SOAR Updates

9/24/2020

SOAR Updates - 9/24/2020

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

School Site Council Elections are Here!!

STUDENTS - please click on the following link to submit your vote for your School Site Council Student member: https://tinyurl.com/SOARSSCSB20-21


Remember, you must be logged into your AVUHSD email account; only one vote per student.


PARENTS - please click on the following link to submit your vote for your School Site Council Parent member: https://tinyurl.com/SOARSSCPB20-21


Elections will close on Monday, September 28th at 11:59pm.

Don't Miss Our 9th Grade Parent Workshop!


Who - 9th Grade Parents/Guardians


What - Transitioning to Early College: Tools and Take-aways

This workshop is taking place after our first grading period, so we will discuss tools that parents can use to help students be successful with navigating both high school and college. We will also review resources our Counseling Department has made available to 9th grade students.


When - Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm


Where - Be on the lookout for a link from our Counseling Department later this week to sign up for this virtual event -- you will be emailed the link to join the event once your interest is submitted on the form. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Moya (rmoya@avhsd.org) or Mrs. Chainey (tchainey@avhsd.org) for more information.


Why - Our school/family partnership is an essential part of student success!



On the Horizon for 12th Grade Families - A virtual parent workshop for 12th graders and their families will be held on October 1st from 6 :00 - 7:00 p.m. The discussion will center around financial aid. You don't want to miss out on this important information! Again, please look out for more information from our Counseling Department in the near future!

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!!

ASB Fan Cloth Fundraiser

Check out the new 2020-21 SOAR merchandise and consider supporting ASB through the Fan Cloth fundraiser: https://fancloth.shop/SJWG2.

Find apparel, accessories, and more priced from $20 to $50. This fundraiser will close on October 5th, so please don't delay in getting your SOAR gear!


Don't forget, Fridays are spirit days at SOAR -- be proud to be a STAR by wearing SOAR gear and school or class colors every Friday!

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!

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.

Class of 2021 - FAFSA

Thursday, October 1st marks the day that the 2021-2022 FAFSA opens. We will be in AVID 4 classes that day to discuss how to fill out the FAFSA and other financial aid forms. We would like to invite you to our workshop for families. In this workshop we will go over the different platforms that students are using to apply to college and what colleges are looking for in their applications. We will go over important financial aid forms such as the FAFSA, CSS Financial Profile, Scholarships and other forms. We will also discuss important deadlines and costs associated with senior year.


When: Thursday, October 1st at 6pm

Please register for this event by filling out registration form: https://forms.gle/jsaHkxTPDjoTviJc8

You will receive an email with a zoom link to the event on October 1st.

Please email me at rmoya@avhsd.org if you have any questions.

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.

AVC Mid-Term Study Jam

For more information on AVC Mid-term Study Jam, visit https://www.avc.edu/node/3983

Fridays at SOAR

This is a Monday/Friday week -- students will follow their Monday/Wednesday schedule this Friday, September 25th. 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/.