April 2014  
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    Our mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.

Recent AJHS i-News(sent via email)
YEARBOOK Announcement:

Parents, Students and Relatives, If you haven't purchased a yearbook yet, they can be purchased from Mrs. DeRose in the office for $45. This will avoid the $5 price increase to $50 after spring break. We only have about 150 yearbooks left. Students can check with Mrs. DeRose in the office to see if they have purchased one already. 

Yearbook thanks all the parents, relatives, and students who submitted  OUTSIDE SPORTS, BLAST FROM THE PAST, AND STUDENT DEDICATIONS pictures. 

We incorporated as many as we could in the limited space. They will truly make our yearbook more personal and special. 

All 8th graders interested in playing football next year:
A very important parent informational meeting will be held in the high school library at 6 p.m. on April 8th.  Bring all your questions about Football Camp, summer practice, weight training, fall practice, etc.  This is also a great time for those athletes on the fence about playing to get a first glimpse.  If you have questions please  email Coach Cooper@ victorcooper@atasusd.org.

AJHS Band Thanks CAPS:
The Junior High band and the 6th Grade Advanced band both had splendid performances at the County Band Festival on March 12th.  It was held at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center.  The trip was sponsored by a grant from CAPS.  A huge thank you to the Committee for Atascadero Public Schools!!


AJHS Track is going well. There are 114 team members practicing a variety of events.

Upcoming Track Meets:

Friday April 4 - 3:30 p.m. Track Meet in Paso Robles

Wednesday April 9 - 4:00 p.m. Track Meet at AHS

Saturday May 3 - 9:00 a.m. SLO County Rotary Meet

Saturday May 10 - 9:00 a.m. Atascadero Invitational Meet

May 10 - Last Day of AJHS Track


======Prior News that is still relevant============


Host Families Needed for International Students.

When - July 25 - August 18
Learn about a different culture and create international friendships.
Students range in ages from 13-18 and will be from France, Russia, Austria, and Hong Kong. You choose your student. The students attend classes an activities during the day. Host families share free time, evening, and weekend.  The attached flyer has more information. Thanks for looking. 

(Letter to Parents from Principal)

Dear Junior High School Parent: 

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. Smarter Balanced is the  system of academic tests that will replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in  English-language arts and math beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The Smarter Balanced tests are  based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by California in August 2010. 

The Smarter Balanced tests will generally be taken on computers, and the Practice Tests provide a good idea of what the new tests will look like. The Practice Tests are available for everyone to use at:  
There is a Practice Test for each of grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in both English-language arts and math. Each Practice Test has about 30 questions, as well as an answer key. 

I encourage you to explore the Practice Tests with your child and discuss them with each other. Your child will also be able to use the Practice Tests on our school computers. The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests will be available through the 2013-2014 school year. 

There will be more information in the coming weeks. Atascadero Junior High School students will be testing sometime between April 22 and May 30, 2014. If you have questions about the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, please contact the main office at 805-462-4360. 

Lori Thomas Hicks