Welcome to AVHS!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Welcome to Apple Valley High School!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Apple Valley High School, we want to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! School begins for our students on August 31st this year. Our first day of school has a special schedule with our 9th-grade students reporting for school at 7:40 am and students in grades 10-12 beginning their day at 11 am. We have arranged bus transportation options for students depending on their schedule for the day.

Apple Valley High School is committed to providing a world-class education. We are a STEM school dedicated to Academics, Arts, and Athletics. Our “STEM for All” approach, combined with our “AAA” philosophy helps us to continue a proud tradition of excellence. We are grateful to our community for supporting our staff and students throughout these challenging times. We are also excited that our school day and year should model the more traditional format that our families and students expect while still being mindful of health and safety.

In this newsletter, we hope to provide you with some basic information and important dates to help you prepare for the school year. We look forward to seeing you at the start of the school year and to working with you to help students add to our school’s tremendous legacy of success. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. Welcome back and Go Eagles!


Drew Mons, Principal

Pete Buesgens, Assistant Principal

Information Included In This Update:

  • Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS
  • Information for Families of 9th Grade/New Student Orientation on August 24th
  • First Day of School (August 31) Information for ALL Families
  • Back to School Supplies & Materials
  • Infinite Campus, Schoology, and Optional iPad Protection Plans
  • Important Changes to School Lunch Program and Benefits
  • Daily Schedule
  • Information for Senior Fall "Interviews"
  • How to Stay Connected and Updated With AVHS
  • Who To Go To For Help
  • Immunization Clinic
  • Back to School/Open House (September 14th) Information for ALL Families


Q1. When is the first day of school?

A1. Wednesday, August 31

Q2. What time do I need to report to school on Wednesday, August 31 if I am… a 9th grader?/10th-12th grade?

A2. 9th grade students should arrive by 7:30 am. 10th-12th grade students should report to school before 11 am. For more details: https://avhs.district196.org/families/back-to-school-2022-2023

Q3. Will my student need to pay for breakfast and lunch this year?

A3. School lunches are not free for all students this year. Families should complete the Education Benefits Application to qualify for free/reduced meals discounted fees and/or waivers for participation fees. More Information Here

Q4. What day do Fall sports begin?

A4. Monday, August 15 More Information Here

Q5. What forms and registration information do I need to complete to participate in sports?

A5. You must have an updated physical and register on MyPaymentsPlus More Information Here

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

August 15 - Fall Athletics begin *Students must register in MyPaymentsPlus to participate

August 24 - 9th Grade/New Student & Parent Orientation (Last Names A-K 6pm; L-Z 7pm)

August 31 - First Day of School *Special Schedule

September 1 - Students attend regularly scheduled classes

September 2 & 5 - NO SCHOOL

September 6 - Return to classes

September 8 - Picture Day

September 12 - September 17 - Homecoming Week

September 14- Open House 6-8 pm

September 16 - Homecoming Football Game

September 17 - Homecoming Dance

September 30 - NO SCHOOL/High School Data Day

October 6 - School Conferences 4 pm to 8 pm

October 7 - NO SCHOOL/School Conferences 7 am to 10 am

August 24th: Welcome to Our 9th Grade & New Students & Guardians

We are excited to begin this journey together this fall, as the transition to high school is a BIG deal! Our goal is for your student to succeed and understand what to expect as an Eagle, regardless of whether they are new to high school or new to AVHS.

Administrators and staff members will introduce themselves and share tips and tricks for a successful school year. Immediately following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to walk through their schedules and ask questions before school begins (Wednesday, August 31st).

For a more personalized experience and to avoid congestion, families with the last names A-K are asked to attend from 6 pm to 7 pm and families with the last names L-Z from 7 pm to 8 pm. Alternatively, if this preferred time is not convenient for your family, please feel free to come at the time that is most convenient for you.

First Days of School (August 31 & September 1) Information for All Students

We look forward to welcoming ALL of our students and staff back to Apple Valley High School on Wednesday, August 31st.

The first day and weeks of the 2022-23 school year will focus on making connections, collaborating together, and celebrating what it means to be a member of the Apple Valley High School Community.

  • On Wednesday, August 31st, 9th grade students will attend school all day (7:40am to 2:30pm). All students will attend from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (students in grades 10-12 will begin at 11 am).

  • Thursday, September 2nd will be a regular school day (7:40 am to 2:30 pm) grades 9-12 with regular bus times and locations.

Bus Transportation Times on Wednesday, August 31

Special bus transportation for grades 10-12 will be available on Wednesday, August 31 to accommodate 10-12 grade students who arrive later than 9th graders who need transportation to school. Bus routes will return to normal at the end of the day for all students.

9th-grade students will have a normal bus pickup time on Wednesday, August 31.

For 10th-12th grade students who needed bus transportation, a modified pick-up route has been created. Please see the pickup times and locations below for students needing bus transportation on August 31.

Limited Pick-Up Route 1

  • 10:34 am Drive entrance 13954-14052 Plymouth Ave
  • 10:38 am 301 MCANDREWS RD

Limited Pick-Up Route 2

  • 10:33 AM 170TH ST W @ GARCUA WAY W @ 170TH CT W
  • 10:37 AM 155TH ST W @GARNEW WAY
  • 10:44 AM 12732-12770 GERMAINE AVE (HIDDEN PONDS OF AV)
  • 10:45 AM GARLAND AVE @ 125TH ST W

All students will have normal bus routes returning home from AVHS on August 31. If you have questions, please call 952-431-8200

Important Info for All AVHS Families

First day of school schedule- Wednesday, August 31

Wednesday, August 31 Schedule

9th Grade and New Students Only – 7:40 am

Lunch – 10:30-11:00

10th – 12 grade students enter at 10:50 am

Advisory – 11:05-11:16

Period 1 – 11:20-11:43

Period 2 – 11:47-12:10

Period 3 – 12:14-12:37

Period 4 – 12:41-1:04

Period 5 – 1:08-1:31

Period 6 – 1:35-1:58

Period 7 – 2:02-2:25

*2:25 – All 9th Graders Dismissed

*2:28 – Remaining Student Body Dismissed

Thursday, September 1


Period 1 – 7:40 - 8:20

Period 2 – 8:24 – 9:04

Advisory – 9:08 – 10:00

Period 3 – 10:04 - 10:46

Period 4 – 10:50 - 11:32

Period 5 – 11:36 - 12:55

Lunch A 11:32 - 11:57, Class 12:01-12:55

Lunch B 11:57 - 12:22 Class 11:36-11:57 and 12:26-12:55

Lunch C 12:26 – 12:55, Class 11:36 – 12:22

Period 6 – 12:59 - 1:42

Period 7 – 1:46 - 2:30

Career Development Courses

Career Development Students

Students enrolled in Career Development courses should attend AVHS on Day 1 -August 31. Please report to the Commons during your scheduled CD periods for an orientation and opportunity to set-up car pools. Career Development classes will officially begin on September 1 when students will report to their class at its specific location.

School Supplies

A "general" school supply list isn't maintained by AVHS. Standard notebooks, pencils, pens, and folders will be useful for all classes. Students will be informed of any specific supply requirements by their teachers. If purchasing school supplies is a hardship for families, please contact your student's counselor. https://avhs.district196.org/families/avhs-counselors

For Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, and Honors Geometry, you will need a scientific calculator. All AP math classes, CLA/DE, and Multivariable Calculus require a graphing calculator. Intermediate Algebra and Geometry students can purchase and use a graphing calculator immediately, which can be used for all subsequent math courses.

Parking Permits

Apple Valley High School issues parking permits for each trimester. The parking fee each trimester is $60 and may be paid on MyPaymentsPlus. All outstanding fees/fines must be paid in full in order to pick up the parking permit tag in the main office.

Students will receive a parking agreement to follow the safety guidelines and map for the parking lot.

Students in need of accessible parking should contact Assistant Administrator Paul Tinder at Paul.Tinder@district196.org or call 952-431-8341. All other questions can be directed to Jackie Preble at 952-431-8224.

Universal Free Meals No Longer Offered; Students Must Qualify to Receive Educational Benefits

The federal funding passed during the early part of the pandemic was not renewed in the latest spending bill, ending universal access to free school lunches. All families are encouraged to complete an Educational Benefits Application. A NEW application must be submitted each year. Families who qualify also benefit by receiving discounts or waived fees for...
  • participating in AVHS athletic teams, arts and activities
  • applying to colleges
  • costs associated with participating in graduation
  • academic tests (ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement/AP)
  • Community Education classes and programs
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Back to School Immunization Clinic: Aug. 24th 4:30 - 7:30 pm

District 196 has partnered with Homeland Health to offer free back to school immunization clinics for students. Participation in these clinics is voluntary, with the purpose to bring students up-to-date with thier immunizations. The clinics are fully funded through Covid-19 relief funding. All required school vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccination will be available.

No appointment are necessary.

More information is available at http://District196.org/services/health-services/immunizations

Back to School/Open House on September 14th 6-8 PM

This event is for parents and guardians of ALL grade levels. Parents and guardians will follow their student’s schedules for 8-minute classes and a 16-minute advisory. Teachers will provide an overview of their grading practices, major assessments, and resources that are available to help students be successful. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Attention Class of 2023

Stay tuned for information coming out in early September to sign up for your “Fall Senior Interview”. This 45-minute meeting will cover graduation credits and college/career planning, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Meetings will take place throughout October, and parents are encouraged to attend.

Stay Connected and Updated with AVHS

Families can expect to receive updates from us on Fridays through Schoolmessenger. You can also stay connected by accessing our school website and by following us on social media.

Text Message Updates

Texts are delivered via SchoolMessenger, the mass notification service the district uses for phone calls and email messages. Parents must opt-in to receive text messages. Standard message and data rates may apply.


  • Text Y to 67587, you will receive a confirmation message stating you are registered to receive SchoolMessenger notifications via text.
  • For help information, text HELP to 67587.

  • To opt-out at any time, text STOP to 67587.

*Only SMS numbers listed as Guardians in the Infinite Campus student information system can receive texts.

**If you do not receive a confirmation message of what appears to be an error message, it most likely means that short code texting is not enabled on your wireless plan.

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