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February 2019
Principal's Message
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s): 
On the heels of our Great Kindness Challenge week, we charge into February! The students enjoyed dress up days and focusing on the little things that make a big difference. Some of the activities included: a group of our students visiting Brooks Middle School to pass out treats and visit with their students, we also invited their students to come visit us at MSMS, notes were written and delivered to Meals On Wheels, Kay Club students made staff treat bags, candy grams were delivered to MSHS and many other kind deeds were accomplished during our Kindness Challenge Week. Building character and fostering positive life-long skills is not only a state requirement, but an emphasis that we value above all at MSMS!

Next week we will have our 2nd semester Parent/Teacher Conferences.
The times are as follows:

Wednesday February 12th 4:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday February 13th 12:00pm-8:00pm NO School
Friday February 14th NO School
Monday February 17th NO School due to Professional Dev. Day
We look forward to seeing you at conferences!

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

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
2020-2021 Enrollment for Current 6th and 7th graders

Middle school counselors will talk with all current 7th graders on Friday, February 7th during Encor and all current 6th graders on Monday, February 10th to explain the 7th/8th grade enrollment process for next year. 

Online enrollment opens Monday, February 10th and closes Wednesday, February 19th. 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 webpage and clicking on “Counselors” at the top, then “Enrollment” on the left. Please contact the counseling office if you have questions!
If your student is interested in applying for Yearbook or Newspaper, this class does require an application, which is also on the website. Yearbook applications are due no later than March 6th. Students should turn these in to Mrs. Self, Mr. Slattery, or the front office.
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! 
Please click on this link for more information:

Steffanie Moore
MSMS Geography Bee

Here are the results of our school Geography Bee:
1st - Myles Q. (8th)
2nd - Michael R. (7th)
3rd - Colton B. (6th)

A huge thank you to our Social Studies department for all of their help in putting this event together.
Proud of all of our contestants!
Pre-K, Kindergarten enrollment night March 31 at Maize High School

If you have an incoming Pre-K or kindergarten student who will start school at Maize USD 266 in August 2020, please plan to attend our enrollment night, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 31 at  Maize High School , 11600 W. 45 St. N. in Maize.
For incoming Pre-K families:  Maize USD 266 is excited to offer Pre-K to all children who live within the Maize School District.
Our Pre-K sessions are at our  Maize Early Childhood Center  on Monday through Thursday and use Pre-K Reading and Literacy curriculum along with developmentally appropriate activities and are taught by licensed teachers. If your child meets at least one of our state's at-risk criteria, there is no fee for the program other than the curriculum fee. If you would like your child to attend and he/she does not meet a criteria, a monthly fee applies.
Spaces are limited! Enrollment is first come, first served.  Learn more by clicking here  or by calling 316-722-3105.
For incoming kindergarten families:  If you have an incoming Kindergarten student who will start school at Maize USD 266 in August 2020, please plan to attend the come-and-go enrollment night. Online pre-enrollment for Kindergarten will start Feb. 10 through March 30 and must be completed prior to arriving at the March 31 Kindergarten and Pre-K enrollment session. Please note that arriving early has no impact on your child's building assignment or class placement. 
For more information about kindergarten enrollment, please click here  or call the enrollment hotline at 316-350-2050
Buy your yearbook at  www.jostens.com !  

Don't forget to go to  www.jostens.com  to secure a yearbook for your student! Email  sself@usd266.com  with questions! 

8th Grade Parents/Guardians

Recognize your 8th grade students by purchasing a recognition ad from  www.jostens.com ! Please place your order by February 7th. Email  sself@usd266.com  with questions! 
Mandatory Parent/Student Meetings and Enrollment Information

USD 266 Maize Schools will once again offer summer face to face driver education. Any student who turns 14 on or before Monday, June 1, 2020 and has or will graduate 8th grade by June 1st will be eligible to enroll in summer driver education. Students will attend two weeks of classes in the Maize South High School Auditorium starting Monday, June 1, 2020 (note: there will be no classes on Friday, June 5 th due to Kansas Special Olympics taking place on the Maize South Campus) and ending on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm each day. Students will also complete at least five, one hour driving sessions (schedule to be determined after class begins). We prefer that students get an instructional permit at the DMV in advance of the class and spend as much time as possible driving in safe locations with their parents. Practicing with parents before class starts is a plus considering that driver education is only five hours of driving.
Two mandatory enrollment meetings will be held in late April. Parents and students must attend one of the two meetings. The first meeting will be on Monday, April 27 th at 6:00 pm in the Maize South High School Commons Area. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29 th at 6:00 pm in the Maize High School Commons Area. Eye tests will be given at both of these meetings. Enrollment forms will be emailed out to parents during the month of April. Students will need to bring any type of license or permit they might already have to the meeting.

The cost of summer driver education is $200 with payment due in full on the date of the meetings. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches may apply for waived fees during the enrollment process.  No registrations or late payments will be accepted after the last parent meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 .
Students and parents with questions are encouraged to contact Curtis Klein at 316-462-8048 or by email at  cklein@usd266.com .
World Languages Trip Spring 2021

Dear families,
I’m thrilled to share that in conjunction with EF Educational Tours, I will be leading a tour to JAPAN in the Summer of 2021! This will be an incredible trip with EF Tours, who has been a world leader in international education for more than 50 years. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure to explore Tokyo – the modern-day center of pop culture and business; Kyoto – the most traditional of Japan’s large cities; and more. Witness the country’s unsurpassed natural beauty from the window of the high-speed shinkansen train and in the majestic lakes and mountains of Hakone National Park.
Alejandra Prendes
Winter Conditioning

Coaches Ruzich, Moran, and Murphy are thrilled to have an average of 36 students each Wednesday afternoon come out to Winter Conditioning. Over half of the group are 6th graders! We are excited to have so many students interested in spending time on early release days to workout. We will continue meeting the next 4 Wednesdays and the last date of workouts will be March 4th since track begins for all 7th and 8th graders on March 9th or 10th. We will meet Wednesday, February 12th, prior to Parent-Teacher conferences...the students "begged" not to cancel so we WILL workout then.

Patty Ruzich
MSMS Choir News

The MSMS halls are alive with the sound of music! March is “Music in Our Schools Month” and the vocal music department is preparing for several performances.
7/8 CHOIR directed by Mrs. Sims:

Tuesday, March 3rd - the 7/8 Grade Choirs will perform their contest selections at a home concert at MSMS at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11th the 7/8 Grade Choirs will travel to Goddard for the West Suburban League Vocal Music Festival. Performing for judges will be the tenor/bass choir, treble choir, 7 th grade girls ensemble, 8 th grade girls ensemble, and several tenor/bass soloists.
Sixth Grade Music Class Students

Tuesday, March 10 - Mrs. Sims classes will present their final concert of the year at Maize High School Auditorium  at 7 p.m. The concert will include a variety of student projects including vocal solos, instrumental numbers, skits, dances, and media projects as well as group numbers.


Come see what's on display in the library.
Hours are:
4:00 - 8:00 pm, Wednesday the 12th.
12:00 am to 8:00 pm, Thursday the 13th.
Hope to see you there!
MSMS 6th Grade Music Concert

Ms. Gragson's 6th graders are working hard preparing for their upcoming vocal music concert! The students will be performing a variety of music, so there will surely be something for everyone.

The concert will be Tuesday March. 31st, 2020 at 6:15pm in the  Maize South High School Auditorium, students have been asked to wear a solid color t-shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes! Students should arrive by 6:00pm. Please contact Ms. Gragson with any questions/concerns:  jgragson@usd266.com

MAV IN Night

Our MAV IN night will be a fun fundraiser by our PTO! It will be on Friday March 6th, 2:35-6:00pm. 
Please see the form to the right for more information. Your students can pick up sign-up sheets in the office.


Flyers were sent out this week for our upcoming MAV IN, scheduled for March 6th from 2:35-6:00pm. Mark your calendar for this fun after school event, filled with, friends, games, inflatables, prizes, good music, and more! Dinner will be provided by IHOP!

$20 wristbands include dinner, refreshments, all activities, and a chance to win some really awesome prizes! Wristbands can be purchased at parent teacher conferences on February 12 & 13, during school lunches on February 21 & 28, or by completed registrations turned into the office. Deadline for registration will be February 28, no exceptions.

We will be at teacher conferences on February 12 and 13 for your apparel needs. You can also shop our online store at www.msmspto.com .
Like us on Facebook at Maize South Middle School PTO, or get in touch with us at maizesouthmspto@gmail.com . Let’s support our students and teachers!

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."   
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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

February 12th Parent teacher Conferences 4-8pm
February 13th No School Conferences 12-8pm
February 14th NO School
February 17th No School

2019-20 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.

2019-20 MSMS Office Staff
Shareen Hainke
Accounting Secretary

Sherri Wright
Attendance Secretary  
2019-20 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.

2019-20 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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