SOAR Updates

9/1/2020

Back to School Night

SOAR's Back to School Night will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 2nd beginning with an emailed message from SOAR around 5pm. Families will have the opportunity to review prepared teacher videos and presentations at their own pace beginning at 5:30pm through SOAR's website (soarhs.org). ASB will also have information about how to get more involved through clubs and activities, so make sure to check out the "Club Rush tab" as well.


Do you know how to connect with the school counselor? Click on Mrs. Moya's presentation in order to learn more. For general counseling information, visit SOAR's Counseling Page.


We encourage students to participate in reviewing the information provided by each teacher with their family. This will reiterate the expectations for each class, as well as let students and parents know how we can truly partner with them this year.


Please make sure that questions related to a specific course are directed to the teacher. A list of our teachers can be found on our school directory.

SOAR Updates - 9/1/2020

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

If you would like to make a nomination for SOAR's School Site Council for this 2020-21 school year, please email Dr. Herrera (sherrera@avhsd.org) by September 7th (extended deadline).


School Site Council plays an important role in contributing ideas, helping to make decisions, and working closely with students, staff, and families in order to manage the school goals and budget within the site plan. This year, we are looking for three students, two parents, three faculty members, and one staff member willing to put in the work for our council. This is a Mid-Cycle WASC accreditation year as well; SSC will also help with this process. Again, all nominations should be made to Dr. Herrera by September 7th.

Attendance

Attendance, most especially in this distance learning model, is vital to student success and progress. There is an expectation that our STARs attend every course assigned, every day. It is very important to ensure teachers/instructors are aware of a student's online presence.


Please keep in mind that college instructors may drop students from their class for non-attendance. All SOAR students must be registered into an AVC class in order to remain in the program. Whether it is high school or college, if a students misses a class for any reason, they should follow up with the teacher/instructor directly via email.


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. Although we are not on campus, we are still responsible for record keeping.

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.

Meal Service Update

AVUHSD meals will be served from 11:30am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday, at the eight comprehensive high schools. As a reminder, meals will only be provided to students currently enrolled in the Antelope Valley Union High School District.


Students or a parent/guardian may pick up a meal at one of the district's comprehensive campuses. Students will receive lunch and the next day's breakfast at their current eligibility rate. A recognizable form of school identification is required.


Please visit www.AVfood.org to renew your lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year.

Fridays at SOAR

This is a Monday/Friday week -- students will follow their Monday/Wednesday schedule this Friday, September 4th. These are also published on our online calendar or in the student handbook.

Upcoming Holidays

Monday, September 7th, is a student-free holiday in honor of Labor Day. Labor Day is the first Monday in September and came out of the labor movement, honoring the social and economic achievements of American workers. This is a yearly national tribute for the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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/.