In this edition: Back to School Student-Teacher-Parent Meet & Greet, School Supplies, Schedule Changes August 13-16, NEW THIS YEAR: Forum, THANK YOU Uniform Sale Volunteers, Volunteer Help Needed, HS Back to School Stomp August 24, Galapagos Winterim, Lands’ End 30% Off Sale, Sport Announcements: Eligibility, Pre-Tryout Requirements, Tryouts for Middle School Sports
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Front Office Hours
8am-4pm August 13-17
Regular office hours resume Monday, August 20
Monday-Tuesday, August 13-14
10-11:30am MS Boys Soccer Tryouts
Wednesday, August 15
6-8pm Student-Teacher-Parent Meet & Greet
7pm Senior Meeting
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
5:40pm HS Boys Volleyball Tryouts
Friday, August 24
8-11pm HS Back to School Stomp
Back to School Student-Teacher-Parent Meet & Greet
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday, August 15 from 6-8pm for our Back to School Meet & Greet! We’ll have a short opening session for everyone at 6:00pm in the gym, followed by breakout sessions, including:
- Senior Meeting at 7pm to start discussing graduation and college applications
- Jostens rep on campus to answer questions about graduation gear and class rings
- UVU reps on campus to answer questions about concurrent enrollment and UVU admissions
- Department displays
- Tours for new families & students
- Meet your teachers
- Extracurricular sports & activities showcase
Many of you have asked for our school supply list so you can get to the Back to School sales before everything is picked over. Here’s the link to our list: Maeser 2018-19 School Supply List. Our teachers are still adding supplies, so if you don’t see the class you’re looking for, keep checking back!
Shop for School Supplies AND Help Our School!
Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to Karl G Maeser Preparatory Academy when you shop for back to school supplies at smile.amazon.com and select Maeser as your designated donation organization!
Schedule Changes: August 13-16
In order to allow our counselors to participate in teacher training activities this week, schedule changes will be available on a walk-in basis this week at the following times ONLY:
Monday, August 13: 10am-12pm, 1-3pm
Tuesday, August 14: 9-11am
Wednesday, August 15: 1-3pm
Thursday, August 16: 10am-12pm, 1-3pm
Please email your counselor — keep in mind that due to schedule changes, response times may be slower than usual, so the fastest route to a counselor may be during the walk-in times listed above!
NEW THIS YEAR: Forum
Parents and students: You probably noticed a new class on your schedule this year. We’re excited to introduce Forum. Your Forum class will function somewhat like a homeroom class. You’ll meet with your Forum class once a week to watch The Pride (our weekly Print Communications webcast), hear important announcements and updates, and receive grade reports and other needed information. It’s another opportunity for you to connect with your classmates and a trusted adult who can help you out.
In ancient Rome, the Forum was the central gathering place where business was conducted, politicians mixed with their constituents, friends got together to catch up on the latest goings on, and just generally stay connected to what was happening in and around Rome. We’ve decided to borrow the term because we hope it will provide a convenient yet powerful way to stay connected to the Maeser community.
We’ll be sharing more information about Forum and some other exciting changes during the first few days of school. We look forward to seeing everyone!
THANK YOU Uniform Sale Volunteers!
A HUGE shout out to Saundra Farnsworth, Sarah Nielsen, and the Uniform Committee for putting on a very successful Uniform Exchange on Tuesday Aug 7. It takes an incredible amount of time and organization to put on the sale.
Not only did the sale benefit students and parents by offering both the sale and purchasing of uniforms, but we were able to raise $1500 from the sale of donated uniforms items. This money will go towards teacher development at Maeser. Thank you to all who donated uniforms items.
Thank you uniform committee for all your hard work!!!
Volunteer Help Needed!
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 (OPEN SPOTS LEFT)
Thursday, Aug 16: Chili Cook Off (OPEN SPOTS LEFT)
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!
HS Back to School Stomp: Friday, August 24
High school students: come to the Back to School Stomp on Friday, August 24 from 8-11pm at the school! Tickets are $5/person. Uniforms are not required, but street clothes need to be in good repair and meet school standards in length and appearance.
Parents and Students: you have just one month left to sign up for Maeser’s only international Winterim for this coming January. Mrs. Slade and Mr. Kreitzer plan to take a group of students and parents to the unique Galapagos Islands off Ecuador to learn more about island biology. Please contact Mrs. Slade at email@example.com or Mr. Kreitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information as soon as possible!
Lands’ End 30% Off SALE
Lands’ End is having a 30% off sale on school uniform items! This is a GREAT time to order more expensive items like blazers and cardigans. Shop online at www.landsend.com/school now through Wednesday, August 15, and use promo code SCIENCE and PIN 3387 at checkout.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Middle School Sports
MS Boys Soccer Tryouts
Tryouts for MS Boys Soccer will be held this Monday-Tuesday, August 13-14, from 10-11:30am. (MS Girls Soccer will play in the spring.)