MTMS Wolf Wire

Week of Feb. 18

Message from Melissa

As usual, our MT community took great care of us! During conferences last week, the PTA organized meals during our late evenings at school. The pizza, soups and desserts were excellent and such appreciated!

Important Dates


7th Grade BBB

2/20, 2/21, 2/23 -KVL @ Tonganoxie

8th Grade BBB

2/20, 2/21, 2/23 - KVL @ Basehor-Linwood


FCA - Feb. 22

Science Olympiad - Meet at JCCC on Feb. 23

MTMS Play - March 1 and 2

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Celebrate Youth Art Month. The Kansas Art Education Association sponsors a statewide student art exhibit at the Alice Sabatini Art Gallery inside the Topeka Public Library. Help us congratulate Madison K. as the representative for Monticello Trails, with her oil pastel drawing entitled, Labrador Retriever . It will be on view in the gallery until the Youth Art Month Celebration and Reception on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00-2:30.

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Track and Field

Track and Field is just around the corner and practices will begin on Tuesday, March 19th.

If your student is interested in participating in Track and Field please be sure the following items/steps have been completed before the first practice. Students who have not completed the following steps will not be able to participate until ALL of the steps are completed.

KSHSAA Physical and Consent form on file, online Athletic Registration for BOTH student and parent has been completed, and activity and catastrophic fees have been paid.

Horizon Award

It is the time of year to honor and recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. These teachers will finish their first year of teaching in May, 2019.

This fall the state will allow the De Soto School District to nominate one Elementary and one Secondary teacher for the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award honors and recognizes exemplary teachers who will complete their first year this May. These spectacular teachers perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. All of our 2018--2019 teachers who were new last August to the profession are eligible for this honor! Below you will find the guidelines for nominating a teacher:

Novice teachers who will have successfully completed their first year of teaching are eligible to be recognized. A teacher (Pre-K through grade 12) who successfully completes his/her first year of teaching by May 24, 2019 is eligible. The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.

The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a total of 32 teachers.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Nominee will have successfully completed his or her first year of teaching in a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 Kansas school accredited by the State Board of Education.
  • Nominee will be a full-time classroom teacher.
  • Nominee will be responsible for the assessment of students, assignment of grades, preparation of lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, discipline, attendance, and other daily educational tasks.
  • Nominee will have performed in a way that distinguishes him or her from other novice teachers. Nominee is considered to be exceptionally skilled, dedicated and able to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities.

In order to facilitate the process, we will begin the nominating portion of the program from February 1-March 1. Anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher who will complete their first year this year: administrators, teachers, and/or parents. (A first year teacher is considered a teacher new to the profession). If you would like to nominate a first year teacher go to and follow the Horizon Award nomination link. The deadline for nominating a first year teacher is noon on March 1, 2019.

Remember: the nominees are NEW FULL-TIME TEACHERS THIS YEAR.


*Student Information Meeting: Wednesday, March 20th in the Activity Center during seminar
At this meeting, students will be given important information regarding the tryout clinic, tryouts, and required paperwork for tryouts. This is a MANDATORY meeting. Students MUST attend if wanting to try out for cheerleading.

*Parent Information Meeting: Tuesday, March 26th in the Commons at 6:00 p.m.
At this meeting, parents will be given important information regarding the tryout clinic, tryouts, and required paperwork for tryouts. This is a MANDATORY meeting. A parent MUST attend as a representative for their child if they want to try out for cheerleading.

*Tryout Clinic: Wednesday, March 27th in the Gym from 3:05pm-4:30pm
At this tryout clinic, students will be learning ALL required material to try out for cheerleading. After our clinic is over, ALL material will be uploaded to our MT Cheer YouTube website.

*Tryout: Saturday, March 30th at 9:00 a.m.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. We will go over tryout attire and other information at our meetings.

*2018-2019 New Squad Meeting: Thursday, April 4th in the Commons at 6:00 p.m.
This is a required meeting if your child makes the 2019-2020 MT Cheer squad.

For any additional information, please visit our website or contact Kelly Sullivan at or Angie Ayers at