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:

  • Freshman/Sophmore class meetings: Tuesday, September 26 @3-4 pm
  • Junior/Senior class meetings: Thursday, September 28 @3-4 pm
  • Last day to turn in Vendor form- Tuesday, September 26
  • PSAT- Wednesday, October 11th @8:30-11:30 room D
  • Harvest Festival- Monday, October 30th @1-3:00 pm
  • PE Class Wednesdays @10:00-11:30 am West Park
  • HS Choir Wednesdays @12:00-1:15 pm room E

New! ID cards are ready for pickup in the front office!

New! Freshman/Sophomore class meetings: Date Change to Tuesday, September 263:00-4:00 pm. Come meet with your class, have some snacks, take a picture, do some fun activities, and design a class t-shirt.

New! Junior/Senior class meetings: Date Change to Thursday, September 283:00-4:00 pm. Come meet with your class, have some snacks, take a picture, do some fun activities, and design a class t-shirt.

New! Calling all Marathon Participants: If you participated in the 2017 Marathon and did not pick up your backpack and goodies, please do so by September 29th.  They will no longer be available after this date.

New! K12 Harvest Festival on Monday, October 30th, from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Plan on attending this fun event with your whole family! We have plans for carnival booths, a bounce house, face painting, and our annual famous cake (cupcake) walk! Wear a costume if you choose (no masks, no weapons) and plan on taking a fun photo with a harvest theme.  All activities are free but your “entry requirement” is to bring 1 cake or 1 dozen cookies, cupcakes, or brownies per family for our cake walk! If you’d like to purchase pizza and/or water bottles while you’re here; they will be sold as a fundraiser for future events.

Don’t miss this great fall event at Valley Oaks Charter Tehachapi!

New! PSAT: If you are a junior planning on attending a four-year university, you should take the PSAT. It is a practice SAT test, it helps you determine your readiness for college, and scholarships and colleges use it to pursue students who do well. Sophomores can also take the test if you desire. It is $16 but if you have financial difficulties, let Mr. Karnes know. Sign up in the office with Darla. The test date is Wednesday, October 118:30-11:30 in room D at Valley Oaks. at Valley Oaks.

New! Lions International Peace Poster Contest– Theme “Future of Peace”: Young people – ages 11, 12 and 13 years old – are encouraged to express their visions of peace through art in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Poster must be submitted by October 30. Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the contest in local schools and youth groups. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express a different theme about peace each year. The works vary greatly and reflect the young artists’ life experiences and culture.  Judges from the art, media, youth development and humanitarian communities select 24 international finalists representing the more than 350,000 children who participate annually. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, social media, news outlets and traveling exhibits. For more information, please contact Suzanne Williams at mtnliones@bak.rr.com or 661-822-783

Contest Flyer

New! All monies for field trips are due in CASH only! Any other checks should be made payable to “Educational Services Foundation” with VOCS-Tehachapi and the club or reason for the check.

It’s time for the annual Box Top contest! This is a pain-free way to help pay for fun events at our school! Clip,bag up, and turn in your Box Tops by October 27th to compete for the winner’s prize! Most Box Tops turned in will earn your TK-12th grade student a $20 gift certificate to the store of their choice (with parent approval). In your ziplock baggie, be sure to include: student name, resource teacher name, and # of Box Tops. Bring them into the office to Ms. Darla by the deadline. Winning student and resource teacher will be announced by November 1st.

 Absences/Tardies:  Please call the office or email Ms. Darla at dalambeth@kern.org if you will be late or absent.  Ms. Darla will be calling home on absences.  If you come in late, please check in to let Ms. Darla know you are here.

PE Class Wednesdays @10:00-11:30 am West Park. Activity TBA.  This will counts as 2 hrs PE credit on your PE log! Bring some water, dress appropriately, come out and have some fun!

Photo ID Cards:  Pictures were taken Tuesday, 8/22, for ID cards.  If you did not get your photo taken, please see Miss Darla in the office.

Vendor Forms:  If you wish to participate in Vendor Services, there are flyers and forms in the office.  The last day to turn in forms for the Fall semester is Tuesday, September 26th

PE logs are due on Tuesdays.  You can drop the logs off in Rooms D, E, F  or G.

All Valley Oaks families have the opportunity to visit Yosemite and stay at the Tenaya Lodge for a reduced rate during the dates of November 2-7th, 2017. The room rate is $149.00 per night + tax, and you must make your reservation online at www.tenayalodge.com. Enter the promo code in the appropriate field: VALLEYFALL. You may also choose to call Tenaya Reservations at 1-800-635-5807, Option #1, and inform reservations you are attending Valley Oaks Charter School Fall Retreat 2017.

All reservations must be made no later than October 3rd to receive this rate. Please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are first come, first served and there is no guaranteed availability.

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


  • Pizza Tuesdays: On Tuesdays, Hungry Howie’s Pizza will be sold during lunch at $3 a slice. Slices will be 1/6 of a large pizza. Proceeds will benefit our High School ASB.

  • 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.

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