Maeser Updates: 20 October 2023

In This Edition

In-Person Advisory & Trunk-or-Treat Next Friday, Yearbook Sale, Graduation Orders, Volunteer Opportunities (Robotics Mentors Wanted, Vision Screening Volunteers, Gift Cards for Teachers, Lunch Volunteers Needed, Teacher Appreciation Donations, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (HS Girls Basketball Meeting & Tryouts, Fall/Winter Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (Counseling Donations, Building Resilience: Contribution), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (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

Tuesday, October 24
HS Girls Basketball Info Meeting during lunch

Friday, October 27
9am In-Person Advisory
10am Trunk-or-Treat
8pm HS Halloween Stomp

Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7
3:45pm HS Girls Basketball Tryouts

Lunch Options

On days that the school uses the preorder forms, please let your child know they will have 10 minutes to get their lunch and after 10 minutes we will start selling the extras to students who did not preorder.

Tuesday: Gandalfo’s Sandwich & Chips – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Monday.
Gandolfo’s Sandwich Pre-Orders

Wednesday: Pizza – $2/slice
No pre-order is required for pizza.

Thursday Yummy’s Korean Barbecue – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Wednesday.
Yummy’s Korean Barbecue Pre-Orders

Microwaves are available in the lunchroom for students who bring lunch from home. Please note: we do NOT have refrigerator facilities for student use.

Next Friday: In-Person Advisory & Trunk-or-Treat

Next Friday, October 27, is the first Advisory Friday of the term, which means all students are required to attend in person.

We use these in-person Advisory Fridays, which happen on the first Advisory Friday of each term, as a way for students to reflect on their academic progress, set goals for the upcoming term, and formulate specific tasks to help them be successful.

As with all Advisory Fridays, this week’s in-person Advisory Friday begins at 9am. Students will attend their Advisory classes from 9-10am and are then invited to participate in our annual Trunk-or-Treat. We will send out more information about Trunk-or-Treat next week.

Students may wear their costumes to Advisory. The uniform does not need to be worn if the student is in costume. Street clothes do not constitute a costume — if students are not in costume they must wear their Maeser uniform. Costumes must cover all parts of the body that the uniform covers and may not include weapons (even fake ones), gore, masks, or makeup that obscures the student’s identity.

If your student is ill or otherwise unable to attend this in-person Advisory Friday, please call the front office (801-235-9000) to excuse their absence the same way you would for any other school day.

Yearbook Sale

Get your yearbooks early! If you order during the fall, it only costs $55 per copy. Go to and search for Karl G. Maeser in their Yearbook section (or follow this link) and put in your order today.

Graduation Orders

Believe it or not, it’s time to get graduation caps and gowns, tassels, graduation announcements and your Senior 2024 swag ordered. Class rings and letter jackets are also available to order online. We recommend getting your order submitted by the end of November. Please see the options and instructions for ordering below.

OPTION 1: Order your cap and gown as part of a graduation announcement and celebration package.
Click here to order graduation packages that include custom graduation announcements, photo cards, senior swag and the cap and gown

OPTION 2: Order your cap and gown unit only, or to order cap and gown and other graduation/celebration items individually such as the exclusive mascot tassels*, graduation announcements or swag.
Click here to order the cap and gown unit and/or other individual graduation items.
Click here for the cap and gown unit ONLY.

OPTION 3: Order a graduation class ring along with your graduation products.
Click here to order your graduation class ring

OPTION 4: Order a Letter Jacket along wth your graduation products.
Click here to order a Letter Jacket

Questions? Please contact Jostens directly at or 801-766-6754.

Volunteer Opportunities

Robotics Mentors Wanted!

The robotics team could always use a few good mentors. No robotics experience necessary, mentors are needed with business experience, finance experience, marketing experience, electrical, fabrication, coding experience, or even just to be an adult body in the room. Contact Mark Summers at if you are interested.

Vision Screening Volunteers

We are in need of 9 parent volunteers for vision screening on October 24th and 25th. It isn’t rocket science and a quick training will be provided by Mrs. Gilbert. Specific times are listed on our SignUpGenius: Vision Screening Volunteers. Thank you!

Gift Cards for Teachers

At this time, we are asking for gift cards to give to teachers when they want to purchase items (including food) for various class activities, and for the administration to give to teachers for a pat on the back and a token of appreciation. For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Gift Cards for Teachers.

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Do you need to get your volunteer hours? We need help selling and serving lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:00pm. To sign up to help please email Jared Norris at

Teacher Appreciation Donations

We would like to have a variety of treats/drinks available for teachers in the faculty room. We would also like to celebrate teacher birthdays each month. If you can help, please visit the following links to sign up (can be used for volunteer hours!):
Help Us Celebrate Our Teachers’ Birthdays
Help Provide Teacher Treats

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 Meeting & Tryouts

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 24th during lunch in room 301 for any high school girls interested in trying out for basketball. Tryouts are scheduled for Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th from 3:45-5:15pm.

Fall/Winter (Q2 & Winterim) Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in fall sports/activities that go into the 2nd term and winter sports/activities will be determined by 1st 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 (2023-24) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2023 are good until July 15, 2024. Any physicals completed before March 10 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

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

Building Resilience: Contribution

There has been a lot of talk lately about students and resilience. In the book Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 7 C’s of Resilience are discussed. We’re taking the next 7 weeks to give you some tips to help your students with resilience.

This week let’s focus on Contribution.

This week’s content comes from

It‘s powerful when children realize that the world is a better place because they’re in it. They gain a sense of purpose by seeing the importance of their contributions, and this can motivate them to take action to improve the world. They also learn that contributing feels good and is driven by a sense of commitment and responsibility, not pity. This may help kids feel more comfortable turning to others for assistance without feeling shame.

How parents can help:

  • Communicate to children (at appropriate age levels) that many people in the world don’t have as much money, freedom, and security as they need.
  • Teach the important value of serving others.
  • Model generosity with your time, energy, and resources.
  • Create opportunities for children to contribute in a specific way, like volunteering.

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!