Wildcat Growl

May 28, 2021

Future Ready Wildcats

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


Principal's Message

Wildcats and Families,

Congratulations to the Wildcat Baseball Team on a successful year. The KSHSAA State qualifying and Regional Championship team lost 1-2 to a tough Blue Valley Southwest team last night in Wichita. We are proud of you!

The Boys and Girls Varsity Track Teams were also competing in the KSHSAA State meet in Wichita yesterday. Congratulations to the Boys 4x100 team of Jackson Miller, Zach Switzer, Hayden Henderson, and Carson Miller! They are State Champs! The Boys 4X400 team of Ethan Shultz, Tyler Schultz, Brady Hudelson, and Hayden Henderson were Runner-Ups. Several Wildcats made it to the podium and scored points, as the Boys team took 7th place.

Congrats to senior golfer, Nick Tranbarger, who qualified for the second day of competition at the KSHSAA 5A State Golf Tournament last week.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! If you are interested in purchasing the picture of you receiving your diploma at the graduation ceremony - here is the link. It may take up to two weeks for all the pictures to be uploaded to the site.

The De Soto High School Main Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM beginning June 1 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.

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.

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

Online enrollment is now available through Skyward. We would appreciate the completion of online enrollment before Wednesday, July 28th. 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 freshmen students. We will also host an Open House for our freshmen students and parents from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM that evening. This will provide an opportunity for students and parents one last chance to walk the building before the first full day of school. More information to come.

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff


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Congratulations Philip Kaul for being chosen as the DHS Building Rep for Kansas Teacher of the Year!

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2021 Summer Meals Program

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Congratulations Robert Kordalski on receiving the Teacher of Excellence Award!

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5A Boys 4X100 State Champs!

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5A Boys 4X400 State Runners Up!

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Wildcat Nation News

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Summer Opportunities and Camps at DHS

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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

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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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American Legion Auxiliary Sunflower Girls State program: June 7-11th 2021, Virtually

ALA Girls State is a nation-wide, American Legion Auxiliary program, focusing on the promotion of Leadership, Americanism and good citizenship. Outstanding young women chosen to participate in the program will learn the duties and responsibilities of citizenship through hands-on participation as citizens of the state of Sunflower Girls State. The 2021 session is open to current High School Juniors and Seniors. Participants will have an opportunity to receive three college scholarships, and be selected to attend our national program, Girls Nation in July 2021. The Sunflower Girls State program receives support from citizens, civic groups, and other organizations interested in government and leadership. Speakers have included elected officials, state employees, and community volunteers. These speakers help to inspire the Sunflower Girls State Citizens to take a more active role in public service.

Girls who are interested in Leadership and Government are encouraged to attend. Since the program's inception, more than 20,000 girls have received this valuable citizenship training in Kansas.

Deadline for registration has been extended to May 31st , 2021.Participants may be sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary Unit or may pay their own registration. The fee to attend is $100. More information can be found in the attached poster or at​ www.ksgirlsstate.org .Delegates are asked to participate for about 4 hours per day.

American Legion of Kansas Boys State

Every year, the American Legion of Kansas offers an opportunity for students in Kansas. It is a week-long leadership opportunity where young men will:

  • Distinguish you in the competition for college admissions and scholarships
  • Expand leadership and problem-solving skills that will help you throughout life
  • Give you a huge head start in your senior government class
  • Introduce you to some of the smartest, most motivated high school students in Kansas
  • Establish lifelong friendships
  • Who – Male Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in the top half of their class;

What – The American Legion Boys’ State of Kansas;

When – August 1st- August 7th

Where – Kansas State University in Manhattan;

Why – For Democracy to work, we must learn how to work together;

How – Apply at American Legion Boys' State of Kansas ... (ksbstate.org)

If you are interested in this program and need a sponsor to help pay for the cost, please contact Mrs. Johns at cjohns@usd232.org.

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