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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. 

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

Collaborative Digital Book Published 2017

Cover of Nature of Hope digital book
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

Myths of Atascadero digital book

Tide and Tender digital book


Artwork by Amanda Martin

Illustration by Amanda Martin

Photo by Dylan Wyke

Photo by Dylan Wyke

Illustration by Santana Sanchez

Illustration by Santana Sanchez

Illustration by Jennifer Panek

Illustration by Jennifer Panek

Netflix in New York by
Claire Livengood
Illustrated by Jennifer Panek

The Secret of Truth by
Anneline Breytenbach
Illustrated by Kelly Wales

In Which I Challenge A Teacher and Timed-
Multiplication Test by
Julia Zielke
Illustrated by Nha Hung Thach

Bad Kids by
Gracielle Li
Illustrated by Jearon Gilbert

She Was A Rose by
Amanda Martin
Illustrated by Amanda Martin

The Iron Feet of Oppression by

Jennifer Zielke
Illustrated by Logan Williams

Female Spies of the Civil War by
Maci Christianson
Illustrated by Sydney Holt

Olivia Benda
Illustrated by Oliva Benda

Big Blue Blanket
Grace Curtis
Illustrated by Avery Kobeta

Silhouette of a Warrior
Kahler Penland
Illustrated by Allexis Adams

Far too Loud for Him
Cora Balogh
Photo by Cora Balogh

Greatest Moment of Seventh Grade
Jaycee Haynes
Illustrated by Kinsley Cones

A Simple Gift
Jennifer Zielke
Illustrated by Kylah Ospina

It Won’t Happen Again
Lauren Tarica
Photo by Lauren Tarica


Landon Kindel
Giovanni Librizzi
Colby Stith
Samantha Hallmark

Non-Fiction: Expository Essay
Julia Zielke
Christina Rogers

Non-Fiction: Personal Essay
Evelyn Rinkenberger
Mackenzie Wright

Courtney Basden
Erica Best
Erika Cadwising

The “Beib”

Katie McKinley
Illustrated by Cario Murphy

Mouth Chewing
Elenor McCall
Illustrated by Jennifer Panek

The Perfect Gift
Haddie Daner
Photo by Haddie Daner

Super Deep Poem
Sabrina Van Beek
Photo by Sabrina Van Beek

If Weapons were Made
Kahler Penland
Illustrated by Santana Sanchez

Word Vomit
Olivia Robasciotti
Illustrated by Olivia Robasciotti

Writer’s Block
Claire Liengood
Illustrated by Lauren Briley

Black, White, and Red All Over
Jennifer Zielke
Illustrated by Stella Deskin & Ella Godfrey

Hopeless Romantics

Joseph DeLuca
Illustrated by Joseph DeLuca

The Acceptance Letter
Elenor McCall
Illustrated by Nha Hung Thach

Jazmin Acosta
Jacob Black
Sara Beth Pauls
Christina Rogers
Jessica Schroder

Alyssa Guzman
Pia Kollar
Erik Mauk
Hailey Shiffer
Megan Wessel

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

Student Editorial Board,
Faculty & Community Editorial Board
CAPS for their Grant for the Writing Contest
AP Lit Students for Editing
Galaxy Movie Theatre
Atascadero High School Staff & Administration

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!

Greyt Talks Speaker Packs the House

Students listening to Jeffrey Baco speak on graphic design.

Jeffery Bacon spoke to students at Greyt Talks in the library held during study hall.  Bacon worked in the film/tv industry with such noteables as legendary designer Saul Bass and filmmaker Steven Spielberg as a graphic designer and creator of materials for movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Back to the Future, Terminator, Goonies, and many more!  He shared examples of his work and talk about his design philosophy and his outlook on life. The library was filled with engaged students that asked great questions.

Math, AppliedStu Stoddart relates measuring and building requirements.


Mr. Stoddard, Director of Support Services, visited with the AHS Honor's Geometry classes this morning. He spoke to the students about wheelchair accessibility, ADA Compliance and the upcoming ramp project on the AHS campus. The students have been discussing the concept of slope and how it's used in the real world. Mr. Stoddard also talked about how our maintenance crew uses a 3-4-5 right triangle to assist in striping the field for football games. The students are wrapping up their unit on parallel lines so this was another perfect example of using math in the real world.

Interact Club Gets InvolvedKids at The Charles Paddock Zoo for Zoo Boo!

Zoo Boo! Saturday, October 29th @ The Charles Paddock Zoo, Four volunteers participated by helping kids play/showing them the game of bean bag toss. The event lasted from 5-8:30pm. We hope everyone had an extra great day on October 31st!


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