SOAR Updates

4/20/2021

Senior Activities and Graduation 2021

Please be aware that AVUHSD leadership is working with principals, vice principals, activities/senior class advisors, and ASB/senior class presidents from schools around the valley in an effort to create activities that will highlight the tremendous efforts and sacrifice of our Class of 2021.


As of now, SOAR plans to have a Senior Week full of activities for our graduating seniors. This will take place the week of May 24th, culminating with a graduation ceremony in the AVC Football Stadium on Friday, May 28th at 7pm. We are following the guidelines from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and therefore do not have all of the details, as to how many tickets a graduate will receive at this time. As soon as we have that, we will be forthcoming with that information. Our goal is to have the best possible event with the focus of keeping all of our graduates, staff, and attendees safe in the process.


For more information on AVC's virtual commencement ceremony, visit https://www.avc.edu/commencement.


Additionally, on Friday, April 30th we will celebrate College Signing Day with our Seniors. This is the day that the Class of 2021 declares what college they are going to attend in the Fall. Our SOAR STARs have worked very hard over the past four years and our counseling department is excited to celebrate their success! Seniors, please stay posted on Google Classroom for all the details and please SAVE the DATE!


Also, the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center, as well as the Antelope Valley Union High School District will be hosting the 20th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Celebration. This year's milestone event is themed "What's Next? Make it Happen!" and will take place virtually on May 13th. If seniors qualified for this event, they received detailed information in their AVUHSD Gmail account. We highly encourage all those who qualified to submit a video and entry form for cash prizes by the deadline (4/26/2021). If you need more information on this, please contact Mrs. Galindo (mgalindo@avhsd.org).


If you have any questions regarding graduation, caps/gowns, etc., please email Mrs. Andrews (jandrews@avhsd.org).

STOPIt SafeScreen Procedures

Many students may have received information via email on creating a STOPIt SafeScreen account. This is a website that allows students, faculty, and staff to fill in a COVID-19 questionnaire prior to coming to campus, then provides a screening pass to show in order to enter. As a reminder, SOAR continues to align with the college and remains in the distance learning mode through the rest of the semester.


With that said, once we are able to bring back in-person instruction, students must complete a self-assessment on the STOPIt website each day prior to coming to campus. Again, students will be asked to show their screening pass as they enter campus for future in-person instruction. The STOPIt SafeScreen is a web-based, HIPAA-compliant, data-encrypted application designed for any Internet-connected device or smartphone in order to ensure access by all.


If students cannot find the email from STOPIt SafeScreen, please go to the following site to register: https://safescreen.stopitsolutions.com/welcome/6938ece5285241c59491ba57ad309bc3


Please remember to ensure that SOAR High School is listed as your location and that you take the time to add in your cell phone number in the settings in order to receive daily text notifications.


If you have any questions, please let us know.

New Document Delivery Option in PowerSchool

The Antelope Valley Union High School District has added a document delivery feature to PowerSchool. This will enable SOAR High School to send report cards via email. In order for this feature to work, parents will need to log into their PowerSchool account and "Opt-In" for document delivery.


Please review the instructions to opt-in below:

English Instructions: http://bit.ly/DocOpt-InEng

Instrucciones en espaƱol: http://bit.ly/DocOpt-InSPAN

Grief Group Flyer

Our educational social worker, Mrs. Chanel Sneed, will be hosting a Grief Support Group for SOAR students beginning on Tuesday's from 12:30 - 1pm. Students can access the group through this LINK.


There has been a lot of loss this past year and we really want to encourage anyone who may be suffering from loss to attend this group meeting weekly. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sneed at ssneed@avhsd.org.


We are here for you!

Attendance

Attendance has a direct correlation to student success! If students miss a high school class for an excusable reason, parents/guardians must email Mrs. Andrews to clear the absence: jandrews@avhsd.org and students must follow up with teachers for assignments. Students should follow up directly with college instructors in the case of an absence. Although we are not on campus, we are still responsible for record keeping. Please make attending both your high school and college classes a priority!

Meal Services

In addition to providing meals at all eight of the comprehensive high schools Mondays - Thursdays from 11am to 1pm for all persons 18 or under, Food Services is also distributing meals to all of those 18 and under at the following locations and times:


City of Palmdale

Dominic Massari Park - 37716 55th Street East (12pm - 1pm)

40th Street East and Avenue S - Dry Town (12pm - 12:20pm)

5th Street East and Avenue R (12:30pm - 1pm)

R. Rex Parris High School (12:30pm - 1pm)


City of Lancaster

Rawley Duntley Park - 3334 W. Avenue K (12pm - 12:15pm)

44125 Sierra Highway (Townhouse Motel) (12pm - 12:15pm)

Jane Reynolds Park - 716 W. Oldfield Street (12:30pm - 12:45pm)

Sgt. Steve Owens Park - 43063 10th Street West (12:30pm - 12:45pm)

American Heroes Park - 701 W. Kettering Street (12:45pm - 1pm)


  • Daily meal kits include lunch and "next day" breakfast
  • Friday and Saturday meal kits are provided every Thursday
  • Go to avfood.org for more information

Mental Health Awareness Video

If students have not yet checked out this video, now is a great time to do so: http://bit.ly/MHAwareness2021

Support College-Going Wednesdays and Spirit Fridays!

Support College-Going Wednesdays and Spirit Fridays by wearing a college t-shirt on Wednesdays and either school colors (burgundy and grey) or class colors (9th - Burgundy, 10th - White, 11th - Grey, or 12th - Black) on Fridays!!


Remember, the 1st Wednesday of the month will be dedicated to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) -- please show college spirit by wearing an HBCU t-shirt!

Check Out Our New Virtual Calming Room!

The AVUHSD's Virtual Calming Room was recently designed to assist students in identifying strategies for managing their feelings and emotions. Consisting of mental health supports, mindfulness activities, guided meditations, live Zoo cameras, and much more, this website comes at the perfect time! Please check it out at the following link: https://bit.ly/AVcalm

Tutoring/Additional Supports

Students currently have access to a variety of online tools through their PowerSchool portal. Make sure to click on 'Student Resources' in order to view online textbooks, Homework Help, and much more. Students should look out for virtual tutoring and study session information and opportunities provided by their teacher.


Remember, SOAR students have access to all AVC resources as well. For information on how to get connected with AVC's Learning Center for additional support, visit AVC's website.

Fridays at SOAR

This Friday, April 23, 2021, will be a Monday/Friday. Students will attend their Monday/Wednesday classes this Friday. For more information on Friday schedules, please go to https://www.soarhs.org/students/calendar.

Don't forget to be a STAR!

STARs are self advocates, teachable, accountable, and respectful in the classroom, common areas, community, and connected online.


SOAR Stars are also life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders in their communities.

Antelope Valley College

For more information and updates for AVC, visit https://www.avc.edu/.