AVHS Family Newsletter (April)

Sunday, April 24

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

May 7 - Prom at International Market Square

May 30 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

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

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Week of April 25, 2022

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.

Prom Ticket Update

Although ticket sales for Prom closed on My Payments Plus on Friday night, were able to work with the venue to extend the deadline for final numbers. This gives us time to prepare for the selection of dinner floor seating for seniors on Monday during AVHS's lunches.

We will re-open ticket sales for Prom starting at 3 pm on Monday afternoon, and they will remain open through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Depending on how many tickets are sold, students who purchase prom tickets beginning on Monday may not have an option to select their dinner seating floor, but rather have a floor assigned to them.

AVHS Prom Information

Click the button to go to the Prom Information page on the AVHS website.

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.

Senior Graduation 2022

The class of 2022 AVHS Graduation ceremony is Saturday, June 4th 2022.

Cap and Gown orders were submitted March 18th. If your student has not reserved a cap and gown please contact Teresa.stepka@district196.org.

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


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

Seen in the Halls at AVHS

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Prom is May 7. Tickets Go On Sale April 11th

AVHS is proud to announce that Prom 2022 will return to its usual home of International Market Square in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Students in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to purchase a ticket for themselves and one guest. Guests who do not attend AVHS need to have a Guest Form (available in the office) turned in by April 22 to attend the dance.

Tickets are sold through My Payments Plus from April 11 to April 22. Tickets are $85 each and include the Grand March, a dinner catered by D'Amico & Sons, a dance with Northern Lights DJ and Entertainment, and a dessert buffet. Check-in for the dance begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dance ends at 11:00 p.m. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from International Market Square.

More information regarding prom is available on the AVHS Website.

AVHS Teacher and Staff appreciation week April 18-22

National Teacher Appreciation week is May 2-6, we will be celebrating a little earlier April 18-22. We have such an amazing team of teachers, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff, custodial staff and secretaries that love, support, motivate, encourage and educate our students we would like to recognize them with small treats and notes of gratitude.

If you have a story to share of how a teacher has inspired your child or would like to send a note of thanks to our teachers, please send an email to me at Drew.Mons@district196.org

If you are have ideas to share or would like to make a donation for staff appreciation week or the staff dinner before conferences April 20th, please contact Teresa Stepka at Teresa.Stepka@district196.org

Spring Conferences are April 20, Sign-Ups are still available this week.

Spring Trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Families will sign up for a conference time slot via the PTC Fast system. As with winter conferences, 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.

Registration for Spring Sports is Still Open!

Spring sports have begun, but it is not too late to register for a sport! Registration for all Spring sports is open now and it is not too late to register for sports that have already begun.

Click the button below for more information.

MCA Reading and Math Tests Week of April 12

Students in grades 10 (MCA Reading) and 11 (MCA Math) will take the MCA tests the week of April 12. Tests are administered on iPads and will be taken during the school day in English and Math classes. The MCA tests are state-mandated skills tests given every Spring to students in the State of Minnesota.
More Information on Statewide Testing

Click the button to be linked to the Minnesota Department of Education website for more information regarding Statewide Testing.

April 5 is ACT and PreACT Testing Day

On Tuesday, April 5, all high schools in District 196 will administer the ACT test to students in grade 11 and the PreACT test to students in grade 10. Students in these grades should arrive at AVHS by 7:40 am and are free to leave after completing their test (typically around 12:00 p.m.) Buses will run on their normal schedules.

Students in Grades 9 and 12 will participate in a Digital Learning Day from home.

STUDENT Expectations for Digital Learning Day

9th and 12th-grade students will stay home and engage in digital learning using Schoology and district-issued iPads on Tuesday, April 5th. After the ACT/PreACT testing is completed, teachers will be available to answer questions and offer support to students who need it.

The Digital Learning Day should use the following guidelines for 9th & 12th Grade Students:

1. Login to Schoology. All course materials and directions will be posted in Schoology.

2. Plan Your Day. Schedule 35 minutes for each of your classes to work on your learning tasks. 3. Complete all assigned work.

ACT and PreACT Testing Information

Click the button for a link to a newsletter with more information about ACT and PreACT.

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

Credit Recovery: Register now for the April session

What? Credit recovery will be offered this spring for those that have received an incomplete or fail for a trimester one or trimester two course(s). This will allow you to gain your credit back. Remember- Credit Recovery does NOT mean you start all over. It does mean you must show proficiency and learning in what you missed from a previous trimester (you may be closer than you think!)

When? Credit Recovery will run April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and April 26, 28 in the media center with your credit recovery teacher. Please plan on attending all sessions until the course is completed. If you need to miss a day, you will need to communicate with your instructor.

Where? Meet in the media center at 2:40pm. Don’t be late.

How? Register at https://avhs.district196.org/academics/credit-recovery to earn credits in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intro to Art 2D/3D and/or Wellness

Parking Permits Now On Sale for Trimester 3

District 196 requires students to pay a $60.00 per trimester parking fee. All trimester permits must be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle. Failure to display the trimester permit will lead to a fine. Note: Students park at their own risk; District 196 is not liable for damage or theft.

For AVHS, the Trimester 3 parking pass is available for purchase at MyPaymentsPlus.

Reminder! Parking Lot Entrance & Exit

Please remember that AVHS's parking lot has one entrance and one exit. At the end of the school day, some drivers are using the entrance as an exit, and this leads to unsafe situations in our parking lot.

Please remember to be kind to one another in the parking lot!

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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