AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, February 6th

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

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

Let's Connect Career Fair: February 23rd 2:45 to 4:45 pm

On February 23rd from 2:45- 4:45 pm, AVHS will be hosting the Let’s Connect Career Fair in partnership with That’s Their Dream and Vibe Set x Thuy, two companies that were founded by BIPOC Women AVHS alumni.

The career fair will present an opportunity for students to learn about employer expectations, training/skills needed, and the education that is required for specific career paths. Students are invited to attend the fair to explore future possibilities. From engineering to teaching, to entrepreneurship, and/or real estate, there’s plenty for your students to see. Please talk to your students about attending.

Things to know:

  • We have various businesses and industries that will be there representing.
  • There will be light refreshments served.
  • 50 T-shirts will be given away on a first come first serve basis.
  • Multiple gift cards will be given away as part of a scavenger hunt activity.
  • Activity buses will be available for students in the AVHS attendance area.

We hope to see your student at the Let’s Connect Career fair on Feb 23rd. Please contact Sydney Otundo for any questions at thatstheirdream@gmail.com.

About That’s Their Dream and Vibe Set x Thuy

That’s Their Dream was founded in 2020 by AVHS alumni, Sydney Otundo. That’s Their Dream was created to provide a space to learn financial literacy to work towards financial independence to help close the wealth gap. This is accomplished by providing programs, events, and resources to make dreams come true.

Vibe Set x Thuy was founded by 2007 Alumni Thuy Jones. Vibe Set is a strategic event planning business that aims to create spaces where individuals feel safe to be their authentic self.

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!

Deadline for Senior Grad Ads is February 17th

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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

COVID-19 Notification

Covid-19 notices will be shifting to the District 196 COVID Dashboard (CLICK HERE to access). Our weekly notification will be reported there with information for all school buildings in District 196. Go to "Current Number of Reported Positive Student Cases" to see this information.

During the week of January 30th to February 6th, we were notified of 14 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total for lab-confirmed reported cases was 32.

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 May Be 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.

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

Be Prepared for Possible Schedule Changes

While in-person learning remains our top priority, staffing shortages and the unpredictable nature of the pandemic continue to make day-to-day operations a challenge. Similar to last school year, families should always have a backup plan for alternative care for their child if their school, grade level, or the district needs to shift to distance learning on short notice.

Testing and Vaccination Options

If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to a positive case, please make an appointment at one of the community testing sites. There are some in-district testing appointments available for symptomatic students and employees. Contact your school to schedule an appointment. More testing and vaccination information can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard at www.District196.org/COVID19.

ActionNOW! High School Series at Rosemount HS

All District 196 families are invited to join us for the next installment of the ActioNOW! High School Series on Thursday, February 17, 6-8 p.m. at Rosemount High School.

This free, family-friendly event is hosted by the District 196 African-American Cultural Family Advocates and the Equity and Inclusion Department, in partnership with Rosemount High School.

ActioNOW! Is an event where the community comes together to celebrate African-American culture through performances, activities, dialogue and food. Other activities will include community booths and a gift basket raffle. Please join us, all are welcome!

For more information, view the ActioNOW! flyer, view the event on Facebook or contact Rashelle Redmon at Rashelle.Redmon@district196.org.

CLICK HERE TO Register for the event today!

Bus Schedules May Change Due to Driver Shortage

Due to the nationwide shortage of bus drivers and absences because of COVID-19, the district faces daily challenges to ensure that bus routes to and from school are covered. These staff shortages may cause sudden bus schedule changes.

To stay up to date on your child’s transportation schedule, parents are encouraged to download the mobile app Here Comes The Bus. The app allows parents to monitor arrival and drop-off times of their child’s bus, and is used by the District 196 Transportation Department to communicate directly to parents in real time about delays in bus arrival, bus number changes and more.

To set up an account, download Here Comes The Bus and use the school district’s ID number 73500 and your child’s lunch account number/PIN (available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal). Parents can monitor buses for multiple children from a single account. More information can be found at www.District196.org/services/transportation/here-comes-the-bus.

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