AVHS Back to School/Summer Updates

Friday, July 30 *Please Bookmark for Summer Updates

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

August 16 - Fall Athletics begin *Students must register in MyPaymentsPlus to participate

August 30 - Back to School Night

September 1 - First Day of School

September 2 - Students attend regularly scheduled classes

September 3,6,7 - NO SCHOOL

September 8 - Return to classes

September 10 - Picture Day

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

Back to School Night: Monday, August 30th from 6-8pm.

We look forward to (re)connecting with students and families on this evening. There is no set program to attend so each family can choose to participate in the manner that best meets their needs and interests. Whether this is your first student to attend AVHS or your 5th, this is a great opportunity to walk your student’s schedule, meet their teachers, and learn more about how to get involved in our school community.

Teachers will be available to greet and assist parents/guardians in understanding how to partner together and help students succeed in the classroom. Administrators and other staff members will be available to answer questions and provide support related to technology, Infinite Campus, Schoology, lunch accounts, and understanding the various resources and support available at AVHS.

This event is for AVHS parents and guardians of ALL grade levels. Students will have the opportunity to go through a modified schedule on the first day of school (Wednesday, September 1st) but are also welcome to come with their families to the Back to School Night.

To allow for a more personalized experience and to cut down on congestion, families with the last names A-K are requested to attend from 6 pm to 7 pm and those with the last names L-Z attend from 7 pm to 8 pm. Please know that if this preferred time does not work for your family, you are welcome to come when you can.

Remember that School Starts on Wednesday, September 1st

We look forward to welcoming ALL of our students and staff back to Apple Valley High School on Wednesday, September 1st. The first day and weeks of the 2021-22 school year will have a strong focus on community, culture, and connecting with friends, faculty, and staff.

  • On Wednesday, September 1st, buses will transport 9th-grade students to school as scheduled for a typical school day.
    • School will begin at 7:40 am for 9th-graders and other students who are new to AVHS.
    • Students in grades 10-12 will report to school at 11 am. Bus transportation will be provided for students in grades 10-12 to arrive for an 11 am start.
    • All students will follow a modified schedule so they can meet in their advisory, eat lunch, and meet all of their teachers before the day concludes at its usual time for this school year, 2:30 pm.
  • Thursday, September 2nd will be a regular school day (7:40 am to 2:30 pm) grades 9-12.

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.

AVHS Athletics Registration Website

Registration for Fall Sports will begin July 14, 2021 First Day of Fall Sports is August 16, 2021. Captains Practice is held during the week of August 8, 2021

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.

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Previous Summer Updates (June 13th to July 29)

Summer Building Hours at AVHS

Monday through Thursday- 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM

Fridays- Limited staffing. Please make an appointment or call (952) 431-8200 and press “6” for help or to leave a voicemail.

*July 2 Office Closed -- Holiday

*July 5 Office Closed -- Holiday

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Message from the Principal

Dear AVHS Parents and Guardians,

We made it. Thank you for being so kind and flexible as we navigated numerous challenges and multiple learning models this past year. None of this was ideal but it would have been much more difficult without the support and resilience of our AVHS school community.

Thank you for helping to support kids by Googling “how to balance equations?”, live streaming performances, prepping meals, setting Zoom reminders, cleaning up attendance, cheerleading from the side/challenging them head-on, and everything else that came with the call to duty of being a parent in a pandemic. It was A LOT. Each of you should probably get a statue in your honor. If nothing else, please know that your efforts weren't lost on us and you’ve earned a well-deserved break in the action!

I also want to note how proud I am of our kids. COVID learning gaps? Maybe. Anyone who spent time with our students this year knows how smart they are. People don’t give them enough credit and I find it disrespectful when people say this has been a “lost year”. Our kids worked incredibly hard and developed valuable skills that are difficult to measure on a standardized test. As an econ teacher, students would routinely ask me, “When am I ever going to use the principle of elasticity in my real life?” Seldom did they wonder when they would use star qualities like emotional awareness, humility, organization, creativity, problem-solving, self-discipline, patience, or empathy! To write this off as a “lost year” insults their efforts and those who helped them along the way.

Our school will develop plans for the fall and we will need student and family voices to help get it right. It will be tempting to dive right into content on those first days of school, but we will begin the year focused on the “WHY” not the “HOW” or the “WHAT”. There are no shortcuts for creating a transformative school community where each member experiences affirmation, value, and a sense of belonging. We will work hard, but more importantly, we will continue to work together to maintain a focus on the deliberate, daily actions that make AVHS a special place.

As we head into summer, we are looking to next year with a renewed sense of optimism. We have high expectations in this community for academics, arts, and athletics. We are problem finders and solution makers. We are curious. We are committed. We are a community. We are Apple Valley High School and I couldn’t imagine a better place to be, nor a better community to work with. I wish you a safe, relaxing, and healthy summer filled with all the things and people you love most. Take care. Be well, and as always, Go Eagles!

Drew Mons
AVHS Principal

Credit Recovery

CREDIT RECOVERY IS COMPLETED FOR SUMMER. Stay tuned for information on possible opportunity in the Fall.

Classes will be in-person and taught by AVHS teachers with the opportunity to address essential outcomes. In most cases, students do not need to start from scratch to earn credit! Students may register for one or both sessions and earn credits in multiple courses to stay on track for graduation. Your student’s School Counselor and/or Case Manager can help to determine what courses are needed.

Math and Science courses will be offered June 21-24, June 28-July 1 from 8:00-12:00pm.

Busing is provided for those in the attendance area. Lunches are also available.

English and Social Studies courses will be offered July 6-8, July 12-15 from 8:00-12:00pm. Busing is provided for those in the attendance area. Lunches are also available.

Use the links found on the AVHS Credit Recovery web page by clicking the button below.

Registration for Summer Camps

Develop Your Sports Skills with our High School Coaches!
We’re collaborating with high school coaches to host a variety of quality, exciting sports camp opportunities for athletes in Kindergarten – 12th grade. Head coaches and assistants have planned and prepared camp activities that will promote skill improvement and good sportsmanship, all while having fun! Participants should register for camps based on their grade for the 2021-22 school year. Hurry, register now! Sports camps are filling fast!

Yearbook - August Delivery

The 2020-2021 Apple Valley High School Yearbook will be delivered to the school and available for pick this summer, in early August. Due to the Covid Pandemic and the late start of many school activities, clubs, and events, the yearbook chose to go to a later delivery date so more of the school year’s happenings could be included in the yearbook. Most performances didn’t happen until May, many clubs were unable to get started and have meetings until late fall/early winter, and many regular school life stories that the yearbook normally reports on weren’t happening until mid-year or later.

Due to the later delivery, the yearbook is able to include all spring sports, performances, and events in the bound book rather than an additional spring supplement!

Students can also sign up free and use Digital Autograph Pages at yearbooksigning.jostens.com. This service allows students to invite their friends to write a message and sign on digital pages, which then can be printed at home.

When the books arrive in August, we will publicize a pick-up date for students and families to get their yearbook via our social media pages and our school s’more newsletter. If you should have further questions about the yearbook, please visit our school website or contact Kristin Blatzheim at Kristin.blatzheim@district196.org.

School Starts on September 1st and 2nd

We look forward to welcoming ALL of our students and staff back to Apple Valley High School on Wednesday, September 1st. The first day and following weeks of the 2021-22 school year will have a strong focus on building relationships, community, culture, and connecting with friends, faculty, and staff including the opportunity to take advantage of:

  • Meeting your teachers and classmates
  • Walking your schedule and becoming familiar with course expectations
  • Learning about the AAA Philosophy (Academics, Arts, Athletics) and STEM Programs
  • Walking your schedule
  • Getting involved with co-curricular offerings
  • The first class cheers since 2019!

Vaccination Clincs

Dakota County Public Health is offering a FREE Dakota County COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at Apple Valley High School on Monday, June 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred but not required (there is limited walk-up availability.) This clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is intended for ages 12 and over. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the adult must give consent. No insurance, state ID, or other documentation required. The clinic will be held, rain or shine. See the resources linked below for more information.
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Turf Project/Parking

We are very excited about the installation of turf fields in both our Stadium and North Practice Fields this summer! Beginning the week of May 31 and continuing throughout the summer, the North Parking lot will be CLOSED to all traffic as a result of the related construction. Please be aware and plan accordingly if you are picking up, dropping off, or attending events at AVHS.
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COVID-19 Notification and Updated Quarantine Guidance

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 Collection

Students continuing their education in District 196 will be allowed to keep their district-owned iPads and hotspots over the summer of 2021. This allows learning opportunities to continue throughout the summer. You can also put it in a safe space until school resumes. Additionally, to help your child reconnect to district resources when school resumes, we encourage you to store usernames and passwords in a safe location.

Other school resources like textbooks, calculators and library items needed to be returned by the end of the school year.

  • Graduates and Distance learning students can bring their materials to the main office, Monday through Thursdays from 7:15am to 3:15pm.
  • Please call (952) 431-8200 and press “6” to make an appointment for dropping off materials on Fridays in June and July.

Unenrolling from the district over the summer? Return the iPad and other school resources to your child’s school or nearest District 196 school. If you have children in multiple schools, all school resources can be returned to a single school. If you are out of the region and need to mail the iPad and other school resources back to the district, please send to the following address via any shipping carrier:

Independent School District 196

Attn: Jennifer Lyddy

3455 153rd Street West

Rosemount, MN 55068

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