Alexandria Area High School


November 2019

Mr. D's Desk

It has been a great start to the school year, and we are already one quarter of the way through. As quarter grades are finalized, continue communicating with your child and his/her teachers if there are any questions.

There are a few non-school days coming up to be aware of. Students will not have classes on November 4th as it is a PreK-12 Professional Development Day; hopefully your son/daughter can use this time to relax and regroup for the start of quarter two. Additionally, our 9-12 graders will have Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, off for Thanksgiving.

There have been a lot of exciting things happening this fall; a big congratulations is due to all the students involved in fall activities from athletics to concerts. We have a very talented group of kids here at AAHS and they have all had a great fall season. I am so impressed with the way these students conduct themselves on and off the court/field and in and out of the classroom. The students of AAHS show a tremendous amount of character and as their principal, I could not be more proud.

Lastly, don't forget to get out and vote!

Chad Duwenhoegger


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Early Voting Information

You don’t have to wait until November 5 to vote on Alexandria Public Schools funding request - YOU CAN VOTE EARLY!

Early voting takes place at the district office, located in the Woodland Elementary School building, 1410 S. McKay. You can vote Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm, or during these extended hours:

  • Thursday, Oct 31,7:30am-7:00pm

  • Monday, Nov 4, 7:30am-7:00pm

Message from the Dean

One quarter down, three more to go! It seems like the school year just started, yet November is just around the corner and the 2019-2020 school year is speeding right along. Hopefully your students are enjoying their time and feeling like the days are fun and fast as well! Q1 Report cards will be sent out the week of November 11th; check them out and have a conversation around how quarter one went and how your son/daughter hopes to maintain or improve for quarter two.

We’re heading into the crazy busy season of holidays, winter weather, winter activities, and potential vacations, so make sure to continue to encourage your son or daughter to communicate with his or her classroom teachers about any missed work and make up plans!

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to any teacher or myself with concerns.

Freshman Commitment Ceremony

Our freshman students have a big event coming up - the Freshman Commitment Ceremony. This will take place on Thursday, November 21st.

These students have been working hard in their Freshman Seminar classes and with their Freshman Academy Network (FAN) Coaches to develop personal letters of commitment towards graduation. At this ceremony a few students will share their individual letters, all students will sign a banner committing to graduating, and small groups of students will present their proposals for understanding our district’s Portrait of a Graduate.

All parents are welcome to attend and support your child’s commitment to his/her education!

Becky Schlichting

Dean of Students

Counselors Corner

ACT Information

Below are the upcoming National ACT dates offered at AAHS:

  • December 14 (registration deadline November 8)
  • February 8 (registration deadline January 10)

  • June 13 (registration deadline May 8)

Log in to to register today!

Registration 2020-2021

Students are encouraged to start thinking about coursework for the 2020-2021 school year.

Make an appointment with your academy counselor second quarter if you need help planning.

Students and parents will be having individual appointments with advisors in February to register for 2020-2021 courses. Parents will have an opportunity to request a specific time slot for their registration appointment through ParentVUE.

More information to come in January's AAHS Newsletter.

Tiny House and Fish House Projects


Our Geometry in Construction and Building Trades classes built three fish houses and two Tiny Houses last year. All 5 Units are currently at AAHS and for sale.

All are available for viewing at AAHS by appointment. Please pass along to anyone who may be interested!

Please contact Tom Ellison if you are interested in buying any of these.

Cell: 320-815-9041


Work: 320762-2142 ext 5162

Fish House #1 and #2

  • 12' and 16'
  • Built exactly the same only one is shorter!
  • Frames by Miltona Blacksmith
  • Materials by Hilltop Lumber
  • 2x3 Walls
  • Insulated floors, walls, and ceiling
  • ThermoTech Windows
  • Interior shell is complete with the exception of a few minor details


16’- $6,000


Fish House #3

  • 16' Unfinished
  • Bay window on the back wall
  • Frames by Miltona Blacksmith
  • Materials by Hilltop Lumber
  • 2x3 Walls
  • Insulated floors, walls, and ceiling
  • ThermoTech Windows


Unfinished 16’- $4,000

Tiny House #1

  • 26’ Tiny House
  • Tandem Axle Trailer by Miltona Blacksmith
  • Board and Baton Siding; Steel Roof; ThermoTech Vinyl Windows
  • Large kitchen w/ breakfast bar, double stainless sink on custom built Swedberg Wood product cabinets and butcher block counters
  • Plenty of storage!
  • Space for LP stove and large apartment size fridge
  • Large bathroom w/ 36” shower, spot for your toilet, a vanity, and utility closet
  • Forced Air LP Furnace 35k BTU and On Demand LP hot water heater
  • Vaulted ceilings in living area
  • Large Loft w/ high ceilings - Room for king sized bed
  • Plenty of head room and space for storage


26’ Tiny house- $32,000

Tiny House #2

  • 28’-6" Tiny House
  • Tri-Axle Trailer by Miltona Blacksmith
  • Cedar Lap and Steel; Steel Roof; ThermoTech Vinyl Windows
  • Large Kitchen, double stainless sink on custom built Swedberg Wood Product cabinets. Plenty of storage.
  • Space for LP Stove and large apartment size fridge. Space for Couch or Eat-In Counter
  • Main Level Bedroom or Living Room
  • Large Bathroom w/ 36” shower, spot for your toilet, a vanity, and utility closet.
  • Forced Air LP Furnace 35k BTU and On Demand LP hot water heater.
  • Vaulted ceilings in living area.
  • 2 Lofts w/ high ceilings. Room for queen sized bed in one and twin in other
  • Interior finish work yet to be completed


28’6” Tiny House- $35,000

Referendum Information - Want to Learn More?

Did you know...

Alexandria Public Schools has not asked voters to approve an operating levy increase since 2004. We are currently one of the only school districts in our area without this important source of locally approved funding.
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Did you know...

Alexandria Public Schools is asking residents to consider approving a school funding request. If voters approve the request on November 5, the additional funding would help the district:

  • Maintain or reduce class sizes

  • Continue with specialist teachers in elementary, such as music, art and science

  • Expand mental health support

  • Maintain or expand real world work experiences at middle and/or high school

Watch this short video to learn more - and remember to vote on November 5th!

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Mark Your Calendar

November 1 - End of 1st Quarter

November 4 - No School

November 21-Freshman Commitment Ceremony - 9:00 am

November 21 - 24 - Fall Musical "Cinderella" (Various Times)

November 28 & 29 - No School

December 6 - Snow Ball Jazz I, Jazz II - AAHS Commons

December 15 - AAHS Christmas Concerts - PAC (3:00 & 5:30 pm)

December 23 - January 1- No School

January 6 - AAHS Winter Choir/Orchestra Concert - PAC (7:30 pm)

January 13 - AAHS Winter Band Concert - PAC (7:00 pm)

January 17 - End of 1st Semester

January 18 - Mid-Winter Dance

January 20 - No School