Wildcat Growl

June 4, 2021

Future Ready Wildcats

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


Principal's Message

Wildcats and Families,

This is the last edition of the GROWL newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year. We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun-filled summer break.

To our soon-to-be Wildcats (incoming 9th-grade students) and families, welcome to DHS! During the school year, we communicate with students and families through a variety of methods. We use:

Many of our students enrolled in Honor and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the fall have summer assignments. Information about the assignments can be found on our website, here.

Online registration/enrollment is now available through Skyward. We would appreciate the completion of online registration/enrollment before Wednesday, July 28th, when in-person student enrollment begins. Having this step completed reduces your wait time at Student Enrollment.

Student Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year takes place Wednesday, July 28th through Friday, July 30th. Below are the Enrollment days/times.

  • Wednesday, July 28th, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Thursday, July 29th, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Friday, July 30th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Important activities that will take place during enrollment include:

  • confirming online enrollment and the payment of fees,

  • arranging bus transportation,

  • set-up/pay student nutrition,

  • receive the 2020-2021 yearbook,

  • have a picture taken for the yearbook (& Senior Composite) and receive a Student ID,

  • receive a draft copy of your semester 1 schedule, and

  • attain a parking permit

Thursday, August 12th is Wildcat Kick-off which is the first (half-day) for 9th-grade students. We will also host an Open House for our 9th-grade students and parents from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM that evening. This will provide a final opportunity for students and parents to walk the building before the first full day of school. More information to come.

We will host our annual Parent Information Night on Thursday, August 19th. We will begin in the Main Gymnasium at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you during this event.

The De Soto High School Main Office summer hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM through June 10. The offices will reopen on July 26th. Once the office reopens July 26th, it will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please park and enter the building through the south main entrance.

Again, we hope everyone enjoys the summer break, and we look forward to August and the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff


2021 Summer Meals Program

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Summer Opportunities and Camps at DHS

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Wildcat Nation News

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Technology Help Desk

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Notes from the Nurse


The State of Kansas requires incoming 11th graders to have one Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

  1. Your shot record might say MCV, MCV4, MCV40, MCV4P, Menveo or Menactra or just meningococcal. All of these meet the requirement.

If your student has already had these vaccinations, please email Anne Lightcap, BSN, RN the shot record (mfarverlightcap@usd232.org). If you have already submitted a shot record containing this vaccine, you do not need to send it again. How can you check? From your desktop (it will NOT work on your phone), go to Skyward, then choose:

Health Info (tab on the left side) Display Options Show Vaccinations


Sports physicals completed on or after May 1, 2021 are valid for the 2021-2022 school year. If your student is going to participate in a sport next year, you must have a current physical on file. The physical form is attached to this email and may also be found at:


If you already have a completed sports physical, your student may bring it to the main office or email it to me at mfarverlightcap@usd232.org

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Anne Lightcap BSN, RN

De Soto High School Nurse


Virtual College and Career Planning Night

Click here to find out more on our Student Services website.


On Saturday, June 5, Donnelly College and Open Future are partnering to offer a FREE ACT Prep test to any student who feels they would benefit from the practice. The testing will start promptly at 9 a.m. The best part about this practice test is that there will be an official test the very next weekend and another in July. The timing is great!

Here is the link to register:


UMKC Pharmacy Summer Camp 2021

What: A one-day, activity packed experience to give students a glimpse of not only what it's like to be a pharmacist, but also an opportunity to see firsthand what it's like to study at one of our three UMKC Pharmacy campuses providing hands-on exercises and the ability to learn about the variety of pharmacy career practice areas!

Who: Any student who has completed 9th grade or above, current college students, or individuals looking for career change are encouraged to attend!

When + Where:
Friday, June 4, Columbia, MO (Mizzou Campus)
Friday, June 18, Springfield, MO (Missouri State Brick City Campus)
Friday, June 25, Kansas City, MO (UMKC Health Sciences Campus)

Cost: $35 per student

Questions or Need More Details:
Please contact us or head to the camp web site.

Registration: Click on the link above to register.
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