Wildcat Growl

November 27, 2022

Our Vision:

De Soto High School ensures all students learn at a high level and have a positive sense of belonging, developing each student to be ready for their future.

Principal's Message

Wildcat Family,

DHS would like to thank our community for providing Thanksgiving pies for our staff. Over 100 pies were delivered to the office by students and parents last week. We are incredibly appreciative of your support. Thank you!

Many of our winter sports begin their 2022-2023 competitive season this week. Good luck, Wildcats!

Beginning this Wednesday, November 30th, and taking place each Wednesday for the rest of the school year, De Soto High School will be on an adjusted schedule called - Collaborative Team Time (CTT).

The first class of the day will begin at 8:20 am. Students arriving between 7:30 am and 8:15 am will need to enter the building through the front main entrance or through the attendance office entrance. They will be directed to a study hall environment in the Commons or Union.

From 8:15 am to 8:20 am the exterior doors that are typically open for student drivers will be unlocked.

Teachers will be engaged in professional collaboration during this time. This schedule only impacts the high schools and does not impact students using bus transportation to school. Bus riders are expected to enter the building on arrival and cannot leave school unless called out by a parent or guardian.

Cocoa & Cram returns to DHS next week. Check out the information below.

Our student service team has been busy organizing and planning for course selection for the 2023-2024 school year. Information will be provided for students and parents before Winter Break – with current Junior students beginning the course selection process when we return from Winter Break in January.

Semester final exams are scheduled to begin Thursday, December 15th, and end Tuesday, December 20th. Winter Break begins on December 21st. If students have to leave town prior to or during finals week, they will need to work with the teacher to make up the final within two weeks of their return (not before).

Thanks, and have a great week!

Sam Ruff

Principal, DHS

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Attendance Information

We want to share some important information and reminders for parents. During the summer, we added a new Attendance Office to the north student entrance (door #21). This new student-only entrance/exit will be where students should be dropped off or picked up during the school day (7:50 am - 2:55 pm). Visitors will continue to use the Main Entrance on the south side of the building.

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Green & White Calendar

Click here for school calendar and bell schedule

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Technology Help Desk

Having issues with district provided technology? Click here to get in touch with K12.

School Meals

School meals for the 2022-2023 school year will revert back to standard pricing. Meals for all students will no longer be free because federal waivers were not extended. Only students/families who qualify financially will be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Families may complete an Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals online at skyward.usd232.org or by completing a paper copy. If a family has already received communication that their child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, a Consent for Disclosure/Waiver must be completed in order to receive a reduction in school fees or transportation.
Text Alerts

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Homework Request Information

When your student is absent from school, please encourage your student to reach out to teachers requesting assignments missed due to the absence. Certainly, parents can also reach out to teachers, but part of becoming a self-directed independent learner is communication, being organized, and advocating for yourself. If your student is experiencing a longer-term absence (a week or more), our counselors are available to assist in this process.

Wildcat Nation

Click here for the latest on anything activities or sports related.

Need to contact the Counselors?

DHS Counselors and Social Worker

Crissy Johns (A-G): CJohns@usd232.org

Abbey Heller (H-N): aheller@usd232.org

Kaitlin Britt (O-Z): KBritt@usd232.org

Joe Kordalski (Social Worker): Rkordalski@usd232.org

Garmin Informational Night for High School Seniors

Garmin will be hosting an in-person informational session for a high school work study program on Tuesday, December 6pm from 4-6pm at Garmin’s Olathe Support Center. This is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors to attend and to learn more about their options at Garmin, see the facility, and consider Garmin as an option even before they graduate! We are specifically looking for students who are interested in joining the workforce upon graduation.

View the invitation for the event: Garmin Product Support High School Event

Link to register for the Informational Session: https://bit.ly/3DYcyB3

High School Work Study Program Application: https://bit.ly/3WT4Y3b

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De Soto High School students are invited to A Night With K-State Engineering!

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering is hosting events for high school and community college students. Representatives will lead an interactive presentation for students and their guests to learn more about engineering. We would love for your students to join us at one of the following events:

· YouTube Live | Tuesday, Nov. 29

Learn more about engineering degrees, scholarships, career opportunities and industry partners.

Click here to register.

Follow us on Twitter

Click here to follow DHS on Twitter: @DeSotoWildcats

Kansas ScholarShop

In partnership with Sallie Mae, Kansas State Treasurer’s office has launched the Kansas ScholarShop initiative. ScholarShop aims to restore hope and excitement for students seeking educational and career advancement after high school. With access to 6 million scholarships worth up to $30 billion; students can search and find scholarships, grants and awards tailored specifically to their deepest passions. For more information visit: https://kansascash.ks.gov/scholarshop.html

Cat Booster Club

The Cat Booster Club works to support all of our students at DHS. They provide teacher grants for classroom needs, support Gradfest, assist school activities in fundraising, organize Teacher Appreciation Week, and fund scholarships to graduating seniors. They are able to do all of this by selling spirit wear and donating their time in the concession stands. We are so appreciative of them. The membership drive for this year is currently underway, with multiple levels to choose from. Check out their website - here.
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Driver's Education Classes

Click here to find out more information and sign up.

Securly App

Parents can have peace of mind in knowing your student’s search history and time on their device. See your student’s online activity in real-time and catch up with weekly email snapshots by signing up with the Securly app. Follow the link for more information and directions.


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