Maeser Updates: 5 January 2024

In This Edition

Winterim & Middle School Intensives (Class Schedule and Dress for Winterim & MSI, Winterim, Middle School Intensives, Winterfest, Lunch Options Paused), Winterim Used Uniform Sale, Senior Yearbook Tributes, Applications for New Students Close January 31, Speech & Debate, Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program, Volunteer Opportunities (URGENT MSI 8th Grade Sewing Class, Winterim Class Supplies Needed, Winterim Used Uniform Sale: Parent Volunteers Needed, Gift Cards for Teachers, Lunch Volunteers Needed, Teacher Appreciation Donations, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (Winterim Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (11th Grade CCRs, Counseling Donations), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Winterim & MSI: January 8-25

Front Office Hours

8:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri

Winterim & MSI School Hours

9:00am-2:00pm Mon-Fri


Thursday, January 25 from 4:30-7:00pm

School & Office Closures

Monday, January 15 – Civil Rights Day
Friday, January 26 – Teacher Work Day

**PARENTS: Please remember to check in at the front office when visiting the school during school hours, including Winterim. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!**

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Monday, January 8
First Day of Winterim/MSI

Monday, January 15
NO SCHOOL – Civil Rights Day

Thursday, January 25
4:30pm Winterfest!

Friday, January 26
NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day

Monday, January 29
First Day of Semester 2

Friday, February 2
Required In-Person Advisory Friday

Winterim & Middle School Intensives: January 8-25

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.

Class Schedule and Dress for Winterim & MSI

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.

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 Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm.


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 25 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 high school 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.

Lunch Options Paused

Lunch orders will be paused until the week of January 29th due to Winterim/MSI during the first weeks of January. Please plan ahead to send lunch with your students during Winterim/MSI.

Winterim Used Uniform Sale: January 25

January is the perfect time to pull out uniforms your students no longer wear and size up at the Winterfest Used Uniform Sale. If you don’t have items to sell or buy, stop by to see samples from our new upcoming vendor, Tommy Hilfiger. The sale will run through Winterfest, Jan. 25th, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Volunteering for the sale is a great way to meet other parents and get in some service hours! For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Winterfest Used Uniform Sale.

Senior Yearbook Tributes

Want to celebrate your senior’s accomplishments in this year’s yearbook?

Our yearbook team is now taking orders for senior tributes in this year’s yearbook! Here’s everything you need to know to embarrass… er… celebrate your senior in the yearbook this year:

Order Deadline
The last day to purchase senior tributes is THIS WEEK: Wednesday, January 10 @ 3:45pm. Space is limited and we will probably sell out. The turnaround for senior tributes is always very quick, so if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gerber at ASAP!

Available Sizes & Prices
1/8 page: $35
1/4 page: $50
1/2 page: $90

Where do I pay?
You can pay for your senior tribute at the front office during office hours until 3:45pm on Wednesday, January 10.

What if I have other questions?
Ms. Gerber is happy to walk you through the process! You can reach her at

When do I have to have everything in?
The FINAL deadline for senior tributes is Thursday, February 23 at 3:45pm. No orders will be accepted after the deadline. Also, space is limited and space will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. We have sold out of space the past four years.

Applications for New Students Close Wednesday, January 31

If you would like your current student’s sibling(s) to attend Maeser next year, you must submit an application by January 31, 2024 for each sibling here:

New student applications are completed in our Maeser Enrollment Portal (MAP)–the link above will take you there–which is a different system from your PowerSchool parent portal that is used to re-enroll your current student(s). If you have not used our MAP system before, please create an account. If you have used the system before and can’t remember your password, please click on “Forgot Password?”. If you can’t remember the email you used to set up your account, please email for help.

Tell your friends & neighbors that they can submit an application on our website, too! If they apply by January 31, 2024, their student(s) will be in the lottery.

Speech & Debate

Does your student want to gain life-changing skills? Put their Socratic skills to use? Have fun talking about fun topics or acting as one of their favorite characters? Or travel around the state to schools and earn medals? If so, then Speech and Debate might be a great fit! Contact Coach Wong if your student is interested ( Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays after school in the library.

Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program

Would you and your student like to ski or snowboard with Maeser? Come to Brighton Ski/Snowboard for family and friends of Maeser. It is $200 for 5 Friday nights, Feb 23 – Mar 22, and includes a 2 hour group lesson and the lift pass for the rest of the night. Plan on being there at 4 pm because the classes leave at 4:15 sharp. This price doesn’t include rentals. Maeser students, family members, and faculty/staff and their families of all ages 8 and older are welcome. The link to sign up is:

Signups will close two weeks before the first class or whenever the slots are full, whichever comes first. Maeser is not sponsoring this. This is a service provided by Brighton for the Maeser community. If you have questions, email Laralee Ireland at

Volunteer Opportunities

URGENT MSI 8th Grade Sewing Class

Come help out in our classroom with our fun projects! Email Mrs. Goodrich at for class dates and times.

Winterim Class Supplies Needed

Several of our Winterims need supplies donated or loaned. If you can help, please check the list and contact the teacher listed: Supplies Needed for 2024 Winterim Classes.

Winterim Used Uniform Sale: Parent Volunteers Needed

Volunteering for the sale is a great way to meet other parents and get in some service hours! For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Winterfest Used Uniform Sale.

Gift Cards for Teachers

Thank you for your support this year. Your generosity with bringing in food and helping with various needs has been overwhelming. Thank you!

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. If you’re inclined please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up: 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

Thank you to those who have donated treats and goodies the past few months. We would like to resupply the faculty lounge with a variety of treats/drinks. The following link has an updated signupgenius that has a variety of items listed that are popular with the staff, but is not limited to those items only. If you can help, please visit the following link to sign up (can be used for volunteer hours!): Help Provide Teacher Treats. Thank you for your generosity!

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

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

11th Grade CCRs

We will re-open the CCR calendar for 11th grade slots during the last week of Winterim. If you did not sign up for a slot during December, don’t worry. We will meet during the 3rd term.

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!