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!

Drew Mons


Pass/No Credit Requests Due Tuesday, October 19th

Students can only sign-up for one class as P/NC for the trimester. To earn credit, students must get to a passing mark of at least 60% and may be required to complete essential learnings as outlined by the instructor. Near the end of the trimester, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate their desire to their instructor as to whether they will take the current grade or the option of "P". A grade of “P” has NO EFFECT on Grade Point Average (GPA). With a final course grade of less than 60%, students will receive a GRADE of NC, (No Credit) not F. If you are a prospective Division I/II college athlete, please check in with your counselor, as this could have college implications.

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

Lifetouch will return to AVHS for picture retakes on Monday, November 1, during class periods 3 and 4. We ask that students with last names beginning A - L have their retakes done during period 3, and students with last names beginning M - Z go to retakes during period 4.

AP Exam Registration is Due November 5

Registering for AP Exams is a two-step process. Both steps must be completed before 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.

For more information, please see our AP Testing Newsletter.

AVHS seniors recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

District 196 seniors are receiving special recognition this fall for scores they achieved on a national standardized test taken last year as juniors. Students whose scores on the PSAT/NMSQT rank them in the top 5 percent of students nationwide receive letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. At Apple Valley High School, the following four seniors are 2021-22 National Merit commended students:
  • 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

Athletic Director



COVID-19 Notification

Our commitment is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Apple Valley HS. During the week of October 10th to October 17th, we were notified of 3 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was also 4.

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 lori.henke@district196.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.

Mask Reminder

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.

Yearbook Updates

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.

If you have any yearbook related questions, please reach out to Kristin.blatzheim@district196.org (advisor) orstephanie.salisbury@district196.org (assistant advisor).

2020-21 Yearbooks

Last year’s Yearbooks (2021) are still available for pick up in the main office, Monday-Friday from 2:30-4pm. There are still a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase as well for $90 cash/check to Jostens. After November 1st, 2021 yearbook pick up will move out of the main office and will need to be arranged with Stephanie Salisbury by emailing Stephanie.salisbury@district196.org for pick up arrangements.

Apple Valley High School and District 196 Text Messages


  • Text Y to 67587, you will receive a confirmation message stating you are registered to receive SchoolMessenger notifications via text.
  • For help information, text HELP to 67587.

  • To opt-out at any time, text STOP to 67587.

Apple Valley High School Website

Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community, Families, and Contact Information.

AVHS Student Services Smore Newsletter

News and Notes from the Counseling Department including how to set up your Campus Parent portal and information about Fall schedules.

AVHS Family Resources

Infinite Campus/Schoology Help, MyPaymentsPlus, Attendance Office, and Student Services links.

District 196 2021-22 COVID-19 Operational Plan

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?

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

Educational Benefits

Support Apple Valley High School (AVHS) by completing this application today