Welcome to the Fine Arts Academy
It’s going to be an amazing year
at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy! As the new principal, I am thrilled to be
part of the fabulous team of teachers, support staff, parents, and students
that help create our Fine Arts FAAamily!
Our campus will continue to offer a unique schedule to our fourth-eighth
grade students in which they receive their academic classes each morning and
then choose from an array of arts-based specialty classes each afternoon.
This year, as we continue to move
forward with the Common Core State Standards, we’ll be enhancing our morning academic
program by providing more opportunities for our student to use their critical
thinking skills, explain their thinking, solve complex problems, and take their
learning to a deeper level. However, you
may see our students demonstrate their thinking through creative displays of
learning throughout our campus. By working in collaborative groups and writing,
acting, singing, or designing something visual to communicate their learning, our
students will be able to use their natural creativity in dynamic ways. We
believe this approach will not only enhance academic learning, but also allow
students to synthesize what they are learning through memorable learning
The learning continues each
afternoon when our students attend specialty art based classes that they
registered for late last spring. This year, our specialty classes include:
dance, drama, computers, ceramics, visual art, chorus, band, strings, drums,
and more! These classes are taught by
our morning core teachers and other teachers that share sites within AUSD. We have a great team lined up and we feel the
students will thoroughly enjoy both their morning and afternoon classes.
We are very excited to welcome three new teachers to our FAAamily this year and are confident that they, too will put a creative touch on student learning! Aleea Brooks-Armijo will be teaching our seventh and eighth grade math courses each morning and then be instructing math support classes and a computer course in the afternoon. Sabrina Pratt will spend her mornings teaching at Atascadero High School and then join the Fine Arts Academy team to teach theater arts/drama. In addition, we're thrilled to have Carolyn Balogh join our staff where she'll be teaching ceramics to groups of students each afternoon.
You’ll have many
opportunities to see our students spotlighting their talents throughout the
year! Locally, you’ll see our students perform during the Colony Days Parade
and Winter Wonderland. However, we also
have many performances and concerts that you can learn more about from visiting
our school and our website at atasfaa.sharpschool.net.
Many of the amazing
opportunities that our students experience are supported by our wonderful PTSA.
We have a new Board this year and they are already organizing many activities
for our upcoming school year; including our annual Art-A-Thon. The PTSA helps fund classroom supplies, field
trips, assemblies and so much more! Our PTSA meets on the third Thursday of
each month and welcomes all FAA families and interested community members to
On behalf of
everyone at the Fine Arts Academy, we look forward to a great year ahead! Our
office will be open throughout the week and our class lists will be posted on
Friday, August 22nd at 4pm. We are very excited to meet all our new
and returning students on the first day of school which is Monday, August 25th.
We also look forward to meeting with all
of our families at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 3rd where
parents can learn more about what an exciting year we have planned at the Fine
Kibbe Rubin, Principal