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Volume 15, Issue 8
April 30, 2021
Maize Middle School News
Principal's Message


We are at the end of April and we will be sprinting through our last month of the school year. The nicer weather sure has been great and we are finally getting some of these nice days for our Spring Activities as we have had a lot of cold and windy days for Track and Tennis. 

We are underway this week with our State Assessments starting with our 8th grade Science. Next week, we will be starting our ELA and Math State Assessments for 6th-8th grades on Monday, May 3 through Thursday, May 6. During the Assessments we will have a block schedule: The block scheduling will be alternating A and B days. The A days will be 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th hours and B days will be 2nd, 4th, 6th and Encor. Each class period will be ninety minutes. Please check your students schedule during these testing dates and avoid pulling your student out for appointments so they can be tested on their regularly scheduled day and avoid make-up testing. A days will be Tuesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 6th and B days will be Monday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 5th. We wish the students the best of luck on the State Assessments!

We are excited to share that after our submission to the Flippen group for Capturing Kids’ Hearts, we were selected as a National Showcase School for the third year in a row. I am proud of the recognition and so thankful for the awesome MMS community. As I have shared before, I believe our teachers/staff already do a great job with building positive relationships with our students and the CKH model helps foster even more positive relationships with each other throughout Maize Middle School. I truly think it makes an impact and I am excited to continue to foster positive relationships and experiences for all students.
 
Next week is Teacher Appreciation week and I wanted to give a Shout Out to all of our Awesome Teachers and Staff. They have done a fabulous job in this crazy year with having to pivot and change throughout the year while continuing to give their best to our students every day. I am so thankful for the wonderful teachers we have part of the MMS family. Take a moment and Thank a Teacher and show your appreciation.

I look forward to a positive and strong finish to the school year! It will definitely go fast!

Brian Thompson
Principal
Maize Middle School

Make Today Matter

 


Nurse's Corner

By the time you are reading this, we will be down to less than 4 weeks of school. It is definitely time to look at your student's immunization records! INCOMING 7th graders are required to have a TDaP booster and a Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Please do yourself and your student a favor and get these done early! It will be one less thing to have to worry about as next year approaches. Your doctor's office will appreciate it as well.

Just a reminder that we can still do the Rapid Covid Test for any student that has symptoms. This is free of charge. Just give me a call to schedule one if needed!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me!! I am here to help in any way I can!

Shelley Funk RN
350-2308
sfunk@usd266.com





Maize Middle PTO News


Spirit Wear

Thank you to those of you who ordered spirit wear! Production on a number of items was delayed. As items come in we will hand out complete orders, so please be patient! We are doing our best to get everything out as quickly as we can! What we have left for immediate purchase can be seen on our website: www.maizemiddlepto.com/spiritwear.

Appreciating our Teachers

PTO will be providing lunch for our AMAZING Eagle Staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7. We are so thankful for everything that our Administrators, Teachers, and Staff have done to keep school going this year. Please take a moment to appreciate our teachers next week! If you want to know their favorites look at maizemiddlepto.com/parents and click on the box with Teacher Favorites.

Upcoming Spirit Nights

Funds from these spirit nights are what fund what PTO can do for our teachers this year. Mark these down on your calendar!

May 3rd-Andys Frozen Custard

May 17th-Chick-fil-A

Planning for 2021-2022

If you are interested in what PTO is planning for next school year, please be sure to sign up for updates. Head to maizemiddlepto.com/parents and click on the membership form. Thanks!

Thank you for staying connected with us!

Maize Middle PTO Board


Washington D C

Washington DC Informational meeting

Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, Holocaust Museum. These are just a few of the sites we will be visiting when we travel to Washington DC next year. 

An informational meeting will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm in the Maize South Middle School Library. The trip will be May 31-June 3, 2022 for all 7th and 8th grade students who would like to go. Contact Mr. Slaven (mslaven@usd266.com) for information or questions. Don't miss out on the fun!

World Languages


Finally, everything looks like we will be able to open our eyes again to the world; we will have our traditional trip during summer 2022. This time we will have two different trips, not just one. Yes! You are going to be able to choose between Ireland and Scotland in June 2022 and Japan in July the same summer. Traditionally we have just one destination per year so this is a great opportunity. We have all the information in these two links:



Remember that this is an open invitation for all our MMS community! My email is aprendes@usd266.com


Attendance/Tardies

Attendance Counts: 

Regular attendance is necessary to fully realize the benefits of educational opportunities. Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the year. The responsibility of school attendance is with the student and his/her parents. Parents/guardians should notify the school via our attendance line in the event the student will be absent. Excused absences include illness verified by a doctor, appointments with a doctors note, school sponsored activities, funerals or administrative approved absences. Due to the pandemicparents are encouraged to provide a doctors note for appointments and illnesses.  

When your student is absent:
  • Please call 729-2464 and leave a message with the student's name (and spelling)
  • Provide a reason for the absence (ill, out of town, appointment, etc.)
  • If you plan to have your student out of school for 3 or more days, stop by the MMS office to pick up an administrative approval form

6th grade Orchestra Concert Date Set


Mrs. Hatfield's 6th grade orchestra class will present a concert on Thursday, May 13th in the MMS commons. Students need to report for tuning at 6:00, and the concert will begin at 7:00. For safety reasons, the audience will be limited according to District guidelines, similar to athletics, and we will follow all current safety protocol (including social distancing and masks). Students are eager to share their music with their families.
Dates For May

Monday, 5/3
*State Testing 6th-8th ELA & Math, 2nd, 4th, & 6th periods
*Track Participation Meet @ MSMS, 3:30
*Andys Frozen Custard

Tuesday, 5/4
*State Testing 6th-8th ELA & Math 1st 3rd 5th & 7th periods
*Boys Tennis vs. Eisenhower, 3:30

Wednesday, 5/5
*State Testing 6th-8th ELA & Math 2nd, 4th & 6th periods

Thursday, 5/6
*State Testing 6th-8th ELA & Math 1st 3rd 5th & 7th periods
*Track Invitational @ MHS KT Woodman Sport Complex, 3:30

Friday, 5/7
*Make up Testing

Sunday, 5/9
*Mother's Day

Monday, 5/10
*Wichita Suburban League Tennis @ Andover Middle School, 9:00

Tuesday, 5/11
*Wichita Suburban League Track Meet @ MHS, 3:30
*6th Grade Orchestra Concert (K Smith), 7:00 MMS Commons

Thursday, 5/13
*6th Grade Orchestra Concert (Hatfield), 7:00 MMS Commons

Monday, 5/17
*MMS Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A

Tuesday, 5/18
*7th & 8th Orchestra Concert, 7:00 MMS Commons

Thursday, 5/20
*7/8 Grade Vocal Music Concert @ MHS, 6:00
*6th Grade Band @ 7:15-MMS Main Gym
*Concert & Symphonic Band @ 7:45-Main Gym

Thursday, 5/27
*Last Day of School

Friday, 5/28
*Teacher Work Day





From the MMS Front Office

To help the Front Office of MMS run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, please be aware and reminded of the following:

Front Office Hours:
  • 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

When your student is absent:
  • Please call 729-2464 and leave a message with the student's name (and spelling)
  • Provide a reason for the absence (ill, out of town, appointment, etc.)
  • If you plan to have your student out of school for 3 or more days, stop by the MMS office to pick up an administrative approval form

When dropping off something for a student:
  • Please have it labeled with their first/last name
  • Checks/Cash in envelopes with student name
  • Front office is not responsible for any items left for students

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Are You Moving?

If you are moving out of district, please contact Shelley Lambert, MMS Registrar/Data Secretary, at slambert@usd266.com or by phone at 729-2464. Please include the new school, city and state you will be transferring to so we can prepare your student's records for transfer.

If you have moved or will be moving, but are still in district, please send a Proof of Residency to the MMS office as soon as possible. You can either email it to slambert@usd266.com, or fax it to our office at 316-729-2479.

A utility bill is preferred, but a mortgage/lease agreement can be temporarily accepted. If you have any questions regarding Proof of Residence, please don't hesitate to call the MMS office.


Dillon's Community Rewards


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Here's how to enroll:

  1. Visit www.dillons.com/communityrewards
  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!
Everyone must enroll in the Reward Program. This is necessary in order for purchases throughout the year to credit Maize Middle School. Sign-in and make your contribution selection using this new 5 digit NPO number, NI311.
One Ma1ze Care


Are you feeling like you could use some extra support? USD266 and Comcare are partnering to bring additional resources at school (including therapy). For additional information about the OneMa1ze Care Team and your eligibility for these supports, email your schools behavior health liaison, Chris McKinney. cmckinney@usd266.com
Box Tops

MMS rocks the Box Tops! Thank you to everyone who sends in Box Tops............ and keep clipping! It's an easy way to benefit our school and PTO.

MMS MISSION STATEMENT
EXPECT EXCELLENCE*****DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY and
CHARACTER*****PRODUCE RESULTS and
ACHIEVEMENT*****PROGRESS

Principal
Brian Thompson
bthompson@usd266.com

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Kevin Roulhac
kroulhac@usd266.com

Assistant Principal
Paige Hill
phill@usd266.com
Thank you to taking the time to read our newsletter. If you have any feedback or questions, please call us at (316) 729-2464 or send an email to jgeorge@usd266.com.

Sincerely,
Maize Middle School
ONEMA1ZE  #OneMa1ze