Maeser Updates: 23 September 2022

In This Edition

Truth | Honor | Virtue, Changes to 2022-23 Fee Schedule, School Photos Now Available To View & Order, Middle School Picnic, Math Team Permission Slips, Winterim Registration, 11th Grade PSAT Day, Volunteer Help Needed (Student Council Service Auction, Science Fair, Teacher Appreciation, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (HS Girls Basketball Open Gym, Winter Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (Sophomore CCRs, Resilience: SODAS), Important School Communications (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

7:30am-4:00pm Mon-Thurs
8:30am-12:30pm 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

TODAY: Friday, September 23
12-2pm Middle School Picnic
7:30-10:30pm Homecoming Dance at the Emerald Eve Event Center

Saturday, September 24
9:30-10:30am HS Girls Basketball Open Gym

Tuesday, September 27
LAST DAY to submit Independent Winterim Applications

Math Team Permission Slips Due

Monday-Thursday, October 3-6
Winterim Registration

Wednesday, October 5
Annual Student Fee, Winterim Fee, Graduation Fee, Year-Long Class Fees, First Semester Class Fees, AP Exam Fees

Thursday, October 6
Late Fee ($15) Charged for Unpaid Fees (except Extracurricular)
Student Council Service Auction

Friday, October 7
Last Day to Make Up Q1 NGs for Winter Sports Eligibility

Monday, October 10
Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 12
PSAT Day: Juniors ONLY

Thursday-Friday, October 13-14
Fall Break

Truth | Honor | Virtue

Help us celebrate some of the great things our school community is doing!

National Merit Scholarship Finalists & Commended Students

Harmony Bahr and Timothy Fang have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Anna Gubler and Georgia Gottfredson have been named commended students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship program.

Changes to 2022-23 Fee Schedule

The board has approved a few changes to the fee schedule. The changes can be reviewed here: 2022-23 Maeser Fee Schedule & Spend Plan (Approved Sep 2022). If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please email our Finance Office ASAP at Thank you!

School Photos Now Available To View & Order

Your student’s photos from School Picture Day are now available for viewing and ordering at the JostensPIX School Portal. Click on the button below to get started.

View & order photos here:

Photos not appearing in your gallery? Find your student using Event Code: FE247122.

Did You Know?

  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

Middle School Picnic

Come join us for a Middle School Picnic on Friday, September 23! We’ll be getting on the bus and heading to Glen Canyon Park up Provo Canyon. If you’d like, bring a sack lunch, a frisbee, or a soccer ball! If you’re on Shakespeare, we’ll bring a bus back early in time for Shakespeare.

Math Team Permission Slips

Permission slips for the Math Team (both High School and Middle School) are due on Tuesday, September 27th to either Mrs. Plott or Ms. Wagner. If you need a copy of the permission slip, please e-mail Mrs. Plott ( Our first practice will be held during lunch on Wednesday, September 28th.

Winterim Registration

Our 2023 Winterim Catalog is now available! Please note:

Independent Study proposals (including MTech) are due THIS TUESDAY, September 27 — check the 2023 Winterim Catalog (starting on page 12) for detailed instructions & proposal requirements.

Open registration dates — priority registration is by grade (seniors first, then juniors, etc). If your student misses registering on their priority registration date, they give up registration priority.

  • SENIORS: Monday, October 3
  • JUNIORS: Tuesday, October 4
  • SOPHOMORES: Wednesday, October 5
  • FRESHMEN: Thursday, October 6

Middle School Intensives

Middle School Intensives (MSI) takes place at the same time as Winterim. Middle school 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 in December.

11th Grade PSAT Day: Wednesday, October 12

On Wednesday, October 12, 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 12 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 12, 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 on October 12, 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 NO LATER THAN Monday, October 10 (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.

Volunteer Help Needed

Student Council Service Auction

Student Council Service Auction assembly is coming October 6th. They are seeking donations to help support the event. Please click the DONATE link to sign up. They have chosen the Make a Wish Foundation as their charity this year.

Science Fair

Science Fair is coming up in early December. Please consider donating prizes for our winners. For every $5 donated= 1 hour of volunteer time.

Teacher Appreciation

Volunteer to help bring Teacher Appreciation treats for the year by month. Thank you for putting a smile on a teacher’s face today! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUp Genius: Teacher Appreciation Opportunities.

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!

Questions About Volunteer Hours?

Contact us at

Sports Announcements

HS Girls Basketball Open Gym

There will be an open gym for high school girls interested in trying out for basketball on Saturday, September 24th from 9:30-10:30am.

Winter Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in winter activities/sports will be determined by 1st term grades. All students must have earned a Q4 2.7 GPA with no Fs. In addition, high school students cannot have any Fs/NGs/Incompletes from previous high school terms. All Fs/NGs must be made up by October 12th (the last day of the term).

Sports Physicals

All students, middle school and high school, who will be playing sports next year (2022-23) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after April 15, 2022 will be good until July 15, 2023. Any physicals completed before April 15 of this year will not be accepted (per UHSAA policy) for the upcoming school year.

Here is a link to the UHSAA form which Maeser uses for ALL athletes: UHSAA Physical Form

Counseling Announcements

Sophomore CCRs

College and Career Readiness (CCR) meetings with this year’s Sophomores are now underway! In this meeting we will go over graduation requirements, college and scholarship plans, and make sure your student is on track for graduation, as well as course requests for next year.

We have reserved meeting times for Sophomores ONLY between September 12th through November 16th, and encourage you to attend with your student — please coordinate with your student to avoid double-booking appointments.

Your student should plan on coming directly to the front office at the time of their scheduled meeting. (We prefer not to call students out of class to avoid disturbing the class environment.) Your student will be excused for the duration of the meeting and should plan on telling their teacher ahead of time if their meeting starts during a class. We will send a note back with them.

Appointments are between the hours of 11am and 3pm with some exceptions. An online Google chat link can be provided if you choose to join online. Email Mr. Peck personally after you have made your appointment if you prefer the online option.

You can sign up for your Sophomore’s appointment with Mr. Peck using this link: Schedule Your Sophomore’s CCR Appointment.


Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Over the next 7 weeks we will discuss the 7 integral components of resilience according to Dr. Ginsburg, child pediatrician and human development expert: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.

One way to help your child develop resilience is to help them with Confidence with problem solving. I like to use SODAS to help students learn how to problem solve almost anything.

  1. SITUATION- Identify the situation you want to solve. What is the situation or problem? What are my feelings and needs?
  2. OPTIONS- Write down as many options as you can think of no matter how ridiculous. What are ALL the available options I have for addressing the problem?
  3. DISADVANTAGES- See the disadvantages of each option. What are the cons of each option?
  4. ADVANTAGES- What are the advantages of each option. What are the pros of each option?
  5. SOLUTION- Choose a solution that works best for you. Based on the advantages and disadvantages, what is the best solution or combination of solutions for the problem? What am I going to do now?

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!