AVHS Update

Sunday, May 16

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New Athletic Director Announcement

Dear AVHS Parents and Guardians,

I am happy to announce that Cory Hanson has enthusiastically accepted our offer for the Athletic Director role at Apple Valley High School. Cory grew up in Minneapolis, where he attended high school at De La Salle. Cory went on to play college football and earned his B.A. in organizational/corporate communications before pursuing his M.Ed. in counseling, adult, and higher education at Northern Illinois University. In 2010, Cory accompanied his former college coach, Jerry Kill, in returning to Minnesota as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Minnesota football team. During this time, Cory went on to earn his second Master’s Degree in sport management at the University of Minnesota.

Since January 2020, Cory has been the assistant athletic director at Bucknell University, where he has directed events, operations, and facilities for 27 Division I varsity teams. Cory joins AVHS with more than 10 years of college athletic administration and coaching experience and a proven track record of developing relationships and cultivating high-performance cultures of success. Cory and his family are excited to return to Minnesota and join the AVHS community. Cory shared, “We can’t get in town soon enough! I look forward to collaborating with our community to deliver our students, alumni, and parents an experience that unites us and makes us proud.”

Take care. Be well. Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


(952) 431-8788


Cap and Gown Distribution - May 18, 2021

AVHS will distribute caps and gowns to the Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 18. Caps and Gowns are distributed to all seniors free of charge (there is a fee to participate in graduation ceremonies, please see below for more information.) We will distribute caps and gowns during lunch for in-person learners. Digital Academy students can come to school between 2 pm and 4 pm and pick up their caps and gowns in the Commons.

Commencement ceremonies for the Apple Valley High School Class of 2021 will be held outside (weather permitting) on Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m., OR, if necessary due to inclement weather, Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Due to turf construction projects at both Apple Valley and Eastview High Schools, AVHS's ceremony will be in the Rosemount High School Stadium.

  • If the ceremony is held outside at Rosemount High School on June 5 or 6, there is no limit on the number of guests who can attend the ceremony.
  • If the ceremony is held in the AVHS gymnasium on June 6, the new guidance will now allow for up to four guests per graduate in the gymnasium, while another two can attend a video stream in the AVHS Theatre.
  • Under this guidance, the number of guests allowed to attend graduation now aligns with our standard attendance practices in "normal" years.

Quick Links-

CLICK HERE to pay Grad Fees

CLICK HERE if you do not feel comfortable participating in the commencement ceremony

CLICK HERE for the AVHS Graduation Newsletter

CLICK HERE for the AVHS Senior Information Webpage

In-Person Additional Support on Wednesday, May 19

Grade data was used last week and invitations were sent to students and their families for in-person intervention for Wednesday, May 12th and 19th. Please watch your e-mail to see if your student was requested for Wednesday, May 19th. RSVP so you don't lose your spot!

Students who are requested for additional support (9:30 am to 1:40 pm) can ride their regular bus (2 hours delayed at the same location), receive breakfast, lunch, and access additional academic support from their teachers. Administrators, counselors, and support staff will help students make a plan of who to visit and what to focus on between 9:30 and 10 am in the Commons.

Please contact your student's teacher or counselor if you would like to inquire about this opportunity.

Students to Keep iPads/Hotspots Over the Summer

Students will be allowed to keep their district-issued iPads and hotspots over the summer. This allows learning opportunities to continue throughout the summer. Exceptions include graduating seniors and students unenrolling from District 196. For more details and guidance around this, please visit this website which can also be found in the About menu of the district’s website (http://www.district196.org).

COVID-19 Notification and Updated Quarantine Guidance

Our commitment is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Apple Valley High School. During the week of May 9 - May 15, Apple Valley High School reported 4 positive cases in the AVHS community. At this time, we have identified and contacted all AVHS close contacts for these cases. There were no instances of close contact that occurred during school hours.

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.

District 196 has updated its quarantine guidance for people identified as being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning last week, the quarantine length for close contacts is now 10 days from possible exposure (reduced from 14) for people who, during their quarantine, show no symptoms of illness. District 196 personnel contacting families regarding quarantines will use this 10-day guidance in identifying a return-to-school date for students and staff.

Resource: Vaccines for 16- and 17-year olds

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a resource with information about COVID-19 vaccines for 16- and 17-year-olds.

At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use by 16- and 17-year olds. Data from Pfizer vaccine studies show the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group. Other vaccine manufacturers are also studying their vaccines in younger age groups but have not yet received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Who Do I Go To For Help?

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.