AFSA High School Newsletter

October 8, 2021

Hello AFSA High School Families!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Potato Hug! The students did an excellent job with their SAE projects and art work! Please make sure to sign up for conferences coming up October 20th! See below for sign up link.

A couple of important reminders:

  • Please do not drop off students any earlier than 7:30 a.m. The building is not open before that time.
  • All students must bring a reuseable water bottle to school. We have water bottle refill stations upstairs and downstairs at the high school

Have a wonderful weekend!

Included in this week's newsletter:

  • Special Education Advisory Council
  • AFSA Activation Week Advisory Winners Announced
  • O-term Update!
  • AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link
  • AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request
  • Science Fair Mentors
  • AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022
  • AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information
  • COVID-19 Information and Reminders
  • Advisory Corner
  • Department Updates
  • Club Corner
  • AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022
  • Photos of the Week
  • Calendar of Events

Have a great weekend!

Thank you!

Special Education Advisory Council

AFSA’s Special Education Advisory Council will meet on October 20th, 2021 at 6:00pm in room 205 at the K-7 building. Sarah Lozano, AFSA K-7 School Counselor, and Ashley Berens, AFSA Licensed Occupational Therapist, will share information on how self-regulation and sensory processing are connected and how to best support your student if/when they experience difficulties in these areas. Please join us if you are able.

AFSA Activation Week Advisory Winners Announced

Today was our all school FFA Meeting! The officer team was excited to announce the Advisory winners for Activation Week - Mr. Kienitz's advisory received the Sportsmanship Award and Mr. Zurn's Advisory is the overall Activation Week Winner! Congratulations! The meetings ended with a bit of pie throwing! Ms. Meyer and Mr. Jones were the winners(?) of the Activation Week Pie throwing Jar War! Check out our social media for some videos of the experience!

O-term Update

O-term is coming up October 25-28! We are excited for the upcoming term! Students will be meeting next week with their o-term groups. Please watch for additional information and permission slips (for terms that need them) coming home next week.

AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link

Conferences for grades K-12 will be available on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (no school for students that day). Conferences will be 15 minutes long.

For grades 8-12, select as many classroom teachers as you want to see. Students are welcome to attend with parents.

Appointment times are separated into "Zoom" or "In-person" times. Please select a time based on the method in which you'd like to attend. If you select an in-person time, zoom will not be available (and vice-versa.) If you select a Zoom appointment, the link will be sent to you prior to your appointment time by your selected teacher.

You may check who your child’s teachers are in PowerSchool. For help scheduling grades 8-12 please call 651-259-4988.

To sign up for conferences please click here!

AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request

AFSA's K-12 tri 1 conferences are coming up October 20! We are looking for families who would like to donate gift cards, beverages, snacks, and dessert for the staff on conference day!

Due to COVID restrictions we are only looking for store bought individually wrapped items. Items may be dropped off at the high school or elementary school. Please make sure you indicate that your donation is for conferences.

Donations may be dropped off during school hours. Monday, October 18th end of the school day is the last day to make a donation.

To sign up for a donation please click here!

Thank you for supporting AFSA StAFSA!

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Forliti at

Thank you!

Science Fair Mentors

The AFSA Science Fair happens each year in January! Did you know that we have Science Fair Mentors available to help students with their projects? Science fair mentors are students who have either placed at state competition twice or competed at nationals. These mentors are here to help all AFSA students with any aspect of their science fair projects. Mentors are available the beginning of November. Watch for more information about times the mentors are available! Please see Mr. Jones with any science fair mentor questions!

AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022

The Annual Activity Fee is $25 per student. This covers student email accounts, student ID cards, locker use, PowerSchool access and FFA dues. Students will not receive their school ID unless this fee is paid.

If this fee presents a financial hardship for your family please contact our Executive Director, Becky Meyer,

Click here to pay activity fee online.

AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information

Attention AFSA Class of 2022 it is already time to think about the yearbook! We need the following from each senior:

  • Senior Photo
  • Baby Photo
  • Parent/Guardian Letter

To submit your seniors photos and letter please click here. If you have any problems uploading the items you can email them to

Items are due by December 22, 2021.

Please contact Ms. Forliti or Ms. Vorwald with any questions.

More information about graduation will be emailed out to families at a later date.

COVID-19 Information and Reminders

Masks are Required:

Masks are required to be worn by all staff and students at AFSA K-12 at this time. This includes during school hours and any events held at the building. If you do not have a mask please ask for one from the front desk at both buildings.

Free COVID-19 Tests Available at School: Through Minnesota's statewide education COVID-19 testing program, AFSA is offering Vault tests for the 2021-2022 school year for students and staff at no cost. Students can take these tests home and return them to school to they can be shipped to the lab. We want to keep kids and staff healthy, safe and in their classrooms.

If you would like a Vault test kit sent home with your student, please email our high school Covid Coordinator, Luba Vanyo, or our elementary Covid coordinator, Shelbi Pool, at

Other Testing Options:

Governor Tim Walz announced an expansion of testing capacity in the state’s COVID-19 community testing network in order to meet increased demand. Beginning October 15, Friday testing will be offered at the state sites in Mankato and St. Cloud. Beginning October 17, Sunday testing will be offered at the Moorhead and Winona sites.

The sites will be adding an additional testing day to increase their capacity. Each site is increasing its weekly capacity by approximately 500 tests for a max weekly capacity of approximately 2,500 per site:

  • Adding Friday Testing Beginning October 15
    • Mankato: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • St. Cloud: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Testing Beginning October 17
    • Moorhead: Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Winona: Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Read more information about the testing sites.

How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.

Who Should Get Tested

  • Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested:
    • if you have symptoms of the virus;
    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
    • if you are returning from international travel;
    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).
  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.
  • With the at-home program and community testing sites offering free testing across the state, the state has made it easy for Minnesotans to find a test.

Vaccine Information:

Advisory Corner

This week in advisory, high school students received a college and career readiness lesson on scholarships, where they were given information on dozens of scholarship opportunities available to them. 8th Graders received a lesson about managing anxiety in class.

Weekly Department Updates

Construction class has begun to learn about drafting our final projects. Fundamental Work Skills has been learning about the job application process and finding jobs to do mock interviews for. Intro to Ag had the Region 4 officers as guests this week where we played fun games and learned more about FFA. A reminder that we are nearly halfway through the term and SAEs require 10 hours of work outside school. Please continue to help your students reach this goal!

In Music Appreciation, we have learned about Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music so far! This week we started learning about music from the Classical period. In theatre, students finished their haunted house sets and production is working hard to build and prepare for the play "She Kills Monsters."

In Essence of English, we wrapped up our character unit; next week, we will start on a new unit. Composition students are working diligently on their Review of Literature portion of their research paper. We are close to finishing the Age of Reason/Enlightenment in American Lit as students are reading and analyzing some of the works from Revolutionary times.Sci Fi is beginning to work on their Short Story Final Analysis Paper. ELC continues to work on Short Stories and improving their writing and grammar skills.

In Health and First Aid, students are diving further into Nutrition, learning about dietary guidelines, nutrition standards, and food labels. Physical education students in Team Sports are playing large team games, including capture the flag, and slow pitch softball.

Algebra tiles are everywhere! Linear Algebra students are taking a hands on approach to solving equations, while Algebra 2 students are being reintroduced to Algebra tiles in order to complete the square and solve quadratics. Where will algebra tiles show up next?
In Chemistry, the 10th graders took their first chemistry test and in general, it went really well! Great Work! After the test, chemistry students started looking at Significant Figures and measurement. In Physics students concluded 1D kinematics by completing a lab determine their reaction time by taking advantage of free fall kinematics. In Chemistry of Life, we spent the week focused on acids, bases, and pH.
Students in 10th grade US history spent the week exploring the 7 Year's War (French & Indian), and how those events ultimately lead us down a road towards revolution. We even have enough time to enjoy the trailer to the greatest movie ever..."The Last of the Mohicans". 11th grade students spent the week exploring Ancient Chinese Dynasties, and the impact they ultimately had on the SE Asia region. We explored the everything from the Silk Road, to Emporers' and last but certainly not least..... the Mongols. In Geography students took their first test, learned about McDonald's food around the world, and created a "So, Basically..." about one of their countries. Civics students continued their study of the Legislative Branch and are going to begin the Executive Branch next week. Digital Citizenship is the theme for this week and next in Lifelong Leaders.
Exploring Spanish spent the week learning about Spanish-speaking countries and people around the world. Spanish 2 has been reading a lot this week! We have also been identifying past tense in text and completing language proficiency assessments!
Limits and continuity! Calculus students are continuing to explore limits and see connections between limits and continuity. It is interesting seeing all their mathematical and intuition come together to solve problems.

Club Corner

Our Club Corner is the place to check for news with our Clubs

Art Club

Art Club meets once a week on Mondays right after school starting November 2nd 3:30-5:00 p.m. Come start your week right on Monday afternoons in the shop! We will be making a bunch of different projects and working with lots of different materials depending on the club members' interests. If students have something specific they would like to bring to work on, have someone in your life with some special artmaking skills willing to teach the group, or have any questions regarding the club, reach out to Ms. Vorwald


Any student interested in playing basketball this winter please email AFSA's Athletic Director, Jake Brown at Practices will begin at the end of November, so please be in contact with Mr. Brown as soon as possible. This year the boys team will be coached by Mr. George who is the high school gym teacher. Our girls team will be involved in a co-op with Hmong College Prep Academy. Once we know the amount of girls basketball players interested we will work on a transportation plan, so our players can be at practice each day.


The team had their first match this week. They played Minecraft Bed Wars against Foley High School. The team broke the record for fastest win at just under 2 minutes as led by Reid E. as the MVP of the match. If your student is interested in joining e-sports please contact Mr. Delmont.


CDE teams are meeting regularly now! If students are interested in participating in a CDE Team they should sign up on the CDE wall outside 132. General Livestock will be competing on Oct 13 at the University of Minnesota and Horse will be competing on Oct 15 at University of Wisconsin- River Falls.Fish and Wildlife, Horse, General Livestock, Floriculture, and Ag Mechanics are all teams that are for sure happening! Please contact Ms. Leiding for more information.

Latin Dance Club

Dance club meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Students that attend must have a ride home ready for pickup at 4:30 pm. Dance club is free and open to high school students, and all staff. Students please meet in lobby at the high school. Please contact Mr. Garcia for more information.

REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad

REACH will begin meeting next week Tuesday during 1st lunch in the Study Hall! We welcome all students to share their personal experiences and discuss difficult issues in a safe, welcoming environment. We want to empower students and AFSA to be a part of the solutions. If you are interested in joining, please see Ms. Groves in 211 (before school, after school, during advisory, or sign up outside 211).

Spanish Club

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 19th during 1st lunch. Join us to play some getting to know you games and update our Duolingo score board! See Ms. Garcia for more information.

Speech Team

Speech Team is meeting on Tuesdays during 2nd lunch. Come hear about and get involved in exciting public speaking events and categories ranging from serious to humorous. Interested students can talk with Ms. Spector for more information.

Youth in Government

Youth in Government is an opportunity to share your opinions and hear the opinions of others. If you like to debate (respectfully), stay at hotels and eat yummy food, this is the event for you! It is 4 days in January, with hundreds of other students from around the state. Students wanting to learn more should talk with Ms. Nelson or attend the meetings, Tuesdays during 1st lunch in Ms. Nelson's room.

AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022

Did you know that breakfast and lunch are FREE for the school year? Yes, that is right no cost for all students.

Breakfast is available at both the elementary and high school building from 7:30 a.m. -7:55 a.m.

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found on our website - click here!

Photos of the Week

Calendar of Events

Oct. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Oct. 20-22 - NO SCHOOL

Oct. 25-28 - Oterm for 5th-12th grade

Oct. 29 - No School for students

Oct. 29 - AFSA at the City of Vadnais Halloween Party

Nov. 5 - Numeracy Night - AFSA Elementary

Nov. 11 - AFSA High School Presentation Night and Open House

Nov. 16 - Culver's Fundraising Night

Nov. 24-26 - No School

Click Here to go to the School Calendar

Contact Information

If your student is ill, please call the High School Attendance Line: 651-209-3910 or email