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March 20, 2019
The Valley Lutheran Symphonic Band and Golden Voice Choir completed the 2019 Lenten Tour with a concert Sunday, March 17 at Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
~Matthew 6:16-18
Unique Day on Tuesday, April 9
On Tuesday, April 9, most Valley students will participate in a variety of tests. The juniors will take a real SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Exam. Freshmen and sophomores will take a real PSAT. Testing will begin promptly at 8am -- please note that students will need to be at school before 8am even though it's a Tuesday!

Students should bring No. 2 non-mechanical pencils and an approved calculator. Students are dismissed after their test has concluded. No lunch will be served. Estimated release times are below:
  • Juniors: SAT 8am-1pm
  • Freshmen/Sophomores: PSAT 8am-Noon
Seniors do not need to report to school April 9.

All testing is paid for by the State of Michigan. We are once again participating in the state testing for several reasons:
  1. To give our juniors a free opportunity for the SAT college entrance exam.
  2. To give freshmen and sophomores a practice opportunity for the college entrance exam.
  3. To receive valuable, detailed information about how our students perform on specific skills that can be used to evaluate and improve our curriculum.
Juniors Taking the MME
All juniors in the state of Michigan participate in the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). Students will receive individual score reports that identify academic strengths and weaknesses. VLHS will also receive detailed reports that measure performance levels on important academic skills and content.

One benefit of participating is that the juniors will receive a free SAT, taken during the school day, that they may use for college entrance and scholarships. Additionally, VLHS will receive detailed information on how well the juniors perform on many academic skills. These reports are a valuable tool used by the faculty to evaluate and improve our curriculum.

The schedule for the MME is as follows:
Tuesday, April 9 SAT 8am-1pm Students are dismissed at 1pm (no regular classes). Students take tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Wednesday, April 10 WorkKeys 8am-11:30am Students will rejoin their regular schedule (in progress) starting at 11:30am. Students take tests in reading, math, and locating information.
Friday, April 12 MSTEP 7th-9th period Michigan testing on science and social studies done on computer. Students may stay after 3:05pm if they need more time.

It is crucial that students are in attendance on these days as make-up testing is required. Students who attend a career technical school have been excused from those schools so that they may participate in testing. Students must be on time as the testing rules mandate an 8am start. Students should bring No. 2 non-mechanical pencils and approved calculators (lists posted at school) for Day 1 and Day 2 of testing. Contact Lindsay Mueller ([email protected]) or Dr. Lisa Meyers ([email protected]) with any questions.
English Department Presents Curriculum Revision for 2019-20
The academic departments of Valley Lutheran High School undergo regular evaluation to ensure that they are consistently meeting the current needs of students. This year, under the direction of department chair Jeanette Weilnau, the English department completed a curriculum review and proposed a major overhaul to the program. The goals of the new courses are to strengthen student skills in reading comprehension, literary analysis, writing (especially argument, rhetorical analysis, and scholastic research) and communication (spoken and written). The Board of Directors approved the curriculum proposal at their meeting in February.

A major difference in the new course choices is that students will select one semester of reading and one semester of writing for each of their four years.  Advanced Placement English courses would be the exception to this as year-long courses that meet both reading and writing goals. A number of new courses will be implemented including courses on research, theme-based literature, and some electives.  The English teachers explained the changes to their students and gave them some specific direction on how the transition to the new program would take place. We are looking forward to seeing many positive benefits grow out of this change as our students are even better prepared for their next steps whether it be to a college or a career.
Current Course New Reading Courses New Writing Courses
English 1 Transitional Reading Transitional Writing
English 2 Introduction to Literature Introduction to Research
English 3
Literature Seminar (Theme-based)
  • Mythology
  • War
  • Coming of Age (Growing up)
  • Monsters
  • Fantasy
  • Faith
Students select one of the above themes.
Introduction to Language and Composition
English 4
Literature Seminar (Theme-based)
Students may take another of the themes (see above) or take an Advanced Literature Seminar
Research Seminar
Elective Courses Interpersonal Communication Creative Writing

Year long courses which may be selected during the junior and/or senior years as an alternative to the two semester courses listed above.
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (2018-19, 2020-21, etc.)
  • Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (2019-20, 2021-22, etc.)
Sign Up For Tuition Assistance By April 1
Tuition assistance applications for the 2019-20 school year can be accessed here. Applications are to be completed online and are due April 1 for full consideration. Applications received after April 1 will be considered as funds are available with a minimum late penalty reduction of 10 percent of the recommended grant.

Re-registrations are due April 8 to avoid a $100 fee. Your child should have brought this home March 11. A pastor's signature is required if you are a member of an LCMS church.

To learn more about tuition and financial aid, visit or call Cathy Miller with any questions at 989-790-1676.
Saginaw Antique Society Show April 6
The Parent Organization will host the annual Saginaw Antique Society Show from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, April 6 at Valley Lutheran. There is a $4 admission fee that covers two free appraisals.

Luncheon available 11am-1:30pm.

Parent help is needed. Sign-up for this event has been sent. Your help is greatly appreciated. This is a great fundraiser for the Parent Organization as we get a portion of admission and lunch proceeds.
Annual Handbell Concert April 7
You are invited to attend the Handbell Concert on Sunday, April 7 at 4pm in the VLHS gym. Come and hear Valley's Glorify bell choir, as well as bell choirs from other area churches. The concert is free to the public.
Next Open House April 14
The next Valley Lutheran Open House is scheduled for Sunday, April 14 at 2pm. Talk with students, teachers and administrators, tour the building and get questions answered.
Tickets for Spring Play 'Radium Girls' on Sale April 15
Tickets go on sale for Valley's spring play, Radium Girls, on April 15. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults, and $24 for a family pass.
Registration is Currently Open for the Class of 2023
Registration for the Class of 2023 is currently open. Forms need to be submitted to schedule classes. Call the office at 989-790-1676 for details.
Parent Organization Meeting April 25
The next VLHS Parent Organization meeting is Thursday, April 25 at 6pm in the cafeteria. All are welcome, and if you would like to take part in raising funds for teacher and student needs, you are encouraged to attend.
Charger Post Prom Party April 27 at SVSU
The annual Post Prom Party is planned for Saturday, April 27 at 11pm at Saginaw Valley State University. Your child does not need to attend prom to come to the party. Note: There will be a secure place for all prom attire for those coming directly from prom.
  • Location: Saginaw Valley State University
  • Time: 11pm Saturday to 3:30am Sunday
  • Activities: Swimming, food and drinks, cash machines, Minute To Win It games, Jenga, human Hungry Hungry Hippo, bubble soccer, prizes, cash prizes and large raffle prizes.
  • Cost: Tickets are $15 and go on sale the week before prom during lunch periods.
The committee is still in need of volunteers to help with the event. Contact Christian Wilke at [email protected] or call the office at 989-790-1676.
Registration Now Open for Summer Camps
Valley is excited to once again offer summer camps for middle school students! 
  • June 11-14: art, band, French, drama, soccer
  • June 17-20: girls basketball, boys basketball, liturgical dance  (NOTE: Camps this week will be held off-site at Holy Cross Lutheran School, Saginaw due to construction at VL.)
Registration and full camp information will be available starting March 25 at  We look forward to spending a part of your summer with you!  Please contact Summer Camp Coordinator Amy Cooper at  [email protected] with any questions.

Host Families Needed
Host families are needed for future international students at VLHS. These students are attracted to our school because of its academic reputation, but they also give us, as Christians, a unique opportunity to share the Gospel. Host families do receive a monthly stipend. If you are interested in hosting an international student for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Debbie Davis at 989-790-1676 or [email protected] for more information.
Guidance Corner
As students gear up to take the SAT, PSAT, and AP Exams, it is not uncommon to experience heightened levels of anxiety. TeensHealth offers great insight into why students might experience test anxiety, and some easy techniques they can use to think clearly in the face of stressful situations. The information given might also be a nice starting point to open lines of communication around mental well-being and stress management. You can read the full article at

Seniors, don't forget about the list of scholarship resources at Scholarships are coming in frequently and the list is updated weekly. Do not be shy on your applications - every little activity counts. If you need help or have questions, see Mrs. Mueller.

Does your student need help with developing strong academic habits, starting the college process, or looking at various career options? While Mrs. Mueller is always available during school hours to help, sometimes it's nice to have resources at your fingertips. SchoolShelf is a website dedicated to helping students make the most of high school. Check out their resources at

SAT Information, Registration, etc. -
ACT Information, Registration, etc. -
Khan Academy (free test prep) -

VL Scholarship Page -
FAFSA Information and submission -
Community News
Trinity-St. James Hosting Fish Frys
Trinity-St. James Lutheran Church, 119 E. Munger Rd in Munger, is hosting one more fish fry. The dinner takes place Friday, April 12. The fish fry is an all-you-can-eat buffet from 11am-7pm and take outs are available. The cost for adults is $12. Children ages 6-12 are $6. The menu includes fried perch, fried cod, baked cod, french fries, german potato salad, macaroni & cheese, corn, cole slaw, desserts and more. Call 989-659-2506 for more information.
Lion King Jr. March 21-23 at Peace Lutheran Church
Area Lutheran grade school students will perform "Lion King Jr." at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams in Saginaw, at 1pm Thursday, March 21 and at 7pm March 22-23. Advance tickets are available through the church office or may be purchased at the door for $8.
Good Shepherd Hosting Annual Easter Walk
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5335 Brockway in Saginaw Township, will present three performances of "The Search for Jesus" Easter Walk. The dates are April 14 at 4:30pm and two performances on Good Friday, April 19 at 4:30pm and 7pm at the church.
Baked Potato and Salad Bar
Holy Cross Lutheran Church Youth Group is holding a Baked Potato and Salad Bar from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5 per person with proceeds going towards the youth group's trip to the 2019 National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. 
Upcoming Events
March 22 End of 3rd Quarter
March 25-29 Spring Break
April 3 Student grades posted, 5pm
April 4 Peeks at Valley, 11am
April 5 Career Day (Half Day)
April 6 Saginaw Valley Antique Society Show, 9am
April 7
Hand Bell Concert, 4pm
April 8 Parents in Prayer, 8am
April 9-11 MME testing
April 13 ACT, 8am
April 14 Open House, 2pm
April 17 Peeks at Valley, 11am
April 19 No School -- Good Friday
April 21 Easter
April 22 Parents in Prayer, 8am
April 27 Prom, 7pm

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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