Maeser Updates: 7 October 2022

In This Edition

Important Information for Seniors (Graduation Supplies, Sterling Scholar Information Meeting), Marine Corps Challenge Course, Drive-In Movie Night, Picture Retake Day, 11th Grade PSAT Day, ACT Prep Course, Volunteer Help Needed (Junior PSAT Breakfast, Science Fair, Teacher Appreciation, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (MS Boys Basketball, HS Girls Basketball Open Gym, HS Boys Volleyball Home Games, Winter Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (FAFSA Night, Lunchtime Talks, Resilience: Character), Important School Communications (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

7:30am-4:00pm Mon-Tues
7:30am-12:30pm Wed (PSAT Day)
CLOSED Thurs-Fri for Fall Break

**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, October 7
Last Day to Make Up Q1 NGs for Winter Sports Eligibility
7:00-9:00am MS Boys Basketball Tryouts in the Maeser gym
9:00am Sterling Scholar Information Meeting for Seniors in room 150

Saturday, October 8
9:30-10:30am HS Girls Basketball Open Gym

Monday, October 10
Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 12
PSAT Day: Juniors ONLY on campus (no school for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, or 12)

Thursday-Friday, October 13-14
Fall Break

Monday, October 17
First Day of Quarter 2

Important Information for Seniors

Graduation Supplies

Graduation supplies can be ordered at this link for all Seniors: Maeser Graduation Supplies. Time to start thinking about the future. Don’t forget! Also, if you are interested in ordering a Letterman’s Jacket, you can also order at the listed link. Jostens is our vendor.

Sterling Scholar Program Information Meeting

If your Senior is interested in competing for scholarships through the Sterling Scholar program, please remind them to attend the upcoming information meeting TODAY in room 150 on Friday, October 7th from 9-9:30am.

Marine Corps Challenge Course

TODAY, Friday October 7th from 9:30 am – Noon, the Marines will be at Maeser with a fitness challenge course for students to try. Students must have a permission slip signed by a parent to participate. Check with your PE teachers to see if they still have your form. Here is a link to the form: Marine Corps Hold Harmless.

Middle School students who want to participate and have parental permission may use this for 1 day’s worth of make-up work.

Drive-In Movie Night

The HS Student Council is sponsoring a drive-in movie night TONIGHT: Friday, October 7th. We’ll be watching Megamind in the Maeser student parking lot. Arrive around 8pm for parking! The movie will start around 8:30pm and end around 10pm. Cost is $4 per person and $3 for snack buffet.

Picture Retake Day: Monday, October 10

Jostens will be on campus the morning of Monday, October 10th for school picture retakes. If your student missed school picture day or needs a retake, please remind them to look their best (in Full Dress Uniform) on Monday the 10th.

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.

ACT Prep Course

Our ACT Prep Course for Sophomores is back for the 22-23 school year. There are 4 sessions to choose from this year. Please have your student sign up with their Maeser email. Sophomores are FREE; however if you would like your other students to participate, the cost is $125 and can be paid in the front office.

Volunteer Help Needed

Junior PSAT Breakfast

We still need a few parent volunteers to help with breakfast for the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 12th for our Juniors. Please help them have a fantastic experience by fueling their brains to finish strong! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Junior PSAT Breakfast. Thank you!

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

MS Boys Basketball

Tryouts will be on Friday, October 7th from 7:00-9:00am, with a second date TBA. Reminder: To be academically eligible to participate in basketball during 2nd term you must have no F’s or NG’s for 1st term (final grades) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for 1st term!

HS Girls Basketball Open Gym

There will be an open gym for high school girls interested in trying out for basketball on Saturday, October 8th from 9:30-10:30am.

HS Boys Volleyball

Upcoming Boys Volleyball home games:

  • Wednesday, October 12 @ 4:00pm against UMA-Camp Williams
  • Wednesday, October 19 @ 4:00pm against Uinta River
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 6:00pm against American Heritage — SENIOR NIGHT

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


October 19th at 6:30 is our FAFSA night. Please review this information in advance so you have the information you need to succeed on that night:

What You’ll Need to Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA

Lunchtime Talks

We are lucky to have people come to Maeser to tell us about their programs, schools, careers, etc. Please encourage your students to support them during our lunchtime talks in Mr. Kreitzer’s room (150) during lunch if you are interested. Upcoming talks include:

October 18
Ryan Vogel, director of the National Security Program at UVU, is coming. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about this highly rated program, the only bachelor’s degree in National Security west of the Mississippi. If you are interested in working for the FBI, CIA, military, as an ambassador, and many other joys in national security, you don’t want to miss this one! Here is a link to the types of jobs you can do with this type of degree:

October 25
Visit from the Navy with a focus on nuclear science! Wow! This is super cool!

If you would like to suggest an organization for our lunchtime talks, shoot an email to Mrs. Chapman:


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.

This week we will focus on Character.

Martin Luther King is famous for his I have a dream speech. In that speech he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Another famous quote, given by our namesake, Karl G Maeser: “I have been asked what I mean by ‘word of honor’. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I might be able to escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I’d die first.”

Character is the mental and moral qualities of an individual. As parents we would love for each of our children to develop the type of character embodied by these two great men. However, if we do not have discussions with our children about what character means to them, how can we expect them to develop into the people we would like to see them become? Often our children dream of being superheroes and saving the world, but they forget about the traits that lead a hero to becoming a hero. Often the real heroes are those in the background doing the quiet, thoughtful, things.

Talk to your children about the traits that are their strengths and weaknesses and make a plan on how to turn those weaknesses into strengths.

Here are just a few character traits that we should be helping our children develop as they grow to be men and women others can trust and rely on:

Accepting, Authentic, Balanced, Cheerful, Committed, Collaborative, Communicative, Confident, Connected, Consistent, Empathetic, Flexible, Friendly, Good listener, Helpful, Honest, Inclusive, Integrity, Open Minded, Organized, Patient, Pleasant, Proactive, Reliable, Respectful, Responsible, Self-reliant, Sincere, Supportive, Trustworthy, Valiant, Wise.

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!