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As we turn the calendar over to November, we once again see Thanksgiving and the opportunities for reflection on blessings received. Permit a few updates:
- The construction on the Highway 14 expansion is set to begin on March 15, 2022. Before then, the purchase for MVL owned land to be acquired by MNDOT will have to take place. The MVL sign on Highway 14 will need to be moved. Areas adjacent to the softball fields and track will be impacted and all those topics need to be agreed upon by both MVL and MNDOT.
- As we progress through the year and get closer to that March date, there will be plenty of communication regarding detours, bus routes, etc. that will im- pact us all.
- Our 40-year-old septic system is in need of replacement. The Board of Directors and delegates have approved a new septic system that will result in a new septic field on the three acres MVL owns on top of the hill just north of our school. Work will begin yet this fall and continue again in the spring.
- With the EANS funding (Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools), we have purchased large flat screen monitors for all of our classrooms, the installation costs for new room air conditioning units in six classrooms, and additional laptops for our teachers. Future purchases will likely include cleaning equipment for our maintenance staff and more technology upgrades. We were awarded more than $200,000 in potential funding through September 2023.
- If you haven’t heard the latest call news, Mr. Dobberpuhl did accept his call to Martin Luther College and Mr. Brad Schaper returned his call to serve as MVL Director of Mission Advancement. Miss Lehman is still holding her call to Divine Savior Academy in suburban Houston.
We had two wonderful Grandparents’ Days at MVL. We had more than 300 in attendance over those two days. We truly thank our gracious Lord for the impact that these people have on our school and the ministry of MVL!
Family get-togethers can sometimes be a little crazy. Add in some unexpected visitors and things can get a little out of control! Come see Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School’s production of “Inlaws, Outlaws, (and Other People Who Should be Shot!)” and the laughs will hold you hostage! This Christmas comedy will be held at MVL on November 5th and 6th at 7:00 PM, and November 7th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $4 and $6 and may be purchased at the door. Bring your quirky relatives…they’ll fit right in!
On November 8th and 9th we have Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled. If you did not get a chance to sign up for conferences, please contact the teacher(s) you would like to meet with directly to set up a time outside of the parent-teacher conference days.
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.
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!
Attention Junior Parents!!
Junior Class History Tour & After Prom Meetings
On November 22, we will be holding the mandatory History tour meeting at 7:00 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 or Dr. Plath by phone or email.
The annual MVL Veterans’ Day Recognition Program is set for Wednesday, November 10 beginning at 9 a.m. Veterans from our congregations and the community are invited to attend this day of honoring those who have served in the military. Veterans and their guests are invited to participate in breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program that follows at 9:00 a.m. is open to anyone. Grades 5-8 in our schools are invited to attend this special event and transportation is provided.
Bigger, Faster, Stronger 1 Day Clinic
MVL is kicking off a new era of strength and conditioning by using the Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) Total Program! The BFS Program is a total conditioning program for all athletes regardless of sport, age, or gender. It will improve all aspects of athletic performance, including strength, power, speed, agility, and flexibility. BFS also creates unbelievable intensity and progress in the weight room.
Save the date! A Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) 1 Day Clinic is being held at MVL on Saturday, November 20th. A clinician is coming in from BFS to teach our coaches and students the most up-to-date strength and conditioning techniques while incorporating proper safety procedures in the MVL Fitness Center.
Any MVL students interested in learning how to safely and effectively utilize the MVL Fitness Center are encouraged to attend. The clinic is limited to the first 50 students to register with Mr. Schauland by Wed, No- November 10th. Final details are being worked out yet. Look for registrations forms to be made available in the next few weeks. Cost: $20/student. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Schauland (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-225-2944).
Schools that have had BFS Camps or Clinics average two more football wins, three more basketball wins, three more baseball wins, and 20 percent more overall victories, and generally reduce injuries by half. This is in just the following year. Amazingly, over 350 high schools have won state football championships after their BFS Camp or Clinic. BFS helps accomplish this by getting all athletes, both girls and boys, and coaches from every sport on the same page. BFS unifies all sports under one total strength program.
Spirit of MVL
You are invited to this year’s Spirit of MVL Gala. This year’s Spirit of MVL award recipients are Val Holzhueter, Keith Wessel, and Drew, and Sharon Buck.
Join us on November 20th at the Best Western Plus – New Ulm. Tickets are available for $50 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Table Sponsorships are available.
New this year will be the debut of the Charger Cocktail, a Wine Pull, a new evening event schedule, and Afterglow!
2021 Spirit of MVL Event Schedule
Social Hour, Mingle with Award Recipients, and Wine Pull (No ticket required)
Banquet, Spirit of MVL Awards Ceremony, Auction, and Appeal to the Heart
(Ticketed events. Purchased ticket and registration re- quired)
(No ticket required)
RSVP by November 12th by emailing email@example.com or calling 507-354-6851
Include your meal selections:
Bourbon tri-tips, green beans &
baby red mashed potatoes
Dijon Chicken, glazed carrots & rosemary baby reds
Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
We welcome to MVL Branden & Nicole Mueller. Both Branden and Nicole are Seniors at MLC and will be student teaching here with us this semester. Nicole is under the supervision of Mrs. Clemons and Branden is under the supervision of Mr. Schoenherr.
We wish them well while they are here. Keep them in their prayers as they finish up their Senior years at MLC!
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 notifications 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).
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Start thinking about using SCRIP for Christmas gifts. The last week to order for Christmas will be the week of December 3rd. Orders placed after December 10th will not be guaranteed to be filled. Check out all the vendors at glscrip.com and scrippro.com
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 the 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. For those students who were absent or unable to be at school, a January makeup exam will be explored/ offered for those who choose to participate. More information will be forthcoming for those students and families that fall into this group. Thanks!
– Mr. Smith
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.
In my office (224), I have:
Test preparation books that can be checked out
An 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:
Khan Academy (SAT) https://www.khanacademy.org/signup
Learning Express Library https://www.ebsco.com/products/learningexpress/learningexpress-library
Lastly, I have a collection of other college exploration guides, books, and resources available for checkout.
The junior class will be taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on the morning of Thursday, November 17th. The ASVAB test is a NO COST 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.
As always, if I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 507.233.8685. Thank you!
Thanks to all who helped with concessions during the football and volleyball seasons.
Next up: Basketball! Watch your email for opportunities to help.
We appreciate the support for our Homecoming pork chop meal! Spring will bring our Booster Club Auction. Watch for details!
We have an amazing selection of customizable clothing and accessories available. Choose your item and personalize it with a general MVL or specific sports logo, a jersey number, and more! Click on the link on the front page at www.mvl.org to see all the choices. Watch for monthly deals!
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 child or mail them to school by December 15.
**To avoid any confusion, “The AD’s Corner” will be written by Mr. Morgan, and the specific sports articles will be written by each head coach.
What a difference a year makes! It’s playoff time and everyone is excited. Our teams have been working each day to improve and make long playoff runs. It’s been very satisfying to watch parents, fans, and participants enjoying events without limits. Enjoy and savor each play, each service, each hill that’s conquered with great appreciation for where we have come and where we are today. God is good!
With our students returning to full seasons, we assume everything is back to normal, but behind the scenes, it’s a struggle. With our shortened fall and winter seasons last year some sports officials were afraid to work or didn’t want to work with masks. For the officials that continued to ref during last fall and winter, we thank you. Some officials decided not to return for various reasons. Now we need officials! We had two football games (one played at 4 pm and one played at 8 pm) that we doubled up on officials with Cathedral. We also had volleyball games with a volleyball crew doing 5 of our volleyball home games, because I couldn’t find anyone else and this crew took those assignments to help us out. If you would like to learn more about officiating and how to get involved contact, Mr. Morgan, at email@example.com.
Athletic Schedule Changes
If you would like up to the minute game, match, or meet changes, go to Tomahawk Conference. There you can peruse our schedules. In the upper right corner is an icon entitled “Notify Me”. Click on it to sign up for instant schedule changes. You will receive text messages and/or emails instantly when a change is made to the activity schedules you are following.
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.
This season produced many twists and turns that we had not previously seen. We had a lower-than-expected turnout in participants this year (33) due to injuries in- curred over the summer and players choosing other paths. We had 6 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties on the season. We started out a little slow but as our injury situation improved, so did our play. Captain Mia Johnson was our only All-Conference selection. A very well-deserved honor.
With 11 seniors on our team this season, I hope and pray that we can replace them all and have a few extras.
The team is made up of students from New Ulm public, New Ulm Cathedral, and Minnesota Valley Lutheran. Our team is made up of three sophomores, seven juniors, and 12 seniors, and two managers. Eleven of the students are from MVL. Our team captains are Ethan Goff (10), Leo Waloch (11), Isaac Schmidt-MVL (12), and Samo Barbosa- MVL (12).
Our season went fairly well, with a season record of 9-7. This is the best record the boys’ soccer team has seen since its inception into TheBigSouthConference. Samo’s leadership helped the team achieve this record with him by staying focused and participating while he was injured. Dominick Olson was one of the keys to success for this team. Dominick was able to open the midfield to create many scoring opportunities for Christian and Nils. Isaiah Heinz, Caleb DeWitt, and Isaac Schmidt were a rock-solid defense, holding the opponents at bay.