Principal’s Message


Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School uses God’s Word in a Christ-centered education to assist families in training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.

In the last two weeks, I was reminded twice of the importance of our school’s mission to who we are as a Lutheran high school. It’s not a stretch, either, to show the correlation between ourmission and what goes on each and every day inside these walls.

The first reminder came as I reviewed the standards set by our accrediting agency, Minnesota Nonpublic Accreditation Association (MNSAA). In the criterion for setting the standards, MNSAA lists this expectation:

The school has a mission statement that concisely articulates a shared vision for the school community and establishes a commitment to support and promote student learning.

MNSAA recognizes the importance of a school’s mission statement to its own identity how important the mission is to the school’s primary function: for students to learn.

The second reminder came in a communication I had with a colleague not connected in any way to MVL. We talked about the importance of an organization’s mission, whether it be a business or a faith-based school like Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. That individual recognized the importance of MVL’s mission to who we are.

We are here to assist parents and help train them as growing Christian ladies and men. We strive to teach them secular subjects so that they are prepared to go out and let their light shine in whatever vocation they choose. We want all of our families to be with us in heaven some day
and that’s why we focus so much time on teaching our young people about Jesus in class, in conversations, in discipline and in every part of our day.

Yes, our mission is important to us. That’s why we keep it out in front and focus on the impact that our Lord has on our school and all our relationships. May God continue to bless our efforts to that end!

For Your Information

History Tour Payments through FACTS

Those participating in the History Tour saw the fee billed to their Family FACTS account in November. You are now able to see an ongoing balance and also make online payments when it is convenient for you and your budget. The hope is that most will be making monthly, or at least regular payments, toward their History Tour trip. All funds do need to be paid prior to trip departure. These funds do not come out automatically. You do have to go on your Family FACTS account and make payments manually for the History Tour trip. To do this you would choose the “Make a Payment” button. The next screen you will see “Select a Term to Pay”. At the bottom of the selections there is a button that says “Other Amount”. Select this and you will now see the option to pay on any amount you still have due, the History Tour being one of them. It will ask you the amount you wish to pay. Follow prompts to complete the transaction. As in the past, if you prefer to pay by cash or check at school, please have your student bring the money to the financial office. A receipt will be sent home as documentation for your records. Note: When sending cash or check to school, it may take a day or two to show up on your family FACTS portal, as the payment will have to be entered manually.

Senior Chromebook Decision

Any Seniors using an MVL-issued Chromebook will have the opportunity to purchase their Chromebook at a prorated price of $50 when they graduate from MVL. A survey will be sent out to those Seniors asking for their decision. Please note that if the Chromebook will not be purchased, it needs to be returned by the last day of school. Both the Chromebook and charger must be in good working order or you will be charged for the replacement cost.

The Chromebook will receive auto-updates until June 2029.

 Payment needs to be made by Friday, May 10th. Contact Mr. Schauland with any questions.

Music Groups Earn Superior Ratings

On Wednesday, March 13, our A Cappella Choir and Symphonic Band once again earned Superior ratings at the MSHSL Large Group Music Contest at Comfrey High School. Both groups performed extremely well and are to be commended for their work!

Important Immunization Information for Juniors

Minnesota law requires that all students get vaccinated against certain diseases or have a legal exemption on file. A new requirement is that students entering 12th grade need to have documentation or a legal exemption for the booster dose of meningococcal vaccine. (Most students received the initial dose of this vaccine when they entered 7th grade).

Please schedule an appointment with your child’s health care provider to get this vaccine, or sign a legal exemption in front of a notary and return the form to the school office.
For a current copy of your teen’s vaccination record, you may contact me at school to print one off for you or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIC) at 651-201-3980.

For more information on meningococcal disease, go to on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

If you need exemption information, the information form is available at
If you have any questions, please contact me at 507-354-6851 or email at Elen Stark, Licensed School Nurse.

Year End Sacred Concert

MVL’s annual Year-End Sacred concert will feature music performed by the A Capella Choir and Chargaliers. The music will include highlights from the year gone by as well as a few new selections. This year’s event is hosted by Martin Luther College on April 21st and will be presented at 7:00 PM.

Jeff Koepsell Retirement

The end of the school year will mark the end of Jeff Koepsell’s time at MVL. He was asked to share his thoughts as he heads into retirement.

“I began teaching at MVL in December of 2006. For a year and a half, I taught a “buffet” of classes. In 2008, Dr. Plath asked me if I would be Interested in teaching Religion. I jumped at the chance, and I have not looked back. Of all the ways I’ve served in the ministry over the past 46 years, I consider teaching Religion at MVL to be my highest joy. Helping students understand law and gospel, and helping them wrestle with the issues of today, has been an honor. I leave MVL with mixed emotions. I am very sad to think that I will not be teaching anymore. Yet, I know that nothing lasts forever, so it is time for me to move on. I look forward to the Lord’s blessing in the coming years, even though I cannot see what they are just yet. What plans do I have? I’m not sure. I’d like to publish a book or two. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog. And I’d like to live for a while in a place where I don’t have to shovel snow. I pray that God will continue to bless MVL richly. I pray that MVL will be the huge blessing to others that it has been to myself and my family.”

MVL will celebrate Jeff’s retirement after the End of the Year Sacred Concert at MLC Chapel of the Christ, on April 21st.

It is the prayer of the MVL students and families, our boards, faculty, and staff, that Jeff and his wife, Lynne, enjoy a wonderful retirement and the Lord continues to bless them always!

At Last We See the Light!

This year’s prom on May 11th is all about stunning lights. It will begin with a meal at the New Ulm Country Club. Doors will open at 5:30 PM and the meal will begin at 5:45. Following the meal, students are invited to attend the dance at Turner Hall. The doors will open at 7:00 PM with the Grand March beginning at 7:30 PM followed by the dance. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the couples and take pictures during the Grand March. We hope to see as many Chargers there as possible!

Graduation Information

Here are a variety of facts that may be of interest to you. Graduation Day is Sunday, May 26. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Each family may lay claim to eight seats in the reserved section on the main floor of the gymnasium. Extra guests and family may have to sit behind the reserved section or on the bleachers, either on the main floor or on the stage. Please note that, at 1:45 p.m., those previously reserved seats will become open for general seating. As we’ve done the past few years, no “tickets” will be distributed. We trust that families will limit their seats to eight per graduate.

Gowns will be handed out in April. Follow the directions that come with the gowns to insure that they look good for graduation.

Cords and/or gold tassels will need to be picked up on the day of graduation. Cords are awarded to those achieving a GPA of 3.84 or higher. Gold tassels are awarded to those achieving a GPA of 3.5 – 3.84. Final grades of the senior class will determine those receiving these honors. Cords and tassels belong to the graduate. Stoles are the property of the NHS chapter and must be returned to school this summer. NHS stoles will need to be picked up on that day as well, unless other arrangements have already been made.

As a gift to each senior, MVL will provide each graduate with a group picture of the class taken that day by Lifetouch Photography. Those pictures will be mailed out later in the summer. We will take the group picture at 12:55 p.m. so your senior needs to be here no later than 12:40 p.m. to get robed and ready and be in the gym by 12:55 p.m.

We encourage the seniors to remember that their high school graduation is a worship service. We are confident that their manner of dress and their actions during their graduation service will reflect that fact. Please speak with your senior and encourage them to let his/her light shine in this way.

Spring Drama Production

Our story follows young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, (a.k.a. Ponty) who, with the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.

The office building is filled with secretaries and execs who work together to make the best of corporate life by getting their daily dose of coffee- an absolute must for survival. Heaven forbid if there’s NO COFFEE!!!
Finch begins working in the mailroom, but soon after, schmoozes Mr. Biggley, the president of the company, after he learns from Biggley’s secretary, Miss Jones, that he is a proud alumnus of Old Ivy College. They sing the fight song and vow to rip “their” rival, the Chipmunks, off the field.

On his way to the top, he encounters Bud Frump, the president’s nephew, a “do-nothing, got here by nepotism, entitled dud” who wants nothing more than to see Finch fail. Ponty also meets Rosemary, a sweet secretary, whom he will discover is the love of his life. After being neglected by Ponty, Rosemary decides to quit, but her fellow secretaries convince her to stay because she’s living their dream of marrying an executive, a.k.a. “The Prince”.

Ponty works his way up through the mailroom, into the Plans and Systems Department, and then becomes the Vice President of Advertising. It is there that he has to come up with an advertising scheme to get him promoted and out of the Advertising Department(a warning from the book). The executives are wary of Finch and scheme to get rid of him. Before everything comes crashing down on him, Finch tells the executives that even though the business world is a place filled with betrayal and competitiveness, the World Wide Wicket staff is like a family to him, a Brotherhood of Man.

Come and see this exciting musical comedy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, at State Street Theater, New Ulm, on April 26 and 27 at 7p.m, and April 28 at 2p.m. Tickets are sold at the door. Ticket prices are $5 (K-12) and $7 (Adults).

MVL New Athlete Weight Room Safety Certification – June 9th, 5-7 PM

All students who intend to participate in MVL Athletics NEED to be weight-room safety certified. If you haven’t already been certified, please plan on attending the certification class on Sunday, June 9th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at MVL. With summer sports workouts beginning in June, students new to MVL will want to attend so they can utilize the weight room during these workouts.

New attendees for the BFS Summer Strength and Conditioning Program can also attend the June 9th certification if they aren’t able to attend the certification offered on July 8, 10 & 11.

Please contact Kirk Schauland ( with any questions.

Register by May 1st to guarantee your strength and conditioning T-shirt!

2024-2025 School Year

2024-2025 School Year

The 2024-2025 Academic calendar has been posted on our MVL website under the Parent Resource tab. We are hoping that an early release of this schedule will help you prepare for next school year and the scheduling of vacations and doctors’ appointments.

2024-2025 Re-enrollment

A re-enrollment email from FACTS should have been sent to you for re-enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year. Follow the link in that email and check through your enrollment information and make any changes necessary. The re-enrollment is due by March 15.

2024-2025 Payment Plan Information

While completing your enrollment packet on FACTs, you will be asked to fill out the financial portion as well. This is where you will indicate your preference for tuition payments. Options include paying in full, paying by semester, or 9- or 11*-month payment plans on either the 1st or 15th of the month. 11* month plans run August through June, and 9 month plans run August through April. After choosing a payment plan, you will be asked to enter banking information for the account. Please know that this can be adjusted or changed, if needed, prior to the start of school. If you have a very unique payment need, please check the invoice button on the application. This will allow you to bypass entering banking information. If you select invoice, you will receive a form you will need to fill out and return to school, indicating your payment intentions. This will need to be reviewed and signed by Dr. Plath. Tuition and fees for the 2024-2025 school year will be added to your account in early July.

Each family only has one financial account on FACTS, as the tuition follows the student and not a certain individual paying on the account. The primary contact can add others to the account so they have access on the online features as well. If that is not possible, an ACH can be set up for a second payor. For these types of situations, feel free to reach out to Deb Kuck with any questions.

You also will be asked about incidental expenses. You have the option to have those paid automatically through your bank account, or to pay yourself online, or by check or cash at school. There is a check box on the form, if you would like them taken out automatically. Incidental expenses would include sports fees, activity fees, instrument rentals, and daily rental fees for Chromebooks.

*As a reminder…. Families with only a senior student cannot chose the 11-month plan, as all fees need to be paid in full prior to graduation. If a family has an underclassman as well as the senior, then the 11- month plan may be selected, but at least ½ the tuition and fees need to be paid prior to graduation of the senior.

Lunch Payments

To make an online lunch payment please go to site, click on “Student Life”, and then choose the dropdown “Lunch Program”. When making the payment, make certain to indicate first and last name of the student the lunch money is to be applied. Please note that it may take a day or two for the payment to show up on your child’s lunch account.

History Tour Payments through FACTS

Those of you who have students who will be going on the History Tour this year had the fee added to the incidental fees on your FACTS account last fall. Please note that the monthly payment for the History Tour DOES NOT come out automatically. This is something you will have to go on and pay when it is convenient for you and your budget. If you would rather have your student bring the monthly payment in the form of cash or check to school, that is fine as well. We do ask that monthly payments are made on the accounts, as some fees for the trip are accessed beforehand. Account balances need to be paid in full prior to departure. Deb Kuck is the contact for financial issues concerning History

Tour. Jim Buboltz is the contact for anything else.

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance for the 2024-2025 school year will be done through FACTS. To get to the online application, go to and click on Apply to MVL. The deadline for submission of the application is May 15. If you have any questions about the online process, please contact the MVL office.

2024-2025 Additional Educational Opportunities

MVL offers online courses, PSEO, and Career Technical Education (CTE) options. Three Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. If your student is interested in participating in any of these opportunities, please see the MVL Course of Study website for more information handbook

Booster Club

Interested in the Booster Club? Want to become a member?

Connect with Angie Brau or Adam Schmidt. (
or visit the website:

Counselor Connection


It sounds like some colleges have finally started receiving FAFSA information from the federal government which should allow them to create financial aid packages for college bound seniors. Mr. Smith is happy to help students and families in understanding their Financial Aid packages if they would like that assistance. Please just reach out to him to schedule an appointment. He can be reached at or at his office phone (507.327.0612).

Career Expo

The sophomore class would typically attend the New Ulm Area Career Expo during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, 2024 which was held this year at the New Ulm Area Convention Center. Since MVL had no school due to construction, Mr. Smith will plan on taking both the juniors and sophomores next year. This event provides attendees with the opportunity to explore a variety of hand-on activities regarding a variety of careers. It also gives students a setting in which they could ask local professionals about potential vocations and the education required for specific jobs. Any questions about the Career Expo can be directed to Mr. Smith at

Senior Scholarship Recognition

Per tradition, MVL will recognize the variety of scholarships that have been awarded to our seniors in a special lyceum that will be held on Wednesday, May 15th in the MVL gymnasium. Friends and relatives are invited to join the MVL student body for chapel beginning at 9:38 a.m., with the presentation of scholarships to follow. Members of the Senior Class will be given a form at the end of April to identify the various scholarships they have received. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Smith via email at or via telephone at 507.233.8685.