27th - ACT Testing Day
28th - K-12 P/T Conferences, 4-8pm
29th - NO SCHOOL K-12, P/T Conferences 12-8pm
30th - NO SCHOOL K-12, Conference Comp Day
13th - End of Term
14th - NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day
17th - School Resumes
Maize High School
7:00am - 3:30pm
7:40am - 2:45pm M, T, TH, F
7:40am - 2:10pm Wednesday
Dr. Chris Botts
Freshmen R - Z
Freshmen A - J
Freshmen K - Q
MHS Counseling Department
Director of Guidance
Students A - C
Students D - Kn
Students Ko - Rog
Students Rol - Z
Counseling Office Administrative Assistant
*Should you need to get in touch with your student's counselor, please call Carly at (316) 350-2122.
District College and Career Advocate
| MHS Athletics/Activities Department
Athletic/Activities Administrative Assistant
If you have any questions or need to contact the Athletic Department, please call (316) 350-2112.
MHS Parent Newsletter
October 2016 Volume 124 Issue 2
I would like to thank all of the members of Student Council for organizing and planning this year's homecoming festivities. There are many great leaders in StuCo and it has been fun to see the student body engaged in each of the spirit days and show their Eagle Pride. I always tell the students, "high school is what you make of it." Students this year have truly made the most of the opportunities presented and have shown their Eagle pride!
National Merit Seniors
Congratulations to Jonathon Kohl and Kyle Stutzman on being named "Commended Students" in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Student of the Month
I am pleased to announce that Kendra Cunningham (12) has been named the Maize High School Carlos O'Kelly's Student of the Month for August. Jessica Shurts, science teacher, had this to say about Kendra: "Kendra always excels in the classroom, but has provided excellent leadership in all the back-to-school events as STUCO president." Also receiving nominations this month were: Kylie Wood, Haleigh Avila, Brooklyn DeForeest, Tori Moss, Allison Evans, Lillian Williams, Daisy Riegel, Kate Reimer, Sophia Shaar, Gavin Schumacher, Rayne Rekoske, Chris White, Kylie Cole, Crosby Woods, Sadie Landwehr, Emma Hahn, and Elizabeth Bell. Congratulations to all students for standing out!
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on Wednesday, September 28th from 4-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 29th from 12-8:00 p.m. There will be no school on 9/29 and 9/30. I hope you will be able to stop by and visit with your student's teachers.
- This year, our current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders have results from the ACT Aspire test given last spring. At conferences, you will have the opportunity to go over the results of how your student did on this summative test and predictor of the ACT. Your student's EnCor teacher will have the summative report to give to you. Those reports that are not picked up at conferences will be given to students during EnCor on Monday, October 3rd.
- We will also have one parent session this year. On Thursday, 9/30, a representative from Wichita State University will be at MHS to do a financial aid presentation for families. This will take place in the MHS auditorium from 6-7:00 p.m.
Special Day - September 27
Tuesday, September 27th will be a busy day at MHS for all students:
- Freshmen and sophomores will take the ACT Aspire test in the morning and will have blocks 3 and 4 in the afternoon.
- Seniors will take the ACT and will be dismissed from school at the conclusion of their test around noon. Students pre-registered for the test on September 19th and the district is covering the cost of the test for students.
- Juniors will not have school but can use the day as a college visit day. We have organized and scheduled a tour to Wichita State University for any student looking at WSU as their college choice. Students can sign up for this in the Counseling Office or with Mrs. Vinopal.
Maslow's Teen Pantry
Maslow's Teen Pantry is organized by the Maize High School Peer Helper group. These teens have spent hours collecting and sorting through donations to help serve their school community. At Maslow's, a student in need can seek out their counselor, administrator, or any teacher to receive items such as food, clothing, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, school supplies, and much more. The idea is to help those in need in an anonymous fashion so that our students and their siblings can get what they need when they need it. We are currently accepting donations of non-perishable food items (especially dry goods), gloves, hats, scarves, and jackets for the upcoming winter months. Also, we are collecting baby items such as diapers, wipes, baby wash, etc. There is not a need at this time for baby clothes. As always, we also accept cash donations.
University of Kansas Honor Scholars
On Monday, September 26th, students from schools across Sedgwick County will convene at Maize High School for the University of Kansas Scholars Program. The distinguished program recognizes the top 10% of each school's graduating class. Congratulations to the students being recognized at Maize High School who are listed later in this newsletter.
I am pleased to announce that Maize High School teacher Sarah Jo Heath has been named the KAHPERD Adaptive Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Heath will be recognized on November 3rd at the annual KAHPERD conference in Hays, KS. Congratulations to Mrs. Heath!
I appreciate all of the support given to our students and school. Please let me know if I can do anything to help make your student's experience at Maize High School better.
With Eagle pride,
Greetings from the Counseling Department
at Maize High School!
Lyn Brown Director of Guidance 350-2114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students whose last name begins with A through C
Geri Hickerson Counselor 350-2118 email@example.com
Students whose last name begins with D through Kn
Paula Bette Counselor 350-2119 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students whose last name begins with Kp through Rog
Betsy Manning Counselor 350-2120 email@example.com
Students whose last name begins with Rol through Z
Carly Stamper Counseling Administrative Assistant 350-2122 firstname.lastname@example.org
The PSAT will be offered to our students on Wednesday, October 19th. The cost to register for the test is $17 and can be given to Alysia Buckley in the Finance Office at Maize High from September 28 - October 7th. When you register for the test, you will receive the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide. This guide has information about the PSAT and National Merit Test, as well as test-taking advice and an official practice test.
Freshman and sophomores are able to take the test as practice, and juniors who test will have their scores count toward the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Congratulations to our KU Honors Students! The University of Kansas will honor the top 10% of the senior class of 2017 on Monday, September 26th at Maize High School. Our honored students include: Haleigh Avila, Kyle Bannon, Nikola Braynov, Madison Bruun, Ashley Carpenter, Samantha Chesser, Kendra Cunningham, Baylee Dobler, Samuel Emerson, Caroline Erickson, Madison Gallagher, Samuel Gilchrist, Emma Hahn, Jacey Handy, Meet Kapadia, Justin Khounsombath, Jonathan Kohl, Mia Magby, Tiffany Nold, Katherine Reimer, Brecken Roe, Eric Schartz, Gabrielle Schreiner, Kyle Stutzman, Madison Tannahill, Hannah Tice, Bailey Tredway, Allison Wheeler, and Chloe Willems.
Congratulations to our AP Scholars!
- AP Scholars: Granted to students who receive scores of "3" or higher on three or more AP Exams:
o Class of 2016 - Miranda Boswell, William Mercer, Conor Phillips, Brandon Pugh, Hayden Thurman, and Madison Worm.
- AP Scholars with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least "3.25" on all AP Exams taken, and scores of "3" or higher on four or more of these exams.
o Class of 2016: Emily Beaver
o Class of 2017: Allison Wheeler
- AP Scholars with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least "3.5" on all AP Exams taken, and scores of "3" or higher on five or more of these exams.
Class of 2016 - Matthew Freese, Trent Gaddie, and Scott Hershberger
We have many activities coming up this fall - so please read carefully!
- Tuesday, October 18th - Futures Fair at Koch Arena
- Juniors and seniors who sign up in their EnCor class will be bused to the Fair - 8:45 am to 11:00 am.
- Two $500 scholarships will be given away to students who attend the day session.
- Wednesday, October 19th - PSAT - Will be offered at Maize High School.
- October 13th - Last day of Term 1
- October 17th - Term 2 begins
- October 22nd - ACT
- October 27th - ASVAB testing in the Lecture Hall. Please sign up for this FREE assessment in the Counseling Office.
- Friday, November 4th - Last day to register for December 10th ACT
- ACT Prep class to prep for the December ACT. This class will be offered in the Lecture Hall on Thursday, November 17th and Thursday, December 1st. Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office or on our website. The cost of the class $50.
- ACT on December 10th
- Friday, January 13th - Last day to register for February 11th ACT
- ACT Prep class to prep for the February ACT. This class will be offered in the Lecture Hall on Thursday, January 19th and Thursday, January 26th. Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office or on our website. The cost of the class $50.
- ACT on February 11th
- Friday, March 3rd -Last day to register for April 8th ACT
- ACT Prep class to prep for the April ACT. This class will be offered in the Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 30th and Thursday, April 6th. Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office or on our website. The cost of the class is $50.
EIGHT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ACT TEST
1. There are four sections on the ACT (English, math, reading, and science) and then a separate optional essay section. The "science" section is really just reading comprehension (no outside science knowledge is needed; nearly all questions can be answered by understanding the given information.)
2. Answer every question on the ACT even if it just a guess; there is no penalty for wrong answers.
3. On the ACT, finishing all of the questions in time is difficult. The ACT rewards working quickly so students should push themselves to move quickly through each section. For example, if you are 90% sure about a question, answer it and move on rather than going back and double checking.
4. Again, you don't want your score to be lower due to the fact that you were not able to finish most questions in time. The best way to deal with this issue is to time yourself as you complete a few practice ACTs before the actual test. Get used to how much time a section lasts and how quickly you need to work to finish it.
5. The national average for the ACT is approximately 21. This is the approximate national average for the overall score and for each section.
6. Do not read the reading passages for too long. Only take between one and two minutes to read the long passages quickly. Just read enough to get a main understanding of the arguments or points the author is making. Once you get to the questions, you will be going back to the passages anyway to search for the right answer, so it doesn't make sense to read for too long.
7. Many students are curious as to how many questions they need to answer correctly on each section to earn a certain score. Here is one example: To earn an overall ACT score of 24, a student would need to get 55 out of 75 English questions correct, 37 out of 60 math questions correct, 26 out of 40 reading questions correct, and 29 out of 40 science questions correct.
8. Many students are curious about how the ACT and SAT compare to each other and here are some general thoughts. Most students find the ACT slightly easier and get a higher percentage of ACT questions correct. The downside is that the curve on the ACT is tougher so a student needs to get a higher percentage of ACT questions correct to earn a score that would be equal to the comparable SAT score. One of the reasons that students find the ACT slightly easier is that there are only four answer choices on every question of the ACT except for the math section where the questions have five answer choices. By contrast, every section of the SAT has five answer choices.
College and Career Counseling
is the USD 266 District College and Career Advocate at both high schools.
Mrs. Vinopal is available to visit with students and families with anything related to college and career. If a student needs assistance in setting up college visits or contacting a university, she is able to help. She is also available to assist with admissions, financial aid, and scholarship questions. Mrs. Vinopal will be organizing school-wide college and community visits, as well. Students and families can contact Mrs. Vinopal
; her office at MHS is in D8. Also, be sure to follow the College and Career Office on
Upcoming College Visits at Maize High
Air National Guard
|Mon. Oct 3rd during EnCor & Lunch
||Wed. Oct 5th during EnCor
|Kansas Army National Guard
||Friday Oct. 7th during EnCor & Lunch
|Wichita State University
||Mon. Oct. 10th during EnCor
|Kansas State University
||Wed. Oct. 12th during EnCor
Pittsburg State University
|Wed. Oct. 12th during Lunch
|Oklahoma State University
||Mon. Oct. 17th during EnCor
||Wed. Oct. 19th during Lunch
||Friday Oct. 21st during Lunch
||Wed. Oct. 26th during EnCor
|Fort Hays State University
||Mon. Oct. 31st during EnCor
Pratt Community College - Technical Program Education Day
Wednesday, November 16th
Open to both juniors and seniors at Maize High School, Maize South High School, Complete High School Maize & Maize Virtual Preparatory School.
***Deadline to sign up is Monday, Nov. 7th by the end of the day!***
Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis! Students must be in good standing to attend.
During the visit we will:
*Visit with faculty about technical programs.
*Hear about financial aid opportunities & admissions.
*Interact with current PCC students.
*Have a chance to win a PCC scholarship.
Students can pick from three different technical programs to explore:
- Electrical Power Lineman
- Information Network Technology
- Nursing/Allied Heath*
- Ag Power Technology
- Wildlife Outfitting and & Operations
- Business and Accounting
* Students interested in Nursing and Allied Health will have a unique track and will not participate in other rotations.
The bus will be departing from the high schools and will be arriving back at 2:45 pm. (Further information will be provided for those who register.)
*There is no fee to attend!
If you have questions, please contact
(College and Career Advocate) at
College & Career Night
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Wichita State University Tour
Juniors have the opportunity to tour Wichita State University on Tuesday, September 27
th. During this visit, we will have a general overview of WSU. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on campus. Deadline to register was Thursday, September 22nd; we currently have 100 Juniors registered!
On Friday, October 14th, we will be doing a campus visit that is open to juniors and seniors. The campus we will tour is to be determined. Further details will be provided regarding this visit as they become available.
Transportation will be provided for all campus visits. During the visits, students will have the opportunity to tour campus, interact with current students, visit with Admissions and Financial Aid representatives, and much more! For further information and to register visit www.usd266.com/fallcampusvisits. Contact Kelsey Vinopal at email@example.com or 316-350-2281 with questions.
FAFSA Completion Event
Maize USD 266 is hosting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion event for high school seniors on
Tuesday, October 25th
6:00pm to 7:30pm
in the Maize High School library. During this event, students and their parents will be able to complete the FAFSA with the assistance of Financial Aid representatives. This event is open to all students attending any post-secondary education (four-year, two-year, technical education, trade school, etc). Computers will be available for you to complete the FAFSA online.
This year the FAFSA opens for families to complete on October 1st. It is important to know the financial aid deadline for any post-secondary institution you are considering because each have their own deadlines.
What is financial aid?
Grants, scholarships, loans, and work study funds provided to help students and families pay for college.
What to Bring?
· Both the student and parent should attend if possible.
· Bring 2015 tax returns (including W-2's) for both student and parent or income information for 2015 if no taxes were filed.
· Bring information about assets if applicable.
· You will need birth dates, social security numbers*, and an e-mail address for both student and parents.
* Students can still complete the FAFSA if their parents do not have a SSN.
· Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Kelsey Vinopal (College and Career Advocate) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-350-2281.
USD 266 Maize offers Online Driver Education during the school year (Term 1; Term 2; Term 3; Term 4).
The online driver education program strives to prepare students to become knowledgeable and respectful of the law; to learn basic driving skills; and to develop a responsible attitude toward driving.
The instructors will provide critical experience to students; involve parents in the process, and foster cooperative interaction with others in the driving environment.
More detailed information on Online Driver Education can be found on the high school website under the Counselors' Corner.
Online Driver Education: 2016-2017 Enrollment Nights (Enrollment packets may be picked up in the Counseling Office or online under the Counselors' Corner.)
Term 2:October 5, 2016 at 6:00pm; Maize High School Lecture Hall
Term 3:December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm; Maize High School Lecture Hall
Term 4:March 8, 2017 at 6:00pm; Maize High School Lecture Hall
**Students and parents need to attend the enrollment meeting. Please bring your enrollment packet, a writing pen, and any type of Kansas Permit or License you already have to the Enrollment Meeting.**
Congratulations to this year's Fall Homecoming King and Queen - Grant Bugbee and Spencer Shively!
KAY Club is one of ten KAY organizations in the state that will be honored at a ceremony in November. The Maize club is being recognized for its long history of distinguished service and leadership.
KAY, which stands for Kansas Association for Youth, is celebrating 70 years of providing a character-building, leadership-training, service program for Kansas students in grades 7 through 12. KAY will have a Blue and Gold Celebration on November 5th, during which the Maize club will be recognized.
"Congratulations on this special recognition for not only the Maize High...program, but also for your school, and your community," said Cheryl Gleason, KAY state director. "By offering this organization, you have impacted the lives of an untold number of students who have experienced first-hand the importance of service to their school, community, nation, and world."
Parents and Guardians - If you are excusing your student to leave during the school day, please call our Attendance Office well in advance. Passes will be prepared and class interruptions can be limited with this advance notice. Thank you for your help!
Lost and Found:
When your student loses an item at MHS, there are three locations for Lost and Found:
· The Front Office is the first place students often come to see if a lost item has been turned in. Keys, jewelry, phones, and wallets are kept in a secure location here after being turned in.
· Lost student IDs and agendas can be located in the Attendance Office.
· Students are encouraged to look for lost clothing items, books, water bottles, bags, etc in the maintenance area bin.
Items left in locker rooms at the end of each term are donated to Maslow's Closet or other charitable agencies. Items left in the Lost and Found Bin are also donated at the end of the school year.
The MHS Coed Cheer Team has been busy this September!
Recently, they were guests of Power 93.5. Maize High Cheer was featured as the cheerleaders of the week and promoted the game of the week which was Maize-vs-Goddard Eisenhower.
The team also performed at the half of a recent University of Oklahoma game, which was both a privilege and an honor.
MHS Varsity Coed Cheer Team
MHS JV Cheer Team
Maize High Theatre and Vocal Departments Proudly Present
The Addams Family
Maize High was proud to offer our students an opportunity to hear alum,
Michael Staab, speak recently. Michael was a 2007 graduate of MHS, received his bachelor's degree from WSU and his master's degree from Georgia Tech.
Currently, Michael is a Mission Control Engineer (Flight Controller) for the Cassini spacecraft and a Mission Systems' Engineer for the Mars 2020 rover at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Earth-Space Science students explored the expanding universe this past month in a digital planetarium on loan from Fort Hays State University.
Biology students were recently medical diagnosticians, testing the effects of exercise (jogging) and of pain (caused by "the ice bucket challenge") on their heart function and blood pressure. To see what is happening on the inside, they also dissected fetal pigs - mammals anatomically like us in many ways.
Ashlyn Bugbee, Megan Fabrizius, Caleb Grill and Chase Schreiner
Hunter Clark, Kael Ecord
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