Maeser Updates: 31 March 2023

In This Edition

Truth | Honor | Virtue, 2023-2024 Academic Calendar, Student Senior Capstone Project Book Drive, 2023-24 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan, Assessment Announcements (RISE), Volunteer Help Needed (Counseling Donations, Teacher Appreciation + Maeser Appreciation Week, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (Spring Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals, Maeser Sports Guide), Counseling Announcements (Counseling Donations), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

CLOSED for Spring Break

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Friday, March 31
9am-12pm Mandatory In-Person Advisory Friday (all students required to be on campus)

April 3-7
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 11
Board meeting & final 2023-24 fee schedule approval

April 24-27
RISE Testing – 7th & 8th grades (in-class)

May 1-17
AP Exams

Truth | Honor | Virtue

Maeser Students Qualify For State Drama

Regional competition for high school drama was this past Thursday and Friday. From Thursday’s competition, our one-act performance is moving forward! On Friday, students competed in individual and scene competitions and all but one of our pieces qualified for state as well. Students will be competing in state regionals April 20-22 near Cedar City, Utah.

BYU Science Fair Awards

Last Thursday, Maeser students competed in the Science Fair at BYU. Several of them placed and even got special awards for all of their hard work and dedication!

Josh and Levi Richardson (7th graders) with their project titled “Nano vs Macro Fertilizer” won the following awards:

  • Office of Naval Research US Navy/ Marine Corps Special Award
  • 1st place in Junior Animal and Plant Science Division
  • Grand Award Winners of the Thermo Fischer Science Junior Innovators Challenge
  • Junior Division Grand Champions

Tanish Shetty (7th grader) with his project titled “Levitation with Sound”

  • 1st place in Junior Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics Division
  • Grand Award Winner of the Thermo Fischer Science Junior Innovators Challenge Nominees

Ruby Call, Ivy Jensen, Cayelle Crafts (9th graders) with their project titled “Cracking the Salt Water Code”

  • US Stockholm Jr Water Prize
  • Senior Chemistry Division 2nd place

Please join us in congratulating our student scientists for their hard work and incredible accomplishments!

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Our 2023-2024 school calendar has been approved and posted on our website since February. Please be aware that Orientation day for all incoming and new students is Friday, August 11. School starts for everyone on Monday, August 14.

Student Senior Capstone Project: Book Drive

As part of a Senior Capstone project, a book drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House will be held from March 20th – March 31st. Any and all, new and used books are welcome and appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in the boxes provided in the lobby, Ms. Moser’s or Ms. Smith’s classrooms. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Keene:

2023-24 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan: Initial Board Approval & Public Comment Period Open

Our board has given their initial approval to the 2023-24 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan. This document details any and all fees that can be charged to students next school year. If you would like to share any feedback with the board before their final approval of the 2023-24 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan on April 11, you may either:

  • Email before Tuesday, April 4, OR
  • Request to speak during the public comment period of the March 28 or April 11 board meetings. These meetings are held online. Please contact if you would like instructions for joining the meeting.

Assessment Announcements

It’s that time of year again… when we assess our students’ growth and proficiency in core subject areas!

The Utah State Board of Education has implemented summative assessments for our students in grades 7-10 (as required by Utah Statute 53E-4-303): middle school students take RISE tests for English, Writing (8th grade only), Science and Math; students in 9th and 10th grades take Utah Aspire Plus – a special pre-ACT test for 9th and 10th grade students that provides a predictive ACT score and areas for improvement to prepare for the ACT, as well as growth and proficiency scores for Utah standards.

These changes provide our students with improved assessments that help prepare them to succeed on the ACT and other college readiness exams.

8th Grade RISE
Multistage adaptive summative tests in English, Math, Science and Writing

7th Grade RISE
Multistage adaptive summative tests in English, Math, and Science

2023 State Testing Schedule for Students in 7th-8th Grades

Middle school students will take their RISE tests in class Monday-Friday, April 24-27.

Please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments during state testing, to avoid interruptions and distractions during testing.

We appreciate your help in creating a focused and productive testing environment for our students!

Assessment FAQs

7th & 8th Grades: Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)

What is RISE?
The RISE assessment is a multistage computer adaptive criterion referenced assessment system that includes summative tests for English, Math, Science, and Writing.

Will RISE be computer adaptive?
Yes, the statute requires these tests to be computer adaptive, but this assessment will be multistage adaptive instead of item adaptive.

How does a multistage adaptive test differ from an item adaptive test?
Both testing methods are algorithm-based approaches to administering testing, but rather than selecting individual items, groups of items are selected, building the test in stages.

The biggest advantage for our students is that they will now be allowed to navigate backward and forward within each stage or test section, so they can review and revise their answers as needed! The inability to go back and change an answer to a previously submitted question was one of the biggest frustrations our students had when taking prior state tests, so we’re thrilled that this functionality has been built in to RISE.

Which students will participate in RISE and for which subjects?
Maeser students in grades 7-8 will participate in RISE. Both grades will be tested in English, math, and science; in addition, 8th grade students will be tested in writing.

Why aren’t we assessing writing in all grades anymore?
The Utah State Board of Education made a policy decision to only assess writing in grades 5, 8, and 11. Writing is still part of the Utah English Language Arts standards and it is expected that students will be taught and assessed in those standards in their English classes.

Where can I get more information about RISE?
The USBE has produced a short video introducing the new test – you can access it here: Introducing RISE (Readiness, Improvement, Success, Empowerment).

Make-up Testing & Parental Exclusions

What if my student has to miss their scheduled testing?
Missing a RISE test day does not excuse the student from state testing. We will be pulling students out of class in May for make-up and completion testing. Please make every effort to have your student here on the scheduled testing dates so they can avoid missing class in the last critical weeks of school.

Can I opt my student out of RISE?
While we hope you will allow your student to participate in RISE – both to help your student learn how to test well on standardized tests in preparation for the ACT and to help our school improve instruction – we will always respect a parent’s desire to exclude their student from state testing. Though you can submit a Parental Exclusion Form at any point, submitting the form to the school at least ONE WEEK prior to the start of RISE testing will help us ensure that your student does not access the test and is not scheduled for make-up testing.

Volunteer Help Needed

Counseling Donations

The Middle School Counseling team is in need of large bags of individual sized candy. You can use this towards your volunteer hours!

  • Kind: an assortment- chocolate, hard candy like jolly ranchers, tootsie pops or rolls, whatever comes in the assorted bags is fine. We would like some non-chocolate as well.
  • Amount: 4-5 bags/month

Teacher Appreciation + Maeser Appreciation Week

Only 2 months left of school and we need your help! Volunteer to help bring Teacher Appreciation treats for the year by month. April needs birthday and other treats; however, May contains Maeser Appreciation week and we would like to provide lunches for our team during that week. The provided link has those needs as well. THANK YOU for helping show our team how much they’re appreciated this year! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: 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

Spring Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in spring activities/sports will be determined by 2nd and 3rd term grades. All students (middle and high school) must have earned a 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 the last day of term.

Sports Physicals

All students, middle school and high school, who will be playing sports this year (2022-23) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2022 are good until July 15, 2023. Any physicals completed before March 10, 2022 will not be accepted (per UHSAA policy) for this school year.

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: Maeser Sports Guide. The 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.

Counseling Announcements

Counseling Donations

The Middle School Counseling team is in need of large bags of individual sized candy. You can use this towards your volunteer hours!

  • Kind: an assortment- chocolate, hard candy like jolly ranchers, tootsie pops or rolls, whatever comes in the assorted bags is fine. We would like some non-chocolate as well.
  • Amount: 4-5 bags/month

Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency?

It’s important to keep your contact information up to date and opt-in to receive text messages from Maeser — in case of an emergency, this is how we notify parents! In addition, we use your contact information to notify you about important school events and school fees deadlines.

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!