MAIZE unified school district 266

August 2020
Principal's Message
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): 

 Welcome back! Truly - welcome back! Our staff was thrilled to be back together. The eyes of our teachers lit up as we reconnected after several months apart; we are no different than our students. We eagerly anticipate our students walking back through our doors on September 8th and 9th. Among the many things that we have come to appreciate a bit more is Community. Our 2020-21 MSMS community will include several new staff members. Please welcome our new teachers Kara Buck, Patty Kirkpatrick, Andre Silva, and Hillary Thackery. New staff members include Sara McAsey (secretary), Robyn Friederich (Nurse), and Taylor Tyler (Nurse para). Additional information about our new Mavericks can be found in this month’s newsletter.

We celebrated our second consecutive year as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School for 2019-20. We understand the value of relationships. Student and Staff connections will be the primary focus as we resume after so much time away. Albeit a nontraditional start of the year, we understand the importance of human connection, even more so.
Intentional connection and communication with our families will be critical as we begin the year in a hybrid learning format. Our teachers are working hard to create a learning platform that is manageable, rigorous, and appropriate for our students to navigate while at school and at home.

Students will receive letter grades for each of their classes. All Mavericks will be expected to complete assignments on days when they are working remotely and participate in daily Zoom meetings with their EnCor teachers. The Kansas State Department of Education is requiring a meaningful connection between students and a staff member for each day that students are learning remotely. This connection will be made at 2:05 pm each day whether we are in a hybrid or remote learning environment. KSDE is also requiring all students to complete learning logs for each day they are not physically at school. Therefore, students must record 6 hours of a learning activity for three days a week. These electronic forms must be signed by a parent and student and then collected by the EnCor teacher. We will share more information on this topic when school resumes.

We will conduct temperature checks on all students before they are allowed to enter the building. If they are sick, we ask that you please keep them at home. Please review our school district's Daily Self Assessment. As established by our school board, students must wear a protective mask each day. Mask breaks will be given by each teacher throughout the day. We fully intend to have all Mavericks back in our building at the same time as soon as possible. In order to accomplish this we must take the appropriate health measures necessary to achieve this. We appreciate your cooperation.

I look forward to meeting your family and sharing in the success that this school year brings. Please contact the school if we can be of assistance to you.

Cort Haynes
MSMS Principal

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Important Info for this Year

We also encourage all students to bring a water bottle as the water fountains will be turned off. Refillable filtered water stations will be available to all students. All bottles must have a lid.

Since we will not assign lockers this year, students will carry backpacks to each class. Students who bring a lunch to school may carry it with them or place it in a cubby in our cafeteria.

We will restrict visitor access to our building as much as possible as a health precaution. We will not be able to accept food deliveries to the school like we have in the past. Please try to limit dropping off items that have been forgotten. If you do need to drop off an item, we have set up a table in the entryway to the office. Please put your students name on the item and leave it on the table, we will call your student down to pick up the item. 

Any non-district employee who enters our building must have their temperature checked and complete a health assessment prior to leaving the office area.
Nurse's Corner

Health Screenings

Students will have hearing or vision screenings during the school year as required. 6th and 8th grade students will have vision screening. 7th grade will have hearing screening. Students new to the district will receive both hearing and vision screenings. Parents will need to write a note to the school nurse ONLY if they do NOT want their child screened. Results will ONLY be sent home if further testing is needed. Screenings are very basic and are not meant to take the place of professional evaluations.
Immunizations for 7th graders

 7th graders are required to have a Tdap booster and meningococcal (MCV4). Please send the updated record to the school nurse as soon as possible.

We would like to welcome the following new teachers to MSMS!
Mr. Andre Silva

Mr. Silva comes to Maize South after 4 years as the Director of Bands at Andale in the Renwick School District where he taught 5th-12th grade band. Prior to that he graduated from The University of Kansas where he was heavily involved in all aspects of the band program, including serving as a section leader in the Marching Jayhawks and playing with the KU Men’s Basketball band for four years. Outside of school, he enjoys Netflix marathons, playing soccer, and watching sports, especially KU basketball, Chiefs football, and Royals baseball.

Ms. Kara Buck

Kara Buck is originally from Wichita, Kansas and a graduate of the Maize School District. She attended Emporia State University and graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She started her teaching career in Emporia, as a 2nd grade teacher. She is currently working on obtaining her Master’s degree and is very excited to fulfill her dream by returning to the Maize School District as an educator. 

Mrs. Patty Kirkpatrick

Patty Kirkpatrick is coming to MSMS from Andale, where she has spent the past 5 years as a K-8 music teacher. Before that, she worked in the Wichita Public Schools, at Wichita Children's Theatre, and at Walt Disney World for a year. She is a proud alumna of Friends University where she was a Singing Quaker. She and her husband have two young boys and a little girl on the way!

Mrs. Hillary Thackery
Hillary Thackery will be teaching 7th grade English Language Arts. I am so unbelievably excited to join the Maverick family, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach your children!
I am originally from Garden City, Kansas and graduated from WSU in 2011. I also recently finished my Master of Arts in Education at Baker University! I am so excited to bring some new and exciting strategies and ideas to the classroom! 
My family loves our Shockers and Royals. My husband (Brendon) and I actually got married at Kauffman Stadium in 2012 right after they hosted the All-Star Game! We have two daughters, Harper (3) and Finley (20 months). They are a blast, and we are so blessed to be their parents! We also have Zoe (a beagle), Ruby (a terrier mix), 3 cats (Betsy, Marg, and Socky), and 2 fish (Pumpkin and Firecracker, named by Harper). Our house is full and busy, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
I look forward to meeting all of my new students and their families, and taking part in the awesome culture that I already feel welcomed into here at Maize South Middle School! Go Mavs! 

Sara McAsey is our new Athletic Secretary, she will be in the front office answering phones and working on Athletics. Sara has been a substitute with the district for the last five years. She has three children all who attend Maize South schools, Hunter is a junior, Kelby is a freshman, and Aspen is in 8th grade. She stays busy with all her children's sports activities. Sara enjoys spending time at the lake, hunting ,fishing and spoiling her doggie, Rhett. Sara is excited to be a part of our MSMS family!
Taylor Tyler is our new Nurse Para.Taylor has two daughters, Harper is 9 and Maci is 6, both attend Valley Center schools. Taylor and her husband own their own remodeling business, she will also be starting school in the fall to further her education. Taylor enjoys time with family and friends, and loves going to the gym. Taylor is looking forward to working with the students and staff at MSMS.
Robyn Friederich is our new School Nurse here at MSMS. Robyn is originally from Liberal, Kansas - born and raised! She and her family recently moved to the Wichita area last summer for my husband's job. Prior to moving here I was a School Nurse for 15 years with USD 480 in Liberal - the last 3 of those years was spent in one of the new middle schools. I have worked as a Clinic Float and Infusion Nurse with Ascension Medical Group since moving here and I am excited to get back into school nursing!

My husband and I have 3 children. Dustin (24), Dane (22), and Ella (15). We also have a very spoiled dog named Bear. 
I enjoy crafting, decorating, gardening, and most of all spending time with my family. Please welcome Robyn to the MSMS family!
7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Try-outs

7th and 8th grade girls volleyball tryouts will begin Monday, August 31st, from 3-5. Athletes must have a physical form completed by a medical professional and all online forms must be completed (participation packet filled out and concussion form signed). Players will need to watch the concussion video on their own this year. 

Coach Hill

Welcome to the new school year! We cannot wait to come alongside the staff and students at MSMS this upcoming school year despite the new challenges we will be faced with. We will start the year off by selling apparel September 2 and 3 in front of the school during Meet Your Teacher night. We have lanyards, decals, hoodies, t-shirts, masks, water bottles, headbands, and more. The proceeds from the sales go right back into our school to support our students and teachers, so come get some Mav gear!

We partnered with the school this summer and have an awesome display for the south side of our chain link fence coming, so be looking for that!

Keep an eye out for information about our fall fundraiser as well as other upcoming activities.
You can support the PTO now by shopping at Dillon’s and linking your Plus Card to our PTO. Here’s how: go to, 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.
Also, check out our website at, and if you need to get in touch with us, you can email us at

We have an opportunity on our Facebook page to help our staff with their wish lists for the school year. Look for the welcome back post to see how you can help these teachers out!

Our first meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30pm at Panera on W 21st. We welcome anyone to join us!! Come help us make a difference!
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."  
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

First Day of School: September 8th

2020-21 MSMS Administration


 Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

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

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.

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:
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
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