Alexandria Area High School


January 2020

Mr. D's Desk

Alexandria Public Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System at AAHS to strengthen campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools to create a more safe environment for students and staff.

Upon entering AAHS, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any other form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority, and the Raptor Visitor Management System allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support the enhancement of our school safety protocols.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)

It is almost that time again - standardized testing is just around the corner. The Minnesota Department of Education and Alexandria Area High School want to provide College and Career Readiness support to all our students as they start to plan for their future.

Students in grades 10 and 11 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) in reading, mathematics, and biology. The test date for the MCAs is April 16, 2020

The night before the test:

1. Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he/she is well-rested.

2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.

3. Be positive and confident in the fact that you know your child will do his/her best.

4. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

The morning of the test:

1. Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives at school on time.

2. Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast. There is a strong correlation between eating breakfast and memory and cognitive functioning.

3. Have your child dress comfortably.

4. Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she knows. The most important thing you can do right before the test is to build confidence about doing his/her very best.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education. Please continue to look for more information as the MCA testing dates come closer

Message from the Dean

2020 9th Grade Career Expo

2020 9th Grade Career Expo - Thursday, January 30, 9:00-12:00p.m.

Alexandria Area High School is excited to host our 7th annual freshman Career Expo. We have been preparing students for the day by sharing the purpose and content along with getting them registered. This year’s expo will kick-off with a short keynote address by Tyler Geyen, Woodland Dentistry, in the Performing Arts Center, followed by breakout sessions and a booth area. There are approximately 60 businesses/organizations who have registered to have a booth at this year’s expo along with sixteen career speakers who will share their career pathways with students. Students will have slightly over an hour to visit with as many of the businesses/organizations in the booth area that they would like, and they have the opportunity to choose two of the speakers to attend. The hope is to encourage students to explore, ask questions, and be curious about the careers represented.

We intentionally plan the career expo at the end of January because it lines up with registration. The careers represented at the expo align nicely with the Academies of Alexandria and are identified as such in order to support students when selecting what academy they would like to register for next year. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive community! It takes many people to provide this experience, not only for Alexandria students, but also students from the surrounding communities. We will host almost 700 freshman at the expo where we hope to encourage and support them in their career exploration journey. We’re excited, and we’re ready!

Counselors Corner

AAHS ACT Information

As you are aware, the state required ACT is quickly approaching and will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Things to know before you take the ACT:

  • Students should arrive at AAHS by 8:10 and to directly to their assigned testing floor to check in. Testing room assignments will be posted in the College & Career Center for any student who needs to be reminded on the testing day.

  • Students should bring the following items on test day:

  1. 3 - 4 #2 sharpened pencils (non-mechanical)
  2. An ACT approved calculator & batteries - ACT Calculator Policy
  3. Current photo identification (driver's license or school ID)

* Juniors will finish the ACT test at approximately 1:00 p.m. They will be dismissed for the remainder of the day. The commons will be open until 1:30 p.m. and they will have the option to eat lunch before they leave.

National ACT date offered at AAHS

Below the next upcoming National ACT date offered at AAHS:

  • June 13 (registration deadline May 8)

Log in to to register today!

College Courses Offered at AAHS

Check out the Early College Brochure Here:
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Registration 2020-2021

Course registration conferences will be held on February 6th and 10th.

Current 9th - 11th grade parents have been asked to schedule a conference time with their student's advisor through ParentVUE. If your student will be an incoming 9th grader next year, a letter was mailed out earlier this month with preassigned advisor, date, and meeting time.

It is important that both you and your child attend the registration conference to finalize course requests and to review important grade level information as you progress to next year.

If you have not set up a time yet, please make sure to schedule one through ParentVUE. See below for steps on how to schedule a conference time.

  1. Go to the Alexandria School District website
  2. Find and select “Parent Resources.”
  3. Select “ParentVUE.”
  4. Log in to your ParentVUE account (if you don’t regularly use ParentVUE, have your child login to StudentVUE and complete the steps below).
  5. From the navigation menu on the left, select “Conference.”
  6. Select the “Parent Scheduled Conferences” tab on the top right.
  7. Choose your registration conference date and time.
  8. Select “Email Schedule” (top right) and a confirmation of your registration conference date and time will be sent to parent email (note: email confirmation will not work in StudentVUE).
  9. Mark your calendar!
  10. If you need to adjust your conference date and/or time, simply login to ParentVUE and repeat the process.

* If you don’t regularly access ParentVUE, and need help setting up your account for future use, please contact Wendy Fridgen in the College & Career Center to obtain an activation key.

Culinary Arts

The Cardinal Café

The Cardinal Café is a student run restaurant located at Alexandria Area High School. This restaurant is run by Culinary Arts III students made up of juniors and seniors that have an interest in food service.

In this class students have the opportunity to shadow local executive chefs in the field to expand their knowledge with hands-on experiences and then plan and prepare meals to serve the public.

Our student run restaurant will open on Friday, March 6, 2020.

For more information regarding the Cardinal Café or to get reservations please contact Ronda Kent at or call 320-762-2142 ext 4275 and leave a message. Additional information about the Cardinal Café will be available soon in the Cardinal Connection and on the school district website.

Cardinal Creative

It's that time of the year again - Cardinal Creative time!

This means the Cardinal Creative class is here for all of your design needs! Need a poster created for your classroom? A flyer designed for an event? Maybe you'd love some rad decals for your windows? Our group of talented student designers are here for you!

Cardinal Creative is a digital art course that allows students to work on different AAHS based projects. Cardinal Creative is designed to simulate a real world design firm experience for our AAHS students.

The process is simple!

  • Email the teacher, Kassie Gibbons, at for your requests.
  • She will match you with a designer that will follow up with you to get more details regarding your project.
  • Any items with a physical material good (T-shirts, hard copy print outs, decals, etc) do have a cost associated to cover material costs.

Mark Your Calendar

February 5 - 2 Hour Late Start

February 6 - 2020-2021 - Course Registration Conference

February 10 - 2020-2021 - Course Registration Conference

February 14 - No School

February 17 - No School

February 18 - No School

March 20 - No School

March 23 - No School

April 7 - AAHS ACT Test Day

April 16 - AAHS MCA Test Day (10th and 11th grade)