AVHS Newsletter

September 27, 2020 *Updated 9/30/20

IMPORTANT: School Board Approves Calendar Changes for October 9 and 14

On Monday, September 28, the District 196 School Board will approved changes to the school calendar for the weeks of October 5 and 12.

October 9 is now an in-person learning day for students in Cohort B.

October 14 is now Parent-Teacher Conferences and not a school day for students.

An outline of the two weeks is included below.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Between Wednesday, October 7th and Tuesday, October 13th:
  • Teachers will be engaged in outreach to families of students who are struggling in their classes by phone calls/text messages.

Wednesday, October 14th

  • Teachers and counselors will be available for individual conferencing (8-10 minutes) via Zoom between 7:30 am and 10:30 am. Sign-up information for individual conferences will be available in the next newsletter update.

Picture Days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Students in Digital Academy can come to AVHS on Wednesday, September 30, for school pictures. They should come at specific times based on their last name; please see the link below for more information.

Students in Hybrid learning will have their pictures taken on either Thursday, October 1, or Friday, October 2.

Students in Grade 12 can submit their own photo for inclusion in the school's yearbook. This year, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 may also submit their own photo if they are unable to get a school picture taken. Please follow the link below for more information.

More Information Regarding School Pictures

Please click the button for more information about school pictures, including Digital Academy picture times, a link for ordering school pictures, and a link to submit pictures to the yearbook.

Message from the Principal

Dear Apple Valley Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Week Three! We had another great week as students and staff have started to get into the routine of how our schedules work.

Our students continue to do a fantastic job of demonstrating flexibility and a commitment to learning. Seeing how our teachers have drawn on their strengths in the classroom from years past and lessons learned from the Spring is both exciting and inspiring. It’s also a ton of work! Many of them have their own kids at home that they are helping each night. All of them are being challenged with navigating new structures and schedules to make this work for their hybrid and digital academy students. Your kind words, notes of encouragement, empathy, and understanding of their efforts are greatly appreciated. To our teachers and the parents/guardians who are helping our students get off to a great start at school and at home- THANK YOU!

This week’s most important updates and events are listed here and described in detail below:

  • Picture Days this Week- See below for more details as to which day pertains to your student(s).

  • What My Student Should Be Doing Each Day/Week- Assistant Principal, Pete Buesgens, created four-minute screencasts that explain what students should be doing each day whether they are in Cohort A, Cohort, B, or participating in the AVHS Digital Academy.

  • District 196 Rights & Responsibilities & AVHS Student Handbook- Students who were absent or are participating in the Digital Academy are expected to view the Rights and Responsibilities video and to review the AVHS Student Handbook.

  • ACT Test (Grade 12) is Tuesday, Oct. 6; PreACT Test (Grade 11) is Wednesday, Oct. 7.

  • Important Calendar Changes- Pending official School Board approval on 9.28.20, Friday, Oct. 9th will be designated as a school day for Cohort B and Digital Academy students. Wednesday, Oct. 14th will be used for teachers to communicate with parents and guardians.

What My Student Should Be Doing...

Below are links to videos with helpful tips for both hybrid and digital academy learners to remind them about how to check-in for attendance, keep up with Schoology, access tech help, and more. Click on the appropriate link for a four minute video.

District 196 Rights & Responsibilities and AVHS Student Handbook

Hybrid learning students viewed a video overview of the District 196 Rights & Responsibilities document at school on Thursday and Friday last week.

Students who were absent on those days as well as students in digital academy should follow the link below to review both the District 196 Rights & Responsibilities document as well as the AVHS Student Handbook. After reviewing the available information, students should complete the form (also found in the link below).

District 196/AVHS Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

Please click the button for a link to important District 196 and AVHS information. Students should complete the form found in the link as soon as possible.

ACT Test (Grade 12) is Tuesday, October 6; PreACT Test (Grade 11) is Wednesday, October 7

All Students In Grades 9, 10, and 11 Will Participate in "At-Home" Learning on October 6.

Students in grade 12 will take the ACT test at AVHS on Tuesday, October 6. All other students will have an at-home learning day that day. October 6 is the test date for ALL students in Grade 12; there are not separate testing days for Cohort A, B, or Digital Academy.

Students in grade 11 will take the Pre-ACT test at AVHS on Wednesday, October 7. Wednesday is not typically an in-person learning day for students; however, buses will run at their regular times on this day for students in grade 11 to arrive at AVHS by 8 am.

For information on what to bring to the test, how to indicate your student is not planning to test, and more, please click the link below.

More Information for ACT and PreACT

Please click the button for more information about ACT and PreACT on October 6 and 7, including what students should bring, information about masks/health/safety, busing, and more.

AVHS Tech Help

The technology staff at AVHS created a website for students and parents to connect with them with questions about technology use. Questions about iPads, Schoology, Campus, and more can all be answered by submitting your question to avhstech.help. Reach out through the website (link below) and our staff will be in contact with an answer.
Need Tech Help? Click Here

avhstech.help is a one-stop shop for technology related questions for students, parents, and staff.

Hybrid and Distance Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a number of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the school year in a one-stop document. You can access this FAQ by clicking here.


Order a yearbook during the back to school special for only $75 before 9/25. That’s the lowest price of the year! Yearbooks are ordered directly through Jostens.com. Enter Apple Valley High School, MN as the school info.

Schedule Information

School Hours

  • Doors Open: 7:30 a.m.

  • Arrival of Buses: 7:35 a.m. (approx.)

  • Start of School (1st or 5th hour): 8:00 a.m.

  • End of School (4th or 7th hour): 1:40 p.m.

  • 196 Digital Academy Synchronous Zoom Sessions: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Doors Close: 1:50 p.m. (exception allowed for students involved in co-curricular activities)

Before and After School

  • The building will be open at 7:30am. The school day ends at 1:40 and students must leave the building at that time (unless they are rostered in a cocurricular activity scheduled for that day). Please plan your transportation to and from Apple Valley to allow for these times.
  • When students enter the building they will have two options; either to eat breakfast or go directly to their first classroom scheduled for the day.
  • Students participating in cocurricular athletic and other activities and are on the program’s roster, will be allowed to remain in the building on in-person learning days, if needed, between 1:40pm (end of school day) and 3:30pm (start of practice).
  • For students in our District 196 Academy or for cohort A or B students at home during their distance learning days, the building will open at 3:00pm to arrive for cocurricular activities.

Health and Safety at Apple Valley

COVID Decision Tree for Students

Please click on the button to review the District 196 decision tree for students and families to follow if they are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Attendance Guide for Parents and Families

Please click on the button to read important information about attendance for students and parents.

What To Do While You Wait For A COVID-19 Test Result

Please click on the button to read important information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

If You've Had Close Contact With A Person With COVID-19

Please click on the button to read important information from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Food Service and Free & Reduced Price Meals

Information for menus, meal and a la carte pricing may be accessed at the link provided below. Your family may qualify for free or reduced price school meals. All students approved will receive school meals at no cost which includes breakfast and lunch. This program also waives cocurricular activity fees for the student. You are encouraged to apply with the link below.

Please note: Families must apply for Free & Reduced Price Lunch qualification every year.

Free meals extended for District 196 students this fall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a short-term extension to its free meals program and will provide school meals at no cost to all students. The program will last until funding runs out. We will announce when the program ends.

Click Here for Free/Reduced Lunch Program Application

The application can be filled out online through PayPAMS, the district's food service accounting system. Please note a new application must be filled out every year.

Click Here to Order Meals for Distance Learning Days

Opt-in your student(s) for take-home meals that will support them during their distance learning days. Meals will be distributed before the release of your student at the end of the in-person learning day.

Click Here for 5-Day Meal Kits for Digital Academy

Opt-in your student(s) for five-day meal kits (five breakfasts and five lunches) to support them during the 196 Digital Academy. The five-day meal kits will be distributed Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at AVHS

Parking Permits

Apple Valley High School issues parking permits for each trimester. The parking fee for 2020-21 is $24. Fall permits are available on MyPaymentsPlus beginning on Monday, August 31. Payment must be submitted along with the online application. All outstanding fees/fines must be paid in full in order to receive a parking permit; fees/fines may be paid online. Fall permits will be distributed in Advisory once the school year begins.
Click Here to Purchase a Parking Permit

Fall permits are available on MyPaymentsPlus beginning on Monday, August 31. Payment must be submitted along with online application. Fall permits will be distributed in Advisory once the school year begins.

Infinite Campus/Schoology/MyPaymentsPlus/PayPAMS

District 196 uses several systems to organize and share information with students and families.

Students and families new to District 196:

  • Login Information will be sent via email from Apple Valley High School in mid-August.
  • For MyPaymentsPlus and PayPAMS registration, please select "Minnesota" for the state and "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan-ISD196" for the School District name.

Students and families continuing in District 196:

  • Continue using existing login credentials for Campus and Schoology
  • Families will need to create new login credentials for MyPaymentsPlus and PayPAMS. Please select "Minnesota" for the state and "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan-ISD196" for the School District name.

Text/Email Communication/Announcements

Apple Valley High School uses the e-mail addresses on file through Campus Parent Portal to send e-mail communications and announcements. If needed, you may update your email for your Campus Parent Portal account.

You may also opt in to Apple Valley High School Text Messages by texting "Y" to 675-87.