AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

September 27 - October 2 - Homecoming Week

October 1 - NO SCHOOL/Homecoming Football Game

October 2 - Homecoming Dance

October 7 - School Conferences 4 pm to 8 pm

October 8 - NO SCHOOL/School Conferences 7 am to 10 am

Focus: On Time & Ready to Learn

Being a teenager can be hard work as they face social and emotional challenges as well as transitions that may be more challenging considering the effects of the pandemic. We greatly appreciate the power of partnerships between the school and home and know that consistent messages build community, establish a sense of shared values, and provide a structure for students to feel supported. As we progress to the second half of September, we are focusing on the following:

Getting to Class/Staying in Class.

  1. Our main doors are open at 7:10 am when busses arrive. Classes begin at 7:40 am.

  2. Students have 4 minutes of passing time between classes. Students are expected to be “walking and talking” when the one-minute warning bell rings.

  3. Lanyards are provided to students who need to leave class to use the restroom. When students need to go to the nurse, offices or media center, they are given a hallway pass.

  4. Students will be walked back to the classroom if they don’t have a lanyard or pass.

  5. You can see attendance through the Campus app or have your student show you on their iPad so you can see trends or concerns early in the trimester.

Thank you for your partnership in helping to promote a positive learning environment at AVHS that is safe and fosters optimal learning opportunities for all students.

Mask Reminder

A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors when the local transmission level is “substantial” or “high” as measured by the CDC matrix. This includes if you are coming into the building during school hours or attending a volleyball game in the evening.

Please contact your student's Assistant Administrator if your family needs help in getting face masks for school each day (Jennie Moren, last names A-K; Paul Tinder, last names L-Z).

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.

Regular testing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Regular testing is an easy way to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Below are resources for finding testing in Dakota County and the metro.

MSP Airport: https://www.mspairport.com/airport/covid-19-testing-site

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 September 12 to September 19, we were notified of 6 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community.

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

2021 Homecoming Dance

Masks will be required. NO tickets for sale at the door

Saturday, Oct. 2nd from 8 - 11 pm at AVHS Gym

Tickets for sale during lunches September 27-30 ONLY (no school on Friday, October 1)

Tickets are $10 per person (cash or check)

Non-AVHS guests must submit a guest form before you can buy tickets (plan ahead!)

Guest tickets will be limited and for sale on a first-come/first-served basis.

AVHS Dance Guest Form

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 Back-to-School Details

Detailed information with Important Dates, Class Schedules, Educational Benefits (formerly Free & Reduced Lunch Program), Parking Permits, Communications/Announcements, School Supplies, and Daily Bell 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.

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.

Who Do I Go To For Help?

Learning Looks Different at AVHS - Follow Us!

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

School Supplies

AVHS does not have a “general” supply list. The standards of notebooks, pencils, pens, folders will be helpful for all classes.

Teachers will inform of any specific supply requirements for their class. Calculators – A scientific calculator is required for Intermediate Algebra, Geometry and Honors Geometry. A graphing calculator is required for Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, all AP math classes, CLA/DE and Multivariable Calculus. Students in Intermediate Algebra and our Geometry classes may choose to purchase and use a graphing calculator right away, which can be used in all subsequent math courses.

Save Receipts for School Supplies!

The Minnesota Department of Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. To learn more, watch a short informational video linked here, and visit the Minnesota Revenue website linked here.