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MAIZE unified school district 266

May 2019
Principal's Message
It has been a wonderful school year! I would like to thank our students, staff, and parents for making my first year, one of the best.

May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week and I would like to be the first to thank all of our staff members for everything that they do. Our Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase selection is just one small way that exhibits the wonderful things that take place here at MSMS. It is a direct reflection of our wonderful staff who value students and who work tirelessly to help students succeed.

The month of May is bittersweet. We are sad to see our 8 th 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. Brandon Wolff who has taught Physical Education will be leaving us to take a position outside of education. Brandon has been instrumental in establishing so many positive things for our students with the Bull Rush certainly being one of those. Daniel Moran will replace Brandon for the 2019-20 school year. We wish Coach Wolff the very best!

Heather Sinko has served as our PTO President for the past five years and will be leaving us this year. MSMS has experienced so many positive things under her direction that have directly impacted our students and teachers. We are appreciative of her time and dedication to Maize South. Thank you, Heather!

Have a wonderful summer!
Cort Haynes

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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
Communicate Changes

If you are planning on leaving the school year early or transferring to a new school for next year, please let our office know so that we may have your students records ready.
Thank you!

All lost and found items not picked up by the end of the day on Friday, May 3rd will be taken to the Wichita Childrens Home and donated. Students have been reminded to stop by and take a look for any items they may have misplaced.

Nurse's Corner


In order to comply with Kansas immunization requirements for the 19-20 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 7 th  grade
•  Meningococcal ACWY:   one dose required at 7 th  grade entrance and 2 nd  dose at 11 th  grade
Please check with your provider to see if these have been received. If so, please send a copy to the school nurse. Thank you.

Remember: If you have provided your child with a prescription or over the counter medication at school this year, it needs to be picked up. Medications cannot be stored over the summer and will need to be picked up by an adult by May 21 . If medications are not picked up they will be sent home with your student. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the School Nurse, Joann Wheeler RN at 350-2508. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Have a safe summer.

Summer Sports Camps

It's time to sign up for summer sports camps! Our coaches offer Football (6th-8th), Boys' and Girls' Basketball (6th-8th), Jr. Tennis (2nd-5th), Boy's and Girls' Tennis (6th-8th), and Volleyball (6th-8th). For dates, times and sign-up sheets please click here .
5th Grade Open House
On May 7th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm we will have a 5th grade open house. We will begin with a short meeting with the principal and counselors. We will then let families tour the building. Hope to see everyone there!
MSMS MAVS Got Talent Show

Our fourth annual “Mavs Got Talent” show is coming up on Tuesday, May 21st! We will be showcasing our very own talented MSMS students, and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fun! Our show will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will take place at the Maize South High School auditorium. Please contact Andrea Burnett or Amy Whitson if you have questions. We hope to see everyone there!
Black on Gold Maverick
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!
Aloha Summer STUCO Dance
Last dance of the year, come have some fun! See details below:
MSMS Yearbook

Yearbooks are now available online at 
www.jostens.com  - select Maize South Middle School on the main page and complete the ordering process. Please email    smarkham@usd266.com  with questions! 

Click  here  for more info!

Only 100 books left to sell!!
World Languages Trip Spring 2020

I am thrilled to share that world languages classes are taking our next educational tour through Scotland and Ireland in 2020! These lands were once home to ancient Celtic and Gaelic tribes. We will step into the Middle Ages on Edinburgh's Royal Mile and under the towering spire of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. We also will visit Belfast and more historical and beautiful cities. We want to invite our students and families to participate in this incredible opportunity. If you have any question please e-mail me  aprendes@usd266.com

Alejandra Prendes
World Languages Teacher

Community Bull Rush 2019

It's time for our Community Bull Rush! If you are interested in participating in the Bull Rush please click on the link below and register online.

MAVS 6th Grade Field Day

                                                    Field Day 2019

The Sixth Grade Field Day will take place on Friday, May 17 th from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. This is the same day as our Fifth Annual MSMS Bull Rush which is a 25 Obstacle/5K Course. Seventh and Eighth Grade Students must qualify to run in the Bull Rush by completing fitness tests in their Required Physical Education classes. Based on those qualifying scores, students are placed into three heats:

Bronze Heat: 8:45 am – 9:45 am
Silver Heat: 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Gold Heat: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

The event is free on May 17th for the seventh and eighth grade students who qualify. It is open to the public as our fundraiser for the MSMS Physical Education Department on May 18 th . The race will be held at MSHS Football Stadium check-in at 10:00 am for anyone 11 years or older. The entry fee is $35.00 which includes a T-shirt. Registration/Check in will begin at 10:00 am. 
On Friday, May 17 th there will be an all call for sixth graders around 10:55 am to go to the cafeteria for lunch. (There will be sack lunches provided to the students who buy a school lunch). When the students are finished eating we hand out wristbands and proceed to the YMCA Field to start our Field Day Portion of the Bull Rush. Parents are welcome to come and watch and take many pictures! STUDENTS WILL GET WET!
Share your photos with us on Twitter : If you would like to share you photos with us via Twitter use #MSMSFD. 
The following are rules for MAVS Field Day:
1. Travel together to any station, in any order. If you complete every station you may start over and try your favorite station again!  No cell phones - School rules and dress code apply!
3. After completing each station, check with your station supervisor to receive your stamp.
Show respect to the High School Students. 
If they feel behavior is not appropriate, there will be NO warning. Students will be sent to the library detention area for the remainder of the field day
If you have questions please email: bwolff@usd266.com or bpfeifer@usd266.com
Thank you,
Coach Wolff MSMS
Coach Pfeifer/Hamilton MSHS

KSDE Special Education Services 

Special Education Parent Survey

Recently, Kansas parents of students with disabilities who have IEPs received a notification letter asking them to complete an online Parent Survey. The survey responses are used to help guide efforts to improve services and results for children and families receiving special education services.
If you are a parent who received the notification, and haven’t gone online to complete the survey, please do so prior to June 1 st . If you have questions, please contact KSDE at 800-203-9462   or   785-296-5608. Thank you for sharing in this important process.


We are busy as ever! 

PTO just coordinated the PTC meal and would like to thank each of you that contributed. They loved their Italian meal! The apparel table was a must stop at conferences and we had sales of $517.87!! 

All Star Night was last Friday and we sold 151 wristbands and had sales of $755! Thanks for coming out and supporting your PTO!

Next Tuesday, we will have an apparel table once again at the 5th grade open house from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

Next week is Teacher Appreciation week and the PTO is planning to do our annual teacher appreciation lunch. BS Sandwich Press food truck will be at the school to serve their lunch on May 9th. In addition, Whitehouse Bakery will be providing delicious cookie platters for dessert. If you get a minute, thank a teacher next week! 

Our last student give back will be on Friday, May 17th. During Encor, PTO will be serving all students an ice cream sandwich. This is to thank each student for helping make MSMS PTO a continued success each year! 

Join us at our last meeting of the school year next Monday, May 6th at 6:00 pm in the library!
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."   

PTO For Next Year

We are already thinking about the next school year! We were able to fulfill lots of teacher wish lists this past year with the money earned from fundraising events. We were also able to give back to students with special treats! PTO is hoping for another successful year next year.

Volunteers are always needed to make these events possible. If you are interested in working an event, manning the apparel table, coordinating a fundraiser, etc, then we need your help!

Our first fundraiser will be school supplies. Can’t beat having them delivered to your door and ready to go! More information to come.

Check out our website at msmspto.com or email us at maizesouthpto@gmail.com

Next meeting is May 7th at 6:30 pm in the library. 
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Here's how to enroll:
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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 Dates

May 17th

8th Grade Celebration May 22nd 7:30 am-10:00 am

Last Day of School May 22nd

2018-19 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.

2018-19 MSMS Office Staff
Shareen Hainke
Accounting Secretary

Sherri Wright
Attendance Secretary  
2018-19 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.

2018-19 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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