AVHS Student Services

News and Notes from the Counseling Department

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Student Services Update -- July 30, 2021

Hoping that you are having an enjoyable summer. As we near the start of the 21-22 School Year, information will be shared here to keep you up-to-date on important pieces of information.

Infinite Campus

*Infinite Campus is our student information system. Students will be able to view their schedules online on or around August 24th. Information for parents around Campus and much more can be found at https://avhs.district196.org/families

  1. If you have not done so, the following link shows you how to set up your Campus Parent portal: https://avhs-xshare.district196.org/CampusHelp/
  2. We no longer use paper emergency cards for health information. As it does every year, ISD 196 reset all Campus parent accounts, requiring parents/guardians to go through the annual review process of verifying emergency contact and health information. When you access your Campus Portal account, you will be required to complete the annual review process before you can access the information in the portal

Important Dates

August 24 (approx.) – Student schedules available in Campus

•August 30 – Back to School Night for all students, 6pm-8pm

•September 1 – 9th grade students report for a typical school day (classes begin at 7:40am). Students in grades 10-12 will begin their school day at 11am. Bus transportation will be provided for 9th graders to arrive at their regular school time and for students in grades 10-12 to arrive at our adjusted times. Students will follow a modified schedule and meet all of their teachers

•September 2 – Regular school day for all students (7:40am-2:30am)

•September 3, 6, 7 – No School (classes resume September 8)

Trimester 3 Grades on Campus Now

Trimester 3 Grades are now available for viewing on Infinite Campus. They will be posted to transcripts early next week.

Credit Recovery will be offered this summer for those who have received an incomplete or fail for required courses. Credit recovery does NOT mean the entire course - it means that you must show proficiency for learning that has not occurred…yet. We will be offering MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, and ENGLISH options. Registration for Credit Recovery can be found at https://avhs.district196.org/academics/credit-recovery.

Have a fantastic summer.

The AVHS Student Services Team

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End of the School Year

Dear AVHS Families,

Thank you for all the support this past school year. Our Eagle community is fantastic! None of us wanted the school year that we had, but we made the best of it. Your support and partnership through this journey has been fantastic.

Good luck to our graduates as they transition to the next phase in their lives. You will be great! It has been our honor to work with you and we look forward to the times when you will return to AVHS to share your successes with us.

We also look forward to the return of our students in the fall and a "normal" school year. Look for a mailing from us and email communications in early August that will lay out our "Back-To-School" nights and kick-off events to the 2021-22 school year.

Enjoy the summer. We hope everyone can spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Be well and stay safe.

The AVHS Student Services Team
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Important End of T3 Information

As we approach the end of Trimester Three, here are important pieces of information for our students/families:

For Current Seniors

--Grades in Schoology are accurate and cannot be lower than what is posted on June 1st at 3:30pm

--T3 instruction is done on Thursday, June 3rd.

--Friday, June 4th is graduation practice, 9am

--Graduation is Saturday, June 5th at Rosemount High School, 2pm (graduates arrive by 1:30pm)

**Seniors who need to still complete work can come into school during the week of June 7-11 to wrap-up work

For Current Juniors/Sophomores/Freshman

--T3 formal instruction is done on Tuesday, 6/8/21. Thursday, 6/10/21 and Friday, 6/11/21 are to be used for intervention and/or enrichment. **These are school days for all students!

--Schoology grades are accurate and the final grade will not be lower than what is shown in Schoology by 3:30 pm on Wednesday, 6/9/21

--The last chance to turn work and improve a letter grade is 3:30 pm, Friday, 6/11/21 (ex…get that C+ to a B-)

--Requests to change the current grade to a P by 3:30 pm on Friday, 6/11/21 (ex…I’ve decided to take a “P” instead of the B-). This request should be made by parent/guardian directly to the teacher

--Last chance to turn in work to move from a NC to a P is 3:30 pm on Friday, 6/11/21

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Senior Survey Information


On Monday and Tuesday this week, counselors visited Senior social studies classes and asked seniors to complete the 2021 AVHS Senior Survey. The information we collect from this short survey helps us to understand what your plans are after graduation and it gives us the opportunity to recognize you this year on our virtual Senior Awards Program. This need to be completed before Friday, May 8th.

Here's the link:

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Board Approves Learning Model Change

Last night the District 196 School Board approved a change to the secondary hybrid learning model. This change increases the number of in-person learning days from two to four days each week beginning Tuesday, April 20. Monday, April 19th is designated as a preparation day. Therefore, there is no school for students.

  • Students in the hybrid learning model who are currently attending two days of in-person learning will attend four days of in-person learning each week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue to be distance learning.
  • Social Distance in classrooms will go from 6 feet to 3 feet. Students will continue to wear masks.
    • Important to note- the criteria for determining a close contact quarantine will remain the same- within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
    • Students who are identified as close contacts will quarantine at home but will be able to join their classes through Zoom through their quarantine period.
  • Students in the 196 Digital Academy full-time distance learning model will now have the opportunity to join synchronous Zoom sessions up to four days each week.

Students will continue in their current learning model (in-person or digital) as we shift to full, in-person instruction. If you would like to request a change in your student’s current model, please call 952-431-8218 by 3 pm on Friday, April 16th.

T2 Ending, T3 Beginning

Trimester Two is coming to an end. Specific instruction around T2 topics finished on March 9th. Thursday, March 11th and Friday, March 12th are being used for intervention, enrichment and introduction to Trimester Three topics. Here are some important notes for you:

--Grades you see in Schoology are accurate and the final grade will not be lower than what is shown in Schoology after Wednesday, 3/10/21

--The last chance to turn work and improve a letter grade is 3:30 pm, Friday, March 12th (ex…get that C+ to a B-)

--Requests to change the current grade to a P by 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 16th (ex…I’ve decided to take a “P” instead of the B-). Parents need to submit this request to the teacher.

--Last chance to turn in work to move from a NC to a P is 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 16th.

--Teachers post final grades into Campus by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 17th

--The Student Services Office reviews all grade submissions and then final grades are posted to Campus transcripts and report cards on or before April 1st.

Trimester Three Schedules will be available to view on Campus Friday morning, March 12th. A reminder that students have reviewed their selections four times and have had three opportunities to request changes. Therefore, except in extreme examples such as a course needed for graduation, an obvious error in schedule (same class again) or a requirement in an IEP, no schedule changes will be made.

Have a great end of T2 and start of T3!

The AVHS Student Services Office

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Scholarships on Naviance

AVHS uses Naviance Family Connection to post local/regional scholarships that are available to students. Included on this list are alumni scholarships from district 196 elementary and middle schools, scholarships from local businesses and MANY other opportunities. The video below shows how students are able to access scholarships in Naviance Family Connection. Please contact your student’s school counselor with questions.

Accessing scholarships in Naviance (3:21) OR


Last Name A-C Michelle Gustafson Michelle.Gustafson@district196.org

Last Name D-He Don Perkins Don.Perkins@district196.org

Last Name Hf-Mek Val Fogolin Val.Fogolin@district196.org

Last Name Mel-Roo Lisa Schmidt Lisa.Schmidt@district196.org

Last Name Roo-Z Ellen Perkins Ellen.Perkins@district196.org

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"Virtual" College Fair 2021

Freshmen, sophomores and current AVHS juniors and famiilies- Check out the 2021 MN Virtual College Exploration program, taking place March 9th-11th. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about paying for college, financial aid, the college application process, internships and more. Listen to live information sessions with over 150 colleges from across the country during this free event. See the flyer linked here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Pw6yg-22g1jTArA1Kvtob0sE_JuF2Wt8Gk1X8WDwVhk/edit

and connect with your counselor if you have any questions.

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Seniors - Scholarship Information

A reminder to seniors and senior families - The 2021 Common Scholarship Application is due on Monday, March 1st. Completing this application will allow students to apply for multiple scholarships that are being given exclusively to AVHS seniors. Some of the scholarships require letters of recommendation and/or essays, so make sure that you leave yourself enough time. The application is available here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRaWG2g4bhffBUgmb4ZD72Z97BS4x8rem8RN5uwoIalHW5pA/viewform and also linked on the AVHS Senior section of our website and on the Counseling home page. Students who win these scholarships will be recognized at our senior awards program in the spring.

Additional Support and Grief Resources

Zoom Link to meet with AVHS Counselors during advisory and/or lunch on Monday and Tuesday https://tinyurl.com/VFMeet2020

While there is no right or wrong way to cope with loss, there are resources available in Dakota County that can support you during times of grief. These resources are provided by the Dakota County Department of Public Health to help promote healing:

Center for Grief, Loss and Transition 651-641-0177 St. Paul, MN www.griefloss.org Link to How Can We Help Specializes in grief and loss therapy. Accepts Medical Assistance/MN Health Care Programs.

Fairview Youth Grief Services 952-892-2111 www.fairview.org Youth Grief Services is a community service of Fairview which provides a safe and nurturing place where you and your children can turn for help after a loved one dies.

Growing Through Grief 952-993-6299 www.parknicollet.com Growing through Grief is a school support program for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one. This program works with various school districts on peer support activities for students (K-12).

Survivor Resources, St. Paul & Minneapolis 651-266-5674 www.survivorresources.org Provides immediate & long term support for families and friends of those who have died unexpectedly

Emergency Resources:

Dakota County Crisis Response (24 hours/day) 952-891-7171

National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663

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News and Notes from Student Services

Some important information from the AVHS Student Services Office:

1. AVHS will return to Hybrid Learning on Monday, February 22nd. On that day, Cohort A students will return to the building while Digital Academy students, last names A-K will join their classes via Zoom. On Tuesday, February 23rd, Cohort B students will return to the building while Digital Academy students, last names L-Z join their classes via Zoom. The entire schedule with graphics can be found here: https://www.smore.com/d8mwb-avhs-update-return-to-hybrid

2. If you are currently listed in Cohort A or B and would like to remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year, please call 952-431-8218 to be added to the list.

3. On or around February 20th, a survey will be sent home to all families. Here, you can request to move from Distance Learning into your cohort assignment (based on alpha) for Trimester Three. That survey will be open until February 26th.

4. Trimester Two ends on Friday, March 12. Please check Schoology for your student's updated grades.

5. Trimester Three begins Monday, March 15. Students should check in Campus on or after March 12 to view their T3 Schedule (section balancing will continue up until that date).

6. Should you have questions/concerns regarding social, emotional or academic needs, please do not hesitate to contact our counseling staff:

*Ms. Gustafson (Last names A-C)

-To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/michelle-gustafson

*Mr. Perkins (Last names D-He)

-To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/don-perkins/counselor-meeting

*Ms. Fogolin (Last names Hf-Mek)

-To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/val-fogolin

*Ms. Schmidt (Last names (Mel-Roo)

-To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/lisa-schmidt-1

*Ms. Perkins (Last names (Rop-Z)

-To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/ellen-perkins

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January Eagle Excellence Winners

The January, 2021 Eagle Excellence winners have been announced. They exemplify the traits we see in so many students at AVHS -- Academic success, character, overcoming obstacles, leadership, work ethic. Congratulations to our January Eagle Excellence winners:

William Loher

Ella Wiggs

Cece Voss

Ranina Keizer

Kyle Weber

Mark Hentges

Jihan Abdi

Andrew Meyer

Bontu Dale

Hunter Aceret

Ashmin Kasim

Jabril Hassan

Our January Eagle Excellence screen cast is now on YouTube. https://youtu.be/f-UfhEusSac

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WWW -- Wellness and Wisdom Wednesday #5 -- College Scholarships

AVHS Seniors - Do you have questions about scholarships? Do you know where to search for scholarships and how to apply? The AVHS counselors want to help! Please join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 2 pm to learn more about the scholarship application process. These sessions will be done via Zoom so click on your counselor’s link to join the session.

Michelle Gustafson (A - C)


Don Perkins (D - He)


Val Fogolin (Hf - Mek)


Lisa Schmidt (Mel - Roo)


Ellen Perkins (Rop - Z)


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2021-2022 Registration Information - January 12-29

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will run from January 12-29. Students who are currently in 8th-11th grade who will attend AVHS should complete their registration on the Academic Planner in Infinite Campus. Important information for students will be delivered during Advisory this month. IT IS CRITICAL that students attend all assigned advisory sessions!

Below are some links to important pieces of information:

1. AVHS "One-Stop-Shop" for all things registration: From this link, you will find our registration videos, course guides, "how to" sheets, etc...Everything you need to learn about our classes at AVHS.

2. January Advisory Schedule and Counselor Zoom Links: This form lays out exactly when students should attend their Advisory classes for registration sessions. It also provides links to all of the counselor Zoom rooms.

3. Access to Infinite Campus Portal: Once the window opens on January 12, students will click on Academic Plan in Campus to complete their registration.

4. "How To Register" guide: This document is a great visual aid on the step-by-step process for graduation.

5. 2021-22 AVHS Registration Guide: Found on our registration page, this booklet lists all of our classes along with descriptions and prerequisites.

Again, the registration window will open on January 12 and it closes on January 29. Registration is an exciting time for students/families as you select the classes that will guide you toward graduation and your career interests.

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December, 2020 Eagle Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to this month's Eagle Excellence Award Winners:

Here is a link to the December, 2020 Eagle Excellence presentation.


This month’s honorees are:

Samira Mohamed – Ms. Ford

Evan Cha – Ms. Jagim

Monze Carbajal Pastrana – Ms. Dorsey

Amara Hachfeld – Mr. Bergh

Max Harvey – Ms. Lachapelle

Marcel Poindexter – Mr. Hayes

Jeffery Amigon Alarcon – Ms. Buhr

Stuart Buckland – Mr. Blaine

Anya Gann – Mr. Lavalle

Carter Ehlers – Mr. Dodge

Grace Lankas – Mr. Swanson

Isaiah Burns – Mr. Christiansen

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What's Up?? Important Info from Student Services -- Dec. 17

Hello from the AVHS Student Services Office -- Here are a few important pieces of information for you:

1. Trimester 1 grades have been posted to report cards and to transcripts. You can view final grades on the Campus Portal. Current seniors can request new transcripts be sent by using Parchment. Information for that can be found here: https://avhs.district196.org/academics/avhs-departments/order-transcript

2. If a student did not earn credit in a core class (Science, English, Math, Social Studies, Wellness), they should plan to enroll in our Winter Credit Recovery program. Other classes might be offered as well. Information will be coming soon for our Winter 2020-21 Credit Recovery. If you have questions, please email Ms. Moren at jennifer.moren@district196.org

3. For current 9th-10th-11th grade students, registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin in early January. If you would like to review the information we will share with students and look over our registration offerings, please go to our Registration One-Stop-Shop at https://tinyurl.com/AVReg2021 Almost all information for registration will be shared with students via their advisory. PLEASE encourage your student to attend all advisory sessions!

4. Winter Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, January 21 (4pm-7pm) and Friday, January 22 (7:30am-10:30am). These will be done virtually as we did during Trimester 1. Look for a sign-up link coming out in early January via the PTC Fast system that we used in the past.

5. Winter Break goes from December 23 (Wednesday) to January 3 (Sunday). School begins again on Monday, January 4th.

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December Important Dates and Information

Trimester One officially ends on Friday, December 4th

-December 8th -- this is the final date students who are not earning credit in a class (NG in Campus) to turn work in to get to a passing mark (P in Campus).

-December 9th -- by the end of this day, teachers will post final grades into Campus

-December 17th -- Final grades are posted to report cards and onto transcripts in Campus.

*Students who do not earn credit in a class should look for information on our Credit Recovery program. That will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Trimester Two officially starts on Monday, December 7th

-December 5th/6th -- students should log into Campus and review their T2 schedule. There have been some changes to schedules as we balance class sizes so it is important that students follow the current T2 schedule in Campus.

-December 5th/6th -- students should log into Schoology to make sure they have access to their T2 schedule and the Zoom links for classes.

-December 7th -- T2 Classes begin at 9am. Students will follow what is in Campus/Schoology.

-December 22nd -- This is the final day of class of 2020, leading us into Winter Break. T2 begins again on January 4th, 2021.

**If you run into tech issues, please visit our tech help site: https://avhstech.help/

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WWW #4 -- Wellness and Wisdom Wednesday: College Applications

ATTENTION SENIORS – Do you have questions about the college application process? If so, we are here to help! Join the AVHS counselors on Wednesday, December 2nd at 2 p.m. to learn more about this process and what you need to do in order to be ready for the December 15th early application deadline that many schools have. These sessions will be done via Zoom so click on your counselor's link and join for a Q and A session.

Michelle Gustafson (A - C)


Don Perkins (D - He)


Val Fogolin (Hf - Mek)


Lisa Schmidt (Mel - Roo)


Ellen Perkins (Rop - Z)


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WWW #3 -- Wellness and Wisdom Wednesday

Are you interested in finding tools to help manage stress? Join AVHS counselors on Wednesday, November 18th at 2 p.m. to learn about Change to Chill - a website with tools to help teens manage everyday stress.

Michelle Gustafson (A - C)


Don Perkins (D - He)


Val Fogolin (Hf - Mek)


Lisa Schmidt (Mel - Roo)


Ellen Perkins (Rop - Z)


The 9th annual Apple Valley High School Veterans Day celebration is being held "virtually" this year. Although we do not have the opportunity to hold our in-person event, please visit the AVHS Eagle Media page and enjoy a look back at some of the highlights from the past 8 celebrations. Most importantly, THANK YOU to our veterans and their families for all of their sacrifices to make this the greatest country on Earth. To link directly to the program, you can go to https://tinyurl.com/AVVeteransDay2020

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October, 2020 Eagle Excellence Award Winners

October brings us our 1st round of Eagle Excellence winners. Students are selected based on leadership, character, resilience, work ethic, attitude and academic achievement. Click here to view our awards video: OCTOBER EAGLE EXCELLENCE
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T2/T3 Schedule Change Requests

2020-2021 Schedule Change Request Forms are accepted from October 22-29. After that, schedules will be finalized for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

*Please note -- some schedules will change as we balance classes and cohorts. Be sure to check Campus and follow whatever is posted there.

1. Review all of the below guidelines and instructions below before requesting adjustments.

2. To make a request that follows the stated guidelines, select the appropriate counselor link below.

3. All schedule change requests must be submitted to the appropriate counselor. Schedule changes may be subject to parent approval, administrative approval and class availability, without exceeding maximum class size.

**NOTE: As we are bound be guidelines from the Governor and the Department of Health, we must maintain class sizes within our cohorts which allow us to operate safely. Therefore, changes will only be considered if they meet one of the criteria below.

Schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons:

  • Seniors who need a course to fulfill a graduation requirement
  • Students would like to opt into a more appropriate level of the course
  • Students who have not met the required prerequisites to be in the course
  • A clear error has been made (same class twice, wrong grade level, gap in the schedule, etc…)
  • A special services need is required (SPED/EL/504 Plan)

Schedule changes will NOT be made for the following reasons:

  • Requests for a class to be a specific hour (*This includes moving a study hall to a specific period)
  • Requests for a specific teacher
  • Requested change would exceed class size capacity
  • **Requests to change an elective course to a different elective course will be considered if it fits in the schedule and does not exceed class size capacity

To access the Schedule Change request form, go to https://avhs.district196.org/academics/avhs-departments/schedule-change-request

AVHS Schedules for Oct. 9/12/13

Apple Valley will be on different schedules for Friday, Oct. 9, Monday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 13. Please see the schedule below. Also, all students will work remotely on Wednesday, Oct. 14 as virtual Parent-Teacher conferences take place and there is no school for students on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16.
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WWW #2 -- Senior College Planning, Oct. 7th

Our 2nd "Wellness and Wisdom Wednesday" session will take place October 7th.

AVHS Counselors will host a 15 minute zoom session at 2pm to offer a brief review of the college application process checklist. Any interested senior should join their counselor's zoom room prior to 2pm.

If you have time beforehand, review this video and come with any questions: College Application Checklist (5:19)

Michelle Gustafson (A - C)


Don Perkins (D - He)


Val Fogolin (Hf - Mek)


Lisa Schmidt (Mel - Roo)


Ellen Perkins (Rop - Z)


If you are interested in meeting for individually with your counselor please sign up for a senior meeting, if you have not already done so by clicking on this link:


The purpose of the senior meeting is to discuss credits, graduation requirements, college planning and post-secondary planning. This includes college choice, college admission requirements, NCAA eligibility, military and job hunting.

Wellness and Wisdom Wednesdays (WWW)

The Hybrid schedule allows us an opportunity to connect with our students and families on Wednesdays. Our first WWW session was held on September 30th and it was for the Class of 2024. Our 9th graders were invited to a Zoom meeting by their counselors where they watched a brief video introducing them to our office and our school and then their was an opportunity for a Q and A session. If you were unable to attend, that informational video is available on You Tube.

AVHS Newsletters

A link to all of our newsletters, complete with up-to-date information throughout the school year.

Hybrid Learning Experience

A brief video showing important pieces of information about the Hybrid experience.

Digital Learning Academy

A brief video showing important pieces of information about the Digital Learning experience.