SOAR Updates

12/16/2020

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Recognizing Our Brightest STARs!!

There have been several bright and shining STARs over this semester who deserve an extra special SHOUT OUT! This is a list generated by staff, faculty, counseling, and admin of those who stood out for demonstrating STAR (self advocacy, teachability, accountability, and respectfulness) qualities over the past four months:


Mogbonjubola Adepoju

Nathaniel Aguiar

Haya Ansari

Andrew Arreola

Journey Artis

Sheyla Aviles

Chantel Barrera

George Balazs

E'Niyah Berry

Jordan Bogle

Valerie Castillo

Jodie Cheun

Brennan Coffey

Kevin Delgado

Bodhi Driver

Jaiden Duffee

Hannah Duffee

Amber Dundee

Angel Flores

Yahany Francisco

Joy Gendy

Jacob Hilsinger

Bayle Glosson-Harvey

Ashley Goines

Charyse Haoson

Miracle Idowu

Tiernan Inich

MaKenna Jacob

Faith Janczewski

Abigail Kelly

Anthony Lima

Miguel Mejia

Chris Kyler Mendoza

Crystal Mobaraka

Rachel Mobaraka

Stephanie Montes Flores

Maria Montoya

Valerie Manzano

Andrew Nakoud

Maria Navarro

Hazel Oliva

Esmeralda Padilla

Diego Reyes

Rocio Rivera

Gia Rodgers

Elena Rodriguez

Stephen Aldrich Roman

Cesar Rosales

Wendy Torres

Mario Sauceda

Asher Skrentny

Quinton Wood

Giselle Zamudio

Samuel Zhu


Additionally, we would like to highlight some groups in the program for their contributions this semester: ASB, ICC, Class of 2021 Leadership, Class of 2022 Leadership, Class of 2023 Leadership, and Class of 2024 Leadership, SOAR Streaming Team, SOAR Ambassadors, Key Club, and Game Club!


Congratulations to all of you -- we are thankful for your example and contribution to our program! Keep shining, STARs!!

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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. Please see the schedule below -- we are looking forward to seeing you all there!
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NHS Staff and Faculty Appreciation

Please check out the National Honors Society's (NHS's) presentation honoring SOAR staff and faculty: https://tinyurl.com/SOARNHSAppreciation


Thank you, NHS -- that was incredibly thoughtful of you! We appreciate all of the love and positive thoughts!

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. The WASC Visiting Committee will virtually visit our program on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.


In order to get more feedback from stakeholders for the upcoming review, we will be reaching out later this week to parents with a survey for your input, plus information on how you may be able to support us in a stakeholder engagement activity planned for Friday, January 15, 2021.


The survey will ask you to provide feedback on our Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs), which you can find below:


Self-directed learners who

  • Create an educational plan based on individual student goals

  • Practice effective study and work habits including regular attendance and effective time management

  • Overcome obstacles and become resilient through individual determination

  • Use technology to research, evaluate, and synthesize information

Open-minded thinkers and problem solvers who

  • Exhibit academic excellence by completing a combined high school and college curriculum

  • Connect ideas across the curriculum to accomplish meaningful tasks

  • Develop logic, reasoning, and inquiry based skills

  • Engage in high level critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions in school and real life situations

Active communicators who

  • Utilize self-advocacy to achieve goals speak and write with clarity to diverse audiences

  • Listen attentively and read critically to interpret the messages and ideas of others

  • Utilize technology to communicate with other students and faculty

Respectful citizens who

  • Exhibit AVUHSD character traits of respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, and citizenship

  • Demonstrate personal, academic, and social integrity

  • Exhibit civic responsibility by participating in a democratic society

  • Demonstrate community and global awareness through tolerance of diverse cultures and beliefs


As always, we look forward to hearing from you so that we can continually reflect and grow our program!

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

Have a Great Winter Break!

SOAR Winter Break begins on Monday, December 21, 2020 and extends through Friday, January 8, 2021. Both AVC and SOAR classes will resume virtually on Monday, January 11, 2021.


You will receive information about AVC Book Pick-up over the break -- the dates established for this are January 7th and 8th. Please stay posted for your appointment times. This information will be emailed to you.


Also students, please check your high school schedule in PowerSchool after January 8, 2021 in case there have been adjustments over the break.

Meal Services

The AVUHSD Food Service Team will be serving meals through this Friday, December 18, 2020. This Friday, students will receive prepared meals for five days. All comprehensive high schools, except Quartz Hill High School, will be serving through this Friday. Meal services will begin again on Monday, January 11, 2021 once school is back in session.


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

So you think you've got talent? Step Up for the AVUHSD's Virtual Talent Show!

The Antelope Valley Union High School District is hosting a virtual, district-wide, talent show for students. Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, act, rap, time-lapse artwork, or do you have another special talent? Enter Now! Video submission must be 1-2 minutes in length and school appropriate. Please read over the submission form for more details. All entry videos are due by January 15, 2021 and must be submitted through the submission link below (please download the videos to your google drive first).


Submission Form link: https://tinyurl.com/TalentShow2021 or TalentShow2021

Check Out Our New Virtual Calming Room Over the Break!

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

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!

AVC Planned Power Outage

AVC has scheduled a planned power outage for construction project purposes from Saturday, December 19, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. Please note that offices will be closed. If you need to get ahold of AVC or SOAR personnel, please do so via email. You may find staff directories on their respective websites.

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!

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!

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).

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 Student Activity Day. 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/.