Maeser Updates: 3 August 2018

In this edition: Schedule Changes, School Uniforms: Purchasing Update & Used Uniform Sale, Volunteer Help Needed, Back to School Tips from SOAR/Study Skills, Speech and Debate, Host Families Needed for Foreign Exchange Students, Sports Announcements: Sports Eligibility, Pre-Tryout Requirements, Tryouts for Sports Open to All Grades, Tryouts for High School Sports, Tryouts for Middle School Sports

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Front Office Hours
9am-12pm August 6-10
8am-4pm August 13-17
Regular office hours resume Monday, August 20

Monday, August 6
9am HS Girls Volleyball Tryouts

Tuesday, August 7
5-6:30pm HS Co-Ed Baseball Tryouts at Rotary Park Diamond (400 S 200 E, American Fork)
6-8pm Used Uniform Exchange in the Maeser Lunchroom

Wednesday, August 8
5-6:30pm HS Co-Ed Baseball Tryouts at Rotary Park Diamond (400 S 200 E, American Fork)

Wednesday-Friday, August 8, 9, 10
2:30-4pm MS Girls Volleyball Tryouts

Monday-Tuesday, August 13-14
10-11:30am MS Boys Soccer Tryouts

Wednesday, August 15
6-8pm Student-Teacher-Parent Meet & Greet

Friday, August 17
New Student Orientation Day for all NEW Maeser students (regular uniforms)

Monday, August 20
First Day of School for ALL students (full dress uniforms)

Tuesday, August 21
HS Boys Volleyball Tryouts

Thursday, August 30
4pm HS Girl Tennis Tryouts at the Canyon View Junior High tennis courts

Schedule Changes

Counselors are available for schedule changes by appointment only. Please click on your counselor’s name below to access their Google calendar to make an appointment. Please make sure your Google Calendar is set to the correct time zone so you don’t miss your appointment!

Mrs. Anderson (last names A-J)
Ms. Sorenson (last names K-Z)

School Uniforms

Purchasing Update!

Lands’ End is the only place to buy NEW blazers this year. To order from Lands’ End, visit http://www.landsend.com/school and search for “Maeser” under the “Find My School” tab.

Used Uniform Sale

To help our students and their families, we are pleased to hold a used school uniform sale on Tuesday, August 7 from 6-8pm that will include gently worn clothing. This sale is an opportunity to allow parents to resell their students’ uniforms, and for parents to purchase needed uniforms in good condition at a low cost.

To facilitate a smooth uniform sale, here are some guidelines and instructions:

Date & Time: Tuesday August 7, 6-8pm
Room: Maeser Lunchroom

TO PURCHASE: The Used Uniform Sale is CASH ONLY — bring lots of small bills (ex. $1 and $5).

TO SELL USED ITEMS: Drop off labeled items to the Front Office on Tuesday, August 7th from 9am-12pm or in the Lunchroom from 4pm-6pm and sign a waiver. Please do not leave your items unattended, without signing a waiver, or without properly labeling each item (see below).

How to Label Your Used Uniforms for Sale: All items must be laundered and have no holes, tears or stains. Label each item by safety pinning an envelope to each item. Each envelope needs your first and last name, gender and size of clothing item (ex. Women’s Small), and sale price written on each envelope. When your item is sold the money will go inside the envelope for you to pick up at the end of the sale (8 pm).

To Pick up Money and Unsold Clothing: All money and unsold items must be picked up at the end of the Uniform Sale — 8-8:30pm in the Lunchroom. Important note: Due to liability and school regulations, envelopes with cash in them from your sold uniforms and any unsold uniform clothing items must be picked up at the end of the uniform sale (8-8:30pm) with a photo ID.

Pick up or Donate: If you want your unsold uniforms back, you must come to the end of the sale to reclaim them. Envelopes with cash and uniform items that are not picked up at the end of the sale will be considered a donation to the school. Maeser will use the clothing and money to benefit the students at Maeser.

Waiver: To be able to sell your used uniform clothing, you must sign a Maeser Uniform Sale Parent Waiver at the time you drop off your labeled clothing agreeing to the terms of the sale, indicating release of liability of Maeser and volunteers running the sale, acknowledgement to pick up donated items/money within a half hour of the sale ending or they will be considered donations to the school, the name(s) of those who will be allowed to pick up items/money at the end of the sale (a driver’s license will be required).

To help our school community, the Maeser Uniform Committee has created a suggested guideline for pricing:

  • Polo shirts: $3-$5
  • Dress shirts: $3-$5
  • Cardigans: $10
  • Shorts: $3-$5
  • Pants: $3-$5
  • Skirts: $5-$8
  • PE clothing: $2-$5
  • Ties: $5
  • Blazers: $25
  • Embroidered sweaters: $10
  • Sweatshirts: $10
  • Hooded jackets: $10-$15

Any questions, email sarahsolen@hotmail.com or saundra@farnsworth.us.

Volunteer Help Needed!

Used Uniform Sale: Tuesday, August 7

We need some parent volunteers to help us run the used uniform sale! If you are available and willing to help, please visit our SignUpGenius page to sign up: Uniform Exchange.

Continental Breakfast for Teachers: Monday, August 13

Our teachers head back to school before the students. We need parent volunteers to provide a continental breakfast for our teachers’ first day back. This is a great way to let our teachers know we appreciate them and to get a jump start on your volunteer hours for the year! If you can help, please visit our SignUpGenius to sign up: Continental Breakfast for Teachers.

Lunches & Gift Cards for Teachers: August 13-17

Get a jump start on your volunteer hours for the school year! We need parent help to provide lunches and gift cards for the teachers during the week of August 13-17. If you can help, please visit our SignUpGenius to sign up: Lunches & Gift Cards for Teachers.

Monday, Aug 13: Taco Salads
Tuesday, Aug 14: Pizza
Wednesday, Aug 15: Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Thursday, Aug 16: Chili Cook Off
Friday, Aug 17: Sandwich Bar

Please pick up crock pots and any dishes you bring food in the same day. Also — whenever possible, disposable is best.

Need to report your volunteer hours?

If you’ve completed volunteer hours for this school year but haven’t yet reported them, please visit the form on our website to report those hours: Report Parent Service Hours.

No time to volunteer?

Did you know you can make a donation in lieu of volunteer hours? Volunteer hours can be “bought out” at $7.50 per hour (or $300 for the full 40 hours). Donations can be made at the front desk during office hours or on our RevTrak fee payment site. If you make a donation in lieu of volunteer hours, please remember to record your donation at the link above!

Back to School Tips from SOAR/Study Skills

Gearing up for back-to-school can be a bit overwhelming; there is a lot to do, a lot of transitions to navigate, and often a sense of blues as the realization that summer has, once again, gone by too fast. However, you can easily turn back-to-school anxieties into positive anticipation for a great school year with the following action plan. For tips and keys to a successful start to the school year, check out these Back to School Tips from SOAR/Study Skills!

Speech and Debate

The Beginner Camp that was scheduled for this coming week (August 6-10) has been canceled. Advanced Camp will be held during the week of August 13-17.

The after-school Speech and Debate activity class will start on August 27 and will be held every Monday and Wednesday after school until 4:30pm throughout the school year. The Debate fee for high school students is $150 and the fee for middle school students is $100.

Maeser Debate is a member of the Utah Debate Coaches Association (UDCA) and National Speech and Debate Association(NSDA). Any event that is included in the associations, we will be teaching to students if they are interested. Past debaters have found Speech and Debate to be a useful tool in college applications and the Sterling Scholar competition.

Debate events include (but are not limited to): Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congress, Declamation, Extemp, Impromptu, Oratory, Poetry, Duo, Interp, Storytelling, Humorous, and SPAR.

For more details or to enroll before the class begins, please email our coaches: janetwong98@gmail.com (Head Coach) or jonathan.harmon@maeserprep.org (Assistant Coach).

Host Families Needed for Foreign Exchange Students

We still need host families for foreign exchange students who will be coming to Maeser this year! Foreign exchange students make a great contribution to our school, our community, and to your family. Students are carefully selected and screened, and they come with their own health insurance and spending money — all that is required from you is a bed, board and welcome. If your family is interested in hosting an exchange student this year, please call Wendy Waldes for more information: wendywaldes@gmail.com or 801-709-3583.

Sports Announcements

Sports Eligibility

Eligibility Information for NEW Maeser High School Students

If you are new to Maeser Prep and are will be in 10th-12th grade, OR will be in 9th grade but have tried out for a sport at another Utah high school, AND you want to play high school sports, please contact Jared Norris at jared.norris@maeserprep.org to discuss eligibility requirements. The UHSAA (Utah High School Activities Association) implemented new eligibility requirements last year that could possibly impact your participation at the varsity level.

Sports & Activities Eligibility Policy for Fall Sports (Quarter 1)

Academic eligibility for high school students wanting to play a fall sport will be based on grades from the 4th term of 2017-18. This includes students who are transferring to Maeser Prep. The minimum requirement is a 2.0 with no Fs/NGs. Please note below that there will be changes to this policy starting 2nd term.

Sports & Activities Eligibility Policy Change Starting 2nd Term

Starting in Quarter 2 of the 2018-2019 school year, student eligibility for extra-curricular activities/sports (including non-UHSAA sports/activities) will be contingent upon grades from the previous term. The minimum GPA will be a 2.7 with no Fs/NGs. Students will also be expected to maintain a 2.7 during the term that the sport/activity is taking place. Please note below that there will be additional changes to this policy starting 3rd term.

Sports & Activities Eligibility Policy Change Starting 3rd Term

Starting Quarter 3, students who have an NG or failing grade from ANY previous high school terms will not be eligible until that F or NG is made up. For example, if a junior failed a freshman course he/she will be required to make up this course before participation in extracurricular activities. We recommend that any students who are affected by this policy take advantage of the fall semester to make up these classes! If the student has an NG, they can begin making those up in August when the front staff returns. If it is a failing grade that is the issue, please contact your student’s counselor to discuss options for making up the failed credit.

Pre-Tryout Requirements

Sports Medical Physicals (all grades)

All students (7th-12th grades) are required to have a physical completed before they can play a sport. Physicals are good for one year. If a student-athlete does not have one he/she will not be able to play. Please bring a copy of this form to your student’s physical exam for their doctor to fill out: UHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Form.

Online Registration for Fall High School Sports

High school students who participate in girls volleyball, girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, and cross-country must complete the online registration through Register My Athlete. However, please DO NOT start this until July 9th.The school is updating this site for Maeser Prep and it will not be ready until that time. If you have questions please contact Jared Norris at jared.norris@maeserprep.org.

Fees for Sports & Activities

All sports and activity fees are due BEFORE your student participates. We will no longer use the deposit/balance model we used last year for sports–everything will be due up front. This will most immediately affect those who plan to participate in fall sports and the high school and middle school Shakespeare competitions. Please plan accordingly so you have funds available to pay for these activities up front.

Tryouts for Sports Open to All Grades

Swimming

For 2018-19 the swimming team will hold practices in the morning at the Orem Fitness Center. Students interested in swimming will have the option of enrolling in a 1st period swimming class that will allow enough time for practices to occur. This class will be optional as some students might have an academic class that conflicts. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Burg (swimcoach@maeserprep.org) or Daisy Stonely (daisystonely@hotmail.com).

Ultimate Frisbee

Summer Open Play continues every Wednesday at 10:00 am at Bonneville Park in Orem. All are invited to come play, student, faculty, and parents. Bring cleats and water. Co-ed Ultimate will be offered for both high school and middle school students starting in September. Email Mr. Woolley for more information: michael.woolley@maeserprep.org.

Tryouts for High School Sports

HS Girls Volleyball Tryouts and Practices

Tryouts/practice begin Monday, August 6th 9am-12pm. Practice everyday from 9 to 12 until school starts for those who make the team.

HS Co-Ed Baseball Tryouts

Tryouts for the co-ed high school baseball team will be August 7th & 8th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Rotary Park diamond (400 S 200 E, American Fork). Open practices will start next week (July 27). Returning players look for an email with times. New players contact Coach Ensign. If you have any questions please contact Coach Gilbert (ted.gilbert@maeserprep.org) or Coach Ensign (mark.ensign@maeserprep.org).

HS Boys Volleyball

Any high school boys interested in playing volleyball come to OPEN GYM Thursday August 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 5:30pm. Help us defend our state championship! Tryouts will be August 21st.

Tryouts for Middle School Sports

Girls volleyball, boys soccer, and cross country are offered at Maeser Prep during the fall for 7th and 8th graders. If you are on the team, your elective will be the 4th period Middle School Sports class as this will be when your practices are held.

MS Cross Country

There are no tryouts for cross country — please contact Jessica Kemper at jessica.kemper@maeserprep.org if you have questions about cross country.

MS Girls Volleyball Tryouts

Tryouts for middle school girls volleyball (7th and 8th graders) will be August 8th, 9th, and 10th from 2:30-4:00pm in the school gym. Practices will be held August 13th, 15th, and 16th from 2:00-3:30. If you have any questions please contact Coach Call (darci.call@maeserprep.org).

MS Boys Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for boys soccer will be held sometime during the week of August 13th (specific date has not been set yet).

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