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September 2021
Principal's Message
From the Principal

Greetings Maverick families, and Happy September! It’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up our fourth week of school already. It’s been a great start to the school year, and it is fantastic to be able to have all students back in the building. These first several weeks have certainly had some challenges. We appreciate your patience as transportation has worked through some hiccups to ensure bus arrivals and departures are timely. We also appreciate your patience and grace as we continue to prioritize student safety through our district Covid protocols. I am hopeful that as we continue through the year, things will get better! 

The Back to School Carnival was a success. I would like to recognize and thank the Maverick Stampede, our football boosters, for organizing and sponsoring the event. 

Our current enrollment will be turned in to the Department of Education and KSHSAA in the next two weeks. As of today, our student enrollment is 1,098. That is just under the 1,116 students that were attending at reporting time last year. 

Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 23rd from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Teachers will be in their classrooms for in person conferences. Students, parents, and guardians are invited to meet with teachers to discuss student progress. If you prefer to have a virtual conference, we will offer Zoom conferences as well. Please contact your student’s teacher by email if you would like to schedule a virtual or phone conference. Due to conferences, students will not have school on Thursday, September 23rd or Friday, September 24th.     

Homecoming week is coming up and we are excited for a return to some of our traditions that we have had in the past. September 27th - October 1st is Homecoming week and we will have several opportunities for students, families, and staff to show their Maverick pride. The Homecoming theme is Surf’s Up. Some of the events we are planning are themed dress up days, PowderPuff football, the Maverick Parade, multiple athletic events, and the Homecoming Dance to finish off the week following the football game Friday night. 

The week after Homecoming, leading up to the Maize South vs. Maize football game on October 8th, Chick-fil-A is hosting a spirit week. The two schools will compete for the most food sales and the winning school will be awarded a monetary gift at the football game. I would invite you to visit the Chick-fil-A at 21st and Maize as often as possible from October 4th - 8th and let them know that you are supporting your Mavericks. Maize South can be identified in the special instructions section for online and app orders, and breakfast orders count for double sales! 

I continue to look forward to a great year. Thank you to those who have reached out in the past month. I would invite you to continue reaching out to me with information, questions, concerns, feedback, or just to introduce yourselves. 

Mavs Up!
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
  • Sept. 10: PSAT registration/payment deadline- pay in the MSHS counseling office.
  • 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 6:00p-7:30p
  • Sept. 14: Baker University College Visit, MSHS Commons, 10:45a-1:00p
  • Sept. 14: Butler CCC Visit (For Jrs & Srs Only)
  • Sept. 17: 7:00a-8:00a: Coffee With The Counselors, MSHS Lecture Hall, Planning for Senior Year & Beyond. Please RSVP to attend.
  • 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. 21: Navy Recruiter Visit, MSHS Commons, 10:45a-1:00p
  • Sept 22: Emporia State College Visit, MSHS Commons, 10:30a-1:00p
  • 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
  • Sept. 29: College visit to University of Kansas (For Junior & Seniors only)
  • Sept. 30: OSU College Visit, MSHS Commons, 10:45a-1:15p
  • Oct. 4: 6-7:30p, FAFSA Completion Event, Maize Career Academy (Seniors & Parents)
  • Oct. 5: Army National Guard Recruiter Visit, MSHS Commons, 11a-1:15p
  • Oct. 7: Apply KS Event 8a-11a, (Seniors to complete college application), MSHS Commons
  • Oct. 8: 7:00a-8:00a: Coffee With The Counselors, MSHS Lecture Hall
  • Oct. 12: Future’s Fair, (Jr & Sr Students)
  • Oct. 12: ASVAB Test, MSHS Lecture Hall, 9am, (Grades 10-12)
  • Oct. 13: PSAT Test, MSHS Lecture Hall
  • Oct. 18: 6p-7p, Drivers Ed, Term 2 enrollment meeting, Maize High School Commons
  • Oct. 22: McPherson College Visit, MSHS Commons, 11a-1:15p
  • Oct. 22: College visit to WSU for black and yellow days, (Jr & Srs)
  • Oct. 23: ACT Test at MSHS 7:30a-12p
  • Oct. 25: Balfour, Hand out Announcement Packets, MSHS Auditorium, 11am
  • Oct. 29: College visit to Hutch CC, recruitment day, (Jr & Srs)

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!

Our 2021-2022 College and Career Center calendar is complete for the year. We hope you are able to attend many of the events we have scheduled for this school year and encourage your students to take advantage of college campus visits we have scheduled.  

Our first event is the annual College Career Fair which will take place 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 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.



2021-2022 College & Career Office
Fall Semester- Events

September
13th- Fall College & Career Fair Maize Career Academy 6 - 7:30 p

14th- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to Butler Community College (Andover & El Dorado Campuses)

22nd- FAFSA /Scholarships Information Session (9-12 students & parents) Maize Career Academy 6:30 p

23rd- College & Career Advocates will attend High School P/T Conferences 

23rd- FAFSA / Scholarships Information Session (9-12 students & parents)
Maize Career Academy 6:30 p

29th- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to University of Kansas

October
4th- FAFSA Completion Event (seniors & parents) Maize Career Academy 6 - 7:30 p

7th- Apply KS Event (seniors to complete college app.) Commons - 8:00a - 11:00 a

12th- Future’s Fair - Jr. & Sr. students

12th- ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test for Students grades 10-12, MSHS Lecture Hall 8:00 a.m.

22nd- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to Wichita State University, Black and Yellow Days

29th- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to Hutchinson Community College, Recruitment Day

November
1st- Information Session - The Cost of Attendance (9-12 students & parents)
Maize Career Academy 6 - 7:30 p

8th- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to K-State Powercat Preview 

15th- College Visit - Jr. & Sr. students to Emporia State University

16th- College Visit - WSU Tech Senior Day 

  • College visits are scheduled jointly with MHS and MSHS. Registration will begin 2 weeks prior to the event; students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  
  • COVID protocol for USD 266 and postsecondary institutions at the time of the event will be followed. 
  • College visits will require students to pay a fee for expenses. Additional information will be provided at the time of registration.
  • Students whose name appears on the D/F report the week of the college visit will be asked to remain at school to focus on academics.

Diane Close, Maize High School (dclose@usd266.com)/ Lyn Brown, Maize South High School (lbrown@usd266.com)


2021-2022 College & Career Office
Spring Semester- Events

January
10th- Information Session - The Importance of Community Service & Internship Experiences

24th- Spring College & Career Fair Maize Career Academy 6 - 7:30 p

26th- College Visit - Students grades 10-12 to visit WSU Tech

February
An appointment with your College & Career Advocate is a great way to get your annulment questions answered.
TBD- College Visit - Students grades 10-12 to visit Friends University

16th- College Visit - Students grades 10-12 to visit Newman University

March 
14th- Spring break is a great time to review college options as a family

26th- College Visit - Students grades 10-12 to Fort Hays State University, Tiger Mania

April
TBD- College Visit - Students grades 10-12 to Pittsburg State University, Rumble in the Jungle

21st- College Visit -Juniors Days, Butler Community College (Grizzly Day)

  • College visits are scheduled jointly with MHS and MSHS. Registration will begin 2 weeks prior to the event; students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  
  • COVID protocol for USD 266 and postsecondary institutions at the time of the event will be followed. 
  • College visits will require students to pay a fee for expenses. Additional information will be provided at the time of registration
  • Students whose name appears on the D/F report the week of the college visit will be asked to remain at school to focus on academics.

Diane Close, Maize High School (dclose@usd266.com)/ Lyn Brown, Maize South High School (lbrown@usd266.com)
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Driver Education
USD 266 Maize offers Online Driver Education each term during the school year. The online driver education program strives to prepare students to become knowledgeable and respectful of the law; to learn basic driving skills; and to develop a responsible attitude toward driving. The instructors will provide critical experience to students; involve parents in the process, and foster cooperative interaction with others in the driving environment. Students should be studying the Kansas Driver Handbook and be ready to take a handbook test at the start of the course. More detailed information on Online Driver Education can be found on the high school website, (click on Counselor, click on Driver Education).

Online Driver Education 2021-2022:   Students & Parents/Guardian must both attend the enrollment night in order to be in Online Dr. Ed. Each term class is limited to 50 students. Enrollment packets may be picked up in the counseling office or downloaded off the district website. 

-         Term 2 October 18th      Student/Parent Enrollment Night 6:00pm MHS Commons

-         Term 3 January 10th      Student/Parent Enrollment Night 6:00pm MHS Commons

-         Term 4 March 21st          Student/Parent Enrollment Night 6:00pm MHS Commons

**Student and one Parent/Guardian will be required to attend the enrollment meeting. To help cut down on contact and foot traffic in the building do not bring siblings or friends to the meeting. It is recommended you wear a mask and social distance during the meeting. Please bring your enrollment packet, a writing pen, corrective eye wear (if needed) and any type of Kansas Permit/License you already have to the Enrollment Meeting**
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
Sept. 23: NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sept. 24: NO SCHOOL
2021-2022 MSHS
ADMINISTRATION

Becky Sailor
Principal

Assistant Principal A-G

Curtis Klein
Assistant Principal H-O

Assistant Principal P-Z

Jodi Grover
Athletic Director

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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