TOHS Green Sheet
A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community
It is the mission of Thousand Oaks High School to inspire, challenge and empower every Lancer, every day.
Changes to Chromebook Program
Hello Lancer Families,
My message this month comes bearing important news about our current 1:1 Chromebook initiative. As most of you are aware, schools in the CVUSD receive money each year from our Measure I Bond in order to support technology purchases. The amount of money we receive is dependent upon our student enrollment, and for the past few years, our amount has hovered around $200,000. Four years ago, TOHS made the decision to use roughly 90% (approximately $180,000) of its annual allotment in order to purchase Chromebooks that would be checked out to each student for the year. The intention of the program was to make sure that every student would access to technology at any given time. The phase-in process would take four years to build our device inventory, and we are currently in year three of that process. Currently, all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students receive a Chromebook.
Last year, the TOHS Leadership team began to review the 1:1 Initiative in order to examine its efficacy. Given that the program only leaves $20,000 for on-campus tech needs, we wanted to be sure that our expenditure was meeting the intended goal of providing all students with a device that could be used at any time (at school and at home). Because our Chromebooks are equipped with a District filtering system, we were able to track the number websites our entire Chromebook inventory visited every hour of every day. We ran a study last spring and another this fall in order to determine how frequently the devices were being used.
Below you will see a graph of the kind of data we received. The graph is for just one day - Tuesday, October 8, 2019. You will see that while the devices were used frequently during the school day, there is a precipitous drop-off at 2:00 pm, the time that most students end their academic day and either go home or start after school activities. A broader examination of the data will reveal that this trend is consistent on the majority of school days. Further, we found that the devices were being used between 75-90% less frequently on the weekends.
Armed with this data, our Leadership Team was faced with a challenging question: "is it worth spending 90% of our tech budget on devices that weren't being used off campus?" The answer we arrived at was no. Keep in mind that there is no dispute on the importance of technology integration in education. Our conclusion is based solely on the financial expenditure.
With that said, our Leadership team began to look at alternatives. We've decided, beginning the fall of 2020, to convert our 1:1 Chromebook take-home initiative to a 1:1 Chromebook in every classroom initiative. In so doing, we can ensure that every student will have technology available to them should their teachers deem it necessary. The move will drastically reduce the amount of money we need to spend on Chromebooks each year (some will be needed annually in order to cycle out older or broken devices), thus allowing the school to invest more money in technology in our classrooms.
Our Leadership team has also decided to maintain a small inventory of Chromebooks that will be available for check-out to families with documented financial need. We're also exploring opportunities to provide low-cost or free hot spots to those families. More information on that opportunity will be made available later this spring.
While we are disappointed that the vision of the 1:1 take home initiative did not reach its full potential, we are excited about the opportunities that this decision has opened up. It's obvious that our 57-year old campus needs a great deal of work - inside and out. Being able to steer technology funds into our instructional spaces will go a long way in helping us meet the high standards that our community expects of us.
Thanks for reading, if you have questions, please feel free to reach out.
As always, I am at your service.
Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal
Congratulations to EThOS!!
ETHOS applications for the 20-21 school year are still open for 9th graders applying for sophomore year. Space is limited! Application procedures can be found below.
The Center for Advanced Studies and Research
Students will soon be registering for classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Here is our schedule:
The registration dates: (happening by English classes in the MPR during the school day)
Future 12th – February 10th – February 20th
Future 11th – February 21st – February 28th
Future 10th – March 2nd – March 6th
For more information, see the information below and click the link to watch a video on our registration process.
Come support our TOHS Unified Athletes on Friday, February 7th at Newbury Park High School. CVUSD’s Inclusive Basketball game begins at 10:30am in NPHS’s gym. See flier for more details: Unified Basketball Tournament. Stay tuned for information on Unified Soccer that will take place at TOHS on April 24th.
DOG DAYS! See flier for information about reading to Therapy Dogs at the Thousand Oaks Library. This is not a program affiliated with CVUSD; this is a community, re-occurring event. Readers of all levels and abilities can read to certified therapy dogs. Click here: Dog Days
News from the Latino Connection and the Latino Youth Leadership Group
1.The UCLA and Pepperdine field trips were a great success, we would like to thank the Amgen Latino Employee Network chaperone and the parents who came out and helped.
2. A free women's event at Cal State channel islands for parents and students will be taking place.
3. Latino Connection is currently bringing career speakers to our meetings to talk about different universities and careers.
4. 15 students from Latino Connection club and The Latio Youth Leadership group will be attending the Homer Dickerson Youth Ethics Conference on Thursday, March 5th.
Student District Advisory Committee
Bagels with Bergmann
Lunch Bunch is available to all Lancers in Room E7. Peer Mentors are available and there are plenty of activities - ping pong, Nintendo Switch on the big screen, foosball, air hockey and music. Stop by anytime. Peer Mentors will have a celebration in Feb 11th so don’t miss out!
Math (P)re-Teaching for Algebra 1
Help keep our Campus Clean!
Thousand Oaks High School students should take pride in being part of a campus with great employees who contribute to keeping the grounds clean for all students, staff and community members. Recently, there have been many landscaping projects on campus and other restorative initiatives, such as our beautiful new library. There is no doubt that a clean, well kept campus can lead to a more productive learning environment.
The facilities and maintenance crews along with our campus security and staff work daily to keep the campus clean for our students, faculty and staff, but we need your help!
Students need to lend a helping hand to keep up the work with providing a clean campus for a better learning environment. Please take responsibility in picking up after yourself; parents please remind your student to properly dispose of their trash. Whenever we drop a piece of paper, a dirty napkin, or leave our food on the ground or a table, it is left behind for someone else to pick up. It should not be someone else’s responsibility. Please help us keep our campus clean. And perhaps, take a minute to acknowledge staff that consistently work to keep our campus beautiful.
Thank you for helping show our Thousand Oaks Pride!
Info from the TOHS College and Career Center
The CCC will be taking Seniors to Moorpark College for Preview Day on February 21st to meet with MC counselors. You will make an education plan (plan for you classes). In order to attend, Seniors must complete the following:
The Moorpark College application
Open the My VCCCD portal to communicate with MC
Complete the English & Math placement (print the summary sheet)
Complete the Online Orientation (print the certificate of completion)
The summary sheet and certificate of completion must be turned in to Mrs. Peters in the CCC in order to attend the February 21st field trip. The deadline is February 7th at 3pm.
Seats on the bus are limited so don’t delay. See Mrs. Peters if you need help with the process.
From our English Department
1. The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest is back! I have attached everything you will need to explain the contest and also to provide entry forms in your Main Offices or Libraries.
To participate, simply write an essay, a poem, or a thank-you letter about the teacher who influenced and inspired you the most—from kindergarten to now. Be sure to explain
why you admire and appreciate your teacher. Entries must be 500 words or less, in English, and typed on 8.5’’ x 11’’ white paper. Attach your submission to this entry form and
hand it in to your local Barnes & Noble before February 29, 2020. You may also enter online at BN.COM/myfavoriteteacher
Entries must be from students who are in High School and a minimum of 14 years of age. Entries accepted Feb. 1-Feb. 29th
2. The Thousand Oaks Library is hosting a Redesign a Book Cover Art Show and Contest for Middle School and High School Students. This is a great opportunity for students and we hope this encourages them to learn about books, book covers and explore their artistic illustration skills.
The submission deadline is Saturday February 29. The Art Show and Contest details and submission form are in the flyer attached. Please feel free to provide this to students or if you would like I can provide multiple copies of the submission forms and flyer to you - just let me know how many you need and I will drop it off at your school.
We hope this program provides a fun and educational opportunity for students to learn about books and book covers.
Please let me know if you have any questions. You can reply to my email or reach me direct at 805-381-7367.
Bicycle and Helmet Safety
Please note that bicycles brought to school are at the student’s own risk and students are encouraged to secure their bicycle. Students are not to ride on the sidewalks or school grounds at any time. For safety purposes, students are asked to walk their bicycles across the campus until off school grounds. Please remind your student to follow all traffic rules and regulations, including wearing a helmet, looking both ways before crossing streets and following traffic lights. Thank you for helping to keep all students safe!
Please ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! Whether on a bike, skateboard or scooter. Keep yourself safe at all times.
Choir Restaurant Night!
World Language Department Fundraiser!
Our department cord fundraiser starts this Monday, January 27th and runs to February 9th! Two full weeks at Garden India on TO Blvd.
We can earn 20% on all sales for the duration of the fundraiser so please, please come and support!
AP REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The deadline for AP second semester-only course exam orders and any all-year or first semester exam order changes is February 28, 2020. There are no changes after February 28th. Please note that there is an additional $40.00 processing fee for late registrations. If your student is enrolled in a second semester-only course, late fees for that exam will not apply.
If your student has previously registered and paid for AP exams, please have your student verify their exam registration and order prior to the February 28th deadline to ensure no changes are needed.
To register or make changes for an exam:
1) Please make sure that your student contacts Mrs. Peters in the College and Career Center with any new registrations or changes to their exam order. All changes must be received by the February 28th deadline.
2) If payment is due, payment can be made through your Q Parent Portal with a credit card.
3) If you have any problems logging into your Q Parent Portal, please contact Ms. Tegari, TOHS Receptionist.
A student who is unable to take an exam may submit an AP Refund Form no later than June 1, 2020 to receive a partial refund.
For your convenience, the spring 2020 Advanced Placement Exam Calendar is available here:
The TOHS PTSA will offer scholarships to graduating seniors. Applications are due to Mrs. Peters in the College and Careers Center no later than the end of the school day on April 9, 2020. Please visit our website www.tohsptsa.com for the application and guidelines.
Senior Families: All of your graduate gifting needs are available from the TOHS PTSA! We will have double orchid fresh flower leis, handmade ribbon leis in Lancer colors with exclusive TOHS graduation button, dozen and half dozen roses, and graduation bears. Our online store will launch in mid-February to reserve your gift items for graduation day. Please consider purchasing from us as proceeds stay right here at TOHS!
News from DAC
Click the link below to access all information from the CVUSD District Advisory Committee (DAC):
news from DELAC
Click the link below to access all information regarding CVUSD English Learner programs, including information from the District English Learner Advisory Committee:
News from SEDAC
Attention Senior Families: SEDAC will host a district wide celebration of graduates on an IEP or 504 plan. The event will take place at our very own TOHS MPR on June 9th from 5pm to 8pm. The event is free of charge. There will be a short 30 min intro with speakers followed by fun, music, and dancing. Please stay tuned for details.
Each school in the CVUSD has a representative to the Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) once a month. The SEDAC meets on the 3rd Tuesday of all months when school is in session. Each meeting covers a variety of topics covering Special Education both in our district and beyond. Parents are welcome to attend the meetings. All site representatives on the SEDAC must have a student currently in Special Education.
The SEDAC representative for TOHS is Paula Nathan, she can be contacted at email@example.com
SEDAC meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at University School at 9:15am
Please see minutes and agendas for SEDAC meetings : https://www.conejousd.org/Departments/Student-Services/Special-Education
News from Gate DAC
Note to Parents: The District Office Test Center is in need of proctors to help administer the AP exams in all of the CVUSD high schools during May 4-15. This is a paid position. Parents cannot proctor in classrooms where their respective children testing. Please note on the form if you have a student & what tests they are registered to take. For additional information, please contact Denise Ferens in Instructional Services. 805 497-9511 ext 4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please note! When exiting the front parking lot of the school, drivers are supposed to turn right during school hours. Please observe this restriction! This is a very dangerous situation and an accident waiting to happen.
Information from Activities
Important dates from the TOHS Activities Office
1. February 1, 2020: Winter Formal (grades 9-12) at TOHS Gym (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm; all students must arrive by 8:30 pm)
2. February 3, 2020: Club Picture Day for the 2019-2020 Yearbook; club presidents and advisors were provided a time by the Yearbook staff to meet in the PAC for Club Pictures
3. February 5, 2020: Say Something Assembly by grade level. This is the second of the 2-part Sandy Hook Promise Assembly program at TOHS. Students need to bring their ID cards for electronic check-in
4. February 10, 2020: Spring Blood Drive, TOHS Gym
5. February 20, 2020: Grad Nite 1-Day special for ASB sticker holders. Tickets are $225
6. February 21, 2020 – March 11, 2020: Grad Nite General Ticket Sales$235 with ASB sticker & $245 w/o ASB Sticker; March 12 – March 22, 2020: $260
Senior Families – please be checking the school website (http://www.conejousd.org/tohs/Activities/Senior-Class-Information) for important information about spring senior events, ticket prices, and the complete Senior Newsletter.
Many of the performing groups are entering festival and competition season, so the TOHS Activities Office would like to wish a good luck to those students.
Congratulations to the TOHS Artists of the Month: Alyssa Scalise, Visual Arts and Anna Eaton, Performing Arts.
Information from Athletics
Girls soccer has moved into 2nd place in the Marmonte league with a record of 3-0-3. They face Oaks Christian and Westlake this week and with a pair of wins the Lancers would capture the Marmonte League Title.
Boys Soccer has a stranglehold on 3rd place in league and only needs 1 point to claim the last CIF qualifying spot in the league.
Boys Basketball is tied for 3rd with Newbury Park in league play. If the Lancers and Panthers tie for 3rd, a play in game for the last CIF playoff spot would take place this Friday at 7:30pm at Calabasas High School.
Girls Basketball is currently in 3rd place in league one game ahead of Newbury Park. If the Lancers and Panthers tie for 3rd they will also have a play in game this Friday at Calabasas High School at 6pm.
Girls Water Polo needs two wins this week to force a play in game on Thursday against Westlake for the last CIF Playoff spot.
Wrestling finished 2nd in league losing a tough finale to Newbury Park. Thousand Oaks hosts the Marmonte/CIF Individual Qualifier this Friday night at 4pm in the Lancer gym.
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:
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.