AVHS Update

Sunday, December 20

Message from the Principal

Dear AVHS School Community,

Some state leaders have recently mused that now that mini-breaks like snow days will become a thing of the past and honestly, it made me a little sad. Whether you're old enough to remember the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 or not, we all know how a snow day can bring a renewed appreciation of freshly fallen snow and a reminder of how important it can be to have a day of sledding and hot chocolate. Fortunately, for me, calling snow days is a Superintendent’s decision so I’ll leave that to the district office administrators.

However, I do get to make some of the decisions for our school community so for all of these reasons and more, Apple Valley High School will be closed from Wednesday, December 23rd until Monday, January 4th. 2020 wasn’t a wash, but it was a year of nearly endless stress in trying to make up for what was lost. If nothing else, I hope that all of our staff, students, and families can let go of the worry that accompanies trying to make up for things we missed by making sure there’s time to be present with one another for 12 days.

The National Weather Service says that we might get snow tonight. Whether it’s one inch or none, please enjoy the 23rd through the 4th. Take a screenshot of the family Zoom get-togethers to look back on in years to come. Get lost in books, podcasts, and movies that have nothing to do with a rubric or assignment. We have plenty of work to do in 2021 to live up to our promise of creating a transformative and equitable school where every person who enters AVHS- whether they are a student, custodian, parent, paraprofessional, guardian, or teacher- feels seen, heard, and valued. But for now, go build a snowman and cherish time with those you love most. Take care. Be well. See you in 2021. Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


(952) 431-8788


Registration For First Trimester Credit Recovery Now Open

Students who did not earn credit in a trimester one course will be able to begin credit recovery on January 19. Students who did not earn credit in multiple courses can register for up to two credit recovery classes.

  • When? Credit Recovery will run from January 19, 2021- February 22, 2021. Zoom meetings with teachers will be from 1:00-1:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Who? Anyone who has received a NG for Fall courses.
  • Where? Over zoom. There may be opportunities to access learning or technology. If you are in need of reliable internet or a quiet space to work, please get in contact with your Assistant Administrator (A-K Jennie Moren, L-Z Mr. Tinder)
  • How? Click the button below for a link to the online registration form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jennie Moren at Jennifer.moren@district196.org

Family Support Worker Joins AVHS

Moriah Davis has joined Apple Valley High School as our 360 Communities support worker. As such, Moriah’s role will be to support our families with stability, homelessness issues, access to healthy food, improving student graduation rates and to raise awareness to other community needs. Moriah comes to Apple Valley with world experience as a project and program manager. Her most recent experiences include working for Winterline Global Education in Bangkok City Thailand, collaborating with regional and international directors on program curriculum as well as mentoring and advising students in a one-on-one platform, guiding their personal educational growth. She worked for Cross-Cultural Solutions in a similar role in both Guatemala and Greece and her time working for Feed My Starving Children as an International Program Evaluation Specialist brought her tremendous experience as to the needs of people across the globe. Moriah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Welcome, Moriah!
AVHS Support Worker Moriah Davis

AVHS Staff Continues Longstanding Tradition of Helping Those In Need

The staff at AVHS works to support families in need in our community every December. This year the staff collected gift cards and gifts to support the wish lists of six families, which included gift cards to retailers, physical gifts, and grocery gift cards. In a great show of support, we had two families in our community reach out to AVHS and sponsor an additional two families with similar gift packages! We are grateful to live in such a caring community; the way we take care of one another is what makes Apple Valley truly special.

Parent Experience Circles

Nearly 50 parents and guardians are signed up for circles that will take place during the week of January 4th. Parent Experience Circles are an opportunity to enhance parent-school communication by offering the opportunity to provide feedback on the school experience of our families and to build relationships among parents. The first Parent Experience Circles will be offered at the following times:

* Wednesday, January 6th at 7 pm

* Thursday, January 7th at 7 pm

* Friday, January 8th at 7:45 am

There are a few remaining spots available for this round. Please contact Susi Yermishkin at susan.yermishkin@district196.org if you would like to see what times and days are available.

AVHS 2021-22 Registration is Coming!

CLICK HERE for the AVHS Registration Website, How-To Guides and videos

CLICK HERE to find your student’s counselor and contact information

Tues, Jan 12

  • Registration window in Campus opens for current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students

Fri, Jan 15 – 9th grade only advisory

  • Students register during advisory

  • Counselors will review registration/set-up meetings for individual students

Tues, Jan 19 – 10th grade only advisory

  • Students register during advisory

  • Counselors will review registration/set-up meetings for individual students

Fri, Jan 22 – 11th grade only advisory

  • Students register during advisory

  • Counselors will review registration/set-up meetings for individual students

January 26 Advisory Check-ins

  • Teachers will do individual check-ins with students

Wed, Jan 27 Registration Closes

  • Counselors will make course selections for any students who did not complete registration

Seven Day Meal Kit Distribution - IMPORTANT INFO

Beginning Monday, December 14, AVHS will not be a distribution site for seven-day meal kits. This closure is temporary and we will post a message when AVHS re-opens for distribution. Families picking up seven-day meal kits can pick up meals at Eastview High School (6200 140th St West, Apple Valley, MN 55124) during AVHS's temporary closure. Kits are available at the same times:

· Monday 4:00pm- 5:30pm

· Tuesday 7:30am- 9:00am

· Wednesday 10:00am- 11:00am (Digital Academy Meals will continue)

· Thursday 7:30am- 9:00am

· Friday 7:30am- 9:00am

Daily Schedule and Expectations

Who Do I Go To For Help?

COVID Notifications in Distance Learning

As our district returns to full-time distance learning, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, families, and staff remains our top priority. Though we are not together in our buildings, it is very important that the COVID-19 Response Team at our school remains informed about all household COVID-19 information. Whether your child participates in distance learning, Tier 1 child care, 196 Digital Academy, or in-person targeted services, our school’s COVID-19 Response Team is continuing to track COVID-19 data.

Please continue to call or email us if you or your child is ill or are experiencing symptoms, if you or your child is identified as a close contact to someone who is COVID-19 positive, and if there are any positive test results in your household. We are obligated to continue tracking this data for the district, county, and state, and will be assisting with contact tracing. This is also one of the data points that will be used in determining the learning model and our opportunities for in-person experiences. This strategy contains virus spread while protecting the community.

It is important you and anyone in your household stay home and discontinue any activities outside of your household if you are feeling sick, regardless of whether symptoms are related to COVID-19. Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; muscle pain; fatigue; headache; nasal congestion; runny nose, and chills. More common symptoms include fever over 100.4; new or worsening cough; difficulty breathing, and a new loss of taste or smell.

The state of Minnesota is providing barrier-free testing to every resident. You can order a test online and have it shipped to your home at no cost. Included in the test are instructions for taking the test and consulting with a health professional. Order your free at-home saliva test at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota/.

Remember, please call or email your child’s school nurse or principal, if you or your child is ill or are experiencing symptoms, if you or your child is identified as a close contact to someone who is COVID-19 positive, and if there are any positive test results in your household. We will assist with screening your symptoms and walk you through the reporting process if symptoms are deemed COVID-19 related.

The Licensed School Nurse at School is Lori Henke. Contact information is lori.henke@district196.org or 952.431.8220. School nurse office hours are 7:30 to 3:30. The school’s main number is 952.431.8200 and school hours are 7:30 to 3:30.

MN DEED Encourages Student Workers Impacted by COVID-19 to Apply for Unemployment Insurance

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) indicated that it will start the process of issuing payments to student workers.

This means that student workers who may have had their employment impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for Unemployement Insurance through the State of Minnesota. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Click Here for a link to the DEED website with more information.

Click here for a link with more information about how to apply for Unemployment Insurance in Minnesota.

Text Message Updates

Texts are delivered via SchoolMessenger, the mass notification service the district uses for phone calls and email messages. Parents must opt-in to receive text messages. Standard message and data rates may apply.


  • 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.

*Only SMS numbers listed as Guardians in the Infinite Campus student information system can receive texts.

**If you do not receive a confirmation message of what appears to be an error message, it most likely means that short code texting is not enabled on your wireless plan.

What Does Distance Learning Look Like?

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Wednesdays are Important School Days!

Wednesdays are days set aside for intervention and enrichment for students. With only two Wednesdays remaining before the end of the trimester, we need your help to ensure that your student(s) attend their virtual intervention sessions (Wednesdays from 12:10 pm to 1:40 pm).

Teachers and Learning Teams will offer Zoom sessions and other opportunities on these days for students to ask questions and complete missing work. Teachers will be reaching out to students to invite them to these sessions; we appreciate your help and partnership in encouraging your student to engage with their teacher on these days!

Zoom Class Expectations

  • Classes are scheduled from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Be prepared and on time.

  • Attend all Zoom class sessions.

  • If you are using a hotspot, put it near a window for the best service.

  • Zoom from a location that is quiet and allows you to focus on learning.

  • Use your full name/device name as your Zoom screen name (this is the default - do not change)

  • Students are expected to have cameras on and microphones muted (unless they are speaking).

    • WHY? We strengthen classroom community when we see each other’s faces.

    • If there are reasons you may not be able to have your camera on, please connect with your teacher directly.

  • Virtual backgrounds are okay if you’d prefer. Make sure they are school appropriate, neutral, and non-distracting.