Principal’s Message

A New Year’s Prayer for You
Jesus, guard and guide your members,
fill them with your boundless grace,
hear their prayers in every place.
Fan to life faith’s glowing embers,
Grant all Christians far and near
Holy peace, a glad new year.
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness!
Christ has done away with sadness!
Hence all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of grace is shining!
CW 366:4
What will the New Year bring?  What changes will there be for you in your job?  How about at home and with your family? Will there be health challenges?  Relationship issues?  Financial or employment trials? Expected challenges or will you be faced with something that completely catches you off guard in a good or a bad way?
Our school faces questions too, as we enter into 2024.  What will our enrollments look like in the future?  With the shortage of teachers that we have, will we find teachers to fill our needs?  Will we be able to stay within budget?  Will our income match our expenses?  Will our Lord bless our faculty and staff with good health?
We have all these questions in front of us for which we have no answers.  So, we place ourselves into God’s hands and trust that He will never present us with more challenges than we can handle.  Just as He has watched over us in 2023, 2022, etc., he will certainly watch over us in 2024.  We’re reminded of his perfect consistency in Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
As we look ahead to 2024, it is my prayer for you and your family that our gracious Lord will bless you in the New Year.  I also pray that He blesses our faculty and staff and their families and everyone in the collective MVL family.  We will have challenges. There will be tears.  There will be laughter.  The words of the hymn above are my prayer for you.  God bless you in 2024!

For Your Information

Happy New Year

January 4 – 2 hour late start

January 13 – Winter Formal

January 15 – No School

January 17 – Test Results Night

National Honor Society

Invitations to join the MVL chapter of the National Honor Society 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 member-ship. 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.

Counselor Connection

Seniors and Parents/Guardians

Don’t forget to get your FAFSA (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa) submitted for Fall 2024. Potential college choices cannot create a financial aid package for you without receiving this information first. Here is a eight-step guide to completing the FAFSA: https://studentaid.gov/articles/steps-to-complete-fafsa-form/

However, I think it can be actually be condensed into 3 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.
  1. Student signs into FAFSA (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa) using their FSA ID. Complete FAFSA (ensure you are selecting the correct year: 2023-2024) and add all potential schools to the list so that they receive your information.
  1. 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 family’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC 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

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed in the concession stand for basketball games. Has your child benefitted from choir robes, band uniforms, Knowledge Bowl vests, or other Booster Club purchases? Pick a boys’ or girls’ basketball game and have the whole family help out in the concession stand! As one of our major fundraising activities, the concession stand only works if all of our families help out.

Thank You

Thanks to all who donated toward Christmas gifts for our faculty and staff. Your generosity is appreciated.

Jeans and Dreams

Don’t forget! The “Jeans and Dreams” 2024 Booster Club Auction is April 6th at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Mark your calendars for a 5 pm start to a fun evening supporting MVL.  If you’d like to donate items for the auction, watch for details soon.

Apparel

If you’re looking for Chargers gear, the link and specials are on the front page of the MVL website.

AD Corner

Chargers vs Cancer

On January 23 our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host another Chargers vs. Cancer basketball night against Cathedral.  The weeks ahead of this event our teams will be collecting pledges for free throws.  They will shoot 100 free throws, then collect the money pledged to them for each free throw made for the battle against cancer.  There will be other events ahead of January 23 to help us reach our overall goal of $10,000. Come on out and cheer on our teams and raise some money for the fight against cancer.
3:30 – JV girls
4:45 – JV girls
6:00 – Varsity boys
7:30 – Varsity girls