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Parent Newsletter
May 20, 2019
Valley Lutheran students went throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region on Thursday, May 16 for Service Day preparing meals, cleaning up parks, helping at schools, and more.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of the birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be handed out to graduating seniors at school on Wednesday, May 29.
Graduation moved to Temple Theatre
Due to ongoing construction at Valley Lutheran, graduation will be held at the Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., this year. The ceremony is scheduled for 2pm Sunday, June 9.
Pre-Paid Tuition Program
Families may pre-pay tuition for future school years at the 2019-20 rates until July 31, 2019. This allows families to "lock-in" these tuition rates and avoid future tuition increases. Be sure to note, there are no longer discounts for the full tuition payment for the current school year.

Association Non-Association LCMS Community
2019-20 $6,600 $7,750 $8,100
2020-21 $6,600
2021 & Beyond $6,600

* Annual pre-paid discount is discontinued.

No pre-paid tuition payments will be accepted after July 31 until the new tuition rates are announced in January 2020. More details and a formal agreement are available online or by calling Business Manager Bill Ankoviak at 989-790-1676.
Spring Concert at NEW location
Students from Valley Lutheran's Music Department are hosting their annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 21. Due to construction at Saginaw Valley State University, the concert this year will be held at the Heritage Theater in The Dow Event Center. The concert begins at 7pm and doors open at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to come hear the choirs and musicians directed by Paul Eschmann, Rebecca Eifert, and Lindsay Mueller.
Credit Recovery Classes
Credit Recovery Classes will be offered once again at Valley for students who have failed classes during the school year. Classes run June 18 to July 18, from 8-11:30am, with no classes on Fridays. 

Cost: $250 for the first (1/2 credit) class 
          $175 for a second (1/2 credit) class  
Registration is open for anyone who failed a first semester class. Final registration will occur between June 10-14, as the second semester grades are finalized. A parent/student meeting will take place Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30pm. For full details, pick up a flyer in the school office.
Classes are taught online through FuelEd and a VL teacher is present as in-class support. All students MUST attend class at Valley, however, additional work may be done at home. If you have any questions about this program, contact Dr. Lisa Meyers at  [email protected] or 989-790-1676.
Senior News
Seniors are excused from school on Friday, May 25.

All seniors have been sent the link for their senior survey through Google Classroom. This is an important step to complete, as it is the only way we collect information for the graduation insert that lists college, major, and scholarship information for each student. The survey can be accessed online at Please fill out only one survey. Changes and additions can be made by contacting Mrs. Mueller. Paper copies are also available in the office.

Seniors enrolling in a college or university next year will need to request their final transcripts to be sent after graduation. These are only sent to the school you will attend in the fall, and are seen as a step in the final enrollment process. The office will begin processing these in mid-June. Directions for requesting these through Parchment can be found in the office. You can do this any time you are ready -- just request that your transcript be held for grades.
Final exam schedule
Final exams are scheduled for June 4-6. Valley is on the first cycle. The schedule can be found at Here is a recap of important information.
  • Exams will start at 8am each morning.
  • Most students will be finished with exams by 11:25am (exceptions would be for students who have double classes in a specific subject area. These exams conclude by 1pm.)
  • Students may arrive late if they only have a second hour final or leave early if they only have a first hour final. However, chapel attendance is expected either way. Chapel runs 9:35-9:50am all three days.
  • A study hall will be offered for students who do not have a scheduled exam and must remain in school.
Sports Physicals at Valley
Sports Physicals are being offered on two dates at Valley Lutheran.
  • June 6 from 12-1pm
  • Aug. 5 from 4:30-5:30pm
The cost is $13 payable to Dr. James LaFleur.

This exam will meet the requirement of every participating athlete's obligation to have a physical exam if he or she intends to try out for one of Valley's sports teams for the 2019-20 school year.
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, 600 Court St., Saginaw due to construction at VL.)
Registration and full camp information is available 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
Individual meetings with current juniors have started to talk about the future - career ideas, college ideas, senior-year classes, etc. Meetings are being held alphabetically by student's Academic Seminar hours, so patience is appreciated as we work through the alphabet. Encourage your student to come prepared with questions or ideas. There are also great resources for college and career searches on their Big Future site -

To request your final transcript, which does include your graduation date, please log into Parchment, select your destination (the school you will attend next year), and then select "HOLD FOR GRADES". (If you don't select "Hold for Grades", I will assume that you need a document sent ASAP and will send a 7th semester transcript for you.) NOTE: Most colleges will want this document on file as a verification of your actual high school graduation. It is good to take care of this now before graduation. Unfortunately, I cannot send it unless you have made the request.

SAT and PSAT scores from the April 9th testing have been released online to students. As a school, we are not given access to this information until mid-summer. You will need to create a CollegeBoard account to log in and see these scores. If you already have an account, login and your scores should be linked. (How to create a CollegeBoard account) Keep this information in a safe place - you will use it often in the next few years. If you are having trouble accessing your scores, Mrs. Mueller is willing to sit down and troubleshoot. Make sure your student comes in with their username and password so we can access their account together.
SAT Information, Registration, etc. -
ACT Information, Registration, etc. -
Khan Academy (free test prep) -

VL Scholarship Page -
FAFSA Information and submission -
Community News
LEAP News Nugget - Social Media Efforts Enhanced
Social Media is important for church and school communications. In an effort to strengthen the use of Facebook as a communication tool, LEAP recently presented "Making Facebook Work for You." The LEAP-Shop was led by Anthony Hessler, an alumnus of two LEAP member schools - St. Lorenz and Valley Lutheran High School - and now a web developer at Covenant Eyes. Topics included effectively using groups versus organization pages, targeting posts effectively, and employing a host of useful resource links.
10th annual Panther Golf Outing
Peace is hosting the 10th annual Panther Prowl golf outing on Saturday, June 8 at the Sawmill Golf Club.

They are currently seeking business sponsors and seeking donations for the Silent Auction, which will take place during the day at the clubhouse.

The Panther Prowl is a four-person golf scramble with an $85 entry fee, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and dinner. There will be a putting contest, longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest, skins contest, and mulligans.

Festivities kick off at 8am with registration, a continental breakfast and access to the driving range. After the 8:30am shotgun start, enjoy refreshments on the course and lunch at the turn. Dinner will be immediately following golf at 3pm, along with prizes and the silent auction.
8th annual Rock the Island Christian Music Festival
The 8th annual Rock the Island Christian Music Festival is being held from Noon-8pm on Saturday, July 20 on Ojibway Island.

Emmy nominee Kari Jobe is among the featured artists. There will also be a bounce house, Kids Zone-Inflatable, climbing wall, arrowtag, face painting, art projects, and more.

There will be a Prayer Tent and War Room for fellowship and prayer, an autograph session with artists, and food vendors.

Tickets are available online.
Upcoming Events
May 21 Spring Concert, 7pm (at Heritage Theater in Dow Event Center)
May 23 Senior Banquet, 6:30pm
May 24 Seniors excused from school
May 27 No School -- Memorial Day
June 1 SAT, 8am
June 4-6 Final Exams, 8am-Noon
June 8 ACT, 8am
June 9 Graduation, 2pm at Temple Theatre
June 18 Open House, 5pm
June 21-27 Regional Soccer Tournament
July 13 ACT, 8am

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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