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December 2018
Principal's Message
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): 
One of our Character traits here at MSMS is Community, during the months of November and December, our students participate in activities which promote this trait. This year, MSMS will donate money and food items to a local charity group, Caring Hearts.  Caring Hearts is an organization that donates needed items such as clothing and toys to families within the Maize School District who may need this additional assistance during the holiday season. 
Our next charity day will be a Caring Hearts Hideous Holiday Outfit Fundraiser Day, which is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2018. Students and staff may make a financial donation for each piece of hideous clothing they wear on this date. These donations will be used to benefit children in our district over the holiday season.   
We would like to thank our families for helping out with our Wichita Suburban League Annual Food Drive. As a school, MSMS brought in over 1,600 food items and raised $327. Our Kansas Association of Youth (KAY) Club members were instrumental in helping with this effort. We would also like to thank our boys' basketball team for their support with this initiative during our basketball Extravaganza. This was a huge success and we are appreciative of your help! This food will be delivered to families in the district during the holiday season by a Caring Hearts Representative. 
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! 
Winter Break Information...
The last day of the fall semester is Friday, December 21, 2018. Students will be on Winter Break from December 22, 2018 - January 4, 2019. School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Follow MSMS updates by checking the following sites:

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
Counselor's Corner

 During the months of November and December ,  we will be focusing on two of our Maize Way-Character Traits during character-education lessons Responsibility and Optimism. We want to inform our students on being mindful with their words and actions, as well as, how they can stay positive and believe in themselves. In addition to discussing these traits, counselors will also be sharing about the "Yellow Ribbon ."  The "Yellow Ribbon" is a prevention program designed to bring awareness
to individuals and the community about suicide prevention. If you have questions or concerns regarding the topics being discussed, please feel free to contact your student's counselor.
Nurse's Corner

This time of year can be stressful. Managing stress is important to mental and physical health. Stress is a normal part of living and keeps one alert and motivated. Stress that is not kept in check can result in depression, panic attacks, and sleep deprivation brought on by worry.
Stress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from stress. Try these tips for coping with stress:

1. Take deep slow diaphragmatic breaths throughout your day.

2. Use regular relaxation periods for work breaks.

3. Get regular exercise. Aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking, etc. for 20 minutes three times per week is minimum. Recommended is 30 minutes or more, four-six times per week.

4. Eat sensibly. Avoid caffeine. Do not cope with stress by using alcohol or drugs. If you are stressed out, caffeine is like throwing gasoline on a fire to put it out!

5. Get focused on new directions and regular planning. Give yourself positive options if you feel trapped.

6. Use and develop your humor! Positive attitudes really help difficulties when viewed as opportunities for growth. But do not bury your anger, fear or sadness.

7. Protect yourself from negative co-workers and relationships! Do not get caught up in other peoples’ negative thinking or let them rip off your peace of mind and positive energy. Take good care of yourself!!

8. Get back in control!!! If you cannot control all the people and situations that happen around you... at least you can control the way you respond!

9. Give sincere compliments freely and smile! Be positive and let it shine on all that surround you. It will come back many times more.

10. Learn to really listen! It is the best communication technique that you can develop!

For more information on identifying and managing stress in order to maintain mental and physical health visit
I wish you all a peaceful Christmas break.

Joann Wheeler BSN RN
School Nurse
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!
MSMS Yearbook

Yearbooks are now available online at 
www.jostens.com  - select Maize South Middle School on the main page and complete the ordering process. Please email    smarkham@usd266.com  with questions! 

8th Grade Parents!

The yearbook is offering parents of 8th graders the chance to purchase a yearbook ad to be placed in the back of the book. The yearbook ads are $30 for an 1/8 of a page. You can include a photo and/or a message to your 8th grade student. Go to   www.jostens.com  to purchase! Deadline is Feb. 15th! Email  smarkham@usd266.com   for more information. 

Click  here  for more info!
Lifetouch + Shutterfly

Volunteer at the Kansas Humane Society

A little learning, a little volunteering, a whole lot of fun! The Community Service Saturdays program is for students ages 11 and up who wish to help our organization but are too young to volunteer independently through our volunteer program.

If you're in grades 6-12, join us behind the scenes at our animal shelter to help care for KHS animals, learn more about responsible pet care, and experience the satisfaction that comes from helping others. Community Service Saturdays include assisting with socializing the animals and providing them with enrichment, cleaning animal habitats, maintaining shelter facilities, and other daily duties. Participants will spend time completing various projects and tasks around the shelter in addition to meeting some of our animals and learning about a topic relating to shelter life.

This opportunity fulfills school or club community service requirements; all participants will receive 3 hours of service credit.
Please click  here  for more information!


Please contact Shanna Ireland, Humane Education, by calling (316) 220-8709 or email  sireland@kshumane.org .
Save the date!  

The Great Kindness Challenge

(January 28-February 1, 2019) is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. Maize South Middle School is proudly participating in the proactive, positive kindness initiative. 

Go to  http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org   for more information!    

Amy Beckmann, MSFT, M.Ed., LMFT
Counselor (L-Z)
World Languages Trip Spring 2019

World Languages Classes are going to have their trip for Spring Break 2019 to Greece. We are going to visit some cities and have the opportunity to see the Mediterranean Sea. 
If you have any questions e-mail me at  aprendes@usd266.com
Have a great school year!

Alejandra Prendes
World Languages Teacher

Washington DC Trip

Join us in Washington DC!

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 later this year. The trip will be May 28-31, 2019 for all 7th and 8th grade students who would like to go. Contact Mr. Slaven ( mslaven@usd266.com ) for your information packet or questions. Don't miss out on the fun!
MSMS Cheerleaders

The MSMS Cheerleaders had busy months in October and November! They finished out the football season, participated in the Maize Fall Festival Parade, volunteered at the Kansas Aviation Museum and The Arc of Sedgwick County, and participated in their first cheer competition at Heights High School. They are excited to continue cheering for wrestling and to start the basketball season!
MSMS Honor Band

On Saturday, October 27, MSMS band students participated in the Wichita Suburban League music festival. MSMS sent 12 students, joining students from the other eight league schools to create a 100-person band. After a day of rehearsal led by Steve Oare from Wichita State University, the honor band presented a concert at Goddard Middle School.

The following students represented MSMS:

Kaytlen B. (flute)
Andrew C. (tuba)
Conner F. (bass clarinet)
Jana F. (trumpet)
Tiyona K. (flute)
Haley M. (oboe)    
Hayden N. (alto saxophone)
Abigail R. (clarinet)
Jack S. (tuba)
Morgan W. (horn)
McKena W. (alto saxophone)
Ryan W. (percussion)    
Mrs. Sim's 7/8 grade Choir

The MSMS 7/8 Grade Choir will present a concert, “It’s Christmas” on Tuesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. 
The concert will be at Maize High School. Come join us as we share a variety of music and holiday cheer! 
Mrs. Gragson's Music Class

Congratulations to our 6th graders on their vocal music concert. If anyone has photos and/or video of the concert please feel free to post to Youtube and share the link and/or email your videos to Mrs. Gragson at:   jgragson@usd266.com . Thank you to all parents for their support and to the students for their hard work.

Jennifer Gragson
Maize South Middle/Maize Middle 

Starting on Tuesday, January 8, Coach Ruzich will start up Winter Conditioning for all 6th - 8th graders. It will begin right after school and finish between 3:30 - 3:45pm. The students will have a chance to change into "workout clothes" and check in with Coach Ruzich. They will do both warm stretching and some workouts inside then they will go outside in small groups to run/walk the distance of their choice before returning to school to cool down.and go home. Students need to be ready to dress for the weather! Also if the weather is too bad, an announcement will be made so that all students know conditioning has been cancelled. This is a great opportunity for the 7th and 8th graders to start working toward Spring sports and for the 6th graders to get involved in something new! Please feel free to contact Coach Ruzich with any questions or concerns via email at:   pruzich@usd266.com . Coach Ruzich is the Head Cross Country and Girls Track coach for Maize South Middle School. 
MSMS Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is a program that will be brought to Maize South Middle School this Spring! Registration won't begin until January, but if your 6th-8th grade student is interested in joining Girls on the Run, there will be an informational meeting during Encor on December 11th. Any questions about Girls on the Run can be directed to Megan Hemmerling at mhemmerling@usd266.com.
MSMS Math Lab

Our math teachers have organized a math lab on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 7:10 am-7:30 am in room A100. Student helpers and our math teachers will be available to help students that are having trouble with any aspect of math. Please encourage your student(s) to take advantage of this perk if they are needing any help.
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."   
PTO News

MSMS families!

If you are needing apparel for the Winter sport season or you want to gift some MAV apparel this Christmas season, come see us at the December 13th & 17th basketball games or visit us online at  msmspto.com  for all of your shopping needs. 

Our next meeting is January 15th at 6:30 pm in the library!
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 2017 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
Winter Break
December 24th - January 4th

No School January 21st
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

No School February 15th
Professional Development Day
2018-19 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.

2018-19 MSMS Office Staff
Mary Voigt
Accounting Secretary

Sherri Wright
Attendance Secretary  
2018-19 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.

2018-19 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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