New Ulm's ISD 88 Foundation Newsletter 
November 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
New High School Open House
Jeff Bertrang estimated over 1,000 people from the community were able to walk through the new building.  Upon entering, the first thing you noticed was the bright open commons area with piano music playing in the background.The building was designed to encourage collaboration and multiple functions. Wider hallways, work stations and soft furniture encourage group projects and models more of a collegiate atmosphere.  "The large open spaces were designed to create an environment in which the students choose to function, rather than an environment where they are forced to stay." (quoted from The Journal)
Hallway with workstation
Metals Shop Class 
Family & Consumer Science Class
Pictures taken by Jen Dauer.
What a great environment for LEARNING!

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.
 -------- BOARD SPOTLIGHT--------
Retired Business Owner
Bill Steinke
Where are you from?  Edina, MN
How long have you lived in New Ulm?  40 years
Tell us about your family? Jane (wife), Mark (son - Class of 1996), Sara (daughter - Class of 1999), and grandsons ages 11,7,5 and 2.
What hobbies do you enjoy? Golf, Photography, Travel
What is your current employer? Former owner/CEO Design Home Center 
What do you miss most about being a kid? The excitement of discovering everything for the first time. 
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?  Lutefisk, did not like!
What makes the ISD 88 Foundation mission meaningful to you? The most meaningful part of the mission in my eyes is the partnership that we are creating between the schools and the community.  It sends a message to students and faculty that there are people in the community that are proud of ISD 88 and care about what's happening at school and want to help make things better.
Click picture above to see the full board.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
3rd Annual Hall of Fame held on October 1st
This year's Hall of Fame was held at Turner Hall. Over 175 people attended to honor this year’s amazing inductees. The room was beautifully decorated, the food was delicious and the speeches were inspirational and touching. It was an uplifting and festive night! Congratulations to the 2016 inductees! Our inductees' biographies speak for themselves and are posted on line.  Click the photo above to read the full biographies.
Chris Contag '78 - Coach Traurig: "Contag I only need 110%. Can't you just do that for one more quarter?"
Henry Epp '52-'82 deceased - His wife Elvira shared many stories of practical jokes among the staff such as moving Frank Stuckey's office into the garage, putting a desk on stilts, and sod in the principal's office.
Gene Forstner '43 deceased - His son Steve accepted his award. As a school board member "Twas always about the kids..he would bring the farm and city together." 
John Marti '81 - "In our youth, we are blessed if we have these nurturing supportive communities and New Ulm is just that community."
Mary Moriarty '82 - "I appreciated very much the coaching and role models I had that taught me to be confident in athletics..comfortable in my own skin."
Franklin Stuckey '66-'93 deceased - His son Randall shared that Frank was the man behind the ROCK between Jefferson and the old high school. "The ROCK has stayed firmly in place just as education is for a student."
Hall of Fame Nominations for 2017 are due by April 1st!

New Ulm is in Hollywood!

Lou Eyrich, Class of 1977

"Lou is a fashion designer and is best known for her work in the television series Glee and American Horror Story: Asylum. In 2012 she was awarded a Career Achievement Award in Television from the Costume Designers Guild. In 2010 and 2011 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Costumes for a Series category for her work on Glee, work that was also given awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Costume Designers Guild in the Outstanding Contemporary Television Series." ( Click picture for more information. A full list of the shows/movies she has designed for can be found at 

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Foundation Dollars at Work
Outdoor Learning Environment Update
The grant awarded at this year's Eagles Extravaganza is starting to come together. This project will continue to take shape over this school year. Last month, some of our board members were able to watch the kids in action. It was great to see the kids Interacting with each other and having fun while exploring STEM concepts such as force, gravity, and momentum. There is a music and dress up station, highway with tricycles, magnetic boards with chutes and balls, and a very popular sand box. A component of the learning environment was added when they discovered run off from the playground. This was developed into a stream and the kids were immediately engaged: "the kitchen needs water" or  " a magic potion"! There are plans to utilize the NUHS shop class to build a tunnel for the highway as well as a teepee this spring. This is just the start of the project, we will send an update this spring as it further developments.

"This is what I am trying to do...I'm making a track...It's balanced!"

Opportunity is in your home town!
New Ulm offers a super quality of life, great schools and community pride! Not all communities are the same and right now New Ulm has lots of employment opportunities. Employers are recruiting in the areas of health care, education, manufacturing and professional services. Many of our businesses are expanding or making large investments in their facilities which means stability and career advancement. New Ulm could be your home again - check out the job postings page on

"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 Extravaganza Fundraiser 3/31/17
hosted by ISD 88 Foundation
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PO Box 572
New Ulm, MN 56073

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