2021 Eagles Extravaganza

Tickets are on sale now! CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket or buy in person at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce or the District Office.

Eagles Extravaganza is back in 2021 with a virtual event. We will have a grilled pork chop take-out meal from 4:00pm-6:30pm on Friday May 7th, with an online program at 7:30pm on our website or on our YouTube channel.

Online silent auction: April 30th – May 9th. Check back for a link!

See you there!

2020 Grant Update

The ISD 88 Foundation would like to announce the recipients of the 2020 Eagles Extravaganza Education Grants. Even though we had to unfortunately cancel what would have been our sixth annual event, we were still able to provide grants due to our generous sponsors and donors. The Foundation is grateful for the community support we always receive, but especially now in this time of uncertainty. We are thankful that we are able to continue our mission of enhancing the quality of education in New Ulm Public Schools.


Phenology Program, Washington Learning Center – $2,500

“The thought behind the Phenology grant was to provide teachers with tools and equipment to teach whole class lessons and then allowing the children time to explore and investigate the natural world we live in. The quiet area of the front gardens can provide this investigative learning throughout the seasons. This grant will provide tools needed for this outdoor learning.  We will purchase sturdy, child size picnic tables, clipboards, and chalk. We will provide teachers with a larger chalkboard to use when explaining or drawing pictures for the children. We will create our weather station and replace items that have broken over the years. This grant will allow further development of the outdoor classroom theory that WLC created when the move over to the school first happened.” – Tracey Schmiesing, WLC Teacher


Technology Exploration Program, New Ulm Middle School – $6,600

 “A grant to the Middle School to enhance current programs that promote innovative exploration of technology. An after-school club will be created to plan, script and practice for “Live From the Middle School”. This will have weekly broadcasts on Friday morning, which will live stream to all classrooms. Students will learn how to use Osmo gimbal cameras, iPads, iMac digital editing stations, webcams, microphones, and encourage both collaboration and independent projects.” – Victoria Tambornino, NUMS Media/Technology Specialist


Space Science and Exploration, New Ulm High School – $7,600

“The Space Science and Exploration grant has been created to allow students an opportunity to have a hands-on experience exploring space, tracking orbital paths, and seeing a variety of structures in space firsthand. In order to accomplish this goal, the grant will provide funding to purchase telescopes including some computerized telescopes that will allow students to find and track astronomical bodies across the night sky. This grant will also help New Ulm High School meet and exceed Minnesota Department of Education’s new science standards. The standards incorporate items such as constructing explanations from evidence for the motion of distant galaxies, as well as identifying galaxies, planets, and astronomical bodies in space.” – Jack Nieters, NUHS Science Teacher

2020 Eagles Extravaganza

Thank you! Even though we had to unfortunately cancel what would have been our sixth annual event, we were still able to provide grants due to our generous sponsors and donors. The Foundation is grateful for the community support we always receive, but especially now in this time of uncertainty. We are thankful that we are able to continue our mission of enhancing the quality of education in New Ulm Public Schools.

EE 2020 Update

Due to Mn Dept. of Health and CDC guidelines on large gatherings we have made the decision to cancel EE at this time. We will reschedule at a future date if we can. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this uncertain time.
We will be issuing ticket refunds and we ask for your patience with that process. 
Event sponsors, we will also be in contact with you. 
We thank everyone for their continued support of the Foundation and the students and staff of ISD 88! #NUEaglePride

New Director! Joan Ristuccia

The ISD 88 Foundation is proud to announce the hiring of our new director! We are very excited to have Joanie on board.

More about Joan in her own words: “I was originally born and raised in Minnesota, in the Minneapolis area. I moved to Washington State. After working in law firms as a paralegal for many years, I decided to go back to school and after graduating began working in the nonprofit area. I ended up starting my own grant-writing business where I worked with Food Banks, Choral Groups, and Art Centers. When I had the opportunity to work with the ISD 88 Foundations I jumped at the chance to work with such a wonderful organization as well as be much closer to my family.”

Welcome Joanie Ristuccia, New ISD #88 Foundation Director!

2020 Eagles Extravaganza

Join us in an evening of food, fun, friends, and entertainment to support the ISD 88 Foundation and New Ulm Public Schools! It’s for the kids!

Last year we raised over $40,000 and funds supported Eagle Enterprises in the Career and Technical Education Department at New Ulm High School.

Please visit our website at isd88foundation.org for more information on this and past events!

2019 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Banquet – Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the 2019 ISD 88 Hall of Fame are on sale now! Get yours at the Chamber of Commerce, online at Online Tickets, or by contacting the Foundation at director@isd88foundation.org.
Tickets are $35 and include a meal, dessert, and program.
Ticket sales end 9/25 so get yours now!

We’re Hiring! – Executive Director

Executive Director | ISD 88 Foundation

The ISD 88 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks a part-time (20 hours per week, flexible schedule) Executive Director to work in partnership with a volunteer board of directors to achieve the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of education in New Ulm Public Schools while creating partnerships between our school, our community, and alumni. The Executive Director is directly involved in fund development, administration, finances, planning, marketing, database management, fundraising, and grant writing. Starting salary $20/hour. No benefits.

Click below for a Job Description:

To Apply:


  • Send resume and cover letter to: 

Tim Knaak, Board President at timk@newulmtel.net or mail to ISD 88 Foundation, PO Box 572, New Ulm, MN 56073

2019 Eagles Extravaganza

The 2019 Eagles Extravaganza held on Friday, April 5th, 2019 was a success. Thank you everyone who supported our event. Check back soon for a full list of donors and volunteers who made this event such a huge success.

2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Inductees

The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee are pleased to announce the selection of five individuals for the 2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame. This is the Hall of Fame’s fifth 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.

The ISD 88 Hall of Fame allows current students an opportunity to understand the value of their education and the possibilities to which it may lead. The Hall of Fame is a way for the school and the community to honor exceptional individuals who, through example, inspire a new generation of students and staff.

The 2018 inductees are:

Clifton Anderson (deceased) – A teacher, coach, athletic director and director of community education in New Ulm from 1959 to 1999, Cliff had a strong passion for education and that was evident in every aspect of his long and exceptional career. He said “all kids want to learn: it is our job as educators to fulfill that desire.” He worked tirelessly to promote gender equity in athletics. He was an educator but he also dedicated his time to various organizations in the community. From serving on the Wanda Gag board to being election judge chairman to the numerous boards he was a part of at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cliff consistently gave of himself to help others.

James Hoffmann – A 1951 graduate of New Ulm High School, Jim participated in basketball and baseball.  After high school, Jim served in the United States Army in Germany. Upon his return to New Ulm he founded his own insurance agency in 1959 and still operates that agency today. He continued his love of baseball by participating in American Legion baseball for two years then played amateur baseball for 10 years. He has been involved in numerous organizations in New Ulm including the Knights of Columbus, New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and Community and Seniors Together. His unwavering dedication to this community led to Jim being honored as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen of Brown County.

Dan Loose – A 1964 graduate of New Ulm High School, Dan was a student leader and athlete. He was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play football for North Dakota State University where he was part of the national championship team. He also played baseball for NDSU where he led the team in stolen bases for two years. After graduating from NDSU he served in the army. He received an honorable discharge in 1971; he then began a long and distinguished career at Kraft Foods. His involvement in the community is extensive as he has served in many capacities from the city of New Ulm zoning board to the Alliance Bank board of directors.

James Senske – Jim was a teacher and coach at New Ulm High School from 1964 to 2003. He served as not only an outstanding educator but a no-nonsense coach that cared deeply about his players. As baseball coach, he led the eagles to over 700 wins, including a state championship. It was that success that put New Ulm on the map for baseball in the state. He also coached basketball and holds the title for most victories in that sport at NUHS. Time spent coaching and teaching was important to Jim but he continues to give back to the community through his memberships in the New Ulm Jaycees and Sertoma Club as well as serving on various boards at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and on the ISD 88 Foundation board.

David Silcox – A 1959 graduate of New Ulm High School, David excelled in the classroom and out in the playing field during his high school years. He went on the St. Olaf college where he earned his degree in chemistry, furthered his education with a masters degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a PhD in leadership administration from Arizona State University. He began his teaching career in La Crosse, Wisc. then went on to teach, coach and be become a principal in Phoenix, Ariz. His career in education is a long and illustrious one, filled with opportunity to use his leadership abilities to help shape the students in the schools he served.