TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community

March, 2020

It is the mission of Thousand Oaks High School to inspire, challenge and empower every Lancer, every day.

#BleedGreen Fund

Dear Lancer Families,


Life on the TOHS campus has been buzzing of late as there is a lot going on. On February 21st, we hosted our third Bagels with Bergmann event of the year. First, I want to thank the 25 or so parents who made it out (I'd love to see that number double for our final event on April 24). Several topics were discussed, and many great ideas were shared. One of the topics that I spent a fair amount of time discussing was an idea that I've been playing with for awhile: the creation of a capital campaign - a #BleedGreen Fund - to raise some money for those facility improvements that won't be covered by our Measure I funds.


It doesn't take much investigation to realize that our 57-year old campus is in dire need of improvements. I'm incredibly thankful that our community made the decision to support our district through the Measure I bond. Those funds are allowing us to complete large-scale projects (like the library) that are much needed. Other projects on campus that are planned for the next 1-5 years include painting the campus (slated for next fall - yay!), renovating the MPR (cafeteria), and our PE locker rooms, to name but a few. If you are interested in our Measure I living document, you may see it by clicking here (scroll down the document to find TOHS).


Needless to say that there are literally dozens of other improvements and projects on campus - many that are smaller in scale and in price - that need our attention that won't be covered as there is a finite amount of money in Measure I. However, I believe that if we can figure out a way to fund and complete numerous smaller projects, the collective benefit to our campus could be tremendous.


I envision the #BleedGreen Fund as a fund that anyone can make any size donation to. The fund will be overseen by a committee of supporters made up of parents (perhaps a few who have expertise in finance, facilities, or marketing), students, teachers, coaches, community partners and myself who can determine priorities through community survey and through obvious need. By way of example, the press box in the stadium is not going to be included in the campus painting next fall. However, anyone who has ever been at an event in the stadium, or driven by the stadium along Avenida de las Flores will know that it is dire need of paint from top to bottom. I've received a quote from a local vendor that it would cost $5000.00 to paint it (same colors, outside only). A project like this would be an excellent example of a #BleedGreen Fund project. On a side note - I know that there will be some who'll ask why we can't get paint donated and do it ourselves. For a variety of reasons that I'm happy to explain at a future time, that's not possible.


All that said, I'm in the process of building the infrastructure of the fund and trying to identify all details that will allow the fund to be as easy to use, as secure and as transparent as humanly possible. Additionally, I'll soon be meeting with the leaders of the TOHS Alumni Association who will be offering their input on the idea. I'm excited to strengthen the partnership between the school and our alumni. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting opportunity for the future of the school.


Until next month, thanks for your ongoing support of the school.


Eric


Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal

#BleedGreen

#EveryLancerEveryDay

#TheConejoWay

2020-2021 Registration

Class Registration 2020/21

Electives!

Parents - please take the time to talk to your students about what classes they want to take? Not sure what we offer? There are literally dozens of elective course offerings available on our campus. Click the button below to be sent to another page to read about just a few of our elective classes that your student may want to explore.

Girls State News

Thousand Oaks High School and the American Legion Auxiliary, Camarillo Unit 741, have chosen Annika Herko as the 2020 Girls State Delegate and Sydney Riedel as the Alternate Delegate. Annika will represent Thousand Oaks High School at the 77th annual session of Girls’ State in June. All of the nominees did a great fantastic job and the ladies from the Auxiliary said this was the best group they have ever interviewed from Thousand Oaks High School. Their decision was truly very difficult. J

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

Kudos Anushka Shah!

Congratulations to Thousand Oaks High School sophomore Anushka on being selected as a National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Central California Rising Star for Aspirations in Computing 2020! Anushka was selected for this award because of the strength of her computing aspirations and accomplishments, as well as her leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

Anushka likes to program, enjoys a good coding challenge and loves learning about java cryptography. She is currently researching how homomorphic encryption can be used in the healthcare industry. In addition to her programming interest, Anushka is studying for the CompTIA A+ exam so she has a well-rounded understanding of computer systems. One day, Anushka hopes to go to Caltech with a major in aerospace engineering and a minor in computer science.

An awards ceremony honoring Anushka’s Rising Star achievement will be hosted by the Women in Technology and Operations (WIT&O) advocacy group at Bank of America and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Congratulations Anushka!

Kudos Cole Whitman!

Cole, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 YIS Shark Tank Contest hosted by the Young Investors Society. For the contest students entered videos, and writing submissions on how they would allocate $1,000,000 to the companies pitched in Season 11 of Shark Tank. Students from across the U.S., Malaysia, and Hong Kong participated.


Cole was hand selected by Barbara Corcoran as the Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize includes a trip to New York City to meet and interview Shark Tank investor, Barbara Corcoran. Congratulations Cole!

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Congrats to Mock Trial!

TOHS recently competed in the county's annual Mock Trial Competition and our students were magnificent! Congratulations to the team and to their coach, Ms. Chase and her assistants.
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Spanish Intervention Program

The Spanish Intervention Program is an intervention program designed to reteach and pre-teach concepts in Spanish 1 and 2. Each level meets every other Wednesday in Room G-10 to preview, review and practice vocabulary and grammatical concepts being learned in class. The purpose is to reinforce skills and to prepare students for future topics, as well as to help students improve their grades. For every session that they attend, students may receive extra credit or additional points on a quiz or test. For details on the schedule, please refer to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NMNfyoMgtKNF8aNWGyKZzBVVfFHedFToPQWUcfR8PKM/edit?usp=sharing.

California State Seal of Biliteracy

The California State Seal of Biliteracy is a special honor for graduating seniors who are proficient in more than one language. Whether you have successfully completed one of our World Language programs at TOHS, or are a native speaker of another language who has mastered English, this seal is for you. Ask your World Language teacher about specific requirements for showing your language proficiency.

World Language Honor Cord

The World Language Honor Cord is for all students who have completed four years of World Languages at TOHS with academic excellence, and it's a great way to show your achievement at graduation. You can receive the cord for having studied one language for all four years, or you can learn more than one language! (Trilingualism is great!) Ask your World Language teacher about how to qualify for the Honor Cord.

From Cheer! National Winners!

Comp Info

Congratulations to our TOHS Competition Cheer Team, who concluded their season with a national title at the United Spirit Association's High School Spirit Nationals in Anaheim this past month. (pictures attached)


Tryout Info

Interested in learning more about the award-winning Thousand Oaks High School Cheerleading Program? The 2020-2021 Cheer Team Tryout Info Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the TOHS Library. Join us for valuable information regarding our program and the tryout process, and pick up the mandatory CVUSD Cheer Tryout Packet. No experience necessary, and all current 8th-11th grade parents and students are welcome! Questions may be directed to Head Coach Kelly Abrams at kabrams@conejousd.org, or Assistant Principal of Activities, Kristi Hronek at khronek@conejousd.org.

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From the Center

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Peer Mentor News

Peer Mentors will be celebrating World Teen Wellness Day on March 2nd at lunch with inclusion activities on the Quad, will have handouts for community resources, and music. All Lancers are welcome to Lunch Bunch in Room E-7 Mondays through Thursdays. Our Peer Mentors will be participating in the Rotary Student Leadership Conference at CLU on March 5th and continue our inclusion work with our All-Abilities Inclusion with our music, art, and karate activities. Peer Mentors will also work on school beautification projects in the remaining part of the year. If you are interested in joining Beginning Peer Mentoring, please stop by and talk to Mrs. Cooper in E7. We would love for you to join our team of Peer Mentors making a difference for #Every Lancer Every Day

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is available to all Lancers in Room E7. Peer Mentors are available and there are plenty of activities - ping pong, Nintendo Switch on the big screen, foosball, air hockey and music. Stop by anytime.

Spring Transition Fair

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Unified Sports Apparel

Bagels with Bergmann

Our next Bagels with Bergmann will be held on Friday, April 24th. We'll be discussing expected changes in the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, we'll be talking about the importance of our spring CAASPP tests. We'll be in the MPR from 8:30 - 9:30.

2019 Prom

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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!

News from Choir

Thursday, March 5th 7pm Festival Concert PAC

Join the choirs of TOHS for an entertaining evening of music


Tuesday, March 10th 7pm Southern California Vocal Association Choral Festival Cal Lutheran Chapel. The public is welcome to attend and watch as 9 high school choirs are judged on their accurate interpretations of dynamics, tone, balance, and performance quality.


Saturday, March 21st TOHS Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble - Music in the Parks competition.

Success for our Academic Decathlon team!

Congratulations to the TOHS Academic Decathlon team! Recently, they competed and brought home quite a few medals. Well done Aca Deca!


Jared P.: Interview 3rd

Valeria: Interview 2nd

Josie: Social Science 3rd, Science 1st

Alondra: Essay 2nd

Nevynne: Speech 1st, Music 2nd, Math 3rd

Topher: Econ 3rd

Lizzy: Math 3rd, Interview 1st, Econ 3rd

Anna Belle: Social science 1st, Lit 1st, Econ 1st, Art 1st, Music 1st

Alissa: Speech 3rd, Math 3rd

Isabel: Math 1st, History 3rd

Rachel: Science 2nd

Ashley: Lit 3rd

Choir Restaurant Night!

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Instrumental Music Mattress Fundraiser

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Info from the TOHS College and Career Center

Bicycle and Helmet 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!


Please ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! Whether on a bike, skateboard or scooter. Keep yourself safe at all times.

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 contact Dr. Bergmann in the office for more details.

High School Math Competition

A group of our AP calculus students (10) formed an informal math team and competed in the Ventura College High School Math Competition on Saturday, Feb. 8th at the Applied Sciences Center, Ventura College from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This annual event is organized by Professor Christopher Frederick, of VC Math Department.


The competition comprised of an individual competition, in which competitors took a written exam, and a single elimination team competition. Schools represented: Adolfo Camarillo, Dos Pueblos, El Camino, Hueneme, Nordoff, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks.


Once teams checked into the competition at 9 am, they immediately proceeded to the individual written test, where students spent an hour answering logic, and critical thinking questions.


After the written test, contestants headed over to another building to proceed with the team competition. In groups of four, teams competed with one another for three rounds. Thousand Oaks won one of the rounds. The questions were things they could think or solve in their heads. Most questions required speedy buzzer hands, and some of the questions were tricky to solve immediately.


Following the team competition, students' written test results were announced. Only top 18 students were announced and TOHS occupied 5 of them!

PTSA


Our next document shredding event is Saturday, March 28th, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. $5 per box with no limit! We have two trucks shredding on site before your eyes. Come early before the trucks fill up!


https://tohsptsa.com/events



Deadline quickly approaching The TOHS PTSA will offer scholarships to graduating seniors. Applications are due to Mrs. Peters in the College and Careers Center no later than the end of the school day on April 9, 2020. Please visit our website www.tohsptsa.com for the application and guidelines.


Senior Families: All of your graduate gifting needs are available from the TOHS PTSA! We will have double orchid fresh flower leis, handmade ribbon leis in Lancer colors with exclusive TOHS graduation button, dozen and half dozen roses, and graduation bears. Please consider purchasing from us as proceeds stay right here at TOHS!


Order online at the TOHS PTSA store:

https://tohsptsa.com/shop?olsPage=products

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Earn Triple Points
Receipts dated and submitted in February
Sparkle: Alex and Ani, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Daniel’s Jewelers, Dejaun Jewelers, Kay Jewelers, McClave Jewelers
Sweet: Lolli & Pops, See’s Candies
Fragrant: Bath & Body Works, L’Occitane en Provence, Lush, Sephora
Romantic: Build A Bear Workshop, Hallmark Gold Crown, Paper Source, Papyrus, Soma Intimates, Victoria’s Secret

View the current School Cents flyer.

Submit receipts and learn more when you visit the School Cents website

Reflections Update

Congratulations to the following students who were honored at the 12th District Reflections Ceremony!


Kylie Cardenas -Photography

Ashlyn Holt-Photography

Sam Snow-Film

Melack Samson-Literature

Aiden Jimenez-Visual Arts

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

Co-teaching was the topic of discussion this month. Our CVUSD Special Education team gave a presentation of how our district has greatly increased co-taught classes at the high school level with plans to expand the model into middle schools.


Attention Senior Families: SEDAC will host a district wide celebration of graduates on an IEP or 504 plan. The event will take place at our very own TOHS MPR on June 9th from 5pm to 8pm. The event is free of charge. There will be a short 30 min intro with speakers followed by fun, music, and dancing. Please stay tuned for details.



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

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):

Proctors Needed

Note to Parents: The District Office Test Center is in need of proctors to help administer the AP exams in all of the CVUSD high schools during May 4-15. This is a paid position. Parents cannot proctor in classrooms where their respective children testing. Please note on the form if you have a student & what tests they are registered to take. For additional information, please contact Denise Ferens in Instructional Services. 805 497-9511 ext 4243 or dferens@conejousd.org.

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.

Information from Activities

What an exciting way to end your Senior year with Grad Nite! This annual tradition continues at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure where you get to enjoy the rides, attractions and live entertainment. Grad Nite is June 10th-11th.

Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Students will have access to both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Students will have a park-hopper ticket and at 10:00 pm the exclusive Grad Nite experience will take place inside Disney's California Adventure until 2:00 am.

Ticket prices includes charter bus transportation and park entry. Food and souvenirs not included.

  • Feb. 20th (1-day special): $225 ASB sticker only
  • Feb. 21st-March 11th: $235 with ASB sticker & $245 w/o ASB sticker
  • March 12th-March 22nd: $260 all tickets

All students attending must complete the Grad Nite permission slip. School and Disney dress code applies.

Students are to report to the buses on June 10th at 10:00 am and will return on June 11th around 3:30 am. No food will be allowed on the bus, only unopened water bottles. Disney does not allow any food or drinks to be brought in, but empty, refillable water bottles are allowed (no glass bottles). Bring sunscreen. All bags, purses and students will be searched upon entry to the park. Anaheim police also have drug dogs at the security entrances. If misconduct occurs while at Disneyland, students are subject to Disney and school discipline. Students are encouraged to be dropped off at the school; if students drive, they must park in the Flores lot.

Please contact the Activities Office if you have any questions (805) 495-7491 ext. 1006.

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Information from Athletics

Congrats to Brando Harrah, Nahomy Oliva and Dana Sullivan for advancing to the Boys and Girls Wrestling Masters Meet!


Congrats to Edwin Vargas (Boys Soccer) and Jesika Magallanes (Girls Basketball) for being selected as the Male and Female Athletes of the Month for January.


All Spring Sports are under way except for Swim which will start its campaign on March 2nd as they host Cleveland High School at 3pm, Boys Golf as they kick off their season on March 2nd at the Coyote Classic at Calabasas Country Club and STUNT which opens up their season against Royal and Moorpark at 5pm and 6:15pm on Friday March 6.


Track and Field hosted its invitational on February 23rd and had over 1000 athletes participate in this elite event!


Baseball is off to red hot 6-0 start including winning the Championship of the Easton Tournament with a 9-2 win over Hart.


Congratulations to Jay Lesny Drake (Cross Country and Track) and Eleanor Liu (Girls Tennis) on being selected as the CIF Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year for Thousand Oaks High School.


And Congratulations to the following Varsity Teams whose team GPA’s were submitted to CIF for possible team academic awards for their sports. They include Girls Basketball (3.77), Girls Tennis (3.74), Boys Tennis (3.70), Boys Volleyball (3.68), Boys Basketball (3.67), Girls Cross Country (3.67) and Girls Soccer (3.60).

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!