the TOHS GreenSheet

A Newsletter for TOHS families - February, 2019


Our Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

Lancer families,

Our Site Council has spent several days in the last two months putting together our Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). If you've never heard of the SPSA before, it's a document that each school must write annually in order to establish its goals and to ensure alignment with it's parent district's LCAP goals (goals that each district must annually write in order to establish its priorities). If you've never seen our district's LCAP goals, you can find the document by clicking here.

A few things about this year's SPSA:

  • First: yes, it's rather late in the year to be writing goals for 18-19. Site Council going to begin writing the document at the beginning of November. However, because of events in November, everything got delayed. Additionally, this year's SPSA represents a substantial re-write (thanks to the new guy in the office). Consequently, we needed extra time and we were given the time by our colleagues at the district level.
  • Second, our SPSA has four goals, each directly aligned with the district's four LCAP goals. Our goals will focus on the following areas:

1) Increasing college and career readiness among all students.

2) Providing our faculty professional development opportunities that will lead to

improved instruction.

3) Increase opprtunities for parents and stakeholders to meaningfully participate in the

TOHS community.

4) Providing our staff and students a safe, supportive, inclusive environment with

opportunities to become connected to campus programs.

Each goal comes with a wide array of actions in order to bring them to fruition. Once the plan is in its final form, we'll post on the school's website for everyone to view and we would encourage your input.

Thanks everyone. As always, we appreciate your support.


Dr. Eric Bergmann

Principal, TOHS

Involve. Accept. Inspire



Senior Lotte Bezemer Earns Perfect ACT Scores, Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Lotte Bezemer, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Ms. Bezemer is a student in The Center for Advanced Studies and Research at TOHS. She scored a perfect 36 on all four sections of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading and Science. According to – the percentage of all ACT test takers from the class of 2018 who scored a perfect ACT score was just 0.195% of all test takers (more than 1.9 million students took the ACT that year).

She is also a member of the Thousand Oaks High School Varsity Girls Swim Team. Her swim coach Thomas Smith describes her as a, “most talented and hardest working swimmer in our D2 program, favored to win league in both her individual events and qualify for CIF.”

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

If selected as a 2019 Presidential Scholar, Ms. Bezemer will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.


Exciting News Regarding Our Girls State Delegation!

Thousand Oaks High School and the American Legion Auxiliary, Camarillo Unit 741, have chosen Nicole Shin as the 2019 Girls State Delegate and Kaitlyn Briggs as the Alternate Delegate. Nicole will represent Thousand Oaks High School at the 76th annual session of Girls’ State this summer.

Much appreciation for all who submitted nominations for the Girls State program and congratulations to all the nominees.

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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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:

For Junior and Senior students only: Take the After Prom Party survey!

SAVE THE DATE: Start cleaning out the garage and closets to get ready for the TOHS PTSA Parking Lot Sale. Our spring sale will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 8am to 1pm. Spaces will be available for $25 per space starting in March on the PTSA website. Get your site early before the event sells out.

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


Thousand Oaks High School held its third ELAC meeting of the school year on Thursday, January 24, and featured presentations by groups of interest to parents and students. Westminster Free Clinic showcased its volunteer program that trains bilingual high school students to work with the clinic team of doctors and nurses. Many current TOHS students and graduates have benefited from investigating careers in health sciences through the program, and a number of them shared their experiences with the audiences as well as how their work at Westminster helped them solidify a chosen career path. Applications are still being accepted through the middle of February for those interested in this program. In addition, the crowd of more than 75 received information regarding the upcoming Dia de la Familia (February 16, 12-4 p.m.) at CSU Channel Islands which will give future applicants and their families a tour of the campus and an overview of services provided along with other family-friendly activities. Representatives from Moorpark College set up in the J-9 computer lab to assist current TOHS seniors with their 2019-2020 FAFSA applications for financial aid at any of the campuses in the Ventura County Community College district. While students moved in and out of the computer lab, they could also choose to return to the MPR and listen to a panel of recent TOHS graduates comment on their experiences during the first semester of college enrollment and their reflections on the best ways their time at TOHS prepared them for college. Panelists represented a range of campuses from Moorpark, Ventura, CLU and CSUCI. The next ELAC meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Free Heart Screening Has Been Re-Rescheduled!

FREE Heart Screening for students ages 12-24!

As we continue to support student health, our Conejo Council of PTA’s invite all students and athletes ages 12-24 to participate.

Date: Saturday, February 9th

Time: 9am to 3pm

Location: Westlake High School Gym (100 N. Lakeview Canyon Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362)

Pre-register at:

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.

There will be volunteers on campus at lunch on Friday, February 8th in order to provide more detailed information.

We look forward to seeing your students and athletes there!

Interested in Photography?

Do you love Photography? Have you already taken beginning Photo? Asking yourself what’s next?
Check in with Ms. Ravitch in C-10 to find out more and sign up for Art of Comm Photo HONORS or AP Photography. You can earn college credit, get weighted gpa points, work on a portfolio, and further your skills, even get industry standard certification. You need approval so make sure to see Ms. Ravitch in C-10 soon.

Reminders from the Activities Office

Feb. 1st Student Senate, Lunch in ASB Room

Feb. 2nd WCE Dance Competition, Gym and PAC (all day)

Feb. 6th AVID Field Trip to UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 8th Orchestra Bingo and Dolce Dinner, TOHS MPR at 6:00 pm

Feb. 16th CADDT Drill Competition, Gym and PAC (all day)

Feb. 16th Drum Line Competition, Monrovia High School

Feb. 21st Choir Singing Waiter Dinner, TOHS MPR at 6:00 pm

Feb. 22nd/23rd Competition Cheer Nationals, Anaheim

Feb. 23rd Winter Guard Competition, Golden Valley High School

Feb. 23rd USA Dance Regionals, San Pasquel High School

Feb. 27th New Band Parent Open House, Band Room at 7:00 pm

March 2nd Sights of Conejo, Drum Line and Winter Guard Competition, TOHS Gym

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

Athletic News

Congrats to our soccer teams, our basketball teams and many of our wrestlers who will be representing TOHS in CIF playoffs. Stay tuned for more info!

Here's our athletic calendar:

From the College and Career Center

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.

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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Snowboarding with the Teen Center

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will be heading to Mountain High for a snowboarding trip on Friday, February 15, 2019. This all-day trip (6:00am-7:30pm) is on a CVUSD school holiday. Cost will be $75 - Transportation and lift ticket included. This trip is for ages 12-17. All rental equipment should be reserved in advance. Proof of family medical insurance is required. Go to to register, or call (805) 494-5156 after 2pm to speak with a Teen Center staff member.

AP Environmental Science

APES started out the year by building landfills! The students will protect their aquifer if they built it correctly and then will have a chance to dissect them in may. We also had an opportunity to hear from a fire captain from Cal Fire during our Forestry unit and will be hearing from a speaker from Heal the bay later this week. AP Environmental Science is a fun and dynamic class that lets students learn about the world around them and hear from experts in various environmental impacted careers.

Field Hockey Fund Raiser

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California State Summer School for The Arts: July 13-August 9, 2019 at CalArts Valencia, CA

For 33 years CSSSA has provided an exemplary and immersive four-week summer arts program to almost 18,000 talented high school students in the areas of animation, film, writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. Each year 520 students are invited to share this unique opportunity studying and working with professional artists, writers and performers of national stature. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive three units of California State University course credit. CSSA’s alumni include very influential people in the field of entertainment.

More information and cost can be found at

Application deadline is February 28, 2019

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.

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: