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

We are in the home stretch. As we sprint toward the finish line, I would like to highlight a few remaining events and bid farewell to some very important people.

On Friday, May 14th our Student Council will host a Hawaiian themed dance. The dance will run from 6:30-8:30 pm and tickets will be sold during school hours for $5. Dodgeball is always a hit so we will “throw” that in as well. Masks will be worn at this event except when students are participating in the dodgeball activities. Kona Ice will be on hand along with a picture booth. The kids are ready to socialize!

On Friday, May 21st we will have a full day of activities. In the morning, students will participate in ‘Go Do It’ activities led by teachers. For these activities, students will choose from a list and participate in two activities designated by the staff. Sessions will include painting, dodgeball, arts/crafts, board games, and more. In the afternoon, we are excited to announce the return of our beloved Bull Rush. This will involve any 7th and 8th grader who qualified during their PE class this year. Start times will be staggered in order to spread participants out. We plan to begin with the 7th grade runners around 12:45. Masks will be worn at this activity except for those participating in the event. All students must be off of the Focus list, maintain good behavior, and have good attendance in order to take part in these activities.

For the third year in a row, MSMS was selected as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School! This is a direct reflection of our wonderful staff who value students and who work tirelessly to help them succeed academically and relationally. It’s not what we do, it's how we do it! Relationships are key.

The month of May is bittersweet. We are sad to see our 8th graders move on but are so excited to watch them excel in high school. It is also a point in the year where we wish farewell to departing staff members. All of our 6th grade staff will move to the new Maize South Intermediate School for the 21-22 school year. They have been a key ingredient in our success and we wish them all the best. Kim Pohl (6th grade math), Nancy Diskin (6th Social Studies), AC Poynter (8th Social Studies), and Diane Jourdan (Registrar) will all celebrate retirement after many outstanding years here in Maize. These folks have given so much to our district. We will certainly miss them and wish them the very best!

Taylor Gould (7/8th Leadworthy) will be the new assistant principal at Maize South Intermediate School. Tyler Slattery (8th English/Language Arts) will be moving to MSIS as a counselor. Alejandra Prendes (7/8th World Languages) has accepted a position with Maize Virtual Prep School. We will miss these Mavericks and wish them well. Once a Mav, always a Mav!

New Mavericks for the 2021-22 school year are:
Mindy Joseph – 7th Grade English/Language Arts
Jenny Moore – 7th Grade Math
Trish Begley – 7/8th Grade Leadworthy
Kristina Sander – 7/8th World Languages
Cortney Woodruff - 7/8th Choir

Have a wonderful summer!
Cort Haynes
Principal



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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

End of the Year Reminders

Notices were mailed at the beginning of April to parents of students who may need a Tdap booster and/or one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine. In order to comply with the 2020-2021 Kansas immunization requirements please check with your provider and send documentation to Robyn Friederich, the school nurse at rfriederich@usd266.com

If your student has medication in the nurse’s office it will be sent home with them the last week of school. Please remember Medication/ Treatment Authorization forms must be completed each year if your student needs to keep medication at school. Prescription medications require the form be completed by your student’s health care provider. Parents may complete the form for over-the-counter medications. 
A copy of this form and further information regarding the USD 266 medication policy is available at: https://www.usd266.com/Page/4627

Please contact Robyn Friederich, the school nurse, at the email above or call 316-350-2508 if you have any questions. 

Have a wonderful summer! 
Order Your MAV Yearbook!

Don't forget to buy your yearbook here! We only have 60 books remaining before we sell out completely. There will be no opportunity to reorder books, so if your student wants a book, please purchase it as soon as possible! We will be handing out books in the last week of school for all that ordered! 
If you are unsure if you have purchased a book or not, please contact Shelbi Self at sself@usd266.com

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!
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
Girls Basketball Camp Info

Lady Mavs Basketball Camp 
MSMS Main Gym
June 7th– June 10th  
Coaches: 7th Grade: Ashley Wilmott  8th Grade: Rosie Wendell
Check in from: 8:45 am – 9:00 am  Camp: 9:00 am – 11:00am       
Cost: $50.00, which includes 4 days of camp, t-shirt, water/Gatorade

Checks payable to: Rosie Wendell

Girls entering 6th-8th grade for the 2021-22 school year are eligible. The summer skills development camp is designed to introduce young players to the game of basketball and to challenge older players to develop strong fundamental skills. Players will be grouped according to age and skill development. Daily instruction and station work for basketball will focus on ball handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defensive techniques. Campers will compete in organized games, competitions, and contests! 


Boys Basketball Camp


Boys Maverick Basketball Camp --- Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th  
                        ( Grade for the 2021/22 School Year )
MSMS Main Gym
July 12th– July 15th  
Coaches:  7th Grade: Chris Kallenbach and Taylor Dix  8th Grade: Randy Mark and Tyler Slattery
Camp Times:     5th and 6th Grade: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 
          7th Grade:  12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
              8th Grade:  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm      
Cost: $50.00, which includes 4 days of camp and a camp shirt

Checks payable to: Randy Mark

Boys entering 5th-8th grade for the 2021-22 school year are eligible. The summer skills development camp is designed to introduce young players to the game of basketball and to challenge older players to develop strong fundamental skills.  Daily instruction and station work for basketball will focus on ball handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defensive techniques. Campers will compete in organized games, competitions, and contests! 



Stem Camp
If you would like more information on our STEM Camp please click here.
Volleyball Camp

If you would like more info on this camp please click here.
Summer Strength and Speed Camp

If you would like more info on our Strength and Speed Camp please click here.
2021-2022 MSMS Cheerleaders!

Congratulations to the new members of the MSMS Cheer Team for the 2021-2022 season! 

Peyton B., Chloe R., Lucy N., Sadie M., Lillian M., Miekka V., Caroline T., Corynn P., Billie B., Heidi W., Athena C., Joscelyn L., Brittany E., and Makena C.

We are looking forward to an exciting year! If possible, please support the cheerleaders at the following fundraisers. Be sure to mention MSMS Cheer!

*NOW - May 7th: Red Wheel Fundraiser (frozen food & other items) - Contact a cheerleader or email a coach (emark@usd266.com or nmark@usd266.com) for online ordering!
*Monday, May 10th: Panda Express (10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) - Be sure to mention MSMS Cheer!
*Tuesday, May 18th: Chick N Max (5-8 p.m.) - Be sure to mention MSMS Cheer!
*Freezing Moo - Coming Soon!

MSMS PTO

Over the last month, we have provided several teacher grants. We are bringing in Pete’s Donut Shack for the staff on Tuesday for teacher appreciation, as well as handing out gift cards to the teachers, and having parents provide snacks and treats for the lounge all week. Thank you teachers and staff, for all you do and have done this year to make it such a success!

Our last meeting for the year will be Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 pm in the library. If you are interested in helping or being a part of the PTO next year, be sure to come!

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


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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