SOAR Updates

9/9/2021

Please Contribute Feedback!

Students, parents, and staff -- we'd love your feedback on our fall climate survey -- please click on the following link to begin: https://antelopevalley.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_038O2oVbViK5vXo

Food Services to Provide Universal Feeding in 2021-22

Food Services is pleased to announce that beginning in 2021-22, your student will receive meals at no charge as part of their school day thanks to the USDA's COVID Relief Plan. This is an automatic benefit for all enrolled students throughout CA. It is important that our students are nourished in order for them to learn and not have the pressure associated with program eligibility.


These changes mean students are not required to complete a meal application or provide any specific documentation, however, the AVUHSD is still required to gather family income and demographic information to ensure that your student benefits from additional state and federal programs that are available.


The CDE uses this confidential information to identify qualifications for additional funding that provides for many programs and opportunities for our students. Based on the information provided, eligible students may receive fee waivers for the PSAT or SAT, free college applications, and much more. The AVUHSD is eligible for additional Supplemental and Targeted funding for student programs and services based on a variety of factors, including this data.


Please help us provide the best opportunities that we can for our students by taking a few minutes to fill out this form: https://family.titank12.com/income-form/new?identifier=3JD2ZE


We've had very few SOAR families do this and we need your help submitting this information. Thank you!


Visit the Food Services website at avfood.org for more information or to contact them with any questions regarding the above link.


Students are always welcome to come to campus for breakfast (7:15-7:45am) and lunch (12:30- 1:20pm). Remember, there is no cost for meals this year. All meals are served out of the "Lunch Box" between the office and S-1.

September is 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 Counseling Google Classrooms, we will share information, videos, and resources related to suicide awareness and prevention.


We encourage families and staff to view these resources with your students, continue the conversation at home, and help break the stigma of silence. Please visit the websites below for more resources on how to have these challenging conversations and how to better identify warning signs. Suicide is preventable and we are all key to prevention:

https://www.teenlineonline.org/parents/suicide/

https://www.suicideispreventable.org/

• National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

• If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text HOME to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

• The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7 to provide mental health support, resources and referrals at (800) 854-7771.

Student Handbook

We ask that students and families please review our student handbook: https://www.soarhs.org/students/student-handbook


It's important that all members of the SOAR community are familiar with behavioral expectation, academic integrity policies, dress code, etc. Students will be getting a copy of the planner through AVID classes soon. Again, until then, we ask that you review our online version of this document.

SOAR and AVC BOOK INFORMATION

Click HERE for information on SOAR and AVC books.

Senior Portraits

If you have not taken your senior portraits, please do so as the deadline to get them done to be included in the yearbook is quickly approaching. We are asking seniors to get their portraits done by the end of September/early December. You can go to O'Connor or William Edwards. Students may pick their own outfits, pick backgrounds, and the studios will do the rest. Have questions? Email Mrs. Jefferson at sjefferson@avhsd.org.

SOAR Self-screening Procedures

Students will no longer need to register or submit a daily screening through the STOPIt Survey for high school campus entry. They will, however, need to do a self-screening daily prior to coming to campus; this is in line with the AVUHSD. Again, there is nothing that students will need to submit or show for entry onto the high school campus. The self-screening questions include the following:


  • Have you been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone known to have COVID-19 or anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Are you currently quarantined because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19?

  • Has anyone in your household recently tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Are you currently awaiting test results for a COVID-19 test?

  • Are you currently experiencing any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever at or above 100.4 degrees

    • Chills, sweating and/or repeated shaking or shivering

    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    • Mild or moderate difficulty breathing/shortness of breath for unknown reasons

    • Muscle aches or body aches

    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Runny or congested nose

    • Headache

    • Feeling unusually tired or weak


If you answered yes to any of these questions, DO NOT report to school. Stay home and email jandrews@avhsd.org to report the absence.

Expectations for Staying on Campus

All SOAR students are expected to stay on campus from the start of their first high school class until the end of their last high school class. If families would like to pick students up early or between classes, they must come into the office to do so. Parents/Guardians or emergency contacts must have an ID to present to the office.


We ask that you please have a conversation with your son/daughter about this topic, especially if they drive themselves to campus. Again, all students must be checked out through the office and may not leave campus between high school classes. If you have any questions, please contact the front office.

Be a STAR!

STUDENTS, don't forget to Be a STAR no matter where you are -- that's in the classroom, on campus, connected online, or in the community -- again, we're promoting Self advocating, Teachable, Accountable, and Respectful leaders -- STARs!


The "You're a STAR" program is back! Teachers and staff will begin to handout invitations to our mini celebration on October 1st when students are caught being a STAR!

Grade-level Google Classrooms

Please be aware that students should be checking their Grade-level Google Classroom regularly. There will be important school and counseling information posted there often. This week, students will find AVC textbook information as well as a list of computer labs, with hours and locations, on AVC's campus.

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

AVC Hearts and Hands Information

Please check out this great AVC resource: https://www.avc.edu/node/4972

Fridays at SOAR

Friday, September 10th will be a Monday/Friday schedule. Please refer to the calendar on our website for more information: 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/.