the TOHS GreenSheet

A Newsletter for TOHS families - January, 2019


Finals and Futures

Lancer families,

January is always an interesting month in schools. On the one hand, staff and students are sewing up the end of first semester. At the same time, it's the month when school staff begins to refocus their attention to the end of the school year and beyond.

Additionally, it's also a month that school-time (that is, the relative pace of time that we all feel on a school campus) finds a new gear, and things begin to speed up considerably. Mark my words Lancer families, we are going to blink and and suddenly it'll be June and we'll be talking graduation.

In light of these truths, please consider a few following tips:

1. Finals can be a stressful time for many...make sure kids are eating right, getting plenty of sleep, and not waiting until the very last hour to start prepping for finals.

2. Please do keep us updated on where your senior student will be attending college or entering the work force next year. This is absolutely one of my favorite experiences as a Principal...being able to chat with a senior and see them light up when they talk about their plans taking shape.

3. There are quite a few announcements in this newsletter that are geared toward registration and opportunities for 2019-2020. Please read through carefully and be sure to reach out if there are any questions.

One final note...the TOHS Site Council is about ready to finish up the school's Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SPSA is the document that contains the schools overall academic plan and goals. By next month, it'll be complete and I'll be excited to share it with the community. I'll be eager to hear your feedback.

Until then, enjoy your month.


Dr. Eric Bergmann

Principal, TOHS

Involve. Accept. Inspire



Registration Coming Soon!

Counselors will start registration for the 19/20 school year beginning February 11th through March 29th. They will be meeting with all students via grade level throughout the day. Access to phones and e-mail will be limited. Please feel free to contact them and they will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also contact our counseling secretary, Ms. Lange, for more immediate assistance: or check out our counseling webpage for up to date information:

Below is the registration video that all students will be watching as well as information on a parent information night for registration.
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Our next ELAC meeting will be April 25 at 6pm in the MPR. Our agenda will be sent out next week.

It's my goal to have 100 families at a meeting this year - please come to these informative meetings!

Time to Sign Up for AP Tests!

Regular registration is open now through March 6th and the fee is $105 per exam (except AP Seminar or Research is $153.00 each). Act now to avoid late registration, which is from March 14-March 27 and the fee is $155.00 per exam (except AP Seminar or Research is $198 each). AP exams can be paid for online through the Student Store link with a credit card or by bringing the completed registration form and a check payable to CVUSD to the CCC or the Student Store. When the CCC is closed from 1/22-1/25, students will need to register and pay for AP Exams through the Student Store link.

EThOS Applications

EThOS application now open for 2019-2020. Limited space.

We have received excellent student applications and are extending the EThOS application window. We look forward to reading applications in January and sending out interview invitations thereafter. For more information and to apply to EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy, please visit the Academy website:

News from Peer Mentors and Link Crew

Link Crew Leaders will hold Cram and Coco on Jan 9, 10 and 14 in Room E-7 to provide academic support for students in preparation for Final Exams.

Peer Mentors are busy planning our motivational bathroom make over! If you want to give input to the project - stop by Rom E-7.

Lunch Bunch is help in Room E-7 Mondays-Thursdays with Peer Mentors, ping pong, music, board games, and more! Bring you lunch, All Lancers Welcome!

Free Heart Screening Has Been Rescheduled

FREE Heart Screening for students ages 12-18!

As we continue to support student health, our Conejo Council of PTA’s invite all students and athletes ages 12-18 to participate. This event will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center (1375 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA) between 9am and 3pm.

Pre-register at:

Please share this information with all local middle schools, high schools, charter schools, private schools and home school students – ages 12 through 18 - within the Conejo Valley and neighboring communities.

These screenings consist of a 3 step process:

-Preliminary health history questionnaire

-12-lead EKG

-An echocardiogram if the cardiologists deems it necessary upon reviewing the patient’s health history and EKG.

EKGs are administered by Saving Hearts Foundation members and the results are reviewed by cardiologists. The process generally only takes thirty minutes. Male and female screening rooms will be separate, allowing for confidentiality and individual privacy to be respected during the screening process. Patients will be notified immediately of any concerns.

We look forward to seeing your students and athletes there!

Reminders from the Activities Office

Reminders from Student Activities:

  • Purchase ASB stickers in the student store to support school activities and save money on school wide events, spirit gear and the yearbook. Admission to home TO athletic events is free.

  • All students parking on TOHS campus must have a valid parking permits. The parking permit procedures and application are available online under the Student Store tab of the TOHS homepage. Parking permits must be properly displayed in car windows. If students park in the student lot without a valid parking permit or park in the faculty lots, disciplinary action will be taken.

  • Students must have a valid Student ID with them at all times. Student ID pictures were taken during Lancer Check-In and on the first day of school. If a student has lost their ID, a replacement ID can be purchased through the student store and the receipt brought to the front office after school for a reprint of the ID. If students have not taken their ID picture, please come to the front office for assistance.

Click here for a full description of all TOHS Activities news:

Athletic News

Six football players made the Ventura County East-West All Stars. Dylan Cain, Ryan Vasquez, Andrew Lichtenstein, Andrew Cervantes, Garret Juels and Jack Bowen. Great job!

Boys Basketball won the prestigious Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament. Justin Anderson was given the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament. Currently the Boys team is 15-7 overall and 2-1 in league with wins over Westlake and Calabasas.

The Girls Basketball team started league with a big win over Westlake. During the month of December, Lizzy Benton reached the 1,000 point mark for scoring for her career at TOHS.

Girls Soccer hosted the First Annual TOHS Soccer Classic over the winter break and it was a huge success.

Marmonte league play is under way for all teams.

Wrestling will also host their annual wrestling tournament this Saturday.

Justin Anderson (Boys Basketball) and Keely Kelsey (Girls water Polo) were selected Male and Female Athletes of the Month for December.

Here's our athletic calendar:

Choir Trivia Night!

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From the College and Career Center

Performing Arts Overview, 1/29, 6:30-8pm in the PAC. Here’s a snapshot of this event:

Presentation: geared towards students involved in theatre, music, dance and/or any other studies in the performing arts. This includes on-stage performers (music, theatre, dance), behind-the-scenes work, academic arts studies, educators/therapists, Music Design and Technology, Filmmaking, Stage Management, Directing, Music Directing, Musicology, Music Education, Drama/Theatre Education, Dance Education, Creative Arts Therapies, etc.

Presenter: Amy Goldin, founder of COPA (College Options in the Performing Arts) based in NY, who specializes in college & career counseling for all kinds of performing arts students, creator of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group for NACAC, guest speaker at NACAC and HECA conferences and host of workshops focused on college/degree exploration, auditions, portfolios, arts/music supplements, application considerations, timelines, etc. Amy is an excellent speaker who connects well with students & parents.

Publicity: Advertising to TOHS students/families and faculty, as well as NPHS & WHS, since this overview will benefit all CVUSD students interested in performing arts, music, theatre, dance, creative arts, etc. I’ll forward the flyer that Amy is creating for us as soon as I receive it.

PSAT Scores Available!

PSAT Score Reports—Now available in the CCC:

All TOHS students who took the PSAT in October 2018 should stop by the CCC (D2) with their student ID to get their official PSAT Score Report from College Board. PSAT Score Reports can be picked up from Mrs. Friedman in the CCC any time during the school day from Wed. 1/9-Fri. 1/18 and from Mon.1/28-Wed.1/30. Note that the CCC will be closed from 1/22-1/25 (following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Mon. 1/21).

PSAT Analysis Night

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 7:45 PM

Location: TOHS PAC

You’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What do your PSAT scores mean?
  • What are colleges looking for?
  • Should you take the SAT or ACT?
  • When should you take these exams?

At this highly informative presentation, Tried & True Tutoring SAT & ACT expert Marc Meinhardt will give you valuable insights so that you can successfully navigate the testing process. This event is open to all TOHS Students/families who would like to attend. All TOHS students who took the October 2018 PSAT should pick up their PSAT Score Reports from College Board in the CCC before Wed. 1/30.

Moorpark College Preview Day on Fri. 3/22:

For those seniors who plan to attend Moorpark College in Fall 2019, please save the date of March 22, 2019 for this field trip to Moorpark College. Space on the bus is limited and you MUST be enrolled at Moorpark College by March 8, 2019 to attend. More details to follow on the requirements to go on this field trip and information about other Moorpark College events being planned for this spring. Note that this Moorpark College Preview Day on Fri. 3/22 is different from the CTE Day at Moorpark College on Wed. 3/14.

Moorpark College Course being Offered at TOHS

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Reflections News

Congratulations to Blake Saari & Maya Goehner for receiving Awards of Excellence in the film production and photography divisions for the national PTA Reflections art contest. Wish them luck at the state level.
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Library Renovation Underway!

Our library remodel is underway! Soon, our circa-1970s library will be transformed into a modern, comfortable, multi-purpose learning lab. Below are several renderings of what the interior will look like. Please note that during the construction process (scheduled to be complete in June, 2019), the library will be temporarily housed in rooms H1 and H2. Additionally, portions of the exterior of K building facing the quad will also be re-modeled. It will be critical that during times of exterior construction, everyone steer clear of the construction zone. More information on safety precautions will be forthcoming.
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Project Concern Update

Project Concern would like to share information about the success of the Adopt-a-Family campaign for the holidays.

We successfully matched "elves" with 31 families this year--up three from 2017. Our campaign would not have been as successful without the generosity, compassion and just plain hard work of our numerous adopters and assistants. Adopt-a-Family is truly one of the hallmarks of TOHS and embodies why our campus culture is so envied by other schools. We owe a huge vote of gratitude--in no particular order--to Anthem Church, Kelly Abrams and Cheer, JaLeen Murphy and Dance Team, Boys Soccer and all its coaches, Counselors and Library Staff, Special Ed Department, Seth Burnham, Michael Flores, Nancy McKinney, Anna Sobrino and AVID, the Ramage family, the Casillas family, the Fleming family, Abel Magana, Dennis King, Melissa and Marko Glusac, English Department, Elle Mackensie/Sabrina Chase and Mock Trial, Dana Navarro and National Honor Society, Ashley Cooper and Peer Mentors, Kerry Lyne and Wrestling, Pablo and Sandra Martinez, James Park and Volleyball, and Tami Simon and our incomparable alumni. Once a Lancer, always a Lancer!

There is nothing to compare with the sight of what was once a barren Christmas tree now encircled by layers of gifts wrapped in festive paper and surrounded by smiling faces! We give so others may have . . . but we receive most of all.

May 2019 bring all of you the richest of rewards.

Academic Support for Students

Math Re-Teaching: Beginning September 4th, we will be offering our free math re-teaching classes. Students who attend the help class TWICE before any test will be given extra credit on their test score. All classes are held from 3 to 4 pm. Here are the locations and days for each class:

  • 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


Please Join!

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:

School Cents

A great way to raise money for TOHS! If you know anything about the program...TOHS is currently in 7th place as of Mid December! WE need to keep collecting the receipts from The Oaks Mall and inputting them to try and get into the TOP 3!! For a full description of the program, read more click here.

Submit receipts here:

Earn Quad Points
All receipts November 1 - January 15
Earn 20 points per dollar spent for all receipts from The Oaks stores, restaurants, services and entertainment venues, dated and submitted between November 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019. Receipts submitted after January 15 will earn five points per dollar spent.

Funbox Pop Up Experience open through February 3.
Lululemon Pop Up Shop open through February 28.​

Opportunity for Students to Dive into Writing

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers (July 21-28,2019) – for students who are passionate about writing. Open to high school students finishing grades 9, 10, and 11. Visit for guidelines and online application or contact or (415) 545-8988 for more information.

Help Wanted for Mock Trial

Our Mock trial team could use the assistance of any courtroom litigators in our community. If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, please contact Dr. Bergmann in the TOHS office.

Reminder to Keep Valuables Safe and Secure

Lancers, we are seeing an increase in the number valuable items - cell phones, laptops, expensive athletic equipment, etc. being left unattended around campus. Please, please, please remind students to keep valuables with them or in a locked location. Many thanks.

New CVUSD Volunteer Requirements

As many of you are aware, our district has implemented new volunteer requirements. Please know that this is a new process and is always the case with new systems, there will be a period of fine-tuning. District personnel are completely aware that there is a vast difference between the volunteer needs of a high school and an elementary school. We are looking for ways to keep the process streamlined and not overly cumbersome, while at the same time ensuring that every student in the district is kept as safe as possible. No doubt more information will be shared in the not too distant future. I will be sending a separate email to families with a list of helpful resources. In the meantime, here is a link the new Volunteer Registration form that is required for anyone who will be volunteering at our school:

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.

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Warning about Parking Across the Street and in Neighborhoods

Lancer Families,

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

Drop-Off/Pick Up

Parents, we need your help! As many have no doubt noticed, during pick up and drop off hours, we see serious congestion along Moorpark Road and Avenida de las Flores. I'm in the process of exploring ways that the congestion can be mitigated (including the start of a conversation with the city), but given the existing combination of the number of drivers and the current configuration of lights, turns and signs, there will always be traffic. There are, however, a few things that our patrons can do in order to keep things moving. Here's a list of helpful hints to aid in your commute.

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.

Apparently, the surfer in the above video is a local firefighter who also happens to be a Lancer.

Ways to Stay Connected

In addition to our newly designed website (, you can also find us on Facebook. Also, it seems every student group on campus has a Twitter account that will allow you to follow individual groups should you wish to do so. Our school has a great general twitter feed that tweets lots info about the school (@ThousandOaksHS) and I have my own account where I'll tweet my own thoughts and observations about the school (@ewbergmann). Please feel free to follow!

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: