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The School of Environmental Studies (SES) is a magnet High School located in Apple Valley, Minnesota, adjacent to the Minnesota Zoo. It is a choice for students in ISD 196 and accepts open enrollment from the greater Twin Cities area.

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School News

News and announcements from the School of Environmental Studies.

STEM Career Fair on Feb 15

February 14, 2018

The District’s annual STEM Fair will be on Thursday, February 15, from 6-8 PM at Apple Valley High School.

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Intensive Theme is February 14 – 23

February 8, 2018

We are excited for second trimester intensive theme. Please talk to your student and make sure you know what course they…

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February 9 No School for Students

February 5, 2018

Friday, February 9, is a Staff Development day for SES faculty.  There are no classes for students.

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Annual Environmental College and Career Fair Feb 13

January 26, 2018

The School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota will be holding the annual Environmental College and Career Fair on Tuesday,…

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Conferences Rescheduled for 1/30

January 23, 2018

The winter storm last week caused us to postpone our conferences.  We have rescheduled and will have conferences from 4-8 on…

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Winter Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

January 10, 2018

SES Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences with Field Study Meetings are on January 18 from 4:00 – 8:00PM.  Conferences will also be held on…

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Application for SES Mentor Program 18-19

January 9, 2018

Current SES Juniors may apply for the SES Mentor Program

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Registration for 2018-2019

A quick site has been created to help new students work through the registration process. Links to the course catalog and…

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Registration Information Open House January 8

January 4, 2018

Anyone interested in getting more information on the classes SES offers before registration is welcome to attend our open house on Monday, January…

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SES Application

December 20, 2017

We are still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  Current sophomores and juniors are welcome to apply.  Click here to…

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Winter Break & SES Office

December 18, 2017

Winter Break begins December 25 and runs through January 1.  No classes for students and faculty.  The SES Office will be…

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Sophomore Information Session

December 7, 2017

SES will be open for visitors interested in joining us for the 2018-19 school year on December 13th and 14th from…

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SES Wind Turbine

November 11, 2017

It is not your imagination, the top of the wind turbine is no longer there. It was unplanned, but it happened…

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New Update Sent

November 10, 2017

You can find copies of prior updates here: 11/22/17 11/8/17  

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SES at Climate Conference

November 9, 2017

Nine SES students are participating as official observers at the United Nations climate conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. SES is the only…

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New Zoo Intensive Theme Course

October 16, 2017

Follow the link below to apply for this new course, Zoo & Environmental Interpretation, which will allow you to participate in zoo…

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October 6, 2017

  SES Yearbooks can be preordered directly from the Jostens website for $40 until November 24, 2017. From November 25 through January 25,…

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October 5 & 10 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

September 27, 2017

SES Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences & Field Study Meetings are on October 5th and 10th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM.  Field Study Meetings will…

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Picture Retakes

September 22, 2017

Picture retake day is September 26. Students who did not have their picture taken or wish a retake should be ready…

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SESEF Movie Event on Thursday, 9/21

September 20, 2017

On Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, SESEF is hosting a FREE movie event!  In partnership with Dakota County, SESEF will…

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Open House Thursday Evening 9/14

September 13, 2017

Join us on Thursday evening at 6:00 for a 30 minute introduction to the year from the house teachers.

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Current Newsletter is Available

The current version of the SES newsletter is posted and ready to view. Upcoming and current activities

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Tuesday we begin!

August 31, 2017

Welcome Back Juniors should be ready to walk to the zoo on day 1. Parents of seniors have a permission slip to…

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Back to School Night!

August 18, 2017

On August 30th parents, guardians, and students will stop by SES to complete a number of tasks needed before school starts…

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Calendar for 2017-2018

June 27, 2017

The new calendar is up and ready. This PDF calendar contains all the important SES and ISD 196 dates for this…

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Summer Letters- Juniors and Seniors

June 8, 2017

Copies of the summer letters for all seniors and incoming juniors can be found at the links below.  If you have questions…

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Mentor Program at the Zoo!

Applications for a unique course involving the Minnesota Zoo and the SES Mentor Program are due June 15!

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Graduation Ceremony at the ZOO

June 1, 2017

The 2017 SES high school graduation will be held at the Minnesota Zoo tonight.  No tickets are required and there is…

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Your books are due!

May 25, 2017

Senior checkout is May 30. Junior checkout is June 6. Check your DESTINY account to see the books you have checked…

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Free Audiobooks for Teens

April 18, 2017

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens.  Returning April 27, 2017, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads…

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SES Student Launches Record Label

March 17, 2017

Emily Pauly has launched a record label for District 196 students! Read more about her vision and launch at the Star…

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Upcoming Testing Dates

March 1, 2017

MCA, ACT, and AP exams are coming up. State MCA testing for juniors will be occurring during the week of April…

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Environmental College and Career Fair

February 13, 2017

SES Annual Environmental College and Career Fair The School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota will be holding their annual…

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SES Blood Drive

January 27, 2017

Sign up during lunches.

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SES Program Applications

January 26, 2017

SES AVID and Mentor programs now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Winter Conferences

January 19, 2017

SES Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences & Field Study Meetings on January 19 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Conferences also on January 24 from…

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Mentor Program Applications

January 18, 2017

The SES Mentor Program strives to give students better awareness of career and college options by providing access to professional leadership…

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SES Mental Health Night

January 12, 2017

SES Mental Health Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 12 from 6:00-8:00. Come join us for pizza and for strategies you…

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3rd Annual “Fund-Raising Voices” Coffeehouse Concert

January 6, 2017

The SES Leadership Class & Club invite you to attend the 3rd annual “Fund-Raising Voices” coffeehouse concert this Friday, January 6,…

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SES Population Conference

December 2, 2016

January 4 & 5 are the dates of this year’s population conference at SES! Keynote presentations, student-led sessions and an academic…

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Testing Schedule at SES

November 29, 2016

Here is a listing of the large-scale and AP test dates at SES this year. ACT with Writing:  April 19, 2017 …

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Students at U.N. Climate Conference

November 6, 2016

Five SES students participated in the United Nations COP 22 Climate Conference in Morocco this fall. They represented the school through the SES Educational…

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Applications for the 2017-2018 year

Application forms are being accepted online for the 2017-2018 school year. Consider joining us for the great learning adventures ahead. Applications for our AVID and…

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John Prokopowicz

October 6, 2016

John Prokopowicz is a Special Education teacher at SES and at Eastview. He attended Saint Cloud State University for his BS…

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JuniorCommunity Book Talk

October 3, 2016

Junior Houses will be holding their annual Community Book Talk on  October 25th From 7:00 to 8:30.  Juniors are reading a…

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Senior Pictures Deadline Extended

September 27, 2016

To be included in the yearbook, senior pictures should be submitted to the Jostens website no later than Friday, November 25.  Use the…

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SESEF 5K Fun Run

September 26, 2016

Join us October 1, 2016 for the 2nd annual 5K run. Start time 9:00 AM (registration at 8:00) at the Lebanon…

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Lifetouch Picture Retakes

September 25, 2016

Picture retakes will be on the morning of September 27. Bring the picture package you received last week to the retake session.…

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Overdue Books and Fees

August 8, 2016

SES Students – please check your DESTINY account at the Library Home Page. Click on the LOGIN button (top right corner),…

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Summer Letters

June 14, 2016

Information about summer readings and our August Back to School night can be found in the summer letters. Equipment lists and…

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Graduation Photos and Video

June 10, 2016

Graduation pictures of the 2016 commencement have been uploaded to the Lifetouch web site and are ready for viewing.  Families will receive…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

June 3, 2016

The class of 2016 commencement was held outside at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater on a beautiful June 2 evening. Photos from…

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Graduation is Outdoors Tonight!

June 2, 2016

The SES graduation will be held outdoors at 7:00 tonight at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater. Drive through the main entrance to…

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Senior Forum Dates Announced

April 22, 2016

Seniors at the school will be presenting their Senior Forum Capstone presentations on the evenings of May 16,17,18. These short and…

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Senior Party Registration

March 16, 2016

Registration for the Senior All-Night party is underway. The June 2 (night of graduation) party registration form and many more details are…

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ACT Test Schedule

March 8, 2016

SES students must take AP exams at SES and register and pay for the AP exams by March 30. The cost per exam is…

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MCA Math at SES

February 16, 2016

All SES juniors will take the MCA Math exam during the week of April 4 through 8.  This exam, required by…

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SES Prom 2017 Information

February 3, 2016

The SES Prom will be held Friday, May 5 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at the Wabasha Street Caves in…

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Winter Parent Conferences

January 14, 2016

Thursday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 26 from 4:00 – 8:00 SES will be hosting our winter parent-student conferences. Parents and…

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SES AVID accepting applications

January 9, 2016

The SES AVID Program is accepting applications for the 2017/ 2018 school year. This year’s juniors can apply now to be a…

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Online registration

January 8, 2016

In January and February students at SES register for the following year. The online process for the 2016-2017 school year opens…

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Online Registration

In January and February students at SES register for the following year. The online process for the 2016-2017 school year opens…

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AVID Applications

January 7, 2016

AVID at SES is accepting applications for students new to the program on an ongoing basis. The electronic application can be…

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New Student Registration Orientation

January 11, 6pm – 7pm SES will be hosting a registration orientation session on Monday, January 11 from 6 – 7pm.…

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School Calanders

December 18, 2015

School Calendar  A pdf of our print calendar for the academic year.  In addition to many important dates, it contains contact…

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Senior Houses: Thematic Studies 12

Seniors at the School of Environmental Studies examine topics and issues surrounding interactions between humans and environments. Although the previous year’s…

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Registration Orientation

December 16, 2015

January 11, 6pm – 7pm – New Students Only SES will be hosting a registration orientation on Monday January 11 from…

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SES 2016-2017 Applications Open

November 13, 2015

Applications for new students for the 2016-2017 school year are available online. Apply to be a part of a school community that…

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Voters will elect board, decide bond November 3

November 2, 2015

District 196 voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3, to elect four School Board members and decide a bond…

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Library Home

October 12, 2015

Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday when classes are in session The Library is located to the west…

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Learning in Academic Houses

August 28, 2015

SES is Divided Into Four Houses The academic house is both the physical and philosophical division of the school into smaller…

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Junior Houses: Thematic Studies 11

Welcome! You have chosen to participate in an exciting adventure this year.  You will be studying in an integrated, interdisciplinary environment. …

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District 196 Bond Referendum- Safe and Successful Schools

August 26, 2015

School district 196 is holding a Bond Referendum Election on November 3, 2015. Detailed information on the referendum can be obtained at the district’s…

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Commonly Requested Forms

August 7, 2015

Recruiting Survey District 196 Forms: Bilingual Seal Assessments: Link to the form to complete in order to take the Bilingual Seal assessment…

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SES Prom 2015

June 2, 2015

SES Prom 2015 “Caves by Candlelight” will be Friday, May 8 from 8:00 PM-11:30 PM at the Wabasha Street Caves in Saint Paul,…

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