SOAR Updates

10/13/2020

Student Activity Day Tomorrow (10/14/2020)!

SOAR's first Student Activity Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th. All students will be given a link in order to attend their virtual session at 11am on this day with others from their AVID class. Students should contact their AVID teacher if they have not yet been given the link.


All students are expected to attend this important and very meaningful activity based on our new social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, Habitudes, created by Growing Leaders unless there is a conflict with a college class. If this is the case, students should notify their AVID teacher and plan to make up the activity as soon as possible. The activity will be posted on the SOAR STARS 2020-21 Google Classroom, as well as the Class Google Classrooms. We need full participation for this exciting launch of Habitudes!


Please note that we want students to utilize this student activity day as a way of not only focusing on this new initiative, but also on taking care of themselves to gear up for the upcoming quarter by using the other hours in the day to accomplish any of the following: rest, exercise, plan for the quarter, prepare for upcoming tasks, collaborate with peers, talk with mentor, catch up on reading, study/review new concepts, do something fun, be outdoors, etc.


Again, if you have any questions, please contact your AVID teacher for more information.

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).

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!

Class of 2021 - Senior Portraits

We are now in October and there are still several seniors who have not taken their senior portraits. Please call O'Connor Photography (661-940-5657) to schedule your portraits for inclusion in the yearbook and senior video.


In the coming weeks, reminders will be sent to seniors (and their parents) who have not gone in for their sitting. You are under no obligation to purchase pictures; however, due to the pandemic, there is a sitting fee. If you have questions about that fee, please direct them to the photographer. If you have any concerns or issues about being able to complete your senior portrait before the deadline (10/16/2020) please email sjefferson@avhsd.org.

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!

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!

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.

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!!

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.

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!

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.

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

Fridays at SOAR

This is a Monday/Friday week -- students will follow their Monday/Wednesday schedule this Friday, October 16th. 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/.