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:

  • Root Beer Ice Cream Social – May 30 – 3:00-4:00 pm at Meadowbrook Park
  • Last Day of School – May 31
  • 8th and 12th Grades Graduation – Wednesday, May 31

New! Come Join Us for our K-12 End of the Year Root Beer Ice Cream Social!

When: Tuesday, May 30 from 3:00-4:00 pm
Where: Meadowbrook Park in Tehachapi

No sign-up required. Just come and celebrate an awesome school year!

New! 8th and 12th Grade Graduation at the Fox in Bakersfield

  • 8th grade graduation will be on Wednesday, May 31st, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield.  Students should arrive at 9:30 a.m.
  • High school graduation will be on Wednesday, May 31st, at 3:00 p.m. at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield.  Students should arrive at 2:00 p.m.

New! Seniors:  We have a CD of the senior picture for each of you in the office.  Please stop by to pick it up.

New! Prom:  There are still some of you who have not picked up your prom pictures.  Please stop by the office.

New! Townhall Summary 5/03/17: Thanks to all of you who attended our recent Town Hall meeting and contributed so many great ideas to improve our school! For those of you who were unable to attend, the following is a summary of the topics discussed and opinions expressed. In addition to these comments and suggestions, Deanna Downs presented our LCAP report with our goals based on feedback.

*Look for an LCAP summary in a future Newsflash.

HS survey findings & requests:

  • Multiple meetings at beginning of year to meet with teachers- stagger or multiple subjects for different subjects.
  • For HS parents – video of teacher expectations for each course, or fact sheet on website.Boot camp for HS students first week of school (1 day?) – Teach students -How to schedule their work.
  • Boot camp for HS students first week of school (1 day?) – Teach students -How to schedule their work.
  • Foreign languages offered online next year – we need to offer a support class 1 day/week for conversational time.
  • 9th grade level – we are getting rid of Earth Science & doing Conceptual Physics. More science activities are wanted – Marilyn White has investigated Envirothon.
  • Can VO HS students join THS teams? We have asked; THS has refused.

New! Congratulations to Eric Warda for awards from Cerro Coso Community College! Eric Warda  has earned his Associates Degree from Cerro Coso College and was also awarded President’s Award, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and Student of the Year for East Kern Center for Cerro Coso!

New! Congratulations to Patrick Sweeney for winning the Emperor Science Award! Patrick was chosen from a pool of hundreds of 10th and 11th-grade students from across the country that are interested in pursuing a career in science and cancer research.  The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.  Recipients are also awarded a Google Chromebook and a stipend to be used for their research project with an appointed mentor.

New! College Success Seminar now open to Parent Educators: After hearing interest from educators, Dr. Polly Ha is opening up the Tehachapi seminar to homeschooling parents and those who work with high school students. The 4-day seminar (June 19-22) is comprehensive and will be helpful to give you an overview of the Full New Smart Life Curriculum (attached and copied below). This might be the only live seminar Dr. Ha will be able to hold in Tehachapi. The early bird extended code for Tehachapi (SAVE50) is now active, but will expire on May 31.  Anaheim seminar scholarships and early bird close in June.  With the code it’s $250 for 3 days (over 15 hours) and $350 for 4 days  (over 20 hours), bringing the tuition down to the same amount as the cost of high school student tutors and 96% less than private tutoring from teachers with equivalent experience!  Detail curriculum on what each day of the seminar is included below as well as in the attached file.

Dr. Polly Ha, a native of Tehachapi, has developed these methods over the past twenty years from her studies at Yale to her teaching at the Universities of Cambridge, Southern California and East Anglia. Visit thenewsmartlife.com to reserve a spot!

The New Smart Life Curriculum

The VOCS 2017 Kids Marathon is over! Bring your Marathon log sheet to the office as soon as possible, showing your completed 26.2 miles and pick up your T-shirt and sponsor gifts. Congratulations!!

Ms. Grant will have your student’s artwork from this year on a drying rack with their nametag in Classroom BC. Please pick it up as soon as possible.  Student artwork not taken by the end of May will not be saved 😢

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.

TK Flyer

Pizza Updates:  Pizza will not be sold the week of Finals, May 30th.

LOST & FOUND ITEMS:  Please check the two boxes in Room B/C for any items you may have lost.  All items will be donated to the thrift store on June 1st.

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

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!

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

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

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 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.