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:

  • HS Choir begins Wednesday, August 23 @12:00-1:15 pm room E
  • Ag Science will meet Thursdays @Period 3
  • Back to School Picnic- Friday, August 25 @4-6 pm Meadowbrooke Park
  • Kern County College Night- Monday, September 11 @5-8 pm Robobank

New! HS ID pictures will be taken this Tuesday, August 22nd

New! First PE logs are due on Tuesday, August 29th You can drop the logs off in Rooms D, E, F  or G.

New! HS Choir will begin on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 12-1:15 pm. in room E. If you like to sing and perform, come join us- no experience required! We will be starting to rehearse for our annual Holiday Program coming in December.

New! Back to School “Meet and Greet” coming this Friday, August 25th, from 4-6pm at Meadowbrook Park. Come enjoy a root beer float and meet new and returning families as we begin this new school year!

New! We are proud to announce we have 7 vendors for our students! Vendor schedules, flyers, and vendor forms available in the front office. Attached is the vendor list.  All students from TK – 12th grade are eligible for vendor services. 

New! 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.

New! Drama expert, Pat Kerley, will be “coming up the hill” on Fridays to teach and direct our Jr.High/Senior High students in Drama. Mrs. Kerley has been directing plays at our Bakersfield campus for several years and brings her experience and expertise to us now! Drama information packets will be available at Orientation on Friday, August 11th. 

New! Kern County College Night: Kern County College Night: Rabobank Convention Center – Mark your calendar for Monday, September 11, 2017, from 5 to 8 pm. Parents and students are encouraged to attend to gain valuable and current information about college admission. Freshman to seniors, it is never too early to plan your college and career journey. Admission is FREE, reservations/tickets are not required! Go the KCSOS web site for more information. http://kern.org/cia/2013/…/annual-kern-county-college-night/

College Night Flyer

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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