SOAR Updates

10/21/2020

Virtual College Prep Workshop Series

The AVUHSD proudly presents the first-ever Virtual College Prep Workshop Series. Sessions will be held evenings on October 20-22 and October 27-29. Topics covered will include College Exploration and Naviance, Writing the College Essay, NCAA Preparation, Financial Aid, Spanish-speaking sessions, and more! Please visit bit.ly/collegeprepAV to register to attend.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Moya (rmoya@avhsd.org).

Habitudes

For the remainder of the this semester, our AVID team will be teaching and reiterating Habitudes first lesson, the ICEBERG. Content teachers, the counselor, and other staff will also find ways over these next few months to reinforce this lesson.


The purpose of the Iceberg lesson is the following:


Core Competency: Responsible Decision Making

The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions and the well-being of self and others.


Sub-Competency: Ethical Responsibility

Ethical responsibility is the duty to follow a morally correct path. It is the ability to recognize, interpret and act upon multiple principles and values according to the standards within a given field and/or context.


As a way to further support our students with this social emotional learning (SEL), we'd like to share the PARENT LETTER that accompanies this lesson, as well as the video students will view in their AVID class. Parents make such a difference when it comes to student wellness and achievement -- family partnership in this venture is welcomed and appreciated!


Again, to view the parent letter, click HERE.


To view the first student video for Habitudes, click on ICEBERG.


If parents or students have questions, AVID teachers are the first staff members that should be contacted. Again, thank you so much for your partnership as we focus on our students' social emotional learning!

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Student Free Day on Friday, October 23rd

Please note that Friday, October, 23, 2020 is a Student Free Day. Students will not have classes on this day in order for teachers to engage in professional development.


Students, please take advantage of this three-day weekend!

AVC Spring Semester Update

Last week, AVC announced that the Spring semester will be mostly taught through the distance learning model. To see more information from the AVC website, please click on the following link: https://www.avc.edu/node/4130


Remember, there has been no decision made for high school classes and the learning model for Spring 2021. We will get information out as soon as it is available. We appreciate your patience as we work through these unique circumstances.

Taking Care of Your Chromebook

Please check out this video on the proper care of your Chromebook: https://youtu.be/czXax6UKNwQ


Maintaining our technology, especially when it is such a necessity, should be a top priority!

Attendance

Attendance has a direct correlation to student success. If you miss a high school class for an excusable reason, parents/guardians must call or email Mrs. Andrews to clear the absence: (661) 722-6509 / jandrews@avhsd.org and follow up with your 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!

Computer Mice and Headsets Available!

We have additional computer mice and headsets available at no cost to our students with the intention of providing more tools to improve SOAR students' learning environments. Please stop by the office anytime between the hours of 8am and 3pm, Monday - Thursday to take advantage of these giveaways!

We Need Photos for Yearbook!

Yearbook is actively posting ideas for Yearbook photos in the Class Google Classrooms. Please take just a few minutes to ensure you're contributing to SOAR's memories by uploading your photos directly to this link: https://images.jostens.com/upload.jsp


Again, if you are curious about what types of photos Yearbooks is looking for, please refer to your Class Google Classroom, contact a representative from Yearbook, or contact Mrs. Jefferson (sjefferson@avhsd.org).

"You're a STAR" Program!

We are bringing back our "You're a STAR" program and are actively looking for non-cash donations we can use as giveaways for our students who get caught being a STAR -- being a self advocate, teachable, accountable, or respectful while connected online or in the community. If you are interested in donating or have ideas for businesses who may be interested in recognizing our STARs, please contact Dr. Herrera (sherrera@avhsd.org). Thank you!

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!!

Holocaust Art Contest

The 7th Annual Holocaust Arts Contest for the 2020-21 school year has kicked off! Front cover winner gets a $100 scholarship and back cover gets $50. All entries become property of the contest (cover art only) and will not be returned to students. For more information, visit the following links:

Contest Flyer

2020-2021 Holocaust Art Contest Entry Form

Parent Workshops

If you were unable to attend our recent counseling workshops, you can find the presentations on our website: https://www.soarhs.org/parents/parent-workshops


Please stay tuned for more information on upcoming parent workshops in the near future!

Meal Services

The AVUHSD Food Service Team is pleased to announce Saturday meal distribution at all eight comprehensive high schools. Each Friday, Food Services will provide all eligible persons 18 years and younger two meal kits that will include Saturday’s lunch, as well as Monday’s breakfast. Daily meal service takes place from 11:00 to 1:00 Monday through Friday.


Visit www.AVfood.org for more information or to apply/renew your lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year.

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 is a Student Free Day -- students will not participate in any classes this Friday, October 23rd. These are also published on our online calendar or in the student handbook.

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.

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