the TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for TOHS families - June, 2019

INVOLVE * ACCEPT * INSPIRE

Last Green Sheet for the School Year

This edition of the Green Sheet will be the last for this school year. The next Green Sheet will be sent out at the beginning of August.

Bell Schedule News

Greetings Lancer Family,


My apologies for not getting the June Green Sheet out last weekend, but I wanted to wait until we got through last night's CVUSD Board of Education meeting in order to report on the bell schedule vote.


Great news! Last night, the Board of Education approved our new bell schedule. This represents a huge win for everyone at TOHS - it's a schedule that's good for students as well as teachers. I want to thank everyone in the community who spoke up and sent me their thoughts. Next year's bell schedule can be seen below.


One note - for those parents who drop their students off early: the library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7am and the MPR will be open on Wednesdays at 7am in order to give those early drop offs a place to study before the school day begins.


Eric Bergmann, Principal

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Miminum Days

Parents, Thousand Oaks High School will have four minimum days next year (the schedule can be seen above). Those minimum days will occur on:


Wednesday, August 21 (first days of school)

Thursday, September 12 (the day after back to school night)

Wednesday, October 16 (PSAT Day)

Tuesday, March 3 (TOHS WASC Accreditation visit)

Graduation

Graduation will begin in Lancer Stadium promptly at 5:00pm. We anticipate the ceremony to last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The gates to the stadium will open at 3:00. Students need to be in the gym at 3:45. Students should NOT bring anything with them other than their graduation regalia.


Graduation Ticket Distribution/Sale

On Tuesday, June 4, students picked up their complementary and purchased tickets. If you need additional tickets, those will be available on a first come/first served basis on Thursday, June 6 beginning at 2:30 pm on the blacktop near the stadium. All guests must have a ticket, with the exception of children 4 and under.

Registration for 2019 - 2020

Parents, you will be receiving your registration packet for the 2019-2020 school year around the beginning of August. Please be advised that parents/guardians must fill out the packet COMPLETELY in order for a student to receive their course assignments on their assigned registration day (dates will be mailed in the summer). There will be no exceptions.


The process has changed somewhat since last year; there is an online component and there are a few more forms that need to be completed and brought by your student on registration day. Start early and be thorough!

From the Library

Parents – look for the sign-up genius put out by PTSA in July/early August to sign up and help for textbook and Chromebook distribution during our Lancer Check In Days. There will also be a few time slots to help us unpack and set up the remodeled Lancer Library! We really appreciate your help!


Chromebook Distribution at Lancer Check In:


For the first time ever, Chromebooks will be checked out to eligible juniors and sophomores at Lancer Check In day in August. Paperwork is going home in the summer mailer. Sophomores can pick up on Monday Aug 12 and juniors can pick up on Thursday August 15. To be eligible, students must:


  • Have their current student ID card.
  • Have the signed salmon colored packet (signed in three places by parent/guardian and three places by student) that went home in the summer mailer.
  • Library accounts must be clear of all overdue items and fines.

Sign Up to Volunteer Next Year!

We need your help! If you want to sign up in order to volunteer next year, please click on the following link. Once you get signed up, volunteer opportunities will be posted. More information will be rolled out this fall.



https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.myaccount#/

Changes to the AP Registration Processss

Parents - beginning next year, due to changes made by the College Board, students will be registering for their AP tests in the fall. Please click this link in order to get more information:


https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-2019-students-parents-handout.pdf

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-2019-students-parents-handout-spanish.pdf

Testing Info

Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is a premier educational setting where students excel and consistently outperform their peers across the county, state, and nation.


This spring, students in grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the 2019 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the computer-based tests for English Language Arts literacy and Mathematics. Students district-wide in grades TK-12 whose primary language is something other than English may have taken the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC). CAASPP and ELPAC are annual assessments. The exams are part of California’s comprehensive plan for supporting high-quality learning at every school. They indicate how well students are progressing toward mastery of knowledge and skills needed for success in future coursework, college, and a 21st century career.


If you would like more information regarding CAASPP or ELPAC testing, access:

· CAASPP website: http://www.caaspp.org

· ELPAC website: http://www.elpac.org


Due to changes in state requirements, individual student score reports will be provided electronically via Q Parent or Q Student Portal. These score reports will typically be available approximately 3 weeks after a student finishes testing, but can be delayed up to 8 weeks. To access your student’s individual score report, login to the Q Portal and click on Testing in the left sidebar. To open a score report, click on the appropriate icon in the California Electronic Score Reports box.


These results are also being provided to your student’s school, who will use them to set learning goals for students for the 2019-2020 school year. We invite you to take an active part in those discussions. If you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress, or need assistance with your Q Portal username or password, please contact your school office.

For parents of students that were in grades 5, 8, and 11 for the 2018-2019 school year:

Students district-wide in grades 5, 8, and 11 took the new CA Science Test (CAST) based on the California’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students who took this assessment will receive a score in Science, in addition to the ELA and Math scores.

Summer School

Important Summer School Reminder:

· Summer school for D and/or F grades only. Students cannot remediate grades of C or above.

· Subject areas such as math and language: Students must earn a C or better in order to move on to the next level.


If you’re student is in Focus on Geometry or Algebra, please discuss individual pathways with your students counselor.


We do not offer world languages in CVUSD remedial summer school.


Please contact the summer school office, should you need to inquire about summer school after school is out of session.

Architectural CAD Class

Our architectural CAD class finished their trusses and tested them to failure today with this winning group of John McFarland and Hamilton Mikelonis holding 630 pounds.

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AP Research STEM

New Science Achievement Will be Offered Next Year

The Science Department will be rolling out the "Science Achievement" certificate & cord next year. You can earn this prestigious certificate for taking a science during each of your 4 years at TOHS on campus (one of them must be an AP class) and scoring proficient on your CAST test during your Junior year.

Summer Reading List for English 10 Honors, 11 AP and 12 AP

The English Department Honors/AP programs are rigorous here at Thousand Oaks High School. In order to reduce your workload in the fall, we are asking for the cooperation of our students in reading some books over the summer break.

Reading over the summer is not required. The English teachers suggest reading over the summer because the rigor of the course requires it, and many things will compete for your attention during the regular school year. When you return in the fall, you will be given some kind of assignment/test based on your reading sometime during the first month. If you choose not to complete the reading over the summer months, you will be required to read the books and prepare the assignment/test during the early weeks of school. If you complete the reading over the summer, the opening weeks of school will be noticeably less stressful. We strongly suggest that you do not procrastinate. We also recommend that you obtain your own copies of the books so that you can make marginal notes (annotations) in them. You may purchase them from Barnes and Noble, online, from your teachers, or in the Journalism room (I-4). You will need to have access to the books in order to complete the assignment/test.


English 10H

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster, Thomas C.) *Any edition.


English 11AP

Into the Wild (Krakauer, Jon)

English 12AP

Death of a Salesman (Miller, Arthur)

The Awakening (Chopin, Kate)

Latino Connection Celebrates Lancer Graduates

On Friday, June 7, Latino Connection will celebrate our graduating seniors at a banquet in the TOHS MPR beginning at 6 p.m.

An annual tradition, the evening features music, dancing, a potluck hosted by the families and scholarships and awards for seniors who have distinguished themselves here at Thousand Oaks High School and in their plans for future study. Each graduating member of Latino Connection shares with the attendees a summary of where they have applied and been accepted, the career they intend to pursue, which branch of military service they will enter, and any awards or scholarships they have received from educational or civic organizations. Notably, our students are recognized by such groups as Westminster Free Clinic, the City of Thousand Oaks and the County of Ventura.

A key element of the evening is always the wisdom imparted by parent speakers and former graduates who return to share their experiences with the current class.

Good food in abundance, the evening will be bittersweet as it brings friends together perhaps for the last time before the Class of 2019 heads their separate ways. Once a Lancer, always a Lancer!

Our Habitat is in Full Bloom!

The Environmental Native Habitat is in full bloom! Check out the new education signs!

VMS...Raptor System (Starts May 1)

Conejo Valley Unified School District is pleased to announce that beginning on May 1, 2019 all CVUSD schools will be using a new electronic visitor management system (VMS). Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is on our campuses at all times, and the VMS will allow us to efficiently, and effectively do that. This new process will help us track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools in a more streamlined manner. The implementation of this new system also further emphasizes our commitment to continually improving our school safety protocols and procedures.

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.

Athletic Updates

Congratulations to Seanne Chan, Ethan Bersley and Amanda Spear. All 3 qualified and participated in the State Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Amanda, the CIF Division 2 Discus Champion finished 6th at State.


The Athletic Department is proud to announce that Owen Grimaldi (Swim) and Gillian Iofciulescu (STUNT) have been selected as the Male and Female Athletes of the Month for April. Owen won the 200 and 500 Freestyle at the Marmonte League Swim Championships and went on to CIF. Gillian led Thousand Oaks to a 2nd place finish and was voted the MVP for STUINT in the Marmonte League.


The Athletic Department is also proud to announce that Ethan Bersley (Track) and Amanda Spear (Track) have been selected as the Male and Female Athletes of the Month for May. Ethan qualified for the State Track Championship in the 1600. Amanda won the CIF Division 2 Discus Title and also qualified for this weekend’s State Track Championships.


Finally, a great story about our baseball team: https://www.vcstar.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/05/20/thousand-oaks-teammates-earn-top-marmonte-league-baseball-honors/3710707002/?__twitter_impression=true

Reminders from the Activities Office

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

http://www.conejousd.org/tohs/Activities

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:


http://www.conejousd.org/Volunteer-with-CVUSD


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.

Ways to Stay Connected

In addition to our newly designed website (www.conejousd.org/tohs), 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:

https://gofan.co/app/school/CA19065

We Need Correct Email Addresses!

Moving forward, all score reports generated from annual tests (CAASPP, ELPAC, etc) will be delivered to parents via email. Reports will no longer be sent through the post office! Consequently, it is critical that we have each parent's correct email address. Please double check your contact information and let us know if you need to update your email address.