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August 2021
Principal's Message
From the Principal

Hello Maize South and welcome to a new school year. I first want to say a huge thank you to the Maverick community including teachers, support staff, parents, and students for making me feel so welcome already! It’s difficult to put into words how excited I am to join the Maize school district and, in particular, the Maize South family. I have enjoyed meeting several of you and look forward to the opportunity to get to know all of you throughout the year.

As I look forward to getting to know each of you, I want to share a little bit about myself as well. I am a 2001 Wichita Heights graduate. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Newman University. I am joining Maize USD 266 following 14 years in Wichita USD 259. I am a former History and ESOL teacher and coach of softball, basketball, and track. Over my 14 years, I spent 6 at Pleasant Valley Middle School as a teacher, 2 at Brooks Middle School as Assistant Principal, 5 at Northeast Magnet High School as Assistant Principal, and 1 at Heights High School as Assistant Principal. I have been the AVID Coordinator of a National Demonstration School while at Pleasant Valley Middle School.  

As I committed to the staff at Maize South High School this past week, I am making the same commitment to you, the families of MSHS. In this new role, I will listen and learn first. I am not afraid to ask questions and seek input from those around me. I’m committed to learning about you - students and families - in order to know what makes us special. I invite you to communicate with me early and often to make the Maverick experience the best it can be for each one of our students. I believe in high expectations and integrity, both academically and behaviorally, in an inclusive, safe, and fun environment. 

I want to express my gratitude to our teachers and support staff as we prepare for the return of students. While different from a year ago, this year provides another set of challenges, and they have put in a lot of time and effort in preparation. I believe we are all eager and hopeful for a return to a school year more in line with what we have known in the past. That said, we are not through this pandemic yet, and we will have safety measures in place. I would ask and encourage all of us to continue doing our part to keep ourselves safe and healthy. 

Construction is well underway for the additional classrooms to be built on to MSHS as part of the bond issue. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022. We will have new fine arts and general education classrooms. 

Our fall activities and athletics will officially begin this week. Students, coaches, and sponsors have been hard at work preparing all summer with camps and conditioning. I hope you can come out and see our students in action this fall. Our schedules are posted on www.avctl.org.  

Lastly, I just want to say again how excited I am to be a Maize South Maverick and I look forward to a great school year. 

Go Mavs!
Becky Sailor
Principal 
Important Information
From the Attendance Office
If you need your student released during the school day, please contact the attendance office at 316-462-8000 as soon as possible so we can get a pass to them. The more advance notice we have, the easier it will be to ensure your child is able to leave on time.
Counselor's Message
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Upcoming Events

  • Aug. 25: Newman Advanced Standing Meeting
  • Sept. 3: 7:00a-8:00a: Coffee With The Counselors, MSHS Lecture Hall, Planning for Senior Year & Beyond. Please RSVP to attend.
  • Sept. 3- 10: PSAT registration/payment week- pay in the MSHS counseling office.
  • Sept. 6: No School (Labor Day)
  • Sept. 11: 7:30a-12:00p: ACT Test at MSHS
  • Sept. 13: College Monday - all students and staff wear your college gear!
  • Sept. 13: 6:00p-7:30p: College & Career Fair, Maize Career Academy 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Sept. 17: Deadline to sign-up online for the October 23 ACT 
  • Sept. 21-28: ASVAB Sign up Week, see Counseling Office to sign up.
  • Sept. 22: 6:30p: FAFSA/Scholarship presentation, Maize Career Academy 
  • Sept. 23: 6:30p: FAFSA/Scholarship presentation, Maize Career Academy
  • Sept. 23: 8:00a - 8:00p, Parent/Teacher Conferences (College & Career Advocates will be available to students and parents) 
  • Sept. 23-24, No School (P/T Conferences)
  • Sept. 27: 6:30p-9:30p: ACT test prep class 1 of 2 with Carolyn Devane in the MSHS Lecture Hall
  • Sept. 28: 6:30p-9:30p: ACT test prep class 2 of 2 with Carolyn Devane in the MSHS Lecture Hall

Important Information
  • ACT information sheets with our school CEEB code and practice booklets are available in the counseling office. ACT registration and payment is all done through www.actstudent.org. When registering for a testing center, please remember that Maize South High School is in Wichita; students can, however, take the test at any available site.
  • To help improve your ACT score, consider the ACT PowerPrep class on September 27 and 28 at Maize South High School. The deadline to register is September 20th and the cost is $75. Registration is online HERE. Deadline to register is 9/20.
  • Need a transcript sent to a college? The Maize school district uses the digital service www.parchment.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our registrar at 462.8008 or refer to our website, the Counselor’s Corner, where you can find PDF instructions.
College & Career Center
Greetings!

The College and Career office will once again kick off our year by hosting the annual College Career Fair on Monday, September 13th at the Maize Career Academy. Last year, over 30 colleges and each branch of the military were in attendance. This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to come out and speak with representatives regarding the admission and financial aid process.

The goal of the College & Career Office is to provide a variety of resources for students post secondary planning. Students are invited to use the college & career office as a resource to help navigate the college planning and application process as well as explore various career opportunities. Activities will be scheduled each month that will address the needs of our students and help them make better informed choices about college and careers. 

Office hours are all day Tuesday-Thursday. Joint parent/student appointments may be scheduled 7:00a - 7:00p for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, please email Lyn Brown at lbrown@usd266.com or call my direct line at 316-462-8007.

  • This year, once again, we will host TWO College Fairs. One in the fall and one in the spring. The fall College Fair dates are September 13th and January 24th at the Maize Career Academy.  
  • We will also host a FAFSA/Scholarship Information Session both evenings during the fall Parent Teacher conferences.   
  • We look forward to offering juniors and seniors the opportunity to Visit College Campuses this school year.  
  • Apply Kansas will take place on October 11th, in the commons area. This is an event where students actually apply to the school of their choice. During this event, college representatives will be available to answer questions and give our students tips on the application process.  

Be watching your email for additional information from the College & Career Office.  
Picture Day
Picture Day
Picture day is this Friday, August 20th. Picture packets will be sent home with your student this week. If you choose to order pics, please return the packet on Friday. You may also order pics online.

Yearbook
New Staff 2021-2022
Jennifer Cashman
Hello, my name is Jennifer Cashman. I am the new Director of School Counseling for MSHS. This will be my 17th year in education and my 12th year as a school counselor. I received my undergrad in education from Fort Hays State University and my Masters in school counseling from the University of Western Alabama. I have been at Maize High for the past four years and I am so excited to be joining the Maverick family. I will be working with students with last names A and B.
Paige Luna
My name is Paige Luna and I am one of the new school counselors at Maize South High School. This will be my fourth year in school counseling, graduating with my bachelors and masters at Emporia State. Go Hornets! I will be working with students with last names J through Q. I have a dachshund named Bonnie and love to travel and play pickleball. I look forward to becoming a part of the Maize family. 
Taluia Pentecost
My name is Taluia Pentecost and I am very excited to be joining the Maverick family! This will be my third year working as a school counselor and my 24th year in education. I completed my Bachelors degree from Friends University and my masters from Wichita State. I will be working with students with the last names R through Z. I am looking forward to working with you and can't wait to get started.
Brooke Sorenson
My name is Brooke Sorenson and I am so excited to be one of the new counselors at Maize South! I am responsible for students with last names C-I. I received both of my undergraduate degrees at Wichita State University (Social Work-2012 and Math Education-2015) and my graduate degree at Fort Hays State University (School Counseling- 2020). I was a social worker for a nonprofit organization before I became a math and AVID teacher at Wichita North High School for the last six years. During my last year at North I was one of the program coordinators for AVID. My husband and I have been married for six years. Our son, Finnley, is four and we are expecting twins in September (a boy and a girl!) We also have a 6 year old French Bulldog named Bella. 
Denise Summerhouse
I graduated from Maize High School in 1994 and am still on the athletic wall at Maize High School for lettering and going to state for tennis 4 years in a row. Then I went on to play MIAA tennis at Emporia State University and obtain my chemistry degree. I obtained my masters in education from Wichita State University in 2004 while teaching at the St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy for students that wanted to go into the medical field. In my 18 years of teaching, I have taught for the Wichita Public Schools and obtained over 90 hours of education beyond my masters degree. In my free time, I have raised two beautiful children, trained dogs, and learned to knit. I am a lifetime learner and love working with students. I am super excited to be part of the team at Maize South High School and am looking forward to this school year.
Chaniece Johnson
Hi there! My name is Chaniece Johnson, aka CJ, and I am the new Gifted Facilitator for Maize South High School and Maize South Middle School. I graduated from Maize South High (Go Mavs!) in 2012, and received my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education English from Wichita State in 2017. Before I was a certified teacher, I worked as a Gifted Paraeducator for the Sedgwick County Co-Op in the Maize District covering Maize High, Maize South High, and Maize Middle School during 2015-2016. Now I’m currently working on my endorsement/M.A. in Gifted Education at Emporia State University- how exciting!

Some of my interests include, but are definitely not limited to: chasing my five year old son around the house; sketching/painting; dance and vocal performances; watching anime; playing cards and board games with my family; learning foreign languages and about different cultures; reading and writing young adult fiction novels (I prefer series simply because I cannot stand cliffhangers), and various other things. Don’t be a stranger and feel free to stop by B-101 to chat! I look forward to working with all of you and getting to know you and our students better this school year. 
Angie Stockam
I will be returning this year after a 4 year hiatus that was spent at MSMS teaching 8th grade science. I have been in the district since 1993, first as a WSU para for the science department at Maize High, where I also did my student teaching. In 1996, I had my first teaching job at Maize High School. In 2009, I left Maize High to open Maize South High and served as the Science Department chair and taught Chem I Honors, Chem 2 Honors, and AP Chemistry. This year, I will be teaching Chem I and Chem 2 Honors. I am looking forward to being back at the high school, as this year’s seniors were my first 8th graders and the freshmen were my last 8th graders! So, I have taught at least half of all the kids in our building grades 9-12. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy watching my daughter, Sophie (9th grade) play volleyball and softball. When I get the rare chance to be home, I enjoy cooking and gardening. I am looking forward to returning to MSHS and teaching the subject that I love!
Kayla Horning
I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Wichita State University. I currently live in Wichita, Kansas, with my husband, Andrew, and our cats. I am working on my MSE with Fort Hays. 

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, going for runs by the river, playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends, listening to the Critical Role podcast, participating in book club, and watching lots of Netflix. 

I am very excited to get back to my alma mater and work alongside the teachers that taught me to love English in the first place. 
Wade Reichmann
I'm the new Vocational Special Needs (VSN) Coordinator and will be teaching Community Based Instruction. This new adventure is a second career for me. I retired in 2016, after nearly 30 years of working in community corrections, of which the last 25 was as a Federal Probation Officer. After retiring, I worked as a substitute teacher in the Maize Middle and High Schools. After subbing as a special education para, I decided to switch to being a para and have done that the past two years. I really enjoyed that experience and decided I wanted to become a special education teacher. I started working on my second master's degree this summer in special education and was honored to be hired as the teacher of record in the VSN position. My wife's name is Karla. She grew up in Newton and I grew up in Haysville. We met in 1978, at WSU and will be celebrating our 40th anniversary in September. We have lived in Maize since 1994, and our three adult children; Kaleb, Aubrey, and Ashton, all graduated from MHS. We have two wonderful grandkids, Leightyn, who is 7, and Elliott, who is 10 months old. Spending time with our grandkids is my greatest joy but in addition to that, Karla and I enjoy traveling and exploring new places to eat and drink. I love watching sports, especially football, and working out at the Y. For the past 3 and a half years, we have been especially busy fostering 3 siblings, whom we love like grandchildren. In June they moved to their pre-adoptive home and we are enjoying being empty nesters again. I'm excited to be on board with such a great group of people and look forward to working together. 
Josh Meigs
My wife and I recently moved to Wichita from the Kansas City area. We have been married for just over two years and have a dog named Captain. In our free time, we enjoy watching movies together, making puzzles, and attending as many live music events as we can afford. I am an avid KC sports fan (Chiefs, Royals, Sporting, etc.). I grew up in Shawnee, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 2011. I attended the University of Arkansas and Emporia State University for my undergrad. I graduated from the latter in 2016 with my BSE in Mathematics. I also attended grad school at ESU and will be receiving a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics in the near future. I spent the last five years teaching math at Shawnee Mission North High School as well as coaching wrestling and robotics. This year, I will be teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 at MSHS and will be an assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at MSMS.
Brooklynn Sipp
My name is Brooklyn Sipp and this year I will be one of the FAA Special Education teachers at Maize South High School! Previously, I taught at Maize South Middle School as an FAA teacher. I'm super excited to be continuing with the Maize family at the high school level. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. 
School Year Reminders

  • Because students are not allowed to bring balloons or glass items on the bus, the Maize school district will not be accepting any flower, candy, cookie, or balloon bouquet deliveries to students.  
  • If your student is going to be tardy to school, please call the office. They are allowed three parent excused 1st block tardies per year, after that they are subject to detention.  
  • When a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parents to call the attendance office within 24 hours to verify the reason for the absence. Please be sure to provide a doctor's note to the front office when your child has seen the doctor, dentist, etc., these visits won't count against your child's attendance. Medical notes can also be faxed to 462-8001.
  • If you need to pick up your child from school during school hours, please call the office with the time your child needs to be released. They will receive a pass ahead of time and can check themselves out at the requested time. The exception to this, is lunch time. If you wish to check your student out for lunch, a parent must come in and sign the student out. Parents are not required to sign students back in.
  • We have a "closed lunch" policy this year. Students will be expected to eat at school and no outside food may be delivered.
  • If your child is absent and will require homework, please email the teacher.

Thank you for your help with this. We appreciate it!
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THE USD266
2021-2022 DISTRICT CALENDAR
Important Dates
Aug. 17: First Day of School, Freshmen only

Aug. 18: First Day of School, All grades 9-12

Aug. 20: Picture Day
2021-2022 MSHS
ADMINISTRATION

Becky Sailor
Principal

Assistant Principal A-G

Curtis Klein
Assistant Principal H-O

Assistant Principal P-Z


ADMIN OFFICE
 
Attendance Secretary 

Kristen Scott
Sub Secretary

Cassie Tholen
Accounting/Athletics Secretary

Wende Doyle
Discipline Secretary
2021-2022 MSHS
COUNSELING

Jennifer Cashman
Counselor A-B

Brooke Sorenson
Counselor C-I

Paige Luna
Counselor J-Q

Taluia Pentecost
Counselor R-Z

College and Career Advocate

Registrar

Michelle Cook
Counseling Secretary
 
If you would like to speak with someone in the main office during the school day, you may call (316)462-8000.  
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