TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community

December, 2019

Buckle Up, December is Here

Greetings Lancer Community,


I hope this edition of the Green Sheet finds you all happy, healthy and in the midst of a thoroughly relaxing Thanksgiving break. As we enter the month of December, we'll need to brace for an incredibly busy holiday season. In addition to a full slate of fall athletic banquets, there's also a half dozen holiday concerts and performances as well as Future Lancer Night on the 4th. Additionally, many classes have scheduled finals prior to the winter break. I have given teachers the freedom to choose when they would like to have their finals: many are opting to hold finals before the break for a couple of reasons: first, it will ensure that students will have zero homework over the break and second, students won't feel the need to catch up after the two week lay-off. My only expectation if a teacher schedules their final prior to the break is that they must design meaningful learning experiences during the final two weeks of the semester. Please do check in with your students in order to make sure that they have a firm grasp of when their finals are scheduled.


Enjoy the month Lancer families. As always, I appreciate the ongoing support you give our school.


Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal

#BleedGreen

#EveryLancerEveryDay

Future Lancer Night

Please help spread the word! This Wednesday, TOHS will be holding its annual Future Lancer Night. If you know anyone who has expressed interest in our school and would like to learn more, please have them join us Wednesday at 6pm in the Gym.

Bagels with Bergmann

A reminder that the date of our next "Bagels with Bergmann" has been changed to Tuesday, December 3. We'll meet in the MPR at 8:30. The reason for the change is that I want to use some of the time to ask those parents who are in attendance to help me write my speech that I must deliver at our Future Lancer Night on Wednesday, December 4th.

Yearbook



2020 Yearbook Sales END on December 13th! Due to budget restrictions, we will NOT be ordering extra books for the end of the year. Yearbooks are currently $110...and they make GREAT holiday gifts! Please make sure you reserve your student's copy before Friday, December 13th through the TOHS Student Web Store so they can pick up their Yearbook with their classmates in May.

Inclusive Schools Week!

We are excited about celebrating Inclusive Schools Week from December 2nd to the 6th. We have lots of activities planned that will celebrate inclusivity at Thousand Oaks High School.
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EThOS Applications

Applications are open online for current freshmen applying for sophomore year and for current sophomores applying for junior year. The application window closes January 10th and interviews will be held beginning January 22.

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From our English Department

1) Fir Acres Writing Program at Lewis & Clark – a two-week summer writing program at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. Join 60 high-school students from across the country to study and write with published, thoughtful, and dynamic authors. Students will generate their own writing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Additionally, students will be able to explore Oregon during faculty-led group trips in and around Portland. For more information and to apply: https://college.lclark.edu/programs/fir_acres/


2) High school Summer Study and Travel Programs through Hillsdale College – Students can earn three college credits and travel the world this summer while studying with Hillsdale College faculty. All courses begin with lectures on the Hillsdale campus and continue on site at cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad. Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible, with applications encouraged by February 15 and being accepted until programs reach capacity. Four courses offered including: In Love and War: The Land and Literature of England (June 14-27), Sir Winston Churchill and World War II (June 24-July 6), Western Civilization: Visions from Italy (July 5-17), and The Roots & History of American Liberty (July 15-26). For more information: https://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions-aid/high-school-study/


3) Student Scholarship Essay Contest – write an essay on Wuthering Heights! Enter your essay for the opportunity to win a $1000 scholarship and a complete Signet Classics library for your school! There are five essay topics to write about. For more information: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/signet-essay-contest/


4) Fourth Annual Student Scholarships Essay Contest – write an essay on Ceremony by Larry McMurtry. Enter you essay for the opportunity to win a $1000 scholarship and a selection of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions for your school! There are five essay topics to write about. For more information:https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/pcessay/

Congratulations to our Marching Band

Congratulations to the Lancer Marching Band at this past Saturday’s Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Marching Band Championships.

The Lancer Band scored an 89.4 for a fourth-place finish.

Congratulations to our Photography Students

Recently, nine students from our Art of Commercial Photo HONORS course took a trip to the Career Education Center in Moorpark to test for their globally recognized industry certification as an Adobe Photoshop Associate. Eight out of nine PASSED their certification testing.

This is a test meant for industry professionals and 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students took the challenge to learn, train, study, practice and pass and earn this certification. They should be exceedingly proud!

Unified Sports League

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in all activities, opportunities and functions. A major component of the champion school program is our Unified Sports League. Last year was the inception of the program where Unified Sports joined students with and without disabilities on the same basketball team. It was inspired by the principles and guidelines of the Special Olympics that, “training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.” (specialolympics.org).


During the 2018-2019 school year, athletes from Thousand Oaks High School competed with athletes at Westlake High School and Newbury Park High School. Each school received Unified Sports Championship recognition from Special Olympics for meeting the requirements of inclusivity. In recognition of this accomplishment, each school will have representative present and will be given the opportunity to present their earned Unified Sports Banner at the CVUSD Board Meeting on December 3rd. We invite all athletes that participated in and helped to create the 1st Unified Sports program in the history of CVUSD to attend the board meeting for recognition of the amazing accomplishment.

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Digitial Media Class

Check out the most recent work from our Digital Media Class

Vaping Facts and Resources

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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!

Bicycle 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!


Banner Sales

If any businesses are interested in hanging a banner on our campus fence (by the tennis courts along Moorpark Rd.), we have available space! Please call Lynne Hill in the office for more details.

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!

PTSA

Forty four of our Lancers entered the National PTA’s Reflections Art Contest. This year’s theme was “Look Within” We had entries in visual arts, photography, sculpture, and film. Next year we would love to see entries in dance and music as well! We had several students reach the district level and we will find out in January if any are moving on to state. Send them your best wishes!


It is never too late to join the TOHS PTSA! Scholarships are available at the Unit, Council, and District level for graduating Seniors! PTSA membership is a requirement to apply! Join online through this link: https://jointotem.com/ca/thousand-oaks/thousand-oaks-high-school-ptsa


Have you ever thought, “I really wish that the TOHS PTSA would do/pay for_______” Send us a line! We would love to here your suggestions. We are always looking for new projects and programs that help make TOHS the very best we can be. tohsptsa@gmail.com

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

November: We compared School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) documents at this months meeting. We discussed which ways Special Education students were written to plans and ways that we could improve sites.


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 tikimonkeys@gmail.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

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

Information from Athletics

Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team who finished 6th in the CIF State Division 2 Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park in Clovis. In addition, Michael Mireles ran a great race and finished 4th overall in the Division 2 race. Congrats boys on a great season!


All winter sports teams are just underway as they play both non-league and tournament games through the end of December preparing for Marmonte League play in January.


Good Luck and GO LANCERS!

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

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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Ways to Stay Connected

In addition to our 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!