In This Issue
Important Dates



26th - MHS FALL Sports Extravaganza





5th - NO SCHOOL K-12, Labor 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 

 USD 266 District


 Please click here to access the 2016-2017 district calendar. 


 Maize High School


Office hours:

7:00am - 3:30pm


School hours:

7:40am - 2:45pm M, T, TH, F

7:40am - 2:10pm Wednesday  


MHS Administration

Dr. Chris Botts



Elizabeth Parker

Associate Principal


Freshmen R - Z 


Craig Broadbent

Assistant Principal


Freshmen A - J 


Sonya Tice

Assistant Principal


Freshmen K - Q 


Eric Wolgast

Athletic/Activities Director

MHS Counseling Department

Lyn Brown

Director of Guidance

Students A - C 


Geri Hickerson


Students D - Kn 


Paula Bette


Students Ko - Rog


Betsy Manning


Students Rol - Z 


Carly Stamper

Counseling Office Administrative Assistant

*Should you need to get in touch with your students counselor, please call Carly at (316) 350-2122.  


Kristi Olinger


(316) 350-2121


Kelsey Vinopal

District College and Career Advocate

(316) 350-2281 


 MHS Athletics/Activities Department
Eric Wolgast
Athletic/Activities Director

Alysia Buckley
Athletic/Activities Administrative Assistant

If you have any questions or need to contact the Athletic Department, please call (316) 350-2112.

Click here to see the Athletic/Activities

Follow Maize Athletics on Twitter @MaizeEagleAD.

MHS Character

in Action 

Welcome New Faculty!
We're excited to welcome seven new teachers to "The Nest"!

Amy Hammett
Mrs. Hammett is returning to teach Science at MHS after teaching online for the Kansas Virtual School last year. She also previously taught at Northeast Magnet in Wichita, at Campus High School, and in Louisiana prior to moving to Kansas in 2010. Mrs. Hammett has a bachelors and a masters degree from the University of Louisiana, and is completing her second masters at Fort Hays State University. This year, she will be teaching Biology Honors and Freshmen General Science. She has three sons in the Maize School District (2 at MHS and 1 at MMS), and her husband James is also returning to teach and coach football for Maize High School.

James Hammett
Mr. Hammett is returning to Maize High School to teach Science and to coach football. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Before moving to Kansas in 2010, Mr. Hammett taught and coached football in Louisiana. His wife is also a Science teacher at MHS. They have two sons who are seniors at Maize High School and another attends Maize Middle.

Emily Provencher
Ms. Provencher is a new teacher in the Math Department this year. She is a graduate of Wichita State and she loves the Shockers! In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and shopping. She will be teaching Algebra I and Geometry this year at Maize High.

Wally Axmann
Dr. Axmann is a graduate of both Wichita State and K-State. Previously, he taught physics at Wichita Collegiate School and college mathematics and physics at WSU. He shares that he has been married for 25 years to his college sweetheart, Beverly, and they have an awesome freshman daughter, Lucy, at MHS. When he gets a chance, Dr. Axmann enjoys reading and sailing. This year, he will be teaching Algebra II and College Algebra.

Catherine Walsh
Mrs. Walsh will be teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry this year at Maize High and Maize South High. She has degrees from Mid-America Nazarene University and Emporia State. Before coming to MHS, Mrs. Walsh taught at Sumner Academy and coached girls' tennis. She enjoys quilting and crocheting. Mrs. Walsh has two children in USD 266 and her husband is completing his Masters at WSU.

Shelby Hillman
Ms. Hillman is a new Health and Physical Education teacher at Maize High. Originally from Cheney, Kansas, she attended FHSU and was a member of the women's basketball team. Ms. Hillman has degrees from Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State. Previously, she taught Kindergarten at Pray-Woodman Elementary School. Ms. Hillman enjoys Crossfit, sports, and spending time with her family.

Johnny Yelverton
Mr. Yelverton, originally from Texas, is the Law Enforcement and Fire Science teacher at Maize High. He moved to Wichita after being stationed at McConnell AFB, and worked in local law enforcement and the fire service for 13 years before getting his education degree from Emporia State University. This is his first year teaching the Law Enforcement and Fire Science pathways at Maize High, and he is proud to be part ot the team.

Come to

Maize High's Annual Club Fair

September 1st

In The Commons

During all lunches!

Eagle Connection

MHS Parent Newsletter

August/September 2016                               Volume  124  Issue  1   

 Botts' Babbles

 It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at MHS. As a staff, we are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways. This year is already off to an amazing start and I have been impressed by the leadership of our seniors. They have helped set the expectation for the school year and have exhibited an enormous amount of school pride. For example, the MHS Student Council leaders will be implementing COTY this year, or Class of the Year. This is a way to help get students involved in their school as well as support all of the activities that take place throughout the year. The winning class will receive a prize at the end of the school year.


This school year, we are fortunate to have hired several new teachers who are already making a positive impact on our students and school.  We welcome to MHS: Catherine Walsh (Math), Emily Provencher (Math), Dr. Wally Axmann (Math), Shelby Hillman (Health/PE), Johnny Yelverton (Fire Science/Law and Public Safety pathways), Amy Hammett (Science), James Hammett (Science), and John Campbell (School Psychologist).  We also have transitioned Betsy Manning from Math teacher to Guidance Counselor.


There are several upcoming events and activities that I am excited to share as well as a few other informational points:

·         Our Fall Extravaganza will be held on Friday, August 26th from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  This is our first opportunity of the year to see our students perform.  There will be several fun opportunities for your families and for children of all ages.  Please consider coming out to support our Eagles!

·         It is never too early to put Parent-Teacher Conferences on your calendars!  This year, we will still have our traditional conferences; however, we will also continue to have various sessions for parents including information about colleges and financial aid, the ACT and ACT Aspire package, and more.  Conferences will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, September 29th from 12:00-8:00 p.m.  I hope to see you all there!  There is no school for students on September 29th and 30th. 

·         On Tuesday, September 27th, our focus will be on the ACT and college-and-career readiness.  Our district is paying for the cost of all seniors to take the ACT during the school day.  For freshmen and sophomores, they will be taking the ACT Aspire.  This is a great predictor of student success on the ACT and will provide valuable data to teachers by finding the gaps in each student's ability.  All juniors will have a college visit day.  Juniors will be able to schedule their own college visit or Maize High School will have pre-arranged visits set up with local post-secondary schools where the school will provide transportation.  More information will be sent out soon. 

·         Maize High School is looking for a parent volunteer to take over as the coordinator of After-Prom.  We have been fortunate to have had Teresa Claybrook serve in this capacity for many years.  With her last student graduating MHS last spring, she is ready to have another parent step forward and take over.  Please let me know if you are interested and I will get you in contact with Mrs. Claybrook.


I consider it an honor and privilege to work with each student at Maize High School.  If I can do anything to help better meet your students' needs, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Let's have another great school year!


With Eagle pride,


Dr. Botts

 Counselors' Corner

Greetings from the Counseling Department

at Maize High School!


Lyn Brown                           Director of Guidance      350-2114     

Students whose last name begins with A through C

Geri Hickerson                 Counselor                           350-2118     

Students whose last name begins with D through Kn

Paula Bette                        Counselor                           350-2119     

Students whose last name begins with Kp through Rog

Betsy Manning                 Counselor                           350-2120    
                                                Students whose last name begins with Rol through Z

Carly Stamper                   Counseling Secretary     350-2122      




  1. Take time to think about what you like to do: dream and imagine ideal careers.  There are so many opportunities, so many different types of jobs - and there are also career paths that are just emerging.  Examine your likes and dislikes.  Think about taking a career assessment test.  If you could have any job right now, what would it be?
  2. Challenge yourself in high school, but don't overwhelm yourself.  Take challenging classes, but don't overload yourself.  Include at least one fun course in your schedule. 
  3. Talk with as many adults as possible about careers and colleges.  The best way to find out about careers is to ask people.  Ask family, friends, neighbors, and teachers to tell you about their careers and college experiences. 
  4. Remember that everyone must follow his or her own path in life.  Don't spend too much time worrying what other people in your high school are doing - or letting their opinions about your dreams and ambitions affect your decisions.  And don't worry if you leave high school without a clear career path.  Take your time.  Don't rush and know that everyone develops/matures/grows at their own pace. 
  5. Don't let anyone control your dreams and ambitions.  You will be miserable at best if you allow a parent or other family member dictate your major or your career.  The worst thing you can do is choose a career to please someone else. 

High school is a transition time and it should be a time of growth as well as a time of challenge.  Have fun, but get the best education you can so that you are positioned to take advantage of future educational opportunities...and no matter where you go after high school, never stop learning and growing. 

Randall S. Hansen PhD


Freshman orientation was awesome thanks to our MHS Peer Helpers, Betsy Manning, and Sherry Pfeifer!  It was an awesome day and they helped transition our nearly 320 freshmen off to a great start. 


Senior Counseling Appointments

During the first term, the counselors will try to meet with each senior to make certain they are on the track for graduation and to discuss post-graduation plans, the college application process, scholarships, and so forth.  Seniors are welcome to stop by any time and make their appointments. 


Note These Important Dates!!

  • September 1st - Enrollment forms and money for Newman University advanced standing classes are due to the Counseling Office.
  • September 1st - Club Fair at Maize High School during all three lunches.
  • September 10th - The regular September ACT will take place.
  • September 16th - Michael Staab, a 2007 Maize High School graduate, will speak to students interested in a career with NASA.   Michael attended WSU and is now employed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Mission Control Engineer.  A sign-up sheet will be available in the Counseling Office for students to sign up to hear Michael speak. 
  • September 21st and 22nd - ACT Workshop with Caroline Devane will be held at MHS.
  • September 26th - KU Honors Recognition Program - 7:00 p.m. at Maize High School for seniors in the top ten percent of their class.  Invitations will be sent to students who are eligible. 
  • September 27th - The ACT test will be given at Maize High School during the school day to ALL seniors.  This test is FREE to all seniors!  See below for more information. 
  • September 28th and September 29th - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 18th - Future's Fair at Koch Arena - We will transport our students to Koch Arena and give them the opportunity to check out all the colleges.  Students will leave MHS at 8:50 am and return by 11:00 am.  A sign-up will be available as this date approaches.
  • October 19th - PSAT - Registration is $17 and can be paid to Alysia Buckley in the Counseling Office by 10/10.  Contact the Counseling Office for more information if your student is interested in taking this test.
  • October 27th - ASVAB - This test will be given in the MHS Lecture Hall @ 7:40 am.  There is no charge for this assessment and a sign-up will be available as the date approaches. 

ACT Test Dates and Workshop

Friday, September 16this last day to sign up for the October 22nd ACT test.  If a student is college bound, we recommend that juniors take the ACT at least once their junior year and once again at the beginning of their senior year.

High-achieving sophomores may want to take it for practice.  Students can take the ACT as many times as they like.  50% of students will improve taking the ACT the second time.  If you would like your student to take the ACT, please register at .  Students will make an account with a user name and password.  They will need to know our school code which is 171-885 and the MHS Test Center code is 213970.

In addition to our regularly scheduled National ACT test dates, we have scheduled a district ACT test for our Maize High School seniors.  ALL of our seniors will take the ACT during the school day on Tuesday, September 27th.   There is no cost for this test and you do not have to register on the website for this test.  The counselors have already registered your seniors.  This is an awesome opportunity for your senior to get in one more ACT before heading to college. 


Maize High School will also host an ACT Prep Class, taught by Caroline Devane, on Wednesday, September 21 st and Thursday, September 22 nd from  6:30 to 9:30pm.  The cost of the class is $50. If you have any questions, please contact your student's counselor.   
WSU offers an ACT workshop on Saturdays.   Go to their website to find out dates, times, and to register.   Other websites that help with test preparation for the ACT are and  
College and Career Counseling


Kelsey Vinopal 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 or 316-350-2281; her office at MHS is in D8. Also, be sure to follow the College and Career Office on Twitter: @MaizeCCR.


Upcoming College Visits:


We have multiple college campus visits scheduled for students this fall. 

·      Juniors and seniors who are interested in technical education programs are invited to attend a visit to Pratt Community College for their Education Day on Wednesday, September 21st. The deadline to register is Monday, September 12th

·      Juniors have the opportunity to tour Wichita State University on Tuesday, September 27th. During this visit, we will have a general overview of WSU. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on campus. Deadline to register is Thursday, September 22nd

·      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 Contact Kelsey Vinopal at or 316-350-2281 with questions.

Attendance Counts!


When your student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardians to call the school to verify the reason for the absence. The absence is unverified without parent contact.  Please note the unexcused absence policy as follows:


1.      Student is unexcused absent on Day 1. No verification is received from a parent/guardian.

2.      On the evening of Day 1, an auto-dialer message will go out requesting verification.

3.      At 10:30am on Day 2, a second auto-dialer message will be sent requesting verification.

4.      Parents/guardians will have 24 hours from that message to call or email the office.

5.      After 10:30am on Day 3, students whose absences are not verified by parents/guardians, a medical note, an administrative excuse, or other approved method WILL receive a four-hour detention.  Parents may NOT excuse the detention after it has been assigned. Parents/guardians - please call or email the Attendance Office promptly to verify students' absences.


MHS Front Office:  Tel. 722-0441, please dial #1 

Shelley Turner, Attendance Office: Tel. 350-2110 or  


Jewel Taylor, Attendance Office:  Tel.  350-2148 or email 


When a student has accumulated four absences, he/she will be notified.  Parents of students with five and six absences in one block during a nine-week term will be emailed. Students with six absences will not receive credit in that class. Those parents with no e-mail availability will continue to receive letters.



Please remember that all high school tardies are cumulative from the beginning of the school year. Parents may excuse their student for being late to school three times with no consequences.  After those three are used, tardies to school will count toward the total even when they are parent-excused.

 For further information/clarification on attendance and tardies, you may refer to the students' agenda handbook, pages 11-12 and 46-47. The agenda book can be found online under "Counselors' Corner", "Important Announcements".



Maize has a "Closed Lunch" policy. If a student leaves the building for lunch, he/she must be picked up by a parent/guardian IN the office and must return within his/her allowed lunchtime. If the student returns after their designated time, he/she will be counted tardy or absent.  This may result in a detention being assigned.  If a student has an appointment during their lunch time, they are expected to provide documentation upon return to school. Please refer to pages 31 and 40 of the agenda handbook for further details.

Classroom Focus

Consumer and Personal Finance Class Uses Dave Ramsey


The Business Department is utilizing the Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for High School Students program in the Consumer and Personal Finance class.  This is a great class for Maize High students to take in order to learn how to manage their money and become financially secure.  The class will cover topics such as saving, budgeting, checking accounts, debt avoidance, investing for retirement, and insurance.

Dave Ramsey is the best-selling author of Financial Peace. He is on more than 500 radio stations and heard by more than six million listeners. He teaches his seven baby steps which will enable students to be responsible with their money so they can remain debt free and gain wealth.



Consumer and Personal Finance Class

Chapter 1:           Introduction to Personal Finance

Chapter 2:           Savings

Chapter 3:           Budgeting

Chapter 4:           Debt

Chapter 5:           Life after High School

Chapter 6:           Consumer Awareness

Chapter 7:           Bargain Shopping

Chapter 8:           Investing and Retirement

Chapter 9:           Insurance

Chapter 10:         Money and Relationships

Chapter 11:         Career and Taxes

Chapter 12:         Giving


COTY (Class of the Year)

The Maize High Student Council is excited to announce a new class competition that is designed to boost school spirit and students' participation in a variety of school activities!  Keep reading for more information on COTY (Class Of The Year)!


What are COTY events?

COTY events are activities where student attendance is documented. Different events will be selected sporadically throughout the month and can include activities such as: select football games, choir concerts, debate tournaments, etc. Clubs and Classes can also request to have their event as part of the COTY competition and we will send a team of StuCo members to the event to take tally of the participation.

How can students earn points?


·  Dressing up for spirit days

·  Attendance at school events (select sporting events, fine arts events, etc)

·  Honor roll members every quarter

·  Community service activities and many more ways!


  How do I participate?


Student Council will be responsible for sending teams of trained StuCo members with at least one class officer present to each of the COTY events. These teams will tally students who have come to the event by recording their names and grade levels. Each Maize High School student who shows up to the event will receive one point for their graduating class. Points reset at the end of each year.


How do you win? What is the prize?

At the end of April, the winner of COTY will be selected based on the class who has the most points. The winner will be awarded a prize - to be determined and approved by administration.

Questions? Comments?

Email and we'll get back to you! We'd love to hear your thoughts and also receive suggestions for COTY events. Remember, events are selected on a monthly basis, so be sure to send your events in ahead of time!


For more information about Maize High School's COTY, watch HERE! 

Driver's Education

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.**

FALL 2016 Homecoming
Add this year's Fall Homecoming to your calendar!  Scheduled for September 12-16 th, Spirit Week will include many Maize High traditions:  Football Jersey Auction, Powder Puff, Battle of the Bands/Coachella, and the Bonfire.  Be sure to attend the special events on   Friday, September 16th that include the annual Homecoming Parade, coronation, and the varsity football game.  The semi-formal Homecoming dance will be   Saturday, September 17th.  Stay tuned for more information!
From the Maize USD 266 Educational Support Center

Dear Maize USD 266 parents/guardians,


We are excited to begin a new school year with your child!


The safety of our students and employees continues to be a top priority for Maize USD 266. We would like to update you regarding a new crisis plan that the district is implementing this year. The plan speaks to how the district intends to handle potential natural disasters, as well as intruders and/or threats, using a crisis plan that is usable, up-to-date, and easy to understand.


What's new:

·         The Maize Board of Education gave the district crisis team its blessing to move forward on a plan that includes Run, Hide, Fight as a

component. Run, Hide, Fight is a multi-tiered, multi-faceted approach to potential complex situations, focusing on what our employees can do with what they have where they are -- keeping in mind the safety and security of all involved.

·         The option to lock down (hide) may be appropriate, but choosing to flee a situation (run), or even stand your ground and combat an attacker (fight) may be the best or only option in a grave situation.

·         The ultimate goal is to equip and empower employees to protect themselves and others as they deem necessary. There is a series of training sessions, drills, and tabletop exercises planned for employees this school year to equip them with knowledge and resources for this plan.

·         Run, Hide, Fight is an approach used by countless other school districts and private businesses and organizations and one that safety experts agree is best. The district has studied crisis plans from other school districts, as well as those recommended by Homeland Security and the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools and endorsed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).



·         Maize USD 266 drills this school year will include fire evacuations (sometimes to an off-site location), weather-related emergencies, and lockdown and/or modified lockdown scenarios. In individual classrooms, teachers will discuss run and hide options, model situational awareness, and discuss which option is likely to be utilized. Teachers will model methods for, and classes will practice, securing a classroom. Students will not train in the fight protocol, as fighting is a last resort and will be adult-initiated only if necessary.

·         This summer, staff members from every school attended training that taught and stressed safety in our schools. Teachers and staff members will continue to train on new safety resources that will guide them in the event of a crisis, natural or otherwise. They will be better-educated and even more prepared on how to keep your children safe while they are in our care.


What you as a parent can do:

·         Talk with your child about school safety and why it is necessary to train and practice to keep schools safe. Please click here for discussion tips from Mental Health America.

·         Make sure that your contact information in Skyward Family Access is accurate and up-to-date. District officials will use these points of contacts to communicate with you in the case of emergency.

·         Please report suspicious activity to Maize Schools and/or Maize Police. We do not take any threats lightly, regardless of where or how they originate. If you and/or your student ever see a threat posted to social media or elsewhere that makes you question the safety of our schools, please report it immediately. If it is after school hours, please report the threat to police. The Maize Police Department provides school security for USD 266. Please do not leave a message with one of our schools or at Maize City Hall after hours and instead report the perceived threat by calling 911. This will give law enforcement the opportunity to begin an investigation immediately.


Thank you for your diligence, cooperation, and support in providing the safest school environment possible.

Good News

MHS graduate, Miles Ukaoma, recently participated in the 400m Hurdles at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Nigerian Track and Field squad. After graduating from Maize in 2010, he ran track at the University of Nebraska. While there, Miles won the NCAA National Championship in the 400m Hurdles in 2014. Great job!


Congratulations to MHS Drama teacher, Kathleen Barbara , on her nomination for Best Director for her work on this summer's play Outside Mullingar at the Wichita Community Theater!  Way to go Ms. Barbara!

A big shout out and thank you to
Bailey Griffin , sophomore, who created this year's agenda cover design!



KAY Club

Ten Maize High students spent a week this summer at Kansas Association for Youth Leadership Camp at Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City. They attended the camp with more than 230 middle and high school students from around Kansas.


The KAY program is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. KAY is a nationally acclaimed organization unique to Kansas that provides Kansas students an opportunity to assume their citizenship responsibilities and enrich their personalities through well-organized programs. 


At KAY Leadership Camp, students receive organizational and leadership training and learn about new and exciting service projects. They are given the opportunity to meet and share ideas with KAY members from all over the state. 


Students attending the camp were Jansyn Andreas, Kaylee Swanson, Lauren Fuhrman, Andrea Fuhrman, Kalysta Dohlman, Keira Dobbs, Ellie Hahn, Emily Conner, Austyn Ritchie, and Nicole Dowell



Maslow's Teen Pantry

Welcome to Maslow's Teen Pantry! Maize High School is host to Maslow's Teen Pantry which provides gently-used clothing and shoes, food, personal hygiene products, and household supplies to students and families in need. Maslow's is centered around the concept of psychologist Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of basic human needs. The idea is conceptualized by a ladder in which the first rung represents the basic need for food, shelter, and clothing. The second rung is the need to feel safe. The third rung is the need to belong. The fourth rung is the need to achieve, and the fifth rung is the need to give back to society. People move up and down the ladder as situations and settings change.  


Maslow's Pantry, located in the MHS Welcome Center in the east parking lot, is a safe and anonymous place for students and their families to get the items they need to meet their basic needs. Likewise, the pantry provides an opportunity for those students higher on the ladder to give back to their community through donations of food and clothing. Maslow's Pantry is open during the school day. Students arrange to visit the pantry privately with their counselor. The pantry will be open for visitors during the Fall Sports Extravaganza on August 26th. We invite people to stop by and see all that we have to offer students and the Maize community. We also appreciate any donations of food; gently-used clothing and shoes; personal hygiene products; household items like detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning items; etc. Our motto is Students Helping Students and the Maize community!

Message from the
MHS Front Office

The MHS Front Office Secretaries welcome students, parents, and USD 266 patrons back for the 2016-2017 school year.


MHS Office Hours are from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


A friendly reminder ...

Per board policy, deliveries for students, including flower and balloon bouquets, will not be accepted at any of the schools.  Deliveries from restaurants are also not accepted.


Front Office Processes

  • If you need to report your student's attendance or need your student to be called out due to a medical appointment or illness, you may reach the Attendance Office by calling (316) 722-0441 and select option #1.

*Please refer to the Attendance Office information in this newsletter for updated processes when reporting student absences or a student tardy.

  • When you bring something in for your student:
    • Please have it labeled with their first and last name printed legibly.
    • Have money (cash & checks) in a sealed envelope with his/her first and last name printed legibly.
    • Understand that the Front Office is not responsible for any items left for students.
    • Understand that your student is responsible to pick up his/her item; it will not be delivered to him/her. Exceptions will not be made without administrative approval.
  • When you have to leave a message for your student:
    • Please call 722-0441. Please select option #2 to reach a Front Office Secretary.
    • Provide your student's name (and spelling).
    • Concisely state the message.
    • Understand that your student will be called via intercom during passing periods to receive his/her message.
  • If you would like to enjoy lunch with your student:
    • Visitors of individual students are limited to immediate family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters) and adults serving in a mentorship role to the student.
    • No more than three visitors are allowed per student visit.
    • The student cannot have friends who are not in the same lunch period join him/her and family for lunch.
    • Student and visitors may be requested to eat in our main MHS Front Office Conference Room.
    • Verification of family status may be required.
  • When your student needs to leave school before the end of the day:
    • Please do not text or call your student that they will be leaving before you have notified the school via a Front Office secretary or Attendance secretary. There is an attendance process that must be followed. 

One of the goals in the MHS Front Office is to not disrupt instruction in classrooms during the teaching blocks except in the case of an emergency. Emergencies will be identified by the grade-level administrator. Students' names will be called during passing periods via our intercom system to notify them of passes, items that have been dropped off, or messages awaiting them in the Front Office. It is their responsibility to come to the Front Office when called.


We look forward to a great 2016 - 2017 school year.



Message from the
Nurse's Office

Health Matters,

by Dana Desjardins


If your student wants to carry an inhaler, epipen, diabetic medications or supplies, please have a doctor and parent/guardian complete our Request for Administration of Medication form and return it to the MHS Nurse's Office.  Arrangements will be made by the MHS Nurse.


Other prescribed medications must have a completed Request for Administration of Medication form filled out by the student's doctor and parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must bring the prescribed medication to the MHS Nurse's Office. The medication will be locked up in the Nurse's Office and given by the MHS Nurse as prescribed.


Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, or cough drops may be carried by the student AFTER a parent/guardian has completed the Request for Administration of Medication form and the student has returned it to the school nurse. The medication must be in its original bottle with the student's first and last name on it.


Any breach in the Maize USD 266 Medication Policy by the student or parent/guardian will be subjected to MHS administrative action.


MAIZE USD 266 MEDICATION POLICY ARTICLE V - STUDENTS, SECTION 3 - MEDICATION, BOE POLICY may be found on the website and on the Request for Administration of Medication form. 

The Request for Administration of Medication form can be found on the Maize High School website under "Nurse's Corner" after you have clicked on the "Medication" tab or click here.

If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse at 350-2123 or We are here to help!

MHS Athletics/Activities

Be sure to come out and support the Eagles this fall in their athletic endeavors and fine arts activities!  Extracurriculars include:


·         Football

·         Volleyball

·         Cross Country

·         Boys' Soccer

·         Girls' Tennis

·         Girls' Golf

·         Co-ed Cheer

·         Flygirls Dance


You can locate all of the Maize High athletic schedules at: Our music programs will also have a busy fall with marching band competitions and shows, orchestra and choir concerts, and an upcoming presentation of the musical "The Addams' Family".  Stay tuned for more information!



MHS Regal Red Yearbook

Our new yearbook staff has been working hard to distribute the 2015-2016 yearbooks. Please email adviser Anne Debes with any questions regarding last year's book at You might have just received your 2016 yearbook, but we're already planning ahead! If you want to plan ahead, too, you can pre-purchase a 2016-2017 Maize High yearbook.


How do you pre-purchase a 2017 yearbook? Three options exist:

1. Pay through Skyward. Several students pre-purchased yearbooks via Skyward Family Access during enrollment, and this option will be available through the end of March.

2. Visit the Jostens Website. Jostens is the company that publishes our yearbook. You can go directly to the Jostens website,, and they will add your order to our official list.  Please notice that the initial charge on their website is $37.21, then they add $2.79 tax, for a total of $40.

3. Pay in Person. Bring $40 cash or a check made out to MHS Yearbook to Mrs. Debes in room F39. Make sure you include your child's name and the fact that you are purchasing a 2017 yearbook with your order.

**If your child receives free/reduced lunches, he or she may qualify for a free yearbook. Please contact adviser Anne Debes for more information at

When will my Maize High student or grad get his or her yearbook?

Because we, like many high school yearbooks, cover the whole school year in one bound edition, the book is printed over the summer and distributed in early August of the following school year.  We will email graduates and send out messages via social media when they can pick up yearbooks or have friends/family members pick them up in the front office. Students who still go to MHS in August will receive their pre-purchased books the first week of school.


What about senior ads? We will send out senior ad information in October, so be on the lookout for another awesome yearbook opportunity in a couple of months!


Can I still buy a 2015-2016 yearbook? We might still have a few extra 2015-2016 yearbooks to sell. Please email adviser Anne Debes regarding past yearbooks.


Further questions? Please email adviser Anne Debes at

Thanks to all of our Eagle parents, guardians, and students for supporting our award-winning, student-produced publication!


Science Clubs

Does your student have an interest in math or science?  The Maize High Science Department sponsors numerous clubs and activities and would like to invite your student to join us!

Aviation Club meets weekly during EnCor. Common field trips are to the Wichita Air Show and Young Eagles Flight that allows students to fly with a pilot for free.  Students should contact Mr. Sill for information.

Chemistry Club is for students who have taken chemistry or are currently enrolled this school year.  Students meet monthly in Mrs. Shurts' room to practice demonstrations for school events and elementary school students.

Eco Meet is a scholarship competition based on knowledge of Kansas plants and animals.  Maize High students have won individual state events and placed in the top three as a team over the past few years.  Student competitors practice after school, and if your student is interested, they should contact Mr. Super.

Maize FFA has been featured in Kansas Living for starting a chapter in a nontraditional Ag setting.  FFA is open to freshman through seniors and is sponsored by Mr. Super.  Even though your student may not have an Ag connection, the student leadership development is for everyone.  Don't miss out on the peaches they will be selling this fall.

Science Olympiad has a strong tradition at Maize High and was a State Qualifier last year.  The group will start practice at the beginning of the second term and is always looking for future engineers, researchers, scientists, and nature lovers to compete in a wide spectrum of science events.  Students can contact Mr. Jacobson, Mrs. Fisher, or Mrs. Houseman for specific events and meeting times.

Spirit Central
Visit Spirit Central at Maize High School in Room E1 to get Eagle apparel. This student-run store is operated by Maize High's Business Professionals of America students and sponsors. The store is not funded by the school district and is entirely self-supporting. The profits earned help BPA students to attend regional, state, and national competitions each year. Please stop by and take a look! Store hours are from 7:15 a.m. to 7:40 a.m, during Encor, and during lunch. Parents can also call Penny McAnulty, (316) 722-0441, ext. 2182 to set up an appointment to visit the store outside of normal operating hours.
Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase a list of food items for purchase that follow the Smart Snack Schools guidelines:
SNACKS:                                   BEVERAGES:
baked potato chips                     diet soda
muffins                                        zero-calorie soda
reduced fat potato chips             water
Skinny Pop popcorn                    flavored water
baked hot fries                            Diet Snapple
low fat/whole grain pop tarts       diet tea
Veggie Straws                      Ultra Monster energy drink
pretzels                                        V8 VFusion juice
Smartfood popcorn
granola bars
chewing gum
Be sure to follow these students on their journey to Nationals by liking their Facebook page "Maize Spirit Central" and following them on Twitter@Maize_BPA.         
Shop at Target for Maize High!

With every Target RedCard debit and credit card that we use at Target, our school gets 1% of that total! This past August, we received a check for over $1,000, but we can grow this easily. Here's how to get signed up and have your card linked to our school so we can get the proceeds:

  1. Stop into the Target on 21st and Maize and ask any cashier about signing up for a RedCard. There is a debit option that links with your current checking account, so be sure to bring a blank check and driver's license. There is also a credit option if that is your preference! (You can also sign up online at

  2. Once you receive your card and activate it, go to  and at the bottom of the page it will read "Manage my RedCard." You will make an account login and then follow the prompts to link the card to our school.

  3. Shop!! Remember that 1% of all we spend at Target comes right back to the school! The $1,000 we received was all part to 50 individuals' shopping totals. Imagine what we could earn with 500 patrons!

  4. If you have problems linking your RedCard to our school, Patrick Wolz is our contact at Target. He is the Assistant Store Manager, and can help if needed. His email is

Use of Student Information in all the Media, District Publications and District Social Media
Information that may be shared with the news media or used in district publications or on district social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, is limited to participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, school activities, honors and awards received, grade level and photographs.

Parents/guardians have the right to refuse or permit the designation of any or all of the above information for use in the media or in district publications (via both print and digital platforms), including official district social media accounts. Parents/guardians who do not want this information published must file written notification with Lori O'Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Maize USD 266, 905 W. Academy Ave, Maize, KS 67101 by   Sept. 21, 2016.

If you do not file a refusal, Maize USD 266 assumes you have no objection to the release of the above information for media or district publicity purposes.

If desired,  please click here to access the Do Not Photograph form.

 Community Rewards Program

We're giving away $2 MILLION to local organizations! 

Where Shopping and Giving Come Together!


Use your Plus Shopper's Card & help us grow!


Supporting our organization has never been easier - just shop at Dillons and scan your Plus Shopper's Card! 


Here's how to enroll:

1.  Visit

2.  Scroll down to find your location and click "Enroll Now".

3.  Sign in to your online account or create an account.

4.  Find and select our organization, and click "Save".


You'll start earning rewards for our organization right away on qualifying purchases made using your Plus Shopper's Card! Learn more at and thank you for your support.


In order for purchases to be credited to Maize High School throughout 2016-2017 shoppers must enroll in the Rewards Program. Be sure to sign-in and make your contribution selection using this 5-digit NPO number:  69258.

 Maize USD 266 Online
Bulletin Board
Please visit to access the Maize USD 266 Online Bulletin Board for complete and timely information about upcoming events and activities sponsored by Maize Schools and partner agencies.
Thank you!

Maize High School, 11600 W. 45th Street North, Maize, KS 67101

Phone: (316) 722-0441 Fax: (316) 722-6214