SOAR Updates

9/8/2020

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention month and the Antelope Valley High School District is on a mission to prevent suicide by reducing the stigma attached to talking about suicide. Over the next month, through our Google Classrooms, we will share information, videos, and resources related to suicide awareness and prevention. We encourage you to view these resources with your child, continue the conversation at home, helping to break the stigma of silence.


Please visit https://teenlineonline.org/parents/suicide for more resources on how to have these challenging conversations and how to better identify warning signs. Suicide is preventable; we are all key to prevention.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

TEXT 741-741 or CALL 800-273-8255

Meal Services

AVUHSD meals will be served from 11:30am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday, at the eight comprehensive high schools. Meals will be provided to anyone 18 years old or younger. Even though this is the case, our school's funding and student fee waivers for exams and college applications are dependent on students qualifying. Please take the time to apply for the meal program by clicking on the link below -- this helps all of us!


Please visit www.AVfood.org to apply or renew your lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year.

Attendance

Attendance, most especially in this distance learning model, is vital to student success and progress. There is an expectation that our STARs attend every course assigned, every day. It is very important to ensure teachers/instructors are aware of a student's online presence.


Please keep in mind that college instructors may drop students from their class for non-attendance. All SOAR students must be registered into an AVC class in order to remain in the program. Whether it is high school or college, if a students misses a class for any reason, they should follow up with the teacher/instructor directly via email.


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. Although we are not on campus, we are still responsible for record keeping.

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 Monday/Friday week -- students will follow their Monday/Wednesday schedule this Friday, September 11th. These are also published on our online calendar or in the student handbook.

Remembering 9/11 - We Will Never Forget

The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated attacks against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences, in addition to at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. 9/11 is reported as the single deadliest attack in history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively. We honor all of the fallen heroes of 9/11 -- we will never forget.

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/.