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Apple Valley High School “The Apple Valley High School Community is committed to challenge all individuals to realize their potential as learners by providing high quality and diverse opportunities for intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and physical growth.” website: www.district196.org/avhs/ Volume 20 No. 3 A newsletter for AVHS parents April 2009 AVHS Robotics Team competes at state tournament Building on its year-long tradition and enter them in competitions designed Spindler, Travis Lawell, Katie Beaudry, of success, the AVHS FIRST Robotics by a committee of engineers and other Brett Anderson, Jack Kunde and Eric Chan. Team took its collective show on the road professionals. Advisor Don Blumenstein summed recently to compete on the big stage – the The AVHS team reflects the diverse things up in saying, “ From the minute we state FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). nature of the competition with members arrived at Mariucci Arena, it was all action The 2009 FRC was held at Mariucci joining for a variety of reasons and bringing – setting up our work area, uncrating the Arena on the campus of the University of their wide range of skills to help with the robot and checking it over to make sure it Minnesota over a span of three days from overall team effort. Some joined for the was ready for competition. Of course, there Thursday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 4th. science and engineering. Some joined is always something the event organizers Having learned a great deal from its to share their graphic arts skills. Others throw at you, like last minute software participation at last year’s state event, joined to utilize their machining skills. updates and a voltage readout component the AVHS team, led by advisor Don Others just thought it sounded interesting. they want you to have on board. Then it Blumenstein – a technology education FIRST redefines winning for these students was off to have the robot weighed. Ours instructor at the school – and a number of because they are rewarded for excellence in weighed in at 119.09 pounds, just under returning veterans, prepared thoroughly for design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious the 120 pound limit – just right for the the rigors of the multi-faceted competition. professionalism and maturity, and the competition. Because of the students’ FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the great design and careful preparation, the varsity sport of the mind designed to help most points is a secondary goal. Winning robot performed flawlessly throughout the high-school-aged young people discover means building partnerships that last. competition.” how interesting and rewarding the life The AVHS team, known by its Additional information about FIRST of engineers and researchers can be. The competition moniker, Team 2667 – How Robotics and the full range of FIRST acronym FIRST spells out the primary ‘bout dem Apples – was a great example programs for young people is available at goal of the endeavor: For Inspiration and of that. Senior Eric Chan said of the usfirst.org. The AVHS team site is available Recognition in Science and Technology. experience that, “It was not easy, but we for viewing by accessing the school’s The FRC challenges teams of young people worked through the challenges and became home page, clicking on “Calendars and and their mentors to solve a common like a family.” Activities” on the left menu, then clicking problem in a six-week timeframe using a Team members were Joey Lake, Mike on “Activities” and finally scrolling down standard “kit of parts” and a common set Rohr, Rachel Dietz, Andrew Gunderson, to “Robotics Team.” The team site includes of rules. Teams build robots from the parts Alice Kouc, Shari Narverud, Mallory a variety of video features and photos. I nside Brett Anderson (l) Calendar ...................................2 and Travis Lawell work on the AVHS Principal’s Column ....................3 robot as Advisor Don Attendance Office News ...........5 Blumenstein stands at the ready with the Guidance Office News ..............8 universal solution for Sports .....................................10 any technical glitch – Site Council Minutes ...............18 duct tape. April 15 Wednesday Late Start-Seniors 15 Wednesday MCA/Math Test-Segments 3 & 4, Grade 11 15 Wednesday MCA/Reading Test-Segments 3 & 4, Grade 10 17 Friday State Speech Tournament 20-24 Mon.-Fri MCA Makeup Test-Reading, Grade 10; Math, Grade 11 22 Wednesday GRAD Makeup Test- Written Composition, Grade 9 23 Thursday Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:30 p.m. 27 Monday MCA II Science Field Test Window (4/27-5/22/09) 29 Wednesday Sweeney Todd-Senior Citizen Preview, 3:00 p.m., Theatre 29 Wednesday Site Council, 7:00 p.m., Library 30 Thursday Sweeney Todd, 7:30 p.m., Theatre May 1 Friday Sweeney Todd, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 2 Saturday SAT Test Date 2 Saturday Sweeney Todd, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 3 Sunday Sweeney Todd, 2:00 p.m., Theatre 4-8 Mon.-Fri. AP Testing 5 Tuesday Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 6 Wednesday 9th Grade Band/Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 7 Thursday Bloodmobile, Gym D 11-14 Mon.-Fri. AP Testing 11 Monday Student Activities Awards, 6:30 p.m., Library 14 Thursday Cap and Gown Distribution, Lunch Hours, Sports Arena 14-16 Thurs.-Sat. Danceworks Performance, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 15 Friday Track & Field State True Team 18 Monday Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 20 Wednesday Concert Band/Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble Concert, 6:30 p.m., Theatre (Awards Program Following) 22 Friday Senior/Academic Awards Program, 9:30 a.m., Theatre 22-25 Fri.-Mon. NCFL National Tournament-Speech/Debate, Albany, NY 25 Monday No School-Memorial Day 27 Wednesday Site Council, 5:00 p.m., Library 29 Friday Yearbook Distribution, Gym D 29 Fri.-Sat. Adapted Softball CI-State Tournament 29 Fri.-Sat. Adapted Softball PI-State Tournament June 2-5 Tues.-Fri. Boys’ Tennis State Tournament 2-5 Tues.-Fri. Boys’ and Girls’ Golf State Tournament 3 Wednesday Pops Concert Preview/Awards, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 4 Thursday Pops Concert, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Theatre 4-5 Thurs.-Fri. Softball State Tournament 5-6 Fri.-Sat. Boys’ and Girls’ Track & Field State Meet 6 Saturday Prom-International Market Square 10 Wednesday Final Exams (Schedule F), Hours 1, 3, 5 and 7 11 Thursday Final Exams (Schedule F), Hours 2, 4, 5 and 6 11 Thursday Last Day of School 11-12 Thurs.-Fri. Baseball State Tournament 12 Friday Graduation, 6:00 p.m. 13 Saturday ACT Test Date 13-20 Fri.-Sat NFL Nationals-Speech/Debate, Birmington, AL July 21 Tuesday GRAD Written Composition Re-test, Grades 10-12 22 Wednesday BST Math Re-test, Grade 12 23 Thursday BST Reading Re-test, Grade12 Pipeline Page 2 A Message from the Principal… by Steve Degenaar Class Rank . . . We all know what it is, but is it really necessary? Locally, Edina, Minnetonka and suggests that one source of this stress in our more students than it helps in the college Wayzata High Schools have all studied this seniors’ lives is the student experience of application process. In a high achieving issue and decided to no longer report class earning solid grades in college preparatory school like AVHS, the difference between rank. Current work in both Eden Prairie course work, achieving high scores on the rank of 1 and the rank of 50 (top 10%) and Bloomington High Schools indicates college entrance tests, but not seeing is two tenths of a point. that they are also planning to remove the themselves ranked highly in the class. This At AVHS, class rank is a statistic that reporting of class rank very soon. scenario is cited by many of the schools we don’t use in any of our educational which have decided to drop class rank. processes. We allow any student to choose Why are high schools eliminating class any course to enroll in; we eliminated rank? Why change the current system? long ago all requirements for enrolling According to the College Board, citing We have heard from many parents and in our Honors and Advanced Placement a report from the National Association for students who say that the pressure involved programming. We do recognize our Top College Admission Counseling (NACAC), in trying to take the kinds of classes Ten seniors and our Top 10% during our over half of all high schools in America colleges like to see on an application along graduation ceremony, something we would no longer report student rankings. On the with earning the kinds of grades that will continue to do. Maybe it is time for AVHS past two MN Student Surveys, many high keep them highly ranked is overwhelming. to take a serious look at the practice of school seniors (including AVHS) report Eden Prairie’s analysis on class rank reporting Class Rank; AVHS parents and high levels of stress in their lives related to reinforced this point. Class rank alone students . . . what do you think? academic expectations. Anecdotal evidence is a number without context and can hurt Viaje a México 2009 – Spanish Yearbook students travel to Mexico sales and “Profesora” Holman and six Advanced Placement Spanish and Honors Spanish 4 students spent the week of spring break in the Yucatan region of Mexico. The students distribution information stayed with Mexican families in the picturesque colonial town of Mérida. Day trips to the ancient archeological sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, as well as to the sacrificial cenote wells and the Celestún Biosphere, home to 20.000 African flamingos, provided highlights and expanded horizons. Relaxation on Isla Mujeres was the perfect ending to the liguistic, cultural, archeological and geological excursion. outlined Students who do not know whether they or their parents purchased a yearbook from Smart- Pay earlier during the school year should consult the list posted in school near the Main Office. Those who have not purchased a yearbook still have an opportunity as extras Pictured on Isla will be available for sale at the time Mujeres are Spanish of distribution on May 29th in Gym trip participants D during all lunches. At that time, (l to r) Michelle yearbooks will cost $70.00. Students Keohane, Kyla will also be able to purchase plastic Koboski, Karen Ly, covers for $2.00 and autograph Alberto (the group’s booklets (eight pages each) for $1.00. guide), Taylor Tiedemann, Tazia Volker and Alayne Littrell. Pipeline Page 3 SiTe CouNCil PAReNT NoMiNATioN FoRM Nominations sought for Site Council Name of nominee: __________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________ membership Telephone: ________________________________________________ Several members of the 2008-2009 AVHS Site Council are completing their Students in school: __________________________________________ terms during the spring trimester. The AVHS administration wishes to express thanks to Maureen Earp, Brent Harms, Background related to serving on the committee:___________________ Mary Hautman, Cory Landes, Szuyin Leow, Tatiana Mackins-Burton, Kim __________________________________________________________ Miklya, Amy Meitz, Lisa Roehl, Lisa Ruff, Jim Ryan and Lindsay Swiggum for their work with the Site Council throughout __________________________________________________________ the year. These people, along with other Site Council members, have devoted __________________________________________________________ considerable time to helping AVHS become a better school. The AVHS Site Council is made up __________________________________________________________ of elected members and representative appointees. Three elected parent positions __________________________________________________________ will open up at the end of the school year as the terms of Maureen Earp, Lisa Roehl and Jim Ryan come to an end. Nominations are __________________________________________________________ now being accepted for individuals who wish to serve in these elected positions. A __________________________________________________________ nomination form is provided in this issue of Pipeline. Brief explanation of why nominee is interested in serving on the The Site Council is charged with the following: committee:_________________________________________________ • To research issues and make decisions in the best interest of all students; • To make recommendations into overall __________________________________________________________ policy and operations at Apple Valley High School; • To support Apple Valley High School __________________________________________________________ programs through on-going projects; • To provide a forum for Apple Valley __________________________________________________________ High School community input by those persons directly affected by the Council’s decisions; and __________________________________________________________ • To promote communication between Apple Valley High School and the __________________________________________________________ community. AVHS community members are __________________________________________________________ encouraged to nominate themselves or someone else to serve the school as part __________________________________________________________ of this forum. Nominations are due to Karen Kurz, principal’s secretary, no later than noon on Monday, April 20th. Voting __________________________________________________________ will take place the following Thursday at parent/teacher conferences by written Please return completed nomination form to Karen Kurz, Principal’s Secretary, ballot. Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124 by noon, Monday, April 20, 2009. Pipeline Page 4 Notes from the Attendance Office by Linda Jokela, Assistant Administrator Student illness home number. A parent can check the Students are to remain in their scheduled If a student is unable to attend school, home telephone number listed on the rooms for the entire two-hour block of his/her parent should call the AVHS school computer by going on the Parent time. Students are not to be dismissed Attendance Voice Mail at 952-953-1610 Portal and clicking on “Family.” from their blocks even if they finish finals before 1:00 p.m. each day of absence. ahead of schedule. When calling, parents should leave the leaving School During the School Day following information: Students who leave the building Attendance and Discipline information • Name and relationship to student for any reason (including obtaining Students and/or parents may access • Absent student’s name and grade homework left in a car parked in the assigned detention dates as well as • Day and date of absence parking lot, or becoming ill) without a attendance and discipline records through • Reason for absence Permit to Leave from the Attendance the Parent Portal. Student grades may • Parent’s daytime phone number (so Office will receive consequences such also be accessed through the portal. office staff can verify the call, if there is as detention, in-school-suspension or Anyone with questions about Parent a need). out-of-school suspension. Under no Portal regarding passwords or user names circumstances may a student leave the should send an email to avhsportalhelp@ Students Remaining After 2:30 p.m. school building without first obtaining a district196.org. Students who are not directly permit to leave. supervised must exit the building and Summer School the grounds following the 2:20 p.m. Restricted lunch Periods Summer School classes will begin dismissal bell. Any students remaining Lunches and snacks are to be Monday, June 15, 2009, and will meet the in the building after 2:30 p.m. must be consumed in the cafeteria. Students following days: under the direct supervision of an adult found eating outside of the cafeteria coach, teacher or advisor. Students are may be assigned consequences such to exit the building when their after as detention, in-school-suspension or school activity is finished and their adult out-of-school suspension. As per district supervisor leaves. Students who are policy, AVHS is a closed campus during involved in activities that conclude prior lunch - meaning students are not to leave to the activity bus departing at 5:00 p.m., the building during their designated lunch should make arrangements to leave the periods. Students are to remain in the Monday-Thursday: June 15-18 building and return at 4:50 p.m. to board cafeteria or the lobby area adjacent to the Monday-Thursday: June 22-25 the activity bus. cafeteria. The gym areas, Greek Theater, Monday-Tuesday: June 29-30 classrooms, theater balcony and weight Automated Calling System Notifying room are off limits. Students found in Wednesday: July 1 Parents of unexplained Student Absence restricted areas during lunch will be Monday-Thursday: July 6-9 The AVHS automated calling system assigned consequences. Monday-Thursday: July 13-16 notifies parents of unexplained student Monday-Tuesday: July 20-21 absences. At the end of each day, this Pre-planned Absences There will be no classes on Thursday, July system reviews student attendance and Students and parents are reminded 2, 2009 automatically begins calling the home that any pre-planned absences of one telephone numbers of students who were day or more must be authorized prior Students may register for up to three marked “Absent Unknown”. Students are (preferably at least one week) to the trimester credits. Classes meet during marked “Absent Unknown” if they have absence in order to be verified. Students three blocks of time: 7:30-9:15 a.m.; 9:20- not been called in absent by a parent or must bring a parent note and obtain a 11:05 a.m.; and 11:10 a.m.-12:55 p.m. excused by the school. If parents receive pre-planned absence authorization form Registration materials may be a telephone call from the school regarding in the Attendance Office. Students obtained from counselors during any such unexplained absence, they must arrange with all of their teachers for parent conferences on Thursday, April should send a note with their child the make-up assignments prior to the absence. 23, 2009, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Students next day explaining the absence. Parents Pre-planned absences are classified may obtain materials in the Guidance are asked to direct their son or daughter to as verified absences and count in the Office, beginning Monday, April 27th. drop the note off in the Attendance Office maximum absence rule. Registration deadline is Friday, May before school. 15th. Summer school schedules will be Parents should also notify the Final exams available for students in the Attendance Attendance Office through email With the exception of 5th hour, all Office beginning on June 11th. (AVHSAttendance@district196.org) final exams are taken in two-hour blocks Anyone with summer school related regarding any change to their home of time. Spring finals are scheduled for questions should call Ms. Jokela, Summer telephone number or if they would like Wednesday, June 10th (hours 1, 3, 5, 7) School Coordinator, at 952-431-8213. to be notified at a number other than the and Thursday, June 11th (hours 2, 4, 5, 6). Pipeline Page 5 School District 196 Board to recognize AVHS Students of the Year The ISD 196 Board of Education will recognize Selection for Student of the Year designation the AVHS Students of the Year pictured here at their is done by each department in the high school regularly scheduled meeting on April 27th. Each and includes assessment by such criteria as of the honored students will be introduced to the accomplishment, effort, interest, discipline, self- board and given a Certificate of Achievement. In motivation, leadership, cooperation, creativity and addition, the AVHS administration will present each responsibility. with a commemorative booklet highlighting his/her The 2008-2009 Apple Valley High School accomplishments. A video will be aired for the board Students of the Year are pictured alphabetically by describing the rigors of the selection process and curriculum area. underscoring the success of the honorees. logan Moorse, Business education Amanda Allrich, Carmita Jara, lindsay Ryskoski, Carson King- Michele Keohane, Dance english language Family and Fournier, language Arts learner (ell) Consumer Science instrumental Music (FACS) Alexandra Sundlof, Mitchell Bires, Peter loftus, Rachel Gulden, Alvaro Bonilla, Mathematics Physical education/ Science Social Studies Support Services Health Brett T. Anderson, Sarah lampe, Katherine Shutt, Kendra Handzel, Courtney Kimball, Technology Visual Arts Vocal Music Work Program World languages education Pipeline Page 6 Off the Cuffs by Mike Eliason, Police Liason Officer Teen driving crashes have become a anticipate. tough questions like “Where are you serious issue in Minnesota that cannot • Parents should always make sure that going?”, Who are you hanging out with?” be ignored. In today’s fast-paced society, everyone in their vehicle is wearing a seat “What will you be doing?” Teens like to teenagers are bombarded with many belt. The car should not move until the assert their independence, but knowing distractions as they drive. Most teen belts are buckled. answers to these questions can help drivers have cell phones on while driving. • Parents should limit the number of parents hold teens accountable and keep Add in other distractions such as iPods, passengers a young driver can take in the them safe. car stereos, GPS units and friends, and car at any one time. • Parents should have their son’s/ the mix can become overwhelming and • Parents should limit the hours during daughter’s eyes checked at least once a dangerous – even deadly. The number one which their child can drive – at the very year. If glasses or contacts are required, killer of teens in Minnesota today is car least these should never be outside those drivers need to wear them. crashes. hours designated by community curfew. • Parents of new drivers should The requirements to receive a driver’s • Teens should be sure to turn cell make sure that at least ten hours of their license in Minnesota are minimal. To phones off before starting the car. Calls supervised driving is done at night. compound the problem of inexperienced from home are as distracting as any • Parents of student drivers should drivers plying the roadways is that most others. Teens can pull off the road to make speak with their child’s instructor to parents really don’t know what to teach a call if needed. learn about their child’s strengths and their sons and daughters when they • Parents should strive to set the best weaknesses. Instructors are approachable first get their permits or licenses and example of safe, responsible driving and appreciate the support of parents in are becoming acclimated to ever more for their children. Sneaking through training safe drivers. crowded streets, highways and freeways. intersections on the yellow does not Traffic in the metro, it seems, is becoming qualify as safe. Parents with young drivers It is all right for parents to pay for faster and more congested with drivers in their car should consider if they would additional driving instruction beyond the becoming more and more aggressive. want their sons or daughters doing exactly minimum. Safety is not always a bargain, Teens need to learn to contend with the as they do. Experience should make safer and lives are priceless. The more time hazards of driving – both inside and drivers, not serve to permit experienced a teen spends with a certified driving outside of the car – if they are to remain drivers to take risks. If parents take risks instructor, the better off the teen will be. safe. on the road, children will, too. There are also many defensive driving What can parents do to help? Here are • Parents should talk to their young courses available for teens and adults. some suggestions. drivers about chemicals, including Insurance companies and AAA can • Parents should take their teen on alcohol, illegal drugs, as well as over the provide the necessary information. Most the road for more than the minimum counter and prescription medications. insurance companies give discounts for number of required hours. This should be These all can inhibit a person’s ability to completing such classes. done under various traffic and weather drive safely. Taking the time to work with young conditions, so teens get guidance under all • Parents should address circumstances drivers can give parents peace of mind. conditions for all circumstances. ahead of time that may arise in a teen’s Riding along with young drivers can • Parents should point out situations world such as the dangers involved with also create great opportunities for those that can be used to teach and to support parties or taking rides with intoxicated important conversations that need to take critical awareness and safe driving habits. drivers. place between teens and adults. Good drivers are aware of what goes on • Parents should be involved in their If you have any questions, please feel around them. Good drivers also learn to young driver’s life, asking the sometimes free to call me at 952-431-8223. AVHS jazz musicians shine at midwest showcase competition Independent School District 196 was hundred point scale, from a second place School Jazz 1 and 2, FRMS Combo, and well represented the weekend of April 3rd- finish. Valley Middle School. 5th at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, which The Eau Claire Memorial High School Individual awards went out to is considered to be the most competitive Jazz Ensemble 1 and Oconomowoc High outstanding Apple Valley High School jazz festival in the midwest. Falcon Ridge School Jazz Ensemble took the first two soloists at the festival. The following Middle School (FRMS) took top honors places in AA. In class A, Brookfield seven Apple Valley High School students in the middle school division. Both Apple Central High School Jazz Ensemble 1 and were recognized for their outstanding Valley High School Jazz Ensembles 1 and Eau Claire Memorial High School Jazz performances: Tyra Guldseth, Nick 2 took third place in their respective class Ensemble 2 took the first two places. Devitt, Scott Rivenburg, Carson King- AA and A divisions. Both Apple Valley Other ISD196 schools who participated Fournier, Hanna Pahr, Greg Dean and Jerod groups were less than a half point, on a one were Eastview High School, Eagan High Kaszynski. Pipeline Page 7 Guidelines from the AVHS Counselors by Lisa Schmidt, AVHS Guidance Counselor Making final college decisions Making “cents” of financial aid Seniors, sometime this month or next month, you should have The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) received admissions decisions from all or most of your college gathers information that all colleges use to determine a student’s applications. With several acceptances in hand, it’s time for that ability to pay for college. Utilizing federal formulas and final selection. Let’s look at ways of choosing the “best fit” from methodology, the FAFSA seeks to level the playing field for your college options. all students and families. For the fastest results, apply online www.fafsa.ed.gov. Apply for a PIN number that will allow Characteristics you to access your online form, as well as sign your FAFSA Start by reconsidering each of the factors that you deemed electronically. important when you began your college search. You’ll want to Carefully read directions and gather needed documents before rank each of these features in terms of its importance to you right you begin to complete the FAFSA. Some of the records you’ll now, considering such characteristics as need include the following: • size • social security number • location • driver’s license • majors • records of money you earned including a W-2 form • college facilities • parent’s federal tax return • special programs • current bank statements • business and investment records Compare each college to which you’ve been accepted and see • records of untaxed income such as social security or how closely each meets your requirements in these areas. Make a veteran’s benefits list of positive and negative qualities for each college. Then begin to complete the FAFSA form, carefully entering Cost all data. Save often so your information will not be lost if your Since the cost of education is often a significant factor in session is interrupted. Print out a copy for your own records final college selection, you will want to compare any financial before submitting your FAFSA. aid packages you have received and determine the real cost to You (and the colleges you listed on the FAFSA) will receive you at each institution. Look carefully at the amount of loans a Student Aid Report (SAR) two to three weeks after submitting versus grants in order to determine how much you will need to your FAFSA. It will contain an estimated Expected Family borrow to meet the cost of education at that school. Be wary of Contribution (EFC), a preliminary estimate of the amount you committing yourself to borrowing a substantial amount of money and your family will be expected to pay toward your next year of to finance your education. Graduating with a significant amount education. Colleges use the EFC in order to determine a family’s of undergraduate debt may impact your ultimate choice of job or established need. The expected family contribution will remain your ability to continue with graduate education. the same for all colleges; need will vary depending upon the total cost of attendance at each institution. Each college you indicate Campus visit on the FAFSA will provide a financial aid package that will Try to arrange a final campus visit to each of your top attempt to meet your family’s established need. These packages choices. While “accepted student weekend” programs provide may differ depending upon the colleges’ ability to meet all or a whirlwind of activities geared towards prospective freshman, only part of need. You can pick up a paper FAFSA form from the you might get a more realistic idea of student life if you visit at Career Center or submit your information online. another time. Be sure to leave yourself time to speak with current students, to sit in on a class or two, to eat in the dining hall Dealing with test anxiety and, ideally, to stay overnight in a dorm. Even if you’ve visited Feeling anxious about high stakes exams like finals and before, this additional campus visit will help to crystallize your college entrance tests is normal. In most cases, a bit of anxiety feelings about each college and how well it fits you. keeps test takers on their toes and allows them to focus on the task at hand and do their best. For some students, however, a Final choice high level of anxiety impedes their performance and prevents Once all this has occurred, you will be in a better position to these students from demonstrating their true ability and determine the school that is right for you. If you are still unsure knowledge. Understanding how to control your anxiety level will after considering all your hard data, go with your instinct. As help you to score higher on these important exams. Check-out with any important decision in life, after considering the facts, the website “Study Guides and Strategies” at http://www.studygs. you still need to go with what your gut tells you is right for net/tstprp8.htm for some useful test prep tips. you. Although it is desirable to complete your undergraduate Much of anxiety stems from feelings of being unprepared. education at the college where you begin, remember that no Spending time familiarizing yourself with a test’s format and decision is irrevocable. Write promptly to each college you have reviewing material to be covered will reduce some of these decided not to attend thanking them for the opportunity they’ve uneasy feelings. Begin preparing for college admissions presented, and explaining that you’ve accepted another offer of tests (SAT or ACT) 8 to 10 weeks before each exam. Review admission. You just may wish to reconsider that institution when material thoroughly either by taking an organized test prep class you begin your search for the “right” graduate school. or by preparing on your own in a structured and disciplined Pipeline Page 8 manner. Online test prep material is available at www. Coming Soon to AVHS! collegeboard.com, www.princetonreview.com or www. act.org. Highly organized students may find using test prep books helpful. Take as many practice tests as you can using the actual exams released by College Board for the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests, or by ACT for their exam. Being well-prepared will help you to feel in A ColleGe PlANNiNG ReSouRCe FoR STuDeNTS AND control and this reduces anxiety. PAReNTS Knowing what to expect on test day also helps. Make Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools has selected Naviance a practice run to the test site if you haven’t been there Family Connection to assist district students in managing the college before. Set out all the materials you’ll need the night application process. This is a comprehensive website that students and before – registration form, photo id, calculator, pens and parents can use as a tool in planning for college. College search, career pencils, watch and snacks. Relax the night before the exploration, acceptance history, scholarship databases, personality exam and be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Arise early assessments, links to SAT, ACT and NCAA are just a few of the resources enough to eat a well-balanced breakfast. You might also available on this site. want to avoid caffeine, which has been shown to increase In a few weeks, AVHS Counselors will launch Naviance Family anxiety. Lessen your anxiety levels by avoiding others Connection to the entire class of 2010. The graduating classes of 2011 – who are nervous. Employ anxiety-reducing techniques 2013 will have launch dates set throughout next year. More information such as taking several deep, calming breaths or by is to come visualizing yourself doing well. Each section of these exams is generally arranged with the easiest questions at the beginning. Begin with these, thinking of your own answer before looking at the Senior portrait information for yearbook being sent to juniors choices provided. If necessary, eliminate the answers that you can and make an educated guess from among the remaining choices. (Guess on SAT questions if you can eliminate at least one of the choices; on the ACT answer Letters regarding senior portraits will be sent to the homes of all all questions you can.) Clearly mark on the test booklet current juniors in late April. While it might seem early to consider such those questions to which you’ll return if time permits. things, the timing is perfect for current juniors and their parents to select For essay questions, organize your thoughts in a brief a portrait photographer and to schedule an appointment. Meg Robles, outline. Start with a short summary or topic sentence that yearbook advisor, wants all members of the class of 2010 to make sure clearly states your position, and then make your points, to allow enough time for the final portrait to be ready to submit to the using examples to back up your position. If you begin yearbook by September 28, 2009. to feel nervous, close your eyes, take three deep breaths, Additionally, a return postcard will be enclosed with the letter that will and then return to complete the exam. allow each student to indicate how he/she wants his/her name to appear in Eat during testing breaks to keep your energy level the yearbook. The postcard will also ask students to indicate whether they up, but try a protein bar rather than candy which may will submit a portrait photo or if a yearbook staff photographer will need increase anxiety. Fruit and vegetables are good choices to take one. For those who contract with a photo studio, that information for break time. Remember, a bit of anxiety will help you will need to be on the card when it is returned. The postcard must be to maintain the energy needed to do your best. While in the hands of the yearbook staff by the first day of school in the fall, these suggestions are geared toward tests such as the September 8, 2009. SAT and ACT, the strategies described can also be used If, for some reason, any junior does not receive the senior portrait for classroom tests and the graduation tests. letter along with the return postcard, he/she should contact Meg Robles. Helpful on-line reference numbers • University of Wisconsin System: www.wisconsin. edu/campuses/index.htm Desens inducted into noted • University of Minnesota system: www1.umn.edu/ twincities/index.php music fraternity • Minnesota private school system: www. AVHS instrumental music teacher Corey Desens was inducted into mnprivatecolleges.com/ the prestigious Phi Beta Mu music fraternity at the Minnesota Music • Minnesota state university system: www.mnscu.edu/ Educator’s Association Spring Convention on Monday, February 9th. Student/StudentInfo.html Mr. Desens was one of only two new pledges from the state to join the • Financial aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov/ international group. Known as the “International Bandmasters’ Fraternity,” Phi Beta Mu • College/career information system: http://mncis. is the only such fraternity in the world. It works to promote fellowship intocareers.org/login_noip.asp among its members, to encourage the building of better bands and the password: avhs username: careers development of better musicians in schools throughout the world, to • Career Exploration: www.iseek.org foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature, and to encourage • Financial aid/scholarship search: www.finaid.org widespread interest in band performance.” Pipeline Page 9 Eagle Athletic Update by Pete Buesgens, Athletic Director Stretching from the girls’ hockey tryouts in late October to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Boys’ Basketball Tournament on March 25th, the winter sports season has come to a close. In the proud tradition of Apple Valley High School, our student-athletes had a tremendously successful season. Their memories and the friendships created during practice sessions, bus rides and team functions are sure to be recalled just as easily as the scores of each game, match or meet. To our seniors, we thank you for your contributions to your sport, your school and your community. spring sports Individual honors More honors seasons – coaches The following list of honored Eagle athletes is current as of March 28th: underway • AVHS Swimming Coach Mike McManus was inducted into the Minnesota All Conference As I write this update, spring sport Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame. Mike Wrestling: Dakota Trom, Justin LaValle, practices are underway. Barring any late has been a swimming coach at AVHS since Joe Fessler, Tyler Lehmann, Matt Hechsel snowstorms, you can look for the Brown 1978. Boys’ Basketball: David Bauer and Gold to take to the outdoors starting • AVHS Wrestling Coach Bill Demaray in April, with games, matches and meets. was selected for induction into the MSHSL Girls’ Basketball: Shannon Thompson, Please check our school calendar and stop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Erica Gress by to check out your favorite team. The sport. Bill was the first wrestling coach at Dance Team: Kathryn Davies, Jana athletes really appreciate your support. AVHS in 1976 and led the Eagles to six Horstman state championships. Boys’ Hockey: Colton Warner, Aaron Winter teams post Gretz season success Individual honors Girls’ Hockey: Sami Broberg – athletes Gymnastics: Kelsie Long, Taylor Apple Valley winter sports teams Hoeppner, Sara Taormina continued the Eagle tradition of performing • AVHS senior Lisa Ruff was selected as Boys’ Swimming: Nathan France well at MSHSL state tournaments. The the 2009 Athena Award winner. Lisa excels Nordic Ski: Andy Dodds following teams qualified to compete at the at volleyball and golf. Competition Cheerleading: Kendall highest level this winter: • AVHS seniors Rachel Bratek and Broders, Kaila Hanson • The wrestling team earned their Mac Marti were selected as the AAA state record 27th consecutive section (Academics, Arts, Athletics) Award winners All Metro/Section/State championship. The Eagles captured for the 2008-2009 school year. Wrestling: Justin LaValle, St. Paul their 17th MSHSL State Championship. • Eagle wrestlers claimed nine medals Pioneer Press Wrestler of the Year Apple Valley ended the season as the #1 in the individual portion of the state meet. ranked high school team in the country State championships were won by Dakota Gymnastics: Taylor Hoeppner – Beam by HSWrestling.net and #3 by Amateur Trom, Matt Kelliher, Brandon Kingsley, Gymnastics: Sara Taormina–Vault Wrestling News. Justin LaValle and Tyler Lehmann. State Gymnastics: Kelsie Long – Floor • The boys’ basketball team won the second place medals were awarded to Section 3AAAA championship, defeating Girls’ Basketball: Erica Gress – All- Destin McCauley, Joe Fessler and Craig Eastview in the finals. In the state State Honorable Mention Kelliher. Jarret Hoeppner won third place tournament, they fell to eventual runner-up honors. Osseo. Section All-Academic Team Apple Valley • The adaptive floor hockey team (CI Jordan Kingsley– Wrestling Division) won the state championship. The Matt Kelliher – Wrestling adaptive floor hockey team (PI Division) was state runner-ups. sportsline Brandon Kingsley – Wrestling Justin LaValle – Wrestling • The District 196 Figure Skating A reminder to Eagle sports fans that the Synchronized Skating Team earned first Apple Valley Sportsline (952-431-8221) Destin McCauley– Wrestling place honors at their Duluth competition. has each day’s games, times and locations. Jarret Hoeppner – Wrestling • The AVaires Dance Team finished 3rd With Minnesota’s unpredictable weather, Craig Kelliher – Wrestling in the section competition and qualified for we suggest checking after 1:00 p.m. the day of the event. Luke Schmidt – Wrestling the state tournament. • The boys’ hockey team finished as section runner-ups, falling to Cretin Derham Hall in an epic overtime struggle. Pipeline Page 10 Lake Conference Website AVHS celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Athletes, parents and fans will find the Lake Conference Website at www.lakeconference.org a valuable source for Day with signature event schedules of all ten Lake Conference schools. In addition, there are also maps to the competitive venues used by each Lake Conference school. AVHS health education teacher and head softball coach Carla Christiansen organized a community event to celebrate MshsL.ORG National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Held in AVHS on February 3rd, the event was designed to bring attention to the For those of you wanting complete Minnesota State High many opportunities that girls have to participate in sports, and the School League state tournament results, visit www.mshsl.org. If lifelong benefits that come through such participation. you missed the excitement of the winter sports state tournaments, The event drew hundreds of participants who took advantage check out www.mnprepphoto.com/store/home.php where you can of the chance to hear from FOX 9 sports personality Dawn find state tournament photos. Mitchell and to meet 1998 AVHS graduate and USA Olympian Shani Marks. The event was also scheduled to coincide with a gymnastics meet and girls basketball game. The message of the event was clear – the benefits of sports to girls are numerous and significant. Christiansen noted the opportunities that the school provides for female athletes. She also hoped to showcase current athletes as role models. Marks provided the highlight of the event for many. Although her training and competitions have required her to spend considerable time away from Minnesota, she always makes an effort to help out in the community that gave her her start and has been so supportive over the years. Christiansen’s hope was that the event would highlight the strong tradition of girls’ athletics at AVHS, and to encourage today’s young girls to be active and participate. If the excitement exhibited by the young girls running through the halls on May 3rd provides an accurate measure, the event was a wonderful success. Staff members reach milestones in service to School District 196 The Apple Valley Wrestling Team met with Governor Tim Pawlenty on April 9th. They were being honored as the 2009 MSHSL State Class AAA Wrestling Champions. The team also presented Several AVHS staff members have reached milestones in their Governor Pawlenty with the “Governors Cup”, given each year to careers with Independent School District 196 this year. Each the champions of The Clash National Duals. The Eagles won that will be recognized for his/her years of service at the end of year title this year. faculty meeting in June. Completing fifteen years with the district are Shelley Potter, Meg Robles and Byron Tracy. Aging particularly well (still looking youthful and feeling Twelve students opt for great) are the twenty year veterans – Gail Kramer, Jackie Preble, Donna Lovstad, Pam Wycoff and Bob Helgeson. early graduation Clocking in at twenty-five years and still going strong are Dominique Braud, Mark Westad, Donna Lock, Jan Moynihan, Keith Randa, Neil Michels, Pat Iverson and Jean Wikoff. Eschewing the traditional June ceremony, twelve AVHS seniors Trying to convince the world that experience and wisdom opted to graduate early during the 2008-2009 school year. Early make up for that lost step in driving to the academic hoop are the graduation is an option that students have contingent on successful thirty year veterans Sue Rief-Gregory, Brian Peterson, Kathie completion of sufficient credit hours prior to the spring trimester Michels and Jim Geske. of their senior year. Students generally elect to leave early to get a Paul Trewick, still around after all these years, defies logic by head start on post-secondary education or work. looking thirty years old after thirty-five years in the district. How Paul Brichta, Kelley McDonald and Ashley Estis graduated he does it after spending thousands of hours helping students with following fall trimester. Graduating following winter trimester their behind-the-wheel driving instruction has left doctors at the were Alisha Kindvall, Nicholas Wallberg, Joel Clausen, Cherish Mayo mystified. Rudolph, Kaycee Garske, Brian Pederson, Samantha Mergen, In a category all his own is Larry Dombrock with thirty nine Kelly McDonough and Jeremy Hampton. years of service to the district. Congratulations to these graduates, and best wishes to them as Congratulations to these dedicated educators, who blend they begin their various educational and career pursuits. wisdom with energy and creative insight to make their corners of AVHS welcoming and wonderful places to learn. The students are richer for their efforts. Pipeline Page 11 TeACHeR ReCoGNiTioN AWARD 2008-2009 NoMiNATioN FoRM APPle VAlleY HiGH SCHool Past Recipients: 2005-Kerrie Schilling, 2006-Scott Voss, 2007-Rollie Greeno, 2008-Kristin Peterson Please print or type: Nominee: ________________________________________________________________________ Position: ________________________________________________________________________ The above named nominee should be selected for the “Teacher Recognition Award” because of the impact he/she has on the school community. This person: * demonstrates effectiveness in the classroom * shows concern for students and student individuality * contributes overall to the school community * is respected by students and staff, and * is a teacher to whom we would be proud to present the award. Please be specific in your examples of what this teacher has done to gain your respect and attention. Please write documenta- tion on this form or attach an additional sheet. The selected teacher will be recognized at graduation, the final teacher workshop and will receive a monetary award. Staff members who have received the award in the past are eligible to be nominated and receive the award again. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of nominator: _______________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ Signature: _______________________________________________________________________ The nominator is a(n): employee student parent community member (Names of nominators will be kept confidential within the Site Council Teacher Recognition Committee.) Please return by Friday, May 1, 2009. Forward to AVHS Site Council, 14450 Hayes Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124 Pipeline Page 12 Site Council accepting nominations for The Reading Corner Teacher Recognition by Scott Voss, Reading Coordinator Award Nominations for the 2008-2009 Teacher Attention economy Recognition Award are currently being People in the literacy world have been watching an interesting shift over the last sought by the AVHS Site Council and the 10 to 15 years. The shift is from how students interact and read traditional print text Apple Valley Rotary Club. Any member and how they interact and read digital texts. Lo-and-behold, they are finding that it is of the AVHS permanent, certified staff a slightly different process. For example, they are finding that it requires a different (excluding administrators) who is employed set of processing and comprehension skills. For starters, the digital reading process as a full or part-time employee at the time of is much less linear. Whereas on the printed page, a reader will move from top to his/her nomination can be nominated. bottom, left to right, on the screen, researchers notice, the eye tracking patterns are Any employee, student, parent of a less likely to follow a systematic “flow.” They notice that the eye goes to aspects of student or member of the community may the screen that grab attention. From there, the reader examines the text (print and nominate one candidate each year. (School visual), and most likely clicks to move off the page, spending maybe a few moments administrative staff is not allowed to per page. participate.) Literacy folks have termed this phenomenon the new attention economy. Since Nominees should be staff members who the middle ages, power has resided with those who had access to information. So, have demonstrated exceptional performance for example, those who had access to adequate education (which is a means of of their professional duties and exemplified acquiring information) could make the most informed decisions and thus many of a positive attitude and a willingness to serve them were likely to gain power. With the information revolution and the prevalence the school community. Nominators should of computers / internet in our lives, access to information has become the standard. express as many concrete examples of Of course, some might argue about the quality of that information, but still the means these as may be known in support of their to gaining good information is available to anyone with an internet connection. nominees. By the laws of economy, information is no longer scarce, thus it doesn’t have the Nominations should be submitted on same value as it did 20 or 30 years ago. In the past, to get information you either paid the form provided and placed in a sealed a high price for an education, or you needed access to print text—a library, a book envelope marked “Teacher Recognition store, an archive, etc. Now, however, information—or perhaps more accurately— Program Nomination.” Nominations may data is everywhere via the internet. It is no longer finite. It is virtually unlimited. be mailed to or left at the AVHS Main Office However, our attention is finite (in other words, we can only focus on so much at one or submitted to any AVHS Site Council time); therefore, it has become the hot commodity. And the leaders - businesses and representative. Submissions must be made entertainments that can capture and hold our attention for any period of time - will no later than Friday, May 1st. ultimately have power. Additionally, those who have the ability or power to focus Teacher Recognition Awardees will be or concentrate by their own volition versus being manipulated by others will have selected by the AVHS Site Council and the power. Apple Valley Rotary Club, who will present So what does all of this mean to parents, teachers and schools? First, we need to the award prior to the end of the 2008-2009 be aware of this shift. To be a thoughtful consumer, citizen or student means that we school year. must challenge the practices around us. And while the world might seem glued to a cell phone, laptop or gaming console, it is our responsibility to show our children how these devices (and the people who create them) manipulate the medium to get and World Language students sustain attention. excel on national German examination Danceworks 2009: Kaleidoscope to feature AVHS dance talent This winter over 26,000 high school students from across the country participated in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) National Mid-May will see the AVHS Theatre come alive with the dance talent of more than 150 German Examination. Five AVHS students students, staff and guest choreographers. Danceworks 2009: Kaleidoscope, simultaneously scored above 90% on this challenging a celebration and a showcase, will unify the efforts of the school’s dance department to examination which places them among celebrate identity, honor dance and express adolescent empowerment. Choreography and select company. Level 2 students who movement will be used as a reflection of individuality, and as a way to address social and scored above 90% were Connor George political changes of the 21st century. Danceworks 2009: Kaleidoscope is sure to inspire and Jacob Thoennes. Vincent Digatono and audiences of all ages and backgrounds with its diversity of dance styles and dynamic Melanie Nelson accomplished the feat at energy. Level 3. Max Mayrhofer achieved a perfect Performances of Danceworks 2009: Kaleidoscope are scheduled for Thursday, Friday score of 100/100 at Level 4. and Saturday, May 14th, 15th and 16th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $9.00 and $5.00 for Other AVHS students who took the senior citizens and students. AATG and are to be commended for doing well are Amber Thoennes, Jordan Jenkins, Vanida Thavisone, Jerod Kaszynski, Scott Splett and Peter Loftus. Pipeline Page 13 DiSTiNGuiSHeD CoMMuNiTY VoluNTeeR AWARD Name of Person/Business Nominated______________________________________________________________ Please provide as much information as possible in each of the following categories: 1. Commitment to an ongoing program at AVHS. 2. Commitment to a special, one time program or project at AVHS. 3. Commitment to developing or honoring student or staff scholarship, leadership or excellence. 4. Other information that supports this nomination that is not included above. Return completed nomination form by Monday, May 4th, to: Community Volunteer Award; Apple Valley High School; 14450 Hayes Road; Apple Valley, MN 55124 Name of Individual Completing Form ___________________________________ Date ____________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone ___________________________ Title or Relationship to Nominee ____________________________ Pipeline Page 14 Site Council solicits Faculty Fame nominations for Debbie Hadas, ELL teacher, delivered a Distinguished Community presentation entitled “Transition to Academic Writing Made Easy and Fun” at the Volunteer Award international Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention that was held in Denver, Colorado March 26th-28th. This was the 43rd annual TESOL The AVHS Site Council is 2. Nominations must be submitted convention. The theme for the event was eager to recognize individuals and/ by either letter or nomination “Uncharted Mountains, Forging New or businesses that have made a form and must include supporting Pathways.” Hadas had previously delivered significant contribution to students documentation. her presentation to state TESOL conventions or programs at AVHS. These 3. Publicity requesting nominations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. contributions may be evidenced will be placed in the school bulletin, Mike McManus, PE and health instructor as time, money and/or expertise. local newspapers and Pipeline. and boys’ swim coach, was inducted into As a learning community, AVHS 4. Nominations are due the first the Minnesota Swim Coaches Hall of Fame is fortunate to be surrounded by Monday in May. at the group’s annual All-State Swimming individuals and businesses committed and Diving Banquet. The event was held to the education of young people. Selection: on April 3rd, and was attended by coaches Over the years this commitment 1. Selection of the recipient(s) of and swimmers from across the state as well has had a considerable positive the award will be made by the Site as many of Coach McManus’s family, effect on AVHS. The Distinguished Council at the May meeting. friends, former swimmers and colleagues. A Community Volunteer Award 2. There is no limit to the number plaque in Coach McManus’s honor will be represents the Site Council’s desire to of awards that may be presented each included with the Hall of Fame display at the recognize outstanding contributors. year nor does there have to be an University of Minnesota natatorium. In an effort to make sure that all award each year. Bill Demaray, PE teacher and wrestling worthy individuals and/or businesses 3. The award will be presented at coach, was recently named to the Minnesota receive due recognition, the Site a public function to be determined. State High School League Hall of Fame. Council is asking AVHS community Examples are Senior Awards, The induction ceremony is scheduled to take members to submit nominations. graduation, etc. place later this spring. Demaray’s induction Information regarding eligibility serves to recognize decades of dedication to as well as the nomination and Previous recipients of the award the sport of wrestling. After a distinguished selection processes are listed below. include the following individuals career as a competitive wrestler, Demaray Questions regarding the Distinguished and businesses: took the reins of the AVHS team as head Community Volunteer Award should 1996-97 Mark and Sandy Bauler coach in 1976 when the school opened. be directed to Steve Degenaar at 952- (Valley Images) Demaray oversaw six state team titles as 431-8201. Mary Jane Hackett head coach, and has remained integral to the Laurie Johnson program to this day. Distinguished Community Volun- 1997-98 Nikka Davies Gordy Hagert, media specialist, recently teer Award eligibility: 1998-99 Sue Reichert served on the MEIR Task Force, a team Any business or individual who Kay Elliot of 35 library professionals representing has significantly contributed to AVHS 1999-00 Diane Morrison K-12, higher education, and public libraries students or programs. Kirk Hyatt from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Apple Valley American Dakota. The MEIR Task Force reviewed and Criteria: Legion Post 1776 evaluated vendors and online products for A significant contribution may be The Great Frame Up inclusion in the statewide electronic library defined as any or all of the following: Turck collections. 1. Commitment to an ongoing 2000-01 Tom Butler Scott Voss, Apple Valley’s reading program at AVHS. 2002-03 Ted Cochran specialist, was recently awarded a Bush 2. Commitment to a special, one- 2003-04 Darrell Stahlecker Fellowship in Leadership. The fellowship, time program or project at AVHS. 2004-05 Rita Wing which is designed to give mid-professionals 3. Commitment to developing Jim Friend the chance to return to school with the goal or honoring student scholarship, 2005-06 Barb Van Wie of becoming a leader in their fields, will leadership or excellence. 2006-07 Debra McNulty enable Scott to complete his doctoral degree 4. Commitment to developing or 2007-08 Mary Hautman at the University of Minnesota. His degree honoring staff scholarship, leadership Kathryn Thompson will be in reading research with an emphasis or excellence. on how to better engage adolescent students Nominations should be returned in the reading process. Nomination: to the AVHS Main Office on the form 1. Nominations may be made provided by Monday, May 4th. by staff, students, parents and/or community members. Pipeline Page 15 DeCA makes mark at state and sends several to nationals Mark Westad and the members of AVHS DECA returned all-important direct relationship between curriculum and the real from the recent state competition with numerous medals in needs of business and industry. their possession. Competing with teams from across the state Historically one of the largest and most active groups in at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency March 8th – 10th, the AVHS Minnesota, AVHS DECA sent 40 participants to the State Career competitors showed that they know their business and marketing. Development Conference (SCDC), the state level competition, in Had this been The Apprentice, Donald Trump would have said to a variety of events. Ten of the forty won state championships with the All-Business Eagles, “You’re hired.” many others placing high in their event categories. State winners Nationally, DECA is a co-curricular, student-centered were Sean Baddeley, Zach Johnson, David Rosenthal, Logan educational organization. For almost 60 years, DECA’s mission Moorse, Ali Larson, Katie Shutt, Monica Keo, Michelle Truesdell, has been to enhance the education of students with interests in Aly Rockwell and Molly Sands. marketing, management and entrepreneurship.Working hand- Over 1,300 students in all participated at SCDC in events that in-hand with the education and business communities, DECA’s feature both knowledge and practical skills in different facets of goal is for its student members to develop a “Career Success Kit” the business world. to carry into their business and personal lives after graduation, The ten AVHS state champions are now slated to continue their one that includes: career competencies, job skills, leadership competition at the International Career Development Conference abilities, an understanding and appreciation of community service scheduled for April 29th – May 2nd in Anaheim, California. and ethical values. To accomplish this, DECA uses on-the-job Thousands of students are expected to converge on Anaheim for experience, chapter projects and a competency-based competitive the international competition. Best of luck to the AVHS group as events program in more than 35 specific areas. DECA emphasizes they head west looking for gold. academic and career excellence and helps to demonstrate the Math Team shows strength in numbers Math team head coach Dan Peterson and his mighty math Comprised of around 50 members, the enthusiastic AVHS team minions completed the major portion of their season with a 25th was clearly the largest team in the division. Most teams ranged place ranking in state, missing out on the state meet by a slim eight from 10-25 members. Interest in math runs high in AVHS. point margin. Beginning slowly, but building confidence steadily, Stalwart members of the team will compete in one final event the team progressed from an early season 45th place ranking this spring, a tournament scheduled for Mankato on April 21st. to crack the top 25 out of 170 teams from across Minnesota. Following that meet, seniors will turn their attention to graduation Unfortunately, the team competed in one of the most hotly and college while underclassmen will begin preparations for team contested divisions in the state, and when vying for a spot in the competitions next year. At AVHS, there is strength in numbers. state meet lost out by eight points while accumulating a total of The AVHS Math Team was supported in its efforts this year by over 300 points. The top three teams from the division went on to assistant coaches Brian Peterson and Kelly Tommerdahl. place in the top seven in state. Red Cross Bloodmobile to pay spring visit to AVHS The AVHS Student Council is sponsoring a spring visit by the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Thursday, May 7th. The Bloodmobile will accept donations in Gym D between 7:00 Members of the AVHS Mock Trial Team are pictured in a a.m. and 1:30 p.m. courtroom at the Hennepin County Government Center. The Any person 17 years old or older in good health and A-Team ended their competitive season with a 10-5 record, weighing more than 110 pounds is invited to donate. The defeating Park Center, Orono, Meadow Creek and Spring need is great, and Apple Valley has always “stepped to the Lake Park before bowing out in region finals to eventual state plate.” Cookies and juice will be available for donors, as runner-up Breck. well as other food generously provided by local businesses. The team, also, had strong showings at both the Owatonna Blood donations save lives. Donations serve community and Minneapple Tournaments during the season. needs, in many cases helping neighbors and friends. Questions about the visit of the Bloodmobile should be Coach Paul Kramer would like to thank the attorney coaches directed to Travis Laurent via e-mail. for the team: Mark Lund, Chris Haugen and Eric Strauss. Pipeline Page 16 Sweeney Todd set to AVHS Chess Team bring creative edge to places sixth at state theatre The Apple Valley High School Chess Team completed a successful season with a 6th place team finish at the state tournament which was held March 28th and 29th at Robbinsdale Director Shelley Potter was looking to bring a unique Cooper High School. Leading the way for the AVHS paladins was edge to the annual spring musical this year, and Stephen team captain Max Mayrhofer who tied for individual second place Sondheim’s musical thriller seemed like just the thing. So, honors with only one loss on his record. Next year’s captain, Ryan over five performances in late April and early May, the AVHS Matter, and sophomores Kirby Hermansen and Jason Kelley also stage will redound with the wickedly glorious story and music contributed significantly to the Eagles’ fine showing. of one of the most unique productions of modern musical As a sidebar, Max played a simulation match against theatre. International Grand Master Victor Adler and won a fine chess set Sweeney Todd tells the story of a protagonist recently for the draw he was able to achieve. returned to England from Australia where he had spent fifteen Chess Team Advisor Eric Hendrickson, Bobby Fischer’s second years in prison on false charges. Set in the gloomiest Victorian cousin (if rumors are true), wants it known that all interested England, Mr. Todd fashions a prosperous business arrangement students -regardless of skill or experience- are welcome to join the with the appropriately named Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising team. Coach Henrickson also encourages interested chess players pie shop owner. In seeking revenge upon those who sent him to look for announcements about an upcoming faculty/student into unwarranted imprisonment, Todd, a barber, treats his “Chessdown” tournament in May. customers most uncivilly. They are then entered into their own post-mortem arrangement with Mrs. Lovett as filling for her meat pies, and all of London begins clamoring for her tasty delicacies. Although filled with dark, scary humor, Sweeney Todd boasts some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs. Historically, Sweeney Todd has its roots in what the French termed the “Grand Guignal” or horror theatre. This particular story of “the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” can also be traced back to its early days in England as a “penny dreadful,” a tale of horror to which even the poor could subscribe. The story does not glorify revenge, but in a sense does serve as a metaphor for the economic processes by which the wealthy sometimes consume their less affluent, less fortunate countrymen. While the AVHS production will be far removed from Tim Burton’s latest film version, Sweeney Todd is rated PG and is not suggested for younger children. Performances of Sweeney Todd are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 30th, May 1st and 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. Members of the AVHS Chess Team paused from competition long and Sunday, May 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will cost $9.00 enough to have their picture taken as a group. Pictured here are for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for students. (front row, l to r) Kirby Hermansen, Tyler Metzger, Jesse Carlson The AVHS Box Office will be open for ticket sales April 27th and Ryan Matter; (back row, l to r) Jason Kelly, Jacob Thoennes, through May 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and one hour Laura Grace, Kelley McDonald, Lucas Palokangas and Max before each performance. Mayrhofer. AVHS Speech Team crowned Section 3AA Champions In an exciting, late night section final, the Apple Valley Speech p.m. Though it was a long and exhausting event, Apple Valley Team was crowned the Section 3AA champions on March 31st students rose to the occasion. Apple Valley’s individual champions at South St. Paul High School. Secion 3AA is one of the most included six seniors: Emily Peterson in Storytelling, John competitive sections in the state (three of the schools have Hofmeister in Drama, Tatiana Burton in Poetry, Lindsay Swiggum been ranked among the best in the country). Despite the stiff in Oratory, Sarah Brickner in Great Speeches, Chris Theis in competition, Apple Valley won 7 of the 13 events and qualified Extemporaneous Speaking and Michelle Keohane in Informative. a total of 13 students to the state tournament that will be held at Other state qualifiers include seniors Kate Brown in Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday, April 17th. Extemporaneous Reading and Szuyin Leow in Oratory; juniors To accommodate the spring break schedules of various schools, Abby Gotter in Oratory, Mia Owen in Informative and Ashley the section tournament was held on the late afternoon of March Tanberg in Prose; and sophomore Khadijah Said in Discussion. 31st, which meant that final rounds did not get underway until 8:00 Pipeline Page 17 AVHS Speech and Debate siTe CounCil headed to Nationals MinuTes In June, the Apple Valley Speech and Debate Team will be Wednesday, February 25, 2009 sending nine students to the National Forensic League National Tournament that will be held in Birmingham, Alabama. The • Heard reports about winter sports teams, including news tournament is limited to students who have qualified in one of three about section and state successes. district-level tournaments. This year, Apple Valley won all three • Heard reports about DECA and National Honor Society. available slots in Lincoln–Douglas Debate and will send seniors Michelle Keohane, Chris Theis and Kevin Granlund. Juniors Mia • Heard reports about the Speech/Debate Minneapple Owen and Abbie Gotter will represent AVHS in Public Forum Tournament, as well as performances by Speech/Debate Debate. At the Student Congress District Qualifier, senior Emily participants for a Rotary Club meeting. Peterson won her way to nationals in the Senate. At the Speech • Heard reports about Broadway performances and a District Qualifier, seniors John Hofmeister, Szuyin Leow and meeting for PSEO and gifted and talented students. Tatiana Burton won all three available slots in Original Oratory. John Hofmeister and Chris Theis were double champions and • Heard reports about Apple Valley Alliance and questions qualified in two events, but by rule must select only one event regarding the school start date for 2009-2010. to perform at Nationals. John was the Champion in Dramatic • Received an update regarding registration for 2009- Interpretation and Chris Theis was the Champion in U.S. 2010 classes, including review of registration forms and Extemporaneous Speaking. First alternates to nationals include discussion of dropped classes. senior Lindsay Swiggum in Original Oratory and sophomore Bryan Porter in Humorous Interpretation. • Received a report regarding district level “Extended Many of these students have already had success at the NFL Cabinet” meetings in which such topics as budget cuts National Tournament in previous showings. Last year in Las and Q-Comp have been examined. Vegas, John Hofmeister placed 4th in the nation in Dramatic Interpretation, Szuyin Leow reached quarterfinals in Original • Received a report regarding the district audit process Oratory (top 30 in the nation) and Kevin Granlund reached and, specifically, audit information pertaining to AVHS. elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The year before • Received March Student Services Calendars. that Michelle Keohane placed 6th in the nation in Lincoln-Douglas Debate as a sophomore. One special note is the fact that this year • Received a report regarding the posting of the Chris Theis becomes the second Apple Valley competitor to be superintendent’s position, as well as the proposed a four-time qualifier to the national tournament. The team will timeline for hiring a new district superintendent. compete at Nationals June 13-20th. Video Club set to air AVHS events on District Cable AVHS senior wins Cameras are rolling at AVHS. The “We Are Apple Valley” language study scholarship award (WAAV) Video Club is in full production mode this spring recording events for broadcast on District 196 Cable Television. Over the next few weeks the group will be broadcasting Eloquence, Danceworks, EaglEye and a program about the AVHS Senior Max Mayrhofer learned in February that he had Students of the Year. Currently in post-production is Broadway been selected as a winner of the Minnesota Chapter of the 2009: A Dream Within a Dream. German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) annual Along with new Athletic Director Pete Buesgens, District Cable scholarship award. Max’s prize of $1,000.00 was the largest Coordinator Cliff Dodge and the WAAV crew are in pre-production of five awards given out this year in the state of Minnesota. of a new Eagle sports program. This new production, currently Selection of winners was based upon essays submitted in without a working title, will highlight each week’s athletic events, German by participating students. include features on academic athletes, provide a nostalgic look into Max was honored at a dinner and reception sponsored by athletic programs and investigate “where are they now” on alumni the GACC on Friday, February 20th at the German-American - and much more. Institute on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Nina Roelofs, The student productions in Apple Valley and Rosemount will air Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of GACC and on Charter channel 10. District 196 cable television programming Assistant to the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic can now be seen on Comcast channel 19 throughout the cities of of Germany described Max’s essay as a “very impressive” Eagan and Burnsville as well as in some Lakeville homes. Every demonstration of his language skills. episode of EaglEye can be viewed on-line at www.youtube. com/applevalleyeagles. Anyone with questions, comments or suggestions about programming they would like to see should contact District Cable Coordinator Cliff Dodge at cliff.dodge@ district196.org. Pipeline Page 18 Conferences Senior Party planning well offer effective underway parent teacher communication Parents of the Class of 2009 are planning an all night, chemical free party at AVHS for the night of graduation, 10:00 p.m. Friday, June 12th – 5:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13th. The party will be a lock in event and students attending With the school year winding to a close, it will not be allowed to leave the building during party hours. This promises to might seem the appropriate time for parents to be an exciting event for the students. All parents of seniors are encouraged to let loose a little bit, and not focus so intently volunteer to help. Interested parents should call Tracy Garrison at 952-683- on their children’s coursework and grades. 9165 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Helping out will be a great way for Nothing could be further from the truth. parents to be part of this memorable night. Children are always aware if parents are tuned Donations in the form of prizes, cash, gift certificates, services or materials in to their school work or not. Spring is no are needed as well to make the party a success. Karmen Mattsen is the prize/ exception. Attending conferences is a great donation chair and can be reached at 952-953-3998 or pkmattsen@charter. way for parents to reaffirm their commitment net. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to make donations. to their children’s education, and to send Reservations for the Senior Party are available now by mail. The party a message to their sons and daughters that will be a ticketless event. An email will be sent as confirmation of reservation school matters. purchase and, along with an ID will serve as admission for the party. The cost Seniors need to finish strong as they prepare of admission is on a rising scale – beginning at $60.00 if purchased during for their post-secondary plans. Juniors need to January or February. The cost is $70.00 if purchased during March or April. realize that their junior year grades will appear The cost will rise to $80.00 if purchased in May or June. Admission will cost atop the transcripts that they will likely send $85.00 if purchased the night of the party. Questions regarding ticket sales along with college applications beginning should be directed to Denise Otterstetter at 952-431-7279 or eurobrit@aol. in the fall. Sophomores and freshmen need com. to sustain the year’s effort to prepare for the Senior posters are an important and fun tradition at the party. Many remainder of their high school careers. Spring parents have completed their masterworks, but additional sessions remain trimester is important. for those who still need to “get ‘er dun.” The senior posters are made by the In the time it would take to boot up a parents/guardians of the graduating seniors to help celebrate their life and computer and study the Parent Portal, most accomplishments. The completed posters are on display during the party and AVHS parents could hop in their cars and drive are then taken home afterwards as a commemorative keepsake. to school for face to face meetings with their Poster boards can be picked up during spring trimester conferences or at children’s teachers. Certainly, the dynamic any of the remaining poster information nights listed below or by contacting of in-person conferences allows for clearer the Poster Committee chairpersons: Amy Keohane at 952-432-4392 or amy. communication regarding the interests and email@example.com or Roxanne Marti at 952-431-7852 or martiparti@ needs of individual students. Screen time comcast.net. The final poster meetings will take place in the AVHS Teachers’ is all well and good, but simply cannot and Lounge from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 12th. should not replace the relationship base that The Poster Committee will provide free poster board (a non-standard has always been the foundation of the best size is distributed, so parents are asked to use the sheets provided to keep education. the poster displays uniform). Committee members will also provide design Conferences will take place during one advice and details as to where to drop off completed posters. The last day to evening session this spring between 4:30 and turn in posters will be June 3rd. 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23rd. Teachers Graduation is an exciting time. The Senior Party, like most graduation will be located in individual classrooms. events, requires lots of planning and help. So, parents are encouraged to help Guides and maps will be available to help out in any way they are able. parents find their way around the building. Softball alumni invited for Escape to Wonderland is 5th Annual Alumni Game Head Coach Carla Christiansen is eager to 2008-2009 prom theme see a big turnout for the 5th Annual Alumni Plans for the 2008-2009 Apple Valley High School Prom are well underway. The Softball Game. Each year the event proves theme for the event is Escape to Wonderland, and Chris Porter, faculty advisor for to be great fun. Scheduled for Saturday, May prom planning, sees a wonderful program shaping up. 16th at 10:00 a.m. on the Varsity Field, the Prom will once again be held at International Market Square and will be catered game will serve as a precursor to the real main this year by D’Amico Catering. Northern Lights will supply the DJ and music. course – a delicious barbeque lunch. All AVHS Prom tickets will cost $75.00 per person and will be on sale May 18th -22nd. Once softball alumni are encouraged to come and tickets have been purchased, there will be no refunds or exchanges. Tickets will play a few innings. Anyone with questions only be available during the weeklong window in May. about the event should contact Coach Questions regarding Prom can be directed to Chris Porter at 952-431-8200. Christiansen via e-mail at carla.christiansen@ district196.org. Pipeline Page 19 Science olympiad group National Honor Society places at state inducts new members Keeping up a long-standing tradition of top ten showings at At its annual induction ceremony held on April 13th in the state, the 2008-2009 edition of the AVHS Science Olympiad Team AVHS Theatre, the Apple Valley High School chapter of the finished fifth out of thirty-two teams at the state meet which was National Honor Society welcomed 44 new members into its held on Saturday, March 14th at the University of St. Thomas. ranks. Language Arts instructor Rose Jagim was the featured Coached by AVHS chemistry teacher Kathie Michels, the team had speaker for the evening’s program which also included a strong showing with several individuals taking home medals. presentations by NHS leaders highlighting the four pillars of Capturing first place honors in their individual events were NHS membership: service (Adam Reiersgaard), leadership Scott Tangen and Peter Loftus in “Forensics”; Becca Strauss and (Mark Pohl and Scott Tangen), scholarship (Colin Andrews), Stephanie Diamond in “Health Science”; and Cole Arora, Ryan and character (Szuyin Leow). Senior Courtney Kimball Bringgold and Alex Johnson in “Experimental Design”. John served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Garrison and Stephanie Diamond took second place honors in The National Honor Society was established nationwide by the competitive category of “Astronomy”. Several other team principals to recognize students who have made noteworthy members had solid showings in a variety of events. With many achievements in their high school years. Membership in the team members slated to return for next year’s competition, the honor society is the result of a qualification process available prospects for the future of AVHS Science Olympiad are looking to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a cumulative the same direction that Galileo did for most of his adult life: up. grade point average of 3.700 or above following completion Other team members participating at the state event were Eric of the fall trimester of each school year. Eligible students Barnes, Briana Graber, Jack Loftus, Matt Ploenzke, Levi Preiner, are sent a form on which they indicate accomplishments in Dan Wilson and Rachel Winegardner. Team members dedicated the areas of leadership, community service and co-curricular many hours after school to prepare for their competitions. Aside participation. Applications are reviewed and selections made from their state placing, a highlight from the season was winning by a committee of five faculty members. the Lake Conference Science Olympiad crown. A past president Members of the AVHS chapter of NHS provide various of the sponsoring agency as well as a past organizer for the state services in the school and the community as part of their competition, Neil Michels serves as assistant coach for the group. membership requirements. Tami Taylor serves as the faculty advisor for the AVHS chapter. AVHS senior selected The spirit of the AVHS chapter was articulated in a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson that was included on the induction ceremony program: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” for Washington, D. C. Youth Tour Included below are the 2008-2009 NHS inductees listed alphabetically by class. Senior inductees Sophomore inductees Angella Gyamfi Matthew Bettes Elise Reller, who splits her days between AVHS and the School Bentley Mancini Melissa Conway of Environmental Studies (SES), was chosen as a delegate this Maximilian Mayrhofer Andrew Dodds spring for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Sean O’Toole Ian Giese (NRECA) annual Washington, D. C. Youth Tour. The tour will take Erin Pattison Jordan Gilbertson place from June 13th through the 18th. Daniel Wilson Simon Goettl The Youth Tour is a program run by the Electric Cooperatives Mariah Grant of America. The Youth Tour has brought high school students to Junior inductees Jennifer Gravrok Washington, D. C. every June since the late 50s – almost 50 years. Cole Arora Erin Haugen In total, some 40,000 students have benefited from the program. Eric Barnes Kirby Hermansen While in Washington, D. C., participants learn about electrical Veronica Becerril-Gonzales Muyhouy Houth cooperatives, participate in National Youth Day events, visit with Cassandra Bowen Jordan Jenkins their legislators and explore the sites around the area. Stephanie Diamond Joshua Johnson Elise was selected for the program through an application Kathryn Horski Emily Kieser process. Interested students can inquire about the program in Alexander Johnson David Lauer the AVHS Career Center or through their counselor. Additional Quinn Kelly (Da) Anna Lee information is also available on line at youthtour.coop. Dylan Kleopfer Daniel Mundt Congratulations to Elise, and hopefully the cherry trees will be Abby Meyer Michael Osterhaus in bloom! Melanie Nelson Adam Polzin Marie Owen Amber Stotts Katie Paulson-Smith Shawn Tangen Cooper Rapp Jacob Thoennes David Rosenthal Jacquelyn Young Pipeline Page 20 Student teams shooting for Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Student rocket teams from across the country prepared their launch vehicles for qualification flights this spring in the opening round of the world’s largest rocket contest. Three teams from Apple Valley High School were among them. In all, 653 teams from 45 states and the District of Columbia registered for the 2009 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) – the seventh installment of the annual competition. AVHS has participated in the event every year since its inception. The contest challenges 3- to 10-member teams to design and build model rockets by hand, then successfully launch them and return a raw-egg payload to the ground unbroken. This year’s contest goals are an altitude of 750 feet and a flight time of 45 seconds. The rockets must transport one egg laid horizontally to mimic the position of an astronaut. The 100 teams with the best qualifying scores make it to the final round fly-off at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, (near Washington, D.C.) on May 16th. The teams registered for the contest in December and had until April 6th to submit a qualifying score. A group from AVHS has made the trip to the final fly-off four of the past six years. It appears likely that AVHS will be represented at nationals once again after each of the three teams recorded some excellent qualifying scores on April 3rd James Scriven (l) and Peter Loftus (r) watch their rocket as it and 4th. lifts off. AIA sponsors the annual contest, along with the National Association of Rocketry and several partners: NASA, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers and three dozen AIA member companies. The goal is to increase interest in science, math and engineering education among middle and high school students to ultimately steer them to careers in aerospace. The industry faces a workforce challenge as many current employees are nearing retirement eligibility. There is plenty at stake for the teams – the total purse is $60,000 in scholarships and prizes. Two AIA companies provide additional prize premiums. Lockheed Martin gives $5,000 in scholarship funds to each of the top three teams, and Raytheon pays for the winning team to attend the International Paris Air Show in June. Some of the top teams may also be invited to take part in the NASA Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. Since the first TARC in 2003, about 50,000 students have taken part. Advised by physics teacher Neil Michels, the AVHS teams consisted of the following members: seniors James Scriven, Peter Loftus, John Garrison, Scott Tangen, and Aaron Lomen; juniors Cole Arora, Alex Lucas Palokangas gets the measurements just right as he Johnson, Quinn Kelly, Alex Sterling, Jiho Yang, Shari Narverud, works on his team’s rocket. Mallory Spindler, and Travis Lawell; sophomores Alex Bursell, Steven Mann, Lucas Palokangas, David Lauer, Ben Stuttgen, Scott Redig, Jason Kelley, Bryton Russell, Brianna Graber, Taylor Hanson, and Erik Voelker; and freshmen Jordan Kangwijayn, Austin Paradeau and Spencer Sanders. After their qualifying launch on Saturday, April 4th, rocket team members Peter Loftus and James Scriven were asked about their chances of going to the national fly-off finals. Loftus summed it up, “We are very excited about the score on our last flight. A perfect score is zero, but scores under twenty usually qualify for nationals. We just scored a 14.18, so we’re really happy with that score. We’d love to go to Washington.” The three AVHS rocket teams consist of ten, ten and seven members. Each team works separately and the teams compete against each other as well as the other 650 teams from across the country. The other two AVHS teams scored 11 and 19 respectively, so it is likely that two, and possibly all three AVHS teams will be among the 100 teams nationally Rocket team members watch their creation blast off. that will meet and compete later this spring in Washington, D. C. Additional information about the event is available at www. rocketcontest.org. The site provides comprehensive program information and pictures, and will soon include results of the national finals that are scheduled for May 16th. Pipeline Page 21 Parents Matter: Healthy Teen Relationships The following article was made available Discuss the signs of abusive to Pipeline by the Dakota County Public relationships – such as when a partner . . . Tips for parents about teen dating: Health Department. • is controlling or jealous. (For instance, • Monitor your teen. they might call a lot.) • Know whom your teen is dating. Today’s teens do not use the term • has a short temper. • Invite your child’s “date” to a family “dating” the way their parents once did. • puts you down. (Emotional abuse dinner. Teens use the term “going out” to refer to often occurs before the first slap, push • Offer to drive. a relationship they may have with a person or grab.) • Encourage dating in groups. One- of the opposite sex. One-to-one “dating” is • isolates you from friends. to-one dating is not advised until age somewhat uncommon among today’s teens; sixteen. instead groups of teens hang out together. Have lots of conversations that clearly • Know where your teen is going on a What is still true today is that parents convey your values to your teens. Ask: date and what he/she plans to do. Set continue to be their children’s primary • What are your expectations from this guidelines for where, when and how educators on relationships. Young people relationship? often your teen goes on dates. learn from their parents how to be in and • How will you maintain friendships • Be clear about your family values maintain healthy, satisfying relationships. outside of this relationship? about dating. As a teen begins to “date,” parents have the • Set clear rules about curfew, important role of discussing and modeling If he/she doesn’t feel they can talk to communicating when plans change, aspects of healthy relationships. you, their parent, help them identify a expectations for drivers. Talk with your teen about the things that trusted family relative or friend they can make a relationship happy and healthy, for go to. For more information and support, example: connect with the following resources: • respect Ten tips for open communication: • U of M Parent Education Resources: • honesty 1. Start early. www.parenting.umn.edu/ or call 800- • equality 2. Initiate conversations with your teen. 876-8636 • trust 3. Initiate conversations with your teen • iVillage: http://parenting.ivillage.com/ • fairness -- even about sex and sexuality. teen/tdating/topics/0,,4rsq,00.html • responsibility, and 4. Create an open environment. • Talk With Your Kids: www. • your own examples 5. Communicate your values. talkingwithkids.org/ 6. Listen to your child. • Community Action Council: www. 7. Be honest. communityactioncouncil.org/ 8. Be patient. 9. Use everyday opportunities to talk. 10. Talk about it, again. And again. ✁ to AVHS We’d like your input and concerns. Tear off and send to Mr. Degenaar, Principal, Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. (Attach a separate piece of paper if necessary.) _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Pipeline Page 22 Mentor students explore careers up close The Mentor Program at AVHS is an academic program designed to allow highly motivated students to focus on specific areas of career interest. The centerpiece of the program is the “field experience” where individuals work alongside accomplished professionals to see first hand how the best take care of their business. Cited as one of the finest such programs in the country by the U.S. Department of Education, the AVHS Mentor Program facilitates the kinds of hands-on learning that bridges the gap between the purely academic realm and the world of professional work. Students or potential mentors interested in the program should contact Pam Wycoff at 952-431-8326. The pictures included here highlight the diversity of career experiences AVHS students are having in the field. Meghan Syrstad observed surgery as part of her mentorship with Dr. Trilva Mebo at VCA Cedar View Animal Hospital in Apple Valley. Meghan said of her experience, “Getting to see what goes on behind the scenes at a veterinary hospital and learning first hand from a professional has really helped me to understand my future career.” Meghan plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall and will major in microbiology while completing her pre- veterinary requirements. Jessi Meliza mentored with Claire Wilson at The Loft, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country dedicated to creative writing. Through the experience, Jessie learned how to improve her skills as an aspiring novelist. She also learned a lot about the business side of non-profits. Next year Jessie will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where she earned a full tuition scholarship. Jessie credits her experience in the Mentor Program as the primary factor that distinguished her from the other students competing for the scholarship. At Carthage, Jessie will continue to pursue creative writing as well as other interests. Scott Tangen mentored with Glenn Lehrke and Scott Wigen at Goodrich Corporation in Eagan. Scott studied aerospace engineering with these two design engineers.One of the mentors, Scott Wigen, is a graduate of AVHS and himself participated in the Mentor Program when a student. After graduation from college and several years in the industry, he teamed up with Glenn to experience mentoring from the other side. Scott Tangen will attend the U.S. Navel Academy next year and plans on becoming an engineer. AVHS student attending Julliard in the fall AVHS senior, Carson King-Fournier, was notified earlier this year that he has been accepted into The Julliard School, New York, New York, beginning next fall. Carson had to endure a long line of auditions before being selected. At Julliard, he will be studying with internationally known teachers and Carson King-Fournier performed during Broadway 2009. performers in preparation for his career as a trombone performance artist. Pipeline Page 23 AVHS Site Council Laura Kay Allen, Administration Advanced Placement tests provide Pete Buesgens, All-Sports Booster Club Representative opportunities for many to earn college credit Steve Degenaar, Administration Each spring many AVHS students avail themselves of an opportunity to earn college Mary Delmedico, Parent credit through the national Advanced Placement testing program. For a ten-day period Maureen Earp, Parent in May, test anxiety becomes a way of life as many of the participants in the Advanced Brent Harms, Band Boosters Representative Placement (AP) classes offered by AVHS take college level examinations in their subject Paul Hattouni, Parent areas to see if they might earn college credit. Mary Hautman, Parent Community Governed by the College Board, the same group that sponsors the Scholastic Aptitude Representative Test (SAT), AP classes are designed to provide bright, motivated students with an Kathy Hermansen, Speech/Debate Booster opportunity to challenge themselves within the framework of college level curricula. Tests Club Representative are given in upwards of 37 subject areas in the spring of each year to measure student Cory Landes, Athletic Captain Student achievement against national – and to some extent international – standards. Scored on Representative a 5-point scale (5 being highest), tests earning 3 or higher can often earn students credits Szuyin Leow, Student Activities or advanced placement from participating colleges and universities. It is common for Representative ambitious AP students to begin their college careers with a significant number of college Tatiana Mackins-Burton, Student Activities credits already in hand. This, as tuition strapped students and parents know well, can Representative translate into thousands of dollars saved. Amy Meitz, Athletic Coaches Representative AVHS offers twelve AP courses. Students in grades 10-12 enroll in AP courses as Kim Miklya, Faculty electives, and are met with challenging curricula audited and approved by the College Lisa Roehl, Parent Board to prepare them for the rigors of the AP tests. Eighteen different AP examinations Lisa Ruff, Athletic Captain Student will be offered locally. While anyone can sign up for any of the examinations, the College Representative Board does not encourage students to take tests without thorough preparation. Jim Ryan, Parent The cost per test throughout District 196 is $42.00. Testing for AP this year begins on Lindsay Swiggum, Student Activities Monday, May 4th and runs through Thursday, May 14th. Registration has already taken Representative place, but questions regarding the AP tests can be directed to Mrs. Michels. The detailed Valerie Thoennes, Parent schedule is as follows: Arlys Thompson, Parent Joe Wycoff, Administration Date Morning Afternoon John Zimmerman, Faculty May 4 Government & Politics: US Government & Politics: Comparative May 5 Spanish Language Statistics May 6 Calculus AB Calculus BC School Board May 7 English Literature German Language Joel Albright May 8 US History European History Art Coulson Studio Art Rob Duchscher May 11 Biology Physics C: Mechanics Jackie Magnuson Music Theory Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Mike Roseen May 12 Chemistry Kevin Sampers May 13 English Language Bob Schutte May 14 Macroeconomics Superintendent Several private firms offer test preparation classes as well as print and electronic study John Currie, Superintendent materials. Many offer practice tests. However, the College Board itself remains the best, most authoritative and authentic source for test preparation materials and practice tests. Administration These are available at no cost on the College Board’s website at apcentral.collegeboard. Steve Degenaar, Principal com. Dr. Laura Kay Allen, Assistant Principal Pete Buesgens, Athletic Director Joe Wycoff, Arts and Activities Director Linda Jokela, Administrative Assistant Paul Tinder, Administrative Assistant Pipeline editor Dr. Robert Helgeson The Apple Valley High School Alliance Foundation was formed in 2004 to receive gifts and donations from individuals, families and corporations who want to invest in our educational future. The Alliance operates independently from School District 196, and exists solely to benefit the students, faculty and staff of Apple Valley High School. Proceeds will provide scholarships for AVHS graduates, recognize and promote staff excellence and support Academics, the Arts, Activities and Athletics for grades 9-12. To contribute to the AVHS Alliance, send a check (payable to AVHS Alliance) to: AVHS Alliance, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN, 55124. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible.