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Brenda Rincon is part of SOAR’s 2015 graduating class, she graduated with two associates degrees in Math and Sciences and another in Social and Behavioral Science. She is currently in her fourth year at UCSD double majoring in Human Biology and Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Psychology.  She is also working as a peer mentor and as a calculus workshop facilitator. As the new member educator for her sorority, she has been able to build connections and was selected to be a McNair Scholar who now conducts psychology research under Dr. Gail Heyman. She is set to graduate June 2019 and will spend her summer at UCSD working fulltime on her personal research project, she hopes to become a psychologist at a university to educate students about the importance of mental health.  


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Kyana Bell graduated from SOAR in 2014 after earning her associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She attended Colorado College and majored in Sociology, with a minor in Anthropology and Urban Sciences. She now applies her knowledge at the Butler Institute for Families, which focuses on implementing sustainable change in child- and family-serving systems in areas such as the child welfare workforce, early childhood, behavioral health, and tribal welfare. Within the next three years, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work or Research Methods and Statistics. Go, Stars!


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Elizabeth Mather graduated in 2015.  Upon completion of her associate’s degree and graduation from AVC in 2016, she enlisted into the US Air Force. She’s been stationed in Okinawa, Japan for the last year and a half with hopes to stay in the military for the next 20 years. She is 20 credits away from getting her bachelor’s degree in logistics in order for her to retire and work as a civilian contractor for the government.

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Brian Bauer is part of SOAR’s graduating class of 2015.  During his time at SOAR he earned his associate’s degree at AVC in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Brian transferred to and recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  While at Cal Poly Pomona, he met a lot of new people by joining clubs and working in one of the student housing facilities.  Brian is back in the Antelope Valley and actively looking for work as a video editor.  We’re so proud…keep SOARing, Brian! 


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As we wind down the end of our first semester of this 2018-19 school year, I am extremely grateful once again for all of the wonderful people who make up the SOAR community. We have had several events over the last month where our Stars have shined so brightly!
ASB, along with Mrs. Franklin, did a fantastic job of providing Late Night Tutorials for over 175 students this year. Students spent time reviewing in subject-specific groups for their college finals. ASB provided pizza, snacks, and drinks -- the students loved it!
We also welcomed students and families for Coffee with the Stars. This early morning event allows for our community to build relationships and hear from our Title I Coordinator, Mrs. Norman. She mentioned all of the great work our AVID Site Team is doing in providing structures and supports to meet the needs of our students. Mrs. Norman also mentioned that PSAT scores are out -- check College Board if you haven’t seen your scores yet.
Our SOAR Ambassadors, with the help of Dr. Zimmerman, Mrs. Moya, and Mrs. Chainey, set up the entire AVC Café for our first Gingerbread House Contest. SOAR Mentors and Mentees worked together to compete in a variety of categories: Most Creative, Most Delicious, Best Teamwork, and Most Traditional (see the pictures below). Congratulations to our winners -- what a fun activity!!
We also had a wonderful winterball! Moonlight Enchantment brought a lot of students out to celebrate the end of a terrific semester. Congratulations to the Sophomore Class and Mrs. Norman for putting on a fun-filled event for all! We loved the Dance Club entertainment and can’t wait for more at this upcoming Thursday’s pep rally.
Again, Thursday is a student activity day which means that students only need to attend from 8-11:05am. ASB is planning a very exciting event with lots of activities before the winter break.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019!
We’ll see you back for high school classes on January 14th, 2019 -- enjoy your time off!
~ Dr. Herrera
Principal's Take


Get Ahead This Summer - Summer School Starts July 1!

Why should my student attend summer school?

  • Summer school is not just for catching up, it is for getting ahead too!
  • Make sure he or she is meeting graduation and A-G requirements (UC/CSU college admission requirements).
  • Get ahead or catch up - Earn 10 credits!
  • Summer school runs from July 1 - July 26, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-1:00pm on each high school and Academy Prep Junior High campus.

Don't delay, classes are filling up fast. Contact the school counseling office for more details about summer enrichment opportunities.  


Group Picture of 57 AVUHSD Medical Explorer Graduates

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 57 students from the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) graduated from the 3rd Annual Medical Exploring Post in the Antelope Valley hosted by Kaiser Permanente.

Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are at least 14 (and have completed 8th grade) and not yet 21 years-old. Exploring is all about helping young adults make more informed decisions about future careers and determine which career is the right one for them. Before being accepted into the career preparation program, each student was required to complete a competitive application process, which included teacher recommendations.

Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees volunteered their time to provide real-world career experiences for the explorers to help them gain practical knowledge in the medical field through a variety of activities.

As a youth-led program, students organized monthly meetings including hands-on learning presentations, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, community service projects, CPR training, and a graduation ceremony celebrating their accomplishments.

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to be going into our fourth year hosting the Medical Exploring Program,” adds Tamara Riley, Assistant Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley and Medical Exploring Post Committee Chair. “This program is meant to expose students to a variety of careers in healthcare and help guide and inspire the next generation of medical professionals who will serve the communities they grew up in.”

During the graduation ceremony, local Kaiser Permanente, AVUHSD, elected and community leaders were in attendance to extend their congratulations during a graduation ceremony where students shared their experiences, conducted live demonstrations of their learnings, as well as, a special video presentation.

The Medical Exploring Post 661 hosted by Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley is one of many youth workforce development programs, including Hippocrates Circle for middle school students and our Volunteer Program for high school students and beyond.