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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


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.

CAPS Grants Awarded

CAPS award winners

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.

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.

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.


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