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Movie Poster Exhibit and Opportunity for Students

Jeffrey Bacon mentoring students.Fortunate for Atascadero High School and creative students, Jeffrey acts as a mentor for the Portfolio Development/Field Experience course that had its initial offering this year. Students in the course work in a design studio setting where they create designs for clients locally, as well as regionally, and even for a client in Europe. Mr. Bacon assists students in the creative process often incorporating Skype interaction with professionals in Hollywood. The development of an online portfolio, résumé, and other career assets are part of the course as well as learning the “business” of graphic communications. Mr. Bradley is the teacher of record, who himself is a lecturer/professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Graphic Communication department in addition to teaching at AHS. He has been working closely with Mr. Bacon developing the course. Short internships at local businesses are being planned. This is a very unique opportunity for Junior and Senior students. Candidates to enroll in next year's class are being sought now.

Video overview of the course.

For further information and to be listed as a candidate for the course see Mr. Bradley in I-4 or your counselor. One may also contact Mr. Bradley to arrange to meet with Mr. Bacon during selected Study Halls.


Movie Poster Contest Awards

Melissa Webb's winning entry, Catch Me If You Can.

A number of Atascadero High School students created entries for the “Dreams for Sale” movie poster contest sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in partnership with Jeffrey Bacon, an artist behind many of the most iconic movie posters, of which he is having a show in two of the museum’s galleries during January 2018. This exhibition is both a trip down memory lane for movie fans, plus an educational component for those interested in the creative process and the inner working of the movie industry. He was fortunate to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg and fellow poster designer Drew Struzan, and to work on films such as The Goonies, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, Judgment Day, and Gladiator.

SLOMA has been working with Jeffrey Bacon on one more of his Student Poster Competitions to coincide with this exhibition. The winners were announced during the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, January 5 at 7 pm. The students’ awards were presented by Julie Berk, Senior Vice President Creative Advertising, Universal Pictures. Additionally, the winning posters will be finished professionally and exhibited at SLOMA. Mr. Bacon’s competition invited full-time college and high school students from the San Luis Obispo County to create their own movie poster design for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with Hollywood. The two winners—one college and one high school—will receive a private behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Pictures Marketing and a one-week internship at The Refinery, (one of Hollywood’s top creative advertising groups).

Finalist, Owen Sullivan,
Need For Speed

The four high school finalists for the completion and winner are all from Atascadero High School. Melissa Webb had the winning entry for her poster for the film “Catch Me if You Can.” Lyndsi Edmonston,“Harry Potter”, Owen Sullivan, “Need for Speed,” and Taylor Johnson, “The Incredibles,” received Finalists awards. Students not selected as a finalist will be receiving certificates of participation. This competition was a great opportunity for students to apply what they are learning at Atascadero High School through their Art and Career Technical Education courses and showcase their talents— as well as add to their portfolio and résumé.

Dreams For Sale

Taylor Johnson, finalist, The Incredibles.
Lyndsi Edmonston, finalist, Harry Potter- The End Begins

In Addition:

Mr. Bacon has been working this year with students as a mentor in partnership with graphics teacher Ivan Bradley for the Portfolio/Field Experience course offered as a capstone course for the Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway at AHS.

CAPS Grants Awarded

Congratulations! Teachers, counselor's, and staff were presented with their CAPS Grants during the December 8th staff meeting. 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. CAPS do not fund personnel expenses, items that are the responsibility of AUSD, or capital improvements.

Cheer and Marching Band at Pioneer Days ParadeCheerleaders at Pioneer Days parade.


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. 

GreybotsGreybots receiving award.

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

Greyt Talks Speaker Packs the House

Students listening to Jeffrey Baco speak on graphic design.

Jeffrey 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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