SOAR Updates

5/18/2021

Congratulations, Rocio Rivera!

Congratulations to SOAR Junior, Rocio Rivera, who just became AVC's newest board member as the AVC Student Trustee. "The student trustee offers a student's perspective and advice to the Board of Trustees at monthly and special Board meetings. The student trustee is educated on upcoming programs, policies and expenses that will be presented to the Board for approval. Using knowledge collected from the college's history, administrators, faculty, staff but most importantly the students, she/he will or will not approve of the communications presented for approval" (www.avc.edu, 2021).


Congratulations, Rosie -- we're so proud of you and can't wait to see you shine as a bright STAR in this elected position!

Classified Appreciation Week!

It's Classified Appreciation Week and we want to thank our Super STAR SOAR Classified Team for their dedication and contribution to our program. We would not have the program we do without their care and attention. A BIG THANK YOU to the following team members: Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Galindo, Ms. Hogan, Mr. Mitchell, and Mrs. Schaeffer!


If you've been impacted by one of these amazing Super STARs, please let them know it -- it would mean so much to them!

Congratulations, Ms. Schaeffer!

Congratulations to Ms. Jaylene Schaeffer for receiving an AVUHSD Special Service Award for her awesome contribution to SOAR this year. This is amazing recognition from her peers for all the effort, innovation, and compassion she exuded over these challenging times -- congratulations again, Mrs. Schaeffer! You are a Super STAR!

Student Activity Day/ASB Virtual Carnival

This Friday, May 21, 2021 is a Student Activity Day and also the ASB Virtual Carnival. Please see the following flyers and information that will be posted in your Google Classroom for details.
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Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 31, 2021, is Memorial Day. There will be no classes in session for AVC or SOAR on this day.

Summer 2021 AVC Book and Access Code Distribution

AVC book distribution for the 2021 summer session will be on Tuesday, May 18th, by appointment only. Students can expect to receive their appointment email from jschaeffer@avhsd.org no later than the afternoon of Thursday, May 13th. Only students who have books to pick up will be scheduled an appointment.


Summer 2021 access codes will be purchased virtually. Please visit the "Access Codes" link located in the AVC Summer 2021 Textbook Information slide for more information: https://bit.ly/avcsummerbooks.


Things to Know about AVC Summer 2021 Book Distribution:


  • Appointments were scheduled in the gaps of students' high school schedules for Tuesday, May 18th. This will be the ONLY day scheduled for summer book distribution. We ask that you do your very best to adhere to your scheduled appointment as availability was VERY limited.

  • Siblings can pick up for other siblings and parents can pick up without the student(s) present.

  • Please enter AVC’s Campus at Lot D1 (Avenue K, just west of 30th Street West) and proceed to the front of the AVC cafeteria. See map here: MAP

  • All vehicle occupants must wear a face covering when participating in the pick-up process.

  • Additional book information may be found at: https://bit.ly/avcsummerbooks

SOAR Summer School

Summer School will be held beginning Thursday, July 1st through Thursday, July 29th, with a July 5th holiday in observance of Independence Day for incoming 9th and 10th graders. Students who may need to make up credits, need to reach out to Mrs. Moya for options.


It's important that students see their Class Google Classroom for more information and details on how to apply for this upcoming summer session. If you have questions, please consider attending the SOAR Counseling Drop-in Hours -- see Google Classroom for details.

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!

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


When you get to the "Document Upload" page in PSE, please select the option "I will provide these documents in person" at the very bottom of the page to bypass the document upload request. You will not need to bring anything to SOAR. Unfortunately, this is an area in PSE that is being corrected and it may take some time to see it live on the parent side. We will contact you directly if we are missing any documentation for your student.


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.

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!

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.

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 español: http://bit.ly/DocOpt-InSPAN

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 21, 2021, will be a Student Activity Day. 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/.