Merry Christmas from the MVL Family!

Principal’s Message

With Thankful Hearts

As we reflect on the year 2023 that is almost concluded, we must do so with thankful hearts. Thankful for the gift of God’s Son whose birth we celebrate each year. We can be thankful too, for the gifts of pastors and teachers and churches and schools where God’s Word is taught in its truth and purity. Family and friends are also wonderful blessings from our Lord.

As we think about blessings here at MVL, we think about the Building on the Rock project and the work that has been done to date. We think about the faculty and staff members who give so much of themselves to support our students and challenge them to grow as young Christians. We think of the support that we receive from our association congregations, our students’ parents, alumni, and the many friends of MVL.

Our enrollment has grown this year to 269 students and we have a record freshmen class of 91. We introduced another facet of our curriculum by adding a class in engineering and also in computer science as part of a partnership with Project Lead the Way. We are in the middle of a building project that will impact many phases of our ministry to the young people we serve. And, most recently, we are thankful for the expansion and re-opening of Highway 14.

When we reflect on blessings like these, what makes these blessings even more amazing is that we have done nothing – absolutely nothing – to deserve them! They are all because of God’s amazing grace to each and every one of us.

As we close out 2023, I hope that you will join me in expressing thankfulness to our gracious Lord for all the blessings that we have received. While we don’t know how the coming months and years will play out, we can be confident that our Lord will continue to bless us!

Semester Test Schedule

Tuesday, December 19
1st Hour 8:20-9:30
Chapel 9:35-9:50
2nd Hour 9:55-11:05
3rd Hour 11:10-12:20
Wednesday, December 20
4th Hour 8:20-9:30
Chapel 9:35-9:50
5th Hour 9:55-11:05
8th Hour 11:10-12:20
Concert Rehearsal 12:25-12:55
Thursday, December 21
7th Hour 8:20-9:30
Chapel 9:35-9:50
6th Hour 9:55-11:05
Concert Rehearsal 11:10-11:45
Reminders:
  • Seniors may be excused from 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 7th period study halls. Seniors not involved in the Christmas Concert and have 8th hour study hall will be excused from the 8th hour study hall.
  • All students with 6th hour study hall are excused after chapel if they are not involved in the Christmas Concert rehearsal. Otherwise attendance is required in all study halls.
  • If you are excused from a study hall and chose to leave early, you must leave campus immediately. Students who are waiting for a ride should wait in the commons.

For Your Information

Housing Needed for International Student

MVL would like to host a young man from Germany next year. However, we are in need of a host family willing to open their home to this young man. He will only be with us for one semester, which means he will arrive late August and then leave just before Christmas. Host families are compensated for serving in this capacity. If you are interested, please contact MVL Principal Tim Plath at tplath@mvlhs.org or 507-354-6851.

Junior Parents: After Prom Help Needed

We are still in need of an individual to head up the After Prom efforts this year. Once that individual volunteers, a committee of junior parents will be able to spearhead the After Prom efforts. The MVL Prom this year is May 14, 2024. Please contact Sarah Allee or Mr. Buboltz at MVL if you can assist in these efforts.

National Honor Society

In January of 2024, our NHS advisor will be sending out invitations to join the MVL chapter of the National Honor Society. Invitations will be sent out to current juniors (and current non-NHS seniors) who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. The invitation will be in the form of a packet of materials that the student should discuss with his or her parents. Even though a student’s GPA has no bearing on their final acceptance into NHS, students are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA in order to remain eligible; they are also expected to fully participate in NHS activities.

The application requires students to list their participation in organizations, their leadership experiences, their service activities, and their employment history. The application also includes a place for students to explain why they want to join this service organization. A letter of
recommendation must accompany the student’s application. The letter cannot be written by a family member, an MVL teacher, or any MVL coach. The person who writes the letter should know the student quite well and should be able to vouch for the student’s work ethic, leadership, responsibility, and character.

The actual selection process will follow the guidelines set by our NHS constitution and by-laws. If a student qualifies for invitation by virtue of his or her GPA, that student will receive an invitation to pursue membership. A student may decide that he or she is not interested, or that distance from school prohibits his or her participation, or that employment or co-curriculars make NHS membership inadvisable. All invited students need to return a response form (included in the invitation packet) regardless of whether or not they plan to pursue membership. A submitted application does not guarantee membership.

Non-selection may indicate that the student needs to evaluate their personal growth in order to meet the required high standards of the NHS.

NHS Induction is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

Inclement Weather Policy

With the coming of cold weather it may happen that we will decide to start school late, close school for the day or dismiss early. In such cases, the decision will be announced through our Infinite Campus Alert system. You can customize the phone numbers and ways you will receive notification through your parent portal.

It is our intention to have a decision by 6:00 a.m. on those mornings when we will be starting late or closing for the day. At times, something could force a later decision and, in such cases, we would try to do that as soon as possible. We will continue utilizing the following radio and television stations: KNUJ- AM (860) and SAM-FM (107.3), WCCO-AM (830), KEEZ-FM (99.1), KRBI-AM (1310) and KRBI-FM (105.5),
KTOE-AM (1420), KXAC (100.5), KRRW (101.5), KYSM (FAN-1230), KLGR-AM (1490) and Mix 97.7 FM,
WCCO (4), KSTP (5), KMSP (9), KARE (11), and KEYC (12).

Scrip News

Start thinking about using SCRIP for Christmas gifts. Orders placed after December 14th will not be guaranteed to be filled. Check out all the vendors at http://raiseright.com

Bus WiFi

For parents who weren’t aware, the MVL buses are equipped with WIFI. This allows your student the ability to work on schoolwork while traveling to and from school, including athletic and other events. The connection is filtered and social media and other non-educational websites/apps are blocked. The password to use the WIFI has been shared with the students. If you have questions about this, please contact Mr. Schauland (kschauland@mvlhs.org)

Change in School Schedule

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School will start its Easter vacation one day earlier than anticipated due to the construction of our Building on the Rock addition.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, will be our last day of school during Holy Week. The Spring Sacred Concert will be held that night at 7:00 p.m. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 2.

Because of the electrical work that will need to take place during those days, the MVL office will be closed from Wednesday through Friday, March 27 – 29.

Weight Room Hours

The weight room will be open on Monday and Wednesday mornings (unless we have a late start or no school) from 7:15 – 8:00 AM and after school on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:15- 4:00 PM.

Tissues, please!

Normally we start the school year with enough donated boxes of tissues to last us the entire year. Not so this year. Our stock of boxes of tissues is low. Maybe more seasonal allergies, maybe more colds, maybe just a lot of runny noses. While you’re doing your Christmas shopping, maybe you could buy a couple of extra boxes of tissues and drop them off at MVL. Many thanks!

Spirit of MVL Recap

MVL is blessed to have a great number of people in our family, all with a heart for Christian education. The Spirit of MVL event is designed to bring this family together in thanksgiving. This special evening was held on Saturday, November 18 at the Best Western Conference Center in New Ulm.

At this event, we celebrated Arvid & Judy Schwartz, Palmer Busing, and New 2 You Family Thrift Store as Spirit of MVL award recipients. Please join us in thanking these individuals for using their time, talents, and treasures to the glory of God!

This year’s theme was “Building His Kingdom” and funds were raised for our Partnership Fund and signage for the new building addition. An array of beautiful items and thrilling experiences were sold in the live auction. While the net amount raised has not yet been determined, we witnessed the generosity of so many. To God be the glory!

Counselor Connection

Juniors and Parents/Guardians

Juniors will soon receive their ASVAB score reports and will then attend an ASVAB score interpretation presented during the activity periods on a Friday in January (still being scheduled). If students have not yet received their report, they have been encouraged to find Mr. Smith for assistance.

Seniors and Parents/Guardians

Don’t forget to get your FAFSA (https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa) submitted for Fall 2024. Potential college choices cannot create a financial aid package for you without receiving this information first. The “new” streamlined FAFSA form is expected to debut on or before 12/31/2023.

I believe the FAFSA can actually be condensed into three fairly easy steps:

1. Student and one parent/guardian create a FSA ID (used to sign the form electronically). Create your FSA ID here: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. If a parent has an existing one, they may use that one.

2. Student signs into FAFSA (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa) using their FSA ID. Complete FAFSA (ensure you are selecting the correct year: 2024-2025) and add all potential schools to the list so that they receive your information.

3. Submit your FAFSA. Email that you used should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3-5 business days of submission. This SAR will include your Student Aid Index. The Student Aid Index is used to determine the aid the student will receive at each institution.

*Mr. Smith is willing to meet with and help a family complete their FAFSA if they would like that assistance. If interested, please have your student speak with Mr. Smith or contact him directly at: tjsmith@mvlhs.org or 507.233.8685.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors and Parents/Guardians

Wednesday, January 17th – Test Results Night
On Wednesday, January 17th I will be sharing the results from our testing day with parents and students. The presentation for freshmen students and parents will start at 6 p.m. (PSAT 8/9) and the PSAT/NMSQT results for sophomores, juniors, and their parents will begin at 6:45 p.m. More information on this event will be emailed out to you as the date nears.

Booster Club

Booster Club Concessions Sign Up

Sign up now for basketball concessions! Check your calendar and see when you can help with this important fundraiser for all the MVL activities. All families are encouraged to help out. High school students may work in the stand as long as there’s an adult present.

Sign up Link: https://signup.com/go/vaqCEED

Christmas Gifts for Faculty and Staff

If you’d like to contribute money for faculty/staff Christmas gifts, please send it with your student or mail it to school by December 15.

Jeans and Dreams Auction

The auction is coming April 6! Does your family have artistic or craft talent or have fun pulling together items around a theme? Consider creating an item or basket to donate to the auction. Some of our most- loved items in the past have been those created by MVL families and alumni using their unique gifts.

AD Corner

Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl will start its season with practice on Monday, November 27th, at 7:15am. Most practices over the course of the season will be Monday mornings at that time.

Students will be receiving an updated schedule from their homeroom teachers at the beginning of December. This may have updates to their second semester schedule from the one they received in August. It should be considered their official schedule for 2nd semester. Students who want to make changes to their 2nd semester courses should see Mr. Nehls before the semester ends. The sooner the better. Some changes may not be possible once 2nd semester begins.

2023 MVL Charger Football Wrap-Up

On behalf of the entire MVL Charger Football program, we would like to thank everyone (parents, fans, ball boys, statisticians, filmers, etc…) for their support this past season. Our season record finished at 4 – 6. A special thank you goes out to all the parents who provided gameday meals. All the support for this program is overwhelming. A big thank you to our coaching staff this past season: Kevin Hulke, David Bendix, Nate Doering, Jeremy Burger, Travis Stewart, and Nick Kressin. We look forward to a very strong 2024 season and the opportunities to represent our Lord under the Friday night lights.