In this edition of Maeser Updates:
- Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
- Announcements and Info
- Parent-specific Messages
- Volunteers Needed
- Sports Announcements
- Counselor’s Corner (Note changes: College Information & Scholarship Center have moved!)
- PowerSchool Access & Text Message Communications (Note changes: this info has moved!)
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Tuesdays and Thursdays after school
Middle school math help in room 223 from 3:15-4:15pm.
Monday-Thursday, April 17-20 during lunch; Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 after school
Auditions for High School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra for 2017-18. Sign up on the music room door (#119). New incoming students: email Mrs. Vincent for an audition time.
Tuesday, April 18
State Math Contest Closing Ice Cream Social after school in Mrs. Plott’s room for all those who competed at the State Math Competition last month at BYU.
Tuesday, April 18
Board Meeting at 7 pm. NOTE change of date for this month only.
Wednesday, April 19
Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Admission is FREE
Thursday, April 20
BYU Language Fair
Friday, April 21
Maeserstrong 5k run. $3.00 to enter. Students and their families are welcome to participate. It will be held at the Lindon City Park at 12:30 pm. Bikes and scooters are allowed. All proceeds will be donated to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Friday, April 21
Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Admission is FREE.
April 24-May 1
HS Musical: Much Ado About Nothing
Wednesday, April 26
SAGE Testing Day – only students taking SAGE tests will be on campus on this day. All SAGE tests will be given on this date (make-up testing will be available if your student is unable to attend on SAGE Testing Day). Questions about SAGE? Email Mrs. Myers.
Monday, May 1
HS Musical: Much Ado About Nothing
Monday, May 1
AP exams begin! Questions about AP exams? Email Mrs. Myers.
Wednesday, May 3
Maeser Music Showcase, featuring Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Maeser’s finest music students! 7:00 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, 65 East 500 North in Orem. Admission is FREE.
Announcements and Info
Celebrate Our Students!
Congratulations to Corwyn and Devyn Giles who represented Maeser at the BYU Science Fair (state competition)! Corwyn won 2nd place in Biochemistry and also won the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award and a $4000 scholarship to Westminster College in the high school division! Devyn won 3rd place in Earth and Environmental Science and also won the special Navy/Marine Corp Naval Science Award in the junior high division. This was Corwyn’s 7th year making it to the BYU competition and Devyn’s 4th year…they really like science!
State Math Contest Closing Social: Tuesday, April 18
If you competed at the State Math Competition last month at BYU, you are invited to attend our closing ice cream social. It will be held on Tuesday, April 18th, after school in Mrs. Plott’s room. We will have ice cream, review our scores, and give out prizes. Hope to see you there!
SAGE Testing: Wednesday, April 26
Wednesday, April 26 will be a special all-school testing day to administer SAGE tests–the State’s year-end tests in English, Math, and Science. English and Writing tests will be administered from 7:30-11:05am, with Science and Math from 11:35am-3:10pm. Only students taking SAGE tests should be on campus on SAGE Testing Day. We will provide make-up testing sessions for students who are unable to attend on April 26th. Only students taking SAGE tests this year should attend on Wednesday, April 26th; students with no SAGE tests assigned or who have submitted Parental Exclusion forms should not be on campus that day.
Year-end testing gives us a useful snapshot of where our students are at this point in the year in certain core areas. Our students have historically performed very well on these year-end tests, due to Maeser’s focus on providing “Core Plus” instruction that goes above and beyond what is required by the State’s core curriculum. We use our students’ test scores to help us inform and improve instruction. The State uses SAGE test scores as a major component of our school’s grade, which is published on the state’s Data Gateway website. We would appreciate your help in emphasizing to your student the importance of doing his or her best on their year-end tests to help us in these areas.
If you would prefer to opt your student out of SAGE testing this year, please complete, sign, and return the Parental Exclusion Form either by email (email@example.com) or at the front desk (Mon-Thurs 7am-3:45pm, Fri 7am-12:45pm) by Monday, April 24, to allow us time to mark your student correctly in the testing system and update their attendance for SAGE Testing Day.
Utah Boys State
Any 11th grade boys who are interested in attending Boys State please contact Mr. Norris. Boys State will be held at Weber State University June 12-16. The cost is $375.
Winterim 2018: Christmas and New Year in Japan
Dates: December 21, 2017 through January 2, 2018
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Watabe. This Winterim needs at least 15 to 20 students to make it happen.
Utah Opera remaining performance:
May 11 Don Giovanni by Mozart. Bus leaves Maeser at 5:30. (Meet at 5:15.)
*** If you cannot use your ticket, please tell Mrs. Vincent so someone else can.***
Utah Symphony group concerts:
April 28 — Bus leaves Maeser at 5:30 p.m. (Meet at 5:15.)
Opera May 11
Auditions for 2017-18 music groups:
It’s that time of year! Auditions for next year’s high school choirs will begin after Spring Break. Mrs. Vincent would like to hear ALL high school singers, unless you have no experience and know you want to sign up for beginning choir. Sign up for an audition time on music room door (#119). In a choir already? Auditions will be held during class. Students already in chamber choir need not re-audition.
Audition dates: During lunch April 17-20 and after school Thursday, April 20 (3:15-5:00) and Friday, April 21 (12:05-2:00 — later if needed). New students, can’t get to Maeser? Email a video of your student singing “Silent Night,” along with a short vitae (history of musical experience).
Instrumental auditions for students not already in orchestra: Contact Mrs. Vincent.
- Singers will sing “Silent Night” and demonstrate music reading skills. Note: Do not stay away because you cannot read music! We just need to know our starting point.
- Instrumental students will play a 3-octave major scale, an excerpt from a solo, and demonstrate sight reading skills.
Questions? New to Maeser next year? Send an email to Mrs Vincent.
Important Announcement from Maeser Administration
Parents: We have listened to your feedback on A/B schedules and student needs. One of the desires that has been repeated over and over is a desire to explore a later start time for school (8 am). Of course, that means there will be changes in other areas. We want to create a win-win, so we need to do an experiment. For the next two weeks we are going to pilot 4-minute passing periods to see if we can be more efficient with our time and help us determine if we can keep our release times and Friday early outs in a future schedule. Please help us so we can have accurate information by encouraging your students to make a concerted effort to see if four minutes is enough time to get from Class A to Class B! This will start Monday — click here to view the bell schedules: Bell Schedules for 17-28 April 2017.
Parents: Time is running out, we only have five weeks until finals!
Please encourage your student(s) to take care of their NGs by May 18th. If your child is a senior, they will not be able to attend Lagoon Day if they have an NG.
If you receive a robo-call to your home regarding an absence for that day and you know you have already excused your student, we apologize for the inconvenience. We try to post Attendance every day by 4:00, but sometimes we get swamped at the front desk and we need up to 24 hours to update the Attendance. We appreciate your patience!
Important Information About Student Fees and End of School Year
Student fees are DUE by Tuesday, April 25. Please check PowerSchool or contact the front office to see if your student has any outstanding fees.
SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:
- AP students will NOT be allowed into the testing room on the day of their AP exam if their AP exam fee is not paid in full.
- Yearbooks will NOT be distributed to students with UNPAID FEES.
- Keep in mind that fees will be assessed on the last couple days of school for lost locks, lost parking passes and/or lost textbooks. Have your student start looking for these items now! If you are charged for a textbook and find it later, you will not be given a refund.
You can pay student fees online at https://maeserprep.revtrak.net or in person at the front desk during business hours. Thank you!
Carpool Needed in Lehi!
We have a foreign exchange student living in the Lehi area who is in need of a carpool for the rest of this school year. If you live near Fox Hollow Elementary School in Lehi and might be able to pick up another student on your way to Maeser, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the student. Thank you!
We are in need of 10 parent volunteers to help us out at the Maeserstrong 5K this Friday, April 21 at 12:30 at the Lindon City Park. If you are able to help, please contact Ms. Ure or Mrs. Killpack. Thank you!
You can now access information from the school counselors on the Counselors page on the Maeser Prep website.
PowerSchool Access & Text Messages
Information about PowerSchool access and receiving text messages from the school is available on the PowerSchool login page.