December 2019

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Student Council toy drive results are in

The Toy Drive Final Results are In!! As a school, 295 items were donated.

1st Place: 10th grade with 56 items

2nd Place: 12th grade with 37 items

3rd Place: 11th grade with 35 items

4th Place: 9th grade with 18 items


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 5:30 Upper Media Center

We have been working for the past few months to develop a plan to make dances at NPHS meet both student goals of being more fun and adult goals of being more safe. We sure could use some parents to help chaperone! If you are interested in being a chaperone at our SnoBall Dance on Saturday February 1, 2020 we would love to have you join us in meeting these two goals. We will have an organizational meeting on January 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM in the Upper Media Center. The NPHS admin team has met with students and student organizations to develop a plan to make dances both more fun and more safe. We will share the changes and updates we are implementing and how parent chaperones factor into this plan! To RSVP, click the link below!


Please join us for the third of five parent-principal book club meetings. In an effort to best support our teens in 2020, let's learn together! If you are interested, please RSVP by Wednesday, January 8 by 5:00 PM. Please select the three books you are most interested in reading as well. We will respond with the book selection by Friday, January 10. Books will be selected based on those that have the highest interest.

Three students are National Merit commended students

Congratulations to Morgan Larson, Megan Schoenbauer and Hannah Orr for being recognized by High School Principal Ms. Nicole Adams for recognition as a National Merit Scholarship Honoree. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These three Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Junior competes in German Olympics

New Prague High School Junior Simon Mathiowetz competed in the second round of the International German Olympics Competition in Chicago in December. Mathiowetz is one of twelve students invited from all across the United States after completing a round of online assessments in October. The International German Olympiad is the largest German-language contest in the world. Every two years, students from around the world demonstrate their German knowledge by putting together an information gallery, creating a group presentation or taking part in a “Deutsch-Quiz.” The experience provides them the opportunity to meet new friends, get to know each other in and through the German language and enjoy the German language in another way. Mathiowetz is the second student from NPHS to earn this honor and the German program could not be more proud of him.

Choir students selected to perform in ACDA honor choirs

Seven NPHS Choir students were selected to the ACDA Minnesota State 9th and 10th Honor Choirs! They will perform with 9th and 10th grade students from all over the state of Minnesota on February 13th, 2020 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Congratulations to sophomores Jessica Sadusky, Maddilyn Holicky, Greta Madson, and freshmen Sophia Huebner Ashlyn Seurer, Mandi Becher, and Madison Picka.
Three students have been invited to perform in the Central/North Central ACDA Regional Honor Choirs. Congratulations to juniors Ryan Musil and Ava Phillippi and freshman Gabriel Juenemann.

PROUD students visit Feed My Starving Children

In November NPHS PROUD students volunteered to pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. Their group table packed 26 boxes which packaged over 18,000 meals which will feed 51 kids for a year.

Counselor's Corner

Senior families - wondering what to do at this time of year to get ready for the next step after high school? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Some colleges have priority deadlines as some financial aid is on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Double check deadlines for the schools or programs you applied to for next steps after being accepted to their program, including freshman orientation, registration sessions, housing deposits, etc.

  • Start the Scholarship Search

    • Scholarship searching involves three steps:

1. Find scholarships to review

2. Review qualifications to see if the scholarship applies to you

3. Fill out an application and follow the directions for the given scholarship

  • Some places to find scholarships:

    • MCIS: Minnesota Career Information System

      • All students have their own account

      • Scholarships from regional, statewide, and national sources

      • On the MCIS homepage: Click on “Education,” then “Where Can I Get Help Paying for School?”, then “Scholarships.” To customize your search, click on “Financial Aid Sort”

    • NPHS Counseling Office Website

      • Paper applications will be available to pick up in the Counseling Office

      • Local scholarships from business and organizations in New Prague and the surrounding area are included on our webpage and is updated regularly

    • Web Searches

    • Important! Never pay any organization to do a scholarship search for you! These are scams that don’t actually result in getting scholarships. Information for scholarships are provided for free on legitimate websites

If you need any help or have questions with preparing for after high school, please feel free to make an appointment with your school counselor.

Your chance to see this year's one act play performance

2020 One Act - SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson

Summary: When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

  • WCC One Act Play Festival Performance @ NPHS Auditorium (free): Sat, Jan 18th, time TBD
  • Public Performance @ NPHS Auditorium (free): Fri, Jan 24th @ 7:30pm
  • Sub-Section Performance @ Hutchinson High School (free): Sat, Jan 25th, time TBD

MARS Global Business and Healthcare News

MARS students visit Target Corporation

MARS business students visited Target Corporation in downtown Minneapolis. The first stop was in the merchandising area where they learned how products will be displayed in stores. The second stop was at guest central, part of the marketing department where they learned about social media trends and reactive and planned content on social media platforms. They had a working lunch focusing on the importance of soft skills, networking, and career opportunities. The final stop was in the test kitchen where they learned about the process that goes into creating food items under Target’s own brands.

MARS students attend Timberwolves Business Club Day

A few MARS Business in a Global Economy students participated in the annual Timberwolves Business Club Day and learned about the different areas in professional sports management. They heard about communications, game production, sales and marketing, emerging technology, and the business of basketball. It was a great opportunity for students to hear about career fields in the fun, fast-paced environment of professional sports.

MARS healthcare students visit U of M Medical School and Mankato State

Healthcare students had some exciting site visits in early December. They visited the University of Minnesota Medical School and learned all about medical simulation and used the same tools med school students and residents use to train and perfect their skills. They followed that up with a visit to Mankato State University to work with the Exercise Science and Athletic Training Departments.

Trojan Times

The Trojan Times school newspaper has gone online. Click the logo to the right to check it out or go to For information about the Trojan Times contact Advisor Rachel Harmon at

Yearbook ordering open

Yearbook orders can be placed via FeePay $50.00. Yearbooks will be distributed in May 2020.

Upcoming Dates

December 23-January 3: Holiday Break

January 9-10: Semester 1 Finals

January 13: Start of Semester 2

January 20: NO SCHOOL

January 24: One Act Play Preview

January 27-31: Snoball Week

February 1: Snoball Dance