SOAR Updates

11/16/2021

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 -- here at SOAR!


Our next STAR Celebration will take place on Thursday, January 27th from 9am - 2pm in the front office -- don't forget to keep your STAR Card in a safe place and bring it with you!

AVC Spring Registration Follow Up

At this point, all students should have selected and registered for spring AVC classes. Remember, students will need to pay the $21 fee that is listed in their AVC portal as soon as possible. Students can pay online through MyAVC or at the AVC Cashier's Office.

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is quickly approaching. Please be advised that SOAR High School classes are not in session the entire week (11/22 - 11/26). AVC still has classes in session on that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. AVC classes are not in session on 11/25 and 11/26.


Happy Thanksgiving to all -- wishing you a wonderful one!!

Seniors/Senior Families

This is a reminder that all California State University and University of California applications are due on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. If students or families need additional support at this time, please make sure to reach out to our counseling department.

Some Student Trends -- Students and Parents, we need your support with this please!

As we progress through the semester, we are noticing some trends that we are addressing here at school, but we could use the help of both students and parents as well:


  1. Tardiness -- Many students are reporting late to class, especially their first class of the day. This is unacceptable in an early college high school environment when the agreement for transportation and commitment is made very clear from the beginning of the program. If you/your student has had tardies this semester, please make sure to have a conversation at home about solutions to this concern. Remember, classes are reduced in this program since students are enrolled in college. Every minute missed of class is a missed learning opportunity! A schedule with class start times can be found here: https://www.soarhs.org/students/bell-schedule or through PowerSchool.
  2. Leaving Campus Between Classes -- We still have reports of students, especially those who drive, leaving campus between classes. Remember, SOAR students must stay on campus from the start of their first SOAR class until the end of their last SOAR class. If a students needs to leave at anytime between that designated time period, they MUST check out through the office.
  3. Profanity -- Unlike in years past, we are hearing a lot more profanity on campus. We ask again that anyone on campus and in this professional educational setting to respect the environment and those here by refraining from vulgar language. Again, this is not something we've traditionally had an issue with, but it's definitely worth a reminder and conversation at home.
  4. Clearing Absences -- Anytime a student is out of school, it's important that a parent or guardian call or email to clear their absence. The attendance number is 661-722-6509 ext. 2 or you can email Mrs. Andrews directly: jandrews@avhsd.org
  5. Parking Lot Procedures -- We are still seeing students who are picked up or dropped off at stops signs or in the middle of the roadway. Students must be picked up from an actual parking space or in the loading zone. Also, please remember that if you're picking a student up in the loading zone, the student must be out there -- NO waiting in the loading zone -- we need to keep the line moving.


We sincerely thank you for your attention to these items while we work together to make this a safe and secure environment for all!

New Faces at SOAR

There are some new faces at SOAR and we wanted to make sure everyone gets to know our new employees, interns, and tutors. Please help me welcome the following new team members displayed below.

Olabisi Sule-Odu

Educational Social Worker


Again, thank you for welcoming these new members to our team -- they are all here to help and support our students.

SOAR and AVC BOOK INFORMATION

Click HERE for information on SOAR and AVC books.

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


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.

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 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.

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 espaƱol: 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

This Friday, November 19th, 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/.