New Ulm's ISD 88 Foundation Newsletter 
July 2016
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Mission: to enhance the quality of education in District 88
while creating partnerships between our schools, our communities, and alumni. 

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District Update
While the students are enjoying the "Lazy Hazy Days of Summer" the school buildings are ALL being transformed!  Below is a quick update on each of the buildings as of July 5th!  
New High School Complex
Inside: The second floor classrooms are complete, most of the cabinets are installed, and athletic equipment is installed in the gyms. Outside: Tennis courts are nearly complete, all outside scoreboards are completely installed, and the grandstand and press box are erected.  Click the above high school picture for more pictures.

Washington Learning Center (Pre K - Kindergarten)
Inside:  Demolition almost complete, new office complex and bathroom walls framed and rough-ins complete. 
Outside:  Started working on new entrance and playground work will start soon.

Jefferson Elementary (1st grade - 4th grade)
Inside:  Demolition is complete. New office walls are framed, the new multipurpose room continues to take shape, working on infrastructure for new freezer and cooler.
Outside:  They will start work on front entrance and playground soon.  Work on shared road with St. Paul's has started.

Middle School (5th grade - 8th grade)
Inside:  Demolition mostly complete.  New walls for office and district conference room framed, HVAC, plumbing and electrical roughed in.  Outside:  New window and doors on the exterior have been cut out and work has started on the new entrance.  As you can see from the picture the new sign is installed and the parking lot is filled with storage trailers! We are getting more than a New High School, there are lots of moving parts, 
Go Team!

Get To Know The Board
We have a dedicated board of directors that are working hard to enhance education in our public schools. We will include a few short Q & A from our board in each newsletter.
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NUHS Alumni - Class of 1997
Missy Dreckman
Tell us about your family? I am married to Scott, and have 3 children - Paige (12), Elyse (9), and Luke (6)
What hobbies do you enjoy?  Being outdoors, pouring cement, landscaping, bonfires,playing kickball and basketball.
What is your current employer?  Foundation Director at the New Ulm Medical Center 
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?  Octopus.  It was not good!!! It was rubber-like.
Best costume you have ever worn?  Wicked old granny
What do you like most about New Ulm? A great community to raise our kids and live with many conveniences - healthcare and a great school system.

 Retired NUHS Teacher and Coach, 
Jim Senske
Where are you from?  Augusta, Wisconsin
How long have you lived in New Ulm?  Since 1960, this was my first teaching job.
What hobbies do you enjoy?  Golf, playing cards, and church activities.
What do you miss most about being a kid?  I miss riding my Palamino horse to the Trachsel residence where the country kids played town kids in baseball almost every day in the summer. 
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?  Dim-Sum Chinese delicacies
What makes the ISD 88 Foundation mission meaningful to you?  It enhances my commitment and love for education.  I have been very caught up in and very proud of the Foundation's commitment to the Hall of Fame.  It  is off to a strong start and will likely get even better.  Great group of people on the Foundation to work with as well.  Thanks for the opportunity to serve.
Congratulations to the
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee are pleased to announce the selection of six individual for the 2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame.  This is the third year of induction. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives or vocation and who have made a difference in the communities in which they live, or lived. 
to the induction ceremony and banquet!
Saturday, October 1st 
New Ulm's Turner Hall
Social Hour starts at 5:00 pm

Chris Contag - Class of 1978

Henry Epp - Teacher 1952-1982

Gene Forstner - Class of 1943

John Marti - Class of 1981

Mary Moriarty - Class of 1982

Franklin Stuckey - Teacher 1966-1993

To read a short bio of this year's inductees, to find out how to nominate for next year, or how to buy tickets to the ceremony, click on the above picture.  For a FULL bio please check back to our website after 10/1/2016
Nomination for 2017 are due by April 1st!


Sara Burnett 
Class of 1991

Above picture is Sara interviewing John Kasich during the
2016 Presidential Primaries

I graduated from NUHS in 1991. In high school I played tennis and was on the danceline/pom pom squad. I also was in student council and was a class officer (though I have completely failed to uphold my duty to plan class reunions - thank you to all my awesome classmates who have carried the load!). 

After high school I went to the College of St. Benedict, and a few years after graduating I moved to Chicago, where I earned my master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 

I've spent almost 20 years working as a reporter for daily newspapers in the Chicago suburbs and in Denver, Colorado. In 2012 I moved back to Chicago to work for The Associated Press, where I currently cover the spectacle that is Chicago and Illinois politics. 

Journalism has been an incredible career for a curious girl from southern Minnesota. It has allowed me to meet all kinds of people, from governors and presidents to ranchers and FBI agents and even convicted murderers. I've had a front row seat to some historic moments, and to some of the most heart-wrenching tragedy. In July 2012, I covered the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, that left 12 people dead. Our team at The Denver Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for breaking news coverage of that tragedy. I"m proud of the work we did - most notably, of the sensitivity with which we covered an intensely personal and local story. More than anything though, I wish it had never happened. 

On July 23 I will marry a man who has been my friend for nearly 25 years. We met in college a few months after I graduated from NUHS, and we will be married at the church at St. John's University in Minnesota. My future husband, Ross Drever, and I live in Naperville, Illinois. He owns coffee shops and is a triathlete. I try my best to keep up on the occasional jog or swim.  

Congratulations Sara!

Share your story with us and be featured in our "Alumni Spotlight" - a way to connect with other alumni and inspire students!

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Eagles Extravaganza 2016 
Best year Ever!
This year's event raised over $43,000 with more than 365 people attending!  This is a new record, GO EAGLES!  GO NEW ULM!

New Ulm is known for its many festivals and the Eagles Extravaganza is another great community event.  Education has been important in New Ulm's history and is proving to be important to our community today.  This event is unique in that it draws all ages:  recent and older alumni, parents, grandparents, community members, and business owners. Thank you to ALL of our donors and sponsors!

New Ulm High School Payne Street Singers
We enjoyed entertainment from the HS Payne Street Singers, HS Jazz Band, Pops Choir as well as the Eagles Elite Dance Team.  This year we added some new games so everyone had fun!  The evening was capped off with The Blue Ringer's Band.  What a great night!

This year we partnered with the Friends of ISD 88 parent group and were able to give $5,000 from the silent auction to playground improvements at the "New" Jefferson Elementary- Middle School Campus! 

Proceeds from the Eagles Extravaganza are used to fund educational grants.  During the event we announced this year's grant recipient, Tracey Schmiesing and the Washington Learning Center. Through our granting process we were able to provide $12,500 for an Innovative Outdoor Learning Environment for kids Pre-K through Kindergarten. Thank you to all our grant applicants for taking the time to submit a project. 

Innovative Outdoor Learning Environment Grant
This grant will provide many opportunities for students to express wonder about the natural world and approach tasks and experiences with flexibility and imagination.  Using materials such as the magnetic wall and the ramp set will enable students to explore how things work, make hypothesis, test their theories, and revise thinking.  The school anticipates a higher level of growth in many areas of development such as social problem-solving, large motor, fine motor, close observation, understanding quantities, estimation, as well as cause and effect.  This project supports whole child learning.

Destination Imagination After School Program
After the success of last year's Destination Imagination grant, we decided to partner with the local 3M to provide $2,500 for an after school DI program for the 2016-2017 school year.  All 5th and 6th grade students were introduced to the program this past year and now they will have the opportunity to enjoy it in an after school format!  This is just another way we can encourage STEM programs in our schools. 

Thank you 3M!

"We all have a chance to affect young people's lives... and whatever we can do to make things positive for that kid can change their life." Curt Lambrecht, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

Join us!  Together we can "affect young people's lives" in New Ulm Public Schools. 


 Eagles 5000 Race 9/17/16
(Top Alumni will be recognized!)
hosted by Friends of ISD 88
ISD 88 Hall of Fame Banquet 10/1/16
hosted by ISD 88 Foundation


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PO Box 572
New Ulm, MN 56073

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