|One High School Hill
Atascadero, California 93422
Wellness Center Recognition (Continued)
California State PTA President-elect Celia Jaffe and Vice President for Health & Community Concerns Shereen Walter got a chance to see how one high school is doing just that in a recent visit.
Championed by Vice Principal Libby Madding, Atascadero High School made some significant changes to its Wellness Center. Surrounded by student art work and supportive quotes, students participate in individual and group counseling on a scheduled or drop-in basis. The center provides family counseling and parent/caregiver education during the after school hours.
Counseling is led by a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who coordinates the Wellness Center services and supervises the counseling provided by MFT trainees and interns from local colleges.
The Wellness Center also provides opportunities for student involvement including weekly Gay/Straight Alliance club meetings, the “Close to Home” program through RISE, and special speakers and events.
1 in 5 children ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. Atascadero High School IS providing mental health services to do something about the needs of young students.
Logo Design for Hilltop Cafe
Makayla Nettleton created a new logo for the Hilltop Cafe on campus as a project for the, new this year, Portfolio Development/Field Experience course. The design was printed on aprons used by students in Ms. Melton’s Hospitality 2 classes that operate the café. By all means stop by and grab a coffee or tasty treat. This project was only one of many that students worked on this year under the mentorship of Jeffrey Bacon and teacher Mr. Bradley.
Local Photographer Shows Her Work and Provides Creative Inpiration
Students from the Photography, Portfolio Development/Field Experience classes and other students were privileged to attend a presentation by local photographer Cheryl Strahl held prior to Spring break. She showed a number of her photographs providing insight about the photographic characteristics of each and about her experience taking each photograph. One instant in particular was her photographing a welder in Cuba, who was initially reluctant until she, through some effort, explained that her husband at one time was a welder.
Students saw some exceptional work, inspiring them to, as she said of herself, "go from taking pictures to capturing images.”
Originally from the Midwest, Cheryl relocated with her family to the West Coast in 1985. Her education and career have been centered in mathematics and software engineering. With my retirement in 2008, she refocused her time on photography.
She says, “Much of my experience and knowledge has been gained from domestic and international photography workshops, including a workshop by National Geographic.” She continues to learn, and is thankful for the beautiful Central Coast of CA for it's many photographic opportunities and community.
Her award-winning photography has gained both local and national recognition, it has been juried into fine art exhibits at the Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a "Best of Show" award in the 2016 Up Close and Personal macro exhibit. Three of her images have been accepted into the prestigious Best of Nature Photo Exhibit at the Natural History Museum at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.
AHS students were fortunate to had this opportunity and Ms. Strahl commented afterwards that “It was a joy to share my photography passion with such an interested - and interesting - audience! The energy and curiosity of the students was apparent, and the questions afterward were thought-provoking and important. I hope that I helped to inspire and further their interest in photography in some way.”
Cuban welder, by Cheryl Strahl
Movie Poster Exhibit and Opportunity for Students
Jeffrey Bacon is the creative person behind the movie posters exhibit currently on display in the library. With a design business of up to 180 employees before retiring, Jeffrey created promotional work for the film industry including many iconic films that you see posters for in the display. This show was recently at the SLO Art Museum and will also be on exhibit at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, and other venues. A student movie poster contest was an addition to the show in which AHS students were finalists and the winner.
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.
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
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).
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.
Taylor Johnson, finalist, The Incredibles.
|Lyndsi Edmonston, finalist, Harry Potter- The End Begins
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.
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