AVHS Update

Sunday, March 7

Message from the Principal: FINISH STRONG!

Dear AVHS Parents and Guardians,

It's a big week, so this week's message is short and simple...FINISH STRONG!

This is a very important week to do all that we can to help our students earn the best grades and credits possible. Here are the most important updates for this week:

  • Grades will be updated by 3:30 pm on Wednesday, March 10th
  • Friday, March 12th is the Last Day to turn in work to improve a letter grade
  • Monday, March 15th is the First Day of Trimester Three
  • Tuesday, March 16th is the Last Day to turn in work to earn a passing grade/credit
  • Wednesday, March 17th is a Teacher Workshop Day/No School for Students

Take care. Be well. Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


(952) 431-8788


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Wednesday, March 10 is Final Day for In-Person Additional Support for Winter Trimester

Using criteria based on grade data, AVHS will extend a NEW round of invitations for in-person intervention on Wednesday, March 10. We will send the invitations via e-mail on the morning of Monday, March 8, and we request that families RSVP no later than Tuesday, March 9. Students who attended in-person intervention on February 24 and March 3 are NOT automatically invited for March 10; please watch your e-mail for an invitation.

AVHS Faculty and Staff are available for support for *all* students via Schoology, E-mail, and Zoom on Wednesdays from 9:30 - 1:40. Students can also work directly with teachers or counselors to request an in-person invitation.

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Paul Tinder to Serve as AVHS Interim Athletic Director

We are excited to announce that Paul Tinder (pictured above right) has agreed to serve as interim Apple Valley High School Athletic Director.

As a long-time AVHS Assistant Administrator, Mr. Tinder has built and maintained relationships with students, families, and staff since 1999. Mr. Tinder collaborates with people to discover creative solutions to challenges. Mr. Tinder came to AVHS in 1996 as a social studies teacher, assistant coach for girls basketball, and track & field: jumps and hurdles coach. He served as interim AVHS Athletic Director in 2005 and we are thankful for the experience he will bring to the Athletic Department.

Mr. Tinder will partner with outgoing Athletic Director Virgil Jones (pictured above left) over the next two weeks as we explore and identify candidates for the Athletic Director position, which will be posted by the end of March. Additionally, former AVHS Athletic Director, Assistant Principal Pete Buesgens will oversee the stadium turf project and assist with scheduling. Any Apple Valley High School families or student-athletes who have questions about spring athletics schedules, registration, etc. please contact Wendy Beckman at wendy.beckman@district196.org or 952-431-8205. Ms. Beckman will help to ensure questions are addressed by the appropriate person.

We are appreciative of all that Mr. Jones has done in this role and for Mr. Tinder’s support in the interim position through the transition period.

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Black History Month Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to AVHS freshman Zaria Hollins for winning our Black History Month contest honoring Black Achievement & Perseverance. Check out her awarding winning artwork and all of the other entries: https://youtu.be/iLDAFWfUH3M

We are proud to have engaged with AVHS alumni to create and launch a contest as part of our ongoing efforts to honor Black history and culture. Alumni supported the contest by generously donating gift cards as prizes and acting as a judging panel to decide the top place winners. This contest was just one of many efforts to celebrate Black History Month here at AVHS. Is it our intention to build upon these experiences to create a template we can use to honor other groups in the future.

Thank you to all of the talented students for your contributions, for the generous donor for sponsoring this event, and to our alumni panel of judges (Tierra Bunnell, Jordan CrockettElizabeth Mukanga, and Tyson Coleman).

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AVHS Senior Amy Monsen Named as a Finalist for 2021 National Merit Scholarship

Apple Valley High School is excited to share that Amy Monsen has advanced to Finalist standing in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Letters will be mailed to Finalists’ homes on February 8.. Over 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2020 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2021. Congratulations and best of luck, Amy!
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Mock Trial Continues Run of Excellence, Places Second in State

The AVHS Mock Trial team competed in the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) State Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday this past week. They won all three of their preliminary trials, earning a spot in the State Championship trial for the third consecutive year. The team ended up state runners-up after a close trial with Eagle Ridge Academy in the finals; a trial presided over by many current state and federal judges and attorneys. The team earned an invitation to the National Mock Trial Tournament of Champions in May. Congratulations to coaches Eric Strauss, Becca Strauss, and team members Emily Bauer, Cirine Benahsaine, Alexis Buresh, Julia Congdon, Jacob Dereje, Taylor Garrison, Maximillian Giammona, Maya Gort, Adam Hahn, Lindsay Maxfield, Jordan Quintin, Paige Peterson, and Xander Vogel.
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AVHS Names February Eagle Excellence Winners

"Eagle Excellence" is a monthly recognition program at AVHS where faculty have the opportunity to recognize students who show extra dedication to their school work, go the extra mile in class to be helpful, and improve the overall climate of AVHS simply by being who they are and showing up. While we miss honoring these students in-person and hope to do so again soon, Assistant Principal Mr. Buesgens puts together a great video presentation honoring each month's winners. Click HERE to watch the February Eagle Excellence presentation.

Spring Sports Registration Now Open

Apple Valley High School is excited to announce that spring sports registration is now open!

Most Athletic practices and tryouts are set to begin on March 29, 2021. All spring athletes should make sure that they have had a physical within the last three years before they attempt to register. Registration is required to participate in high school athletics through https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome.

We will adhere to the recommendations made by the Minnesota Department of Health and ISD 196 regarding required and recommended protocols necessary to create a safe, Covid-19 sensitive, education based athletic environment.

Each Head Coach for your sport is in the process of creating their tryout and/or practice schedule. Check the “Athletics” page on the AVHS Website for more information about locations and times.

Click here for athletic registration and payment information: https://avhs.district196.org/athletics/athletic-registration

COVID-19 Notification

Our commitment is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Apple Valley High School. During the week of February 28 - March 6, we were notified of eight lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 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

USDA Approves Additional Nutrition Benefits

Families in our district who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are now eligible for additional emergency nutritional benefits offered from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

If you have already qualified for free or reduced-price meals earlier this school year, you don’t need to do anything because your family will automatically receive these new benefits.

However, if your family income has been affected by the pandemic and you have not completed an Application for Education Benefits (free or reduced-price meal application) for this school year, please complete and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2021.


Senior Information

Graduation 2021

The plan is to hold our graduation ceremony at Mariucci Arena on the U of MN campus on Saturday, June 5 at 1 pm. The ceremony will be held if public health guidelines permit.

Click HERE to order your senior’s Graduation cap, gown and tassel.

  • There is NO COST for this order
  • Email confirmation is sent after form is submitted
  • Information is private and will not be shared
  • Please order by Friday, March 19

Senior Party
The Senior Party Planning Committee is now accepting registrations for the all-night party planned for June 5 - 6. For more information about the senior party, please visit the Senior Information Page of the AVHS website. (Found under "Families").

Parking Permits Now On Sale for Trimester 3

Parking permits are on sale for Trimester 3. District 196 will charge pro-rated parking rates to reflect the number of days that students attend school in-person. For AVHS, the Trimester 3 parking pass costs $24 and is available for purchase at MyPaymentsPlus.

There are no parking passes required for the last few weeks of Trimester 2 (February 22 - March 15.)

How to Help a Teen Out of a Homework Hole

The more students fall behind, the less likely they are to feel like they can catch up. With two weeks to go before the end of the trimester, our students need our help to minimize the harm of choices that have resulted in A LOT of pressure and worries. As this article from the New York Times suggests, adults can focus on the following themes:
    • Empathy will get you further than anger. What students who have fallen behind need most are problem-solving partners.

    • Work together to diagnose the problem/prioritize courses with a to-do list. This isn't about you being in trouble or getting off the hook," you might say. "It's simply about figuring out what's going wrong so we can solve the right problem."

    • Create a routine with one or more distraction-free “power hours” each day.

    • Use available resources like 1-on-1 help with teachers on Zoom from 1:45 to 2:45 pm each day or in-person with a teacher request on Wednesdays.

    • Step back to see the big picture. As the NYT author writes, “This year, more than most, might be one where students gain a deeper understanding of how they respond when feeling overwhelmed and how to ask for help or rebound from setbacks- lessons that they will draw on long after the pandemic is gone.”

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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.