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 March 18-27th Break

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
  • April 18 – Tiaras & Ties – Modified to online/in-home