Updates for Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Can you imagine what all of this would be like if we didn’t have faith in our great God who is control of all things? What a blessing it is to know that He watches over us each and every day! You and your families remain in our prayers and we ask that you continue to pray for our faculty and staff. Please visit this page for up to date information on the COVID-19 situation at MVL.

During the COVID-19 Break

May 22, 2020

Parents and students, I can’t say enough good things about the tremendous cooperation that we have received over the last several days with our Wrap Up Days. The participation has been tremendous and our faculty and staff have worked diligently to make that process as smooth as possible. Well done!

We also enjoyed a wonderful evening with the Charger Cruise on Wednesday night. Led by the Courtland Fire Department, both seniors and guests seemed to really enjoy themselves during the cruise. Thanks to everyone for their participation and the measures taken in social distancing! Again, well done!

All of the video recording is now done for the graduation service on Sunday, May 24. Bethany Lutheran College is producing the graduation service video and we look forward to its release on Sunday. So that you know, it will be posted on our school’s website at mvl.org as well as our school’s Facebook page. It will be available online by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

We will have our diploma distribution on Sunday, May 24, at 4:00 p.m. Faculty members will be on hand to help with parking before the event and to also hand out programs. We are reserving one spot per graduate in the center of the parking lot for the seniors and family. If additional family members would like to attend, there will be a limited number of parking spots available. We are planning to use an FM transmitter to broadcast the ceremony at 89.1 FM. When the time comes for the distribution of diplomas, we will ask the graduate to come up and receive the diploma. We will place the diploma on the table for the graduate to pick up and then the graduate will receive a flower from the adviser. There will be opportunities for more pictures after the ceremony. We will review the whole process at the beginning of the ceremony on Sunday. If the weather is inclement, we will still have the ceremony, but we will bring the diploma out to the vehicles when the graduates drive up. Pray for good weather!

Second semester grades will be posted on Infinite Campus by noon on Tuesday, May 26. Contact the office if you have any questions.

Parents, thank you so much for your support this year. You are such a blessing to us. You’ve entrusted us with the care of your students and we so greatly appreciate that confidence. Senior parents, thank you for your dedication to MVL and commitment to Christian secondary education. If this is your last child to go through MVL, please know that we will keep you in our prayers. If you have more children coming through school, we look forward to continuing to serve you.

During the next several months, we will be busy preparing possible scenarios for the opening of the next school year. If there is anything we can do to be of service to you and your family, please don’t hesitate to contact us. May God richly bless us all as together we continue our mission of training students for life on earth and for eternity!

May 14, 2020

Good afternoon, everyone. We certainly received some encouraging news from Governor Walz last evening in that our state is going to start to open up. Let’s pray that we don’t have any setbacks or if we do, that they’re minimal. Even with the changes to our school this spring, we still have some activities coming up in the next week.

First of all, just a reminder about our Wrap Up Days on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20th and 21 st . Check the website for the schedule when students are to come in and drop off textbooks and Chromebooks and pick up awards. Please remember that those of you in band should bring in your band music and Pep Band shirts. Seniors, you are going to receive your caps and gowns on Wednesday or Thursday and get your picture taken with them. Thank you!

Wednesday evening, May 20 th , is our Charger Cruise 2020. Seniors should plan to arrive by 6:45 to decorate their cars in the JV softball field. Please note that MVL is not supplying decorations. Rather, seniors should bring their own. The Cruise will start at 7:00. Faculty members will be available to provide directions for our participants and guests. The Nicollet County Sheriff will be present for traffic control. It should be a great evening!

We are celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. The graduation service will be virtual and will be prerecorded. A link for the service will be on our website. The Bethany Lutheran College staff will provide the necessary audio and video recording to make the service a blessing to our seniors and their families.

While we will have a diploma ceremony as part of the virtual graduation service, we also wanted to provide an opportunity for the graduates to receive their diplomas in person with the rest of their class. This live event will take place at 4:00 this year in our parking lot. Students, you may remember the sign that is behind me. We will have that sign out in the parking lot, designating the short, but hopefully, memorable trip that our seniors will take down Charger Lane as they drive up to receive their diplomas. We are going to ask our seniors and their families to arrive by 3:45. Please, one vehicle per family. We will ask graduates to wear their caps and gowns for this event, too. More details will come out on this event next week.

The New Ulm Club All Senior Letter Winner Athletic Banquet was to be held on April 4th at Martin Luther College. It was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Ulm Club has since rescheduled it for Thursday, May 14, at 6:05 pm on KNUJ and knuj.net. All senior letter-winners will be announced as will MVL’s female winner Emma Nelson and Male winner Mason Cox.
Congratulations, senior athletes!

As we look ahead to these last days of the school year and the events that we have here at school, I would ask that all of us follow our state’s recommendations for social distancing. If you’re sick, please stay home.

Thanks again to everyone for a great week and for the continued prayers on behalf of our students, parents, teachers and staff. May God continue to richly bless our mission of “training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity!

May 7, 2020

Greetings from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School and welcome to our
weekly update!

If we were having traditional classes here at MVL today, our chapel devotion
would have focused on this passage from Proverbs 16:9.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
I’m sure that when Mr. Koepsell picked this passage for chapel for today, he
wasn’t anticipating that we would be conducting classes via E-learning. I would
also imagine that there would have been a special message in the devotion for
the seniors as they looked forward to life beyond graduation and to keep in mind
who governs the universe. Whether a student, parent, faculty or staff member,
we all had our own hopes and ideas how this year might turn out. I would expect
too, that none of us saw this coming back in August or September. Yet, the
confidence that this passage provides us is really awesome. Our God is in control.
He watches over us day and night and never gives us anymore than we can
handle. He has sent His Son Jesus to earth for us and now we live because He
lives. While the world that we live in continues to rapidly change, please join me
in thanking our gracious Lord that He is in control and always establishes our
steps!

I have some news items to share with you this week.

We are not having a formal exam schedule this year. Rather, the end of the
semester activity or exam will be left up to the teachers. Please remember too,
that we are ending formal instruction on Tuesday, May 19. On Wednesday and
Thursday, May 20 th and 21 st , we will have our Wrap Up Days when our students
will come in to drop off textbooks and Chromebooks, clean their lockers and pick
up any awards they may have won this year. Seniors will also be getting their
pictures taken with their cap and gown on so that we can use them for a virtual
graduation service. We will divide the student body into four groups by last
names so that we can limit the number of people in the school at one time. More
information will be coming out on that next week.

Parents, go onto our website and re-enroll your student for the 2020-21 school
year, so that we can continue planning for the coming year. If you have a student
coming in as a ninth grader, you can also register your son or daughter online. Mr.
Buboltz is reporting that we have 40 new students registered already for next
year. If you have questions about re-enrollment or registration, please contact
Mr. Buboltz or me.
Members of the Booster Club – thank you for recognizing our teachers during
Teacher Appreciation Week. The gifts and the thoughts behind your efforts were
really a blessing!
We have been doing some tentative planning for a special activity for our seniors
before graduation. If Governor Walz lifts the Stay at Home order, we are hoping
to hold our Charger Cruise 2020 on Wednesday evening, May 20, at 7:00 p.m.
Seniors will be getting an invitation from us, but the idea is for seniors to come to
school that evening by 6:30 and park in the JV softball field and begin decorating
their cars. The “Cruise” route will start at the softball fields, proceed onto the
township road, into the school driveway, around the parking lot and back to the
softball fields. Parents will be invited to attend and can watch from the center of
the school parking lot, the area outside the “Cruise” route, or on the township
road. More information will follow in a written form. We’re really hoping that
this event will become reality for this year’s seniors!
I know that I’ve stated this on more than one occasion, but I want to reiterate my
appreciation for our teachers and staff, our students and parents and all the
friends of MVL for the ways in which we have been able to work together through
this pandemic. Each of you is a tremendous blessing to the MVL family. Thank
you! Please continue to pray for everyone involved in MVL’s ministry. God bless
you!

April 29, 2020

I am happy to report that our Board of Directors has approved the addition of two new classes for the 2020-21 school year. Those classes are Lifeguarding and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training. Lifeguarding will be offered in partnership with New Ulm Recreation Center and will be comprised of online classroom work here at MVL and then pool work in New Ulm. The CNA Training will also offer an online class here at MVL and then clinical training at Oak Hills Living Center at times to be mutually agreed upon between the students and the leaders at Oak Hills. The Lifeguarding class will be offered 8th hour and the online coursework of the CNA training can take place during one of the online classes. The goal of the lifeguarding class will be to receive lifeguarding certification at the close of the class, while the goal of the CNA training will be to receive CNA certification and get a job at Oak Hills as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Parents and students interested in learning more about these two classes should contact Mr. Smith at tjsmith@mvlhs.org. Needless to say, we are excited about this opportunity to partner with these organizations.

The faculty spent some time this week discussing assignments and due dates that our students are receiving. From this point forward, the latest work will be due during the week is midnight on Friday and the earliest assignments will be due in the week is 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Parents, please note that the teachers are reporting that some of our students are procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to turn in their homework. If your student is one of those individuals, encourage them to get to their homework earlier in the week. Thank you!

To make sure that everyone understands, school and all its activities, including athletics and prom, have been canceled for this school year. Graduation has been postponed until Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m.

There has also been some confusion if school is open on May 1 and 4. We are staying open and will have classes.

Please note, too, that we are going to have School Year Wrap Up Days on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20th and 21st. More details will be coming out on that in the coming weeks, but it will be a time for students to drop off school books and materials, clean out lockers and pick up student awards.

We have received some questions about selling Scrip. We will start selling Scrip this coming week. Please note the following:

1. All orders must be in by 8 a.m. on Monday mornings

2. Orders can be emailed to scrip@mvlhs.org or called in and leave it as a voicemail at 507-354-6851

3. If they want their order mailed to them, they must leave an address where to mail it to and send in payment before the Scrip would be mailed out.

4. Pick up will be available ONLY on Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m.

5. Payment is only cash or check

6. Contact scrip@mvlhs.org to find out how to order online through Great Lakes Scrip.

7. To see what is available for purchase, order forms are on the mvl.org website.

I know that I’ve shared this before, but I again want to express my appreciation for the cooperation and support of the parents during this school year, the work ethic of our students and effort and creativity of our faculty and staff to make this year such a blessing for all of us. I realize that it’s been challenging, but we are so blessed to be a part of the MVL family.

God’s continued blessings to you!

April 23, 2020

We certainly can be thankful for the beautiful weather we’ve enjoyed the last few days! I hope that you have been able to get outside – at least for a little bit – to enjoy it!

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he wrote: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. What a blessing it is for me to hear from teachers, students and parents how well our online learning is going! But it isn’t just the online learning. Rather, it’s the comments that I hear from teachers about students and parents and the wonderful level of cooperation they have given in the last few weeks. I also have heard from parents and students that they are encouraged by the relationships that they’re seeing – even in spite of our absences from each other. Our teachers truly do care for all of our students and miss them terribly. What a blessing from our gracious Lord that we can enjoy – the relationships between students and teachers – built on the love of our Heavenly Father who gave His Son for us so that we too, might live!

After much discussion, we have elected to cancel the History Tour for this year. Refunds will be given once the downpayments we’ve made have been reimbursed. If there are questions about History Tour, please contact Mr. Buboltz.

For those of you with 8th grade students whom you’re planning to enroll at MVL… If you have not yet enrolled your son or daughter, please go to https://mvl.org/admissions/apply-to-mvl/ to register. If you know of others who may be waiting for an orientation evening to register, please share this link with them and encourage them to get started. If possible, we may try to schedule an Open House/Orientation evening sometime this summer. Stay tuned…

Last week, we sent out surveys on graduation to seniors and their parents. Based on their responses and after much discussion, as well as today’s decision by the governor to keep schools closed through the remainder of the school year, we have made the decision to postpone graduation until Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. Since the majority of the seniors and parents desired more of a traditional graduation service rather than a virtual service, we are still hoping that we can grant that request. The date in June will allow us a bit more flexibility as we plan for the various potential contingencies. Please note that we have to balance the desire for a more traditional graduation service, the guidelines set forth by our national and state leaders and the safety and well-being of all involved. We will continue to discuss options as we move forward.

Finally, I am happy to announce that Rev. Tim Smith (St. Paul’s – New Ulm) will be our preacher for graduation this year. Seniors Lexi Fosburgh and Kincaid Diersen were chosen by the faculty to be student speakers.

May God continue to bless each and every one you!

April 16, 2020

I hope this communication finds you well and looking forward to the warmer days ahead of us. If you remember, we didn’t have school last year on this date because of a snow day. How do I remember that? Today is the day when we are supposed to have our tornado drill. We didn’t have it last year because we didn’t have school. Hopefully, the snow and ice will now be in our rearview mirror!

Perhaps you have seen something on the promotion “Be the Light MN”. This brief video shows how various high schools across the state have made an effort to remember the athletes who have lost their spring sports seasons. A number of schools turned on their stadium and outdoor field lights to pay tribute. Since we don’t have lighted fields, our Activities Director, Craig Morgan, turned on the lights in the gym and then took a picture. Look for our scoreboard in the video. Thanks for your efforts to share our school with others, Mr. Morgan! https://youtu.be/P4sPcDxJZqk

Our faculty met this past Wednesday to discuss end of the year activities and just catch up with each other. Since we don’t know the what Governor Walz is planning for our state’s schools, we can’t make any firm plans. Suffice it to say that we will keep you in the loop as the days go by.

Please be aware that our fourth quarter midterm is tomorrow. The teachers should have reminded all the students of this fact. The faculty will meet again this coming Monday to make sure that our students are all staying on course with online learning.

Thank you for your continued support of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. You and your students are such a blessing to us and we are so thankful for you. May God continue to bless you and your family!

April 9, 2020

I hope that your week has gone well so far. I know that I may be repeating myself, but I want to again share how thankful I am for our teachers who have adapted so well to e-learning, to our students who have just jumped right in and done their work so well, and to you as parents for your continuing support. I have heard of a number of times where the student may have needed a little push and all it took was an email or phone call from the teacher and the student was back in gear. What a blessing you are! Thank you!

With this being a short week, I don’t have a great deal of news to share. However, I can tell you that some of our faculty members and I have already had some conversations about how we will handle end of the year matters, including graduation. Next week, I plan to meet with the faculty to discuss these topics and solicit their input. Then, we will ask the graduates and their parents for input on graduation, too. While there are so many unknowns, we would like to have some decisions made by early May. Look for more information to follow in the coming weeks.

I pray that God blesses your Maundy Thursday worship today and Good Friday worship tomorrow. I also pray that you are blessed through your Easter Sunday worship and can join with me in thanking God for the indescribable gift of Jesus’ resurrection. He is risen! He is risen indeed! A blessed Easter to you!

April 4, 2020

I hope and pray that this finds you well and that you’re becoming accustomed to our new “normal”.

We’ve heard this week from our leaders that this pandemic may go on for a while yet. To continue to persevere in the face of these daily and ongoing challenges will take strength and perseverance. We can be so thankful that we have a God who is all-powerful and in control of everything, including COVID-19! These words from Exodus are part of Miriam’s song of praise after the Israelites had successfully and safely crossed the Red Sea. From the shore, the Israelites watched the Egyptians follow them across the bed of the Red Sea only to be engulfed by water and drowned. We don’t know the future and what challenges and blessings await us. But, as we head into Holy Week where we remember the suffering and death of our Lord, we know that He is our salvation. What a blessing for all of us!

The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:2

Mr. Smith sent out a survey to our students this week. I have also met with half of our teachers via video conferencing this week. Both the teachers and Mr. Smith share similar feelings – it seems that the vast majority of our students are doing really well with the transition to online learning. If you notice that your son or daughter seems to be struggling, contact the teacher of the particular class. The teachers and Mr. Buboltz and Mr. Smith are working quite closely together to make sure that the students stay on task and get their homework completed and continue the learning process.

Is your student on a learning schedule? If they’re not, I’d encourage you to move them in that direction. Several teachers have reported that some students are turning in work between 11 p.m. and midnight on the day in which it’s due. If that’s the case in your house, perhaps it would be good to sit down and talk with your student about why that is happening. Is there too much going on? Does the student not understand the assignment? It is just procrastination? If you’re wondering how to proceed with such a conversation, feel free to contact Mr. Buboltz or Mr. Smith.

Because of Holy Week, we have a short academic week with three days of school and then a break until Tuesday, April 14. I will send out at least one email next week to help keep us connected.

If there’s anything we can do to support you at this time, please do not hesitate to ask. May our gracious Lord continue to bless you!

March 31, 2020

We are a little more than a week into e-learning with our Advanced Placement students and teachers and four days into classes for everyone. I continue to be so thankful for the diligence and dedication of our teachers and for the fantastic spirit of cooperation and partnership on the part of our students and parents. When I think of the way in which you are setting an example for your children, I am reminded of Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I encourage you to continue to be a wonderful and positive example of Spirit-filled love for your children. Remind them of the peace that we have through Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death. What a wonderful blessing it is to have that confidence!

I do have some news to share with you. Last evening, the Board of Directors held a special meeting to make some decisions on the Building on the Rock campaign and the call for a Director of Technology. They voted to:

1. Continue the construction of the parking lot pad where the future gym will stand. The cost is $6000;

2. Pause the work of the Building Committee (as we have done for the Capital Campaign Advisory Council) for the present, review the situation on a regular basis, and resume the work as soon as is feasible; and

3. Suspend the calling process for a Director of Technology.

None of the decisions made by the Board came easily last evening. To a man, our Board is tremendously supportive of the mission and ministry of MVL. During these challenging times, we continue to ask God to bless our work at MVL, in our association congregations and in the homes of our extended MVL family.

We just want to remind you that we are here to help you as we navigate through these waters together. If your student needs extra help, start with the teacher. We’re ready and willing to help you.

Again, we are so thankful that we are able to fulfill our mission of “training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.” May our gracious Lord bless us all!

March 27, 2020

It has been quite a week, one filled with all kinds of challenges. Yet, our gracious Lord is the one constant. He is with us and always there for us no matter the time or situation. I pray that He provides you and your family with a sense of calm during these uncertain times – calm that only God can provide.

This week, I’ve commended our teachers for their excellent work to get e-learning kicked off. Today, I must share with you the comments about our students that I’ve been hearing from our teachers. They have commented about how quickly many of them are getting to their work, the positive comments shared with their teachers, and their overall desire to grow and learn. What an awesome student body! They love our Lord and are letting their light shine. I hope and pray that they continue to be diligent in their studies!

Just a few pieces of information to share with you yet before the end of the week:

1. The Chromebooks that we ordered last week have arrived today. For those of you who have asked for them and are still waiting, we are working diligently to get them out to you as soon as we can.

2. Several families have contacted Mr. Smith about the need for increased internet support. Please contact Mr. Smith tjsmith@mvlhs.org so that we can include you on our list. That support is coming too.

3. If your student is having difficulty with a class, please contact the teacher right away for assistance.

4. Remember, that we will follow the school year calendar for e-learning too. That means that we will not have school on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter Monday. The Easter break covers Thursday, April 9 – 13. E-learning will resume on April 14.

5. I am happy to report that Mr. Dobberpuhl has returned his call to Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida, and will remain with us at MVL. God’s continued blessings to Mr. Dobberpuhl as he continues his ministry at MVL!

6. The Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday night to call for a Director of Technology. Pray that God blesses their work.

Thank you. Thank you for entrusting your students to our care. Thank you for your prayers and support, not only at this time, but all through the year. Continue to pray for everyone connected with MVL. To God be the glory!

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

March 26, 2020

I pray this finds you well and I also hope that your student’s first day of online classwork went well, too! I’ve shared it before and I will likely share it again, but I am very pleased with and proud of the work that our faculty has been doing to prepare for today and the coming days. If you’d like to offer them a word of encouragement, please don’t be afraid to send them an email thanking them for their work.

By now, you have heard that Governor Walz has asked that schools close until May 4. We will follow that order and utilize our e-learning plans that the faculty have created. All of the activities that were planned between now and May 4 have also been cancelled. We will reevaluate activities for the remainder of the year as we get closer to the end of April.

We have decided that there will be no Parents’ Newsline for April. These communications will take the place of that information piece. God willing, we will have an issue for May.

If you live in an area where internet service is spotty and it is impacting your student’s ability to get homework done, please contact Mr. Smith ASAP at tjsmith@mvlhs.org. We will do what we can to secure a Hotspot for you so that your service improves while we are engaged in e-Learning.

God’s continued blessings to all of you!

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

March 25, 2020

Over the last week, our teachers have been working very diligently to prepare for e-learning for our students. The Advanced Placement classes began last week. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, the remainder of our classes will begin. The lessons should already be posted on Google Classroom for the students to get started.

The first few days and weeks will undoubtedly present some challenges for students and teachers alike. It’s important that the students contact the teachers if they are having difficulty with technology issues or understanding just exactly what the expectations of the classes are to be. Together, and with the blessings of our gracious Lord, we will work our way through this transition period!

To the right you will find a set of guidelines that we’ve worked on for the past several days. They originated with one of our area Lutheran high schools and we just revised and edited them to fit our needs. Hopefully, they will beneficial to you as well.

If you are planning to apply for tuition assistance for the 2020-21 school year, we have made some changes, give the present circumstances:

1. Tuition assistance applications through TADS will be due on June 1, rather than May 15. Parents will be encouraged to submit either their 2018 or 2019 tax returns, depending on whether or not their 2019 taxes are completed. They will also be encouraged to submit a letter to Mr. Jim Buboltz jbuboltz@mvlhs.org regarding any special circumstances.

2. MVL should be ready to award tuition assistance by July 1.

3. If we are faced with a worst-case scenario and are still being affected later this spring, then we can revise these dates later and will let you know.

Our faculty members have all been working very diligently to prepare high quality online instruction for your students. The collaboration, mutual encouragement and support have been tremendous. I pray that our work together continues to be blessed so that we may continue our mission of “training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.”

March 24, 2020

After checking with our teachers, we are ready to start classes online this week Thursday, March 26. Some of the teachers already have their coursework online, so the students can get started. Please contact the teacher directly with questions.

God’s blessings to you and your family.

March 20, 2020

Here are a few pieces of information to share with you as we close out this week and look ahead to next week:

• Our teachers have been working very diligently to provide the best possible online learning experience that they can provide on such short notice. Thank you, teachers!

• Some of our students are still not signed up for their classes in Google Classroom. They need to do that using their classroom codes. Students should contact the teacher of that class if they are having difficulty.

• Some of our students that weren’t here on Monday and Tuesday have homework packets they will need for when online learning starts. Ms. Allee will be sending an email out to those families to set up a time for them to pick up those packets.

• The teachers of our Advanced Placement classes (Mr. Dobberpuhl, Mr. Lundsten, Miss Lehman and Mrs. Clemons) are starting their classes online this coming Monday, March 23.

• Classes for all of our students will begin either Thursday, March 26, or Monday, March 30. Notification will be sent to the parents on Tuesday, March 24, with the official start date.

• We are working on a plan to provide daily online devotions to our students and plan to have more information to share next week.

• For those students under the age of 18 who live in District 88, free breakfasts and lunches are being provided to all students of public and private schools. If you are interested in getting breakfast/lunch for your student, contact the District 88 Food Service Director at 507-233-6186.

• We have learned that the bus company responsible for transporting our History Tour group does not need an answer on whether the tour will take place until May 1. That decision buys us precious time to see what our gracious Lord has planned for us with COVID-19 and our school activities. We will keep you posted.

As we navigate these uncharted waters together, let us look to the Lord, our Strength and Shield. May God continue to bless you as together, we “train students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity!”

March 16, 2020

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and encouragement in this time of ongoing transitions as we adjust to life with COVID – 19. We will continue to communicate with you as frequently as the need dictates. That may include email communications, social media and our webpage.

Feel free to contact your student’s teachers if you have questions about curriculum and the school office if you have other questions.

Over the next two days, our teachers will be introducing our students to online learning. They will talk with our students about using their email addresses, make sure the student passwords are accurate, and know how to login to Google Classroom and/or other platforms that the teachers may use.

Please know that each student will need a device for online learning. This device should have a keyboard attached. The students will need a camera too, but that could be on a smartphone, iPad or tablet. We will be checking with students and parents to determine which students will need a Chromebook owned by MVL. There will be a user agreement that we will ask parents and students to sign to cover each device. That information will be forthcoming.

Students should plan to take their books home over the next several days. They will need them for their classes.

When will online classes start?
o Our students who take PSEO or ALHS Online classes should defer to the instructors of those classes. We have been told that ALHS Online classes will continue throughout this pause in the school year.
o We are considering starting AP classes as soon as Monday, March 23. Our teachers of those classes feel that they will be ready to start online instruction by Monday, March 23. A confirmation of the actual starting date will be sent out later in the week.
o We may start online instruction for all remaining classes as early as Thursday, March 26 or as late as Monday, March 30. That decision will not be made until early next week and will be dependent on the readiness of the faculty to begin instruction.

• When will face to face instruction begin again?
o We don’t know when that time will be. We can hope and pray that it comes soon, but we want to keep everyone’s safety in mind. During this pause, we will remain in contact with state and local officials who will provide leadership.

As part of the planning process, our teachers will be discussing how we can best help our students with ISP or SAP plans.

Our faculty will also address ways in which we can offer spiritual encouragement and guidance as part of our online instruction through video devotionals or other opportunities for spiritual growth.

Those students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches can get food packages from our food service before they leave on Tuesday.

If you are providing care for younger children during class days, whether your siblings or other families, please let your teacher be aware of that. You may have things that come up during the day that prevent you from being with the class or present during attendance time. We want you to volunteer and to be helpful, but you are still accountable. If you have any issues or questions, ask.

Here are some suggestions to share with students on online learning:

Online Learning Study Tips

Event Updates

Minnesota State High School League Activity Limitations

  • March 28 – Booster Club Auction – Postponed
  • History Tour Cancelled
  • Summer Sports Camps – Postponed

Scrip Orders

  • All orders must be in by 8 a.m. on Monday mornings
  • Orders can be emailed to scrip@mvlhs.org or called in to 507-354-6851
  • If you would like your order mailed to you, leave an address with your order. Orders will not be mailed out until payment is received.
  • Pick up will be available ONLY on Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Payment can only be cash or check
  • Contact scrip@mvlhs.org to find out how to order online through Great Lakes Scrip.
  • To see what is available for purchase, order forms are available on the Scrip page of the MVL website.