Principal’s Message

The Blessings of a Special School

“What a great group of kids!” “Are your students always so friendly?” “You mean, you can leave your lockers open all day and nothing happens?” “We love hiring your students!”

I hear these comments on a fairly consistent basis each year from visitors, potential students and families, and community members. I thank God when I hear them, but also realize that these responses are the result of a combination of factors:

1. God has given us wonderful young people as students each and every year. We see the smiling faces each and every day. They seem to genuinely enjoy being with each other day in and day out.
2. We are blessed with a tremendously supportive network of parents at MVL. They are committed to our ministry of “training students for Christian lives.”
3. The faculty and staff at MVL are mission driven and focused on helping our students grow from ninth graders to confident and prepared seniors ready to go on to life after MVL.
4. The faculties of our Lutheran elementary schools and pastors of our association churches who understand the importance of lifelong Christian education and continually encourage their students to attend MVL.
5. A Board of Directors and association of delegates who lead our congregations in the operation of our school.
6. An association of congregations who, long ago, made a commitment to Christian secondary education when they voted to open an area Lutheran high school in New Ulm.

We are so blessed to have such a wonderful school, full of young Christians who love their Lord. It is my prayer that I continue to hear comments like those shared above – for a long, long time!

We will be hosting our Open House event on the evening of Tuesday, March 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. That evening, we will offer tours of our school, a session for parents and students on our mission, academics and activities, and an opportunity to register for the 2024-25 school year. Parents and students of new 9th-12th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend.

For Your Information

MVL History Tour 2024

Parents and students are reminded to make/continue your payments for the upcoming History Tour, June 17-27. All the reservations have been made and the excitement continues to grow for this upcoming summer tour. Please contact Ms. Deb Kuck if you have questions on the payment itself. Feel free to contact Mr. Buboltz if you have any questions concerning the tour itself. The MVL office number is (507)-354-6851.

Senior Photos Needed!

The MVL yearbook needs your senior photo. Please reserve good judgment for apparel and poses. The main focus of these pictures must be your face. It should be clearly visible (no sunglasses) and close enough to see (no far away shots). These photos do not need to be professional photos. All photos are subject to review by the yearbook committee. The deadline for senior photos is March 31, 2024

2024-2025 Course Selection

Mr. Nehls, the MVL Registrar, met with the 9th-11th grade classes during the last week of January to step them through the course selection process for the next school year. All of the materials are available on the Course of Study guide linked from mvl.org. Students should talk with the parents and teachers to obtain good advice. Some courses require initials from teachers in order to be enrolled. All course selection forms should be turned into the student’s homeroom advisor on or before Thursday, February 14th.

Experience the right way to fundraise

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How it works:
Buy gift cards at face value
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Use gift cards at full value for your every- day purchases
Get started:
Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at Shop- WithScrip.com using our organization’s enrollment code: B6E3F3F48542
Seamlessly check out by securely paying online with a linked bank account or credit card.

Have questions? Contact: Lizz Tice: email Scrip@mvlhs.org or call the school office 354-6851.

Chromebook Reminders

Since Christmas, we have seen an uptick in students not charging their Chromebook before coming to school or forgetting to bring their Chromebook to school with them. While MVL does have options for renting a Chromebook for the day or charging a Chromebook at school, we don’t want our students to become reliant on those options. Please review the information below from our Chromebook handbook that outlines what happens when those situations arise.

4.1 Student Responsibilities

  1. Chromebooks Left at Home – if a student leaves the Chromebook at home or comes to school with an insufficiently charged Chromebook, the student is responsible for getting his/her coursework completed as if the Chromebook were present.

    1. Students should indicate to their teacher that they do not have a Chromebook with them.

    2. Teachers may direct the student who has forgotten the Chromebook to seek the assistance of another student to view information.

  2. The student may rent a working device (if available) from the Computer Department. For the first five rentals, the student will be charged $2 per day. After the fifth time, the charge increases to $10 a day and the parents may be contacted.

4.3 Charging a Chromebook’s Battery

  1. Chromebooks must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. This is the student’s responsibility. An AC charger will be issued to the student for charging at home. An additional charger may be purchased from the Technology Department.

  2. If it becomes necessary for a student to charge their Chromebook during the day, they must only use the designated area(s) for charging. During the school day, the study hall has a charging station available for students to charge their Chromebook if the need arises.

Counselor Connection

You Don’t Know Until You Go!

There are three vacation days in February (the 16th, 19th, and 23rd), which are excellent days for juniors and seniors to complete college visits or job shadowing experiences. If you plan on visiting a campus on President’s Day, call the institution first to ensure that they will be in session on that date. Start planning now! If you need assistance in setting up a visit or job shadowing experience, please contact Mr. Smith at tjsmith@mvlhs.org or via phone at 507.233.8685.

Juniors, Seniors, and Parents

There will be a Financial Aid/FAFSA Completion Night presentation by JoElyn (Financial Wellness Coordinator at MLC) held here at MVL on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 beginning at 6:00 p.m. This in person presentation is for all college bound students and their families (not just MLC specific) and will focus on the types of Financial Aid, reading/dissecting award packages, and common barriers to completing the FAFSA. The presentation itself will last approximately 40 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. If senior students and families have not yet begun the FAFSA, there will be an opportunity to do so after the presentation for those who wish to complete it that night. Please reach out to Mr. Smith with any questions. If you could RSVP to tjsmith@mvlhs.org prior to Tuesday, February 6th it will ensure that space and logistics can be effectively planned.

Juniors (and Parents)

Have you taken an ACT yet? Spring is a great (and recommended) time for Juniors to take an initial ACT. The April test date is on April 113, 2024. The regular registration deadline is March 8, 2024. Current (somewhat local) test centers holding this ACT include: Minnesota State University in Mankato, Jackson County Central, and St. Peter High School. Registration can be completed online at www.act.org.

The April test also offers the option of purchasing Test Information Release (TIR). By purchasing (additional $32) TIR, students will receive a digital copy of the multiple-choice test questions, their answers, a copy of their answer document, the answer key, and the conversion table used in determining their ACT scores. If they took the optional writing test, they will receive a copy of the writing prompt, the writing test scoring rubric, and their essay scores. This can be an invaluable study tool/guide for future exams (for those planning to test multiple times). The cost goes up to $40 if it is purchased after registration and not during.

Reminder

I am here to serve all MVL students and their parents. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance or with any questions. I can be reached via email, tjsmith@mvlhs.org, or at my direct line, 507.233.8685.

Booster Club

The annual Booster Club Auction is April 6 at Turner Hall. Get ready for a fun evening with other MVL supporters. If you have items to donate to the live or silent auctions, please get them to MVL by March 22.

Be sure to like the MVL Booster Club Facebook page for important reminders and fun photos of MVL activities.

We’re in the final stretch for concessions, and WE NEED YOU to volunteer. Come out for a couple of hours to help with this Booster Club fundraiser, and stay to watch some basketball or listen to the pep band.

Our pork chop meal will be held prior to the March 3 concert. Bring your family, friends, and appetite to this fun and delicious event.

AD Corner

Wow, it feels like March or April weather at this writing of the Parents’ Newsline rather than February. Last year at this time we had received over 5 feet of snow and had a few snow days and too many rescheduled games. This year only one rescheduled game (knock on wood). Let’s hope that this year our weather stays nice to travel around the area to get to school and events and maybe an early spring. We are due for that early spring one of these years.

Trap Team Sign-Up and Registration Meeting

On Sunday, February 4, 6:oo p.m. at MVL there will be the annual MVL/NUC Trap Team sign-up night. Information will be shared with parents and students about the program, as well as registration and a $180 ammunition fee. If you have any questions contact Mr. Morgan at cmorgan@mvlhs.org.

Chargers vs Cancer

Thank you to everyone who made pledges and donations for our Throw Challenge during the Chargers vs Cancer Game and participated in the other fundraisers throughout the night on February 23. You helped us raise $7620. Over the last seven years, we have collected $46,683.80 for the American Cancer Society and their fight to find a cure for cancer. Thank you!

Boys Basketball

We are at the halfway point of the season. Our teams are playing hard and enjoying their time on the court with one another. As we enter February we make the final push through the regular season and our final season in the Tomahawk Conference then on to March Madness and the playoffs.

Let’s continue to ‘let our light shine’ throughout the regular season and the playoffs.

Spring Coaches

Spring is just around the corner and all our spring teams have head coaches in place for this spring. We could use assistance in golf and track. If you are interested please contact Craig Morgan at cmorgan@mvlhs.org or 507-276-7576.
Head Softball: Katie Scherer
Head Track: Rollin Timm
Head Baseball: Jim Buboltz
Head Golf: Craig Morgan

Track & Field

While track practice begins in March (March 11), February would be a great month for athletes to start training and getting ready for the upcoming season!

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