Alexandria Area High School

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Mr. D's Desk

As another school year is coming to a close. I want to give a special thank you to the parents of our senior class. It seems the last four years have gone by incredibly quickly. As I reflect on the class of 2019, I think their class motto represents them well. “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget the journey.” - Michael Josephson


This class is a group of students who respect each other for who they are and are proud of their journey. They are also a group of individuals that recognize they each have a special set of gifts and talents that is guiding their own path into the future. It has been a pleasure watching this group grow over the past four years.


Parents, I know that this can get to be a very busy time of year as you prepare for graduation parties and work to keep up with daily activities. I hope each of you is able to take some time to celebrate as well. The support you have given your son/daughter is the number one factor that has guided them to this exciting point in their life.

Congrats Music Department

Alexandria Public Schools, a Best Community in Music Education District


The NAMM Foundation has honored Alexandria Public Schools on its list of Best Communities for Music Education in 2019 for demonstrating an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.


This recognition celebrates the commitment of our dedicated and inspiring music educators in every school and affirms the School Board’s commitment to music opportunities at every grade level.


Alexandria Area High School is a special place for music. Thank you to our music educators: Steve Deitz, Brad Lambrecht, Casey Skalbeck and Derek Ziemer. A big thank you to all Alexandria Area High School parents for supporting the value of music education as an essential part of a student’s learning.

Seniors

Important End of Year Dates:

Honors Night

The Honors Night program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in the AAHS Performing Arts Center. Award recipients will receive invitations and all seniors are welcome to attend. Please wear appropriate dress attire.


Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in the AAHS Performing Arts Center. All seniors are welcome to attend. Please wear appropriate dress attire.


Rehearsal for Graduation – Mandatory Attendance

If students plan to walk at graduation, they must attend the rehearsal on Thursday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m. in the main gym at AAHS. Following rehearsal, seniors will take buses to the elementary schools for a “Graduation Walkthrough”. The seniors will return to AAHS for the annual senior picnic hosted by the Golden Kiwanis. After the picnic, seniors will be dismissed for the day and will not be allowed back on school property unless they have a supervised activity.


Commencement - Mandatory Attendance

The graduation ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, in the main gym. If students are walking, they will need to report by 6:30 p.m. to the auxiliary gym to line up. Graduates should be wearing their cap, gown, and tassel. The auxiliary gym is right next to the main gym. Graduation will be live streamed in the Performing Arts Center. Diplomas may be picked up in the Commons immediately following the ceremony.

Cap, Gown and Tassel

Caps, gowns, and tassels ordered through Jostens are available for pick up in the main office.


Gold (3.67 and above GPA) or silver (3.33-3.66 GPA) tassels will be available for pick up the morning of Friday, May 31, graduation day.


If you do not have one, you may still order from Jostens by calling (507) 532-0179 or emailing erik.sueker@jostens.com. AAHS has a few caps and gowns they can loan, please contact Jennah Hawes in the main office if you are in need.

2019 Senior Graduation Party:

With a community effort, the goal is to provide a safe farewell party for graduating seniors. The 2019 party is the 37th annual event hosted by the junior parents.


Date: May 31, 2019

Time: 9:30pm-10:30pm: Senior Check In

9:30pm-12:30pm: Games and Activities

1:00am-2:30am: Hypnotist

2:30am: Final Door Prize Drawings

3:00am: Dismiss

Place: Runestone Community Center


TICKET PRICE INCLUDES: Admission to the party, T-shirt (designed by senior students), games, entertainment, food and beverages. Prizes for the night include TVs, Yeti coolers, gaming systems, futons, Keurigs, stand-up paddleboard, refrigerators, FitBit, Apple Watch, Bose headphones, Beats airbuds, blue tooth speakers, gift cards, and much more!


TICKET SALES

Tickets are available for purchase at the doors the night of the event for $25.00 (no guarantee of a T-Shirt).


DONATIONS:

We are still in need of sponsors and donations. Monetary (and gift card) donations can be mailed to:


AAHS Senior Grad Party

PO Box 51

Alexandria, MN 56308


If you are interested in donating prizes for the graduating seniors please contact:

Heather Pfeffer mpfeffer@gctel.net or Sara Homelvig homelvig@centurylink.net


(This is not a school sponsored event.)

Chromebooks

Summer Chromebook Options

Grades 9 - 11 - Summer Options:

1. If your child currently has insurance, it will be extended through the summer months.


2. If your child does not currently have insurance, they have the option to:


  • Keep the Chromebook without insurance; or
  • Purchase optional insurance online for $20.00.



If you are not interested in having your child keep their Chromebook throughout the summer, please call the main office and let AAHS know.


Senior Chromebook Options:

1. Seniors will have the option to purchase their Chromebook for $25.00.


2. Seniors who are not purchasing their Chromebooks must return the Chromebook and charger on Thursday, May 30, at graduation rehearsal.



There will be on site tech support in the Media Center on May 23-24, to work with students regarding their Chromebook needs. Fees may be paid on site at that time or online using the district payment portal. Cash, checks, or credit/debit cards will be accepted.


If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Alexandria Public Schools Technology Support at tsupport@alexschools.org.

Flower Sale

It may be hard to believe after this long winter but May is finally here! With May comes beautiful weather and best of all, flowers and time outside! The agriculture department at the high school will be doing the annual spring flower sale again and would like to invite you to come see the selection; the greenhouse is as full as it's ever been! The flower sale is a great opportunity to get a start on summer gardens. The sale will take place on Friday, May 17, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM and Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 - 3:00 PM at the Agriculture Education Center at the high school. The Agricultural Education Center is the building off of the northwest corner of the high school with the greenhouses attached. Students in the “Get Your Green Thumb” course have spent the semester preparing for the sale and growing the flowers – just ask them how many flowers they have transplanted! All proceeds of the sale will be invested into the existing class that grew the flowers and funding subsequent classes.

Each year, the goal is to add more varieties of flowers that are available for purchase. Flowers for sale include petunias (both wave and carpet) marigolds, pansies, impatiens, geraniums, zinnias, coleus, sweet potato vine, vincas, snapdragons and begonias. The wave petunias, geraniums, coleus and sweet potato vine will be available in 4” pots at a cost of $3 each. Marigolds, impatiens, pansies, begonias, zinnias, vincas and snapdragons are $2 for a 4-pack. There are also 10” hanging baskets for $10 with an assortment of flowers; some are all wave petunias, some are all geraniums, and some have several types of flowers growing. Vegetables are also for sale again this year; there are two types of tomatoes (a paste and slicing variety) and several types of peppers (a bell variety and several varieties of hot peppers). There is a variety of colors available for most flowers. Purchases may be made by both cash and check.

The sale is a great opportunity to see everyone and show the community how students utilize the Agriculture Education Center throughout the year! The attached flyer was student made; please feel free to share! If there are any questions, contact Andrew Steiner @ asteiner@alexschools.org.
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Mark Your Calendar

Honors Night - Monday, May 13 - 7:00 p.m. in the PAC

No School - Monday, May 27

Baccalaureate - Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. in the PAC

Senior's Last Day - Thursday, May 30

Graduation - Friday, May 31, 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

Last Day of School - Thursday, June 6