TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community

November, 2019

Fall Reflection

For the third year in a row, we are welcoming in the holiday season with fires, smoke, evacuations, school closures, and stress. When I was in my Principal preparation program, I don't ever recall getting any instruction on what to do when you wake up, realize there is a fire barreling down on your home, that your school has been closed, and that you have displaced staff, students and families to be concerned about. What I've learned is that there's no way to be adequately prepared for such days. I've also learned two incredibly important lesson in the last 12 months: 1) remain flexible. I once had a colleague who used to constantly remind me to "be the river, not the rock." In these highly dynamic situations, remaining rigid in your thinking is a recipe for disaster. 2) When you need help, ask for it. I've learned that our community is incredibly eager to support one another - especially its schools. On Wednesday night, when I learned that our gym was to be used as a temporary rest center for those fighting the Easy Fire, I sent one simple Tweet that asked for some water, food, and snacks. The response was overwhelming. To all those who lent a hand, thank you! The response was so overwhelming that VCFD eventually had to say "we can't take anymore." There were a few folks who showed up with perishable food who we had to turn away - for that I am so sorry. As I was told, the risk of fire fighters getting sick from eating hot food from unknown origins was too high. However, please know how much we all appreciated your efforts. There were leftovers - lots. Know that all leftover food donations will be passed on the Project Concern for their Thanksgiving food drive.


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


Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal

#BleedGreen

#EveryLancerEveryDay

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.


SENIOR PARENTS: Last Chance! Yearbook Senior Tribute orders are due by FRIDAY, November 15th. Please ensure ALL PARTS of the tribute are submitted with payment. For all instructions and links for ordering, please visit: http://www.conejousd.org/tohs/Activities/Yearbook


***Parents, please note: If you paid for a Senior Tribute and did not send in your information, please go to the Yearbook page on the TOHS website, under the Activities tab, and email your tribute ASAP. Tributes that are not complete CANNOT be honored after November 15th.

Lunch and Learn Workshop for those applying to college

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ELAC Meeting!

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Transition Fair!

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Vaping Facts and Resources

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#TOStrong Day

On Thursday, November 7th, we'll be celebrating the first anniversary of the Borderline shooting tragedy. In honor of all those who lost their lives, we will be celebrating #TOStrong day. On the 7th, please wear your TOStrong gear, use the #TOStrong hashtag on your social media posts and reach out and do something that keeps our community bonds strong and tight.

Reminder from COunselors

Reminder to students: when we leave for Thanksgiving break, school does not resume until after the CSU and Naviance deadline. Students should make sure that they have addressed all concerns about the application process well before that time as it will sneak up on them.

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.

Choir at Thousand Oaks Remembers Event

On Friday, November 8 at 7pm, the community will be celebrating a Thousand Oaks Remembers event at the Civic Arts Plaza. Our own TOHS Choir will be present to sing! Pictures to come...

Project Concern Thanksgiving Food Drive

What Would YOU WantOn YOUR Thanksgiving Table?


Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and praise bounty.

It is also a time to help the less fortunate enjoy the gift of delicious food. Project Concern and Lancers United are holding their annual food drive November 12-21 to assist our campus community in need. Last year, despite the challenges of fires and campus closures, we convened at Anthem Church and put together boxes and bags that fed 33 families. This year, Period 2 students will collect what it takes to put a colorful, nutritious and savory dinner on the tables of fellow Lancers; the top two classes bringing in the most food will enjoy scrumptious breakfast parties hosted by Project Concern. Please help provide TOHS families with as many meals as possible by including a variety of the following items that will keep the festive mood well into the holiday season. Remember that everyday food items (peanut butter, jam, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, soups, chili, beans, crackers, etc.) are also welcome to help bridge the gap of hunger beyond Thanksgiving.

· Turkeys (frozen) or hams (The living arrangements of some families could limit their kitchen access, so a pre-cooked ham may be more appropriate than a turkey.)

Turkeys and hams count as 25 points in the food drive; cans and boxes count as one point each.

· Foil roasting pans

· Boxes of stuffing mix (in proportion to turkey size)

· Boxes of potato flakes or scalloped potato mix

· Cans of cranberry sauce (jellied or whole berry)

· Cans of large black olives

· Jars of pickle slices, spears or whole mini gherkins

· Large cans of cut yams/sweet potatoes

· Boxes or bags of light brown sugar

· Cans of creamed or whole corn

· Cans of cut green beans

· Cans of cream of mushroom soup

· Cans of chicken broth

· Cans of turkey gravy or packets of gravy mix

· Cans of sliced mushrooms

· Boxes of raisins

· Cans of pumpkin pie mix

· Boxes of pie crust mix

· Cans of condensed milk

· Boxes or pouches of cornbread mix

· Bottles of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice

· Cans of French Fried onion pieces

· Bags of marshmallows (large or mini)

· Grocery store gift cards

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.

TOHS Fan Shop

Good Evening to the TOHS Community -

The Associated Student Body Leadership class is excited to partner with Jostens to open the very first TOHS Fan Shop. The students have licensed Jostens to use the official TOHS Logo with a variety merchandise (see attached flyer) and in exchange, the school will earn a portion of money back from each sale to use in supporting campus-wide student events.


The TOHS Fan Shop will only be open from October 28 - November 8, 2019. Merchandise purchased through the Fan Shop will be delivered to the school and available for pick-up at the school in about 4-6 weeks, just in time for Holiday gifts! A separate email will be sent once the merchandise arrives at the school with pick-up instructions. (The Fan Shop is offering special merchandise that is not available through the TOHS Student Store.)


Please use the link:

https://thousandoaksfacultyandstudents.itemorder.com/sale to access the Fan Shop. There are also directions provided on the attached flyer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Activities Office at Thousand Oaks High School (805) 495-7491.

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


Seniors: Have you joined 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


Our student PTSA group Lancers United decorated the campus for Red Ribbon Week. They handed out coupons and gift cards to students who took the pledge to be drug free. If your student would like to be a part of our student PTSA group, send us a note! tohsptsa@gmail.com


TOHS PTSA has begun the process of helping refurbish the Teacher’s Lounge as well as the Staff Cafeteria. We will be creating artwork, replacing blinds, and many other sprucing up items.


Support PTSA by getting involved in School Cents!

Earn Quad Points
For October Receipts From These Stores
Abercrombie & Fitch, at&t Authorized Retailer, Aveda, bare minerals, claire’s, COTTON ON, The Disney Store, Foot Locker, GNC Live Well, icing, j. Crew, Journeys, LOVESAC, Michael Kors, Motherhood Maternity, SKECHERS, Vans, Verizon Wireless, Wetzel's Pretzels, Zara


Earn 1,000 Points
When You Buy A Halloween Photo on October 23 & 24
A great way to capture the kids in costume with a fun Halloween background. Appointments available, but not required. Learn more at ShopTheOaksMall.com/Events/HalloweenPics.

School Cents website

TOHS Jazz Band Dinner Dance Gala!

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Student Public Service Announcement Winners

Ms. McNamara's 4th and 5th period classes created digital Public Service Announcements. Here are the top 5:
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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

October: Speakers from UCLA, CSUN, and Community Colleges spoke about the importance Secondary Education for Special Education students. Students receiving at least some form of Secondary Education were more likely to find employment and be self sufficient. There are more Special Education students attending community colleges in California than in the entire United States. Opportunities for those with Intellectual Disabilities continue to grow each year.


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


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

A few new coaches! Ladies and gentlemen, we've had a few coaching changes and I wanted to make sure you all knew


Although we hired him at the end of the summer, I've neglected to introduce him to them community.


We welcome David Goosen to the Lancer family. David will serve as the head coach of the Girl's Basketball team. David comes to us with solid high school coaching experience, having led several teams in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.


We've also hired a new head track and field coach, Marlene Wilcox. Most recently, Marlene has worked in the Calabasas HS track program.


Finally, we've submitted a name to our Board of Education to take over our swim team. As soon as the Board approves the hire, we'll be introducing the coach's name. Stay tuned.


Welcome coaches!


Boys Water Polo beat Newbury Park 14-13 in overtime last Tuesday to clinch 2nd place in league. Currently they are 21-5 overall and ranked 9th in Division 4. The CIF playoffs begin this Tuesday with sites and opponents to be determined.


Nicole Chin, Emily McCormick and Ginger Libby all qualified for the CIF Individual Golf Championships by finishing in the top 7 at the Marmonte League Championships. Nicole Chin just missed out advancing to the second round of CIF last Monday by one shot.


Boys and Girls Cross Country are currently in 2nd and 3rd place respectively going into the Marmonte League Finals this Thursday. Both teams are looking to finish in the top 3 in order to qualify for the CIF Championships. The Boys team is currently ranked 5th in Division 2.


Eleanor Liu has reached the semifinals of the Marmonte League Girls Tennis Individual Championships which will conclude this Monday at TOHS.


All other fall sports have concluded and all winter sports are either conducting tryouts or are already practicing in preparation for their season which begins on November 18.

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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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 (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!