Maeser Updates: 1 June 2018

In this edition: IMPORTANT Fee Policy Change for Sports & Activities, Maeser Summer Reading Program, Study The Iliad with Mr. Simmons This Summer, Music Department Summer Party, Host Families Needed for Foreign Exchange Students in 2018-19

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Summer Front Office Hours
9am-12pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from June 4-June 22
CLOSED June 25-July 31

June 4 & 5
9am-12pm MANDATORY Orientation for Online Summer School students

June 11-29
8am-2pm In-person Math Summer School classes in session

Thursday, June 21
Music Department Summer Party

SAVE THE DATE: Used Uniform Exchange
Tuesday, August 7

ATTENTION: Fee Policy Change for Sports & Activities

Starting with the 2018-19 school year, all sports and activity fees will be 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 (including those that start practicing in the summer) and the high school and middle school Shakespeare competitions.

Please plan accordingly so you have funds available to pay for these activities up front. (What a great time for students to get summer jobs!)

Maeser Summer Reading Program

Students and families, make sure you check out Maeser’s Summer Reading program. This year, all students should read Fahrenheit 451. If students want to gain additional recognition by reading even more great literature, check out the official program for details and to see the book lists: 2018 Maeser Summer Reading Information.

Study The Iliad with Mr. Simmons This Summer

Every summer Mr. Simmons has an informal book club. Last summer we studied John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This summer, we’ll be studying Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Come read and discuss the most important piece of literature in the Western World (and Mr. Simmons’ favorite book!). We will be having book discussions about Homer’s Iliad every Thursday throughout the summer. Anyone can come!

What: Iliad book club
When: Thursdays from 11:00-12:00, beginning on June 7th!
Where: School library
Who: Anyone (middle school students, high school students, parents, friends)

Students can join the Google Classroom with this code: rdqb1ew

If you’re interested, we’ll be using the Stanley Lombardo translation of Homer’s Iliad. Any translation will work, but we use the Lombardo translation at school.

If you have questions, email Mr. Simmons (

Music Department Summer Party

Music students, come celebrate a great year and say goodbye to the Captain, who is leaving Maeser, at the Webb home (242 International Way, Alpine) on Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. We’ll roast hot dogs and play yard games. Bring a side dish, drink, or dessert item; Captain Vincent will provide meat and buns. Please come! She wants to see YOU. Music alumni are welcome for this last hurrah. RSVP to

Host Families Needed for Foreign Exchange Students in 2018-19

NACEL is currently accepting applications for volunteer families who are interested in hosting an exchange student in their home for the upcoming school 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 next year, please contact Wendy Waldes for more information: or 801-709-3583.