September MAV News

September 2022

Maize South Middle School

Principal's Message

Growing up in a small town, I had the good fortune to play sports and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Those are memories - and life lessons - that I carry with me to this day. As we begin our fall sports competitions this week, I hope our student-athletes experience the thrill of victory more than the agony of defeat. However, I also hope they persevere through the struggles that these same activities provide. Difficult times make us better in the long run - and victories all the sweeter!

During my time in sports, I played the quarterback position. Calling my teammates into the huddle allowed us to form a plan and execute it as a team. This simple act was paramount to our success. Sometimes the play worked and sometimes, well, let's just say we had to huddle up again. Our motto for this school year is #Huddle. We want to be on the same page - with teachers, with students, and with our Maverick families.

In order for our team to be successful, we must #Huddle. Our families are vital to the success of their children. Your partnership with us will foster an opportunity for all of our Mavericks to achieve their highest potential. Please contact us with any need you may have. We welcome all families to MSMS and look forward to engaging with you in a manner that helps your child reach the endzone this school year. See you in the #Huddle!

A few reminders:

  • ELA and Math AimsWeb testing is taking place this week during our fall screener. We will share these scores with parents as soon as we have them. Testing benchmarks will take place again in the winter as well as the spring.
  • The first 30 minutes of each day (Mav Time) are devoted to Social/Emotional Learning, Executive Functioning, and Maverick Connections. It is vital that your child arrives at school each day by 7:30 am.
  • Student Council Elections for 7th graders will take place this week and next. All interested students must see Mr. Schultz in room D100 in order to run. Applications are due September 9th.
  • In order for your child to be released to another adult, that person must be listed in Skyward under "Emergency Info."

Thank you,

Cort Haynes

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2022-2023 Bell schedules

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Travel with One Ma1ze!


September 16th 6:30-8:30pm

Order your 2022-2023 Yearbook!

Thank you to Valley Feed and Seed!

I would like to give a shout out to Valley Feed and Seed. They have donated the lettuce, cucumber, and radish seeds for our AgX classes. Please encourage everyone to support this local business. Valley Feed and Seed 1903 South Meridian, Wichita


Lesley Riddell-Koch

Maize Online Bulletin Board

Find events, opportunities on district’s Online Bulletin Board

Maize USD 266’s Online Bulletin Board is the place to go for information about upcoming events, camps, clinics, fundraisers, and other opportunities available through the district and official partner agencies. Visit

7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball try-outs

Tryouts will start on Monday, October 17th and run through Wednesday, October 19th. Try-outs are held at MSMS. We start practices Thursday, October 20th. We practice every day after school from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

A physical must be turned into the office before trying out for basketball. You must also fill out the athletic form on Skyward.

If you have any questions please feel free to email or

Counselor's Corner

Counselors' Corner

Each morning, our students begin their day within their Mav Time classes. During this time, classes focus on a variety of topics depending on the day of the week. This class is crucial for our students to prepare them for their day, and we truly value this time with our Mav Time "families". Parents, you can support your student(s) in their organization, grade awareness, and social/emotional learning by asking about their Mav Time focus each week.

Parent Volunteers

We are excited to welcome parents/guardians into our building to volunteer during Mav Time (7:00-8:00 a.m.) and lunch time (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.). If you are interested in this fun opportunity, keep your eye out for more information to come later this month!

Second Step Information

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School Counseling Intern

My name is Miranda Montano.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Sciences and Disorders from Wichita State and have worked in the schools in SpEd and unstructured learning classrooms from elementary up to high school, and also in many different preschool classroom settings.

As you can see, schools are my calling, and I love to be with any age group!

I have been married to my husband for 10 years and we have 2 boys, ages 9 and 5.

I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in School Counseling at Wichita State University, as well as earning a play therapy certification.


Thanks to all who came out for our Carousel Skate Night! Congratulations to Ms. Ward and her class for having the most participation! Ms. Ward wins a $20 gift card, and her students in attendance enjoyed a Pizza and Pop party at Carousel!

There will be a sign-up genius soon to help with snacks for teachers for conferences

You can support the PTO now by shopping at Dillon’s and linking your Plus Card to our PTO. Here’s how: go to, find your location and click enroll now, find our organization Maize South Middle School PTO #79456, click save. Every purchase you make at Dillon’s helps MSMS PTO support the school!.

We want to connect with you! Like us on Facebook at Maize South Middle School PTO. Also, check out our website at, and if you need to get in touch with us, you can email us at

Our first meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 13, 6:00pm -7:00pm in the library at MSMS. Enter through the exterior library door. We welcome anyone to join us!! There are plenty of opportunities for parents who are passionate about making a difference in our students' and teachers' academic time at MSMS! Come join us!



Maize South Middle School Traffic Flow Map

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Library Notes

The MSMS library welcomes Cheryl Williams as our new Library Paraprofessional. Cheryl has been part of the MSMS family for a while now and is excited about her new role.

In September, students will be reviewing the Destiny library catalog with Mrs. Blurton, as well as becoming acquainted with the new books we acquired over the summer . The library will be featuring books from the fantasy genre in September- watch for all things magical and fantastic!

Important Dates

Labor Day September 5th No School

Parent/Teacher Conferences September 22nd 8am-8pm

September 23rd No School