AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, October 31st

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

November 1st Picture Retake Day

November 3&4 Fall Play Previews Special Schedules

November 5th NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day

November 11th AVHS Veteran's Day Celebration (Virtual)

November 25 & 26 NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

December 2/End of Trimester 1

December 3 NO SCHOOL/AVHS Staff Development Day

Here to Help!

Members of our Student Support Office will visit 9th-grade classes this week to check in with students, and build a common understanding of Eagle Pride and our Valley Vision.

The Student Support Team is an important resource for your student and family if you have concerns/questions related to:

  • Attendance/absenteeism interventions & support
  • Provide expertise to address challenging behaviors
  • Credit recovery/guidance to stay on track for graduation
  • Navigating peer conflicts/reporting safety concerns

Our Assistant Administrators, Attendance TOSA, and Student Support Specialist are part of a larger Student Assistance Team that includes School Counselors, Psychologists, and our Family Support Worker. We will feature members of our Student Services Office and how they can help to support your student next week. CLICK HERE for links to our various teams and a full directory of staff phone numbers & email addresses.

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Hall Sweeps

Periodic Hall Sweeps are implemented in an effort to address problems with students being tardy for class or lingering in the hallways and disrupting the learning of others once the bell rings. For the first offense, students will be given a warning. If students are found in the halls a second time, their parents will be alerted and the student will be issued a detention.

November 1st Picture Retake day

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.

To order visit: mylifetouch.com enter picture day ID: EVTN3P4ZM.

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.

End of Fall Season Sport Survey

The Apple Valley Athletic Department is always striving to provide the best experience we can in education-based athletics. Your feedback is important as we evaluate each program and how effective and successful we are on and off the playing field. If you did not receive an End-of-Season survey, please let me know.

Cory A. Hanson

Athletic Director



Fall Musical Info for the Newsletter

The AVHS Performing Arts Department Presents...Chicago: the High School Edition!

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal.Shows are Nov 5-7th and 12-14th.

Grab your tickets at: seatyourself.biz/avhs

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 24th to October 31st, we were notified of 6 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total was 3.

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).

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.

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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