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 Upcoming Dates:

  • Prom Pep Rally- Thursday 4/27 @lunch
  • Prom- Saturday 4/29 @6-11 pm Oak Tree Country Club
  • PEP Meeting- Monday 5/1 @ 11 am room B/C
  • Extravaganza- Thursday 5/18 @5-8 pm Bakersfield campus
  • HS Tutoring Wednesdays @12:00-3:00 pm room D

New! Prom News: This year’s Prom Court Candidates are: Emily M., Ricardo E., Eric W., Alex W., Emily E., Tommy W., Peyton I., and Brynn T. Be sure to attend this year’s Prom Rally on Thursday, April 27th in B/C during lunch for music, games, prizes, desserts, and a chance to meet all your candidates!

Prom – Saturday, April 29th 6-11PM at the Oak Tree Club in Bear Valley.

PEP Rally Flyer

New! Please Fill Out by This Friday – Parent Survey Good morning parents! Spring has arrived and that means we are closing in on the end of the school year. The end of the year gives students, parents, and staff time to reflect on this ending year and plan for the one ahead. Our goal at Valley Oaks is to provide the best support to both students and parents. One of the ways we ensure that we are heading in the right direction is through an end-of-the-year parent survey. Please help us in identifying our areas of strength and our areas that need attention by completing the survey by clicking the link below. Thank you!

New! EXTRAVAGANZA is coming!!!  May 18th at the Valley Oaks site in Bakersfield!  Please see attached flyer for more information.  Tickets for dinner and raffle baskets will be available in the office starting on April 26th.  Get your tickets early for better pricing.

We need your help! Our Tehachapi HS raffle basket this year is “Best of Tehachapi Basket.” We will have a “Giving Tree” in the office. Please pick a leaf off of the tree to help us fill our basket. Each leaf will designate a book or $ amount to give. You will receive a free raffle ticket for each leaf fulfilled. Thanks for all of your help!

Our annual Valley Oaks Extravaganza will be on May 18th at the Bakersfield Valley Oaks site.  This is a fun evening for the whole family, filled with carnival games and booths, a BBQ, talent show, and a raffle for gift baskets. The proceeds from the raffle and carnival go towards student scholarships for our high-schoolers and supplies for our school (such as our microscopes purchased 2 years ago).

New! Last PEP meeting of the 2016-2017 school year set for Monday, May 1st, at 11:00 am. Drop your students off at the DEAR event going on in Classroom BC, and come join us for a final planning meeting in Classroom E for next year. New parents/grandparents always welcome!

New! Baccalaureate Mass Service: Saint Malachy Church would like to invite all graduates to their Baccalaureate Mass service.

Graduates:  Wear your gown for the ceremony!!!
Where: Saint Malachy Church 407 West E St. Tehachapi, Ca.
When:  Friday June 2, 2017 at 6 pm.  Graduates arrive early at 5:15 pm. Reception to follow for the participating graduates and family attending  the service.
Deadline for Sign up : will be on Monday May 15, 2017 at 5 pm at the Saint Malachy Office  or at the Saint Malachy  Religious Ed office at the address above

New! Congratulations to our students who won the TVAA Youth Art Contest! The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association recently held its youth art contest, and recognized the winners, noting the “wonderful work this year.” Nearly 100 youth submitted their best artwork to the Contest.

Best of Show K-8th grade: Cora Shea Sweeny

K-2 grade 2nd place: Warren Woolf

K-2 grade Honorable mention: McKay Pack

3rd-4thgrade  2nd place: Milo Pack

7th & 8th grade1st place: Natalie Whiteside

7th & 8th grade 3rd place: Jacqueline Torres

9th-12th grade Honorable mention: Glenn Reoyo

New! Guitar Students:  Extravaganza is coming soon – Mr. Gamble would like to invite all Guitar students to perform at the Extravaganza on Thursday, May 18th.  If you are interested, please let Mr. Gamble or Miss Darla know.  More details to come!

GRAD NITE:  Reminder to seniors going to Grad Nite, ALL money is due no later than May 2nd.  The cost is $92 CASH ONLY.

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Golden Hills CSD Scholarships total up to $2500.00.  Characteristics considered: Graduating seniors who reside in Golden Hills with minimum GPA of 2.5; interested in careers in water industry of public service.  Deadline to apply: April 27th.  Click here for more info.

Attention Seniors: The end of the year is almost here (Hang in there! 🙂 ) Attached below in the link are important dates and reminders for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your advisor or Mr. Karnes. Senior Reminders

33rd Annual California Range & Natural Resources Camp June 18-23, 2017: Elkus Youth Ranch – Half Moon Bay, CA Where students 15-18 years old can discover the science and management of natural resources from experienced professionals and university faculty.

Sessions and activities include:
•Riparian Habitats •Rangeland Ecology •Wildlife Management •Soils •Forestry •Plant Identification •Recreation •Private & Public Lands •Watershed Hydrology •Land Navigation & Mapping •Tour of Working Ranch •Team Project Planning Competition

Cost: $450.  “Top Camper” Contest: Plant ID & knowledge test, plus staff evaluation Top three placing students* given opportunity to represent California-Pacific Section, SRM at the Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum, in Reno, NV Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2018 (all expenses paid for top two students) and belt buckles. All participants receive t-shirts and camp completion certificates. *Must be a current high school student in Feb ‘17 to be eligible. Applications are due by April 28, 2017. We will accept applications after the due date if there are spaces still available. Any questions please contact Cece Dahlstrom at range.camp@gmail.com.

More information & Applications: http://casrm.rangelands.org/HTML/rangecamps.html

Cal-Pac Range Camp Flyer

Environthon Meeting Tuesdays 3:00 pm room D:  The Regional Soil conservation group is looking for at least 5 high school students to form a team and participate in the California Envirothon competition.  The Envirothon is a competition as teams of students are challenged as a team to solve problems in five disciplines: aquatics, soils and land use, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. This is a great extracurricular opportunity for high school students to not only learn hands-on current environmental issues but also gain knowledge about possible career opportunities in the field. Join and help enhance your college and work resume with this awesome experience.

– Still excepting students who are interested. If interested please see the front office for a packet and contact white@valleyoakstehachapi.org

Envirothon Flyer

Attention Seniors and Juniors! Prom Court applications are now being accepted for Prom King & Queen and Prince & Princess. Join the fun and make your prom memorable!! See attached forms for more information.

HS Prom Criteria      HS Prom Court Application

A Night Under the Stars- Join all your friends Saturday, April 29th for a night of fine dining and dancing. Prom is open to all Valley Oaks 9th-12thgrade students. Tickets are now being sold in the school office. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Prom Flyer

HS tutoring in Room D Wednesdays from 12-3 pm.

Guitar Classes: Wednesdays – Class 1  12:30-1:15 pm.  Class 2  1:15-2:00 pm.  Recommended for students ages 9 and up. Questions? Contact Mr. Gamble at dwgmaestro@bak.rr.com

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 October 1, 2016 & 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.

  • Pizza Tuesdays: Starting Tuesday, August 16, Hungry Howies 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. Pizza Tuesdays Flyer

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

  • VOCS Pencil pouches & lanyards! Stop by the office and check out the VOCS pencil pouches and 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.