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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2019—20)
Last updated: 12/26/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2019—20)
Atascadero Middle School is continually striving to increase student performance and improve the quality of education for all students in a safe and positive educational environment. Our staff has a progressive, student-centered approach to teaching and learning. We believe all students can and should meet the highest academic and behavioral standards. The campus is a safe and inclusive space, where students are encouraged to learn by using their talents, engaging in teamwork, asking questions, collaborating, utilizing technology, communicating, and researching and defending their points of view citing evidence and real world artifacts.
Our teachers strive to find ways to engage every student with the curriculum, with technology, and with each other. This powerful combination is what makes learning transformative. We know that the jobs of tomorrow do not exist today, so we strive to teach students the skills to adapt, to learn how to learn, and to have a lot of fun along the way.
As students are enrolled at Atascadero Middle School, each student is placed in a Homeroom Saints Block (HR). Each HR teacher has approximately 24 students that they monitor, mentor, and support. This teacher is with the students every Thursday. Each student’s HR teacher is one of his/her content teachers as well. The HR teacher, whenever possible, attends Family Support Team (FST) meetings involving any of their 24 students, monitors grades, and supports their students through their middle school experience. The HR instructors become the first line of support in order to guarantee academic, social, and emotional success.
Our Support Team (counselors, family advocate, therapists, behavior support specialist, learning center teachers, and administrative team) is an integral part of each student’s support system as well. The Support Team ensures that all programs, agencies, teachers and other staff are aware of the special needs of each student and are equipped with the support necessary for them to provide the quality education necessary to ensure success. The counselors and site administrators meet with each grade-level to go over the needs of specific students, including special education students, students with 504 plans, English Language Learners, and students with other specific needs resulting from a divorce, death or other emotional/environmental factors. Each grade-level and department is provided with the most current assessment data from the previous and current year’s multiple measures (along with grades), which helps teachers to set goals and objectives to improve student achievement.
Atascadero Middle School offers a number of electives designed to appeal to a variety of interests. The school offers coding, Xello (career exploration), engineering, digital art, coding, Health, photography, design and construction, yearbook, leadership, drama, band, music, and choir. Extra-curricular sports are also offered through cross-country and volleyball in the fall, boys and girls soccer and basketball in the winter, followed by wrestling and track and field in the spring (contingent on funding). All sports are available to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We also offer Math Counts, Homework Club, Vex Robotics, drama productions, and leadership sponsored events (such as Red Ribbon, Spirit and International weeks). Organized health, fitness, and athletic events are offered during the lunch period. Saints Block (a 30-minute tutorial built into the schedule) is also available for academic support, fitness, and exploration activities.
In addition to the electives and extracurricular opportunities offered at the school, there are a variety of other events designed to promote student and community collaboration. Some departments use their class projects to produce events. The Digital Arts/Photography classes host 1-2 nights per year at the local coffee house The Bru. This event is organized and run by the Atascadero Middle School photography students. The students’ photographs are displayed and sold to the public. Our staff are collaborating with numerous community members to host our first ever AMS STEAM Fest science night.
Our school and district offers on-going professional development for teachers and administrators. Three district-wide staff development days will be provided this year. Also, vertical team meetings by department (i.e., science, math, history, English, Physical Education, and Electives) have been attended by our secondary teachers throughout Atascadero Unified School District. Early-release days are built into the calendar each Friday, and are used for staff, department, content specific and Instructional Leadership professional development and collaboration. Time is focused on improved teaching practice, student achievement, and school culture. This year will feature a full-day staff PD facilitated by a presenter from Thinking Maps. We will also provide PD to staff for a school wide tool called Moby Moby and another in the area of “implicit bias in education.”
We take our responsibility of creating and maintaining a safe learning environment very seriously at Atascadero Middle School. Therefore, we have implemented many prevention and intervention measures to insure that we are a bully-free zone. With regard to prevention, we systematically plan events throughout the year to promote a positive school culture. These events have allowed us to be designated as a “No Place for Hate” school. Additionally, we put information in our handbook defining bullying and explaining the steps each student can take if they are ever a victim or witness of bullying. This information is also displayed in poster form throughout the school campus. We have added a new Multi-Culture Club whose goals are to help students gain the knowledge needed to make reflective decisions necessary to lead a democratic life.
Furthermore, Atascadero Middle School has a Behavior Support Committee based on PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) strategies. This committee is focused on improving the school climate and learning environment. Decisions are made with the goal in mind to help prepare students to become responsible and contributing citizens, as well as creating positive, healthy relationships between and among students and staff. This committee has developed surveys to receive input from parents, students, and staff members in an effort to provide consistency, safety, and positive reinforcements for all of the positive choices the students are making. The survey results are used for planning, decision making, and assessment of change over time. The Behavior Support Committee developed and incorporated the 5 key words which have become the cornerstone of the student expectations and behavior on the Atascadero Middle School campus. The 5 R’s (Relationships, Respect, Responsibility, Repair, Reconnect) are important compliments to the Atascadero Unified RITE core values. Additionally, as part of our positive reinforcement system, the students receive Bernie’s Bucks that can be used in the student store. Students earn tickets by showing respect, integrity, teamwork, or excellence. We have added an Academic Re-Engagement Center (ARC) to provide another layer of intervention prior to suspension. The ARC room staff provides students goal-based individualized supports to help them reflect, take responsibility for actions, and make a plan to re-engage in the regular classroom setting.
Last updated: 12/26/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2018—19)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/26/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2018—19)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||1.30 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.20 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||29.00 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||4.00 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||44.10 %|
|English Learners||7.70 %|
|Students with Disabilities||13.60 %|
|Foster Youth||1.00 %|