the TOHS GreenSheet
A Newsletter for TOHS families - May, 2019
INVOLVE * ACCEPT * INSPIRE
Warning...the End is Near
Around the time we returned from our winter break this year, I recall mentioning to our new teachers that they needed to prepare because time will seem to speed up during the second semester. In fact, I think the exact words I used were "we're going to blink and it'll be May." Sure enough, we all briefly blinked and here we are...the month of May...or as I like to call it...the month of Mayhem.
There is a lot going on in the next five weeks...aside from all the events for seniors, we have the testing calendar to negotiate, athletic playoffs, a musical, CVUSD music festivals, awards nights, Prom, several end of year concerts, and banquets for all spring activities (that's not even a complete list). Keep a close eye on the calendar and stay on top of things. Be sure to read any and all notifications that come out from our Activities Office (especially for senior announcements).
Additionally, I want to offer one last reminder to our Junior class families about our annual CAASPP test - which begins tomorrow, April 29. The importance of students doing their best on this test cannot be overemphasized. In addition to serving as a critical variable in our overall academic reputation, there are many other factors that involve these test scores: we base important instructional decisions on these results, and we rely on these scores to help attract future families to the school - and in an era of declining enrollment we rely a great deal on transfers. A steady or inclining enrollment allows us to keep staffing and programming at current levels or puts us in a position to develop new and exciting classes and programs for the kids.
Ms. Oliveri and I spoke to all juniors last week in order to reinforce these points and I was left believing that our students understood the message. Please help reinforce these two points: take the test seriously and do your best.
Happy Mayhem, thanks for your continued support of our school.
Eric Bergmann, Principal
10th grade Interim SBAC Assessment: April 30 - May 1
CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, 11th graders): April 29 - May 2
AP: May 6 - May 17
CAST (California Science Test, 11th graders): May 1
We Need Correct Email Addresses!
May 1...Commitment Day
VMS...Raptor System (Starts May 1)
As part of this VMS, upon entering a CVUSD school campus, visitors will be asked to present a Government issued ID such as a Driver’s License, which can be scanned or manually entered into the system. In lieu of US government-issued ID cards and documents, passports issued by all other countries are also considered valid identification documents for VMS verification purposes. For IDs not issued by a US government agency, the school staff member may manually enter the person’s name and date of birth into the system.
The VMS checks the visitor's name and date of birth with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the VMS. The information is not shared with any outside agency.
Once entry is approved, the VMS will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools to pick up a student early, or for those who are there to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
Children who are not enrolled students of the school, and do not have a valid ID may be allowed to visit the school as long as they are accompanied by an adult who has completed the check-in process and has been issued a badge. CVUSD secondary students may utilize their school ID cards as their form of identification when they visit other school sites. Substitute teachers, regular volunteers, and all contractors or subcontractors will be subject to the same procedure as visitors at all times.
The Visitor Management System will only be used during school hours. Attendees at after-hour events such as performances, ceremonies, or academic/athletic competitions will not be required to complete the process.
The safety of our students is our highest priority, and this new visitor management process will be a valuable new tool in our commitment to that priority. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district.
2019 Yearbook Distribution
The yearbooks will be arriving soon! Distribution will be:
SENIORS ONLY: Friday, May 24th immediately following Senior Seminar in the GYM.
ALL Classes: Friday, May 24th at 1:30PM to 3:30PM in the MPR.
ALL students MUST SHOW I.D. to pick up their yearbook—no I.D., no book! Yearbooks will NOT be released to siblings or friends. Parents may pick up books between 1:30 and 3:30 in the MPR.
Any books not picked up on Friday will be distributed AT LUNCH ONLY from the Student Store starting on Tuesday, May 28th. ***Please check the list posted on the window outside I-1 to see if you ordered a yearbook!***
Currently, there are no extra books available for purchase. An announcement will be made on Friday, May 24th if we are sent any extras by the publisher. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday at lunch in the Student Store for $120, CASH ONLY.
From the TOHS Counselors
Helpful information about what it means to be A-G for a 4 year UC/CSU Check out the link to the A-G video: https://youtu.be/Ij4UZoSuSBg
Reminder: Petition deadline for next year’s courses is May 17th. Peititon at the following link:http://www.tohscounseling.org/academic-petitions.html
Reminder: Students in Cyber High must complete all remedial courses by May 30th at 10am/end of period 1 final.
Reminder: Students who are currently receiving any D or F grades will be getting notice on May 10. Connect with your student's teacher(s) regarding their progress and help develop a pathway toward passing all classes this semester.
Summer school dates and times are as follows:
Semester one begins on: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Semester one ends on: Thursday, June 27, 2019
School Days Semester 1: June 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27
Semester two begins on: Monday, July 1, 2019
Semester two ends on: Thursday, July 18, 2019
School Days Semester 2: July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18
Have You Heard of AVID?
The current AVID program at TOHS is only two years old, so it’s perfectly understandable if you haven’t heard about it yet! AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a program to support motivated students academically, socially, and emotionally on their path to success. Students in the AVID Elective Class are challenged to take rigorous courses to develop college readiness, college acceptance, and college persistence to reach their dreams regardless of the obstacles they might face along the way.
We currently have 35 students in the program, but there’s always room for more! To learn more about the AVID program at TOHS and to obtain an application for the 2019-2020 program, please visit the AVID section of the TOHS web page or email Mrs Sobrino (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Football is looking for a few good students who would like to show off their skills. We are in search of a responsible, dependable students who can serve as a cameraman for games and also put together highlight films at the end of the season. We are also looking for a student who wants to be the next John Madden, not the coach, the TV announcer, to serve as the announcer for our lower level home games. If a staff member has knowledge of any students who fit this criteria, contact Coach Casillas.
Electronic TOHS PTSA Membership is here! Did you forget to join the PTSA? Now is the time to join during our January Membership Drive. Your support helps us fund important programs, teacher grants, scholarships and much more for our school. The new electronic membership portal allows you to join instantly and receive your membership card online. Please follow the link to join today:
End of the Year Help - Chromebook Collection
As the school year comes to an end we need your HELP. As you know, all Sophomore and Freshmen students were issued Chromebooks and as the school year comes to an end, we need help with checking them as they are turned in from the students.
Please sign up here to help:
ORDER YOUR GRADUATION FLOWERS AND GIFTS TODAY!
The TOHS PTSA has all of your graduation needs including gorgeous double
Orchid leis, handmade ribbon leis, stunning rose bouquets, and graduation
Bears to have as a momento of the wonderful day! Orders should be placed
Before May 20th and will be picked up at graduation at the tables next to the
Snack shack. Please not that all gifts are to be given to the graduate AFTER
The ceremony and cannot be worn during the ceremony. Please contact
email@example.com if you have questions.
Order online at:
or you may send your order form to school with check made out to TOHS PTSA
Are you interested in learning this summer for FREE? Check out what you can get a taste of this summer at the Career Education Center
If you are interested in a Digital Photography course check out Ms. Ravitch's class:
Classes are FREE!
Do you love Photography? Have you already taken beginning Photo? Asking yourself what’s next?
Check in with Ms. Ravitch in C-10 to find out more and sign up for Art of Comm Photo HONORS or AP Photography.
- earn college credit
- get advanced gpa points
- work on a portfolio
- further your skills
- even get industry standard certification
- a-g UC approved
For more info or to get approval, make sure to see Ms. Ravitch in C-10 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Support for Students
- Geometry, Mondays and Wednesdays in G6
- Algebra 1, Tuesdays and Thursdays in H4
- Algebra 2, Tuesdays and Thursdays in G6
Spanish Intervention Program (SIP): Spanish 1 students are encouraged to go to our free after-school help class. The class will be held on Wednesdays after school. Details and location will be announced soon in Spanish 1 classes.
Tutoring Center: Our free tutoring center will begin on Wednesday, September 12th. The center will be held in room F1 this year and will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5pm. Tutors will be able to help with all levels of English (including AP), all areas of science (including AP), Math (through Calculus), all areas of social studies, as well as Spanish
Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Simi Valley
Regular ticket sales will be from April 11th-May 10th, with prices beginning at $85.00 with ASB Sticker/$95.00 without ASB Sticker and increasing to a final cost of $115.00. (TOHS freshman and sophomores may attend the dance as a guest of junior or senior)
Tickets may be purchased at the Student Store or Online. Students must have a valid TOHS Dance Contract on file to purchase tickets.
All students must arrive no later than 8:30 pm for entrance.
If you are bringing a non-TOHS guest, a guest pass must be submitted by May 10th. Guest passes are available online, in the Activities Office, or in the Student store. All guest passes are due to the Student Store at the time of purchase. If purchased online guest passes are due the following day, otherwise ticket purchase will not be valid. Guest passes WILL NOT be accepted after May 10th.
The Athletic Department is proud to announce that Owen Birg (Boys Volleyball) and Elise Craft (Track) have been selected as the Male and Female Athletes of the Month for March.
Owen Birg – Had 25 kills in the 3-2 victory over Westlake. He leads the team in kills and hitting % and TOHs is undefeated in league.
Elise Craft came in 1st place at the TOHS Invitational, Don Green and Simi Valley Invitational in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. She is also undefeated in league in these two events
Boys Volleyball is on cifss.org boys volleyball playoff brackets division 2 . Baseball comes out on Monday
Congratulations to Boys and Girls Track as they captured the Marmonte League Title! And to Baseball who clinched the Marmonte League title with 2 games remaining. This is Baseball's first title since 2008.
Two of our teams placed in their respective sports for the CIF Academic Team Awards for schools whose enrollment is over 1500. Boys Swim finished 4th with a team GPA of 3.67 and Softball placed 5th with a team GPA of 3.66. Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Girls Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis and Boys Volleyball all received Honorable Mentions.
Marmonte League Swim Champions:
Owen Grimaldi 200 and 500 free
Lotte Bezemer 500 free
Marmonte League Track Champions
Ethan Bersley 1600 meters
Quincy Stokes Shot Put
Luke Knie High Jump
Joseph Lewis Pole Vault
Amanda Spear Discus
Earth Day Fair - Success!
On Thursday 4/25 The APES class and the Environmental Club put on an Earth Fair.
Here is a list of some of the booths that attended...
- CSUCI Environmental majors - students & professor
- Wildfire Research
- Santa Rosa Island restoration work
- Local Restoration work
- Climate Reality Project
- Sierra Club
- Metropolitan Water District
- Simi at the Gardens
- Create Studio
- Marine Mammal Stranding Network
- Thousand Oaks City
- Thousand Oaks Library
- Environmental Club
- Pledge Tree
- Green for Green Club
- Astronomy/Physics Class
- Ocean Noise Pollution - Student booth
- APES Booths
- Climate Change
- Coral Reefs
- Cars - New tech
- Shark Finning
- Sea Turtles
Library Remodel Update
Reminders from the Library
News from the Lancer Library!
Parents, with the end of the school year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to remind your students to return any overdue items to the library and settle any outstanding debts. Here are some important dates to be aware of:
· All library books are due Friday, May 10 and begin accruing 10 cent per day charges.
· Chromebook collection for our sophomore and freshmen begin on Friday, May 17 and will end on Thursday, May 30. Your student will turn in their Chromebook with their English class. Chromebooks that are not returned on the assigned day will be disabled, and consequences may be enforced. Chromebooks are the property of CVUSD and the collection process is a HUGE undertaking for a very small number of people. Students need to bring their Chromebooks to turn in on their assigned day.
· Textbook collection begins on Tuesday, May 21. Students should follow their teachers’ directions regarding when each particular book is due. Some teachers allow students to return books early, while others want them in students’ hands until the day of the final. 9-11th grade students should return all books and clear all debts with the library by Friday, June 7.
· SENIOR textbooks are all due by Friday, May 31. Seniors also need to settle their library accounts (have a zero balance and owe no items) before graduation in order to receive their diploma.
We need your help! If you would be willing to help with Chromebook collection, please sign up using this link:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ca9a62fa4ff2-endofthe
Chromebook collection is an enormous task, and we welcome your willingness to help our school community in this way. Here is a description of this volunteer opportunity:
· Chromebook Collection: Work with the Teacher Librarian and Computer Site Tech to inspect student Chromebooks. Must be able to walk, bend, carry Chromebooks and interact with students. Volunteer will be trained on the steps for inspecting Chromebooks. Time is important - we need people that can be here for the duration of the time slot. We will also be moving Chromebooks to the secure storage room (across campus) using carts and organizing them as we go.
In addition to Chromebook collection, we will also need help collecting textbooks. Watch for more information and a link to sign-up to help for this opportunity in the coming days. Here is a description of what the work entails:
· Textbook Collection: Work with the Library Technician to inspect and repair student textbooks. Must be able to walk, bend, carry textbooks, and push carts. Limited interaction with students. Volunteers will be trained in the steps for inspecting and repairing textbooks.
As an added incentive – parents of students (class of 2020, 2021, 2022 only) who volunteer a minimum of 10 hours can earn a parking pass for their student’s graduation!
Questions about volunteering? Please email Sarah Burns, teacher librarian, at email@example.com for more information.
Anatomy and Physiology Field trip to Los Robles
Recently, our Honors Anatomy and Physiology students took a field trip to Los Robles Hospital. The field trip was coordinated by Amy Commans, Vice President, community and employer relations at Los Robles
A Physiology parent, Deanna Burt got the process started a couple of months ago. 18 students participated in the event. Students participated in informational and interactive presentations from specialists in different medical fields.
Reminder to Keep Valuables Safe and Secure
New CVUSD Volunteer Requirements
Please note the need for TB clearance from a doctor, a background check, as well as the documentation needed for those driving students to a school activity. The chart below will show what is required given the nature of the volunteer work to be performed. if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.
Warning about Parking Across the Street and in Neighborhoods
Please, please, please do not use the strip mall parking lot across Moorpark for school events! Cars can and will be towed by property management at the owner's expense. Thanks for helping us be good neighbors.
Additionally, please refrain from parking in nearby neighborhoods. We've received several complaints from neighbors about an increase in congestion as well as litter.
Thanks for helping us be great neighbors
1. If dropping off your student, give yourself plenty of time - you'll need it.
2. Please do continue to be patient. We realize that can be difficult on some days, but your ongoing patience is appreciated.
3. When entering the front lot from Moorpark onto Lancer Way, please DO remember that the traffic heading eastbound on Lancer Way has a stop sign. As much as I admire and appreciate courteous drivers, if lot-bound drivers stop (with no sign) in order to let eastbound Lancer Way traffic through (who do have a stop sign), they cause traffic to back up severely on Moorpark.
4. When pulling into the lots, pull as far forward as you can go before allowing your student into or out of the car.
5. If our staff is out there and helping move traffic, please DO follow their directions. They are there primarily for the safety of our staff and students as well as to keep traffic moving.
6. When entering the lot on Flores, please use all available entrance lanes.
7. Please do stay alert and drive slowly through our lots. Teachers, staff and students walk through the lots to get into school!
8. Please do not stop on Moorpark or Flores in order to drop off or pick up your student. That presents a very real hazard for everyone involved
9. Please do not drop off or pick up students in the parking half of the front lot.
10. Don't ignore directional signs! that our lots are one-way lots. Cars are only allowed to drive in southerly direction. of the lot. During school hours, DO NOT turn left onto Moorpark when exiting the lot.
Ways to Stay Connected
Athletic Tickets Now For Sale Online
Tickets to athletic events are now available online. You easily redeem on your phone at ANY gate. Here is the website link for anyone who is interested:
College and Career Center
College & Career Center
News from The College & Career Center
Be sure to look for *NEW* items
Work Permit Applications are available online!
ALL WORK PERMITS WILL EXPIRE 9/6/19
You must reapply for a new Work Permit in September. Applications are available online!
Applications are NO LONGER provided at school. Print out the work permit application online, fill out completely and legibly then return to the Receptionist. Please allow 24-48 for processing –
NO EXCEPTIONS –
Your current grades and attendance will determine eligibility.
Please check the guidelines & requirements for Work Permits on the CCC website.
SUMMER WORK PERMITS
Work Permits are still required during the summer. If you get a job after school is over, you may still drop off completed applications at the front office until Summer School starts.
TOHS Summer School office:
Drop off & pick up 9am – 12 noon on Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 18 – July 18.
District Office Secondary Education office:
Drop off Monday – Wednesday, July 22nd – July 31st. Pick up Tuesday or Thursday only.
The TOHS office will reopen for Work Permits beginning Tuesday, August 6th.
The College & Career Center is now on:
Links are offered for your convenience in accessing related information, but do not constitute an endorsement.
TOHS takes no responsibility for the views, content or accuracy of the information presented by an external source.
*NEW* AP Exams begin May 6th. Students who would like to be on the waitlist to POSSIBLY take an exam should come to the CCC as soon as possible.
*NEW* Seniors! Local TOHS Scholarships Still Available! Please check the CCC website and Naviance for more information. Or stop in the CCC for applications and information. Deadlines are next week! $1,000’s in awards are still available!
*NEW* CVUSD College & Career Information Night and College Fair
This annual event will be held on the Westlake High School campus this year in September. More information will be available in June. The college fair will be held from 4:30-6:30pm and workshops beginning at 6:15pm. Food trucks will be available in the front parking lot for your convenience.
*NEW* Congressional Art Competition – Win a trip to Washington, D.C.! Grades 9- 12 are invited to submit various forms of artwork that include painting, drawings, 2-D collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art or photography. Stop in the CCC for an application packet and see the Congressional Art Competition website.
*NEW* College Board Opportunity Scholarships Class of 2020 – College Board opened a new scholarship program beginning with the class of 2020. You simply complete tasks that will help you on your way to college and you’re eligible! Check out the College Board website for details!
Volunteer & Job Opportunities
*NEW* Actors for Autism is looking for volunteers to help with the Autism Expo. This event is a resource for education, employment and microenterprise opportunities for those with Autism. The AE will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 10am-5pm at the Thousand Oaks Inn – Best Western. You may volunteer for any or all hours of the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CCC Peer Tutoring Program needs tutors!
Students in grades 10-12 with good academic and people skills are needed for the CCC Peer Tutoring Program. Tutors will work one-to-one with elementary, middle or high schools students and must be reliable and professional. A 3.2 GPA is required as well as parent & teacher permission. Pay is $20 per hour. Applications can be found on the CCC website. You may also pick up an application in the CCC.
None at this time.
Per California Labor Law, all work permits obtained during the 2017/18 school year and summer of 2018 have expired! If you are working, even at the same job, you must apply for a new work permit. See below for instructions on applying.
Be sure to check the CCC website for Work Permit requirements!
Work Permits are required for paid employment for all students under the age of 18. Some employers may request a work permit even if you are 18. Applications for Work Permits can be found at the CCC website.
Be sure to print neatly and return completed form to the main office. Allow 24-48 hours for processing and approval from the Assistant Principal of Attendance. Your current grades, GPA and attendance will determine eligibility for a Work Permit.
Remember! Work Permits are job specific! You must have a job or a job offer to get a Work Permit. Work Permits issued last school year or over the summer have now expired and new forms must be submitted.
SAT & ACT Test Prep
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Khan Academy & College Board
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Khan Academy & AP
Khan Academy is now offering AP test prep! Check out the latest news in this article from The Journal.
SAT & ACT Registration
All registration is completed online, not in the CCC. Please see the CCC website for more information on testing and links to register. Also stop by the CCC for student packets on SAT or ACT.
*NEW* College Wise, a blog by Kevin McMullin
College Wise is a division of The Princeton Review. Kevin Mullin, founder of College Wise, has advice for students and parents thinking about college. This post has a series of articles about understanding financial aid and scholarships for college. You may also subscribe to College Wise!
Military – Selective Service - Voting
Are You 18? VOTE – VOTE – VOTE!
Or will you turn 18 this year? Then you may be eligible to vote! Take part in the greatest of American traditions and exercise your right to have a say in your future. You may register online or stop by the CCC to pick up a Voter Registration form.
Pre-register at 16 to vote at 18! It’s true! You can pre-register to vote in California if you are 16 or 17 years old and meet certain requirements! Check out Pre- Register to Vote for more information!
Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with the Selective Service System. Visit the Selective Service System for more information.
Military Representatives and Opportunities
Military representatives visit the CCC each week during lunch on regular school days to meet with students interested in college scholarships, career opportunities and enlistment. Stop by the CCC for more information.
Tuesday – Marines – On the Quad at lunch with a pull up contest!
Wednesday – Army
Thursday - Navy