Wildcat Growl

April 10, 2020

Future Ready Wildcats

De Soto High School staff and students endeavor to model the following core values:


Principal's Message

Dear Wildcat Students and Parents,

Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time (via a Zoom meeting) with members of the senior class. These senior leaders (senior members of STUCO and senior class officers) worked with us to create a survey for the senior class. That survey, along with important information about the distribution of already purchased graduation materials (announcements, cap, and gowns, etc...) was sent to our seniors' school email address. Seniors, please check your school email.

Each quarter teachers recognize students that demonstrate the DHS core value of perseverance. We call this recognition a CLASS Award. Typically, we schedule this recognition in our theater, with students and parents present. We did not want the current situation to prevent us from celebrating our students' third-quarter efforts, so we created a video recognition. The following students earned a CLASS Award for the third-quarter: Cody Adams, Sarah Napier, Gio Carrillo, Brent Hernandez, Stephanie B. Lininger, Joshua Bunselmeyer, Hugo Nascimento, Avery Bowlin, Austin Mills, Julyan Foss, Amayrani Rocha-Rivera, Lucy (Maria) Ruiz, Jerry Zou, Devin Combs, Grace Nichols, Daisy DeLeon, Lane Hileman, Natalie Nusz, Yazmin DeLeon-Bocardo, Jesus Alvarez Carrillo, Jada Wolf, Avery Bowlin, Alex Roggenkamp, Ella Fixsen, Carson Sturdy, Aaron Mackay, Keyara Smith, Jerry Zou, Emily Breit, Leigha Torney, Grant Brownell, Mimi Martinez, Misael Calderon, Abby Lawrenz, Wyatt Burnett, Deira Rionda, Aspen Grieshaber, Laila Gage, Salvador Montoya Acosta, Will Fischer, Jade Lascon, Liz Ortgies, Haylee Hurt, Luke Nelson, and Litzy Esparza.

Each year the Kansas Choir Directors Association selects students to be members of the KCDA State Honor Choir. DHS had 8 students selected for this honor. The students include; Brayden Wadehra, Grant Kennedy, Bryson Kendall, Olivia Meehan, Lindsay Kellogg, Makenna Kerr

Mallory Charcut, and Elizabeth Ashley. Congratulations!

Each month DHS recognizes senior students and the positive influence they have on our school. The March students of the month are MacKenzie Mohl and Luke Millman. Congrats, and thank you!

DHS also recognizes two teachers each month. The Teachers of the Month for March are Caroline Friday and Joel Thaemert. Congrats, and thank you!

Below the 'Principal's Message' is an image of the "We Love The Class of 2020" yard signs that the DHS Booster Club and several staff members have worked with us to provide to each of our seniors. We will also provide an opportunity for the entire De Soto community to purchase (at cost, this is not a fundraiser) a yard sign to show our support for the Class of 2020. Information is coming soon. Let's show the Class of 2020 that the entire De Soto community stands behind and appreciates them!

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff

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Information from the DHS Media Center!


Yes, believe it or not you can still read and use the library while at home!

The library catalog, resources and eBooks/eAudiobooks are just a few keystrokes away.

Enroll in library page by clicking on DHS MC Canvas or on the link DHS LMC Destiny Catalog

Check out our Instagram/Twitter pages @dhsmediacenter2 for post on current book reviews, the question of the week, national daily holidays and what my crazy dogs and I are up to while at home.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact me at jsosna@usd232.org during office hours M-F from 8:00 to 12:00.

Congratulations Amanda Sweet!

Amanda is the USD232 Secondary Teacher of the Year! Dr. Harwood just visited to surprise Amanda and recognize her in the middle of AP Lit. Congrats Amanda!

Message from Student Services

UMKC Pharmacy Camp Summer 2020:

UMKC Pharmacy is hosting a one-day event that will give future pharmacy students an opportunity to see what it's like to study pharmacy and a glimpse of a day in the life of a pharmacist through a variety of career practice areas! Students will perform hands-on experiments in the lab & through classroom activities, learn from pharmacy practitioners in a variety of practice settings, meet with current pharmacy students, faculty and deans, and tour the UMKC School of Pharmacy facilities.

The event is taking place at UMKC in Kansas City on Friday, June 26th and is for any high school student who has completed 9th grade or above. Space is limited. For more information and to register for the event go to UMKC Pharmacy Camp.

April 4th ACT Test Date Change:

Due to the current circumstances, the ACT is canceling the ACT that was scheduled for April 4th. All students who were registered can change to the June 13th or July 11th test, without additional fees. Please log in to your ACT account to select your new test date. DHS will not be a test site on either of these dates, but there will be multiple high schools near us that will be offering it on these dates.

Changes in DHS Senior Scholarships:

Some of the scholarships that were being offered to seniors this year have moved their deadlines back and the protocol for turning the scholarship in. Please check out the Student Services Scholarship page for more information: DHS Senior Only Scholarships.

If you have additional questions, please email Mrs. Johns at cjohns@usd232.org

AP Exam 2020 Update:

College Board announced last week that they are still giving students opportunities to earn credit for their AP Classes. If students registered by the deadline of March 20th, students will be taking their exams online on the dates that are designated. For more information please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. As more information is released, Mrs. Johns will be communicating with all students who registered for the exam.

Upcoming Virtual College Fair:

In April there were a few college fairs that were to be held in the KC metro area. Under the circumstances, college admissions programs are now offering a FREE opportunity for students to still attend, but virtually! This college fair will be held April 20-22nd. For more information, go to https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/. As the date approaches there will be more information posted on the website link.

JCCC Scholarship Application: Deadline April 15, 2020

Seniors: if you are going to JCCC next year, don’t forget to fill out the JCCC scholarship application. The Scholarship Deadline is April 15. There are millions of dollars available for a variety of degree and program areas. With just one application, students could be eligible for hundreds of JCCC scholarships.

In addition, Johnson County high school graduates are eligible for:

  • CavGuarantee Scholarship (3.25+ GPA)
    • Guarantees $500 for their first year at JCCC
  • President’s Scholarship (3.50+ GPA)
    • Covers 12 credit hours and $300 for textbooks each semester and is renewable
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