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Volume 14, Issue 6
January 31, 2020
Maize Middle School News
Principal's Message

Good afternoon,

I hope all is well and that we have settled in for the 2 nd semester. We are now hitting our stride as we wrap up our first month of the new year. 

Coming up in February we will have our student led conferences. Students were given the yellow student-led conference information sheet today during Encor. It explains the set-up of our conferences and the times available to choose for your own conference. Please take a look at the times available and mark your first, second, and third choices for your conference and return to your student’s EnCor teacher by Friday, February 7, 2020. We will do our best to accommodate your choices. The letter that was sent home is linked here for your convenience. Conference times are February 12 th 4:00pm-8:00pm and February 13 th 12:00pm-8:00pm. The students will not have school on February 13 th through February 17 th

I am excited to share that we have once again been nominated for Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School from the Flippen Group. The teachers have done a fabulous job of implementing the EXCEL model into their classrooms. I believe our teachers/staff already do a great job with building positive relationships with our students and the CKH model helps foster even a more positive relationship with each other throughout Maize Middle School. The EXCEL model is Engaging, eXploring, Communicating, Empowering and Launching with each piece just a part of the classroom flow from greeting kids at the door, sharing Good Things, journaling, empowering our kids in the classroom and ending the class with a positive launch before they go out into the halls for their next class. We were selected last year as a National Showcase School and hoping as we go through the process that they will recognize the great things we do and be selected again.

I hope you enjoy your Super Bowl weekend and GO CHIEFS!!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.
Have a great day! 

Make Today Matter

Online Enrollment
February 5 th  through the 12th is open enrollment in Skyward for students to select their electives for next year. This applies to students that will be in the 7th and 8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year.

Directions for ONLINE enrollment:

1.  Sign-in to your student or parent  Skyward  account and select  Schedule  from the tabs on the left.
2.  Select  Request Courses for 2020-2021 in Maize Middle School  in the upper right-hand corner.
3.  Select 1.5 credits of electives by clicking on the course you want and then click the   Add Course  button.
4.  Select  Request Alternates  – choose 3 more electives in case your first choices are full or will not fit into your schedule.
5.  When you are finished, close the  Requests  window.

The Enrollment Guide will also be posted on the USD 266 website under Maize Middle School and Counselor's Corner.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Caitlin Hamilton ( chamilton@usd266.com ) and Meghan Ugues ( mugues@usd226.com )

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

6th Grade
Caleb Aaron, Caileigh Allen, Amaia Alvarez, Hailey Blurton, Raegan Casey, Addison Christopher, Aidyn Claibourn, Rachel Cox, Kelly Dark, Taylor Dill, Kellen Doty, Ava Dugan, Austin Epp, Shannon Jones, Ella Klufa, Caden Lambert, Jordan Margrave, Nathan Nelson, Ethan Nguyen, Evan Palmer,Alyssa Pearman, Anabels Perez-Silva, Olivia Pruitt, Mackinly Rodell, William Stanley, Cy Stucky, Tinley Travis, Kevin Vuong, Ty Willits, Valerie Wilson, Sydney Woodard, Natalie Youngers, Carter Zauner

7th Grade
Luke Aaron, Larissa Aguilar-Lopez, Thatcher Auten, Kaylen Blanpied, Jane Carroll, Katie Cassity, Lauren Cherrier, Landon Coleman, Avi Cooke, Ainsley Cramer, Addison Folse, Jacob Froese, Conner Fuhrman, Evangeline Gorges, Abigail Griffin, Koen Heuer, Madison Hill, Kyah Knutson, Payten LaPoint, Abigail Linton, Abigail Lippert, Hayden McBroom, Christina Nguyen, Chloe Pauls, Adley Pierce, Alissa Ragland, Braden Salsbury, Jackson Salsbury, Charles Sharp, Kyndall Sites, Johanna Speer, Connor Sternberger, Delainey Stevens, Andrew Stotler, Alexis Thompson, Sara Thompson, Julia Vargas, Kevin Watkins, Lauren Welch

8th Grade
Alayna Alvarez, Lea Ames, Eli Blankinship, Keaton Crockett, Elsa Dobbs, Teagan Garcia,Julian Hidalgo, Parker Peterman, Houston Porter, Ella Stillings, Camdyn Stucky, Ian Thiessen, Caiden Unruh, Gideon Woodard
Pre-K, Kindergarten enrollment night March 31 at Maize High School

If you have an incoming Pre-K or kindergarten student who will start school at Maize USD 266 in August 2020, please plan to attend our enrollment night, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 31 at  Maize High School , 11600 W. 45 St. N. in Maize.
For incoming Pre-K families:  Maize USD 266 is excited to offer Pre-K to all children who live within the Maize School District.
Our Pre-K sessions are at our  Maize Early Childhood Center  on Monday through Thursday and use Pre-K Reading and Literacy curriculum along with developmentally appropriate activities and are taught by licensed teachers. If your child meets at least one of our state's at-risk criteria, there is no fee for the program other than the curriculum fee. If you would like your child to attend and he/she does not meet a criteria, a monthly fee applies.
Spaces are limited! Enrollment is first come, first served.  Learn more by clicking here  or by calling 316-722-3105.
For incoming kindergarten families: If you have an incoming Kindergarten student who will start school at Maize USD 266 in August 2020, please plan to attend the come-and-go enrollment night. Online pre-enrollment for Kindergarten will start February 10 through March 30 and must be completed prior to arriving at the March 31 Kindergarten and Pre-K enrollment session. Please note that arriving early has no impact on your child's building assignment or class placement.

For more information about kindergarten enrollment, please click here or call the enrollment hotline at 316-350-2050.
Maize Middle PTO

Hello Eagle Parents-

Our goal at PTO is to create connections, between families, staff, and students. We are thankful for our Eagle Family!

1. Connected — Maize Middle Mania!
COMING March 28th from 5:30-8:30pm is Maize Middle Mania! The Mania committee is working on an event that will bring our Eagle families and staff together for a great evening of fun. Think carnival style games, some bigger games, concessions, and a dodgeball tournament! Please check out all the details at  www.maizemiddlepto.com  and look for our table during parent/teacher conferences.

We would love a few more businesses that can help sponsor this event. If you or a business you know would like to sponsor please see the sponsorship form and letter on our website,  www.maizemiddlepto.com/mmmania , and return it to the PTO box in the office or email  maizemiddlepto@gmail.com .

2. Give
One of the ways that PTO supports our school is by providing classroom grants for our teachers and staff. We were also able to purchase some new tables for the courtyard! Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook of our recipients this year!

3. Coming Soon, put these on your calendar:
February 6 5-8pm Chick-fil-a Spirit Night
February 12 Provide conference meal for teachers and staff (Signup is on our website)
February 13 11am-8pm Spirit Day at Gladspoon (Ice cream and desserts)
March 28th 5:30-8:30pm Maize Middle Mania!
MMS PTO Board-
Vanessa, Rachel, Sara, Marcy, and Mrs. Kerbs
Connect with MMS PTO:   www.maizemiddlepto.com

Find us on Facebook @maizemiddlepto and Twitter @maizemiddlepto

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.  Parents are encouraged to provide a doctors note for appointments and illnesses.  Attendance letters will be mailed to parents of students with 5 or more absences during the semester and disciplinary actions can be taken.

Reference student handbook pages 5-8.

 ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL ABSENCE AND TARDY COUNTS START OVER EACH TERM. Middle School Tardies-Being in class, prepared and ready to learn when the bell rings is a necessity. ● Parents may excuse their student for being late to the start of school three times with no consequence. ● After 3 tardies, per class period, the following applies: ○ Warning by administration ○ Lunch detention ○ 1-hour after-school detention ○ 2-hour after-school detention ○ 2-hour Saturday detention ○ 4-hour Saturday detention ○ In-School Suspension ○ Conference with parents and possible suspension. Unexcused Tardies: Students who are late to school without a parent call will be considered unexcused. At administrative discretion, the student may be assigned consequences if the student is persistent in being late to school, regardless of the reasons for the tardiness.

From the Nurse’s Office



It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to update medical information and contact numbers in Skyward Family Access during enrollment AND throughout the school year. Teachers, coaches, and other school staff rely on Skyward for important health information like asthma, seizures, diabetes, and food allergies. In addition to updating Skyward, the parent/guardian must also personally communicate this information to the school nurse who will educate and train the appropriate staff. If parents and/or the student have questions regarding school guidelines and policies in keeping students safe and healthy at school, please contact the school nurse.

Just a reminder, if your student carries an inhaler, PLEASE be sure to have a doctor’s order on file with the nurse, AND label it with their name! We have quite a collection of lost inhalers that are not labeled. We know how expensive they are!

If we can help your student in any way, please just give us a call!

Stay healthy and warm!
Nurse Shelley


Now you can earn points on all your Casey's purchases - in-store, online, or at the pump. Turn those points into Casey's Cash, fuel discounts, or a donation to your school.

How can your school earn a chance to win $5,000?
  1. Download the Cash for Classrooms tool kit to help spread the word. Find it at casey.com/schools
  2. Encourage teachers and parents to sign up for Casey's Rewards and select your school by February 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (cst)

Student Council

A message from StuCo...

A big thanks to everyone that came to our dance January 24! We had a great time. Here are some upcoming dates for you to put on your calendar: 

April 2nd: Pep Assembly 
April 3rd: Last Dance
May 20th: 8th grade breakfast/celebration (this is for 8th graders only) *all the details about this event will be sent out via email April 12th! 


Please visit the Book Fair during parent teacher conferences. All sales benefit the students in this building and help provide books for the Library and for teacher classroom libraries.

Does your student have an overdue book? Please remind them to return or renew their Library materials. It is important that our resources are available for all to use. Any item which has been lost or damaged beyond repair will result in a charge for the replacement cost. There are no overdue book fines.

Rebecca Jones
MMS Library Para
Dates For February

Saturday, 2/1
* Math Counts-Chapter Competition @ Collegiate, 7:30-3:00

Monday, 2/3
*7/8 Boys Basketball @ Goddard, 5:00/6:15

Tuesday, 2/4
*Wichita Suburban League Scholars Bowl @ MSMS, 3:30

Wednesday, 2/5
*Enrollment opens for 2020-2021 7th & 8th to pick electives. Enrollment is open 2/5-2/12.

Thursday, 2/6
*PTO Chick-fil-A Night, 5:00-8:00 pm
*7/8 Boys Basketball vs. Andover, 5:00/6:15
*6th Grade Orchestra Concert, 7:00

Friday, 2/7
*SAFE Kids Assembly, 1:00

Monday, 2/10
*MHS Counselors Meet with 8th grade during Science class
*7/8 Boys Basketball vs. Derby, 5:00/6:15

Tuesday, 2/11
*7/8 Boys Basketball vs. Hutchinson, 5:00/6:15

Wednesday, 2/12
*Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, 2/13
*NO SCHOOL-Parent Teacher Conferences,
12:00-8:00 pm

Friday, 2/14

Monday, 2/17
*7/8 Boys Basketball @ Eisenhower, 5:00/6:15

Tuesday, 2/18
*Spring Sports Parent Meeting, 6:00 MMS Commons

Thursday, 2/20
*7/8 Boys Basketball vs. MSMS, 5:00/6:15

Saturday, 2/22
*Wichita Suburban League 7th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Valley Center, 9:00
*Wichita Suburban League 8th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Derby North, 9:00

Monday, 2/24
*Wichita Suburban League 7th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Valley Center
*Wichita Suburban League 8th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Derby North

Tuesday, 2/25
*Pre-Festival 7/8 Orchestra Concert @ MMS, 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, 2/27
*Wichita Suburban League 7th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Valley Center
*Wichita Suburban League 8th Boys Basketball Tournament @ Derby North

Saturday, 2/29
*Science Olympiad @ Andover Central

From the MMS Front Office

To help the Front Office of MMS run as smooth, friendly and efficiently as possible and communicate important information, please be aware and reminded of the following processes:

Front Office Hours:
  • 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

When your student is absent:
  • Please call 729-2464 and leave a message with the students 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

When you have to leave a message for your student:
  • Please call 729-2464
  • Provide your student's name/spelling
  • Concisely state your message
  • Your student will be notified through instant messaging with the teacher, or a note will be delivered wither 4th hour or Encor through an office aide
  • Messages must be received 30 minutes prior to dismissal

Students will not be called out of class and to the office until a parent or guardian is present to sign them out. Our goal in the Front Office is to not disrupt classrooms except in the case of an emergency.

Transportation-Did you know?

Busing FYI

If your student will be riding home with a friend, a signed note by the parents and building administration of both your child and your child's friend is to be given to the driver when the bus is boarded.

Administrative Excuse Form

Please notify the front office if your student will be out of school for 3 or more days in a row. The office has an administrative excuse form for the student to have all of his/her teachers sign for requesting homework while not in attendance.
Are You Moving?

If you are moving out of district, please contact Dawn Ingram, MMS Registrar/Data Secretary, at dingram@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 students 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 email it to dingram@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.

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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 2019 to credit Maize Middle School. Sign-in and make your contribution selection using this new 5 digit NPO number, NI311.
Homework Request

When your student is absent from school and you would like to pick up homework, you must request it by 10:00 a.m. The MMS office will only put the request in when a student has been out for two days in a row. All homework will be in the office after 2:00 p.m.

Thank you.
Lunch Menus

The lunch menu can be found on the District Web Site.

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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.


Brian Thompson

Assistant Principal
Christine Kerbs

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Kevin Roulhac

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