Wildcat Growl

November 5, 2019

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 wanted to send out a mid-week Growl to let you know about several important items.

Tomorrow is the second of our previously scheduled Delayed Start Days. The school day for students starts at 9:50 AM. Doors will be unlocked for student entry at 9:20 AM.

The traffic pattern for students and parents at dismissal has changed. We ask that students and parents no longer use the access road from DHS to Lexington Trails Middle School from the end of the day, until 3:15 PM. Parents needing to pick up students enrolled in both buildings should have your DHS student walk or take the shuttle bus to LTMS, where both students can be picked up at the same time. This increases safety by reducing the number of vehicles in the DHS back parking lot and saves parents time in only needing to drive to one school.

Students parking at the Stadium Lot are asked to pull through the pick-up lane to gain access to Penner Ave. rather than driving through the visitor/staff parking lot. Thank you.

As the excitement continues to build in support of our Wildcats, we want to communicate information about the upcoming playoff football game vs Shawnee Heights. The playoff update (including new expectations for middle school and elementary-aged students) is located at https://dhswildcatnation.com/2019/11/05/playoff-football-update/

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff

Career & Technical Education / Early Childhood Center

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Delayed Start Day November 6th

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Important Information, Events, and Dates

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Semester 1 Final Exams

Information regarding Semester 1 Final Exams dates and times.

Homework Request Information

When your student is absent from school, please encourage your student to reach out to teachers requesting assignments missed due to the absence. Certainly parents can also reach out to teachers, but part of becoming an independent learner is communication, being organized and advocating for yourself. If your student is experiencing a longer term absence (a week or more), our counselors are available to assist in this process.

Upcoming Extra-Curricular Events

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Study Tables

Study Tables:

De Soto High School is providing time and space for students to collaborate and study after school. Study Tables will take place in the Student Union Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to give and receive academic assistance from classmates. this supervised time is intended to support students in pursuit of academic success.

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Connecting Families-Parent Night November 19th

The USD 232 Special Services Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the District’s Special Services Department (SPED)

Message from Student Services

College Credit Deadlines Approaching:

Students who are enrolled in DHS Classes that count toward college credit, need to be aware of the upcoming deadlines. Please visit the College Credit/Dual Enrollment page for more information

For more information on each of these programs and how to enroll please click here.

KSU Engineering Nights:

K-State Engineering is offering free events in the Kansas City area for high school students who are interested in the engineering field. For more information and to register for the event please visit: http://engg.k-state.edu/engineering-night

  • Thursday, November 7th: Kiewit, Lenexa, KS
  • Tuesday, November 12th: Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Independence, MO

Scholarship Information:

Looking for money to help pay for college? Check out the DHS Student Services Scholarship page! Throughout the year scholarships will be posted that are available to seniors. There is also a “Scholarship Search Tips” that can help aid the search process. Click here to go to the page.

College Visits:

If your student will be going on a college visit, students must fill out a College Visit Form. Forms are available in Student Services or online by clicking here. Students are to take the form with them on the day of the visit and bring it back signed by an admissions representative.

Dangerous vaping epidemic: What parents need to know

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FAFSA Application is Open!

FAFSA Application Opening October 1st!

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens October 1st. This is the form that current senior students and parents fill out for federal aid for college. Federal Aid comes in the form of Grants, Loans, and Scholarships.

If you are looking for assistance with the FAFSA, JCCC is offering an event. They are offering an opportunity for students to get FREE help with their FAFSA! The event is going to be Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm. This event is open to the public and will be held on the JCCC campus, in the Regnier Center. More event information including RSVP and a map can be found online: www.jccc.edu/freefafsa.

ACT Registration


  • Additional test dates this year are: December 14th, February 8th, April 4th, June 13th, and July 18th.
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High School Leadership Conference at OSU

HSLC is a three-day adventure into leadership exclusively for high school juniors from across the United States. The purpose of HSLC is to equip, empower, and inspire high school students with valuable leadership skills that will benefit them in their daily lives and help them impact their schools. Students will leave the conference embodying characteristics that will help them become productive, efficient leaders. Please watch this video: https://vimeo.com/317874613

The conference will be held on February 14-16, 2020, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. HSLC 2020 applications open NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019, and can be accessed at hslc.ou.edu. Students do not need to be involved in Student Council and/or leadership. This conference is for ALL students in organizations, clubs, and activities.

The High School Leadership Conference provides full and partial tuition waivers for students in need, so they are able to attend the conference.

Note: Students do not have to be interested in attending the University of Oklahoma. The university is simply our hosting site, and all students are encouraged to apply.


For information regarding DHS Graduation please click this button.

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Cats Closet Letter Jacket Orders

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