MAIZE unified school district 266
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March 2021
Principal's Message
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): 

We are off and running into March! Don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour on Sunday March 14th at 2:00 am for Daylight Savings Time. Spring Break follows on March 15th – 19th. Term 3 will conclude on Friday, March 26th.

AimsWeb scores should have come home with your student last week. Those math and English benchmarks should reflect fall and winter scores and are available via Skyward. If you have questions regarding these scores, please contact your child’s math or English teacher. Teachers are using this data to inform instruction and address individual needs as we finish up the school year. Our immediate focus is to address any areas of concern during class. Students failing multiple classes are required to attend Mav Time during the last 30 minutes of each day. Other students are encouraged to seek help from their teacher(s) during EnCor.

Kansas State Assessments will take place during the second week in May. Teachers will soon provide students with specific dates for testing in their classrooms. Attendance is extremely important during testing, so please schedule any appointments around the testing schedule. Make sure that your child is getting enough rest each night. Our students need food to fuel their brains during testing, so encourage them to eat a balanced breakfast. Let your child know that you are aware of the testing. Encourage him/her to do well by writing a positive note.

Water fountains are still unavailable to students with the exception of the refillable water stations. Therefore, we are in need of water bottles for some of our students. If you would be willing to donate or provide refillable containers, please contact our front office. It is vital for our students to drink plenty of water so we have provided cups/bottles all year for our students and will continue to do so. Please continue to send a drinking container with your child.

With the limited number of bus riders, we are experiencing a higher volume of traffic. Please do not pick your child up on Silver Fox Road. We have school resource officers assisting along with additional traffic guards. Overall, things are running smoothly but we will continue to address potential changes to make this process as efficient and safe as possible. Thank you for doing your part.

Thank you for your continued support of MSMS! Please let us know how we can be of assistance to you or if you have suggestions for our continued improvement.

Doing what is best for kids,
Cort Haynes
Principal


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
Nurses Corner

2021-2022 Immunization Requirements

In order to comply with Kansas immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year your student may need a Tdap booster and/or one dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine. 
Tdap: one single dose of Tdap is required at 7th grade
Meningococcal ACWY: one dose required at 7th grade and second dose at 11th grade

Please check with your provider to see if your student has received these immunizations. If so, please send a copy to Robyn Friederich, the school nurse at rfriederich@usd266.com 
2021-2022 Enrollment for Current 6th and 7th graders

Online enrollment opens today, Monday, March 1st and closes Monday, March 8th. During this timeframe, all current 6th and 7th grade students will need to log-in to Skyward (using either student or parent ID) and enroll in their elective courses for next year. Counselors will input all core classes for students, and students will simply select three elective (1.5 credits) courses in Skyward. Students may do this at home or during Encor. You may view the course booklet and directions for enrolling by going to the MSMS website or clicking on the link below.

If your student is interested in applying for Yearbook or Newspaper, this class does require an application, which is also on the website or the link below. Please direct any yearbook questions to Mrs. Self (sself@usd266.com). 

Students currently enrolled in the Remote Flex and Remote Rigorous learning models will also enroll in elective classes. Video tutorials will be shared via parent/guardian email the first week of March and also pushed out via the Counselor’s Corner Google Classroom for students to view. It will also be posted on our website
We encourage parents to work with students during this process and be aware of courses students are enrolling in. If you have specific questions or concerns about your student’s placement in math or reading, please contact your student’s current teacher for this subject. Please contact the counseling office if you have any further questions! 

Steffanie Moore

Please click on the link below to gain access for enrollment information:

Spring Pictures!

We will have Inter-state Photography here on March 4th for Spring pictures.
Order Your MAV Yearbook!

Buy your yearbook at jostens.com for $30 using this link. The yearbook staff is hard at work on this year's book. We are working with the theme "Stay Connected" and are striving to make this a book that is reflective of the unique school year we have had! We are working hard to get every student shown in the book and appreciate your support! 

Please email Shelbi Self at sself@usd266.com with any questions. 

Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser Night
Our fundraiser night will be March 25th 3-10pm, this is drive-thru and mobile orders only. If you place a mobile order please put Maize South Middle School in the comments section of your order. If it's a drive-thru order please mention MSMS to the person taking your order!
Thank you for helping us with our fundraiser!
2021-2022 Cheer Try-outs

MSMS Cheer Tryouts for the 2021-2022 season are coming soon! Tryout material will be posted Friday, April 2nd with a clinic held on Thursday, April 8th and final tryouts on Friday, April 9th. For more information and to sign up, see Ms. Mark in D111 or email Erica Mark at emark@usd266.com or Natalie Mark at nmark@usd266.com. Physicals are not required to try out for the team.

2021 Boys Tennis Season
Please click here to watch a Loom video from Coach Kallenbach for more information on the Boys Tennis season.
2021 Track Season

We will begin Track season on Monday & Wednesday, March 8 & 10, with all BOYS and on Tuesday & Thursday, March 9 & 11, with all GIRLS. This will give the athletes the opportunity to try out for field events and be timed in 100m, 200m and 400m runs.

Practices will begin immediately after school and end at 4:30pm. On Wednesdays, the athletes will attend Athletic Study Hall from early release till practice begins. There will not be any practices during Spring Break. We will return to practicing with BOYS on Monday, March 22, and GIRLS on Tuesday, March 23, and continue to alternate days.

The Track Season Calendar will be posted on the Track website. Parents and athletes may email msmstrack@gmail.com or pruzich@usd266.com to be added to an informational email list. Be sure to put the athletes name and grade in the Subject Line.
Winter Conditioning

Coach Ruzich will continue with Winter Conditioning after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 4th. Students report to the Gym Lobby immediately after school to check in. They choose how fun to walk/run and return back to the gym lobby to check back in before going home. This is a great opportunity to build up a bit of endurance prior to the start of the Tennis and Track season. We wind up at the latest by 3:30pm and those that finish earlier may head home then.
2022 World Language Trip

World Languages is excited to invite our students and families to our virtual meeting on March 11 at 7:00 pm! Finally, everything looks like we will be able to open our eyes again to the world; we will have our traditional trip during summer 2022. This time we will have two different trips, not just one. Yes! You are going to be able to choose between Ireland and Scotland in June 2022 and Japan in July the same summer. Traditionally we have just one destination per year so this is a great opportunity. During the meeting, we will have all the information for both trips and the beautiful places and highlights that we will visit. Please, email me to receive more information and the zoom link for our meeting.

Remember that this is an open invitation for all our MSMS community! My email is aprendes@usd266.com
MSMS PTO

Thank you for your help providing snacks for the teachers during conferences! We plan to provide a luncheon for the entire staff on March 3. We will continue to support the students and staff when needs arise.

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. We have a fully stocked store with several apparel items in all sizes! Most orders are fulfilled the very next business day! You can get in touch with us by emailing maizesouthmspto@gmail.com.


Thanks,
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."  
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



March 15th-19th Spring Break
April 23rd No School
May 27th Last Day of School


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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