SOAR Updates

12/9/2020

Late Night Tutorials

Please join ASB on December 11th from 5-7pm for their annual Late Night Tutorials! This year's event will be fully virtual and supported by SOAR teachers on Discord. If you're new to Discord, stay tuned for more information coming from ASB through the SOAR STARS 2020-21 Google Classroom.

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!

Coffee With the STARs/Title I Event

Grab your coffee and join Dr. Herrera and other STARs as we check in on our program progress, updates, and more this Friday, December 11th at 8:30 a.m. This event is open to all of our SOAR stakeholders: students, parents, staff, and faculty. For interest in attending this event, please fill out the following simple form by 8pm on Thursday (12/10/2020) so you can be sent the secure link: https://forms.gle/8MGLMEQRrsurMGBv6


We look forward to seeing you there!

ICC Board Presentation

Our SOAR ICC team will present at the upcoming AVUHSD board meeting this Friday, December 11th beginning at 3pm. You can watch the presentation on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6hLaGo2xh3dclTRisANvsQ


End of 1st Semester/Student Activity Day

The last day of the high school semester is Friday, December 18, 2020 -- this is also a Student Activity Day. Students should stay tuned to Google Classroom posts and AVID announcements in order learn more about plans and expectations for this fun day!

SOAR Recruitment/Application Information

It is about that time for SOAR's recruitment and application season. Needless to say, the process for applying to SOAR will look very different this year due to current restrictions. Please note that our application will not be released until Friday, January 8, 2021. More information to share with anyone interested in applying to the SOAR program can be found on our "Future Students" page online: https://www.soarhs.org/future-students

Stakeholder Survey/Engagement Activity

If you weren't aware, our program is going through a mid-cycle Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC) review this school year. In order to get more feedback from stakeholders, we will soon be reaching out with a survey for your input and information on how you may be able to support us in a school engagement activity planned for Friday, January 15, 2021. Please stay tuned for more information -- we definitely appreciate the support!

Confidence-Building Club

The Confidence-Building Club is looking for feedback on more ways to support students schoolwide. Students can provide feedback and ideas at the following link:

https://forms.gle/G4YhHpFcbWCGkDoy5


Thank you for your support and input!

Message from Mrs. Moya for Students

As we get to the end of 2020, I want to remind you of the multiple ways to connect with me:


  • Join Counseling Drop-In Room during the scheduled time through Zoom (times are posted daily in Google Classroom
  • Make an individual appointment with me by clicking this link: https://calendly.com/soarcounseling/moya-appt
  • Call or text the SOAR Counseling line: 661-235-5738

Also, check out the SOAR Wellness Room: https://bit.ly/SOARWellnessRoom. There are a TON of things to click on that will take you to all things to do with self-care and wellness...make sure to explore and click around!

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!!


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

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. If you still need these items, please contact either Mrs. Andrews (jandrews@avhsd.org) or Mrs. Schaeffer (jschaeffer@avhsd.org) to make arrangements.

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.

Webstore Now Available

The SOAR webstore is now available to purchase items. You can purchase your yearbook or your Amiibo cards from the Game Club.


Here is how to activate your account..... go to https://soarhighwebstore.myschoolcentral.com/ and follow the directions under the orange ball that says "Create Account". Be sure to use your HIGH SCHOOL email address.

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).

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!

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!

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 is a Monday/Wednesday day -- Students will attend high school classes that they have on Mondays and Wednesdays.. 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.

Antelope Valley College

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