MAIZE unified school district 266
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December 2020
Principal's Message
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): 

During the months of November and December, our students typically participate in activities which focus on the Character Education Trait of Community. Since we are not together during this time, MSMS would like to encourage support for and usage of ”Maslow’s Pantry.” Maslow’s Pantry provides basic needs for all Maize families (non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products). We are in need of toilet paper, paper towels, and ready-to-eat items at this time. If you have a need or would like to support this cause, please contact Dr. Kristy Custer at 316-722-4790. Checks may be made out to Maize High School c/o Maslow’s Pantry. Donations may also be dropped off in the front foyer at MSMS.

I hope that your child is finding success with Full Remote Learning. As a reminder, students should join their assigned class via Zoom each day. Communication will take place through Google Classroom and school email. Please let us know if we can be of support to you and your child. Below are links as additional resources. Please contact the school if we can be of any assistance.

Winter Break Information…

The last day before Winter Break is Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Students will be on Winter Break from December 23, 2020 - January 3, 2021. School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. The end of the first semester will be Thursday, January 21, 2021. Friday, January 22nd is a teacher work day and students will not be assigned new homework or be required to participate in Zoom calls. School will not be in session on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We are continually appreciative of the help and support that you provide our students and staff especially in times like this. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

In this together,
Cort Haynes
Principal - Maize South Middle School

Tech support: 316-350-2090



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
Scholars Bowl Sign-ups

The MSMS Scholars Bowl season is ready to begin! Scholars Bowl is an academic competition composed of about six team members per grade level (7th & 8th graders). Students participate in a quiz game that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects and current events. The game is usually played with a buzzer system where players try to score points for the team by buzzing in first with the correct answer. Teams travel to various schools to compete in meets against multiple teams. Students have practices and meets 2-3 times per week during the season which occurs from December to the beginning of February. Sixth graders are welcome and act as managers as they are unable to compete with other schools. If you are interested, please email Erica Mark at emark@usd266.com or Hannah Martin at hmartin@usd266.com for more information!
Fall pictures are in!

If you ordered your student's fall pictures please come to the office and we will be happy to get them for you.

If you did not order your pictures you can get online at
https://inter-state.com/MyOrderCode, once you click this link it will have you fill out a form and then will send you the actual link to see your student's pictures.
Caring Hearts  

Caring Hearts is a local Maize charity,  this program could not exist without the generous support of families, students and staff of USD266.
 
If you are interested in helping purchase a gift for Caring Hearts this year, please email Steffanie Moore at smoore@usd266.com by this Friday, Dec.4th. All items are being purchased through Amazon this year to minimize contact. Thank you!
Social Emotional Lessons

With students in the remote learning model, the Counseling/Social Emotional lessons will be pushed out via your student’s Counselor’s Corner Class in Google Classroom every Wednesday morning. Lessons may range between 15-20 minutes with material that is relevant, helpful, and relatable. Lessons may focus on topics such as time and stress management, coping and social skills, character traits, and other life situations middle schoolers face. Our goal is to educate and empower students to work through current life situations and emotions in a healthy way and to take these skills into their adult life.

Tips for Raising Happy, Successful Teens

Parenting can be tough and parenting a teenager can be even more challenging. Please take a moment to read this very helpful resource with quick tips for raising happy, successful teens.


Chipotle Fundraiser Night

Our MSMS Chipotle Fundraising Night will be Tuesday, December 8th, 5:00-9:00pm at the Chipotle on N. Maize Rd.
Remember to say you are with MSMS when ordering.

We hope to see everyone there!
TALK IT OUT! ONEMA1ZE CARE TEAM

Feeling like you could use some extra support? USD 266 and COMCARE are partnering to bring students additional resources at school (including therapy). For additional information about the OneMa1ze Care Team and your eligibility for these supports, email your schools behavioral health liaison..Jeris Broadbent (MSMS/MSHS), jbroadbent@usd266.com.
MSMS PTO

We had hoped to set up apparel at a few basketball games, however that is not available to us anymore. If you need Christmas gifts for your students, our online store is still available!! If you place an order at www.msmspto.com, it will be delivered to the office within 3 school days, and you will be able to pick those up without your students knowing.  Also, on our website if you go to the more tab, then teacher favorites, there is a link to access a few favorites of all the staff at MSMS. You can use these as gift ideas for the holidays, or even a pick me up for a special person!

You can continue to support the PTO 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 support the MSMS PTO.

Like us on Facebook at Maize South Middle School PTO and don’t forget to check out our website at www.msmspto.com. You can also get in touch with us at maizesouthmspto@gmail.com.

We will continue to support the staff and students as needs arise.

Our next meeting is TBD.

MSMS PTO

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."  
Remember to mention MSMS when you order!
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 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!
Important Dates
Christmas flower


Winter Break Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd


2020-21 MSMS Administration

Principal

 Assistant Principal A-K

Assistant Principal / Athletic Director L-Z

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

2020-21 MSMS Office Staff
 
Shareen Hainke
Accounting Secretary

Sherri Wright
Attendance Secretary 
2020-21 MSMS Counseling
Department

Steffanie Moore 
A-K Counselor

Amy Beckmann
L-Z Counselor

Diane Hewlett
Registrar

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

2020-21 MSMS AthleticDept.

MSMS Athletic/Activities Director

Sara McAsey
MSMS Athletic/Activities Secretary
Maize South Middle School

(316) 722-0421
fax (316) 722-4077
 
3403 N. Tyler Rd.
Wichita, KS 67205
 
Office Hours:
6:30am-3:30pm
 
School Hours:
7:30-2:35 M,T,Th,F
7:30-2:00 Wednesday



School Nurse
Robyn Friederich
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.
 
Sincerely,
Maize South Middle School
Maize South Middle School
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