AVHS Newsletter

October 25, 2020

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See the Problem. Own the Problem.

Hello AVHS Parents and Guardians,

The first snowfall hit and I had an invitation to “dip below the line” as I pulled into my snow-covered driveway last week. I told myself, “My wife is working from home tomorrow. She’ll be fine.” Fortunately, I resisted the urge to shovel half the driveway and fall short of doing my part to provide marital bliss!. Fast forward to the next morning. I get up and start my shower to find that there’s no hot water (significant invitation to dip below the line numero dos!). I went downstairs to check the water heater and found my wife headed up the stairs saying, “I noticed there wasn’t any hot water when I went to make coffee so I fixed it for you.

Our day-to-day pace was already fast and furious before the pressures of a pandemic. The pace of life and our culture invite us to ‘fend for ourselves.’ with never-ending TO DO Lists and a clock that never gives enough time. Adding anything else to our full plates can often sound overwhelming. However, if we’re serious about creating a culture where WE HELP OTHERS SUCCEED, it can’t just be when it’s convenient! An effective way to help others succeed is to SEE PROBLEMS and instead of saying, “that’s not my problem,” we OWN THE PROBLEM.

If you are up for it, I’m inviting you to join me in taking on the SEE THE PROBLEM/OWN THE PROBLEM CHALLENGE this week. The next time you come across a problem this week, ask yourself, “Am I problem naming or problem-solving?” Give it a shot and take on a "thing" whether it's "yours" or not! I'd love to hear some of your examples of where you are winning in problem-solving rather than problem naming so please share! Take care. Be well. Go Eagles!

Drew Mons, Principal

School Pictures and Picture Retakes

AVHS distributed picture packets for students in Cohorts A and B in Advisory classes this past week. We will organize a drive-up pickup for Digital Academy students to pickup their picture packets in the coming weeks.

Picture Retakes with Lifetouch are scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Retakes are by appointment only. If your student was absent on the original picture day, or would like a retake, please sign up using the link below.

The deadline for students in grades 9 - 11 to submit their own photo for the yearbook (if they were unable to have a Lifetouch photo taken) is extended through Thanksgiving. If your student did not/will not take a Lifetouch photo, they can submit their own yearbook photo using the link below. Seniors can also submit senior pictures for the yearbook through this link.

Submit Your Yearbook Photo Here

For 2021, students in grades 9 - 11 who are unable to take a Lifetouch photo can submit their own photo to the yearbook using the link. Seniors can also submit their own photo for the yearbook.

Order a 2021 Yearbook Here

The AVHS Yearbook order is filling up fast. Order your yearbook today!

ACT and PreACT Test Results

PreACT test results will be distributed during Advisory on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30, for students in Grade 11 who took the test.

We will organize a drive-up pickup for Digital Academy students to pickup their PreACT results in the coming weeks. This pickup will run concurrently with the school picture packet distribution outlined above.

ACT test results for students in grade 12 who took the test at AVHS will be mailed directly by ACT. ACT states that results typically take four to six weeks.

AP Exam Payments Due in My Payments Plus

Students planning to take AP Exams in May 2021 must a) register for the exam with the College Board and b) pay for the exams via My Payments Plus. Both of these steps must be completed by Friday, October 30, in order for a student to be eligible for the exam.

For 2021, AP Exams in District 196 are $80/exam. They are $33/exam for students enrolled in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. For more information about Free/Reduced Lunch registration, please scroll down to the section of this newsletter titled "Food Service and Free & Reduced Price Meals."

Register for Exams with the College Board/AP Classroom

Registering for exams requires a College Board account. Most students setup an account and registered for the exam as part of class. Students should check with their teacher if they are unsure of their registration status.

Pay for Exams in My Payments Plus

Students must both register for the exam with the College Board and pay via My Payments Plus by Friday, October 30.

What My Student Should Be Doing...

Below are links to videos with helpful tips for both Hybrid and Digital Academy learners to remind them about how to check-in for attendance, keep up with Schoology, access tech help, and more. Click on the appropriate link for a four minute video.

District 196 Rights & Responsibilities and AVHS Student Handbook

Hybrid learning students viewed a video overview of the District 196 Rights & Responsibilities document at school on Thursday and Friday last week.

Students who were absent on those days as well as students in Digital Academy should follow the link below to review both the District 196 Rights & Responsibilities document as well as the AVHS Student Handbook. After reviewing the available information, students should complete the form (also found in the link below).

District 196/AVHS Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

Please click the button for a link to important District 196 and AVHS information. Students should complete the form found in the link as soon as possible.

AVHS Tech Help

The technology staff at AVHS created a website for students and parents to connect with them with questions about technology use. Questions about iPads, Schoology, Campus, and more can all be answered by submitting your question to avhstech.help. Reach out through the website (link below) and our staff will be in contact with an answer.
Need Tech Help? Click Here

avhstech.help is a one-stop shop for technology related questions for students, parents, and staff.

Health and Safety at Apple Valley

COVID Decision Tree for Students

Please click on the button to review the District 196 decision tree for students and families to follow if they are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Attendance Guide for Parents and Families

Please click on the button to read important information about attendance for students and parents.

What To Do While You Wait For A COVID-19 Test Result

Please click on the button to read important information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

If You've Had Close Contact With A Person With COVID-19

Please click on the button to read important information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Food Service and Free & Reduced Price Meals

UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its free meals program and will provide school meals at no cost to all students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

It is IMPORTANT that households who qualify for free or reduced-price meals still apply this year.

Federal funds and school-related fees are determined with this information. The failure to complete the application could result in the loss of millions of dollars to our school system, which would negatively affect teaching and learning in a significant way. These funds can provide additional aid to teachers, paraprofessionals and social workers for math and reading support, instructional materials and staff development for our public schools.

Qualifying for the Free & Reduced Price Lunch program may also include benefits through other school district programs, such as vison/hearing services, scholarships, transportation, community education, field trips, band instruments, extra or non-curricular activities and other fee-based programs.

Information for menus, meals, a la carte pricing and the Free & Reduced Price Lunch program application may be accessed at the links provided below. Please note: Families must apply for Free & Reduced Price Lunch qualification every year.


Click Here for Free/Reduced Lunch Program Application

The application can be filled out online through PayPAMS, the district's food service accounting system. Please note a new application must be filled out every year.

Click Here to Order Meals for Distance Learning Days

Opt-in your student(s) for take-home meals that will support them during their distance learning days. Meals will be distributed before the release of your student at the end of the in-person learning day.

Click Here for 5-Day Meal Kits for Digital Academy

Opt-in your student(s) for five-day meal kits (five breakfasts and five lunches) to support them during the 196 Digital Academy. The five-day meal kits will be distributed Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at AVHS

Infinite Campus/Schoology/MyPaymentsPlus/PayPAMS

District 196 uses several systems to organize and share information with students and families.

Students and families new to District 196:

  • Login Information will be sent via email from Apple Valley High School in mid-August.
  • For MyPaymentsPlus and PayPAMS registration, please select "Minnesota" for the state and "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan-ISD196" for the School District name.

Students and families continuing in District 196:

  • Continue using existing login credentials for Campus and Schoology
  • Families will need to create new login credentials for MyPaymentsPlus and PayPAMS. Please select "Minnesota" for the state and "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan-ISD196" for the School District name.

Text/Email Communication/Announcements

Apple Valley High School uses the e-mail addresses on file through Campus Parent Portal to send e-mail communications and announcements. If needed, you may update your email for your Campus Parent Portal account.

You may also opt in to Apple Valley High School Text Messages by texting "Y" to 675-87.