The Mustang Monthly
304 W. Academy Ave, Maize, KS, 67101
April 2022
A message from Mr. Jennings
I'm excited to announce that MCE has been selected as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School! The award comes from the Flippen Group which emphasizes teachers' and staff members' connection and relationships with students, as well as social-emotional learning. The award recognizes schools across the country that have demonstrated improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

We've had another outstanding year at Maize Central Elementary. Our students have done a wonderful job handling our expectations and demonstrating positive character traits throughout the year. The staff has worked extremely hard meeting the academic and emotional needs of each student.  I'm extremely fortunate to work with such a caring and supportive staff! Thank you to all of you parents! We couldn't do the things we do at MCE without your support! We truly appreciate everything you do to help make MCE such an outstanding place! Thank you!!

The end of the school year brings about changes for the next year. Below are a few changes that will be taking place in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Good luck to the following staff members who will not be returning to Maize Central next school year:
  • Taylor Ballard (4th grade) - taking a break to be with family.
  • Teresa Buchanan (2nd grade) - retirement.
  • Jenny Clark-Lutz (PBIS) - to Maize High School PBIS.
  • Jackie Foltz (Media Center Specialist) - retirement.
  • Lori Gabrielson (1st grade) - retirement.
  • Michelle Kinnevan (Kindergarten) - taking a break to be home with family.
  • Kayla McKnight (Para) - pursuing a teaching position.
  • Shari LaMunyon (Kindergarten) - retirement.
  • Sophia Perry (Sub-Para) - Student teaching and continuing education.
  • Jill Meister (Para) - to School Psychology Para at Pray Woodman.
  • Courtney Merseal (Kindergarten) - moving to SPED IS within MCE.
  • Loni Smith (Nurse) - to Maize Intermediate School.
  • Lisa Urbina (Psychologist) - on Sabbatical.
  • Janette Wilson (IS) - to Maize High School (similar position as MCE).

Thank you to our MCE families for navigating another year together full of challenges and changes. As a reminder, if your student will be coming to school at or after 8:45am when the first bell rings, please sign them in at the front office. Additionally, students leaving early will not be called down until a guardian or approved pick up contact is present to sign them out. We're excited to finish this last quarter of school before a much deserved Summer break. The kids have worked so hard while keeping up their Mustang Pride!

David Jennings
Maize Central Elementary Principal

Upcoming Kindergarten Vocal Music Program

Thursday, April 14th at 2:30 P.M.
in the MCE Gymnasium

Featured Classes:
Clark, Criswell, Kinnevan LaMunyon, and Merseal

Join us as we share with you all that the children have been learning in vocal music class. The suggested program attire includes tennis shoes, denim blue jeans and a plain, solid colored blue or yellow shirt.
We look forward to seeing you!
Instructional Support Paras Needed
Maize Central Elementary is hiring for Instructional Support Paras. Click here for the Instructional Support Classroom Description. We are looking for a few people to finish out the 2021-2022 year, with opportunities in the fall for 2022-2023 as well. If you or somebody you know has an interest in education, we invite you to apply here on the Maize TalentEd page. If you have further questions, please contact our principal, Mr. David Jennings, at 316-722-0427.
Capturing Kids' Hearts & Social Emotional Learning
Capturing Kids' Hearts (CKH) & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
With less than two months left in the 2021-22 school year, MCE students and staff will finish strong! Not giving up, working hard, and determination are the keys to success! The character traits, Acceptance & Perseverance, will be incorporated in the SEL lessons this spring.  Through our CKH and SEL programs, students are encouraged to work hard to achieve their goals in and away from school.  Please click here for the CKH family newsletter about ways to incorporate these character traits at home.  For the Spanish copy click here.
Upcoming PTO events
Hello Mustang families,

We invite you to attend the PTO meeting:

Tuesday, April 19th @ 6:30pm
Held in: the Multi-purpose room at MCE.
We will discuss: teacher appreciation week in May and open board positions for 2022-23 school year.

This is a great way for families to get involved and share ideas. You can keep up to date with PTO activities and events through our Facebook Page (MCE PTO), our website, and by joining our text notification group (text MCE to 40691). 

We also have a Spirit Night at Chick-fil-a coming up on April 26th as well. Come help support MCE while having fun! We hope to see you there!
Moving over the Summer?
If you have moved or will be moving, but are still in the district, please send a Proof of Residency to the school office as soon as possible. You can email it to or fax it to the school office at 316-722-8307.

  •  An Acceptable Proof of Residency includes a copy of your mortgage/lease agreement, including signature page, or a current copy of your gas, water, trash or electric bill.
  • If you have any questions regarding Proof of Residency, please feel free to contact the enrollment office at 316-350-2050.

If you are moving OUT of district, please contact Jenny Pauls, or by phone at 316-350-2050. Please include the new school, city, and state you will be transferring to so we can prepare your student's records for transfer. 
Find events, opportunities on district’s Online Bulletin Board
Maize USD 266’s Online Bulletin Board is the place to go for information about upcoming events, camps, clinics, fundraisers, and other opportunities available through the district and official partner agencies. Visit
2021-2022 Maize USD 266 Calendar
2022 - 2023 Maize USD 266 Calendar
On Monday, February 14th, 2022, The Maize Board of Education approved the 2022-2023 Maize USD 266 Calendar, which you can access now by clicking here.
Miscellaneous Information
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