AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, January 2nd

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

Jan. 10 Registration Opens for 2022-23 Classes (grades 9-11)

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

Jan. 28 Registration Window Closes for 2022-23

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: Welcome Back!

Dear AVHS Families,

Happy New Year! 2021 was a difficult year for many in our AVHS community so I hope you were able to take some time to reflect on your family's achievements. Despite the challenges we will undoubtedly see this year, I am hopeful about 2022. I believe we will continue to build on the work done by parents and educators alike over the past year to create conditions that allow our students to succeed. Thank you for your partnership, flexibility, and support!

As we return to AVHS, I am asking everyone to take steps to reduce risks for our students and staff. Both those who are vaccinated and those who are not are experiencing increases in cases of Covid-19. We ask you to remind your student that they are expected to wear masks consistently and properly. You can also help everyone stay healthy by staying home if you are ill and encouraging your students to do the same. If your child is exhibiting COVID or flu-like symptoms, please keep them home and call in to report their absence.

Thank you for staying safe and helping those around you to do the same at Apple Valley High School. I wish you all a great start to 2022 - Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


Registration for 2022-23 Begins January 10th & Closes January 28th

For current 9th-10th-11th grade students, registration for the 2022-23 school year will begin this week as AVHS teachers will discuss course options with their students this week. The registration window will open on January 10th, as current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students will begin meeting with AVHS counselors for pre-registration. Prior to the final submission of course registrations, students will have multiple days to check in with their advisory teacher on the week of January 24th.

If you would like to review the information we will share with students and look over our registration offerings, please go to our Registration One-Stop-Shop at https://tinyurl.com/Reg2022-23

Much of our information for registration will be shared with students via their advisory. PLEASE encourage your student to attend all advisory sessions!

Please visit the AVHS Student Services Newsletter for more details.

Winter Conferences - Thursday, Jan 20 & Friday, Jan 21

Winter Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, January 20 (4pm-7pm) and Friday, January 21 (7:30am-10:30am).

Families will sign up for a conference time slot. Look for a sign-up link coming out next week via the PTC Fast system that we used in the past. You will have the option to come to AVHS at the time you selected and meet with the teacher in-person or access the teacher’s zoom link for a virtual conference during the time for which you registered.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Credit Recovery

Trimester 1 grades have been posted on the Campus Portal.

Students DO NOT need to start from step one in credit recovery.

If a student has met one or more essential learning outcomes, they can skip that and focus on the concepts they missed.

Students who did not earn credit in a core class or required elective (Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Wellness, Art), should plan to enroll in our Winter Credit Recovery program.

If you have questions, please email Ms. Moren at jennifer.moren@district196.org or contact your child's counselor.

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 December 19th to December 26th, we were notified of 7 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 11.

If you or a household member develops COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, contact your physician and call 952-431-8224 or email Jacqueline.Preble@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. Please use any of the following options to report your student’s positive test results:

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 during school hours.

Masks are REQUIRED to be worn by all staff and students riding in District 196 school buses and other vehicles as part of instructional programming (e.g. to and from school, field trips, educational outings), and co-curricular activities (e.g. after-school sports and other activities, high school athletics, etc) per the CDC’s federal order.

Masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for participants and spectators at South Suburban Conference- and Minnesota State High School League-sponsored events at District 196 facilities, regardless of vaccination status

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?

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.

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