Wildcat Growl

August 7, 2020

Future Ready Wildcats

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

INTEGRITY, INQUIRY, COMMUNICATION, PERSEVERANCE, and REFLECTION.

Principal's Message

Wildcats and Families,


In a few weeks, we will welcome over 1000 students to the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year. We look forward to connecting with our new and returning Wildcats, be that in person or remotely.


We use several different avenues to celebrate our student successes and provide important information about activities and events; the USD232/DHS website, Skyward emails – including our weekly newsletter (The Growl), Twitter (@DeSotoWildcats), dhswildcatnation.com, and our new Facebook page (De Soto High School). We will also send important time-sensitive information via the district text message service.


The district is providing two different learning models this school year: Onsite, and Optional Remote. Information about the models can be found on the district website, or in the DHS specific flyer below. We are asking all families to make a learning model selection for their students via Skyward Family Access, even if you have previously completed the enrollment process. The window is currently open and the deadline is August 11th.


For families new to the district or those needing assistance with enrollment or the learning model selection process, please call us at 913-667-6250. We may be able to assist you over the phone or schedule an in-person appointment. Our office hours (by appointment only) are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


For this school year only, students in the Class of 2021 are being allowed to shorten their schedules. Specific qualifications can be reviewed on the application. There is no guarantee a request for a shortened day will occur. The deadline to apply is August 11th, at 11:59 pm.


On August 17th, 18th, & 19th, we have organized “School Year Prep”, a time for DHS students to complete some important items necessary for a successful return to school in September. This includes school pictures and ID cards (activity passes are printed on the ID cards if fees were paid when enrolled online), 2019-2020 yearbook pickup, athletic physical and immunization paperwork submission, and parking passes. ONLY DHS students and staff are allowed in the building and they MUST be wearing masks and follow social distance guidelines.



  • Monday, August 17th - 9:00 am-11:00 am and 12:00pm-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 18th - 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 19th - 9:00 am-11:00 am and 12:00 pm-4:00 pm



More information will be sent out next week concerning School Year Prep, Wildcat Kick-off (our freshman half day), and the first few days of the school year.


Kind Regards,


Sam Ruff

Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

Click here to print the school year calendar

DHS Coming Back Together plan for 2020-2021 can be viewed by clicking the PDF below.

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Fall Athletic tryout/practice information:


We will be moving forward with tryouts/practices for the fall athletic season.

Tryout Eligibility: Student athletes and parents must complete the Skyward Athletic Registration and turn in their physical on or by August 17th by doing one of the following:

  1. Drop off physical at the school prior to the 17th
  2. Scan physical to Lori Cater : LCater@usd232.org
  3. Bring a copy of physical on the first day of tryouts and turn into your coaches.

Tryout and Practice information:

Volleyball: Click here

Head Coach- Lindsay Hothan lhothan@usd232.org

Boys Soccer: Click here

Head Coach- Andrew Proctor aproctor@usd232.org

Football:Click here

Head Coach- Brian King bking@usd232.org

Cross Country:Click here

Head Coach: Jack Sachse jsachse@usd232.org

Girls Tennis:Click here

Head Coach- Justin Hoffman juhoffman@usd232.org

Girls Golf: Click here

Head Coach- Crystal Sinclair-King csinclairking@usd232.org

**If interested in playing a fall sport, please send your name and email to the coach of the sport you are interested in.

Technology Help Desk

Please remember that the fastest way to start getting a solution to any technical issues is to contact our help desk. This is also available to all students.


Technology Help Desk

Get help with district technology

Students and Parents: You can reach our Help Desk by calling 816-382-4840.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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.

https://www.usd232.org/Page/7956