AVHS Family Newsletter (May)

Friday, May 27

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

May 30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

June 4 - Graduation (4 pm) at Mariucci Arena on the U of M Campus

June 7 & 8 - Trimester Three Final Exams

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Week of May 31, 2022

New! Yearbook Update

The deadline to order the 2022 AVHS yearbook with name personalization and/or additional emblems is TUESDAY, May 31st. Standard issue yearbooks can still be ordered after this date up until 2 weeks before delivery until they are sold out. To guarantee your copy of the book, order by May 31st. The yearbook will be delivered to AVHS in early August and students and families will be notified via email and social media when they arrive and what the pick-up dates and times will be.

New! Returning Textbooks and Library Materials

Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 should return textbooks to their classroom teachers before the end of the school year.

Graduating seniors- All outstanding materials will need to be turned in or paid for prior to graduation. Seniors can check to see what they have on their accounts a number of ways:

  1. They can reference the physical notice that was handed out to seniors in their advisory last Wednesday, May 25th
  2. By logging in to their account on our online library catalog (Destiny.district196.org )
  3. By stopping by the library circulation desk and asking to view the contents of their account
  4. Another digital notice will be sent to student email accounts early next week as well.

If you or your graduating senior have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email avhslibraryhelp@district196.org for assistance or stop by the AVHS library media center during school hours to speak to Mr. McCluksey or Ms. Ali.

New! iPad Information for Students Returning to AVHS

All students coming back to district 196 schools in the fall are to keep their iPads over the summer. When not in use over the summer, please charge it to 100% battery and remove the passcode on the device in the Settings app or write it down in a memorable place to be able to get back into the device when returning to school.

Seniors will be turning in their iPads up to graduation practice on Friday, June 3rd. They cannot keep their devices after graduation. More details can be found below.

If you run into a technology issue over the summer, please use the form located at district196.org/techhelp to get the fastest resolution possible.

New! iPad Collection for Graduating Seniors

  • Seniors will be returning their iPads to AVHS before they graduate. These iPads will be issued to the kindergarten class starting next year.
  • On Friday 5/27 the Reset app will be loaded on their iPads.
  • Seniors who do not need the iPad for their classes are welcome to return the device to the Media Center anytime it is staffed.
  • We will be doing the mass collection in the days leading up to graduation during lunch and finally at their ceremony practice.
  • We will accept any charging cables and adapters at collection, but fines will not be applied if they do not return them. The cost of a missing iPad is $348.

All Things Graduation: Grad Fee, Caps/Gowns, Rehearsal, Commencement, and Diploma Pick-Up

With only one week to go, we are excited to celebrate with you as we honor the Class of 2022 and all of their accomplishments on June 4th at 4:00 pm at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota Campus. Please take note of the following important details:

The Class of 2022 District 196 Graduation Fee is $40.00 payable on MyPaymentsPlus

  • Families that qualify for Educational Benefits may receive a waiver or reduced cost for the graduation fee.

  • The graduation fee covers these graduation-related expenses: event rental/staging prep, security, sound system rental, regalia, diploma covers, postage, staff workers, and program printing.

  • As required by law, AVHS pays for graduation caps, gowns, and diplomas. Seniors will keep these items.

  • Participation is optional. Seniors who choose not to be part of the ceremony will have their fee waived.

Caps, Gowns, and Regalia

  • Seniors participating in the graduation ceremony are required to wear an AVHS cap, gown and tassel.

  • Distribution of these materials took place during lunches on Tuesday, May 17.

  • If your student has not picked up their cap and gown, they can still pick them up in the main office.

  • Only District 196 approved regalia (tassels, honor cords, and stoles) that is provided to seniors as a result of an honor by participating in a District 196 program can be worn.

Friday, June 3rd: Last Day of School for Seniors & Graduation Rehearsal (at AVHS)

  • Seniors participating in the June 4th graduation ceremony are expected to attend graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 3rd 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the main gym at Apple Valley High School.

  • Students should not wear their caps and gowns for rehearsal on Friday, June 3.

  • Information for ordering transcripts, graduation ceremony photos, and more will be distributed at the rehearsal

  • The ceremony will also be available to live stream via the AVHS Eagle Media YouTube Page.

Saturday, June 4: Commencement Ceremony (at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the U of M Campus, 1901 4th Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

  • 2:15 pm Seniors arrive and check-in at main gym at AVHS to line up for bus departure.

    • To maintain a proper line up for the ceremony, seniors are required to ride the bus to graduation.

    • Band seniors and juniors will ride on “band buses” leaving at 2:00 pm

  • 2:30 Buses leave AVHS

  • 3:00 pm - Family/Friends will be allowed into 3M Arena at Mariucci.

    • Mariucci Arena is general admission. No tickets are required for entry.

    • Mariucci Arena staff will conduct a security check of each visitor so please arrive early.

    • Please note that balloons and noise makers are not allowed in Mariucci Arena.

  • 4:00 pm - Commencement Ceremony will begin at 4 pm sharp.

  • 5:45 pm - Graduate buses will depart Mariucci and return to AVHS by 6:15 pm

    • Graduates may take a “Graduate Bus” or ride with their families to pick up their diploma.

Diploma Distribution and Fines/Fees

  • 6:00 to 7:00 pm - Diploma Distribution in the AVHS Commons.

  • Seniors are expected to take care of outstanding fees and fines before diploma distribution. Please assist your senior with this process to check mypaymentsplus.

Additional information available at ​​https://avhs.district196.org/families/graduation-2022.org

If you have any questions, contact Teresa Stepka (Administrative Assistant to the Principal) at 952-431-8201 or Teresa.Stepka@district196.org

New! Link to Live Stream for Graduation

The graduation ceremony will be available to live stream via the AVHS Eagle Media YouTube Page. Please feel free to share as you need. We will provide a direct link to the AVHS 2022 Commencement on Saturday, June 4th.

2022 Senior Party Information

Senior Party Information is here: https://avhs.district196.org/families/graduation-2022

Please complete this form and send payment of $85 ($100 after May 1) via Venmo (@AVHS-2022-Senior-Party) or by dropping off cash/check to AVHS main office (if paying by check, please write the student's name and student ID# on check). We are also accepting donations for scholarships and prizes.

We would like EVERYONE to be able to attend the party, so if payment assistance is needed, please fill out the form and talk to Mr. Blatzheim or your counselor about scholarship opportunities. If you have questions, please reach out to seniorpartyAVHS@gmail.com

"Victory" Music by AVHS 2012 Grad ~ Amarock Ouk
AVHS was proud to meet the Class of 2026 when all FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PLUS of them visited on Wednesday of last week. The visit was full of energy and excitement and our current students presented to them and recruited them to join a tremendous variety of sports teams, clubs, and student activities. It was awesome!

Special shoutouts to our Assistant Principal, Pete Buesgens, who coordinated this amazing day, Cliff Dodge (video production), Michelle Gustafson (Student Panel Emcee), Bill Blatheim (Arts & Activities Director), Cory Hanson (Athletics Director), and for all of the student leaders who showcased Eagle Pride - Go Eagles!

See Something, Say Something using the Report It App

Is your student stating that they can't use a restroom stall because someone is using a vape? Are you hearing about some drama over social media during the weekend that could arise from a "two to a ten" at school on Monday?

AVHS seeks to create an environment in which problem behaviors are less likely to occur, and in which, when they do arise, we have the connections and skills needed to handle them and restore the community as needed. We aren't shocked when students make bad choices. In fact, that's oftentimes when big learning takes place! Nonetheless, want to proactively address poor choices before they become bigger issues that can lead to a suspension or cause harm.

Please help us to keep our school community safe by clicking https://avhs-xshare.district196.org/reportIt/ when you see or hear something we should know about.

REMINDER! Yearbooks: Order by May 27th to guarantee delivery this year.

ATTENTION PARENTS: The Apple Valley High School yearbook staff has been hard at work on the 2022 yearbook!

Be sure to order by May 27th to guarantee your yearbook this year. We cannot guarantee copies will be available after this date. A very limited number of books will be available after delivery. Yearbooks will be a summer delivery again this year to ensure all school events through the end of the school year will end up in the bound book. Yearbooks are scheduled to arrive the first week of August.

Families will be notified via email and school social media accounts when they are ready to be picked up. To order your yearbook, visit our website at avhs.district196.orgFamiliesYearbook Info.

Seen in the Halls at AVHS

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REMINDER! Academic Awards

Students with a trimester 1 or 2 grade point average of 3.667 or higher will receive an Academic Letter Award certificate. Students who earn an academic letter certificate have the option of purchasing a Chenille AV Letter for $5 available in the main office. These letters can be framed, stitched on jackets, or displayed. Certificates were distributed during advisories last week.

Mitigation strategies to combat recent uptick in COVID-19 cases

With growing concerns around staffing and still four weeks left in the school year, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in following health and safety strategies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Test regularly for COVID-19, especially if you are involved in co-curricular activities.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate for at least five days.
  • If you return to school or the workplace after testing positive, wear a well-fitting mask on days six through 10.
  • If you are unvaccinated and a household member tests positive, quarantine for at least five days.
  • If you are exposed to someone who is positive, wear a mask and monitor symptoms for 10 days after exposure.

More information about our safety measures can be found on our COVID-19 Dashboard at District196.org/COVID19.

Drive Time Questions to Ask Your Student

Car rides and the kitchen can be uniquely suited for heart-to-hearts with your student. Here are a few questions that might help to get a handle on things before final grades are posted in THREE weeks:

  • What's the biggest difference between your hardest class and your easiest class?
  • Are there any classes you are worried about with THREE weeks to go?
  • Do you know what you can still do to improve your grade?
  • Is there anything your teacher or I can do to help you come up with a plan?

Senior Graduation 2022

Apple Valley High School’s graduation ceremony honoring the Class of 2022 will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Students must report to the main gym at Apple Valley High School by 2:15 pm on Saturday, June 4th. Graduates will take a school bus that departs promptly at 2:30 pm from school to the arena. Upon completion of the graduation ceremony, students will have the option to return to Apple Valley High School on a school bus or on transport home with family.

Families/guests of graduates will take their own transportation to the arena. If transportation will be a barrier to participating in the graduation ceremony, please contact Teresa Stepka at teresa.stepka@district196.org

The ceremony will also be available to live stream via the AVHS Eagle Media YouTube Page.

All students must return to Apple Valley High School before 7:00 pm to pick up their diploma. Diplomas are held for students with outstanding fines, fees, or library materials. Apple Valley High School does not mail diplomas home.

Graduation Fees are due now. Please use mypaymentsplus to pay the graduation fee if your student will be walking in the ceremony.


Senior Awards program May 20th 9:45 am

Parents of Seniors who are expected to receive an award should have received an email invitation last week. Doors will open at 9:30 am, the program begins at 9:45 am and should conclude at 10:30 pm.

The awards program honors seniors for outstanding achievement in academics and other areas, including scholarship presentations. All seniors will be in attendance in the theatre for the program. Presentations will be made by members of the AVHS staff and by representatives from various local organizations that donate scholarships.

AVHS Prom "At Last" May 7, 2022

We are so excited about the return of Prom to the school calendar! After two years of not being able to hold this event, it is wonderful to know that we are headed back to the beautiful International Market Square in Minneapolis for this annual tradition. The dazzling atmosphere of the five-story Atrium located in the beautifully renovated historic building is a wonderful setting for this fantastic event.


5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Ticket registration* in Market Square entrance hall
*Prom ticket is needed for admission. Students will receive a wristband color-coded to their floor assignment for dinner.
6:15 p.m.: Line up for Grand March
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Grand March begins at 6:30. Guests may view the Grand March from the second-floor balcony as well as some standing room on the first floor. Please do not disturb table settings.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Buffet dinner in the spectacular Market Square Atrium -Catering by D’Amico

8:30 - 11:00 p.m.: Dancing with Northern Lights in the Atrium

9:30 p.m.: Dessert Buffet, Assorted Cheesecakes

All students MUST have a ride home no later than 11:00 pm. It is critical that you know your student's plan to get home, as AVHS does not provide rides home for students. Double-check with your student that they have transportation away from the event no later than 11:00 pm.

Thank you for helping us to provide an exciting and enjoyable evening.

Drive Time Questions to Ask Your Student

Car rides can be uniquely suited for heart-to-hearts with your student. Here are some suggested conversation openers and answers from the American Lung Association about teen vaping. Don’t blow up if they share things you didn’t expect to hear. Listen to their answers, ask more questions and keep the lines of communication open.

Are a lot of kids vaping at your school? Are your friends vaping? Be sure you don’t react, listen.

What do you think about vaping?

Do you know what is in JUUL pods and other vapes?

Do you know how vaping can damage your health even if you're not the one vaping?

May 11TH Senior Signing Day - Please contact Mr. Hanson to be included!

We have had quite a few students commit to playing college athletics as of late and we would like to hold a signing day on Wednesday, May 11th to celebrate this accomplishment.

If your son or daughter will be attending a Division I, II, III or NIAI school to play college athletics. Please send an email with the student name-school of choice-sport they intend on participating in to: cory.hanson@distirct196.org by Friday, May 9th.

The signing day celebration will take place May 11th in the theater from 7:00 am – 7:45 am. All are welcome.

Monday, May 2nd is College Decision Day for Seniors

Reminder - Monday, May 2nd we are recognizing College Decision Day! AVHS is inviting all seniors to visit the main commons area during lunch to celebrate your post-secondary decision. Wear your college gear, take pictures with your college banner and have a treat!

AP Testing Begins This Week

Beginning Tuesday, May 3, Apple Valley High School will administer over 450 Advanced Placement Exams to students enrolled in AP courses. Students registered for these exams in the Fall of 2021 and should have details from their AP teacher regarding the timing and logistics of exam day. These exams will take place in either Gym D or the Community Room during the next two weeks.

MCA Science Testing in Biology Classes

The Minnesota Department of Education requires that the MCA High School Science Test be given to all students in the Spring of the year they are enrolled in their life science (Biology) course. All students in a biology class will take the MCA Science test this week on Tuesday and Wednesday during their regularly scheduled class time. The test is administered on iPads, and as with every day students should be sure to bring their iPad to school updated and fully charged.

Schoology App Update

To help ensure best performance of district systems, students will need to go into Self-Service and install the app manually the same way they do with all apps. If possible, it is recommended for students to install the app at home.

The webclip, which was pushed to all student iPads as a shortcut to the browser version of Schoology, will be removed from student iPads on Wednesday, April 27th. Students can still create their own “Add to Homescreen” shortcut for the browser version. Below are directions for logging into the Schoology app as well as a one-minute video showing the process.

Logging into Schoology

  • Go to the Schoology app
  • Tap on the field under Log in through your School. Type in District 196 (do not type in your child’s school name). District 196 with Rosemount will come up. Tap on it. This will bring you to a login window. Make sure it says District 196 above the Login button.
  • Tap on Email or Username - Type in your Student ID number
  • Tap on Password - Type in your Collab/Google password
  • Tap Log in

Thank you for your flexibility over the last several weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Schoology team at schoology@district196.org.

Activity Bus Reminder

Activity busses are available Monday through Friday for students involved in AVHS co-curricular activities. There are multiple bus routes and the busses depart at 5:15 p.m.

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.

Breakfast & Lunch Time: Leave it Better Than You Found It!

It is the expectation that all students have the responsibility for cleaning their eating area and leaving the cafeteria & commons presentable for the other students. Unacceptable dining room behavior will result in a referral to the Student Support Office. The following are expectations, which apply to the cafeteria and commons area. All students must adhere to these expectations:

1. Each student is expected to clean up their immediate area.

2. If students choose to sit at a table with a mess on it, those students will become responsible for cleaning up the mess.

3. Each student is expected to deposit their trash in the proper trash and recycling containers.

4. The number of chairs allowed at any one table is limited to ten (10).

5. There will be no throwing of food/beverages/objects.

6. There will be no food permitted in the academic wing or beyond the commons/cafeteria during the school day

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. 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.

Isolation Time Reduced to a Minimum of 5 Days

People who have COVID-19 and have or had symptoms should isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms and/or a positive test. Day 1 is the first full day after their symptoms developed. In order to return to school, a student or staff member under the following conditions:

  • They may end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved
  • They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.
  • Wear a mask at school at all times and practice social distancing at lunch.

Weekend Food Program Available to Students

Weekend Food Program

Did you know you can enroll to receive weekly @EveryMealOrg bags for the weekend? Families may choose from five options structured around the USDA MyPlate standards. All bag types contain 4-5 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and soups/entrees. Click here (https://forms.gle/UfUtQtuuXXvkp8CZA ) for more information on how to enroll!

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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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

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