AVHS Family Newsletter: September

September 22, 2023

Important Upcoming Dates at AVHS

September 22- Homecoming Football Game

September 23 - Homecoming Dance

October 5 - Picture Retake Day

October 6 -NO SCHOOL Data Analysis Day for Teachers

October 12 - School Conferences from 4 pm to 7 pm

October 13 - NO SCHOOL/School Conferences 7 am to 10 am

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Students need high school ID or an adult to attend football games this season

Apple Valley High School hosts Mankato East on Friday, September 8th. Here's what you need to know about new requirements to help ensure a safe and fun environment for everyone:

Student Entry:

- AVHS students (grades 9-12): Bring a student ID or use Campus ID from your phone (take a screenshot).

- Only students from AVHS will be allowed to sit on the home side.

- Visiting high school students or students from other schools: Sit on the visitors' side.

- Younger students: Need a ticket and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/caretaker who is responsible for them for the duration of the game.

Ticket Purchase:

- Buy tickets as early as two days before the game at 8 am.

*See the button below to purchase ahead of time.

- Payment options: Credit/debit or QR codes at the gate.

Entry Rules:

- No entry after halftime.

- No re-entry if you leave.

Items to Leave at Home:

- No backpacks.

- Leave water bottles, Hydro Flasks, KwikTrip cups, etc., at home.

- No noisemakers, footballs, beach balls, baby powder, or distractions.

Safety and Cooperation:

- No names, no targeting numbers, no profanity

- Keep it positive. Cheer for our Eagles not against the opponent

Thanks for making this a safe event!

- Go Eagles!

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Picture Retake Day October 5th

If your student was absent for picture day or would like a retake, Lifetouch photographers will be at AVHS on the morning of October 5th.

How it works: Pre-order for October 5 pictures at mylifetouch.com. Picture Day ID EVTCK93j3

Conferences are coming soon! October 12 & 13

Please join us to share goals and strategies for your student. Conferences are Thursday, October 12th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Friday, October 13th, 7:30 - 10:30 am.

The conference sign up link will be available October 6th.

Please check your student's schedule in https://district196mn.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/district196.jsp

for the teachers you would like to schedule a conference with.

Interpreters are available.

How to Find My Student's Teachers to Request a Conference

Campus Parent is the records platform including student schedules, attendance, behavior reports, and final grades. To find your student's teachers before scheduling a conference...

1. Login to Campus

2. Click the menu option on the upper-left corner

3. Select "schedule"

Schoology is the learning platform containing in-progress grades, assignments, and classroom resources (syllabus, handouts, readings, etc.).

Need help?

AVHS Campus Portal Parent Help

AVHS Schoology Parent Access Help

New Standard Response Protocol

What's New: This summer, district and school staff implemented Standard Response Protocol (SRP) actions that are consistent across all District 196 schools.

How Does it Work?

- SRP ensures consistent language and responses for various school-day situations.

- SRP is used nationwide and is provided free by the I Love U Guys Foundation.

- Local police representatives trained with district staff last year and assisted with SRP implementation.


- AVHS will conduct a drill using this protocol after homecoming.

Dig Deeper: SRP Parent- Handout- English

AVHS is Hiring!

Paraprofessionals, Nutrition Services, and Custodians provide invaluable support for our students and we're hiring.

CLICK HERE to apply for positions at AVHS

How to Get Involved & Support AVHS

Did you know that when families are actively involved in their child's school, students tend to be more engaged and have better academic outcomes? Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, AVHS has consistently fostered strong family-school partnerships that contribute to our overall success.

Get involved! Join AVHS's SITE COUNCIL and/or support various school activities throughout the year. You can also explore volunteer opportunities to assist teachers and school staff by filling out THIS FORM.

Parking Lot: Student Drop Off & Pick Up

How it Works:

· ALWAYS enter from the entrance on the south end of the lot.

· Use the RIGHT Lane as pickup/drop-off along the curb.

· Use the LEFT Lane as a THRU LANE ONLY.

· School starts at 7:40 am.

Please note that if your student is not IN THE PARKING LOT by 7:30 am, it is unlikely they will be on time to 1st period.


The Apple Valley High School 2022-2023 Yearbooks are here!

  • Yearbooks not yet picked up will be distributed in Advisory.
  • A limited number of 2023 yearbooks are still available for sale.
  • Please contact kristin.blatzheim@district196.org if you'd like to order a 2022-23 yearbook.

2023-2024 Yearbooks are now on sale!

AVHS yearbooks will continue to be a summer delivery for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Yearbooks will arrive in late July and be ready for pick up in August.
  • A summer delivery helps ensure better representation of students in the book by allowing spring sports, Prom, Graduation, and other spring activities to be printed in the bound book.
  • High school yearbooks are printed with a colored hard copy cover, and 220 colored pages.
  • The price set by Jostens reflects the high quality and content of a high school yearbook (a more long-lasting publication than an elementary or middle school yearbook.)

2024 Seniors may elect to submit a portrait to be used in the yearbook rather than use their Lifetouch School picture.

  • All pictures must be submitted by December 1st, 2023 and must be of a professional quality with a high resolution.
  • Pictures should be a shoulders-up "headshot"
  • No props, hats, stickers, or filters
  • Yearbook advisors reserve the right to reject any picture submitted that does not fit the above standards and ask for an alternate option.
  • Pictures submitted after December 1st, risk not being included in the book due to necessary deadlines imposed by our yearbook company, Jostens.
  • If a student does not submit a senior picture, their Lifetouch school picture will be used in the book.

If you are looking for an old AVHS yearbook, we have old books for sale! See the link on the AVHS website Yearbook Info page of previous year’s books to see how many we have of each year and the current price.

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In March 2023, the Minnesota Free School Meals bill was signed into law. This provides all students in District 196 one breakfast and one lunch each school day at no charge.

A la carte items including snacks, beverages, and second entrees, are available to purchase in our schools. Students who wish to purchase a la carte items must have a positive balance in their Nutrition Services account.

Complete the Educational Benefits Application for the 2023-24 School Year

WHY IT MATTERS: Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. More families qualify than they think. The benefits are much more than free meals.


  • The application must be completed every year.
  • The form only takes three to four minutes to complete

THE BIG PICTURE: Families who qualify also benefit by receiving...

  • Discounted participation fees for AVHS athletic teams, and arts/activities programs
  • Discounted academic test fees (ACT, AP, PSAT, SAT)
  • Discounted college application fees
  • Discounted transportation fee-for-service fees
  • Discounted iPad protection Plan fees

*Please know that if you were not approved for free or reduced ALL students are eligible to receive one breakfast and one lunch meal at no charge each day at school since we have joined the Minnesota Free School Meals Program. This does not include any ala carte items, milk only or additional milk.

Parking Permits for AVHS Students

  • Pay a $60 fee on MyPaymentsPlus for each trimester.
  • Outstanding fees/fines must be paid before picking up your parking permit.
  • Permits can be picked up in the Main Office.

Students will receive a parking agreement and a map of the parking lot.

Need accessible parking? Contact Assistant Administrator Paul Tinder at Paul.Tinder@district196.org or call 952-431-8341.

All other questions can be directed to Jackie Preble at 952-431-8224.

iPad Protection Plan for 23-24

WHY IT MATTERS: District 196 offers an optional Protection Plan to families for $20 per iPad to cover the cost of potential theft and damage throughout the school year.


  • Free for students eligible for the Educational Benefits Program.
  • Login into MyPaymentsPlus
  • Review the iPad Student User Agreement.
  • Accept or decline the optional Protection Plan by Sept. 18, 2023.

GO DEEPER: More information is available at District 196 Back-to-School Resources.

A School-wide Approach to Cell Phones

WHY IT MATTERS: AVHS focuses on Relationships, Engagement, and Collaboration during the school day. Research shows that the mere presence of a cell phone undercuts learning.

HOW IT WORKS: Every student has a school-issued iPad to support their learning.

  • Cell phones are turned off or on airplane mode and stored out of sight during class time.

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

  • Students exchange their cell phones for a pass to leave the classroom during class to prevent usage in hallways and restrooms.

  • If a student does not have a cell phone, they may exchange their student ID.


  1. Formal warning. The teacher notifies the parent/guardian of the concern.

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

NON-NEGIOTABLES: What We Don’t Do At AVHS, it is never acceptable to...

  • send threatening or harassing messages or phone calls.
  • take photos or videos of others without their permission.

  • take pictures or videos of fights or dangerous situations.

  • use your cell phone in locker rooms or restrooms.

There's a Cell Phone in Your Student's Head

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.

Yearbook Distribution Update

Order discrepancy for the 2022-23 yearbook is fixed. Apologies for the delay!

For AVHS students returning this year:

- Yearbooks distributed in Advisory weeks of September 4 and 11.

For students who are not attending AVHS for 2023-24:

- Pick up yearbooks at the main office on school days, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please email Kristin Blatzheim at Kristin.blatzheim@district196.org.

Who Do I Go To For Help?

Stay Connected and Updated with AVHS

Families can expect to receive updates from us on Fridays through Schoolmessenger. You can also stay connected by accessing our school website and by following us on social media.

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Homecoming Dance

The 2023 Homecoming Dance is Saturday, September 23, from 7:30 - 10:30 pm.
  • The dance is open to all students, grades 9 - 12.
  • Students must purchase their own tickets on My Payments Plus ($10.)
  • The deadline to buy tickets is Wednesday, September 20.
  • We do NOT sell tickets at the door.

An AVHS student may bring one guest who does not attend AVHS.

  • The guest student must have their home school administration complete a guest form and return it to AVHS.
  • The AVHS student purchases the guest ticket in the AVHS Main Office.

Homecoming Pepfest 9/22/23

2023-24 AVHS Pepfest Schedule

P1 – 740-825

P2 – 830-915

P3 – 920-1000

P4 – 1005-1045

P5 – 1050-1210

A Lunch: Lunch 10:50 – 11:15, Class 11:20-12:10

B Lunch: Class 10:50-11:15, Lunch 11:15-11:40, Class 11:45-12:10

C Lunch: Class 10:50-11:40, Lunch 11:45-12:10

P6 – 1215-1255

P7 – 100-140

Pepfest – 147–230pm

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How to order school pictures

Students had their photo taken for the AVHS yearbook and their student ID on September 7th. If you would like to purchase photos, please refer to the Lifetouch website and reference the picture day ID for Apple Valley HIgh School.



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Enjoy the Four-Day Holiday Weekend!

  • NO SCHOOL on Friday, September 1st, or Monday, September 4th.
  • Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 5.