Maeser Updates: 3 December 2021

In This Edition

Truth | Honor | Virtue, HS Karaoke-Potluck-Games Night, Late Fee on Outstanding Student Account Balances, Finals Week, Winterim & Middle School Intensives, Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program, NEW Student Lottery Applications for 2022-23, SENIORS: Order Your Graduation Supplies, Volunteer Opportunities (Faculty Christmas Celebration, Teacher Appreciation, Report Your Volunteer Hours), 21-22 Maeser Yearbooks, Sports Announcements (Q2 Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals, Maeser Sports Guide, MS Boys Volleyball Tryouts), Counseling Announcements (UVU Concurrent Enrollment Registration Deadline, Online College Classes for Seniors, Middle School Schedule Changes for Semester 2, Junior CCR Appointments, Freshman CCR Appointments, Miss Krystal’s Counseling Corner Podcast, Ms. Sorenson’s MS Podcast, MS Students of the Week, Scholarship Opportunities, College Information Sessions), Are You Missing Important School Communications? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

7:30am-4:00pm Tues-Thurs
8:30am-1:30pm Fri

**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, December 3
Late fee ($15) charged for outstanding student balances and/or missed plan payments
9:00-11:00am MS Girls Basketball Tryouts
7-10pm HS Karaoke-Potluck-Games Night in the gym

Thursday, December 9
6:00-7:45am MS Boys Volleyball Tryouts

Wednesday, December 15
Last day to order graduation supplies to avoid shipping issues!

Friday, December 19
9:00-11:00am MS Boys Volleyball Tryouts

Semester 1 Finals Week: December 13-17

Monday, December 13
Review Day (regular schedule)

Tuesday, December 14
8:00-10:00am 1st period
10:30am-12:30pm 3rd period

Wednesday, December 15
8:00-10:00am 2nd period
10:30am-12:30pm 4th period

Thursday, December 16
8:00-10:00am 5th period
10:30am-12:30pm 7th period

Friday, December 17
8:00-10:00am 6th period
10:30am-12:30pm 8th period

Truth | Honor | Virtue

Each week in this new feature, we’ll be celebrating some of the great things our school community is doing!

NHS Food Drive

The National Honor Society would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Maeser student body for their support of this year’s Utah Food Bank food drive. Students donated just over 900 pounds of food this year, the most contributed in all years of running this event! Our Maeser community absolutely crushed our goal. An extra shout out to Ms. Moser’s 3rd/4th period Socratic class contributed the most weight …a whopping 185 pounds! They are the winner of the classroom contest and will be rewarded with a Pizza Party in the coming days. Thank you all for your remarkable support of this annual event.

QuestBridge Match Recipient

After an involved and trying application process, Maeser has its first QuestBridge Match Recipient: Viola Day.

From the Press Release: “Out of over 16,500 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,312 Finalists to be considered for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship (Match Scholarship). This year, QuestBridge’s 45 college partners matched with 1,674 Finalists, who are recognized as Match Scholarship Recipients.” Viola was selected by Denison University in Ohio, and will receive a full scholarship. Congratulations, Viola!

High School Karaoke-Potluck-Games Night

High school students are invited to come eat food, play games, and quite possibly sing their hearts out TONIGHT, Friday, December 3, from 7pm-10pm in the gym. The price of admission is a food item to share. Drinks for freshmen, desserts for sophomores, side dishes for juniors, and main dishes for seniors.

Outstanding Student Account Balances: $15 Late Fee on December 3

Balances on student accounts that are NOT on a payment plan will be assessed another $15 late fee on December 3. Payment plan families who have not made their November payment will also be assessed a $15 late fee on December 3. If you have any questions, would like to set up a payment plan, or would like to apply for a fee waiver, please email BEFORE December 3. Thank you!

Finals Week: December 13-17

Finals for Semester 1 are coming up soon! Please make sure to check PowerSchool for your most updated grades, as we only have two Advisory days left before finals.

Monday, December 13: Review Day

Our Semester 1 review day is Monday, December 14. All regular classes will be held and Maeser uniforms are required as usual.

Tuesday-Friday, December 14-17: Final Exams

Final exams for Semester 1 will be held Tuesday-Friday, December 14-17. School hours during Finals are 8:00am to 12:30pm, with two periods per day: 8-10am and 10:30am-12:30pm, with a break from 10-10:30am. Your student should bring a snack for the break; lunch options are not offered on Finals days. Maeser uniforms are required during Finals Week.

Tuesday, December 14: 1st & 3rd periods
Wednesday, December 15: 2nd & 4th periods
Thursday, December 16: 5th & 7th periods
Friday, December 17: 6th & 8th periods

**PLEASE NOTE: Friday, December 17 is a scheduled school day for Final Exams and attendance is required.**

Regular attendance excusal and check-out procedures are still in place during Finals, so if your student will be coming in late or leaving early, be sure to follow our regular excusal/check-out procedures. (Questions about excusing absences? Email

We do not allow students to take finals early. If your student has an unavoidable conflict and will miss a scheduled final, please make arrangements with your student’s teacher for your student to take the final during a period when they do not have a scheduled final or at a later date. (If your student needs to take a final late, they may receive an Incomplete grade until the final exam is made up.

Seniors must pass all of their courses in order to participate in their selected Winterim courses. Our counselors will be reviewing all their finals and, if needed for graduation, they may be placed in Credit Recovery. We will also be checking final grades for Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen. If there are multiple Fs, they will also be placed in Credit Recovery.

Please help your students take advantage of the next week of opportunities to check PowerSchool and work with their teachers to FINISH STRONG!

Winterim & Middle School Intensives (MSI): January 3-20

Winterim is a distinctive program and feature of Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy.  Winterim (high school) and Middle School Intensives (MSI) enhance student learning by providing intensive, focused educational experiences and are a great opportunity for students and teachers to explore together subjects that wouldn’t fit into a normal school routine. Exploration, hands-on learning, in-depth study, and fun combine to give students a unique opportunity to explore new interests.

Students will be on campus Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm, and will have the opportunity to explore new interests and grow in ways that are different from the regular classroom. Regular uniforms are worn during Winterim & Middle School Intensives.


While Winterim is a fun and different approach to learning, courses are still rigorous and students earn academic credit. In some cases, a Winterim course may be more challenging than a regular class. Because of this, combined with the shortened time period of Winterim, attendance is crucial. Students who miss class during Winterim will find it difficult to keep up. Winterfest is a valuable part of the Winterim experience, and Winterfest projects, presentations, and attendance are part of the Winterim grade.

Most Winterim teachers will be holding meetings with their Winterim students this Friday, December 3. Teachers should be reaching out to your high school students this week to let them know when and where their scheduled Winterim meeting will be held.

>Middle School Intensives

Middle School Intensives (MSI) takes place at the same time as Winterim. Students take a break from their normal classes and take specialized classes that are designed and taught by our staff. Students also take part in two or three field trips. School times for MSI are from 9am-2pm Monday through Friday.

Schedules for MSI will be distributed to middle school students during Finals Week (December 13-17). Your middle school student will also be bringing home permission slips for the MSI field trips.

8th Grade Sewing

Students will need to bring these items to the first SEWING CLASS:

  • 2/3 yard of fleece fabric (60 inches wide) for making 2 hats (remnants of that size work well and are less expensive)
  • 3 Buttons – a two hole, a four hole, and a shank button
  • Two 8-inch squares of print cotton fabric for a quilt square (we cut them to size in class)

You may bring extra fabric for more than one quilt square. If you cannot bring an item, please email Mrs. Goodrich BEFORE the day of class at

Get volunteer hours in the MSI sewing class helping 8th grade students learn new skills. You don’t need to have a student in the class to help! If you are interested in helping with sewing, please email Mrs. Goodrich.

MS Spelling Bee

We will be holding our annual middle school spelling bee during MSI (Middle School Intensives). Classroom spelling bees will run Monday-Thursday, January 3-6, with the school spelling bee on Tuesday, January 18 at 10:30am. The top three winners of the classroom spelling bees will qualify for the school spelling bee. 1st and 2nd place winners of the school spelling bee will compete in the regional spelling bee to qualify to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

For more information, rules, and the class spelling bee study list, click here: “2022 Maeser Spelling Bee.


Winterfest is an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to their fellow students, parents, and the broader community. At Winterfest, our high school students present the final product of their learning to the community. For example, they may perform a short reading from the novel they’ve been writing, demonstrate a new skill they’ve developed, or show off something they have created.

This year’s Winterfest will be held on Thursday, January 20 from 4:30-7:00pm. Mark your calendars and plan to attend with your family to celebrate our students’ Winterim accomplishments!

Winterfest is mandatory for all HS students as part of the learning experience of Winterim. Middle school students are highly encouraged to attend. All students must be in Full Dress Uniforms for Winterfest.

Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program

The link to Brighton Ski/Snowboard for family and friends of Maeser is up! It is $175 for 5 Friday nights: Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, and includes a 2 hour group lesson and the ski pass for the rest of the night. Plan on being there at 4 pm because the classes leave at 4:30 sharp. You need to take care of gear rentals on your own. Season rentals may be a cost-effective option.

Maeser students, family members, and faculty/staff and their families of all ages 8 and older are welcome. To sign up:

This activity is a service provided by Brighton for the Maeser community; it is not sponsored by Maeser. If you have questions, email Laralee Ireland at

NEW Student Lottery Applications For 2022-23

Lottery applications for NEW students for the 2022-23 school year are NOW OPEN in our new online application/enrollment system!

To submit an application for a NEW student, click here to complete the Lottery Application. You can also access the lottery application by visiting our website ( and clicking Admissions and then Submit An Application.

Applications must be received by February 1, 2022 to be included in the 2022-23 lottery. After that date, students will be added to the waitlist in the order their application is submitted.

Remember: DO NOT submit an online application for your CURRENT Maeser student — online applications are for NEW students only (that means new families & new incoming students of current families).

Because this is a brand new application/enrollment system, you will need to select “Create An Account”. (The application/enrollment system is different from your PowerSchool parent account.) You will continue to use the application/enrollment system account to submit additional applications for siblings (this year or in the future) and to enroll your student(s) if they receive an offer following our lottery. Please keep your login info handy.

If you have more than one NEW student applying for Maeser next year, you must submit a separate application for each new student.

REMEMBER: DO NOT submit an online application for your CURRENT Maeser student — online applications are for NEW students only.

If you have questions, please email our registrar at

SENIORS: Order Your Graduation Supplies!

Jostens is requesting that all seniors order their graduation supplies before December 15th in order to avoid shipping issues. Supplies include cap/gown/tassel and can be purchased online at

Volunteer Opportunities

Faculty Christmas Celebration

Our faculty Christmas celebration needs our parents’ help to make it a success. For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Faculty Christmas Celebration or find it on our Facebook page. Thank you in advance for your support!

Teacher Appreciation

Help provide Teacher Appreciation opportunities to treat the faculty in a small way — a little cheer goes a long way! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Teacher Appreciation

Report Your Volunteer Hours

DON’T FORGET! Report your volunteer hours once you’ve dropped off your donation: Report Parent Service Hours. Each $5 spent for donations counts as one hour of volunteer service!

21-22 Yearbooks

Have you purchased your student’s yearbook yet? The 2021-22 Maeser Yearbook is available to purchase online through

Yearbooks are currently $55 each (including tax). The price goes up in March — and we often sell out completely before the end of the school year. If you haven’t purchased your student’s yearbook yet, now is the perfect time! Email with any questions.

Sports Announcements

Q2 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.

Sports Physicals

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.

MS Boys Volleyball Tryouts

Middle School Boys Volleyball tryouts will be held before school on Thursday, December 9th from 6:00am to 7:45am, and on Friday, December 10th from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Maeser gym. If you have questions please talk to Coach Call ( or 801-235-9000). To be academically eligible to play students must have a 2.7 GPA and no Fs during 2nd term. Students who make the team must have a physical on file with the school before 3rd term starts (24 January 2021). The physical must have been completed on or after Apr 15, 2021.

Counseling Announcements

UVU Concurrent Enrollment Registration Deadline

The UVU Concurrent Enrollment Registration Deadline for Semester 2 is Jan 31st. The admissions deadline is Jan 28th. Registration is open now.

You will need to enroll if taking any of the following classes:

  • UVU Financial Literacy 1060
  • UVU Math 1040
  • UVU Math 1060
  • UVU Drawing (Art 1020)
  • UVU English 2010

Online College Classes for Seniors

If your Senior is planning on taking an approved online college class for semester 2, the deadlines are quickly approaching. We are excited to announce that you now have two options:

  1. University of Utah HSU Program The deadline to apply for admission is January 3rd. Registration for classes is NOW OPEN. Classes begin on January 3rd so there will be some overlap with Winterim. Be sure to register and enroll before January 3rd! Please see the Approved Course Listand complete all of the Admissions and Registration steps to be able to take this class in the library and receive credit both at the U and Maeser.
  2. BYU-I The deadline to apply for admission is December 15th. Registration for classes is NOW OPEN. Classes begin on January 6th so there will be some overlap with Winterim. Be sure to register and enroll before January 6th! Please see the Approved Course Listand complete all of the Admissions and Registration steps to be able to take this class in the library and receive credit both at BYU-I and Maeser.

Middle School Schedule Changes for Semester 2

Schedule changes for semester 2 are happening now:

*Download the PowerSchool app and use our district code (PHPQ)
*Use your Powerschool log in info to get it set up
*Click on the correct quarter
*Fill out the form to request a schedule change.
*4th period Fitness is only for students wanting to do Girl’s Basketball, Boy’s Volleyball, Girl’s soccer.
*First schedule change is free, all others are $10

**If you don’t have access to the app, the front office will be happy to print a schedule for your student.

Junior College and Career Readiness Appointments

Junior College and Career Readiness Appointments have started and will run through December 8th. Sign up to meet with Mrs. Anderson at this link: Junior CCR Appointments.

Freshman College and Career Readiness Appointments have started and will run through December 8th. Sign up to meet with Mr. Peck at this link: Freshman CCR Appointments.

Miss Krystal’s Counseling Corner Podcast

Calm in Chaos

Ms. Sorenson’s Middle School Podcast

This week: 10 tips to help you get ready for finals. Test Taking Strategies

Middle School Students of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s Middle School Students of the Week! This month our focus is on Kindness.

7th Grade: Payton Baldwin, Tristram Hawks
8th Grade: Susanna Johnson, Conner Maloney

Scholarship Opportunities

The counselors get emailed many scholarship opportunities! We will post these here as we get them: New Scholarship Opportunities

College Information Sessions

Colleges are starting to have information sessions. Check out this link on our website to join a virtual information session: College & University Info Sessions.

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!