In This Edition
LAST CALL To Make Up NGs, Annual Sterling Scholar Competition for High School Seniors, Math Team, HS Play Auditions, Fees Due October 7 (Payment Plans Available), Maeser Drive-in Movie Night, 11th Grade PSAT Day: Wednesday, October 13, Sports Announcements (Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals, Maeser Sports Guide), Counseling Announcements (Senior CCR Meetings, Sophomore CCR Meetings, Miss Krystal’s Counseling Corner Podcast, Ms. Sorenson’s MS Podcast, MS Students Of The Week, New Scholarship Opportunities), Are You Missing Important School Communications? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)
Front Office Hours
**PARENTS: Please remember to check in at the front office when visiting the school during school hours, including Fridays. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!**
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Friday, September 24
9am Sterling Scholar Information Meeting in room 150
Monday, September 27
LAST DAY to submit Independent Winterim Applications
Monday-Wednesday, October 4-6
Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest
Monday-Thursday, October 4-7
Thursday, October 7
Fee Deadline: Annual student fees, Winterim, Graduation, first semester and full-year class fees. Late fee ($15) after this date.
Friday, October 8
Last Day of Quarter 1
8pm Maeser Drive-In Movie Night
Wednesday, October 13
PSAT Day: Juniors ONLY
Thursday-Friday, October 14-15
Monday, October 25
Picture Retake Day
Friday, October 29
8-11pm Halloween Stomp (high school only)
LAST CALL To Make Up NGs
We are making the final plea to students to take care of all the attendance issues that can affect their eligibility for extra-curriculars and Winterim. We will be holding the final attendance school sessions on Fridays through October 1st in the library from 9am-1pm.
After 1pm on October 1st, all remaining NGs (no grades) will become NCs (no credit) and your student will need to repeat the course to receive credit.
If you have any questions on your student’s attendance, please contact the attendance secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Sterling Scholar Competition for High School Seniors
All high school seniors are invited to compete in the annual Sterling Scholar program.
The Sterling Scholar program provides an opportunity for high school seniors statewide to showcase their success in the following 14 categories:
Science, English, Math, Social Science, World Languages, Computer Tech, Skilled/Technical Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Marketing, Speech/Theatre Arts/Forensics, Vocal Performance, Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Dance.
If a student wins at Maeser, they will advance to compete at the regional semifinals. If they win there, they will advance to compete in the finals. Region Winners (and in some cases Runners-Up) are eligible for scholarships that vary by institution. More information can be found here: http://www.sterlingscholar.org/benefits/
There will be an information meeting for seniors this Friday (September 24) at 9am in room 150.
The Middle School and High School Math Teams have started meeting. We meet on Wednesdays, during lunch. High School students will meet with Mrs. Plott in room #302 and Middle School students will meet with Ms. Wagner in room #303. Permission slips are due by Wednesday, September 29th. If you have any questions or need a copy of the permission slip, please contact Mrs. Plott (email@example.com) or Ms. Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
High School Play Auditions
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is considered by many to be the funniest play in the English language. Auditions are October 4-6th. Sign up for an appointment outside the Drama Room, and prepare a 1-minute monologue of your choice in RP (Received Pronunciation, or “posh”) British accent. This is a small-cast show, with rehearsals after school every day from October 8-December 8. E-mail Mr. Hults with any questions!
Fees Due Thursday, October 7–Payment Plans Available
Annual student fees, Winterim, Graduation, first semester and full-year class fees are due on Thursday, Oct 7. Any outstanding fees from last year (for lost textbooks) are also due on Thursday, Oct 7. After this date, a $15 late fee will be assessed.
You can avoid long lines by paying online at our RevTrak fee payment site or by calling the front office during business hours with your credit card.
If you would like to put some of your student’s fees on a payment plan, please contact the Finance Office at email@example.com BEFORE the Oct 7 due date. Monthly payments may start anytime between October and January and the last payment is due the last day of April. Payment plans may include annual student fees, Winterim fee, graduation fee and class fees. No other fees may be put on a payment plan.
Maeser Drive-in Movie Night
Come watch a fun movie between 8-10pm in the north parking lot of Maeser! The student body will choose between Spider-Man into the Spiderverse, Wonder, and Napoleon Dynamite. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased in the front office or from StuCo during lunch.
11th Grade PSAT Day: Wednesday, October 13
On Wednesday, October 13, all Maeser juniors will be given the opportunity to take the PSAT — a pre-SAT test offered by the College Board. This is a free opportunity for our juniors to enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
In order to create a safe and focused testing environment for our juniors, we have set aside this day for PSAT testing only. There will be NO SCHOOL on October 13 for students who are not in 11th grade. Please make other arrangements for your students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 on that day, as we will not have space or supervision available for them on our campus.
Juniors should plan to arrive by no later than 7:45am on October 13, to give them time to find their testing room and check in. Standard-time testing should end by around noon and students should plan to leave campus immediately after their testing room is dismissed. More detailed information about PSAT day will be sent to juniors and their parents as we get closer to the day of the test. We recommend that students eat a nutritious breakfast before arriving at school on the morning of the test and bring their own snacks for the break.
We encourage all juniors to take the PSAT next Wednesday, both as a free opportunity to practice before taking the ACT and as an opportunity to enter a large scholarship competition. However, parents who prefer not to send their students to campus for testing can choose to opt their students out of this test by submitting a signed Parental Exclusion Form by Monday, October 11 (to give us time to excuse your student’s absence and adjust our testing room assignments). These students will be provided with information about how they can enter the National Merit Scholarship competition without taking the PSAT.
Sports Academic Eligibility
Eligibility for participation in any sports/activities during the 2nd term will be based on 1st term grades. Students (7th-12th) must earn a 2.7 GPA with no Fs/NGs. In addition, high school students cannot have any Fs/NGs/Incompletes from previous high school terms. If the F/NG/Incomplete is made up by the beginning of the sports season they will be able to participate.
All students (middle school and high school) who will be playing sports this year need a physical in order to play. Here is a link to the UHSAA form which Maeser uses for ALL athletes: UHSAA Physical Form
Maeser Sports Guide
For a list of the sports that are available at Maeser for both MS and HS students, click here: 2021 Maeser Sports Guide. The Fall Sports Guide includes whether the team is boys, girls, or coed, when tryouts are, who the coach is, and the coach’s contact information, if it is available.
Senior College and Career Readiness (CCR) Meetings
Senior College and Career Readiness Appointments have started and will run through October. Sign up to meet with Mrs. Anderson at this link: Sign Up For Your Senior CCR Meeting
Sophomore College and Career Readiness (CCR) Meetings
Sophomore College and Career Readiness Appointments have started and will run through October. Sign up to meet with Mr. Peck at this link: Sign Up For Your Sophomore CCR Meeting
Miss Krystal’s Counseling Corner Podcast
Ms. Sorenson’s Middle School Podcast
THIS WEEK in the Lion’s Den! Listen to this week’s podcast on ways to deal with stress using laughter: Stress and Laughter
MS Students Of The Week
Congratulations to this week’s Middle School Students of the Week:
7th grade: Natalee Payne and Truman Collier
8th grade: Ruby Call and Alex Yanchar
These students were ready and prepared for class with books, binder and other supplies and their homework done. Way to be prepared for learning!
The counselors get emailed many scholarship opportunities! We will post these here as we get them: New Scholarship Opportunities
Are You Missing Important School Communications?
Not getting our emails, phone or text messages? Here’s how to make sure you’re getting all of our important announcements and information:
Opt In For School Text Messages
Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts, student fees, and more. We will only use text messaging for urgent and important information.
You can participate in this service by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.
You can also opt out of text messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.
Update Your Contact Information
If any of your contact information has changed – email address, mailing address, phone number – please let us know asap so we can be sure you’re getting school and teacher communications.
Thank you for helping us keep in contact with your family!