Principal’s Message

The Construction Continues

The walls of our new addition are going up and there are some sections of the roof that are already in place. Each day, Wells Concrete delivers more of the pre-fab concrete sections that will comprise our new addition. The transformer was moved and reconnected.  The new front sidewalk is complete. Progress continues!

Not surprisingly, when I looked at the portion of the addition that is up, it looked dark and empty.  Part of that was the cloudy weather today, but the emptiness – well, that is what it is.  It is empty.  We need windows, interior walls, lights, furniture and yes, students and teachers.  Then, it will be complete… or will it?

I would suggest to you that the addition of interior furnishings and even students and teachers will not fill the addition. What is missing?  Our mission.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School uses God’s Word in a Christ-centered education to assist families in training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.

Brand new and bigger facilities don’t mean that a school is going to better fulfill its mission.  The latest equipment and technology aren’t going to do it either. Rather, it’s what is taught within those walls:  Jesus Christ crucified.  Law and Gospel. That message will far outweigh and long outlive any of us as teachers, parents, or even students.

It won’t be long before the building is completely enclosed. Then there will be heat and light. We’ll see change on a daily and weekly basis.  Soon, that new addition will be bustling with classes and activities.  Yet, let’s keep our mission of “training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity” in front of us at all times.  May our Lord richly bless our efforts to share Jesus with our students in every aspect of our school and school life!

For Your Information

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. The last week to order for Christmas will be the week of December 5th. Orders placed after December 12th will not be guaranteed to be filled. Check out all the vendors at glscrip.com and scrippro.com

Just a reminder:

When ordering physical cards from MVL stop in the main office to pick them up.  If you are wanting to check that certain cards are available before coming out to MVL, please call 507-354-8662 or email  an order to Scrip@mvlhs.org.   When sending a student with a Scrip order to school, please have them drop it off in the main office before school. If the student has time, it will be filled immediately or  it will be sent home with them by the end of the day.  If any cards ordered would be out of stock, it takes 4 to 5 days to arrive and will be sent home as soon as they are available.

History Tour Fees and Payments (Junior Parents)

Those of you who have students who will be going on the History Tour this year will see this fee added to the incidental fees on your FACTS account. 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 before hand. 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.

Pay on your family FACTS account

When making any payment on your FACTS account (for tuition, sports fees, History Tour, etc.), please log onto your family FACTS account to do so. When done this way, you will see your payment post immediately. If you make the payment through the general form on the website, it will take a few weeks for your payment to post to your account.

If you would like a relative or friend to access your account to make payments through your FACTS account, you will select “add authorized party”. It will send a link to that person and they can set up their own log in to make payment or view the account. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Deb Kuck via email or by phone. financial@mvlhs.org (507) 233-8656. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Fall Concert

All are invited to MVL’s fall concert on November 8th at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium to hear the Chargaliers, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble perform.

Wreath Sales

The MVL Student Council has started their annual Christmas Wreath sale. Student representatives have been assigned to their home congregation to gather orders throughout November. Please look for a representative at your church to place an order or head to mvl.org and order online!

Junior Class History Tour & After Prom Meetings

On November 13, we will be holding the mandatory History Tour meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the commons. Each participant and a parent/guardian must attend.  The After Prom informational meeting will actually begin the evening and those not attending the History Tour presentation will be dismissed upon its completion. If there are any questions regarding these meetings, please feel free to contact Mr. Buboltz and Dr. Plath by phone or email.

Veterans’ Recognition

We have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Veterans’ Recognition program for this year. This decision has not been made lightly, and we understand the disappointment it may cause.

The primary reason for this cancellation is the ongoing highway 14 construction and our own building construction on campus, which have created logistical challenges that make it impossible for us to host the program this year. We deeply regret any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, as we understand the significance of this program in honoring and showing our gratitude to our veterans.

Our commitment to honoring and recognizing our veterans remains unwavering, and we are dedicated to making the next Veterans’ Recognition program an even more special and memorable event.

We are eagerly looking forward to welcoming you back next year in our new fieldhouse. Thank you for your understanding and thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country.

Spirit of MVL

Join MVL in a night of fellowship supporting Christian education as we recognize Arvid & Judy Schwartz, Palmer Bussing, and New 2 You Family Thrift Store and their service to MVL and to their Lord.

2023 Spirit of MVL Event Schedule
5-6pm
Social Hour, Mingle with Award Recipients, and Wine Pull (No ticket required)
6-9pm
Banquet, Spirit of MVL Awards Ceremony,
Auction, and Appeal to the Heart
(Ticketed events. Purchased ticket and registration re-quired)
9-11pm Afterglow
(No ticket required)

Counselor Connection

A Heartfelt and Sincere THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the freshmen, sophomore, and junior students and to the faculty for your effort and attendance on our testing day. Parents/Guardians of these students, thank you for understanding the importance of this day and for working family plans/vacations around this day. Thank again!

– Mr. Smith

ASVAB

The junior class will be taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on the morning of Wednesday, November 15th. The ASVAB test is a NO COST (free) comprehensive career exploration and planning program that has evolved into one of the most widely used and highly regarded career development programs in the United States. It is an extremely helpful tool in post-secondary planning and allows students to see their gifts and strengths in areas outside of English, math, science, and reading. This test score can also be utilized by students who are interested in exploring their options through any of the branches of the military.

Martin Luther College’s Focus on Ministry

Martin Luther College’s Focus on Ministry offers the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to visit MLC and learn more about MLC and the public ministry. This event will take place on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st. Students who choose to attend will only miss academic classes at Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Friday. This event will provide participating students with a glimpse of what it is like to study for the public ministry and give them the opportunity to speak with individuals who are presently studying for this purpose. Interested students can stop by Mr. Smith’s office or send him an email. The final roster of attending students must be submitted by November 17th. Interested students will receive a permission slip that needs to be signed and returned.

Resources, Resources, and more Resources

Preparing for the ACT or SAT should be a gradual and continuous task, rather than just cramming for the respective test. However, cramming is still better than doing nothing at all. I just want to remind all students of the resources that are readily available to them. Juniors who are college bound should aim for taking an initial ACT or SAT during this coming Spring 2023 (April 13th for the ACT; March 9th and/or May 4th for the SAT).

In my office (224), I have:

  • Test preparation books that can be checked out
  • A unlimited number of ACT prep guides (can be printed as needed)
  • A limited number of SAT prep guides

There are also some great online resources that can be accessed. These include:

Lastly, I have a collection other college exploration guides, books, and resources available for checkout.

As always, if I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at tjsmith@mvlhs.org or via telephone at 507.233.8685. Thank you!

Booster Club

Concessions

Our volunteers are fantastic! Many people signed up to help with concessions and ticket sales for football and volleyball games. Watch for opportunities for basketball games soon.

Christmas Gifts

You’re invited to contribute a monetary donation towards gift cards for our MVL faculty and staff in appreciation for all they do for our students. Please send donations with your student, or mail them to school by December 15.

AD Corner

This is the exciting time of the fall as the teams prepare for their postseason games and meets.  This is the time of the year when all the time and effort our athletes have put in during the offseason and during the regular season pay off.  Let’s continue our great support of our student-athletes while displaying good sportsmanship.

Thank You

Thank you to all of you have volunteered this fall in the concession stand, selling tickets, scoreboard operations, scorebook keepers, chain gang, and especially those of you made meals for the teams.  Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated and valuable for all.  Thank you.

Winter Coops

Those interested in playing boys’ hockey and gymnastics should see Mr. Morgan this week. Those who want to alpine ski with Mankato East are urged to call Mr. Morgan ASAP.

Help Wanted

We are in need of a dance team and softball head coach. If you are interested in any of these positions please send Mr. Morgan a resume as soon as possible to cmorgan@mvlhs.org

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Begins

Monday, November 13 our girls will begin their practices for the 2023-24 season, while the boys begin the following Monday, November 20. Teams will have meetings with those student-athletes in the near future.

Boys’ and Girls’ Freshmen Basketball Schedules

The freshmen schedules are a work in progress. Each year I have to wait and see if the schools that we play against will have Freshmen/C Squad teams. I will be adding games as I get them scheduled and some may need to be canceled throughout the season for various reasons. My recommendation is to sign up for the “Notify Me” mentioned above under “Schedule Changes”. You will then receive updates as I am informed and make these changes to our schedules

Letter Jacket Order

On November 20, the sales representative MECCA will be at MVL with size samples for any students who would like to order a jacket.  He will be at MVL over our lunch hour from 11:30-1:00.  Order forms are available in the office. These are customized jackets and take 10-12 weeks to arrive. Another order will be done after the winter season.

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