Class of 2016: Graduation!!


Dressed the part, our beaming grads receive their hard-won diplomas and bid farewell to friends and familiar territory. The next step begins now: college, jobs, independence, careers. Go forth and explore the world, dear Class of ’16, and come back to share your discoveries and inspire those that follow. We are very proud of you!!!

Senior Bar-B-Que Fun!


Every year the graduating seniors enjoy one last AOAT blow-out at the park – jumper, football, grilled burgers and dogs, and most important: the friends they’ve shared their high school journey with for the past four years!! Stay in touch, guys: with each other and with AOAT teachers. Much love, bon voyage!!!

English class illustrated…

Final project for Mr. Berkowitz’s Senior Literature class: Create a work of art based on something we read or watched this year. Here are a few favorites: Bluest Eye, The Things They Carried, Being There…can you name the rest? berko.englishartWhat talented students!!!

Teachers Appreciated


Art Club made these stellar shirts for all the AOAT teachers, with funny cartoons for each of us on the back! They silk screened them and gifted us at the year-end lunch: THANKS, Art Clubbers!! Nice graphic design 🙂

Awards! Scholarships! Hurray!


This year five deserving seniors won the annual scholarships awarded by the San Fernando Valley Giving Circle. There were many other awards – from academic achievement to creativity to dedication – and the morning finished with heartfelt goodbyes from Seniors who thanked teachers and friends alike. Social Studies teacher Ms. Neustaedter organizes this event, as well as administering the scholarships when winners go to college in the fall. Many thanks for all your hard work!

Nutrition Unit Informs and Inspires Great Design

This capstone project follows an extensive unit learning about nutrition and the food industry in America. Seniors can choose to work solo or with one partner to design packaging for a healthy food item. The assignment is introduced by designer Todd Gallopo, owner of boutique design company Meat and Potatoes, who talks with the students about the marketing and design process for packaging, his speciality. The culmination is a competition among the student designers – judged by Todd – for top honors in several categories. Congratulations everyone – this year’s packages were creative, amusing, attractive, in other words: successful!