Wildcat Growl

April 26, 2020

Future Ready Wildcats

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


Principal's Message

Wildcat Students and Parents,

We are hopeful that this edition of the Wildcat Growl finds you and your family safe and healthy.

I was again fortunate enough to get to spend some time with our District Student Advisory Team (which includes students from both DHS and MVHS) and our Senior leaders (Members of Student Council and Senior Class Officers). During the discussions, we asked how the continuous learning plan was going. The students described both the challenges of online learning and variety of ways in which they are overcoming those challenges by managing their time and school work.

The flexibility that asynchronous learning provides is essential for many of our students and families. But, the reality of remote learning requires students to plan their own days/weeks in ways traditional face to face schooling structures for them. With less than a month left in the school year, it is becoming more and more important that students organize themselves and plan for success.

Parents can help. Each teacher has office hours, assignments, and due dates. Helping your student create a schedule that includes a daily ‘check-in’ with one of their teachers during office hours may help with communication and understanding of content. Another method may involve organizing their schedule so that they complete the weekly requirements of one or two courses each day. The key isn’t which method, but more in having a method that works for your family and student.

AP Tests are looming on the horizon for many of our students. The College Board is allowing students to take these open book/open note exams online from home this year. Please review the email sent by Mrs. Johns on April 15th.

I would like to thank Crystal Sinclair-King, Bruce Yarbrough, Jennifer Sosna, Lori Cater, and Anne Cahoone for assisting us in passing out senior yard signs and graduation materials last week. Thank you!

We are currently working with building and district administrators on a plan for students to return textbooks and retrieve any personal belongings left at school. As soon as we have our plan finalized, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff

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Environmental Research & Wildlife Science Students Working with Bees

Environmental Research & Wildlife Science students in Mrs. Sharp's class have been working all year on a variety of projects. This project included three pounds of honey bees delivered on Friday! Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the cancelation of Spotlight-DHS, students will not get the opportunity to present on this and many other outstanding projects students had planned.
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Message from Student Services

UMKC Pharmacy Camp Summer 2020:

UMKC Pharmacy is hosting a one-day event that will give future pharmacy students an opportunity to see what it's like to study pharmacy and a glimpse of a day in the life of a pharmacist through a variety of career practice areas! Students will perform hands-on experiments in the lab & through classroom activities, learn from pharmacy practitioners in a variety of practice settings, meet with current pharmacy students, faculty and deans, and tour the UMKC School of Pharmacy facilities.

The event is taking place at UMKC in Kansas City on Friday, June 26th and is for any high school student who has completed 9th grade or above. Space is limited. For more information and to register for the event go to UMKC Pharmacy Camp.

April 4th ACT Test Date Change:

Due to the current circumstances, the ACT is canceling the ACT that was scheduled for April 4th. All students who were registered can change to the June 13th or July 11th test, without additional fees. Please log in to your ACT account to select your new test date. DHS will not be a test site on either of these dates, but there will be multiple high schools near us that will be offering it on these dates.

Changes in DHS Senior Scholarships:

Some of the scholarships that were being offered to seniors this year have moved their deadlines back and the protocol for turning the scholarship in. Please check out the Student Services Scholarship page for more information: DHS Senior Only Scholarships.

If you have additional questions, please email Mrs. Johns at cjohns@usd232.org

AP Exam 2020 Update:

College Board announced last week that they are still giving students opportunities to earn credit for their AP Classes. If students registered by the deadline of March 20th, students will be taking their exams online on the dates that are designated. For more information please visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. As more information is released, Mrs. Johns will be communicating with all students who registered for the exam.

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Information from the DHS Media Center!


Yes, believe it or not you can still read and use the library while at home!

The library catalog, resources and eBooks/eAudiobooks are just a few keystrokes away.

Enroll in library page by clicking on DHS MC Canvas or on the link DHS LMC Destiny Catalog

Check out our Instagram/Twitter pages @dhsmediacenter2 for post on current book reviews, the question of the week, national daily holidays and what my crazy dogs and I are up to while at home.

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact me at jsosna@usd232.org during office hours M-F from 8:00 to 12:00.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

To receive emergency information, school closings, early dismissals and administrative reminders on your mobile device click here.

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The Kansas Youth Community Change Conference

The Kansas Youth Community Change Conference is going virtual! It is still free and sessions will take place from April 20th through May 21st.

Here’s how it works:

  • Everyone who plans to attend must register for virtual KYC3 here: www.dccca.org/events/KYC3. You no longer have to register as a team.
  • When you register, you’ll pick each session you are interested in participating in.
  • Teens who participate in the sessions will receive prizes! Prizes include a KYC3 moisturizer ball (eOS chapstick), pen, button, foam fidget putty, collapsible water bottle, color-changing sunglasses, and a KYC3 cinch bag.
  • Every teen who registers will receive a KYC3 t-shirt.
  • The keynote speaker Javier Sanchez from Youth to Youth will be facilitating his sessions on Friday, April 24th at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. You won’t want to miss it!!

We’re offering 22 different sessions for teens to attend, you can view the full agenda here: https://www.dccca.org/kansas-youth-community-change-conference-kyc3-agenda/

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