AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, December 5th

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

Dec. 6 First Day of Trimester Two

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1 NO SCHOOL/Winter Break

Jan. 14 NO SCHOOL/Staff Development Day

Jan. 17 NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20 AVHS Evening Conferences

Jan. 21 NO SCHOOL/AVHS Morning Conferences

Feb. 11 NO SCHOOL/Staff Development Day

Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL/President's Day

Mar. 9&10 Tri 2 Finals Schedules/End of Trimester

Mar. 11 NO SCHOOL/Staff Development Grading Day

Principal's Message: Digital Citizenship at AVHS

During the first few weeks of a new term, teachers often focus on creating routines for the classroom and this is an important time to revisit the Valley Vision for Respect, Responsibility, Student Scholarship, and Being Ready for Learning. The hallways and other common areas have received a lot of attention last trimester. As we begin trimester two, I want to specifically discuss our expectations for digital citizenship and personal mobile devices at AVHS.

Cell phones can quickly become distractions in the classroom by diverting attention away from learning. They can also harm others through the influence of social media posts that encourage vandalism, fights, or taking photos or videos without consent. Our need for in-person socialization plays a large part in why we attend school. Students and teachers learn from each other in our connected environment. We learn to collaborate, take turns, listen well, speak up, and ask public questions. At school, we want to practice these skills face-to-face.

The desire to constantly be in contact with your phone is not just a phenomenon among students. We are all attracted to our phones, whether we're parents, teachers, or staff. We will use the new guidelines for our own use. Furthermore, I invite you to talk with your students about their cell phone use (and share your own experiences). Before assuming you understand why, how, and when students interact with cell phones, find out from them. Ask your students questions such as:

  • What do you like to do on your cell phone and why?

  • What are the most popular apps and websites you use? What do you like about them and what are some of the features that can cause problems?

  • What do you think are inappropriate ways that phones have been used at school?

  • What is poor cell phone etiquette? Why?

  • How do you feel about your cell phone and the activities you do on your phone?

  • What should we know about your phone use that you worry we do not understand?

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. As always, Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


(952) 431-8788


There's a Cell Phone in Your Student's Head

A School-Wide Approach to Cell Phones

Our AVHS school-wide approach allows students the flexibility to use cell phones to stay connected to their family and friends during passing time, lunch, and before/after school, but also to keep them from becoming a diversion from the learning in the classroom. This is how it works:

Expectations: What We Do During the School Day

  • During all class periods, cell phones and personal devices are turned off or on airplane mode and stored out of sight.

  • Students may use personal cell phones and mobile devices before and after class, during their lunch periods, and between classes.

  • To prevent usage in hallways and restrooms, students will exchange their cell phones for a pass to leave the classroom during instructional periods. If a student does not have a cell phone, they may exchange their student ID.

Non-Negotiables: What We Don’t Do

  • It is never acceptable to send threatening or harassing messages or phone calls.

  • It is never acceptable to take photos or videos of others without their permission.

  • It is never acceptable to take pictures or videos of fights or dangerous situations.

  • It is never acceptable to use your cell phone or electronic communication devices with messaging or picture-taking options to be visible in locker rooms or restrooms.

Students who violate this policy regarding cell phones and electronic devices are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences.

  1. Formal warning. Teacher notifies parent/guardian of the violation (email or call).

  2. The teacher notifies the parent/guardian of the violation with a phone call. Referral to document call in Infinite Campus.

  3. Referral to Student Support Office. The administrator will meet with the student and contact the parent/guardian to establish appropriate consequences.

NOTE: If a student refuses to surrender an electronic device to an administrator they are subject to additional consequences.

EXCEPTION: Students who use a personal mobile device to monitor a medical condition (i.e. diabetes, epilepsy) may carry devices with them at all times.

District 196 Desired Daily Experience Initiative

Students, parents/guardians, and employees are being asked to complete a survey to share their desired daily experience, and schools will be conducting focus groups to help ensure all perspectives are represented.

The survey is open now through December 17. All answers are collected anonymously and this is completely voluntary. The survey is appropriate for students in grades 6 and above.



AVHS Focus Groups on Desired Daily Experience

Apple Valley High School will conduct focus groups of students and parents/guardians to ensure all voices and perspectives are represented informing the strategic plan for District 196 leadership. If you are interested in participating in an evening focus group by Zoom, please contact Teresa Stepka at 952-431-8201 or Teresa.Stepka@district196.org for more information.

Trimester Two and Three Schedules Available Online

Trimester 2 and 3 schedules are available for viewing. Although adjustments will still be made as we balance sections, students can once again review their selections. If changes need to be made, students can review the guidelines for making changes. The guidelines are found here: https://avhs.district196.org/academics/avhs-departments/schedule-change-request.

The window to make requests for changes closed on October 29th. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to have your student connect with their counselor.

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.

Trimester 2 Parking Passes Available Now

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

Parking Lot Safety for Students & Families

Safety requires everyone's help at drop-off and pick-up times. At AVHS we expect that drivers to be patient, respectful, and courteous while driving onto campus.

These safety tips can help with a safe arrival and dismissal:
  • Avoid cutting across lanes.
  • ENTER from the SOUTH Entrance from Hayes.
  • EXIT from the NORTH Exit of the lot onto Hayes Ave.
  • Do not park in the north lane, handicap spots, or on Hayes Ave near the North Exit
  • Do not speed in the parking lot - especially along the north lane that leads to Hayes Ave.
  • Watch for other students walking, bicycling, or any distracted pedestrians.
  • Always check both ways whether you’re in a crosswalk or not.
  • Follow the direction of school staff and/or police directing traffic.

Credit Recovery Returns

What? Credit Recovery is designed for students who have not yet completed essential learning outcomes for required courses. Once students have shown proficiency within their core course, students will earn a “P” on their transcript.

When? Credit Recovery will begin on January 11th and run Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 3rd. It will be from 2:30-3:30 pm.

Where? All credit recovery students should plan to meet in the media center on January 11th at 2:30 pm to connect with their credit recovery teacher(s):

  • Math- Ms. Lundquist
  • Social Studies- Mr. Haisting
  • Science- Mr. Murray
  • English- Ms. Kuhn
  • Art- Ms. Porter/Mr. Gorton
  • Wellness 1- Ms. Sheehan

How? Students DO NOT need to start from step one in credit recovery. If your student has met one or more essential learning outcomes, they can skip that and focus on the concepts they missed. CLICK THIS LINK to register and stay on track for graduation.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Moren at Jennifer.moren@district196.org or call 952-431-8213

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 28th to December 5th, we were notified of 11 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 5.

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.

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