AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, November 21st

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

November 25 & 26 NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

December 1 & 2 FINALS/End of Trimester

December 3 NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day

Finals Schedules for December 1st & 2nd

Trimester One ends on Thursday, December 2nd. Final Exams will take place on Wednesday, December 1st, and Thursday, December 2nd.

Important Details to Note:

  • Students may choose to prepare at home Wednesday, December 1st, but should be in the building prior to the passing time warning bell at 9 am.
  • Students who arrive between 7-9 am on Wednesday, December 1 will have a quiet study hall in the cafeteria/commons. They may also work under the supervision of a teacher.
  • Period 1 finals begin promptly at 7:40 am on Thursday, December 2nd.
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Coming Soon: End of Trimester!

The next 5 school days are crucial for students to prioritize assignments and finish strong. Here are some tips for helping students stay the course, work hard and finish up on top:

  • Check your grades in Schoology.
  • Prioritize your work.
  • Don't focus on a 5 pt worksheet. Do the 50 point paper!
  • Set a few achievable goals such as always attending every class for the next 5 days.
  • Use a "power hour" (even a half hour) of distraction-free study each night.
  • Create a study group with one or two good friends and quiz one another.

Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due Dec. 1

The senior picture submission deadline is fast approaching. Senior pictures need to be uploaded by December 1st for approval. These portraits must be vertical in orientation, not include any props (musical instruments, animals, etc.) or digital filters, and must be in either a JPG or PNG format. If you do not submit a portrait, your Lifetouch school picture will be used. Please upload your picture on our website at AVHS - Families - Yearbook Info.

If you've already submitted your portrait, please be sure to check the status of a senior picture submission by scrolling down on this page and clicking on the box that says “Check the Status of Your Senior Picture Submission.”

Senior graduate ads are still eligible to purchase through February 17, 2022. See the flier link on our website for more information on how to do this.

Lastly, 2022 yearbooks are on sale for $85 but the price will be going up soon so order yours now! Check the link on our website for ordering information.

AVHS Website: Yearbook Info

This link will take you to the yearbook info page of the AVHS website, which includes links to upload a senior portrait and check portrait submission status.

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Grand Opening of the Early Bird Cafe

The coffee counter of the Early Bird Cafe is a partnership between Nutrition Services, AVHS, and our Work-Based Education Teachers, Sharyn Mathiowetz and Matt Hentges, who are providing work experiences for AVHS students. The student workers have been taking staff orders and making deliveries during their "soft opening" for the past two weeks. This week, they began filling orders for breakfast with Caramel Macchiato being the most popular drink. Thank you to District 196 Nutrition Services for supporting our teachers' vision to provide these experiences while building confidence and making a difference for our students. Well done!

Tri 2 Parking Passes Available 11/29

Parking passes can be purchased in MyPaymentsPlus beginning on November 25th. Once purchased, you can bring your receipt to the Main Office and pick it up beginning November 29th.

Registration for 2022-23 Courses Begins in January

The registration process for the 2022-23 School Year begins in January. Watch for information coming home regarding our process. Our Student Services Office is busy finalizing dates and updating documents for the 2022-23 registration process. In the meantime, CLICK HERE for a snapshot of course offerings from last year.

COVID-19 Notification

Our commitment is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Apple Valley HS. During the week of November 14th to November 21st, we were notified of 16 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 6.

If you or a household member develops COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, contact your physician and call our school nurse, Lori Henke, at 952-431-8220. Contact our School Nurse, Lori Henke, at 952-431-8220 or by email at lori.henke@district196.org

What If My Student Tests Postive for COVID?

Anyone experiencing illness should follow the Minnesota Department of Health Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree, stay home, and are strongly recommended to get tested. If a person tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms, they should stay home and isolate for at least 10 days from the time the symptoms begin until symptoms have improved AND they have been fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication. All families are required to report their student(s) positive test results to our school nurse, Lori Henke, by calling 952-431-8220

Common to other illnesses, once our nurse is notified of an extended absence, she contacts our Assistant Principal, Pete Buesgens, who in turn reaches out to teachers to let them know that the student will be working on school from home and to ensure that all assignments are available in Schoology, or to make arrangements if assignments need to be sent home or picked-up as needed. We do not share private data about the health condition unless it is pertinent to the class activities.

Mask Reminder

A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors when inside District 196 buildings. This includes if you are coming into the building during school hours or attending a volleyball game, conferences or any indoor event in the evening.

Face masks are optional for outdoor events.

Native American Heritage Month

Here is this month’s Newsletter/Smore:https://www.smore.com/g75pd from the American Indian Education Program. In this newsletter you will learn about:

  1. The United States Statute Declaring NA Heritage Month
  2. Hocokata Ti Event – Community Day on November 13, 2021
  3. Ways to Celebrate Indigenous People, Authors, Artists & Athletes
  4. Upcoming Dakota County Events: Native American & Indigenous Series
  5. Resources on Thanksgiving & Gratitude from a Native American Perspective

Apple Valley High School and District 196 Text Messages


  • 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.

Apple Valley High School Website

Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community, Families, and Contact Information.

AVHS Student Services Smore Newsletter

News and Notes from the Counseling Department including how to set up your Campus Parent portal and information about Fall schedules.

AVHS Family Resources

Infinite Campus/Schoology Help, MyPaymentsPlus, Attendance Office, and Student Services links.

District 196 2021-22 COVID-19 Operational Plan

Assessing & Handling Illness, Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Hygiene & Cleaning, Food & Nutrition, Transportation, Technology & Internet, Mental Health & Wellness, Athletics, Activities, Enrichment, & Facility Use, and Communication.

Here to Help!

Our Assistant Administrators, Attendance TOSA, and Student Support Specialist are part of a larger Student Assistance Team that includes School Counselors, Psychologists, and our Family Support Worker. We will feature members of our Student Services Office and how they can help to support your student next week. CLICK HERE for links to our various teams and a full directory of staff phone numbers & email addresses.

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Who Do I Go To For Help?

IMPORTANT! Have you completed the Educational Benefits Application?

All Apple Valley High School families are encouraged to apply for the Educational Benefits Program (formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program) for the upcoming school year. These funds directly affect our ability to hire additional teachers, family support workers, tutors, and other classroom resources for our students. Families who qualify also benefit by receiving discounts or waived fees for...

  • participating on 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

Educational Benefits

Support Apple Valley High School (AVHS) by completing this application today