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Distance Learning & Chromebooks

Beginning Thursday, April 2 we will begin distributing chromebooks to assist students without access to technology.

Good evening Quartz Hill High School families

Our staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for your student’s Distance Learning experience. As we prepare for the April 2nd start date, we are ready to issue chromebooks to those in need.

Beginning Thursday, April 2 we will begin distributing chromebooks to assist students without access to technology. Due to the limited number of devices we ask that only those families without a computer check out these devices. At this time, we will only be distributing one device per family.  We have prioritized device check-out to start with seniors, followed by juniors, then sophomores and freshmen. We anticipate being able to supply chromebooks to all families in need, but will need your support in following the protocol outlined below. 

We will check out chromebooks on April 2-3 by grade level. We ask for your patience in this process. We will be checking out devices as quickly as possible but need to keep everyone safe. Sure, there may be a wait, but rest assured we will be working as fast as we can to limit wait-time. In order to ensure a smooth process please read this communication in its entirety and adhere to the procedures, as our goal is to be as efficient as possible and do not want to turn families away. 

Who can pick up chromebooks on April 2nd/3rd?

Only students who filled out the survey by March 31st and indicated anything other than “I have my own tablet, Chromebook, laptop, or desktop computer that will work for distance learning,” may pick up chromebooks this week. If you were not able to fill out the survey, you will have another opportunity on April 6th (more info to follow). Please do not stress as we anticipate being able to fill all family needs for technology. 

If you arrive to pick up a chromebook and did not fill out the pre-survey, unfortunately we will have to reschedule you for the make-up date next Monday, April 6, for you to pick up your chromebook. Those who filled out the survey have chromebooks assigned to their student account and we will not be able to transfer those chromebooks to new accounts until the make-up date to ensure efficiency. 

When do I pick up the chromebook?

Please arrive during these times, per grade. 

Thursday April 2nd

8:00-10:30am- 12th Grade

11:30-2:00pm-  11th Grade

Friday April 3rd

8:00-10:30am- 10th Grade

11:30-2:00pm- 9th Grade

If you are late, you can still pick up your chromebook at one of the later times. However, if you are early, we will have to ask you to wait until your proper grade level time.

What do I need to know or do to pick up my Chromebook?

-One Chromebook will be checked out to each family. If you have multiple QH students in your family, you will most likely be able to pick up a Chromebook for additional siblings, however this will be at the make-up date. Once again, we anticipate being able to accommodate all families after it’s all said and done.

-Your student must be present for chromebook pick up. If your student cannot be present during your scheduled time, you may arrive during one of the times AFTER your scheduled time or during the make-up date of April 6th. 

-Your student must have their ID or a copy/picture of their Power School.

How will the chromebooks be distributed?

We will be abiding by social distancing and asking for students and their families to do so as well. 

Parents/Students will arrive and park in a numbered parking spot located in the “100 Quad parking lot,” which is the East parking lot off 60th street. You will see the numbered parking spaces with tables located at the head of each parking spot. 

When you arrive, you will do one of following to check in:

-Go to tinyurl.com/QHChromebook and check in using your phone with your parking spot number

-Call 661-718-3100 ext. 703 and check in with your parking spot number

-Walk up to the check-in table located in front of the Library (use this method if you do not have a phone or are arriving by bus or foot)

Once checked in, your Chromebook and accessories will be brought out and set on the table in front of your car. Please do not take offense to us not personally handing you your technology. We are trying to keep everyone as safe as possible. Feel free to say hello though! 

If you can not make your listed time, or times after, know we will have make-up pick-up dates beginning April 6th. Also, those of you that contacted us about Hotspots will be able to pick them up (limited availability) next week as well. 

Once home, if you have any issues with your technology, please email nlove@avhsd.org and he will assist you with your tech support. 

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and support. Go Rebs!!

Distance Learning

I wanted to update you on the operations of Quartz Hill High School this week.

Good evening Quartz Hill High School students and families, 

As we near the beginning of our Distance Learning curriculum, I wanted to update you on the operations of Quartz Hill High School this week. Our school will be closed to the public (other than our normally scheduled lunch distribution from 10:30-12:30) from March 30th – April 1st. Although the physical brick and mortar part of our school will be closed, the spirit of our school, our hard working staff, will be busy prepping and communicating content for each class to be posted on Google Class. 

Beginning April 2nd, students may begin to work on their first weekly cycle of course work.  As students begin to ease out of their abnormal Spring Break to transition back to their studies, please take a few moments on April 2nd to have your student login to their Google Classroom and reach out to their teacher via email if your student is not clear on what to do. 

In regards to the specifics of Distance Learning, please refer to the March 24th Principal update located on Social Media, quartzhillhs.org, under notifications in your school app, and in your or your student's email. Included in that update is information regarding student technology, FAQ, and all the essentials of our social distancing. As always, if after reviewing these updates, you have any questions, reach out to the respective staff member or email me at zmercier@avhsd.org and I will get you to the proper person for help. 

We look forward to being able to work with our students through this difficult time. We commit to showing patience, having grace, and valuing quality over quantity as we pledge to do the right thing by your student. Thank you for allowing us to do so. Go REBS!

-Principal Zach Mercier

Please complete this survey as soon as possible so our school can prepare for the upcoming distribution scheduled to begin April 2.

As we prepare to transition to distance learning, we want to ensure our students have access to the technological resources necessary.  Please complete this survey as soon as possible so our school can prepare for the upcoming distribution scheduled to begin April 2.  Please note we have a limited number of devices.

https://tinyurl.com/QHTechSurvey

Thank you for taking a few minutes to help us further our preparation for Distance Learning. 

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Group Picture of 57 AVUHSD Medical Explorer Graduates

Last week, 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.

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.

Bridge Award Recipients Group Picture

Yesterday, AVUHSD recognized 19 individuals and organizations that have volunteered significant contributions to improving student career readiness through their commitment of time, resources and/or donations.Thank you to all those who give time, resources and support to our students in countless ways!

Yesterday, AVUHSD recognized 19 individuals and organizations that have volunteered significant contributions to improving student career readiness through their commitment of time, resources and/or donations.

When the community joins with school districts in creating opportunities for our local youth, even greater things can happen. A HUGE thank you to all those who were recognized including: Kaiser Permanente, Northrop Grumman, Code to the Future, AMR, Lancaster School District, University of Antelope Valley, USAF, USDA, Air Force Research Laboratory, Odyssey Television, AV Family Optometry, Palmdale Playhouse, Frye Chiropractic, Judge Denise McLaughlin Bennett, AV Surgery Center, and Randy and Terry Scott.

Group Picture of those presenting at Preparate Conference

A few weeks ago, a group of District educators presented at the Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference about AVUHSD's successful AP Computer Science Principles course, which is available at all of our high school campuses and offers students the opportunity to learn about technology on a global spectrum.

A few weeks ago, a group of District educators presented at the Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference about AVUHSD's successful AP Computer Science Principles course, which is available at all of our high school campuses and offers students the opportunity to learn about technology on a global spectrum.

The conference is a part of the College Board's commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. Since 2007, educators and civic and community leaders have addressed the educational challenges facing Latino Americans. Prepárate highlights national models that are successfully preparing Latino students for college success and life. This was a proud moment for AVUHSD and its faculty and staff!

Pictured from left: Computer Science Teacher Jose Cortinas, Director of School Improvement Dr. Joe Kelly, Coordinator of Computer Science Marci Clement, Littlerock High School Principal Jose Barajas and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Greg Nehen.

Measles FAQs

With the increase in cases of measles in LA County, we want to provide you with information about how you can protect yourself and your family from the measles. Information can be found here in English and Spanish. 

With the increase in cases of measles in LA County, we want to provide you with information about how you can protect yourself and your family from the measles. Information can be found here in English and Spanish. 

Kaiser Permanente Mediacal Explorers in optometrist office practicing technique on doctor

Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley is now accepting Medical Exploring applications from 9th-12th grade AVUHSD students for the 2019-2020 school year!

Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley is now accepting Medical Exploring applications from 9th-12th grade AVUHSD students for the 2019-2020 school year!

Exploring is a career education program for students who are between 14 and 20-years-old. Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for the explorers and help them gain practical knowledge in the medical field through a variety of activities. As a youth-led program, students organize monthly meetings including hands-on learning presentations, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices and Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, community service projects, CPR training, and a final educational field trip.

Applications are due May 17 and can be downloaded at kp.org/antelopevalley. If you are interested in health care careers, apply today!

 

Elizabeth McKinstry headshot title awards

Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry, AVUHSD Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), who oversees the District's career academies and pathways that prepare students for a wide range of future college and career options was recently awarded two state honors for her support and work with staff, students and the community. 

Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry, AVUHSD Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), who oversees the District's career academies and pathways that prepare students for a wide range of future college and career options, was recently awarded two state honors for her support and work with staff, students and the community in providing local youth advanced learning and tools, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow. 

CTE is an educational approach that integrates rigorous academics with curriculum relevant to pursuing high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers in various fields including health care, digital media, engineering, technology and public service. The AVUHSD is committed to providing its students a rigorous curriculum that enables them to develop the necessary academic, technical and work-related skills need to achieve their goals. CTE coursework is important in this mission as it provides hands-on, real-world experience.

McKinstry received the 2019 California Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year award from the California Association for Career Technical Education (CAACTE). The CAACTE organization is comprised of administrators, teachers, counselors, industry professionals, community and government representatives who facilitate all aspects of CTE that lead to preparing today's youth for future careers.

She also received the California HOSA Administrator of the Year award for her support of health career preparation. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization's mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The District's 250 student and teacher members of HOSA includes the Health Career Academy at Palmdale High School, the Biomedical Science Academy at Eastside High School, the Biomedical Science Pathway at Littlerock High School, and the Dental Pathway at Antelope Valley High School. 

"I am honored to receive these awards," said Dr. McKinstry. "I share these recognitions with the many dedicated educators, industry representatives and other members of the Antelope Valley community who support the ongoing work of our District to ensure all of our students are prepared for the ever-changing workforce of the 21st Century."