TOHS Green Sheet

A Newsletter for the Thousand Oaks High School Community

September, 2019

Welcome Back!

Hello Everyone,


Welcome to September! After a smooth opening to the school year, I trust all families are quickly getting back into the groove of their school routines. I wanted to spend a bit of time in this edition of the Green Sheet in order to point one exciting component to our school's campus. Every school in our district is adopting the Sandy Hook Promise as a key component in our ongoing effort to keep our staff and students as safe as humanly possible.


While we will absolutely be spending time this fall going over the basics of our comprehensive school safety plan - which focuses on how to react in emergencies - with the Sandy Hook Promise we will be spending time cultivating a culture that promotes a safe and welcoming environment. The program consists of three components: Just Say Hello, See Something Say Something, and Signs of Suicide.


Very soon, we will be unveiling our approach to Just Say Hello, which is an effort to ensure that every student who steps foot onto our campus is made to feel welcome, valued and a part of our community. Led by our Peer Mentors, our staff and students will enjoy "Just Say Hello Week," during the week of September 23rd through the 27th. It will be an opportunity to elevate the already vaunted Lancer campus culture to a new level. I encourage every parent to discuss with their kids the importance of reaching out every day, saying hello and building relationships with as many new faces as possible - especially during Just Say Hello Week.


On Monday of Just Say Hello Week (September 23rd), TOHS will be hosting our annual Club Hello event at lunch. Every club on campus (over 40 of them), will have a table set up at lunch and students can wander the quad in order to decide if they want to join any of them. I strongly encourage all students to find a club that interests them and join. Not only are clubs a way for kids to meet one another and build new friendships, they are an opportunity for kids to dive into topics that interest them. Nor to mention that getting involved in a club looks great on a college application.


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



Dr. Eric Bergmann, Principal

#BleedGreen

#EveryLancerEveryDay

Freshman Class Elections

Next week, September 3rd through September 6th, is Freshman Class Officer Election Week. Here is the rundown for the week:

Tuesday, September 3rd through Friday September 6th - Candidates from the current 9th grade class will be campaigning around campus.

Tuesday, September 3rd- Lancer Lately will air to all students. At the end of the Lancer Lately there will be a segment that shows the freshmen candidate speeches.

Friday, September 6th – Election day for 9th graders at the beginning of 5th period. Ballots will be delivered to rooms during second period on Friday, and collected toward the end of 5th period.

For this election, students will vote for their top two choices to fill two class officer positions. The top voted student will be President, and the second place finisher will be Vice-President.

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Sounds of Conejo

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PSAT

PSAT takes place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Registration: 9/9/19 – 9/27/19


See important District information about the PSAT in the letter below


Juniors are free

9th and 10th grade fee is $25.00; Check or exact cash only, in the College and Career Center (D-2)

Please make checks payable to: TOHS

English teachers will be showing a PSAT video in their classes next week which explains the process.

o PSAT student guide link: https://youtu.be/ROz7i33Tj10

More information will be posted on our TOHS Website by Friday, September 6th.

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Career Technical Education News

MAJORS Program


Applications are due by Monday, September 16th in room K2B (the Career Education Office located on the Quad) for students who intend to participate in this school year. The next open-application begins in May for 2020-21.


The Majors is an extracurricular program for TOHS students to explore, narrow and and/or expand their career knowledge and choices. They learn more about themselves, meet new friends with similar interests and learn from career guest speakers.


TOHS sophomore through senior students are eligible to join a Major. Students who participate for two or more years, including senior year, can earn recognition at graduation by completing the Majors requirements. Majors enrollment and participation can be included on a student’s resume, job and college applications.


ETHOS


ETHOS Entrepreneurship Academy Kickoff potluck was held in the Quad on Thursday. Parents and students enjoyed meeting other ETHOS parents and students, plus meeting ETHOS teachers, Counselor Ms. Ross, and Assistant Principal of Instruction Ms. Oliveri.


EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy is a prestigious school-within-a-school program designed for motivated high school students to explore and experience what it takes to be an entrepreneur. A small number of students are selected from the applicant pool to participate in EThOS for three years. The Academy consists of engaging college-preparatory English, history and Career Technical Education (CTE) electives classes (Entrepreneurship, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Virtual Enterprise) that utilize project-based learning and business models to drive curriculum. As one of four entrepreneurship California Partnership Academies, EThOS offers all UC A-G approved classes that focus to foster creativity, provide students the opportunity to utilize innovative technology and develop self-starters for future college and career endeavors.


Applications will open in December for current 9th graders to apply for the 2020-21 ETHOS sophomore class.


A new ETHOS logo was unveiled at the Kickoff and will soon be seen on campus with new signs and shirts. As ETHOS teacher Ms. Chase describes it, “the logo includes a compass which represents that students come to us not always knowing what direction to take in life and ETHOS helps each student chart their own true course.”

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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.

Bagels with Bergmann

**Please note that the first Bagels with Bergmann session has been moved from September 20 to September 27.


This year, I'm adding an additional opportunity for all parents and guardians to meet with me on campus and discuss what's happening at the school. The new "Bagels with Bergmann" series will be on the following days:


September 27

December 6

February 21

April 24


Each session will run from 8:30 - 9:30 and will take place in the MPR. The topics that I will cover will appear in the GreenSheet. And yes...bagels and coffee will be provided.

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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PTSA

Welcome back to school! The TOHS PTSA is excited about the year ahead. Please join us on September 24th at 7pm in our new library for our first PTSA Association meeting of the year. Through your generous support we will be increasing our classroom grants this year, help update classrooms, provide educational programs, and scholarships. Each year we ask that you renew your membership so we can continue to do good stuff for TOHS. We also appreciate additional donations which helps us fund the extras that make TOHS a fantastic school. You can send your membership envelope and check to your student’s classroom or drop off in the front office. You can now also join online! When joining online there is a convenience fee but you will receive your membership card instantly!


CLASS OF 2020: You must be a member of PTSA in order to apply for PTA scholarships. Scholarships are available through TOHS PTSA, Conejo Council PTA, and 12th District PTA. Why not join now? To join online, follow this link or visit www.tohsptsa.com and click on the membership tab:


https://jointotem.com/ca/thousand-oaks/thousand-oaks-high-school-ptsa/


Did your student miss the chance to buy Core Literature books during orientation? No worries! The TOHS PTSA will have all of the English books for all levels of classes available for purchase on Back to School Night (September 11th) The books are the same price as Barnes and Noble but 35% of your purchase stays with us if you shop at the event. Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted for books. In addition to books, we will also have the official TOHS spirit cup for sale (only $5), pizza, and baked goods to give you sustenance during the busy evening of visiting classrooms. So bring so extra funds with you on the evening. Food items are cash only.


Help fight identity theft and shred your personal documents! TOHS PTSA’s next document shredding event is Saturday, October 5th from 8am to 12pm.

The cost is only $5 per business sized box and there is no limit on how many boxes you can bring. Documents are shredded on site. We encourage you to tell your friends, neighbors, and family about our shredding event. Our Fall event is sponsored by Realtor Dave Walter, a TOHS alumni!


TOHS PTSA presents LANCER DAY at Disneyland on Wednesday, October 9th (yup, no school that day)

Grab some friends and come have some Disney fun on your day off. You may purchase tickets for non-Lancer friends and family too.

We have arranged for special pricing for that day only!

1-day, 1-park ticket is $98 (normal price $129)

1-day, park hopper ticket will be $145 (normal price $179)

Tickets must be reserved by September 27, 2019

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call Viki Northrup at 805-493-1098 or send an email to tohsptsa@gmail.com

School Site Council Opportunities

Parents - we will be looking for three new members for our School Site Council. Parent representatives serve two-year terms and we meet once a month. If you are not familiar with the purpose of Site Council, here's a description:


The purpose of this council, per California Education Code Section 64001, shall be to:

  1. Assist in the continuing development of a strong instructional program for all student
  2. To develop and recommend a Single Plan Student Achievement (SPSA) have ongoing responsibility to consult with the principal, teachers, other school personnel, parents, and students during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the school plan.
  3. Modify the plan to reflect changing needs and priorities.
  4. Carry out all duties and responsibilities assigned to it in the Education Code of the State of California and by the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education.


The Council meets once a month (beginning in September, we meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 3:30 - 5:00).


Site Council elections will be held at Back to School Night on September 11th. If you are interested in running, please send Dr. Bergmann an email with your intention to run and include a one-paragraph statement of your qualifications and interest in the position.

Make sure we have your correct Email Address!

Moving forward, all score reports generated from annual tests (CAASPP, ELPAC, etc) will be delivered to parents via email. Reports will no longer be sent through the post office! Consequently, it is critical that we have each parent's correct email address. Please double check your contact information and let us know if you need to update your email address.

Visitor Management System

Last May, all CVUSD schools began using a new electronic visitor management system (VMS). Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is on our campuses at all times, and the VMS will allow us to efficiently, and effectively do that. This new process will help us track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools in a more streamlined manner. The implementation of this new system also further emphasizes our commitment to continually improving our school safety protocols and procedures.

As part of this VMS, upon entering a CVUSD school campus, visitors will be asked to present a Government issued ID such as a Driver’s License, which can be scanned or manually entered into the system. In lieu of US government-issued ID cards and documents, passports issued by all other countries are also considered valid identification documents for VMS verification purposes. For IDs not issued by a US government agency, the school staff member may manually enter the person’s name and date of birth into the system.

The VMS checks the visitor's name and date of birth with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the VMS. The information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once entry is approved, the VMS will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools to pick up a student early, or for those who are there to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

Children who are not enrolled students of the school, and do not have a valid ID may be allowed to visit the school as long as they are accompanied by an adult who has completed the check-in process and has been issued a badge. CVUSD secondary students may utilize their school ID cards as their form of identification when they visit other school sites. Substitute teachers, regular volunteers, and all contractors or subcontractors will be subject to the same procedure as visitors at all times.

The Visitor Management System will only be used during school hours. Attendees at after-hour events such as performances, ceremonies, or academic/athletic competitions will not be required to complete the process.

The safety of our students is our highest priority, and this new visitor management process will be a valuable new tool in our commitment to that priority. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district.

Information from Activities

Some general reminders!


**SHOES MUST ALWAYS BE WORN**

Clothing/Apparel that is Disruptive to the learning environment and NOT to be Worn:

* Clothing which compromises modesty.

* Clothing which allows underwear, inappropriate areas of skin, or cleavage to be exposed. *Clothes MUST have straps over the shoulder and backs. Tube tops are not permissible. Tank tops, not bandeau tops, must be worn under sheer blouses. Tank tops that expose midriffs are not permissible

* Pants, short or long, shall stay up without a belt; underwear should not be exposed

* Clothing/apparel which compromises safety is considered dangerous or a health hazard, such as:


  • Chains, wallet chains, stud bracelets, stud collars
  • Clothing/apparel containing offensive or obscene symbols, signs, slogans or words degrading cultures, gender, religious or ethnic value
  • Clothing/apparel containing language or symbols oriented toward Violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or vandalism
  • Clothing that is associated with gangs, including but not limited to:
  • Monikers or emblems — visible anywhere including books or backpacks, bandannas, beanies, hair nets, long cut-offs with socks pulled up high, overalls with dangling straps, dangling belts or dangling suspenders, and initialed belt buckles.
  • Any combination that is considered gang-related as defined by Law Enforcement.



Reminders from Student Activities:


ASB Stickers: Purchase ASB stickers in the student store to support school activities and save money on school wide events, spirit gear and the yearbook. Admission to all home TOHS athletic events is free – excludes CIF playoff events. Stickers are only $55.00 until Sept. 2 and then the price increases. https://thousandoaks.revtrak.net/


Parking Permits: All students parking on TOHS campus must have a valid parking permits. The parking permit procedures and application are available online under the Student Store tab of the TOHS homepage. Parking permits must be properly displayed in car windows. If students park in the student lot without a valid parking permit or park in the faculty lots, disciplinary action will be taken. http://www.conejousd.org/Portals/19/Parking%20Rules%20and%20Application%202019.20.pdf?ver=2019-07-24-111357-480


Student IDs: Students must have a valid Student ID with them at all times. Student ID pictures were taken during Lancer Check-In and on the first day of school. If a student has lost their ID, a replacement ID can be purchased through the student store and the receipt brought to the front office after school for a reprint of the ID. If students have not taken their ID picture, please come to the front office for assistance.


Club President’s Meeting: Students who currently serve as a club president or are interested in beginning a new campus club should plan to attend an information meeting on Friday, September 13 at lunch in the ASB Room, A-6.


Club Hello Day: ASB will be hosting Club Hello Day on Monday, September 23 at lunch. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about the over 50 clubs represented on our campus. Visit a club table, learn about meeting dates and get involved.


Picture Re-Take Day: Cornerstone will be hosting a picture re-take day on Monday, September 23 from 7:15 am – 2:00 pm in the MPR. If families ordered pictures either through the online system or in person during check-in or on the first day of school, picture envelopes should be delivered to the school during the week of Sept. 16th and distributed through the Activities Office and Yearbook staff.


Homecoming: Homecoming Week is October 1st – 4th and the Semi-Formal Homecoming Dance is Saturday, Oct. 5th. This year’s theme was voted on by the student body and will be Road Trip Across America. Homecoming Dance ticket sales begin with a 2-Day special on Thursday, Sept. 12 and 13 for $30.00 for any student who has purchased an ASB sticker. General ticket sales open Sept. 14 – Sept. 22 for $40 with ASB Sticker/$50 without; Sept. 23-Oct. 2 for $50.00 with ASB Sticker/$60.00 without; 10/5 (at door) for $80.00 all students. There will be more information about Homecoming Dress-Up Days, Class Level themes/cities, the Football Halftime Parade, Class Level Float-Building and the dance in upcoming daily announcements.

Information from Athletics

Girls Volleyball captured their first win of the year against Santa Barbara by sweeping them in 3 games last Tuesday. They will begin Marmonte League competition on Thursday September 5th at Calabasas.


Girls Field Hockey started play this last week and lost a tough one to powerhouse Marina 2-0. They will next host Fountain Valley on Tuesday September 3rd at 3:30pm in Lancer Stadium.


Girls Golf participated in the prestigious Santa Ynez Invitational to open up the year and will start Marmonte League play on Thursday September 10 vs Calabasas at Calabasas CC.


Girls Tennis started the year with a crushing victory over Moorpark 16-2 and will look to continue their winning ways against Royal on Wednesday September 3rd at home.


Cross Country opened the season with a tri-meet at Arroyo Park against Moorpark and Royal. Both boys and girls will participate in the 1st Marmonte League Cluster Meet on Thursday September 12th at Peppertree Park in Newbury Park.


Boys Water Polo is off to a tremendous start. They opened with a 20-6 victory over traditional power Royal HS on the road and backed it up with a 18-3 win over Buena HS in the home opener. The Lancers will be one of the favorites when they host the Conejo Classic on Friday September 6th and Saturday September 7th.

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Our Athletics department has its own website. Click here to be redirected to that page.

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!