SOAR Updates

5/4/2021

SOAR High School, 2021 CA Distinguished School Award Recipient

The CA Department of Education recently announced that SOAR High School is being recognized as a 2021 California Distinguished School. SOAR has made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the Sate Board of Education for all students. To see the CDE News Release, please visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr21/yr21rel35.asp


Congratulations to our entire SOAR community -- we share this award with all of you who have contributed to SOAR's continued success!

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AVC Book Return

AVC book returns will be held on May 6th and 7th in a drive through format, by appointment only. Students and parents were emailed appointments by jschaeffer@avhsd.org on April 30, 2021. Only students who currently have books checked out by AVC were scheduled for return. Appointments were scheduled in the gaps of high school schedules. For some students, appointments may be within 30 minutes of the ending or beginning of a high school class. We ask that you do your very best to adhere to your scheduled appointment as availability was very limited. For more information, please review the "Things to Know for AVC Spring 21 Book Returns" document.

Coffee With the Stars/Title I Meeting

This Friday, May 7, 2021, we will virtually host Coffee with the Stars and our Title I Meeting. If you're interested in attending, please submit this form as soon as possible: https://forms.gle/SyyvjzWeSsiaRgHr7


Don't forget to bring your coffee...we will see you at 8:30 a.m.

Prom Photo Opportunity!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's online Prom event. If you attended the event, please come to S-5 on Friday, May 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to pick up your goodie bag and take your Prom photos with O'Connor Studio. Make sure to bring cash, check, or credit card to pay for the package you wish to purchase. If you did not attend Prom, but still wish to get those last end-of-year photos by a professional photographer, we invite you to join us too.


Again, the hours are from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in S-5 this Friday (May 7, 2021).


Please see the price sheet below.

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PowerSchool Enrollment

All returning students for the 2021-22 school year must complete their annual PSE enrollment form for the 2021-22 school year no later than May 14th. This can be done by logging in and selecting the "Enrollment 2021-22" link under the "Navigation" menu in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Instructions to complete the enrollment forms are available in English and Spanish here: https://bit.ly/pseinstructions


Some tips for PSE:


  • If you have multiple students attending SOAR, you will need to submit a form for each student. You can toggle between students in the PowerSchool parent portal by clicking their names at the top left of the screen.
  • The enrollment forms will only be available in the parent portal.
  • If you do not have a home phone and are using cell phones as your main points of contact, please be sure to duplicate these numbers as your home phone AND your cell phone.
  • Don't forget to update your email address.
  • If you require a PowerSchool password reset, please complete this form request: http://bit.ly/pspasswordreset


Please email Mrs. Schaeffer at jschaeffer@avhsd.org if you require assistance.

Please Make Attendance a Priority

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. Next week is AVC finals. 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!


Again, if a student misses a high school class, parents must contact Mrs. Andrews (jandrews@avhsd.org) to clear the absence. We really appreciate your support with this matter!

Check Out Our 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

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

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.

Senior Activities and Graduation 2021

Seniors/Senior Families -- please stay posted for information coming out this week on the SOAR Graduation Week events (this will go directly to your email). Again, all of these will take place the week of May 24th, wrapping up the week with our graduation ceremony on Friday, May 28th at 7pm in the AVC Football Stadium. All of the information on tickets, protocols, and action items will be in the communication. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to new guidelines.


Also, don't forget that AVC's Commencement Ceremony will be presented on YouTube through the Antelope Valley College channel on May 7, 2021 at 7:00pm. Please share with friends and family...everyone can watch: www.youtube.com/user/avcommunitycollege

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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!

Meal Services

Food Services is excited to be welcoming students back to campuses. All students will be provided a Grab & Go breakfast each morning when arriving to school and lunch at the

end of the school day at no-charge. We will be following all District

protocols to ensure a safe and efficient process when students

receive their meal(s).


In addition to a special treat each day, all meal kits will include milk,

juice and water at breakfast and milk and juice included at lunch.

With hybrid scheduling, Food Services will provide a next day meal

kit each Tuesday and Friday for students to take home.

Drive-up meal distribution will continue at all eight comprehensive

high schools Monday-Thursday from 11 AM until 1 PM for all eligible

persons 18 and under.

Please visit our website at

www.avfood.org for menus and more information.

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!

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.

AVC Hearts and Hands Information

Please check out this great AVC resource: https://www.avc.edu/node/4972

Fridays at SOAR

This Friday, May 7, 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/.