SOAR Updates

9/29/2020

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 Results

Congratulations to our newly elected School Site Council members!


STUDENTS - Valerie Manzano, Rachel Mobaraka, and Samuel Zhu


PARENTS - Keith Harvey and Lilian Rivera


STAFF - Stephanie Franklin, Amy Norman, and Steve Sedlacek


Thank you to everyone who participated in the election!

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!

Don't Miss Our 9th Grade Parent Workshop Tonight!

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!


If you still need to sign up for this workshop, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/bGdrVmL6JrvyxZet8

Class Of 2021 FAFSA Workshop!

Thursday, October 1st marks the day that the 2021-2022 FAFSA opens. Counseling will be in AVID 4 classes that day to discuss how to fill out the FAFSA and other financial aid forms. We want to invite families to a follow-up workshop focused on these topics. It is a very good idea for parents to have a good understanding of these processes in order to better support students.


In this workshop, Counseling will explore the various platforms students will use to apply to college, plus what colleges are looking for in their applications. Furthermore, financial aid forms such as the FAFSA, CSS Financial Profile, Scholarships, and other college forms will be discusses, as well as 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.


Email Mrs. Rika Moya at rmoya@avhsd.org if you have any questions.

Class of 2021 - Senior Portraits

We are now in October and there are still several seniors who have not taken their senior portraits. Please call O'Connor's Photography (661-940-5657) to schedule your portraits for inclusion in the yearbook and senior video.


In the coming weeks, reminders will be sent to seniors (and their parents) who have not gone in for their sitting. You are under no obligation to purchase pictures; however, due to the pandemic, there is a sitting fee. If you have questions about that fee, please direct them to the photographer. If you have any concerns or issues about being able to complete your senior portrait before the deadline (10/16/2020) please email sjefferson@avhsd.org.

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!

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!!

Meal Services

The AVUHSD Food Service Team is pleased to announce Saturday meal distribution at all eight comprehensive high schools. Each Friday, Food Services will provide all eligible persons 18 years and younger two meal kits that will include Saturday’s lunch, as well as Monday’s breakfast. Daily meal service takes place from 11:00 to 1:00 Monday through Friday.


Visit www.AVfood.org for more information or to apply/renew your lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year.

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 Tuesday/Friday week -- students will follow their Tuesday/Thursday schedule this Friday, October 2nd. 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/.