AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, November 14th

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

November 17th Eagle Day Extended Advisory (intervention & late work submission date)

November 25 & 26 NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

December 2/End of Trimester 1

December 3 NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day

Coming Soon: End of Trimester!

The first snowfall is upon us and while it feels like there's a lot of time to "get it done later" , there are only 10 school days before Trimester 1 Finals (December 1 & 2)

The next two weeks are crucial weeks for students to get focused and finish strong. Here are some tips for helping students stay the course, work hard and finish up on top:

  • Check your grades in Schoology.
  • Parents/guardians - can't find your login? Have your student show you on their iPad.
  • Ask your teacher to invite you to this week's Eagle Day for 1-on-1 help.
  • Prioritize your work. Don't focus on a 5 pt worksheet. Do the 50 point paper!
  • Set a few achievable goals such as always attending every class for the next 10 days.
  • Use a "power hour" (even a half hour) of distraction-free study each night.
  • Create a study group with one or two good friends and quiz one another.
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Take the Minnesota Safe Learning Survey

The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Education are inviting students in grades 6-12, families and educators to share their experiences with school over the past year. The Safe Learning Survey, which was also administered in February and May 2021, is being given this last time to provide a picture of the landscape in education across Minnesota. Districts will receive local information to compare with statewide data. The survey closes November 24. Take the Minnesota Safe Learning Survey.

ActioNOW! Event at AVHS This Wednesday

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Hall Sweeps

AVHS conducted 2 random hall sweeps last week. We same a decrease of 50 students being found in the halls between the first and second sweep of the week.

For the first offense, students will be given a warning and an email notification is sent to the student's family. If students are found in the halls a second time, their parents will be alerted with a phone call and the student will be issued a detention. Thank you for your continued partnership and support in encouraging your students to get to class on time and being ready to learn!

You can check your student’s attendance (tardies & absences) in Infinite Campus https://district196mn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/district196.jsp
If you are not able to log in, you can receive assistance by clicking here: https://avhs-xshare.district196.org/CampusHelp/

If you have questions about your student's attendance, you can contact Jeff Flugum, our Attendance/Student Support TOSA, at jeffrey.flugum@district196.org.

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 November 7th to November 14th, we were notified of 6 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 7.

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

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.

Mask Reminder

A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors when inside District 196 buildings. This includes if you are coming into the building during school hours or attending a volleyball game, conferences or any indoor event in the evening.

Face masks are optional for outdoor events.

Native American Heritage Month

Here is this month’s Newsletter/Smore:https://www.smore.com/g75pd from the American Indian Education Program. In this newsletter you will learn about:

  1. The United States Statute Declaring NA Heritage Month
  2. Hocokata Ti Event – Community Day on November 13, 2021
  3. Ways to Celebrate Indigenous People, Authors, Artists & Athletes
  4. Upcoming Dakota County Events: Native American & Indigenous Series
  5. Resources on Thanksgiving & Gratitude from a Native American Perspective

AVHS Veteran's Day Video Available Online

The Veterans Day program is available on the AVEagle Media Youtube page.

Thank you to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Buesgens, and our Video/Media Specialist, Mr. Dodge, for making this program possible. I also want to thank Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776, Superintendent Kreger and other members of the cabinet, the AVHS Wind Ensemble, Valley Select Chorale, student speakers, and the AVHS Staff.

The need is great, but so is our power to give!

District 196 Gives began as a call to action -- a challenge to our district to extend a helping hand to our families in need. Through this fundraising campaign we are helping ensure students are successful in the classroom and out in the world. Your contributions can be made through Nov. 19. Visit District196.org/DistrictGives for more information.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Make your pledge today!

  • Your tax-deductible donation can be a payroll deduction from your checks beginning January 2022, a one-time payroll deduction or be done with a credit/debit card. Simply click the "Make Your Pledge Today" button above.
  • Questions about pledging? Contact Community Education at CommunityEd@district196.org or 651-423- 7701.

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?

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