Alexandria Area High School


Back to School 2019

Mr. D's Desk

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break and are ready for another year at AAHS! Below are a few key pieces of information to read up on as we gear up for the 2019-2020 school year.

Directions from the Dean

As the school year quickly approaches, there are a few important dates for incoming freshman to be aware of.

Freshman Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 13, and Thursday, August 15, from 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Students should have received a letter regarding which date they are scheduled to attend. During these sessions, parents will have the opportunity to receive some necessary information and ask questions. Students will receive important information for the upcoming school year; they will also have the opportunity for a student-led tour, to help further familiarize them with their new school setting.

After orientation, there is one final opportunity for freshman students to prepare themselves for the start of the school year; this is at our AAHS Open House night, Wednesday, August 28. Incoming freshmen are invited to attend a specific time frame, just for them. This time is from 3:30-5:00 p.m. During this time students and parents have the opportunity to experience a “Mock Schedule” where they will meet their teachers and walk through their A/B days on a modified schedule. This process has served to ease some first-year jitters around classroom locations, class timing, and lunchroom procedures. We hope to see everyone there! Should this freshman-specific time not work for your family, feel free to join in the Open House at any point throughout the remainder of the evening (5:00-7:30 p.m.) and walk through schedules on your own.

The guidance counselors and I have been working diligently to get 2019-2020 schedules up and running. These will be available for your student’s online viewing starting Monday, August 12. This is usually an exciting time for students as they are able to see their courses and begin to learn what other students they might have classes with. Should there be any questions regarding 9th grade schedules, please contact me at

Whew… that seems like a lot of information for August. However, before we know it September will be here and we will all be back in the school-year swing of things! All formal information aside, the most important thing for you/your student to know is that here at AAHS we are gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year, and we are looking forward to day one and getting back in the groove of working with kids! September, here we come (after a few more sunshine filled, August days)!

Open House

Open House is on Wednesday, August 28.

  • Freshmen are welcome to run through their mock schedule from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This will allow them to find their classrooms and meet teachers. Each teacher will provide more information regarding their class.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

At Open House, everyone will have the opportunity to:

  • Set up their lockers;
  • Meet Teachers;
  • Tour Classrooms;
  • Receive Chromebooks;
  • Purchase Cardinal Nation Cards;
  • Check out the School Store;
  • And if necessary, fill out last minute paperwork.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Freshmen Mock Schedule

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New Attendance Policy and Procedure

We are implementing a new attendance policy at Alexandria Area High School this year. Under the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA) and under the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days. Our new policy matches expectations of attendance set by ESSA and MDE. Our attendance policy is similar to other high schools.

It is not our intent to have students fail classes strictly based on attendance. Our intent is to have students present in class in order to learn. We will work with students who have extenuating circumstances and provide support.

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NEW - ParentVUE Attendance option

When your child is going to be absent, parents will now have the option to sign in under ParentVUE and create an absence for their AAHS student. Parent's will only be able to do this 30 days in advance.

How to Create an Absence:

  • Sign into ParentVUE
  • Select Student
  • Select "Report Absence"
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  • Enter Dates
  • Select Reason
  • Add a note regarding reason and include symptoms
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Student Schedules

Students will be able to access StudentVUE on their personal device to see their class schedule starting Monday, August 12th. Their assigned locker number will be listed on their schedule.

The lunch schedule will be sent out on Schoology and emailed to students before the start of school.

Health Office

The Health Assistant will be available in the health office during Open House, should there be a need to bring in any medications and paperwork or to check on immunizations.

AAHS Picture Day

AAHS has made the decision to have Jostens take student pictures this year. Picture day for students is on Thursday, September 5. Seniors are more than welcome to get their photo taken as well. Parents will log in at and order directly through Jostens. Once pictures are ready, they will be mailed right to your door!

Please use your parent email on file with the school when creating your JostensPIX account. If you do not see your student’s photos in the Gallery you will need to Locate Your Student and enter the event code and request approval for access to your student’s photos. Please allow 3 business days for Jostens to approve the request.

Going directly through Jostens will allow parents to reorder pictures whenever they need. See the flyer below for the Alexandria Area High School Event Code. More information will be sent out as picture day approaches.

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Mark Your Calendar

Student Schedules Available Online - August 12

9th Grade Orientation - August 13 and 15 - PAC - 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Open House - August 28

First Day of School - September 3

AAHS Picture Day - September 5