TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community

October, 2019

Being new, being uncomfortable, being brave

Hello Everyone,

I was recently sent this fantastic little excerpt from a colleague. In it, the author discusses the sensation of being uncomfortable when being new at something. I see this as a critical lesson for kids on the relationship between learning, discomfort and bravery. Help me remind our Lancers to be brave in this way every day.

From the Harvard Business Review, September 19, 2019:

Being a beginner at something can feel awkward and embarrassing, especially if you’re used to being an expert. But those feelings are the inescapable growth pains that come from developing and improving. To get used to the discomfort, know that it’s brave to be a beginner. Exposing your weaknesses and trying new things takes courage. You can make the challenge a bit easier by looking for learning situations where the stakes are low — maybe a class where you’re not expected to be an expert or you don’t know anyone else. If it helps, tell fellow participants that you may mess up whatever you’re about to attempt. Your willingness to take risks may inspire others to do the same. And whatever you do, don’t stop learning. Keep pushing yourself, especially in the areas where you are accomplished, so you can get even better. If you are willing to feel embarrassment and shame, and even to fail, there’s no end to what you can do.

Thanks for all that you do to support our staff and students.

Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal



Bagels with Bergmann

Thanks to those of who joined me at our first Bagels with Bergmann parent forum. We had over 50 parents who showed up with a willingness to learn, fresh ideas, great questions and a desire to reach out and help! Our next session is scheduled for December 6th, starting at 8:30 in the MPR. Grab some friends and plan on joining us!


Reflections Art Competition at TOHS! All creative Lancers can enter the Reflections Art Competition. The theme this year is "Look Within". The categories are Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Film, Dance Choreography, and Music Composition. There will be a lunchtime gallery show in the MPR on Tuesday, October 15th and the Gallery Awards Night from 7:00-8:00pm in the MPR. All projects entered will be shown in both gallery shows! The deadline is coming up! Entries are due October 9th in the office by 3:00pm! Entry forms available in the office, library, or the Questions? Ask Amy Roemer, TOHS Reflections Chair

Math (P)re-Teaching

If there are any Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry students on campus who need some extra support, please se the flyers below!

Dancing With the TO Stars is Coming Soon!

Dancing With the TO Stars is back!
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Voter Registration Week

Representatives from the League of Women Voters will be on campus on Thursday, October 3rd in order to register our seniors to vote! See their table in the Quad during break or at lunch for more information.

UC Night

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Financial Aid Night

Wednesday October 2nd

6:30pm in the PAC

Presentations by financial aid advisors from CLU and other colleges

No School Days

Parents, please remember that there are three days in the next month when there will be no school:

Monday, September 30

Wednesday, October 9

Friday, November 1


Help us grow! Have you joined the TOHS PTSA this year? PTSA memberships expire every October, now is the time to renew! We encourage you to join along with your student. Help us bring funds and programs to TOHS by also gifting us with a donation. Last year’s number was 625 members, we want to pass 700! For more information and to join online please visit

DOCUMENT SHREDDING: Our next shredding event is Saturday, October 5th from 8am to 12pm. Shredding is only $5 per business sized box and there is no limit. Local Realtor and TOHS Alumni Dave Walter has generously sponsored our event. All proceeds benefit the TOHS PTSA.

Our student PTSA group Lancers United is busy planning activities for Red Ribbon Week which will take place October 23-31. If your student would like to be a part of our student PTSA group, send us a note!

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

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

Click the link below to access all information regarding CVUSD Special Education, including information from the Special Education District Advisory Committee (SEDAC)

News from Gate DAC

Click the link below to access all information regarding CVUSD Gifted and Talented Education, including information from the Gifted and Talented District Advisory Committee (GATE DAC):

Pick-Up/Drop Off

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.

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.

Bell Schedule

Below is a copy of our new bell schedule. Remember, the first day of school is no longer a minimum day. Instead it will be anormal Wednesday schedule.
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Information from Activities

Homecoming Week is here: October 1st – 5th!

TOHS will be traveling on a Road Trip together with stops in New York (12th grade); Texas (11th grade); California (10th grade); and Florida (9th grade).

This year, TOHS Homecoming Festivities will kick-off on Tuesday, Oct. 1st with the Unified Lancer Club/ASB Breakfast and Homecoming Rally. ASB is also planning a Spirit Week with the following dress up days:

Tuesday – Class Colors;

Wednesday– PJ’s;

Thursday – Tacky Tourist;

Friday – Class Colors.

The classes will also be decorating the Center Hall and Quad on Friday morning to help encourage our Lancers to fight-on! During period 5 on Friday the Unified Lancer Club and ASB will play lawn games and then open those games up to the student body during lunch.

Come root on our intrepid Lancer football team! Kickoff is at 7pm on Friday. Halftime at the football game will again feature a parade complete with floats made by ASB, EThOS, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classes as well as highlighting campus clubs and activities. At the end of halftime, Fireworks & Stage FX America will present the annual Homecoming Fireworks Show.

Finally, the Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at Thousand Oaks High School. Anyone chaperoning the dance, should plan to be at the TOHS gym by 6:15 pm on that night.

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Information from Athletics

Boys Water Polo continues to impress. They currently stand at 15-3 overall and travel to Westlake on Thursday October 3rd for a huge league contest.

Cross Country hosted the Marmonte Cluster Meet #2 for all lower level teams at Sapwi Park for the first time in Lancer history. Also, Boys Cross Country is now ranked #6 in Division 2.

Girls Volleyball will need a strong second half in league to capture a playoff spot.

Football had a gritty performance versus Royal and almost pulled out a victory.

Nicole Shin continues to lead Girls Golf with her solid play. She has averaged 39 for 9 holes and has a 34 as her season low. Girls Golf is 6-4 overall and 3-2 in league and working hard to get a playoff spot.

Girls Tennis is 2-3 overall and has a critical league match versus Newbury Park this week.

Field Hockey is looking for their first win after tying Westminster 0-0.

The Athletic Department is proud to announce that Marlene Wilcox is Thousand Oaks High School’s New Head Track Coach. Marlene is an active board member of USA Track and Field. She was a California High School State Champion and High School All-American. She was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team and the 1983 World Championship Team. Coach Wilcox is a USATF Level 2 Track and Field certified Coach. She has coached State Champions, All-Americans and has helped many athletes receive college scholarships. Marlene is a former Lancer and we are proud to have her back home!

GO Lancers!

Bullying Prevention Presentation

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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:

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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Graduation Parking Pass for Volunteering

Parents of 11th grade students...IF you volunteer for 10 hours during your student's junior year, you will be offered a free parking pass for your student's graduation ceremony. These passes are gold...It pays to serve!

Ways to Stay Connected

In addition to our 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!