Welcome to High School News and Updates! For questions, please contact your high school advisor directly before calling our office. Advisor and teachers’ contact information is located on the Staff Contact web page. Event information can also be found at the High School Calendar.  To join the newsflash email list to receive updates, add updates/events/or corrections, please email details to thornburg@valleyoakstehachapi.org

Important 2017-2018 School Dates:

  • Back to School- Friday, August 11
  • First day of School – Tuesday, August 15
  • High School Kick Off Kamp- Friday, August 18
  • Back to School Picnic- Friday, August 25

NEW!   Last Chance to pick up Art work!  There are some amazing art pieces left in Room B/C.  We hope students/parents will come pick them up, as we hate to toss them.  Please come check out what is here no later than June 30th.  We need room for next year’s new artists. 

New! Happy Summer! We will begin summer hours on June 5th Although we are open all summer, hours are sporadic and it is best to call the front office to check and make sure someone will be available to help you when you plan to come.  Thanks for your help with this while we work with minimal staff on duty.

We wish all of our families a fun and restful summer.  Enjoy extra special moments with your family and take some time to relax during your time away.  We look forward to seeing all of you when you return in August.  Happy Summer!

New! Back to School and High School Kick-Off Kamp – Save the Dates!
We are very excited to bring back our annual Back to School Meet & Greet and our first High School Kick-Off Kamp!  Be sure to save Friday, August 11th and 18th,  so you can gather valuable information for a successful school year.  As the dates get closer, more information will be shared and sign-ups will begin.  For now, enjoy your summer and we will see you in August!

New! Save Box Tops All Summer Long!
We encourage everyone to save Box Tops all summer long.

New! Root Beer Float Social & Elegant Evening Photos on Shutterfly VOCS Photo Site – Visit Valley Oaks Tehachapi Shutterfly to view, download, or order photos. This is a password protected site. Please ask Darla in the office for the password.

We are now enrolling for our new Transitional Kindergarten program this coming school year, 2017-2018. If your student will be 5 years old within the 2017-2018 school year, they are eligible for the Valley Oaks TK program. As with our K8 program, the parent will be the primary teacher, but students will be invited to attend weekly enrichment classes. Our TK teachers will also offer guidance to parents for correlating activities to do at home. Current Valley Oaks families can pick up a sibling enrollment form in the office from Ms. Darla. If you know of other families that may be interested, please have them call 661 822-6900 to schedule an orientation.

How do you fund college? You can now fill out your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to fill this out no matter where you plan to attend college. Almost every college in America uses the information in the FAFSA to determine financial aid packages.  To be considered for federal student aid for the 2017-2018 award year, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between July 1, 2017 & midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018.

CSUB Fab Lab: Fab Lab is short for “Fabrication Laboratory.”  CSUB Fab Lab is based on the MIT-designed model, which inspired their popular class “How to Make (Almost) Anything”. The CSUB Fab Lab is a community resource and is available to virtually everyone in the community.  The goal of Fab Labs is to provide access to advanced technologies to help anyone, anywhere “make almost anything.” In other Fab Labs around the world, frequent Fabbers and Makers include engineers and architects, small manufacturing businesses, students, artists, theatrical set designers, teachers, inventors, musicians, seamstresses, and even kids as young as 8 years old!

The Fab Lab at CSUB has the following equipment:

  • 3D Printer
  • Laser Etcher/Cutter
  • CNC 3-Axis Router
  • High resolution NC milling machine
  • NC knife/signmaker
  • Fabrication Shop Tools
  • Computer Stations each loaded with Solidworks, AutoCAD, Inventor, MasterCAM, Corel

CSUB Fab Lab is intended to be a community resource. They provide weekly community access to the lab through a publicly posted schedule. CSUB Fab Lab has a very kid-friendly environment with age-appropriate programs to give young Fabbers a fun and educational experience in developing analytical thinking, creative problem-solving and team-building skills. They offer youth-oriented training workshops for middle and high school students. Access to the Fab Lab is free! Materials and space are limited, training and open access need to be reserved through the Eventbrite page. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Click on links below for more info.


Sept. Training schedule & descriptions

Community Access Open Hours-Fall Schedule

Contact Information: Fab Lab, Engineering Complex I, Bldg 83, California State University, Bakersfield.  Phone: (661) 654-4240  Email: fablab@csub.edu


  • VOCS T-Shirt/Sweatshirts are available to purchase.  Please see the attached flyer.  A portion of the cost will be donated to the VOCS ASB.  Show your school spirit and get yours now. Forms are available in the office. 

  • VOCS Tote Bags are available to purchase.  Cost is $5.00 each.  They come in red, blue, or green (handles and color of wording on the tote bag).  Proceeds will help benefit fun activities for the K-12 students.  See attached flyer.VOCS Tote Bags Flyer

  • Help us Recycle! Valley Oaks is recycling bottles and cans at school to help fund our High School ASB. If you have any recyclables that you would like to donate, please bring them in anytime during the school year. We will gladly recycle anything that comes our way.

  • We have VOCS BUMPER STICKERS!!!  Show your VOCS pride and get yours today in the Office.  Only $2 each.

  • VOCS Pencil lanyards! Stop by the office and check out the VOCS lanyards.  Cost is $5.00.  Proceeds will help fund enrichment activities.

Reminder-All Students: Valley Oaks has a closed campus policy, which means students must remain on campus at all times.  It is your responsibility to remain on campus until your classes are over.  If a written consent form is on file with the front office, Juniors and Seniors are allowed to leave campus and must sign in and out before leaving.

Sign-In and Sign-Out Reminder! For safety reasons, parents please remember to sign in and out at the front office if you plan to stay on campus for a period of time.  If you are visiting the Annex, be sure to sign in and out in the first classroom.  Students attending tutoring sessions and/or study hall must sign in and out of the classroom they are working in, while on campus.  All students attending classes do not need to sign in and out because attendance will be taken. We appreciate your effort to keep everyone safe while on campus.

Get Connected with our School and New K-12 Website! remind pic

– Text – Valley Oaks Tehachapi High School is now using Remind to send text messages about important school information. To sign-up just grab your phone and follow these steps or click HERE for instructions.

Facebook– If you use Facebook and would like to receive important school updates in your News Feed, visit our Facebook page and click Like.  To have all updates show up on your News Feed: under the Liked button top right, select setting, and then select All updates.

Search Box – Looking for information or ideas on our website? Just type your topic in the Search box in the upper right hand corner of our website and watch it come to life. For example: Algebra, PE Logs, or Mrs. Page.

Calendars – View High School Google calendars for VOCS Tehachapi school holidays, field trips, sign-ups, events, and activities. On both K8 and HS calendar pages, be sure to  click on individual events which will access a pop-up window and additional details.