Maeser Updates: 12 April 2024

In This Edition

Congratulations to our Math Teams, 2024-25 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan: Public Comment Period Open, Special Assembly on Thursday, Math Girls Rock!, RISE Testing Starts Monday, 24-25 Student Council Elections, Time-Sensitive Graduation Information for the Class of 2024: Graduation Clearance, HS Musical: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, Toast: A Tribute to Bread – Benefit Concert Sponsorship, Untangling Teens & Tech, Volunteer Help Needed (Gift Cards for Teachers, Lunch Volunteers, Teacher Appreciation Donations, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (Golf Interest Meeting, Spring Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals for 2024-25), 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

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

Monday, April 15
24-25 Student Council interest meeting in room 146 during lunch
Golf Interest Meeting in room 228 during lunch

April 15-May 2
RISE Testing in 7th & 8th Grade Classes

Thursday, April 18
11am Special Assembly with Dr. Craig Manning
3:30pm Math Girls Rock!

Friday, April 19
12pm Dancing With The Teachers

May 6-17
AP exams

May 8-11
7:30pm HS Musical: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Maeser gym – matinee performance on May 10th @ 12:30pm

Wednesday, May 15
Last Lecture Assembly

May 17-22
Final Exams

Tuesday, May 18
3:30pm and 7:30pm Benefit Concert with Toast: A Tribute to Bread @ the UVU Noorda Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, May 23
Class of 2024 Cap & Gown Photo and Senior Breakfast (seniors)
Advisory & Awards Day Assembly (all students)
Last Day to Return Textbooks

Friday, May 24
9am Graduation Rehearsal
1pm Graduation Ceremony

2024-2025 Academic Calendar

Our 2024-2025 school calendar has been approved and is posted on our website under the Parents drop-down menu. Please be aware that Orientation day for all incoming and new students is Friday, August 9. School starts for everyone on Monday, August 12 and our last day of school (graduation) will be May 23, 2025.

We realize this start date is early! By aligning our calendar closely with the Alpine School District, families with students at Maeser and at district schools are better able to coordinate their schedules.

Lunch Options This Week

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.

Congratulations to our Math Teams

Both our high school and middle school math teams had amazing seasons! Our high school Math League team finished 1st in the state, and 13th in our region (which includes 15 states). Our middle school Math League team was 1st place for 7th grade and 4th place for 8th grade in our region. Luke Pratt is ranked first in our region for the entire 7th grade and Tanish Shetty is ranked first for the entire 8th grade. At the state math contest, our junior division team placed in the top three teams. Congrats to our entire math team!

2024-25 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan: Public Comment Period Open

The 2024-25 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan is now available for review and public comment. 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 2024-25 Fee Schedule & Spend Plan on April 16, you may either:

  • Email by Monday, April 15 OR
  • Request to speak during the public comment period of the April 16 board meeting. These meetings are held online. Please contact if you would like instructions for joining the meeting.

Special Assembly on Thursday, April 18

This Thursday, April 18, our students have a unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Craig Manning. Dr. Craig Manning is a Human Performance Scientist and the bestselling author of The Fearless Mind: Five Essential Steps to Higher Performance. Many of our students have read his book, and we’re excited to have him come and share his insights with our students. The assembly will begin at 11am.

Math Girls Rock!

The next meeting of Math Girls Rock! will be held on Thursday, April 18th, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. We will be doing a fun origami project, learning some cool math, and having snacks. If you need a permission slip or more information, please contact Mrs. Plott (

RISE Testing in 7th-8th Grades Starts Monday

Middle school students will take their RISE tests in class April 15-May 2.

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!


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

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

While we hope you will allow your middle school student to participate in RISE – both to receive feedback on areas your student can improve 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 24 hours prior to the test date helps us ensure that your student does not access the test and is not scheduled to be pulled out of class for make-up testing.

24-25 Student Council Elections

All students interested in running for the 2024-2025 Student Council should plan to attend the information meeting on Monday, April 15th, during lunch in room 146.

Time-Sensitive Graduation Information for the Class of 2024

Graduation Clearance

If your student has an NG in any class, even past terms and years, they need to make it up before April 15 in order for Ms. Sorenson to clear them for graduation.

Is your senior missing credit, whether from an F grade or a class they are taking online? These need to be made up by April 15 as well or they will not be cleared for graduation.

HS Musical: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Maeser Preparatory Academy Presents
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
When: May 8-11th at 7:30pm and May 10th @ 12:30pm
Where: Maeser Preparatory Academy
Cost: $12 Adults $8 Students and Seniors
Tickets can purchased online at

Toast: A Tribute to Bread – Benefit Concert Sponsorship

TOAST- The Ultimate Bread Experience will be holding a benefit concert for the Maeser auditorium building fund on May 18 at the UVU Noorda Center for the Performing Arts. We are looking for sponsors to help cover our basic costs for the event. If you are interested, please contact Laura Ure at

Tickets are on sale now! More information on the concert can be found at the following link:

Untangling Teens & Tech

All Maeser parents and students are invited to attend a special presentation, “Untangling Teens & Tech”, this Monday, April 15 at Timpanogos High School. This is an incredible opportunity to gather as teens, parents, and our community to learn more about healthy screen time and boundaries. Every family will navigate this tough conversation and the information in this presentation will help educate and empower you to create healthy standards and bond with your child. Free dinner, lots of prizes and wonderful information! For more information and to sign up: Untangling Teens & Tech.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

Golf Interest Meeting

We are thinking of starting a golf team at Maeser. This will be an internal team; which means we will not be playing in the UHSAA. We will be playing with other Maeser students. It will be a great opportunity to learn how to play golf, build student relationships, and have fun! The meeting will be held on Monday April 15th at Lunch in room 228. This meeting is open to all students (Middle and High School).

Spring Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in 4th term sports/activities will be determined by 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 for 2024-25

All students, middle school and high school, who will be playing sports next year (2024-25) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2024 are good until July 15, 2025. 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 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 Needed: 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!