AFSA High School Newsletter

October 15, 2021

Hello AFSA High School Families!

Conferences are coming up October 20th! The last day to sign up for conferences is Monday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m. See below for conference sign up information.

O-term is coming up October 25-28! Students met with their o-term groups today! Ask them what they are doing for their oterm!

A couple of important reminders:

  • Please do not drop off students any earlier than 7:30 a.m. The building is not open before that time.
  • All students must bring a reuseable water bottle to school. We have water bottle refill stations upstairs and downstairs at the high school

Have a wonderful weekend!

Included in this week's newsletter:

  • AFSA High School Fruit Sales
  • REACH Squad Members Attended a Live Zoom Panel
  • Culver's Fundraising Night - October 19th
  • Special Education Advisory Council
  • AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link - Last Chance
  • AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request
  • Science Fair Mentors
  • AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022
  • AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information
  • COVID-19 Information and Reminders
  • Advisory Corner
  • Department Updates
  • Club Corner
  • AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022
  • Photos of the Week
  • Calendar of Events

Have a great weekend!

Thank you!

AFSA High School Fruit Sales

Each fall AFSA High School holds a fundraiser. This year's AFSA FFA Fall Fruit Sale has begun! Our goal is to raise money to support all the activities that our students have through FFA including CDEs, leadership conferences, State and National Convention, and Science Fair. We are selling fruit, cheese, and more!! You can purchase items through your AFSA High School student!

Fruit Sales forms were handed out to students today in advisory. All forms and money are due November 12th. Items will be available for pick up mid December. Students earn $5 if they sell 10 products and $1 for each additional product sold.

Please contact Ms. Leiding or Ms. Haglund with any questions.

Thank you for supporting AFSA!

REACH Squad Members Attended a Live Zoom Panel

REACH Squad members attended a live Zoom panel meeting with Francisco Pinto, Will Hernandez (Guard for the New York Giants), Liliana Perez (Director of Cultural Affairs for the Los Angeles Chargers), and Luis Zendejas (Form Kicker) hosted by The NFL, United Way & EVERFI. Students participated in interactive poll questions and had the opportunity to ask the VIP questions directly through the chat. We were honored to be part of this event during Latinx Heritage month. If you are interested in joining REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad see Ms. Groves in 211 or Ms. Brandt in 206!

Culver's Fundraising Night - October 19th

Join us this Tuesday, October 19th from 5-7 p.m. at the Culver's in Little Canada (2880 Rice Street Little Canada) for our Culver's Fundraising Night! Take your family out to dinner and support AFSA K-12 at the same time! AFSA receives 10% of all food purchases from 5-7 p.m.!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Culver's Nights:

  • November 16
  • December 21
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 22 (4th Tuesday)
  • April 19
  • May 17

Thank you for your support of AFSA K-12!

Special Education Advisory Council

AFSA’s Special Education Advisory Council will meet on October 20th, 2021 at 6:00pm in room 205 at the K-7 building. Sarah Lozano, AFSA K-7 School Counselor, and Ashley Berens, AFSA Licensed Occupational Therapist, will share information on how self-regulation and sensory processing are connected and how to best support your student if/when they experience difficulties in these areas. Please join us if you are able.

AFSA K-12 Conference Sign Up Link - Last Chance

Last chance to sign up for conferences! Sign up closes at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th!

Conferences for grades K-12 will be available on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (no school for students that day). Conferences will be 15 minutes long.

For grades 8-12, select as many classroom teachers as you want to see. Students are welcome to attend with parents.

Appointment times are separated into "Zoom" or "In-person" times. Please select a time based on the method in which you'd like to attend. If you select an in-person time, zoom will not be available (and vice-versa.) If you select a Zoom appointment, the link will be sent to you prior to your appointment time by your selected teacher.

You may check who your child’s teachers are in PowerSchool. For help scheduling grades 8-12 please call 651-259-4988.

To sign up for conferences please click here!

AFSA K-12 Staff Conference Meal/Food Donation Request

A BIG Thank You to everyone who signed up to make a donation! There are only a few items left on the list. If you are still interested in making a donation please click on the link below.

AFSA's K-12 tri 1 conferences are coming up October 20! We are looking for families who would like to donate gift cards, beverages, snacks, and dessert for the staff on conference day!

Due to COVID restrictions we are only looking for store bought individually wrapped items. Items may be dropped off at the high school or elementary school. Please make sure you indicate that your donation is for conferences.

Donations may be dropped off during school hours. Monday, October 18th end of the school day is the last day to make a donation.

To sign up for a donation please click here!

Thank you for supporting AFSA StAFSA!

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Forliti at

Thank you!

Science Fair Mentors

The AFSA Science Fair happens each year in January! Did you know that we have Science Fair Mentors available to help students with their projects? Science fair mentors are students who have either placed at state competition twice or competed at nationals. These mentors are here to help all AFSA students with any aspect of their science fair projects. Mentors are available the beginning of November. Watch for more information about times the mentors are available! Please see Mr. Jones with any science fair mentor questions!

AFSA K-12 Activity Fee 2021-2022

The Annual Activity Fee is $25 per student. This covers student email accounts, student ID cards, locker use, PowerSchool access and FFA dues. Students will not receive their school ID unless this fee is paid.

If this fee presents a financial hardship for your family please contact our Executive Director, Becky Meyer,

Click here to pay activity fee online.

AFSA Class of 2022 Yearbook Submission Information

Attention AFSA Class of 2022 it is already time to think about the yearbook! We need the following from each senior:

  • Senior Photo
  • Baby Photo
  • Parent/Guardian Letter

To submit your seniors photos and letter please click here. If you have any problems uploading the items you can email them to

Items are due by December 22, 2021.

Please contact Ms. Forliti or Ms. Vorwald with any questions.

More information about graduation will be emailed out to families at a later date.

COVID-19 Information and Reminders

Masks are Required:

Masks are required to be worn by all staff and students at AFSA K-12 at this time. This includes during school hours and any events held at the building. If you do not have a mask please ask for one from the front desk at both buildings.

Free COVID-19 Tests Available at School: Through Minnesota's statewide education COVID-19 testing program, AFSA is offering Vault tests for the 2021-2022 school year for students and staff at no cost. Students can take these tests home and return them to school to they can be shipped to the lab. We want to keep kids and staff healthy, safe and in their classrooms.

If you would like a Vault test kit sent home with your student, please email our high school Covid Coordinator, Luba Vanyo, or our elementary Covid coordinator, Shelbi Pool, at

Other ways Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
  • Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
  • Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.

Who Should Get Tested

  • Even if you are vaccinated, Minnesotans should get tested:
    • if you have symptoms of the virus;
    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;
    • if you are returning from international travel;
    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.
  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).
  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.
  • With the at-home program and community testing sites offering free testing across the state, the state has made it easy for Minnesotans to find a test.

Vaccine Information:

To use the code on the COVID-19 vaccine poster simply, open the camera function on your smart phone and hold it over the QR code, it will then open up a link to the St Paul Ramsey County website!

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Advisory Corner

Students discussed the upcoming science fair, made up missing work, and talked about the school dress code.

Weekly Department Updates

Construction has been working on our drafting skills as we gear up to build our large project in the class. Fundamental Work Skills took the Myers Briggs Personality Test this week and we have been exploring how that information impacts us in everyday life and in a career. Intro to Ag we have been learning about the FFA Agriscience Fair and coming up with science fair project ideas. We also got to try on FFA jackets this week to see how it feels! All Ag classes have SAE Part 1 due on Friday.

We have been discussing music and composers from the Romantic Period of Western Art Music in Music Appreciation this week! Theatre classes continue to write scenes and work on She Kills Monsters.

Essence of English students continue to rock on the elements of literature, finishing point of view and character through short readings. Composition students are finishing their Review of Literature and turning their attention to the body of the research paper. American Literature students have wrapped up the Age of Reason and are beginning the Age of Romanticism. ELC students are wrapping up short stories and getting ready for a writing unit. Sci Fi is writing their literary analysis papers on the short story "Who Goes There".

Health/First Aid students are completing the nutrition unit learning about creating a diet that works for them. Team sports students have taken on floor hockey and basketball as our games of the week.

The math department is getting a little shifty with our functions. How many ways can you transform a function? What happens if your function is in pieces? Ask your students to find out! We look forward to seeing you next week for conferences.
Students in Chemistry focused on density this week and completed a lab in which they had to identify 12 unknown substances based on their densities. Students in physics had their first test on 1D motion and started looking at forces in 1D.
Students in 10th grade spend the week discussing "Issues Behind the Revolution". Once we had completed and recognized the path towards war we began to work on a creative timeline including various important events, concepts, and people involved in the Revolutionary War. 11th graders spent the week exploring ancient Japanese culture. Once students felt they had a good grasp of the cultural diffusion that took place we did a fun activity in which students created a resume and applied for the job of being Mr. Zurn's top Samurai.Geography students this week have been looking at agriculture around the world. In Civics, we have begun our study of the Executive Branch. Lifelong Leaders students are beginning to talk about presentations, which will culminate with them presenting a project about themselves.
Spanish 2 started a food unit! We've been learning new vocab, reading stories, and writing about the things we like to eat. Exploring Spanish has been reviewing countries and capitals of Spanish-speaking countries and retaking their quiz from last Thursday. We also started learning about Pre-hispanic civilizations. This week, ¡los Mexica!
The discussion in Calculus is starting to get really interesting as we discuss very large and small numbers. Are there different sizes of infinity? How small can a number get? How does this connect to limits and asymptotes?

Club Corner

Our Club Corner is the place to check for news with our Clubs

Art Club

Starting November 8, every Monday from 3:30-4:30. Open to 6-12th grades. Come start your week right on Monday afternoons in the shop! We will be making a bunch of different projects and working with lots of different materials depending on the club members' interests. If you have something specific you would like to bring to work on, have someone in your life with some special artmaking skills willing to teach the group, or have any questions regarding the club, reach out to Ms. Vorwald


Any student interested in playing basketball this winter please email AFSA's Athletic Director, Jake Brown at Practices will begin at the end of November, so please be in contact with Mr. Brown as soon as possible. This year the boys team will be coached by Mr. George who is the high school gym teacher. Our girls team will be involved in a co-op with Hmong College Prep Academy. Once we know the amount of girls basketball players interested we will work on a transportation plan, so our players can be at practice each day.

Current Events

Our next meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19, during second lunch. Everyone is welcome to discuss issues in the world today, and all voices will be heard in a respectful manner. Please contact Ms. Patt with any questions.


The Minecraft team won the match against Burnsville High School this week! If your student is interested in joining e-sports please contact Mr. Delmont.


The Horse CDE Traveled to University of Wisconsin- River Falls for the Region 4 competition today. Ag Mechanics, Fish and Wildlife, and Floriculture are all practicing each week. If you or a student you know would like to be involved in a CDE or LDE let Ms. Leiding know and sign up on the CDE wall outside 132! Please contact Ms. Leiding for more information.

Latin Dance Club

Dance club meets from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Students that attend must have a ride home ready for pickup at 4:30 pm. Dance club is free and open to high school students, and all staff. Students please meet in lobby at the high school. Please contact Mr. Garcia for more information.

REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad

REACH Squad had our first meeting this week! We are excited to bring together our ideas to celebrate and recognize all of our AFSA students. Some of our members participated in a Latinx Heritage Zoom call put on by the NFL and United Way. Speakers included Francisco Pinto, Will Hernandez (Guard for the New York Giants), Liliana Perez (Director of Cultural Affairs for the Los Angeles Chargers), and Luis Zendejas (Form Kicker). Students were part of an interactive poll and had the opportunity to ask the VIP questions directly through the chat. If you are interested in joining REACH (Racial Equity and Cultural Harmony) Squad see Ms. Groves in 211 or Ms. Brandt in 206!

Spanish Club

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 19th during 1st lunch. Join us to play some getting to know you games and update our Duolingo score board! Contact Ms. Garcia with any questions.

Speech Team

Speech Team is meeting on Tuesdays during 2nd lunch. Come hear about and get involved in exciting public speaking events and categories ranging from serious to humorous. Interested students can talk with Ms. Spector for more information.

Youth in Government

Youth in Government is an opportunity to share your opinions and hear the opinions of others. If you like to debate (respectfully), stay at hotels and eat yummy food, this is the event for you! It is 4 days in January, with hundreds of other students from around the state. Students wanting to learn more should talk with Ms. Nelson or attend the meetings, Tuesdays during 1st lunch in Ms. Nelson's room.

AFSA K-12 Free Breakfast and Lunch 2021-2022

Did you know that breakfast and lunch are FREE for the school year? Yes, that is right no cost for all students.

Breakfast is available at both the elementary and high school building from 7:30 a.m. -7:55 a.m.

Breakfast and lunch menus can be found on our website - click here!

Photos of the Week

Calendar of Events

Octo. 19 - Culver's fundraising Night

Oct. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences

Oct. 20-22 - NO SCHOOL

Oct. 25-28 - Oterm for 5-12th grade

Oct. 29 - No School for students

Oct. 29 - AFSA at the City of Vadnais Party

Nov. 5 - Numeracy Night - AFSA Elementary

Nov. 11 - AFSA High School Presentation Night and Open House

Nov. 16 - Culver's Fundraising Night

Nov. 18 - Photo Retake Day

Nov. 24-26 - No School

Click Here to go to the School Calendar

Contact Information

If your student is ill, please call the High School Attendance Line: 651-209-3910 or email