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

We celebrated many things during the month of March. Our Scholar’s Bowl team performed very well at their respective meets. Our Science Olympiad Team qualified seven members for State competition. These competitions have been conducted virtually this year. The band is set to conduct an in-person concert on April 1st in our gymnasium. In the face of challenges and unordinary circumstances, our students and teachers have demonstrated grit. The success that we have experienced seems a little sweeter this year! 

State Assessments for 6-8th grade Math and English/Language Arts are set to begin the second week of May. The 8th grade Science assessment will kick these state tests off the week before. Our last round of AimsWeb benchmark testing is slated for the last week of April. This data will continue to help with class placements, informing instruction, and identifying necessary student supports. It's important that students are in attendance, eat breakfast, get plenty of sleep, and come prepared to complete the math and reading assessments. We will run on a normal bell schedule. 

Our school district is finalizing plans for summer school. At MSMS, we are in the process of identifying our highest need students and will be contacting families soon. Please stay tuned for more information regarding summer school.

As we head down the home stretch of the school year, we are doing our best to provide as many activities for our students as possible. One of those activities is our 8th grade celebration. There is a meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm in our cafeteria if you are interested in being a part of that planning committee. We are also working through year-end plans in hopes of providing some fun activities for our students. 

The end of the school year presents a perfect opportunity to talk about two of our character traits, Grit and Optimism. Reminding our students that hard work and believing in the best possible outcome are paramount in education and in life. As always, thank you for your continued support of MSMS.

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
Traffic

With limited bussing, we realize the higher volume of traffic during after school pick up. We have secured crossing guards and are utilizing our School Resource Officers for additional assistance. Please be sure that you are not picking your child up while out on the Silver Fox access road. From 2:20-2:50 pm, the far east entrance of the east parking lot is entrance only. When approaching from Tyler road, only the right lane is permitted to make a right turn into the parking lot. Once you turn into the parking lot, you may move over into the left lane of waiting vehicles. The left lane of westbound Silver Fox cars should continue straight ahead. We do intend for eastbound Silver Fox traffic to be able to turn into that far east entrance and stay in the left lane once in the parking lot. However, in order to keep traffic moving, our SRO has had to deny this left turn off of Silver Fox.
If you choose to wait in line while in the middle of the parking lot, please be mindful of parked cars that need to pull out of a parking stall. If you are in a hurry, we ask that you utilize the far north traffic lanes while in the east parking lot.

We ask for your continued patience during pick up. It is only taking 10-12 minutes for our parking lot to clear out. Please drive safely and be on the lookout for our students. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

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 
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. 

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.

8th Grade Celebration

Any parent/guardian interested in helping plan our 8th-grade celebration this May, please join us at Maize South Middle School in the Commons on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm.
History Day


In February, 20 students from Mr. Poynter's History Day class participated in the Regional History Day Contest. The contest was virtual this year. Contestants compete in five categories; Papers, exhibits, documentaries, performance, websites.

These ten students placed, that qualified them to move on to the state competition in April:
Trinity Zamorano and Eliana Nickel 1st Place Group Documentary
Nick Paulus and Evan Young 2nd Place Group Website
Kallen Scott 2nd Place Historical Paper
Kendall Nusz 3rd Place Individual Website
Ky Haynes and Lauren Bruggeman 3rd Place Group Website
Maya Stutzman 3rd Place Historical Paper
Sam Loomis 3rd Place Individual Documentary

Good Luck at State! MSMS is very proud of you!
Washington DC Informational meeting

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 next year. 

An informational meeting will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm at Maize South Middle School. The trip will be May 31-June 3, 2022 for all 7th and 8th grade students who would like to go. Contact Mr. Slaven (mslaven@usd266.com) for information or questions. Don't miss out on the fun!
MSMS Newspaper
Please click on the link below to access our school newspaper, we hope you enjoy reading about what's happening in our school!
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

Over the last month, we have provided prizes for the school wide reading challenge, as well as helped cover the cost of our MSMS landscaping project which should be in the works soon!
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

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


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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