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Important 2014-2015 Events

11/19 Block Schedule 1,3,5 with a 3:10 pm Dismissal

11/20 Block Schedule 2,4,6 with a 1:30 pm Dismissal for Students w/o period 6

11/21 Trimester 1 Ends

11/24 Turkey Trot

11/25 Spirit Assembly

11/26-28 Thanksgiving Break No School

12/2 Strings Concert 7 PM Auditorium

12/3 All Bands Concert 7 PM Gym

12/10 Chorus Concert 7 PM

12/12 WHS Holiday Concert

12/15 BMX Show

12/16 Minimum Day

12/19 COTY DAY - PJs

Winter Vacation 12/22-1/2 No School

1/5 School Resumes



8th Grade Promotion Requirements

In an effort to help middle school students be more successful in middle school, to help them develop and maintain good study habits and focus, and to provide a more structured transition from elementary school to high school, the criteria for promotion and end-of-year activities are listed below:
  • Pass English and Math each trimester
  • Pass 5 of 6 classes each trimester or all classes, if on a minimum day schedule
  • Satisfy school requirements for citizenship points, school fines, detentions, lost textbooks, discipline, etc.
Per Assembly Bill 1626, Education Code 48070, 48070.5, and Board Policy 5123, students in grade 8 will be retained if they fail both English and Math Trimester 3.
Students who fail, or are in danger of failing, either English or Math must participate in an intervention program in order to be considered for promotion. 
Students retained in grade 8 will be transferred to an Opportunity Program to be held at Conejo Valley High School.

Renaissance Criteria

Renaissance Criteria
To qualify for Renaissance activities and privileges, students must meet the following criteria:
Gold Card: Recipients have earned all A’s and E’s/S’s in citizenship and work habits.
Silver Card: Recipients have earned all A’s and B’s, and E’s/S’s in citizenship and work habits.
Bronze Card: Recipients have earned all A’s, B’s, C’s and E’s/S’s in citizenship and work habits, or recipients have shown a .5 GPA improvement from trimester grading period to trimester grading period, to the 2.0 level or above.
A mark of an “N” or “U” in citizenship or work habits disqualifies a student from earning a Renaissance Card for a specified grading period.
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MEASURE I Informational Meeting - Monday, September 15, 2014

Measure I: Informational Meeting

September 30th, 2014


Colina Middle School Gymnasium


Upcoming Events

Principal's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Colina Middle School--home of the Cougars! Our entire staff is committed to academic excellence, as well as the social enrichment and emotional support of all of our students... every student can be a successful learner. I truly believe that teachers, students, and parents must work together and become the pathway for those educational experiences. read more...   ~ Shane Frank, Principal


Considering Colina?

For School Choice or Interdistrict Transfer information, please visit the CVUSD website at

Colina Cougars in the News!

Colina Cougars in the News!

Check out our WEB program in theThousand Oaks Acron, November 6, 2014

Conejo Valley Shine at Choral Festival, Thousand Oaks Acorn, May 1, 2014

Letting their voices be heard, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Mar 28, 2013

Middle school takes stand against bullying, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Nov 22, 2012

Students prepare for earthquakes during Great California Shake Out, Ventura County Star, Oct 18, 2012

Eighth-grader's mitzvah project is tops, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct 18, 2012

Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Month, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct 18, 2012

Girl Scouts share their fascination with finned friends in film, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct 11, 2012

Combating student apathy, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Sept 27, 2012

Reaching new heights, Thousand Oaks Acorn, May 10, 2012

 Colina Middle School in Thousand Oaks gears students up for testing, Ventura County Star, May 2, 2012

 Colina mentioned as one of the reasons T.O. was named #4 US city to raise kids by Kiplinger, May, 2012

Philharmonic will showcase 7 young artists, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Apr 26, 2012

Muralist brings social studies to life in Colina Middle School walkway, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Apr 5, 2012

Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Month, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Apr 5, 2012

Thousand Oaks father, son conquer LA Marathon together, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Mar 29, 2012

Colina Middle School computer class keeps kids coming back, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Feb 9, 2012

Finding the beat of his own drum, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Nov 11, 2011

School helps set jumping jacks record, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Oct 20, 2011

Colina art students create pinwheels for community, Apr 14, 2011

Together we can, Ventura County Star, Apr 4, 2011

Colina Middle School named state champion in 'We The People' contest, Thousand Oaks Acorn, Feb 10, 2011 

Tdap Requirement

Tdap Requirement (Incoming 7th & 8th Graders):

Per California Assembly Bill 354, all students enrolled in 7th-12th grades will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough/pertussis booster shot (Tdap) BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL.  Students who do not show proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot WILL NOT be able to attend school until proof is provided to the school.

Tdap is routinely administered on or after the 10th birthday.  Td vaccine, invented before Tdap, protects persons 7 years old against tetanus and diptheria.  Td vaccine does not protect against pertussis, therefore it does not meet the Tdap requirement.

In the Conejo Valley Unified School District all students enrolling in grades 7-12 must show proof of receiving the Tdap immunization no later than Thursday, August 22, 2013.

There is no grace period or extension under current law.  All students in grades 7-12 must show proof of Tdap immunization before starting school in the Fall.

Please submit proof of Tdap immunization to the Colina Health Office ASAP.

For information on low or no cost Tdap vaccinations, contact Ventura County Public Health at (805) 981-5221 or visit

Wear Pink on Minimum Days

February 27, 2013 was Annual Pink Shirt Day: "Make Some Noise Against Bullying" 

Colina ASB has decided to make every Minimum day a "wear Pink CODY Day" 

This year during CORE students learned about bullying and the importance of standing up for others.  Then on October 10th, we invited Mr. Keith Hawkins to Colina to talk to our students about being the best person that they can be. Throughout the year we will remind students of this message through CORE talks with Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Niemczyk, wearing pink, WEB, and ASB activities.

Check out the following YouTube videos showing other students raising awareness about Pink Shirt Day: 

Make Some Noise Against Bullying

Acceptance: Vancouver Giants Game Flash Mob 

Youth Street Dance Council: "Instructions for a Bad Day"


Wear Pink on Minimum Days to Stand Up FOR Cyber-Safety and AGAINST Bullying

Click here for a sample video clip from You Tube used in the presentation entitled, "Do You Really Know Who You're Talking To?"

The main points of the presentation were:

* Use Your Brain *

* Think Before You Post – Once It’s Up, It’s Up *

* Think Before You Post – Do You Really Know Who You’re Talking To? *

* Think Before You Post – Take 5 If You’re Not Sure *

* Cyberbullying Hurts – No Joke * 

 * Cyber-bullying Is Viral, But There Are Things You Can Do To Stop It From Spreading *

What can you do about bullying?
o   Don’t spread the bullying virus. Let it end with you. Embrace the motto, “Bullying Stops Here.”
o   Spread messages of courage, compassion, bravery and hope. They can be viral too.
o   Check your online image. Is it who you want to be? If not, change it. Employers and schools are watching.
o   Report bullying to host sites and to adults at home and at school.
o   Wear pink on Minimum Days to pledge that you will “” Show the bullies that we outnumber them. They aren’t as big as they think they are.
Why pink? 
Our first minimum day was a breathtaking sea of pink. The Colina community showed that it will!


What is Colina Collecting?

Box Tops for Education as a fundraiser for Adelante Mujeres. Please send your student with any Box Tops.

Pull Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House are collected in home rooms.

Don't forget to sign up for Escrip. Colina receives money everytime you shop at your local grocery store.  Contact the PTSA at for more information.

Call Outs & Email Blasts

Parent Tours

Every Wednesday in April at 11 am parent tours are offered. Please sign-in at the front office.

Budget Presentation
Dec. 9  6:00 p.m. Budget Information Meeting in Colina's Gym
Dr. Baarstad will spend about 45 minutes going through his power point presentation and then he will answer questions.  Please participate in this important meeting and continue to be advocates for our children and their education.
Cyber BullingCyber Bulling

 Cyberbullying Presentation for Parents Jan. 13th at the district office.
click here for the flyer

10/8 Magazine Turn-In

 10/8/09 Bonus Magazine Turn-In Day -

One extra day to turn in additional magazine orders.  Prizes based on amount of orders brought in include: Cougar cash, Mann Tickets, ice skating tickets at the Lakes and the Money Scramble.  A Big Thank you to all students and parents for participating in this fundraiser.  We are at approximately $65,000 gross receipts which is wonderful in this economy.  Everything helps our school!

Minimum Day Thursday September 17

Minimum Day - Thurs. 9-17-09 

Period A 8:00-8:45

Period 1 9:00-9:35

Period 2 9:40-10:10 

Period 3 10:15-10:45

Period 4 10:50-11:20

Period 5 11:25-11:55

Lunch 11:55-12:30

Period 6 12:35-1:05


PTSA April Meeting
April 22, 2009 at 9:15am-10:30am at Colina Boys and Girls Club.  The speakers for this meeting are Westlake HS’s Principal Ron Lipari and Vice Principal Steve Lepire.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get more informed about your student’s future high school.  Come with your questions. 
Future Freshman Night NPHS

Come to NPHS gym to hear about the school and its programs.  6:30 - 9:00 pm April 22nd

Student of the Month Awards - March

Colina's Student of the Month Ceremony will be held March 25, at 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Library.  Please come and help us celebrate the accomplishments of our math students.

Outdoor Education

Parent Information Meeting 7:00 pm This Thursday 1/29


February 18 & 19 Colina's annual Jog-a-Thon

January Highlights

1/22 - ASB Elections

1/25 - No School (Pupil Free)

1/27 - 6PM 6thGr Outdoor School Meeting

1/28 - Spelling Bee

1/29 - Progress Reports Carried Home


PTSA Email Blasts

Contact the PTSA at to be added to deleted from their email list for PTSA news.

5/21 Final PTSA Meeting for 08-09 school year

PTSA Meeting at Boys and Girls Club - 9:15 - 10:30 am.   New board members will be installed and Honorary Service Awards will be given

Colina Project Runway 2009

Colina's Project Runway 2009, Fashion Show and Silent Auction happens Friday March 6th at 7:00 pm  Ticket information available click here

Future Freshman Night TOHS

Come March 4th to the TOHS gym for information about the Thousand Oaks High School 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Future Warrior Night

Come to the Westlake High School gym Wednesday March 11th to hear about the school and its programs.  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Parent Night at Colina

Westlake reps will be on campus to give you information about the school and its programs. 6:00 - 8:00 pm March 16

Student of the Month - February

Colina's Student of the Month Ceremony will be held February 25, at 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Library.  Please come and help us celebrate the accomplishments of our science students.

PTSA Meeting Changed to January 22nd

The January PTSA meeting is changed to Jan 22nd at 9:15am

Location:Boys and Girls Club. 

Performance by the Jazz Band,
Classroom demonstration by the math department and a budget discussion

School Dial Outs/Email Blasts

Visit the Counseling Office or call x. 1012 to be added to or deleted from our School Dial Out/Email Blast list.

Minimum Day

 Tuesday, 10/13/09 Minimum Day

 Don't forget to check your student's Minimum Day schedule for Tuesday, 10/13/09.

In N Out Truck at Colina on Friday

 In N Out Truck at Colina on Friday, 9/25 - Magazine Drive  The In-N-Out truck will be at Colina this Friday, 9/25 to serve lunch to students who qualified by participating in the Magazine Drive.  The list of students eligible for the lunch is currently posted by the Attendance Window.  Please check the list for your name prior to Friday.  Thank you to all who participated.  Enjoy your lunch!!!

5/26 Year End Staff Picnic

This is a fun end of the year event that we are  all invited to this year RSVP due by May 21, 2009.  Flyers are in the office.

PTSA March Meeting
PTSA Meeting on March 11 at 9:15am at the Boys and Girls Club
We will follow-up the very successful February PTSA meeting which featured Dr. Calvin who discussed successful homework techniques with our own Ms. Moira Fagan-Simpson.  We are pleased to welcome back Ms. Fagan Simpson by popular demand to discuss the classes your child will need to take in middle school and high school to gain admittance to the various Cal State, UC and private universities.  We hope you will join us.  This is also our PTSA Executive Board election meeting – please come and cast your vote.  The slate of officers are listed on the PTSA page of the website.
We The People (CP)

This coming Tuesday (February 3rd), our CP team heads to the Reagan Library to compete in the "We The People" c ontest.

8th Gr. Washington Trip

 10/15: 8th Grade Washington Trip Meeting 7:30 - 9:00pm

All interested parents, the 8th Grade Washington Trip informational meeting is on October 15th from 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the Auditorium.  More information will be forthcoming.

1st PTSA Association Meeting September 9th

PTSA Assoc. Meet. Sept. 9th at 9:15am at the Colina Boys and Girls Club - Please join us at the first PTSA meeting of the year. 

5/27 Fun Run at Teen Center

Come be part of the Fun Run at the Teen Center

We The People (Honors)

Colina's Honors team heads to the Reagan Library this Wednesday (Feb 4th) to compete in the district "We The People" contest.

Site Council Meeting

 October 20th Site Council Meeting - 

Interested parents please join us for the second School Site Council Meeting of the year on October 20th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the School Library.  All parents and Colina students are welcome.  This is a business meeting, so it is not conducive to bringing small children.  If you have any questions please call Kathleen Woodward at (805) 358-1777.

Welcome Back Social and Dance

 Welcome Back to School Social and Dance Sept. 11 - The Social for the 6th graders will be held in the gym from 3:30-5:00pm and the Dance for the 7th and 8th graders will be held in the auditorium from 7:00-9:00pm.  Mark your calendars for a great event.

5/29 Science Olympiad

Come be part of this fun day of science exploration for all Colina students which is organized by our stellar Science department with the assistance of parent volunteers who run the experiments. 

February 11th. PTSA Meeting
Please join us at the next PTSA meeting on February 11th at 9:15am at the Boys and Girls Club.   Dr. Calvin will give an informative lecture on how to help your child study more effectively and efficiently.  We will also provide an update on the District budget situation effecting our schools. 
Website News

The website is a work in progress !! If you would like to volunteer to assist with the website - we could use the help. Contact us at

Colina Halloween Carnival

 Colina Carnival and Dance on October 30th- 

Mark your calendars for the Colina Carnival and Dance on October 30th.  This is one of Colina's oldest traditions with close to 1000 persons in attendance. 

Back to School Night Thurs, Sept 17

Back to School Night Thurs., Sept 17 at 6:30pm -   Back to School Night is Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:30pm in the Gym for the General Session and 7:00pm is the beginning of the classroom sessions.  Mark your calendars.

Colina email blasts

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Honorary Service Award Nominations Open

PTSA Honorary Service Awards Nomination Forms being accepted until March 13, 2009.  More information is available on the PTSA home page along with a link to the nomination form.


Brainfuse Free Tutoring

The Thousand Oaks Library offers free Tutoring to 3rd-12th grade students. Click here to find out more about BrainFuse and other homework help.



“Crossing the Line: Building Awareness of Sexual Harassment and Bullying”
This area event is brought to the Conejo Valley School Community by a partnership of The Thousand Oaks Branch of AAUW, The Conejo Valley Unified School District, and the Unified Association of Conejo Teachers.
Parents, students in grades 7 – 12, teachers, and supportive community members are encouraged to attend this informative and timely public forum.
Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center,
2323 No. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks
6:30 pm to 8:00 PM
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