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    Connections - Maize USD 266 Parent Newsletter - March 2018 - #OneMa1ze
In This Issue
Important dates
  • April 27: No school, Professional Development Day
  • May 8: Last day for high school seniors
  • May 22: Last day of school and end of term

Thanks to Maize South Middle School for the student art pictured above.
Elementary schools 
win national 
character education award

Congratulations to Vermillion Elementary School and Pray-Woodman Elementary School for being named a Capturing Kids Hearts Showcase School!

The award comes from the Flippen Group, which developed the Capturing Kids Hearts program. It emphasizes teachers' and staff members' connection and relationships with students, as well as social-emotional learning that welcomes openness and acceptance.

The award recognizes schools across the country that have demonstrated through the program improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

 Pray-Woodman Elementary School received the award last year, as well.

Pictured above: Vermillion Elementary School Assistant Principal Marney Hay and Principal Michael Dome.

Pictured below: Pray-Woodman Elementary School Assistant Principal Karen LaMunyon and Principal Nils Gabrielson.

Shining Stars

Congratulations to Vermillion Elementary School student Brooklyn Cowsill, recognized March 1 as the Super Car Kid of the Week by  Super Car Guys  and  Power 93.5 ! She received a gift card and a class pizza party. She was recognized for being an amazing person who gives back often to the community.
Maize Education Foundation

Travis Bloom is Foundation's first executive director

The Maize Education Foundation has announced the appointment of Travis Bloom to be its first Executive Director. He joins the Foundation following his recent return to the Wichita area after a 17-year career in New York City.

Foundation Logo As Executive Director, Travis will play a vital role, not only in developing the newly created position, but also in elevating what is an already very successful Foundation composed solely of volunteer parents and community members.

See Beyond Maize Solar Initiative launches website, plans two April fundraisers

The See Beyond Maize Solar Initiative is raising funds to install systems that convert sunlight into electricity to save Maize USD 266 money, reduce carbon emissions, and leave a legacy for future generations.

The initiative has reached 16 percent of its goal, collecting to date more than $63,000. 
Find events, opportunities on  Online Bulletin Board

Maize USD 266's Online Bulletin Board  is the place to go for information about upcoming events, fundraisers, and  other opportunities available through the district and partner agencies. Those interested also may sign up to receive e-mail updates when new information is added.

Check it out for information about a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer camp in June. Details about additional summer camp opportunities will be posted as they become available.
Music class brings together preschool students, 
senior citizens 

Our Maize Early Childhood Center was honored March 2 to host "grandfriends" from The Oxford Grand Assisted Living and Memory Care for a special music class that spanned generations and brought together music-lovers from ages 3 to 98. Please click here to watch a video from the event.

Learn more about our new preschool, which opened in August 2017, by clicking here.

Superintendent's Message
District reviewing measures, planning upgrades and changes 
to make schools even safer
The safety of our students and staff members is our highest priority.  

This is a topic routinely discussed among staff members, but conversations have increased significantly during the past several weeks. I have been able to meet with building and district administrators, my Superintendent Student Advisory Team, the Maize Board of Education, and individual students.  I have collected feedback from teachers and parents throughout the district and hope to continue the dialogue indefinitely.  

This input has helped us to better understand the concerns and potential solutions that exist.

It is important to know that, for a variety of reasons, we cannot -- and in some cases, should not -- implement every recommendation we have received. We value the feedback and discussion taking place in our community but realize that not all ideas will be logistically or financially possible, while others may not move us in the direction we need to go for school safety.

Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at Maize USD 266.


Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools
Maize Board of Education update

Reminder: School in session April 2

A reminder that the  Maize Board of Education on March 12 unanimously approved a change to the 2017-18 district calendar: School will be in session on April 2.

This is a change to the calendar to make up instruction time lost to snow days in January and February due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions.

The Kansas State Department of Education mandates that students have a minimum of 1,116 hours of instruction. District leaders had worked on options to address the shortfall of a specific number of hours schools faced. This change will help address that shortfall. At this time, there are no other changes planned to the district calendar for students.

The board meets next at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Maize Educational Support Center, 905 W. Academy Ave. in Maize. The meeting is open to the public. 

The district also plans its annual joint meeting with the City of Maize on the evening of April 23 at Maize City Hall, 10100 W Grady Ave. in Maize.

District moves forward on sale 
of transportation facility

Board members on March 12 voted to tentatively accept the bid from 1737 S. Maize Road, LLC in the amount of $434,257 pending legal and procedural due diligence for the sale of the current transportation facility, which will be
replaced by the new facility that has been built on 119th Street. The district's transportation department will move into the new building this summer.

The district still plans to sell the property formerly used for TransNet and may consider splitting the property to do so. Those interested in the property, located at 2811/2815 N. Tyler Road, can call the Maize Educational Support Center at 316-722-0614.
Ma ize USD 266 names its two 
2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees

Congratulations to Maize USD 266's 2019 Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominees: Maize Elementary School 4th-grade teacher Andrea Nietfeld and Maize South Middle School 7th-grade science teacher  Jill  Frye

They each will be recognized at a regional awards dinner this fall and will go on to compete for the Kansas Teacher of the Year title. We surprised them in their classrooms this week and also will recognize them April 27.

From left: Maize Elementary School Assistant Principal Lindsey Vincent; Maize Elementary School 4th-grade teacher and Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee Andrea Nietfeld; Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent; Maize Elementary School Principal Kyle White; and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Operations Richard Bell.

From left: Maize South Middle School Assistant Principal Cort Haynes, Maize South Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Craig Ryan, Dr. Higgins, Maize South Middle School 7th-grade science teacher and Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee Jill Frye, and Maize South Middle School Principal Gillian Gaskill Macias.
Educators honored with Celebrating Excellence in Education award

Congratulations to the Maize USD 266 2018 Celebrating Excellence in Education winners!
They have been recognized by their peers and administrators as professionals who use effective strategies for improving student performance, interact positively with parents and patrons in the community to promote education, provide leadership and mentoring to fellow teachers, and work as a team player in the district to provide quality educational experiences for students.
Speak Up! to keep #OneMa1ze safe

Speak Up!

See something? 
Say something.

Thank you for your help in making our #OneMa1ze community a safer place.

Community Open House event

Thanks to all of our guests who attended the March 15 Maize Career Academy and Maize Middle School Open House event! Maize USD 266 staff members and students love the new and renovated spaces for learning, and it wouldn't have been possible without the #OneMa1ze support we received from the community.
Connect with your state legislators

Five members of the Kansas House of Representatives and two members of the Kansas Senate represent the #OneMa1ze community. Please click here for their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. You also will find information for government contacts with the cities of Maize and Wichita, Sedgwick County, and the Kansas State Board of Education.
Join our team!
Interested in joining our Maize Schools team? Many openings are part-time jobs with full-time benefits, including:
* Group health insurance
* Summers off
* Fall,  Winter, and  Spring break off
* No evenings or weekends
* Bonuses

Click here to read three reasons to take the wheel and drive a school bus for Maize USD 266 Please call the Transportation Office at 316-722-0582 for more information.

Maize USD 266 also is looking for:
* food service workers.
* Sedgwick County Area Educational Services Paraprofessionals.

Come and work in our OneMa1ze community, supported by parents, graduates, and Maize and Northwest Wichita. This would be a great opportunity to participate in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.
Maize USD 266 Mission Statement  The mission of the Maize School District is to inspire students to discover their potential through connecting, learning and leading.