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September 2019
Principal's Message
I recently saw a t-shirt that read, “Success is not earned, it is leased and rent is due every day!” To be the best, we have to work hard and sometimes do the things that we do not want to do. In the same vein, we recently added a quote to the entrance of our main hallway that reads, “Bring your best every day.” It is important that we model this behavior for our students. Our colleagues, family members, and sometimes complete strangers count on us to bring our very best each day.

To be at our very best, often times we must make some changes. To that end, we have taken steps such as providing Chromebooks to all students in our building. This initiative, however, requires some responsibility for all of us. As parents/guardians, it is incumbent upon us to teach, talk about, and model appropriate digital citizenship with our children. As I shared with our school staff, children are savvy with technology but they do not know more than we (adults) do about the potential dangers regarding technology. We appreciate your continued efforts to lead and learn from our kids when it comes to technology. If you have any questions about Chromebooks, please contact the school.

We cannot be great without taking personal responsibility. Another area of emphasis this year is for all students to take ownership for their grades (insert parent high-fives). For this initiative, we have instituted no-movement Mondays. All students are required to stay in their assigned EnCor class each Monday in order to check and record their grades, attendance, and complete a social/emotional component. EnCor teachers will then initial each student’s information. Our hope is to empower students, hold them accountable, and provide supports as needed.

At MSMS, we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and pursuing success each day. Please let us know how we can be our best for you. Your input, feedback, and relationship with us is paramount for the success of your child(ren).

Cort Haynes

Follow MSMS updates by checking the following sites:

MSMS Website -  https://www.usd266.com/msms
MSMS rSchool Calendar -  MSMS RSCHOOL Calendar
MSMS Facebook -   MSMS Facebook
MSMS Twitter -  MSMS Twitter  

MSMS Instagram -   msms_mavnews
MSMS Welcomes a New Counseling Intern
Nurse's Corner

BREAKFAST is the MOST important MEAL of the DAY!

Nutrition plays a pivotal role in a child’s intellectual and physical development. Physical consequences of hunger include stomach pain, headache, muscle fatigue, and sleepiness. Psychosocial complaints such as anxiety, nervousness, anger, feeling fidgety, hostility, indecisiveness, confusion and unhappiness are also common.  A meal including a variety of foods from several food groups will provide the most benefits to a child, educationally, nutritionally, and physically. Good nutrition begins with breakfast. A nutritious breakfast provides approximately ¼ of the recommended dietary allowances for key nutrients such as protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Studies show that approximately 40% of children don’t eat breakfast. Most likely it’s because the family is rushed in the morning and there’s no time to provide a nutritious breakfast. But breakfast doesn’t have to mean home-made waffles or eggs benedict. Try these quick, nutritious breakfasts: yogurt, fresh fruit, whole-grain muffin, fruit smoothie, peanut butter on whole wheat toast, or trail mix (nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, crackers, and dry cereal). Tomorrow morning don’t run out the door on an empty stomach, fuel up with a healthy breakfast!
Another alternative to eating breakfast at home is to eat it at school.

Why eat breakfast?
Students who eat breakfast perform better in school, pay more attention to lectures, are more creative, think better, and score higher on exams.
• Lowers risk of indulging in high calorie foods later in the day.
• Helps decrease fat intake throughout the day.
• Kick starts the metabolism to burn fat more effectively.
• Facilitates in achieving and maintaining appropriate body weight.
• Aids in choosing more appropriate snacks between meals.
• Provides brain with needed energy source, glucose.
• Improves psychosocial behaviors.
• Gives needed energy for the day.
From Purdue University Student Health Center

Maize Education Foundation Student Grants

MEF is now accepting applications for the Fall Semester 2019 cycle of Student Enrichment Grants. As a reminder, students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $500 to assist with costs of a variety of enrichment activities. 

Students must be enrolled in the Maize School District and must be in good standing. Seniors wishing to apply must either complete the activity during the school year, or be representing the school district if the activity takes place during the summer following their graduation.

Please click here for more information.
The Food 4 Kids program allows MSMS to receive food and backpacks from the Kansas Food Bank at no cost so that we can provide food to chronically hungry children. If you would like your student to be on the program, please contact Amy Beckmann at abeckmann@usd266.com. For more information you can also email foodbankinfo@ksfoodbank.org. f
MSMS Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon during our parent teacher conferences!  

We’re excited to see what’s new!

Mark these dates on your calendar. We don’t want you to miss out.

DATE: September 25th  TIME: 4:00 - 8:00 P.M.

DATE: September 26th  TIME: 12:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Don't miss our Chipotle Night!!

When: September 23rd 4pm-8pm
Maize and 21st Chipotle

Our fundraiser nights allow us to earn money to be used for our student and building needs. Please mention MSMS when you order. Come enjoy a night of good food, good fun and community! We look forward to seeing you there.
MSMS Veterans Day Program

This year's Veterans Day Program will be Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm in the Maize South Middle School Gymnasium 3403 N. Tyler Road, Wichita, KS. All veterans and current serving members of our armed forces are welcome to attend. Any patrons who are veterans or currently serving are welcome to speak to our social studies classes on that day. We would love to have our students hear about your experiences. Classes start at 7:30 am and will run that day until 1:10 pm, followed by our program honoring our Veterans. Speakers are needed for both half and part of the day. The group sizes will vary from 25 to 75 students depending on the number of speakers we have. Please contact Deb Wolf or A.C. Poynter at 316-722-0421 or by e-mail  dwolf@usd266.com  or  apoynter@usd266.com

Gold Card applications are now being accepted! Any 7th or 8th grader who meets the criteria outlined in the attached application may apply. Feel free to print the attached application or pick up a copy in the front office. All applications must be turned in no later than October 1st. The application window will be open again during term 2 and term 3, so students may apply later if they're not accepted this time or need more time to earn community service hours. Students may see Mrs. Moore if they have any questions!

Click here to access application and to print.
Black on Gold Maverick
Important Reminders

  • Remember to furnish the office with a copy of any legal documentation in regard to custody issues. 
  • If your student is going to be tardy to school, they are allowed three parent excused tardies per semester, not including medical excuses with notes. Please call the school if your student is going to be late for any reason.
  • KS State Law requires notes for medical absences. Please be sure to provide a doctor's note to the front office when your child has seen the doctor, dentist, etc. 
  •  If you need to pick up your child from school during school hours, please remember that we cannot pull your student out of class until you have come into the office to sign them out.
  • Just a reminder that the school district does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child at school. The school district makes insurance available to those who wish to purchase it on a voluntary basis. Forms may be obtained in each school office.
  • Please check your student's lunch account balance in Skyward Family Access regularly to be sure they have enough money for breakfast and/or lunch.

Thanks for your help!
World Languages Trip Spring 2020

I am thrilled to share that World Languages classes are taking our next educational tour through Scotland and Ireland in 2020! These lands were once home to ancient Celtic and Gaelic tribes. We will step into the Middle Ages on Edinburgh's Royal Mile and under the towering spire of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. We also will visit Belfast and more historical and beautiful cities. We want to invite our students and families to participate in this incredible opportunity. 

We will have a meeting on Thursday, September 19 in our World Languages classroom A116 at Maize SOUTH Middle School at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions please email me  aprendes@usd266.com.   

Alejandra Prendes
World Languages Teacher

MSMS KAY Club News

MSMS KAY Club is overjoyed to welcome over 60 new club members! We will be partnering with the Gold Card program which will bring new opportunities. Our next official club meeting will be October 3rd. We are always looking for service projects and ideas. If you would like to share a project or idea, please email the club sponsor, Erin Loyd, at  eloyd@usd266.com
SADD Club Info

SADD club is meant to help make middle school students aware of positive choices. We encourage the MSMS student body to stay away from destructive decisions. We organize Box Tops for Education and Red Ribbon Week. We will be having a club sign-up next week during lunh hours if your student is interested in signing up to be a member. Sixth grade students are welcome to join this club as well.
2019 8th Grade Volleyball Team

Congratulations to the following girls for making the 8th grade volleyball team:

Bella A., Shaye E., Ella E., Preslee K., Carly K., Syd L.,
Alani L., Ava M., Lilly M., Gracie M., Isabella N.,
Bella P., Jenna S.,Kalie W., Olivia W., Cece Y.

Have a great season and GO MAVS!!

Managers: Taylor J. and Kate Q.

Coaches: Kris Hill and Shelbi Self
2019 7th Grade Volleyball Team

Congratulations to the following girls for making the 7th grade volleyball team:

Sofie A., Lillie B., Erin B., Ellerie F., Jillian G., Alyvia H., Payten J.,
Lizzy L., Aspen M., Kamryn M., Camren M., Rilynn R., Skylar S.,
Sophie S., Ally S., Isabelle W., Emerson W., Rylee W.,

Managers: Emerson G., Andrea V., Scarlett B.

Coaches: Raelynn Pfaff and Emily Snyder
2019 7th and 8th grade Tennis Team
Congratulations to the following students for making the Girls Tennis Team:

7th Grade 8th Grade
Ema B. Abigail A.
Mercedes B. Cameron B.
Ilese B. Lauren C
Rylee F. Triana E.
Maggie H. Madelyn F.
Leona J. Chandler G.
Sakari J. Alexis G.
Kendall N. Emmi H.
Liana S. Ella H.
Sydney S. Allison K.
Bailey T. Samantha K.
McKinley I.
Haley M.
Emma R.
Avery S.
Gabriella S.
Ashlyn V.

Managers: Carly C., Julianna C., Vina T.

Have a great season girls and GO MAVS!

Coaches: Jill Frye and Lenn Shipman
Girl's Basketball Info Meeting

If you are a 7th or 8th grade girl interested in trying out for basketball, come to the informational meeting during Encor on Thursday, October 10th. Tryouts will begin Monday, October 21st after school from 2:50 to 5:00 pm. Final cuts for try-outs will be Wednesday, October 23 at the end of practice. Those who make final cuts must attend the Parent Meeting on Thursday, October 24th after practice at 5:00 pm. Any girl trying out for basketball must have a physical and the participation packet filled out on Skyward prior to the first day of tryouts in order to participate. If you have any further questions, please email   rwendell@usd266.com  for 8th grade girls and  awilmott@usd266.com  for 7th grade girls.  

Look for us Tuesday, September 10 th at the Maize Community Night for your Mav apparel. If you aren’t looking for apparel, we have a new thing called “Mav bucks”. They are donations where your money goes directly to the students and teachers in our classrooms.

Tuesday, October 8 th from 6pm to 9pm will be our fall All Star Sports night. Wristbands are $15 for unlimited fun at the west location! Stay tuned for our Fall Fundraiser.

You can support the PTO now by shopping at Dillon’s and linking your Plus Card to our PTO. Here’s how: go to Dillons.com/communityrewards, find your location and click enroll now, find our organization Maize South Middle School PTO #79456, click save. Every purchase you make at Dillon’s helps to support for MSMS PTO.

We want to connect with you. Like us on Facebook at Maize South Middle School PTO. Check out our website at msmspto.com. You can also get in touch with us at maizesouthmspto@gmail.com.
Our next meeting will be Monday, September 16 th at 6:30pm in the library. Anyone is welcome to join 

.Go Mavs!
MSMS Traffic Map & Information

"Crosswalks: If your child walks or rides a bicycle to school, we ask that they utilize the designated crosswalk areas which are outfitted with flashing lights. Dark mornings and high volume traffic create visibility issues. Walkers/Riders must ensure that the lights are flashing before crossing the street. Thank you for addressing this with your student."   
Dillon's Community Rewards   
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:
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 2019 to credit Maize South Middle School. Sign-in and make your contribution selection using this new 5-digit NPO number, CR632.
Use of Student Information in Media and District Publications 

Information which may be shared with media or used in district publications 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. Parents/guardians who do not want this information published must file written notification to Lori Buselt, Director of Communications, Maize USD 266, 905 W. Academy, Maize, KS 67101 on or before September 20, 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 publication purposes.
Click here  to access the "Do Not Photograph" form.
Important Dates

September 25th Parent/Teacher Conference 4-8pm

September 26th NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conference 12-8pm

September 27th NO SCHOOL

October 17th End of First Term

2019-20 MSMS Administration


 Assistant Principal

Shane Paulus ,  
Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

If you would like to speak to an administrator during the school day, you may call 316-722-0421.

2019-20 MSMS Office Staff
Shareen Hainke
Accounting Secretary

Sherri Wright
Attendance Secretary  
2019-20 MSMS Counseling

Steffanie Moore  
A-K Counselor

Amy Beckmann
L-Z Counselor

Diane Hewlett

If you would like to speak to a counselor during the school day, you may call 316-722-0421.

2019-20 MSMS AthleticDept.

MSMS Athletic/Activities Director

MSMS Athletic/Activities Secretary
Maize South Middle School

 (316) 722-0421
fax (316) 722-4077
3403 N. Tyler Rd.
Wichita, KS 67205
Office Hours :
School Hours:
7:30-2:35 M,T,Th,F
7:30-2:00 Wednesday
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If you have any questions or feedback, please call us at (316) 722-0421 between 6:30am and 3:30pm or send an email to  swright@usd266.com .
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