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Atascadero High Recognized with Award at National Education Conference
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. These materials, from publisher Academic Innovations, align with the national Freshman Transition Standards from The George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative and provide the foundation course for the Get Focused...Stay Focused!® Initiative.
As Mindy Bingham, founder of Academic Innovations and Career Choices co-author, points out:
“By developing a 10-year education and career plan in a Freshman Transition course, young people learn how to project into the future and understand the consequences of the choices they make today. Students who do this are far less likely to drop out of school (high school or college), abuse substances, or become teen parents because they understand the ways in which their actions today will impact the rest of their lives.”
The Atascadero High School team is committed to enhancing student success and workforce readiness in San Luis Obispo County.
Greybots proclamation from Mayor Tom O'Malley and Supervisor Debbie Arnold.
Collaborative Digital Book Published 2017
Cover Photo by Lauren Tarica
Nature of Hope 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), poetry, and script as part of a writing contest. Art students created illustrations, photography students created photosaQ, 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
Illustration by Amanda Martin
Photo by Dylan Wyke
Illustration by Santana Sanchez
Illustration by Jennifer Panek
Bad Kids by
NON-FICTION: EXPOSITORY ESSAY
NON-FICTION: PERSONAL ESSAY
The Perfect Gift
ADDITIONAL ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Latinas in Education Conference
For the first time ever, AHS sent several students to the “Latinas in Education” forum sponsored by the Latino Outreach Council in SLO on March 22. Atascadero High was the ONLY county high school to send a group of students to this valuable conference! Additionally, our very own Carolina Jimenez was the only high-school-aged presenter for this motivational evening about overcoming social and financial barriers for Latina students to attend and excel at college. The speakers included a variety of Latina college students as well as professionals, who shared their stories of and advice for overcoming adversity. Thank you to Principal Bill Neely for providing the transportation, and to teachers Mrs. Bravo and Ms. Dery for chaperoning and championing the cause. For more information on the Latino Outreach Council, Call (805) 929-1120 or check out their Facebook page.
Monterey Field Trip for Spanish Students
"Art is a manifestation of culture." This is an important chapter studied in Spanish 3 about Art and famous Spanish and Latin American artists. To expand on the depth of the content they are learning in class, 50 students signed up for a field trip up to Monterey. In Monterey they visited the one of the oldest Spanish churches in California, San Carlos Cathedral, which has the oldest non-native statue and the oldest non-native art inside. The highlight of the trip was touring the Dali17 Museum. Salvador Dali is an important artist that students studied. They got to see hundreds of pieces that he created over the course of his career. Finally, the class visited the Monterey Presidio (a military fortress). There they were able to see all of Monterey atop the hill were a monument is placed. This field trip truly brought the classroom to life!