Principal’s Message

Busy…Too Busy?

There’s always something going on within the walls of MVL.  Returning students are registering for classes for next year.  New classes in Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Science are being taught this year and additional courses planned out for next year.   Winter sports seasons are drawing to a close and spring events are being planned.  And yes, there are classes and homework every day for our students to finish and correcting and planning for our teachers.  It used to be that May was the busy month in the second semester.  Now, it seems like the wild schedules begin in September and just continue throughout the whole year!

Amid all this frenzy, do our students have the time or energy to be teenagers?  Do the parents of our students have the time to be Mom and Dad at home? Are our families able to spend some quality minutes together each week? And, do our teachers have time to be parents and spouses? Do we make time each week for worship as a family and personal devotion time?

These questions are not a reflection of our MVL family.  From the perspective of this writer, it seems as though the work of all has been tremendously blessed by our Lord!  However, it is always a good practice for all of us, not matter our role, to step back and assess how we’re doing.  I’m sure that all of us could agree that, when it comes to our emphasis on the time that we focus on Jesus can really pale to the rest of the week because we’re so busy.

Set aside time each day for personal devotional time. Set aside time for a few minutes in God’s Word each day with your family. Ask our gracious Lord to bless your efforts to that end.  May God bless our work in our homes and at MVL!

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, and a session for parents and students on our mission, academics, and activities. Parents and students of new 9th-12th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend.

For Your Information

Senior Photos Needed!

The MVL yearbook needs your senior photo. Please reserve good judgment for apparel and poses. 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.

NHS Induction

On Sunday, February 25, inducted 13 students into the National Honor Society. The guest speaker for the event was Mrs. Amy Pearson, financial advisor at Thrivent in New Ulm. The following students were inducted: (front row) Natalie Schumann, Julia Dewitt, Olivia Enter, Claudia Weisensel, Claire Woller, Olivia Meitner (second row) Macord Lindstrom, Seth Schmidt, Rivers Nelson, Josh Carlovsky, Drew Witte, Nathaniel Lukasek (not pictured) Karlee Prahl

Spring Fever Week

2024-2025 School Year

2024-2025 School Year

The 2024-2025 Academic calendar has been posted on our MVL website under the Parent Resource tab. We are hoping that an early release of this schedule will help you prepare for next school year and the scheduling of vacations and doctors’ appointments.

2024-2025 Re-enrollment

A re-enrollment email from FACTS should have been sent to you for re-enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year. Follow the link in that email and check through your enrollment information and make any changes necessary. The re-enrollment is due by March 15.

2023-2024 Payment Plan Information

While completing your enrollment packet on FACTs, you will be asked to fill out the financial portion as well. This is where you will indicate your preference for tuition payments. Options include paying in full, paying by semester, or 9- or 11*-month payment plans on either the 1st or 15th of the month. 11* month plans run August through June, and 9 month plans run August through April. After choosing a payment plan, you will be asked to enter banking information for the account. Please know that this can be adjusted or changed, if needed, prior to the start of school. If you have a very unique payment need, please check the invoice button on the application. This will allow you to bypass entering banking information. If you select invoice, you will receive a form you will need to fill out and return to school, indicating your payment intentions. This will need to be reviewed and signed by Dr. Plath. Tuition and fees for the 2024-2025 school year will be added to your account in early July.

Each family only has one financial account on FACTS, as the tuition follows the student and not a certain individual paying on the account. The primary contact can add others to the account so they have access on the online features as well. If that is not possible, an ACH can be set up for a second payor. For these types of situations, feel free to reach out to Deb Kuck with any questions.

You also will be asked about incidental expenses. You have the option to have those paid automatically through your bank account, or to pay yourself online, or by check or cash at school. There is a check box on the form, if you would like them taken out automatically. Incidental expenses would include sports fees, activity fees, instrument rentals, and daily rental fees for Chromebooks.

*As a reminder…. Families with only a senior student cannot chose the 11-month plan, as all fees need to be paid in full prior to graduation. If a family has an underclassman as well as the senior, then the 11-month plan may be selected, but at least ½ the tuition and fees need to be paid prior to graduation of the senior.

Lunch Payments

To make an online lunch payment please go to the timothyp17.sg-host.com site, click on “Student Life”, and then choose the dropdown “Lunch Program”. When making the payment, make certain to indicate first and last name of the student the lunch money is to be applied.  Please note that it may take a day or two for the payment to show up on your child’s lunch account.

History Tour Payments through FACTS

Those of you who have students who will be going on the History Tour this year had the fee added to the incidental fees on your FACTS account last fall.  Please note that the monthly payment for the History Tour DOES NOT come out automatically. This is something you will have to go on and pay when it is convenient for you and your budget. If you would rather have your student bring the monthly payment in the form of cash or check to school, that is fine as well.   We do ask that monthly payments are made on the accounts, as some fees for the trip are accessed beforehand.  Account balances need to be paid in full prior to departure.   Deb Kuck is the contact for financial issues concerning History Tour.  Jim Buboltz is the contact for anything else.

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance for the 2024-2025 school year will be done through FACTS. To get to the online application, go to www.timothyp17.sg-host.com and click on Apply to MVL. The deadline for submission of the application is May 15. If you have any questions about the online process, please contact the MVL office.

2024-2025 Additional Educational Opportunities

 MVL offers online courses, PSEO, and Career Technical Education(CTE) options. Three  Project Lead the Way(PLTW) courses. If your student is interested in participating in any of these opportunities, please see the MVL Course of Study website for more information https://mvl.org/academics/course-of-study-handbook/

Counselor Connection

PSEO

Sophomores and Juniors:

Mr. Smith is the contact person for PSEO (post secondary enrollment option). Steps for considering PSEO for next fall include:

  • Student and parents/guardians are required to contact the School Counselor’s office to talk over the process and discuss any questions or concerns.
  • All course work must be pre-approved by the School Counselor and Registrar in order to be considered for high school credit. Unapproved coursework will NOT be considered for high school graduation credits.
  • All PSEO course work will be included in the student’s high school records, GPA, credits, and graduation requirements.
  • Interested students who qualify for the program are to notify the School Counselor prior to April 1st (deadline for notification).

ACT Test – April, June, and July test dates

Sophomores and Juniors:

The April 13, 2024 ACT has a regular registration deadline of March 8th. If you are considering taking the ACT in April, it is being offered in Mankato (MSU-Mankato) and Saint Peter.

The April and June (8th; registration deadline of May 3rd) test dates both offer the opportunity for Test Information Release within a six month window after the exam date. Students may order their actual test and the test answers within that window after their exam date at the cost of $22; this could prove to be an invaluable study guide for future exams. This can be done at the same time as registering for the ACT exam.

There is currently a $5 Voucher code that can be used for registering for any of these three ACT test dates (must register prior to March 24, 2024). Simply use the Voucher Code: SlamDunk5.  There is also a $9 savings promo code for TIR. Just enter Voucher Code: TIR9.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Smith with any questions via email at tjsmith@mvlhs.org or via phone at 507.233.8685.

Booster Club

Punch Cards

The Concession Stand Punch Cards have an expiration date of April 1st. Don’t worry! You still have two more boys’ basketball games on March 1st and 5th to use them up!

Pork Chop Meal

Come out to MVL on March 3rd for lunch and a concert! The Booster Club is having its annual Pork Chop Meal from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get your fill of pork chops, delicious sides, amazing desserts, and beverages. Stay to listen to the MVL Band and Chargaliers at 1:30 p.m. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

Booster Club Auction

Our students dream on so we jean on! Put this year’s auction event on your calendar and watch for NEW additions and details!

New to MVL? Here are some quick details about the event:

  • All MVL supporters and friends are welcome (wearing denim, of course!)!
  • Free event – no tickets necessary
  • The auction is the Booster Club’s biggest fundraiser and supports all arts, academic, and athletic needs for our students
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear jeans/denim to the event
  • Live Auction, Silent Auction, Buy-It-Now Table, cash bar, dinner, and more!
  • Spend the night with 200+ members of the MVL family celebrating and supporting MVL and our Chargers!

AD Corner

What great winter weather for all our sports and academic teams to travel to their games and meets. It’s been easier for all of you to follow our teams as well. Thank all of you for your support of our teams both home and away.  I would also like to thank you for not yelling at officials. Please keep up the good sportsmanship as our teams continue through the playoffs.  The playoff officials are the better officials in the area and the coaches have recommended them in most cases.

As for spring, we will have many changes outside for our teams.  The softball field is almost ready for games.  Bases will be set, foul poles erected, flag poles set, benches set, batting cages are going up, and the scoreboard ready to tally up lots of runs.  

Both our JV and Varsity baseball teams will practice on campus but will play their games off campus this year. Our home varsity baseball games will be at Johnson or Mueller Parks in New Ulm. JV games will be played in Courtland at the main field.  

Track will be able to practice again on campus without construction traffic, but the sound wall is completed to keep the Hwy 14 noise down while we practice.

Golf will practice on the driving range with the new driving range pads.  We will also practice at our home course the Mayflower Golf Course, 2 miles south of Fairfax on Hwy 4.

Let’s enjoy the spring and watch our students play on all these fine facilities.  Help each other stay positive at games and not yell at umpires over balls and strikes or out/safe calls.  Remember it’s a game for the kids. 

Boys’ Basketball

Our last season in the Tomahawk Conference is over.  We ended our conference season tied for first with Springfield with 13-3 record and overall record of 20-5.  We start the playoffs on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:01 pm due to the Minnesota Presidental Primary Election. This will also be our last game in the old gym. Let’s Go Chargers!

Chargers vs Cancer 

Thank you to all the players, fans, and coaches who helped us raise $7805 in our Chargers vs Cancer game with the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds. We would also like to thank Kwik Trip for sponsoring our half-court shooting contest and donating the various food coupons.  Every Cancer. Every Life.

Golf

We have over 30 golfers for this season! 10 girls and 22 boys varying in experience from a few who have never played, but are willing to give it a try to those who have played varsity and a couple who have been to the state tournament.  It will be a fun spring.

We could use two assistant coaches to help me.  You don’t have to be a great golfer or even that good, just be willing to help these young people learn and play the game of golf. Contact Mr. Morgan at cmorgan@mvlhs.org.

Baseball

The MVL Baseball season begins March 11 – 15 with a week of arms/legs training. Here is the schedule we will follow with this first week of practice:
March 11, 12, and 14 we will practice outdoors, if possible, after school from 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm. (Outdoor Clothing)
March 13 and 15 will see us practicing indoors in the morning from 7:15 am – 8:00 am. (Indoor Clothing)
Outdoor clothing should include baseball spikes/cleats, baseball pants, long-sleeved shirts, gloves, a baseball hat, and a personal protector. Indoor clothing should include baseball pants or shorts, a baseball hat, gym shoes, and gloves. The remaining practice and game schedule will be online. Please feel free to contact Coach Buboltz if you have any questions.     jbuboltz@mvlhs.org

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