AVHS Update Newsletter
Sunday, October 17th
Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS
October 19 PASS/NO CREDIT REQUESTS DUE *more information below
October 21-22 NO SCHOOL/State Teachers' Convention
November 5th NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day
November 25 & 26 NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break
December 2/End of Trimester 1
December 3 NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day
Message from the Principal - Your Help Needed
Dear Apple Valley High School families,
We hope you are enjoying the gorgeous fall weather as of late.
As you know, we all want students to feel safe and supported when coming to Apple Valley High School. We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to working together so each student is set up for success and can focus on learning. I want to thank all of you for your partnership and support during a difficult week. I am also reaching out to ask for your support this trimester.
We need your help with two things: encouraging students to get to class on time/stay in class and helping them manage conflict effectively.
Kids learn best when they are on time AND in class. The shifting learning models of the last 19 months have challenged this. The beginning and end of every instructional period are critical times for students and teachers. Unfortunately, we are seeing a trend that negatively impacts learning when students arrive late and/or disrupt class by arriving after the warning bell. We run attendance reports each day, and five staff members work on assigning detentions. Nonetheless, we frequently see 150+ students arriving late between the start of 1st hour (7:40 am) and 7:48 am over the past two weeks. The attendance team would need nearly five and a half hours to make two-minute phone calls for each student. If you have not already done so, please visit your parent account to see attendance through the Campus app or have your student show you on their iPad so you can see if there are any concerns.
We also know the teen years are a time of major change in our student’s bodies and brains. During these years, teens gradually develop skills like perspective-taking, prioritizing of problems (“Is this problem a 2 or 10?”), and independent thinking. During the first year-plus of the pandemic--with distance learning and the hybrid models--students lost some of the opportunities to navigate conflict in-person with peers. Parents and educators can feel frustrated when these skills are underdeveloped in their students and unsure of how to provide the right guidance and support. These age-old challenges of teenage brain development are coupled with the more recent emergence of social media platforms that encourage students to either steal and/or destroy school property or that normalize violence.
As students returned to school this year, many schools in District 196, across the metro, and throughout the country have seen increased struggles with behavior, short tempers, and stress. More students have felt anxious or disoriented by the need to readjust to routines. Experts say that the behavior issues are a reflection of the stress the pandemic placed on students, their families, and schools. In addition to highlighting the importance of on-time class arrival and staying in class, we are asking our families to frequently check in with their students, talk to them regularly about how they’re doing, and help surface and troubleshoot any disagreements they’re having with other students. Reinforce a consistent message that threats or violence are not acceptable ways to deal with issues. Help students practice how to name the feelings they experience and determine healthy ways to understand and process their emotions. These are all great tools to support kids to manage conflicts in effective ways, which will serve our students well into the future. At AVHS, our talented team of counselors, our administrators, and a Student Support Specialist also provide this support and help problem-solve student conflicts before they result in choices that lead to school discipline. In a 2019 NYTimes article titled “How to Help Tweens and Teens Manage Social Conflict”, author Lisa Damour sums it up well: “Conflict, even when handled well, takes time and tremendous mental energy. In any given situation, we should allow our children to weigh the costs and benefits of engaging in it, perhaps even helping them with the calculation.”
As always, we at AVHS will continue to work hard to provide a safe and secure learning environment for kids. Thank you again for your commitment to caring for our students, their safety, and our school community. AVHS is a very special place and that is due, in large part, to the shared values and support our students receive from their trusted adults at school and at home. Go Eagles!
Pass/No Credit Requests Due Tuesday, October 19th
This information has been presented to students through school announcements and Schoology messages. The Pass/No Credit Request Form can be found on the Counseling/Student Services page of the school website or by CLICKING THIS LINK.
Somali Technology Support Night October 18th, 5:00-7:00 PM
We are hosting a Technology Support Night for Somali families on Monday, October 18th from 5-7pm at Apple Valley High School. We plan to set up Schoology, Seesaw and Infinite Campus accounts. We will have staff on hand to field all the questions. Interpreters will be available.
Habeenka Tignoolajiya Waalidiinta Soomaliyeed ee Dagmada 196. Waa Isniinta Oktoobar 18th, 5 ila 7 fiidnimo. Waxaana lagu qaban doona Dugsiga saree e Apple Valley (AVHS) kulanka waxaa lagu baranayaa sida loo isticimaalo oo loo eega eego buundada ardayda schoology-ga iyo infinit campus loogu isticimaalo foomamka looga baahan yahay iskuulka.
Picture Retakes are Monday, November 1
AP Exam Registration is Due November 5
- Students must register for the exam using a College Board account via AP Classroom
- Families must pay for each exam on My Payments Plus. The cost is $80 per exam, and $34 per exam for families enrolled in District 196 Educational Benefits.
AVHS seniors recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program
- Alharith Dameh, Elise Hachfeld, Sarah McDevitt and John Schwartz
Expectations for Football Games
Supporting our Eagles at competitions, performances, and events is one of the best parts of the high school experience. We would like to remind students and parents about the expectations for students who attend home football games to ensure a safe, fun, and positive environment for everyone.
Tickets will be sold throughout the entirety of the game.
No outside food or drinks are allowed in the stadium.
No abusive, inappropriate language or unruly behavior will be allowed.
No throwing of objects or any projectile onto the field or in the stands
No use of any prohibited items (artificial noisemakers, unauthorized signs, etc…)
No taunting of individual players or officials
Students are expected to sit/stand in the student section (north end of home bleachers)
- Students are not allowed to bring in bags or backpacks into the stadium
- Students are expected to be in the stands watching the game rather than congregating behind the stands or in the concessions area.
- Students should pre-arrange for rides to be on-site prior to the conclusion of the game.
Consequences apply regardless of whether the misbehavior took place in school, on District property, in a district vehicle, at a school or district activity, or at a school bus stop. When fans attending athletic events violate the above expectations, they may be asked to leave the event (by a school official) and may be prevented from attending future events.
We appreciate your help with the implementation of these expectations and rules at AVHS events. Thank you for supporting the AVHS football team as they take the field against their opponents.
Cory A. Hanson
If you or a household member develops COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, contact your physician and call our school nurse, Lori Henke, at 952-431-8220. Contact our School Nurse, Lori Henke, at 952-431-8220 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What If My Student Tests Postive for COVID?
Anyone experiencing illness should follow the Minnesota Department of Health Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree, stay home, and are strongly recommended to get tested. If a person tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms, they should stay home and isolate for at least 10 days from the time the symptoms begin until symptoms have improved AND they have been fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication. All families are required to report their student(s) positive test results to our school nurse, Lori Henke, by calling 952-431-8220
Common to other illnesses, once our nurse is notified of an extended absence, she contacts our Assistant Principal, Pete Buesgens, who in turn reaches out to teachers to let them know that the student will be working on school from home and to ensure that all assignments are available in Schoology, or to make arrangements if assignments need to be sent home or picked-up as needed. We do not share private data about the health condition unless it is pertinent to the class activities.
A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors when inside District 196 buildings. This includes if you are coming into the building during school hours or attending a volleyball game, conferences or any indoor event in the evening.
Face masks are optional for outdoor events.
The 2022 Yearbooks are now on sale! We are #BackAtIt this school year and the yearbook staff is already working hard covering fall sports, arts, Homecoming week, the Back to School pep fest, student life and more! Be sure to secure your yearbook by ordering from THIS LINK. Yearbooks are currently on sale for a discounted price of $85 through December 10th.
2022 Seniors are able to submit a portrait of their own for printing in the yearbook. These portraits are due onDecember 1st, 2021 and must be vertical in orientation, not include any props (musical instruments, animals, etc.) or digital filters, and must be in either a JPG or PNG format. See our website to upload at Families Yearbook. If you do not submit a portrait, your Lifetouch school picture will be used. Please save your confirmation email after uploading.
Information was emailed home this summer to families of 2022 seniors regarding purchasing a grad ad for your senior in the yearbook. If you need this information again, see the attached flier.
Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community, Families, and Contact Information.
News and Notes from the Counseling Department including how to set up your Campus Parent portal and information about Fall schedules.
Infinite Campus/Schoology Help, MyPaymentsPlus, Attendance Office, and Student Services links.
Assessing & Handling Illness, Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Hygiene & Cleaning, Food & Nutrition, Transportation, Technology & Internet, Mental Health & Wellness, Athletics, Activities, Enrichment, & Facility Use, and Communication.
Who Do I Go To For Help?
Technology. Click here for AVHS Tech Help. The AVHS Tech Help page is for parents and students and is for issues with Schoology, Campus, iPads, internet support, and more.
Contacting counselors. Click here to find your student’s counselor. Counselors are available to assist with concerns about scheduling, academic progress, and mental health. Contacting a student's counselor is a good first step if there are concerns about multiple classes and can help coordinate and streamline communication.
Contacting administrators. Click here to contact an AVHS Assistant Administrator. Assistant Administrators assist with questions about attendance, behaviors, credit recovery, and school climate/safety concerns. Ms. Moren works with students with the last names A - K and Mr. Tinder supports students with the last names L - Z.
Student Schedule. Click here to log in to Campus Portal and see Student Schedules.
Contacting teachers. Click here for a list of teacher e-mail addresses.
IMPORTANT! Have you completed the Educational Benefits Application?
All Apple Valley High School families are encouraged to apply for the Educational Benefits Program (formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program) for the upcoming school year. These funds directly affect our ability to hire additional teachers, family support workers, tutors, and other classroom resources for our students. Families who qualify also benefit by receiving discounts or waived fees for...
- participating on AVHS athletic teams, arts and activities
- applying to colleges
- costs associated with participating in graduation
- academic tests (ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement/AP)
- Community Education classes and programs
Support Apple Valley High School (AVHS) by completing this application today