Welcome Back to School

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you had a wonderful and restful summer. We will be sharing information regularly through ParentSquare, if you haven’t done so, please download the app on your mobile device as it has replaced Remind and will be the primary form of school communication going forward. 

First, please help us welcome several exciting new additions to our Mapleton staff:
Kelsie Allen – Elementary Educational Assistant/Food Service
Zac Burtt – MS/HS Educational Assistant
Garrett Blanchard – HS Language Arts
Kale’a Galbreath – EA Elementary
Kay Graham – MS/HS Co-Principal
Jeanette Long – 1st/2nd grade Teacher
Miles Moore – School Psychologist
Haley Strenke – Preschool Assistant
Shawn Walker – Preschool Assistant

Also, the following are current staff who have moved to new positions within our district:
Carrie Dean – MS/HS Educational Assistant
Brenda Moyer – Special Programs Admin & SPED Teacher
Joy O’Renick – Elementary Co-Principal
Natalie Ross – Preschool Lead Teacher
Heidi Sundstrom – MS/HS Educational Assistant

Late Start Wednesdays: We received a few questions about the Late Start Wednesday schedule and want to clarify our weekly start and end times.

  • Elementary Start and End Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
    • Preschool, 8:15-2:45
    • Kinder – 6th Grade, 8:10-3:35
  • Elementary Start and End Times: Wednesdays
    • Preschool, 8:15-2:45
    • Kinder – 6th Grade, 9:10-3:35  (your morning bus will arrive 1 hour later than usual)
  • MS/HS Start and End Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
    • Grades 7-12, 8:10-3:48.
  • MS/HS Start and End Times: Wednesdays
    • Grades 7-12, 9:10-3:48 (your morning bus will arrive 1 hour later than usual)

We are able to provide tutoring and/or open gym from 8:00-9:10 on Wednesdays for families who need to drop students at the regular time. Please RSVP on ParentSquare to let us know your student will attend, or reach out to the office for more information.

Did you know?
Healthy school attendance is 90% or above, which means no more than 1 absence every 3 weeks.
Students with healthy attendance are much more likely to earn strong grades, graduate on time, and
experience success in college/career. This is a huge district priority, and we are here to partner with you – please let us know if you are experiencing barriers to attendance we can work through as a team.

Our district has recently updated its cell phone policy due to overwhelming evidence about the
academic, mental health, and social benefits of limiting screen time for K-12 students. We are asking for your partnership to support your student’s learning and well-being as we implement this important new policy.Please see previous ParentSquare post for more information and policy details.

Beginning September 5, 2023:
1. Students may not use cell phones, iPads, or other personal electronic devices during class time for any reason.  Use in the hallway or restroom during class time is also prohibited.
2. Cell phones must be turned off and secured in either the student’s locker or in their backpacks (they may not be kept in pockets or on desks).
3. Students may use their phone before school, during passing time and breaks, and after school.

District-Wide Values: Last year, our MS/HS students and staff partnered to create 4 school-wide values.
This year, our elementary team has adopted them as well. We’re pleased to introduce our 4 district-wide values, which will be the basis for how we teach students expectations and support them in being positive community members. We ask that you talk with your student about what these values mean and how they can be successful in demonstrating them this year!

Value each other

Value yourself

Value your learning

Value this place
Below are some important dates to keep in mind:
August 31: Elementary classroom drop-in, 2:00-4:00pm
September 5: First day of school, grades 1-12
September 6: Pre-K and Kindergarten Kickoff, 1:00-3:00
September 11: First day of school, Pre-K and Kindergarten
September 20: Mapleton SD open house and back-to-school BBQ
November 16 & 17: Fall Conferences
January 25, 2023: Winter Sforza Fair

We are looking forward to getting to know our wonderful students and families better throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Sue Wilson, Superintendent, PK-12 Co-Principal
Joy O’Renick, Elementary Co-Principal
Kay Graham, MS/HS Co-Principal
Brenda Moyer, Special Programs Administrator