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January 23, 2020

2nd semester grades released today! Click the picture above to see your child(ren)'s grades.
Bible Verse
Strength & Peace - From the LORD
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
Need to Know
2nd Semester Grades Released
Second semester grades are released today, 1/23/20, at 5 pm. To view grades, follow these steps:
Enter School ID: 50
Enter Student ID#
Enter Student Birth date
Password: Chargers (with capital 'C')  
Student Directed Winter Plays: Feb. 13, 14, & 15
Valley Lutheran's drama department invites you to the joint production of two student directed winter plays on Thurs., Feb. 13 or Fri., Feb. 14 @ 7 pm or Sat., Feb. 15 @ 2 pm. "Strueth / A Collier's Tuesday Tea" is directed by Silas Kaul, while "The Bible in 30 Minutes or Less!" is directed by Abbey Hambaum. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and includes dessert. Plays will be presented at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave., Saginaw. 
Admissions Counselor Position Available
Valley Lutheran High School is accepting applications for the position of part-time Admissions Counselor. This individual will work closely with the Executive Director to implement a comprehensive student recruitment process. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills, familiarity with Office software applications, able to drive, available to work some evenings and weekends, and supportive of the mission of Valley Lutheran High School. The position is for 20 hours per week. Interested applicants may request an application and send a resume' with cover letter by January 31 to Dr. John Brandt, Executive Director, Valley Lutheran High
School, 3560 McCarty, Saginaw MI 48603 or by email to jbrandt@vlhs.com. For more information contact John Brandt (989-790-1676, jbrandt@vlhs.com).

Guidance Corner
VOLUNTARY STUDENT SURVEY RE: SENSITIVE TOPICS
LifeClinic Community Resource Center (Saginaw and Midland) has reached out to Valley Lutheran to provide faith-driven information and resources for community members for pregnancy and STI testing and treatment, parenting education and materials (clothes, diapers, wipes, formula, etc.), sexual trauma, sex-trafficking, abuse, or assault. As part of their work, they have made available to our students an anonymous & voluntary survey regarding student knowledge and interaction with these topics. The information collected by the survey will help LifeClinic tailor their resources more specifically to the VLHS community. Students are not required to complete the survey if they or you as parents are not comfortable.

WHAT DO ALL THOSE LETTERS MEAN?
Having trouble understanding all the acronyms or slang your kids are using in their messages? Check out Axis.org's Teen Slang 2020 Glossary . Warning: There are some graphic terms and explanations.

SAGINAW CAREER COMPLEX
The sophomore class recently had the opportunity to learn more about the programs and opportunities offered to them through the Saginaw Career Complex. In late January and early February, SCC will be hosting events to give students an opportunity to explore programs on-site and to bring their parents to an open house. More information will be sent out in the new year. Students planning to attend SCC should meet with Mrs. Mueller to develop their academic plan to ensure that graduation credits are met while attending their CTE program.

7TH SEMESTER or MID-YEAR TRANSCRIPTS
Transcripts that include your student's first semester of their senior year will be available once grades are released. Some colleges request these as an update on their applicants. VLHS uses a program called Parchment to send documents electronically and securely directly from the school. Please submit all document requests through Parchment.

SAGINAW COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
On Tuesday, November 26th, seniors in Government and Economics were given the opportunity to meet with a representative from the Saginaw Community Foundation and begin their scholarship application. This ONE application can be applied to over 220 scholarships in Saginaw county, and is well worth the time to complete. The deadline is February 15, 2020 and the application is extensive, so don't wait until the last minute!

IMPORTANT LINKS
SAT Information, Registration, etc. - www.sat.org
ACT Information, Registration, etc. - www.actstudent.org
Khan Academy (free test prep) - www.khanacademy.org/sat
VL Scholarship Page - http://bit.ly/VLScholarships

Upcoming Events
Jan. 27 Parents in Prayer: 8 - 9:30 am
Jan. 29 Hard Hat Tour: 9 am
Feb. 8 ACT: 8 am
Feb. 10 NHS Blood Drive: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Feb. 13, 14, & 15 Winter Play @ Peace Lutheran: Feb. 13 & 14 @ 7 pm, Feb. 15 @ 2 pm
Feb. 29 VL Auction & Benefit Dinner @ Apple Mountain: 5 pm

Get Involved
Toothpaste & Toothbrush Drive
The Global Awareness student group is sponsoring a toothpaste and toothbrush (any brand or size) drive through February.  Mrs. Brenner is leading a VBS mission trip this July along with four Valley students. The village of Goodnews Bay doesn't get regular dental care due to its remoteness on the Bering Sea.  These dental hygiene supplies are critically needed.  Dip into your stash at home or grab what's on sale and send them in!  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Brenner at rbrenner@vlhs.com
Parents in Prayer - 1.27
Please join us for the next Parents in Prayer gathering on Monday, Jan. 27 from 8 - 9:30 am. Let's thank the Lord and bless the children, faculty, and staff of VLHS with prayer. If you have any questions, contact parentsinprayer@vlhs.com. 
NHS Blood Drive - Feb. 10
VL's National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive Monday, February 10th from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. We request those wishing to donate to sign-up ahead of time. For more information, and to sign-up, please email  pwinningham@vlhs.com  or  jweilnau@vlhs.com . Thank you!
Post Prom Fundraiser - 2/12 @ BWW 
Make plans to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings on Tittabawassee Rd. on Wednesday, Feb. 12!  Valley's Post Prom Party 2020 will receive 20% from every flyer printed or shown electronically. Please share the flyer with family and friends! 
Baker Needed for Dessert of the Month Auction Item!
We are in need of one more baker for the "Dessert of the Month" auction item.  The dessert should serve about 12 and is the baker's choice. Your delivery 'month' will between March 2020 and February 2021. Contact Lori Milroy at lorimilroy4@gmail.com or 989-412-3666 for more information or to volunteer.
Like the VL Auction Facebook Page Today!
VL's Benefit Dinner and Auction wants your "likes" - and when you like or share the auction page, you'll be entered into a gift card drawing.  While we'd love you to attend the auction on Feb. 29, you do not need be present to win a gift card for liking our page. 
Ask Your Child About His/Her 8th Hour Basket!
The eighth hour teachers are charged with gathering a themed basket (decided on by the class) for the annual VLHS auction on February 29. Any student who contributes an item or cash of $5 or more will receive a prize.  Donations are not limited to the basket theme!  If you or your employer have any items or services to donate, send it in with your child and he or she will receive a prize. 
Community Information
Frankenmuth Area Caregiver Support Group 
CrossRoads Counseling Ministries is sponsoring a FREE, Frankenmuth Area Caregiver Support Group, that will meet every 4th Thursday of each month from 11 am to noon beginning January 23, 2020.  Brian Wilson, Licensed Professional Counselor, will be the facilitator. Click on the  CrossRoads flyer for more information. 


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Mission Statement
Valley Lutheran High School believes that Christ is the foundation of our school and everything that we do.  We prepare our students as children of God academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually to serve in the world today and tomorrow.

John Brandt
Valley Lutheran High School