AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, November 7th

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

November 11th AVHS Veteran's Day Celebration (Virtual)

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

AVHS Veteran's Day Video Streaming at 9:05am on Thursday, November 11th

Once again this year, AVHS will honor our Veterans with a virtual celebration which will be viewed by all students during an Extended Advisory/P2 on Thursday, November 11th). Although our virtual celebration will look a little different this year, we want to continue to honor and celebrate those important people in our lives who have served.

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 AVHS Staff. A final shout-out goes to social studies teacher, Nick Erickson, and the Interact Club are collecting “Thank You” cards that are written by students again this year. That special touch brought so much joy to those at the American Legion and area Senior Centers.

The Veterans Day program will be available on the AVEagle Media Youtube page at 9:05 am on Thursday, November 11th. It will also be available after the fact on the AVEagle Media Youtube page afterwards.

AVHS Presents...Chicago: the High School Edition!

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. Shows are Nov 5-7th and 12-14th. Grab your tickets at: seatyourself.biz/avhs

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 Advisory Kindness Challenge

The AVHS Advisory Team would like to promote this next week with a Kindness Challenge along with a week of “random acts of kindness.” The challenge will ask students, staff, and groups to carry out at least one act of kindness (and if they’re able to capture this picture, they will submit it to an advisory teacher, coach, or group leader who will then forward it on to an Advisory team member).

Possible Acts of Kindness could include:

*Adopt a classroom or area to keep straight and tidy

*Cleaning up an area of our community

*Writing/Delivering positive affirmations to students or staff

*Being a “welcoming committee” at the front doors

*Random Acts of Coffee

*And so many more…..

Hall Sweeps

Apple Valley High School will continue to conduct random hall sweeps throughout the remainder of the year with greater consequences. We are asking you for your partnership in emphasizing the importance of being in class on time and ready to learn.

For the first offense, students will be given a warning. If students are found in the halls a second time, their parents will be alerted and the student will be issued a detention.

You can check your student’s attendance (tardies & absences) in Infinite Campushttps://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 October 31st to November 7th, we were notified of 7 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 6.

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.

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