoot.Student doing photoshoot of Marine colonel.Students in the Portfolio Development/ Field Experience class participated in a photoshoot under the direction of Jeffrey Bacon, a professional graphic designer and mentor for the class.

The final image will be used initially as part of the Xtreme Warriors (Hometown Heroes) website the class is redesigning and will be constructing. The non-profit was created a few years ago by the Morro Group Jeffrey help found. They host families of former Marines that have been wounded in action. A couple of years ago the event and awards were held at Hearst Castle, where one of the things that they participated in was a horseback ride alongside a Hearst member into the back area of the property where they saw not only Zebras but Giraffes. The organization’s support and honoring will now include not just families but individual “first responders” that are former Marines.Close up of the colonel.

For the shoot, students hung part of a very large American flag. John Durant, a retired Marine colonel and former San Luis Obispo High teacher and football coach was the subject. He was in dress blues and posed as students took turns making shots. A shot of the whole flag, 15’ X 30’, will be made and composited together with a selected shot taken during the shoot.  

Afterwards, shots were taken outside replicating John as a coach. A selected image will be Photoshopped into an image of football players surrounding him.

What an experience for the students. At the end, John expressed his gratitude to students and told them that they were the future of this country.

Mr. Bradley, teacher of the course, said, "What a satisfying end to this semester."

Awaken Art show at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Ellyse Egan of AHS won an award of merit at the "Awaken" Art show at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.Egan was one of many AHS students represented at the inaugural art show that included high schools within San Luis Obispo County. AHS students from Photography, Ceramics, Intro to Art and Advanced/AP Art were represented. The show runs through Sunday Nov. 18.

Ellyse Egan artwork
Ellyse Egan
Nicholas Pesquenia artwork
Nicholas Pesquenia
Artwork of Sean Nunez, GG Gonzalez, Andrew Murach
Sean Nunez
GG Gonzalez
Andrew Murach
Macie Pinedo artwork
Macie Pinedo
Cairo Murphy artwork
Cairo Murphy
Autumn Gonzales artwork
Autumn Gonzales

Wences Campos

Luis Castorena

L/R, T/B- Ashley Sutherland, Elizabeth Valencia, Lilly Ludwick, Lourdes Cruz

Kaylah Ospina

Tamara Castro

Logan Williams

AHS Teacher Honored

Atascadero High School teacher Ivan Bradley was honored along with teachers and classified personnel from eleven other school districts in the area that are supported by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.Bradley was selected in June of this year as the Atascadero Unified School District Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching at AHS for 13 years teaching Graphic Communications, Computer Animation, Video Production, and Portfolio Development. He has been a full time educator for 28, and since 2007, a professor/lecturer for Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication department.The SLO County School Employee of the Year Celebration was sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, and MC’d by County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Brescia, Ed. D. The attendees of over 200, including teachers, employees, spouses, administrators, board members, as legislative representatives, enjoyed an excellent meal, heard honorees speak, and watched specially made videos for each whereby colleagues, students, and others talked about them. Perry Broster, AUSD classified employee of the year, was also honored.

Students Attend Writing Conference

Students at writing conference.

AHS students from the Creative Writing class applied for and received scholarships to attend the Central Coast Writer's Conference at Cuesta College.  Over the

course of the weekend, they attended workshops presented by published authors, screen writers, and literary agents. The teen scholarships were funded by PG&E and SLO Nightwriters.

Pictured left to right: Lauren Briley, Ashley Sutherland, Benjamin Erwin, Taft Collins, Autumn Burkey, Dominic Reyes, Kris Bell (teacher), and Abby Cederlind.

Student Logo Design

Central Coast Parkinson Association logoWorking last Spring with Jeffrey Bacon, a professional creative director, who mentors students in the Portfolio Development / Field Experience course at AHS, Gabriella Diaz designed a logo for the Central Coast Parkinson Association. Diaz graduated this past year but her work through the class, is being utilized by the association for promotional printing, banners, and on a website, and most recently for the 1st Annual Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease- Wellness Fair. Titled the “Parkinson in the Plaza” it was held on Saturday September 8, 2018 at the Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo. The event connected healthcare and fitness professionals with the local Parkinson Community. Various professionals from various industries including, health, fitness, dance, physical therapy, speech therapy and more attended. Their goal is to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to get better and stay better! The organization has been serving the Central Coast Parkinson community since 1982. They offer support groups on the Central Coast from Paso Robles to Santa Maria for those fighting Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers/families.

Gabriella's logo design is an example, if only in a small way, of students giving back to the community through the Portfolio Development/Field Experience course. Mr. Bradley, teacher of the course says, "with a full class this year, more opportunities will be available for students to create and produce a wide variety print and digital media. A large portion of this will be for non-profit organizations."

Central Coast Parkinson Association

Digital Book Published

Cover of Nature of Hope digital book
Cover Photo by Mitchell Moore

Seeing Light in Darkness is digital anthology is the result of a collaborative project between Atascadero High School students and staff. Students wrote in the categories of fiction, humor, non-fiction (expository and personal essay), and poetry as part of a writing contest. Art students created illustrations, photography students created photos, and Graphic Communications students produced the layout for this digital book. It is an example of students utilizing 21st century skills to produce literature in a contemporary format.


Previously published books

Nature of Hope cover art

Myths of Atascadero digital book

Tide and Tender digital book


Illustration by Lourdes Cruz

Illustration by Lourdes Cruz

Illustration by Anneline Breytenbach

Illustration by Anneline Breytenbach

Illustration by Lauren Briley

Illustration by Lauren Briley

Photo by Cario Murphy

Photo by Cario Murphy


The Outcome of Revenge

by Anneline Breytenbach
Illustrated by Anneline Breytenbach

In the Middle
by Michelle Wilson
Photo by Autumn Gonzales

Mirror Mirror
by Jessica Jen
Photo by Cairo Murphy

The Protagonist
by Julia Zielke
Photo by Sal Murillo


The Summer Before Freshman Year, I lost my Best Friend
by Lauren Tarica
Illustrated by Cosette Barash

by Franko Jira
Illustrated by George Wilkins

The True Meaning of Life Force
by Julia Zielke
Photo by Cheyanne Light

Sunshine, Sandals, and Sweat
by Alyssa Walters
Illustrated by Olivia Wells


English in Questionable Decline
by Jessica Jen
Illustrated by Jessica Jen

“Of Mice and Men” Book/Film Analysis Essay
by Preslee Gerber
Illustrated by Michael Starbuck

Character Analysis in A Tale of Two Cities
by Lauren Tarica
Photo by Uriel Lopez

Lady Macbeth’s Internal Struggle With Ambition,
Morality, and Guilt in Macbeth

by Samantha Hallmark
Photo by Alyson Baker


by Nicole Bongard
Photo by Uriel Lopez

by Ashlyn Brookshire
Illustrated by Santana Sanchez

by Eden Bedoya
Photo by Jake Marca

by Samantha Hallmark
Photo by Mackenzie Wright


The Naked and the Nude
by Franko Jira
Illustrated by Owen Poist

The Incident at the Shed
by Sean Reagan
Photo by Uriel Lopez

Haiku Fever
by Giovanni Librizzi
Illustrated by Taryn Clarke

A Very Short Story
by Jenny Panek
Illustrated by Lourdes Cruz

Scooby Doo Poetry
by Jon Nunez
Illustrated by Logan Williams


The Desert
by Lauren Briley
Illustrated by Lauren Briley

by Nicoline Breytenbach
Photo by Uriel Lopez

The Storm
by Michelle Wilson
Photo by Carmen Macias

Meet Me?
by Allison Hines
Photo by Amber Waiters

The Grimdark
by Maile Slobodnick
Illustrated by Maile Slobodnick

Handle it!
by Julia Graham
Illustrated by Linh Tang

by Kiana Subia
Illustrated by Owen Sullivan


Allison Hines
Taylor Johnson
Stephanie Monson
Makayla Nettleton


Dr. Libby Madding — Vice Principal
Kris Bell — Librarian/Media
Ivan Bradley — Graphics
Tess Harback —Art
SuzAnne Hogan — English
David Pascolla — Photography
Julie Steyer — Art



Atascadero High Recognized
with Award at National
Education Conference

Career Choice award

Atascadero, August 2017. During an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the 10th annual Focus on Freshmen conference, Atascadero High School was awarded a Bronze medal in front of several hundred educators from across the country. The award was presented by Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton, and was given in recognition of the time, energy, and attention devoted to the Career Planning program, which is aimed at increasing student success. As a Bronze medal school, Atascadero High School has demonstrated exemplary implementation of the Career Choices series, an award-winning curriculum that builds college and career readiness skills as it walks students through the development of a personalized 10-year Plan.

Interact Club Gets Greybots

Greybots receiving award.

Greybots proclamation from Mayor Tom O'Malley and Supervisor Debbie Arnold.


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