News Flash!

Maple Lake Academy would like to Welcome the newest addition to the Education Department, Ms.Julie Smith! Julie is our new English teacher!

Julie Smith picJulie Smith graduated from BYU, with degrees in English Teaching and History Teaching. Since then, she has taught public school and private school, but her favorite place to work is at residential centers like Maple Lake! Julie is married and has five kids. Her family has lived in Utah, Missouri, and Nevada. She loves to read, write, and travel – especially to historical sites. Some of the fun things she has done include walking up The Statue of Liberty and down The Washington Monument, sleeping over in a zoo, and camping in Alaska. She also interned in Washington DC when she was in college, and was an summer exchange student in Japan when she was in high school. She is super excited to work with the students at Maple Lake Academy!

We are excited to have her a part of the team!




News Flash!

A lot has been going on here at Maple Lake Academy! From long days with RT to class field trips and fun project assignments.

Two field trips this year have been to a Teen Author Boot Camp and our annual Eco Challenge at Thanksgiving Point.

The Teen Author Boot Camp was a day long youth conference where over 1,000 teen writers came to receive training from the best writers out there. We went to five workshops that focused on how to write an action packed scene, how to create character depth, taking risks as an author, had lunch and met professional authors.

During our annual Eco Challenge with Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, our students competed in different events from creating designer clothes and accessories with recycled items, wrote songs about the environment, drew and painted pictures about pollution and endangered species and wrote and acted out a skit they had written about being good to our earth. During our break, we walked around the beautiful tulip fields which are a local highlight at Thanksgiving Point.

During the summer, we have enjoyed weekly trips with the Recreational Therapy group and look forward to the new term’s school year and the projects and trips it will bring. Until then! Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Students enjoying the summer day researching for their Children’s Book project.


Techie for Life: Lego Competition

Recently, both schools participated in a Lego Competition sponsored by Techie For Life. They were challenged to create and build their own unique Lego designs. The categories were: functional, artistic and scale-model.


Techie for Life sent each school, individual packs of Legos to use and document.


The students were excited about the hands-on challenge and the freedom to design their own creations.


From living room scale models, animals, cellos, spin-tops and light rays, the Lego creations were endless.


In the end, both schools won awards in various categories including:

  • Most Popular
  • Most Artistic
  • Best Scale-Model

Several received honorable mentions and received a myriad of prizes based on technology and robotics. Maple Lake Academy was well represented and made a lasting impression on the judges.