Maeser Updates: 1 May 2017

In this edition of Maeser Updates:

  • Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
  • Announcements and Info
  • Parent-specific Messages
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Sports Announcements

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines


Tuesdays and Thursdays after school
Middle school math help in room 223 from 3:15-4:15pm.

For more about May’s student events, check out our student-created newscast R-News!

May 1-5

All Week
AP exams — Questions? Email Mrs. Myers.

Monday, May 1
HS Musical: Much Ado About Nothing at 7:00pm
Tickets are $6 for students, $8 for adults

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.

Thursday, May 4
Space Exploration Winterim 2018: student and parent information meeting at 7:00pm in room 155

May 8-12

All Week
AP exams — Questions? Email Mrs. Myers.

Tuesday, May 9
Maeser School Board meeting at 7:00pm

May 15-19

Monday, May 15
Senior Last Lecture: Last Lecture Assembly Schedule

Wednesday, May 17
Senior Lagoon Day–all NGs, Fs, and online course transcripts must be cleared up and graduation clearance given by the counselors to attend.

Friday, May 19
Final Exams: Regular Uniforms
1st period: 8:00-10:00am
3rd period: 10:30am-12:30pm
Attendance School: 12:45-2:45pm

May 19-20
State Orchestra Festival at Salem Hills High School. Details coming soon!

May 22-25

Monday, May 22
Final Exams: Regular Uniforms (Full Dress is not required today)
2nd period: 8:00-10:00am
4th period: 10:30am-12:30pm
Attendance School: 12:45-2:45pm

Tuesday, May 23
Final Exams: Regular Uniforms
5th period: 8:00-10:00am
7th period: 10:30am-12:30pm
Attendance School: 12:45-2:45pm — LAST DAY TO MAKE UP NGs IN ATTENDANCE SCHOOL!

Wednesday, May 24
Final Exams: Regular Uniforms
6th period: 8:00-10:00am
8th period: 10:30am-12:30pm
Early-Bird Checkout: 12:30-3:00pm

Thursday, May 25
Last Day of School
7:30am — Senior Class Photo on the front steps of the school (seniors: plan to arrive by 7:15am!)
8:00am — Class-level awards in Mentoring classes (non-senior students: plan to arrive by 8:00am!)
9:00am — Awards Assembly in the gym; parents are invited and should arrive by 8:45am to be seated
~10:00am — Faculty/Student Quidditch Match on the field
~11:00am — Checkout completion and yearbook distribution (students: get checkout completed by Wednesday for more time signing yearbooks!)
2:00pm — Graduation Rehearsal at the UVU Sorensen Center Grand Ballroom (all graduates MUST attend rehearsal!)
5:15pm — Graduate line-up at the UVU Sorensen Center Grand Ballroom (all graduates MUST be present by 5:15pm!)
6:00pm — Graduation

Announcements and Info

Tell Me Something Good!

Congratulations, Maeser!
This week Maeser was notified that it was chosen as US News & World Report’s #1 High School in Utah. Even more impressive is that Maeser is #69 Best Charter School in the United States! Huge thanks to the faculty and parents who supported our students in their efforts! Check out some of our reviews:

BYU Spanish Language Fair
Congratulations to our amazing Spanish students! At the BYU Language Fair last week Tori Jensen, Monique Hernandez, and Emmanuel Morales received Excellent ratings for their Show & Tell presentations. Joseph Whitworth received an Excellent rating for his Humorous Story. Esteban Cancino-Saenz, Jared Chapman, Haylie Chase, Jason Heckel, Brook Mills, and Brandon Lee also received an Excellent rating for their Skit. Joelle Ray received a Superior rating for her Prepared Talk and the Second-Year Language Bowl team consisting of Allyson Armstrong, Caleb Clayson, Gavin Garner, Dallin Hansen, Lindsay Saunders, and Luke Stancil won all four rounds of competition, receiving a Superior rating overall.

High School Science Olympiad Team
Congratulations to the High School Science Olympiad team! They took 9th place overall at the State Competition, with Eli Clark and Katie Lawrence winning the bronze medal in Robot Arm, and Eli Clark and Devin Johannesmeyer winning the bronze medal in Hovercraft.

Music Announcements

Did you miss last week’s choir auditions??
It’s not too late! Don’t be shy; contact Mrs Vincent at for placement in the two high school choirs (now called A Cappella and Madrigals), or Chamber Orchestra (now called Chamber Players). We also have lots of room for pianists. Every serious piano student should take opportunities to develop accompanying skills, so come join us!

Wednesday, May 3rd: Music Showcase Concert
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 65 E 500 N in Orem, 7:00 p.m. Come hear Maeser’s finest music students in their final performance of the year. And admission is free!

Utah Opera & Utah Symphony 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.***

Space Exploration Winterim 2018

What year did the U.S. send the first American into space? What caused the near-failure of the Apollo 13 mission? How long will it take to get to Mars? If you are interested in these and other fascinating questions about space, come join us in the Space Exploration Winterim 2018. There will be an information meeting for all interested students and parents on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00pm in room 155.

Parent-specific Announcements

Attendance Reminders

Parents, remember that school is coming to an end. Please be sure and have your student(s) take care of their NG(s) by May 23rd.

Parents may excuse absences within 10 school days of the date of the absence. If an absence is not excused within 10 school days, the student may do one of the following to excuse the NG:

  1. Go to Attendance School at 11:10 – 11:30 in room 151. The cost is $2.00 per 20 minute make up session. Attendance School is a 20 minute session. If the student needs to make up a tardy (T) or (C), it is one 20 minute session. If the student needs to make up an unexcused absence (X) it is two 20 minute sessions.
  2. Arrange time to work it off with a teacher (ask the teacher for permission FIRST and then ask for the form in the front office). There is no charge to make up attendance with a teacher.

If your child is a senior and they have an NG that is not made up, they will not be able to attend Lagoon Day.

We also want to remind you that if you receive a phone call regarding your child’s attendance 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!

Volunteer Needs

Still need to get your volunteer hours in for this year?

Have a current 2016-17 background check on file?
We are in need of several parents who have current background checks on file and are willing to volunteer as substitutes so our teachers can proctor AP exams during the first two weeks of May. If you are willing to help and have completed your background check for this year, please email for details. Thank you!

Need to report your volunteer hours for this year?
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.

Too busy to volunteer before the end of the school year?
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.

Sports Announcements

High School Sports Banquet

The high school sports banquet will be on Tuesday, May 16 @ 6pm in the gym. Contact your coach if you have questions. Each family should bring either an appetizer or dessert that feeds 12 people. We also encourage students to be in full dress.

Fall 2017 Sports Eligibility

All 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who plan on playing a fall sport must be academically eligible and eligibility will based on your 4th term grades. The minimum requirement is a 2.0 with zero Fs/NGs. If your GPA is less than a 2.0 or you have any Fs/NGs you will be ineligible to play.