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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."

 

3rd Annual Spring Break Army Bootcamp Completed

Congratulations to our more than 100 students who completed the Army Boot Camp event held at Antelope Valley High School this week.

Congratulations to our more than 100 students who completed the Army Boot Camp event held at Antelope Valley High School this week. We commend you for spending your Spring Break trying new things and looking toward the future! The students slept in tents, participated in military physical training and competitions, team building, and life saving training. Yesterday, our Boot Camp participants proudly ran down Lancaster Blvd. to showcase their efforts. Special thanks to our staff, US Army partners and volunteers who made this event possible! #AVHS #USArmy #AVFindYourPath

Annual Independent City Event a Success

Earlier this month, AVUHSD hosted its annual Independent City event where foster youth are able to prepare for adulthood and emancipation.

Earlier this month, AVUHSD hosted its annual Independent City event where foster youth are able to prepare for adulthood and emancipation. The students are placed in a simulated city environment where they adopt a persona and conduct personal business at locations such as a bank, county office or DMV. They also are asked to make purchases such as buying a car. At the end of the event, our students are better positioned to become independent and enter adulthood. The students also heard from a motivating speaker and had a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes including gift cards and a laptop. We would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, and local organizations for making this event possible. We also thank our students for participating and investing in their futures! 

Academy Prep

Did you know that the Antelope Valley Union High School District offers a free, dependent public charter school for 7th and 8th graders? If you have a student in these grades, please join us at an upcoming information session, and learn all about what Academy Prep Junior High has to offer including high quality, caring teachers, small class sizes in a family environment, a STEM focus, sports and more. Information session dates and times in the story.

 

Did you know that the Antelope Valley Union High School District offers a free, dependent public charter school for 7th and 8th graders? If you have a student in these grades, please join us at an upcoming information, and learn all about what Academy Prep Junior High has to offer including high quality, caring teachers, small class sizes in a family environment, a STEM focus, sports and more. Information session dates and times below.

Palmdale Prep Campus
March 7 & May 2 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
2270 East Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93550

SOAR Prep Campus
February 26 & March 26 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
6300 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536

Knight Prep Campus
February 27, March 27 & May 8 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
37423 70th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93552