AVHS Update Newsletter

Sunday, February 20th

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL/President's Day

Feb. 23 Let's Connect Career Fair (2:45 to 4:30 pm)

Feb. 25 Final Date for Creative Expression Contest Entries

Mar. 9&10 Tri 2 Finals Schedules/End of Trimester

Mar. 11 NO SCHOOL/Staff Development Grading Day

Let's Connect Career Fair: February 23rd 2:45 to 4:45 pm

On February 23rd from 2:45- 4:45 pm, AVHS will be hosting the Let’s Connect Career Fair in partnership with That’s Their Dream and Vibe Set x Thuy, two companies that were founded by BIPOC Women AVHS alumni.

The career fair will present an opportunity for students to learn about employer expectations, training/skills needed, and the education that is required for specific career paths. Students are invited to attend the fair to explore future possibilities. From engineering to teaching, to entrepreneurship, and/or real estate, there’s plenty for your students to see. Please talk to your students about attending.

Things to know:

  • We have various businesses and industries that will be there representing.
  • There will be light refreshments served.
  • 50 T-shirts will be given away on a first come first serve basis.
  • Multiple gift cards will be given away as part of a scavenger hunt activity.
  • Activity buses will be available for students in the AVHS attendance area.

We hope to see your student at the Let’s Connect Career fair on Feb 23rd. Please contact Sydney Otundo for any questions at thatstheirdream@gmail.com.

About That’s Their Dream and Vibe Set x Thuy

That’s Their Dream was founded in 2020 by AVHS alumni, Sydney Otundo. That’s Their Dream was created to provide a space to learn financial literacy to work towards financial independence to help close the wealth gap. This is accomplished by providing programs, events, and resources to make dreams come true.

Vibe Set x Thuy was founded by 2007 Alumni Thuy Jones. Vibe Set is a strategic event planning business that aims to create spaces where individuals feel safe to be their authentic self.

Last Chance! Black History Month: Creative Expression Competition

AVHS students are invited to participate in a creative artistic expression competition honoring the perseverance and accomplishments of Black Americans.

Submissions are due February 25th.

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Request for After-School & Supplemental Instruction Tutoring

Beginning this week, 1:1 and small group tutoring will be available at no cost for the next three weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays (2:45 pm to 4:30 pm). Students in the AVHS Attendance area are eligible to ride the 5 pm Activity Bus home.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction to assist students in undertaking "traditionally difficult" courses. SI provides additional support from our Student Support Specialist and a trained Basic Skills Clerk who has successfully negotiated the course to assist students with earning credit. Students are provided with course-specific learning and study strategies, note-taking and test-taking skills, as well as the opportunity for a structured study time with peers.

All students who sign up are strongly encouraged to attend all Supplemental Instruction sessions until their grades are passing or until the trimester ends on March 10th. Student attendance and achievement will be monitored making them eligible for additional rewards.

Space is limited! CLICK HERE to request a spot or email our Student Support Specialist, Ms. Grande, at alix.grande@district196.org for more information.

Students and families will receive a confirmation email and an attendance/achievement report at the end of the week.

NEW! Schoology Web

The Schoology app will begin to be automatically removed from all student iPads and replaced with an “app” called Schoology Web. All students will need to use the web version going forward (Safari or Chrome on iPads) and the website for our Schoology is “school.district196.org” and not what comes up when a student types only “Schoology” to a Google or web search.

Black History Month

During this month, AVHS celebrates individuals that paved the foundation for us to build on. Alumni have organized the upcoming Let's Connect Career Fair on Wednesday, February 23rd (2:45 to 4:45) where students will learn about employer expectations, training/skills needed, and the education that is required for specific career paths. We also use our Advisory time and multimedia platforms to highlight individuals who have impacted our community. Finally, we are excited to reprise our Creative Expression Contest (February 14th to February 25th) to inspire students to explore and share their talents with a focus on Black History, culture, and current events using art as the vehicle for expression.

Please reach out to me by email or phone and share any additional ideas as to how to celebrate and recognize this important month. Take care. Be well. Go Eagles!

Drew Mons


Weekend Food Program Available to Students

Weekend Food Program

Did you know you can enroll to receive weekly @EveryMealOrg bags for the weekend? Families may choose from five options structured around the USDA MyPlate standards. All bag types contain 4-5 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and soups/entrees. Click here (https://forms.gle/UfUtQtuuXXvkp8CZA ) for more information on how to enroll!

Senior Graduation 2022

The class of 2022 AVHS Graduation ceremony is Saturday, June 4th 2022. Please check our school website for more details. https://bit.ly/applevalleygrad

Please have your senior reserve their cap and gown no later than March 3,2022.


Senior Party 2022 - Sponsors Needed!

Do you own a small business? Do you work for a local company here in the south metro? We are looking for sponsors to help us cover costs for our senior party that is fast approaching...

If you are a business owner or employee of a local company and would like your business to be a sponsor for our senior party, we want to hear from you...

Sponsorship Levels:

Grey - under $250: name/logo added to graduation ceremony programs

Brown - $250 to $499: 1/4 page ad space in the graduation ceremony programs

Gold - $500 to $999: 1/2 page ad space in the graduation ceremony programs

Eagle - $1000+ full-page and sponsor to an event of choice (casino, bowling, etc at our senior party.

Please note that all sponsors will be acknowledged on the website, on location at graduation & party, and in a “thank you” ad spot in Sun This Week that is yet to be determined.

Please reach out to Jolene White at pinkhugs@gmail.com to reserve your space today... it's for a great cause and it's a great tax deduction for the new year. We accept cash, Venmo, and checks payable to AVHS Senior Party.

2022 Senior Party Information

Senior Party Information is here: https://avhs.district196.org/families/graduation-2022

Please complete this form and send payment of $85 ($100 after May 1) via Venmo (@AVHS-2022-Senior-Party) or by dropping off cash/check to AVHS main office (if paying by check, please write the student's name and student ID# on check). We are also accepting donations for scholarships and prizes.

We would like EVERYONE to be able to attend the party, so if payment assistance is needed, please fill out the form and talk to Mr. Blatzheim or your counselor about scholarship opportunities. If you have questions, please reach out to seniorpartyAVHS@gmail.com

COVID-19 Notification

Covid-19 notices will be shifting to the District 196 COVID Dashboard (CLICK HERE to access). Our weekly notification will be reported there with information for all school buildings in District 196. Go to "Current Number of Reported Positive Student Cases" to see this information.

During the week of February 6th to February 13th, we were notified of 9 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the AVHS community. The previous week's total for lab-confirmed reported cases was 14.

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. Please use any of the following options to report your student’s positive test results:

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.

Isolation Time May Be Reduced to a Minimum of 5 Days

People who have COVID-19 and have or had symptoms should isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms and/or a positive test. Day 1 is the first full day after their symptoms developed. In order to return to school, a student or staff member under the following conditions:

  • They may end isolation after 5 full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved
  • They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If they are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for 10 days.
  • Wear a mask at school at all times and practice social distancing at lunch.

Mask Reminder

A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors when inside District 196 buildings during school hours.

Masks are REQUIRED to be worn by all staff and students riding in District 196 school buses and other vehicles as part of instructional programming (e.g. to and from school, field trips, educational outings), and co-curricular activities (e.g. after-school sports and other activities, high school athletics, etc) per the CDC’s federal order.

Masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for participants and spectators at South Suburban Conference- and Minnesota State High School League-sponsored events at District 196 facilities, regardless of vaccination status

Testing and Vaccination Options

If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to a positive case, please make an appointment at one of the community testing sites. There are some in-district testing appointments available for symptomatic students and employees. Contact your school to schedule an appointment. More testing and vaccination information can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard at www.District196.org/COVID19.

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.

Here to Help!

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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Who Do I Go To For Help?

A School-Wide Approach to Cell Phones

Our AVHS school-wide approach allows students the flexibility to use cell phones to stay connected to their family and friends during passing time, lunch, and before/after school, but also to keep them from becoming a diversion from the learning in the classroom. This is how it works:

Expectations: What We Do During the School Day

  • During all class periods, cell phones and personal devices are turned off or on airplane mode and stored out of sight.

  • Students may use personal cell phones and mobile devices before and after class, during their lunch periods, and between classes.

  • To prevent usage in hallways and restrooms, students will exchange their cell phones for a pass to leave the classroom during instructional periods. If a student does not have a cell phone, they may exchange their student ID.

Non-Negotiables: What We Don’t Do

  • It is never acceptable to send threatening or harassing messages or phone calls.

  • It is never acceptable to take photos or videos of others without their permission.

  • It is never acceptable to take pictures or videos of fights or dangerous situations.

  • It is never acceptable to use your cell phone or electronic communication devices with messaging or picture-taking options to be visible in locker rooms or restrooms.

Students who violate this policy regarding cell phones and electronic devices are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences.

  1. Formal warning. Teacher notifies parent/guardian of the violation (email or call).

  2. The teacher notifies the parent/guardian of the violation with a phone call. Referral to document call in Infinite Campus.

  3. Referral to Student Support Office. The administrator will meet with the student and contact the parent/guardian to establish appropriate consequences.

NOTE: If a student refuses to surrender an electronic device to an administrator they are subject to additional consequences.

EXCEPTION: Students who use a personal mobile device to monitor a medical condition (i.e. diabetes, epilepsy) may carry devices with them at all times.

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