Principal’s Message

Built on the Rock

The workers tasked with digging the holes for the concrete posts that hold up the sound wall along Highway 14 are having quite a time of it.  You see, the red rock that is quarried across the road has a vein of rock that is close to the surface right where they’re digging holes.  Progress is so slow because that rock is so hard and so solid.  I’m sure those workers have tried a variety of ways in which they could remove the rock, but it’s a slow and arduous task.  Throughout our campus, red rock has been found as outcroppings or as little as six feet deep.

Think about it.  We have this tremendously hard rock which really serves as an extra foundation for our school building.  That rock won’t easily break or wash away.  It’s as solid and hard as it comes.

As parents, we want our children to have a faith that is founded on Jesus, our Rock and our Redeemer.  That faith, like the rock, should be able to face all kinds of attempts to break it down, wash away or dissolve it.  Yet, it remains firm.  That why MVL exists – for the purpose of “training students for Christian lives on earth and for eternity.”  We want to help our students grow in their faith so that they can deal with the challenges and temptations that they will run into life once they leave MVL.

Eventually, those workers will get the holes drilled for those concrete posts.  I’m betting that they will never forget the tough time they had breaking down the rock at MVL. We hope and pray that our students will never forget the spiritual impact of MVL on their lives.  To God be the glory!

Upcoming Events

Infinite Campus Alert Test

During the month of October, and Infinite Campus Alert will be conducted so that we are ready for the weather related challenges of the winter. If you have questions or concerns abou this please contact the MVL office.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Our school nurse, Elen Stark, with the assistance of a number of volunteers will conduct Vision and Hearing Screenings for all our students on Wednesday, October 4. This valuable screeing is provided as a service to assist parents with any concerns there may be with your students’ vision and/or hearing. If you are able and willing to help Mrs. Stark that day, please follow this link to sign up: Sign Up Link

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 with the After Prom informational meeting beginning immediately after. If there are any questions regarding these meetings please feel free to contact Mr. Buboltz and Dr. Plath by phone or email.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

On October 31st & November 1st we have Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled. Parents can determine which teachers they would like to meet with and make appointments with those teachers. This year, the sign up will be online. Look for an email with the links to the sign up page on October 2nd. It can also be found by clicking this link.

Sign ups will be open from October 2nd to October 20th. This allows adequate time to prepare the schedules, and for the teachers to prepare for the meetings.

The meeting times will be scheduled in 15 minute segments from 3:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. Be sure to note that on the days of Parent-Teacher Conferences, students will be dismissed from classes at noon. The MVL buses will run right away after school.

Pike Driving School

Again, this year, Pike Driving School of New Ulm will be offering the classroom portion of driver’s training at MVL. The class will be held from October 25—November 10, from 3:15—5:30 p.m. each day. Payment of $190, made out to “Pike Driving School” will be due the first day of class. In the coming days, there will be a sign-up sheet in the office for our students. If you have questions about the class, contact Darren at 507-276-7548.

Fall Play

This fall, MVL’s drama department is at it again! Mrs. Uher is busy directing students in the kooky comedy, Larceny and Old Lace. This play features two adorable elderly ladies who make some interesting choices leading to much confusion, astonishment, and hilarity. From casinos to the FBI, this show has it all! Bring the whole family to the play, running at State Street Theater from October 27th – 29th (Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 2PM). Tickets will be sold at the door. We can’t wait to see you there!

Wreath Sales

The MVL Student Council will be having their annual Christmas Wreath sale starting October 22nd. Student representatives will be assigned to their home congregations to gather orders throughout November. There will also be an online order form available this year. The wreaths will be delivered November 21st. The proceeds for this sale will go to the purchase of new furnishings for the addition.

For Your Information

Infinite Campus

Did you know there is a place where you can see your students’ grades, schedule, detailed lunch account information, and more? If you haven’t set up your Parent Portal yet and have questions on how to do that, contact Sarah Allee at

Safety Drill Notification

For the safety of our students, during the year, we hold safety drills for fire, tornado, as well as lockdown procedures. While these drills do take away from some class time, we believe the time is well spent, to ensure proper procedures in the case of an event taking place at school.

Christian Counseling Services Available

To help students navigate the challenges of the high school years, MVL is partnering with WLCFS- Christian Family Solutions to maintain an on-campus counseling center with scheduled office hours. There is no cost for an initial set of five (5) counseling hours. For more information, contact the MVL office.

Senior Vaccinations

Senior parents, your senior student is required to have a 2nd meningococcal immunization. Letters were emailed in the spring about this and now letters were mailed out if your student was missing this 2nd dose.  If you received a letter in the mail, please make an appointment now.  If you choose to opt out, please have the form that was sent home signed and check which immunizations you are opposing in front of a notary and return it to school. Either way, this needs to be completed by Monday, October 16th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school nurse, Mrs. Stark, in the afternoons at school.

Counselor Connection

National College Fair

The National College Fair is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403) on Wednesday, October 4th (morning session 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and evening session 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and Thursday, October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students and families interested in learning about a wealth of college options (typically over 500 institutions are represented) in once location should consider this opportunity. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Smith with any questions.

Local College Fair

The Minnesota Education Fair circuit will be stopping at Minnesota State University – Mankato with a wealth of local (think midwest region) colleges represented. This college fair is on Tuesday, October 10th from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Interested students and families should consider attending to learn more about potential college options.

All Students and Families

Testing Day: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

*Seniors are excused from attending school on this date
**Students will want to eat a big breakfast and bring easy snacks for their two breaks. School lunch will NOT be served. DISMISSAL for the day is at 11:15 a.m.

9 th Grade = PSAT 8/9; 10th and 11th Grade = PSAT/NMSQT
8:20 – 8:30: devotion in each testing room led by the testing proctor
8:30 – 8:45: testing device login and & “pre-administration”
8:45 – 11:09 a.m.: Testing (includes break in between two modules)
11:10 – 11:15 a.m.: Closing tasks.

11:15 a.m. Dismissal

AP Exam Fees

Students enrolled in AP courses will soon be bringing home a letter that explains the AP exam fees. AP exam fees are due to the main MVL office by Friday, November 10th. AGAIN THIS YEAR, AP exam fees will automatically be charged to the students FACTs account. This will allow us to collect payment more efficiently and send out automatic reminders. Families will pay through their FACTs portal.

Fees Students on Free/Reduced Lunches Students not on F/R Lunches
Initial cost of AP Exam $98 $98
Reduction for F/R $36 0
MN Dept. of Ed. Reduction $53 $40
Admin. Costs (Proctor) $10 $10
Cost per student per exam $19.00 $68.00

Save the Date

Martin Luther College’s Focus on Ministry trip for interested MVL juniors and seniors will be held on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st. More information will be available as the date approaches.

AD Corner

Season Passes for Friends of MVL 60 and Older

Friends of MVL who are 60 and older are now able to secure free season passes for home athletic contests at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.  This can be accomplished in one of two ways.  At our home games, the ticket takers have a sign up sheet for the interested individuals to fill out.  They will not be charged admission for that athletic contest.  Our Director of Mission Advancement, Jim Buboltz, will set up a time to meet and provide them with a season pass.

These individuals can also contact Jim Buboltz directly at or 507-354-6851 to set up an appointment to meet and receive the season pass.

We hope that this opportunity will be a blessing to all involved.

Advertise in our Sports Programs

Ad space for our Sports’ Program is available. The price for a space in the program is $175 per year. This includes your ad in all our sports’ programs: football, volleyball, and basketball.

Schedule and Schedule Changes

If you would like up to the minute game, match or meet changes, there is an app that you may download and is tied into our calendar. In the app store download the

Activity Scheduler app. It looks like a light blue baseball cap with the letters “rS” on the front. Then set it up for our school. You will need to know we are members of the Tomahawk Conference.

Game Streaming

We will be streaming our home games again this year using the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) Pixolot System. Go to the MVL website and click on the LIVE STREAM button then click on NFHS Network LIVE. You can subscribe by the month or for the year. When your subscription time is up, be sure to unsubscribe. It will automatically charge you for the next month or year.  You can watch games all over the state and country. Some schools in our conference also stream their games. Some have a fee and others are free. We went with this service because we could not get volunteers to help and no training was needed. But there is nothing like coming out to school and watch the action live and in person.  Go Chargers!