SOAR Updates

1/14/2021

Second Semester Has Begun! Please make school a priority by helping to create a home environment for students that is conducive to learning...minimize distractions, prioritize class time, etc.

Both high school and college classes have resumed with all students participating in the “At-home” Learning Model for the time being. This is similar to how we ended our last semester.


If you have any questions regarding student schedules, students can use the SOAR Counseling Drop-in Hours which are posted and offered daily in SOAR Google Classrooms. For a private meeting with our counselor, please visit https://soarcounseling.youcanbook.me/.


As a reminder, our office will remain temporarily closed to the public. Please visit the "Contact Us" page on soarhs.org if you need to connect with a staff or faculty member. We thank you for your patience as we want all of our SOAR community to stay safe and healthy!

AVC Book Distribution/Access Codes

Please visit bit.ly/avcbookinfo for SOAR/AVC book and access code information. Access codes will be purchased through virtual sessions instead of on campus this semester. Again, for more detailed information on anything related to books for AVC courses, visit the link provided above.

Stakeholder Engagement Activity (Student Activity Day) - 1/15/2021

If you weren't aware, our program is going through a mid-cycle Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC) review this school year. The WASC Visiting Committee will virtually visit our program on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.


In order to get more feedback from stakeholders for the upcoming review, we reached out to parents with a survey for input, plus information on how they may be able to support us in a stakeholder engagement activity planned for Friday, January 15, 2021. If you have completed this survey, thank you!


For parents who indicated their interest in participating in the stakeholder engagement activity, we have sent you an email with detailed information on the session start time, the virtual meeting link, and your faculty leader for the session. Students also received an email indicating the same information; students are expected to participate in one session tomorrow, 1/15/2021.


Parents, if you have questions or did not receive an email with the information outlined above, please contact Mrs. Schaeffer (jshaeffer@avhsd.org). Students, if you need clarification on the activities for tomorrow's Student Activity Day, please contact your AVID teacher.

January 18th MLK Jr. Holiday/Justice Sunday Information

Monday, January 18th, is a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be no classes in session for AVC or SOAR in observance of this holiday.


Justice Sunday

This Sunday, students from across the Antelope Valley, in partnership with the City of Lancaster and under the direction of Antelope Valley High School's Mr. Nigel Holly, are celebrating Justice Sunday. This year's event will feature the play "Eclectic" which was written by AVUHSD students! Throughout the play, you'll recognize actors from AVHS, EHS, KHS, SOAR, Anaverde Hills School Bethel Christian School, and Discovery Elementary School. Be sure to stick around after the performance to hear form our local leaders. You can watch this event on LTV (Channel 28) or access it live HERE on Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 4-6pm.

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

Entries for the AVUHSD's Virtual Talent Show Due Tomorrow (1/15/2021)!

The Antelope Valley Union High School District is hosting a virtual, district-wide, talent show for students. Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, act, rap, time-lapse artwork, or do you have another special talent? Enter Now! Video submission must be 1-2 minutes in length and school appropriate. Please read over the submission form for more details. All entry videos are due by January 15, 2021 and must be submitted through the submission link below (please download the videos to your google drive first).


Submission Form link: https://tinyurl.com/TalentShow2021 or TalentShow2021

SOAR Recruitment/Application Information

The application to apply for SOAR High School for the 2021-22 school year is now available and can be found on our "Future Students" page online: https://www.soarhs.org/future-students.


Please help us spread the word by sharing our flyer: http://bit.ly/soar2021-22flyer.


We're looking for new STARs!

Attendance

Attendance has a direct correlation to student success! If you miss a high school class for an excusable reason, parents/guardians must email Mrs. Andrews to clear the absence: 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!

Meal Services

Meal services will resume on Monday, January 11th at all eight comprehensive high school campuses from 11am to 1pm for all eligible persons 18 and under Monday through Friday. Meals will also be available at the following locations and times:


City of Palmdale

Domenic Massari Park- 37716 55th Street East 12:00pm-1:00pm

40th Street East & Avenue S- Dry Town 12:00pm-12:20pm

5th Street East & Avenue R 12:30pm-1:00pm

R.Rex Parris High School 12:30pm-1:00pm


City of Lancaster

Jane Reynolds Park- 716 W. Oldfield Street 12:30pm-1:00pm

SGT. Steve Owens Park- 43063 10th Street West 12:30pm-12:45pm

L-8 & Sierra Hwy. 12:00pm-1:15pm

43530 17th Street West (Lancaster Inn) 12:00pm-12:15pm

44125 Sierra Hwy. (Townhouse Motel) 12:00pm-12:30pm


Daily meal kits to include lunch and “next day” breakfast. Saturday meal kits are provided every Friday. Go to www.avfood.org for 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 Wednesdays of the month will be dedicated to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) -- please show college spirit by wearing an HBCU t-shirt!

School Site Council Meeting

The next School Site Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27th, at 4:00 p.m. Please stay tuned for the link in order to sign up to attend -- all are welcome!

SOAR Back to School Night

Please note that SOAR will host a virtual Back to School Night for the second semester on Wednesday, January 27th. Please stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks!

Check Out Our New 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

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).

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.

Fridays at SOAR

Friday, January 15th is a Student Activity Day. Students have been emailed detailed information from Mrs. Schaeffer on session details. Students should contact their AVID teachers with questions or clarification on exceptions.

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/.