Atascadero Middle School will strive to prepare, engage, and inspire every student to be their best in a continually changing world.


AMS Important Dates


Beginning Friday, March 30th through Friday, April 6th school will not be in session. We look forward to the return of our AMS students on Monday, April 9th. Have a safe and fun break!


Be sure to have your students check the Lost & Found items located in the cafeteria. All items that are not retrieved this week will be donated during Spring Break.


Open House will be held on Thursday, April 19th. An orientation for incoming 6th graders will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baro Gym. The talented AMS band and choir will perform at 6:00 p.m. following the orientation, also in the Baro Gym. Classrooms will open at 6:30 p.m. It will be an outstanding evening that celebrates the hard work of the AMS students and teachers! We look forward to seeing you there!



  • Practices: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-7:30pm

  • Must have a sports physical on file with the office

  • Need to show up with wrestling shoes

  • Grades 6, 7, 8 from AMS and FAA

  • The league is for all levels of wrestlers, beginning to experienced.

  • For more information, please see the flyer.




Track Meet Schedule

April 18          4:00 P.M.       Orange/Blue intra-squad @ AHS

April 28          9:00 A.M.       Paso Robles Invitational @ Paso High School

May 5            9:00 A.M.       SLO All-County @ San Luis High School                                                May 12 9:00 A.M.       AMS Youth Track Meet @ AHS

May 19           9:00 A.M.       Laguna County Championship


Practice time: Monday - Thursday 3:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Parent volunteers needed for APRIL 18 AND MAY 12.  If you are interested please email kellidowns@atasusd.org.


Featuring the choirs of AMS, Fine Arts, High School and San Gabriel Elementary.
Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00pm in the gym.  Admission is free.


All A.M.S. parents are invited to attend Eileen Calandro's presentation on the topic "Teens and Social Media." Eileen Calandro is a forerunner and leader in educating parents and students in social media best practices.  Please see the flyer for more information.

Where: A.M.S. Gym

When: March 29th, 6.30pm (English) / March 12th, 6:30pm (Spanish)

Who: All A.M.S. parents are cordially invited

Eileen Calandro

Professional Listener & Talker of Calandro Consulting

Social Media Strategist and Instructor

Mental Health Advocate


Just because children are born into this digital age doesn't mean they have the tools and knowledge to be good digital citizens. Eileen Calandro teaches parents how to feel comfortable talking with their kids about social media and create parenting strategies for their families.

Eileen Calandro: "I always say you never step in the same "Social Media River" twice. The platforms and apps change faster than the latest fashion trends. Knowing everything doesn't need to be the goal. What's important is teaching parents how to help their children behave safely and appropriately on social media. Helping parents set clear expectations and boundaries for their kids gives families the tools they need to navigate the space."




Hosted by World Championship Winners - Team 973, the Greybots Summer Robotics Camp features students working collaboratively to create VEX IQ robots.  They design, build, wire, program, and on the final day, compete against each other in a camp-wide tournament. Camp-goers will learn valuable leadership and communication skills while enjoying their time learning about engineering.


The summer camp will be held at Santa Rosa Road Academic Academy.  Sessions are 1 week and are offered:

  • June 25-29

  • July 9-13

  • July 16-20 (Advanced)

  • Both are 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.


Please see the flyer for more information.  Register at greybots.com/camp. If you have questions or concerns please contact: camp@greybots.com



Saturday, April 7 will be the 40th annual Children’s Day in the Plaza at the Mission Plaza, SLO from 10am-3pm.  There will be various community resources, dancing, singing, painting, entertainment, food, music, fun, and more!  Please see the flyer for more information.




Cal Poly is pleased to present the 11th annual EPIC — Engineering Possibilities in College — an enriching and fun summer camp for students currently in grades 6-11th. At EPIC, campers explore the world of engineering in hands-on labs at Cal Poly. This year’s program offers four residential sessions to maximize the campers’ week long university experience.


Students currently in grades 6-11 are eligible to apply for the EPIC 2018 summer camp. Camp dates are:

July 8-13:  Session 1 — Middle School Day Camp & Residential Program Option (grades 6-8)

July 15-20:  Session 2 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)     

July 22-27:  Session 3 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)   

July 29-August 3: Session 4 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)     

EPIC strives to interest ALL students in engineering, but especially those who are female, first-generation-college-bound, and/or under-represented multicultural students. Ideal candidates have good grades and abilities in math and science, with little or no exposure to engineering. Encouragement from you may spark their interest in EPIC summer camp and ultimately inspire their choosing engineering as a career path.


Please see the flyer for more information.



We're thrilled to announce that the AMS Spirit Shop is now open!  Hundreds of high-quality options to choose from.  Search, order, and have items shipped directly to you. There is something for everyone!



Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Before and after school drop-off/pick-up is congested with the release of AMS, FAA and the bus hub. Please be conscientious of the many students (elementary through high school age students) crossing the street and the high volume of cars. Students and adults must use the crosswalks staffed with crossing guards. In order to keep everyone safe patience is key. Thank you for your help!


6th Grade

6th Grade Homework Club has started!  Homework Club will run from 3:00 - 3:30pm. The weekly schedule for each day and the room/teacher that it will be held are:
Monday - Mrs. Payne - Room #403
Tuesday - Mrs. O'Malley - Room #304
Wednesday - Mrs. Cooper - Room #402
Thursday - Ms. Jaehn - Room #305

Please Remember if your child attends homework club they must stay the entire time unless a parent/guardian calls the office to excuse them. Homework Club is optional, but would be a great opportunity for your child.

If your child does plan on attending let Mrs. Ellis-Weit know via e-mail so we can get a head count or if you have further questions.

7th & 8th Grade

Homework Club is back!  As always, Homework Club will occur M-Th, from 3pm - 4pm.

Monday - Jake Olson (room 601A)
Tuesday - Donna Kehl (room 220)
Wednesday - Kat Morse 217 (room 601A)
Thursday - Christina Little (room 503)


We will meet weekly on Wednesday in room 1201 with Mrs. Parham from 3PM-4PM.  6th, 7th, and 8th graders are all invited. (Room 1201 is the room closest to the Band room.)

Atascadero Middle School invites all families to become an active participant in their child’s education by joining AMS PTO.  Your membership supports academic programs, dances, athletics, classroom supplies, library books, new technology, spirit/leadership activities, and more! 100% of your Membership donation goes to AMS PTO! If you can attend meetings or volunteer your time, that is also appreciated, but not necessary to join.  For more information, see the flyer.

Grocery Outlet  A big THANK YOU to Grocery Outlet and to everyone who uses their 5% Grocery Outlet Donation Card when shopping! AMS PTO has received nearly $3,500 from Grocery Outlet this school year alone! Don't have a Grocery Outlet card? More are coming soon! A reminder that 10% Tuesdays are the 2nd Tuesday of each month - this month it is March 13th. Use your 5% card and our school gets 10% back!

Friendship Grams Watch for information about Friendship Grams! Students can purchase a treat and write a special note to be delivered to a friend at school on March 29th.

AMS PTO Spring Dance  Save the Date!- Friday, April 27th 7:00-9:00pm
Watch for details as we get closer! This dance is open to all AMS students. We are still working on a theme and we will need lots of help from parents: ticket sales, decorating, concessions, Minute-to-Win-It games and chaperones! If you would like to help, email PTO or contact us through our Facebook page: Atascadero Middle School PTO


AMS PTO is supporting our school with a Classroom Supplies Drive!
If you wish to participate, you may donate items or make a monetary donation for use in purchasing supplies.  Either way, you will be helping us fulfill the wish list of supplies our teachers and students will need during the coming school year.  Donations may be delivered at any time to the box in the school office. Any checks should be payable to “AMS PTO”. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


BOOK WARS 2018 will be held on Thursday, May 24... become an "AMS READING WARRIOR" and qualify to take part. See your English teacher, Ms. Garcia in the library, or Mrs. O'Malley in Room 304 for more details.

Stay tuned! Book Wars will be having a Poster Contest for Biography, Autobiography, and Historical Fiction during March and April. More information next week!


In the attempt to keep all families informed about AUSD news and events a weekly e-mail communication is being sent. If you have not seen the messages please check your SPAM folder in your e-mail and add atascaderounified@atasusd.org to your contacts. If you would like to subscribe you may use the link on the district website http://www.atasusd.org/