Wildcat Growl

August 15, 2020

Future Ready Wildcats

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


Principal's Message

Wildcats and Families,

Thank you to all of our families for making the learning environment selection for your student via Skyward Family Access. The information helps us begin the process of organizing course schedules to meet the needs of both Onsite and Optional Remote students.

The district has updated their webpage regarding the September proposed schedule in the event the district is in the Hybrid Learning Environment. We will regularly provide school-specific calendar/schedule updates on our website based on the learning environment of the district (Onsite, Hybrid, Remote).

August 17th is the first day for fall activities, with many try-outs and practices taking place at various times around campus. Specific information can be found below. Good Luck, Wildcats!

This coming week, we will host "School Year Prep", a time for DHS students to complete some important items necessary for a successful return to school in September. This includes senior and underclassmen 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. Students new to the district will also be able to pick up their MacBook. The dates/times:

  • 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

If you've been on campus this summer, you have seen the work taking place to expand the DHS parking lot. The passing of the most recent bond has allowed the district to expand the lot by close to 250 spaces, and based on previous years - should be more than enough for our student drivers to park in the lot that immediately surrounds DHS.

We found that most students do not use their assigned hallway lockers throughout the year. As a result, we will not automatically assign a locker to every student. Instead, students interested in having a hallway locker assigned to them will need to request a locker by contacting our registrar, Amy Carver (ACarver@usd232.org).

More information will be sent out next week concerning learning environment schedules, 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

August 17th, 18th, & 19th “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 (Seniors, Please dress nice) 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.

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

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Where to find DHS information

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.

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.

Dropping off fees or forms?

DHS has placed shelves just inside the front doors for parents and students that need to bring in forms or would like to pay fees during office hours. 7:30-3:45 Monday-Friday

Student Services

20-21 Schedule Change Requests

Beginning Monday, August 24th, the Schedule Change Request form will be available on the DHS Student Services website under Course Selection. Schedule requests will only be allowed if it meets the criteria below:

1. Errors made by the school in developing the schedule

2. The need for the school to balance class size

3. Medical reason with documentation

4. Placement for students into Reading Support, Special Services, or Directed Study Hall classes

5. Request to take courses to qualify for the Kansas Scholars/Board of Regents

6. Failure of a course required for graduation

7. Failure of a prerequisite, i.e., anything that would prevent a student from going on to a requisite course as published in the Course Guide

8. Request to add a course required for post-secondary admissions (with documentation from the college)

9. A student has failed with a teacher previously in a course, and he/she gets the same teacher for exactly the same course

10. Adding a required course in lieu of an elective class

11. Student enrollment in higher-level course

Students have until 3 pm on Tuesday, September 15th to turn their form into Student Services.

Notes from the Nurse:

Immunizations: Please email any copies of updated immunizations to me at the following email address: mfarverlightcap@usd232.org

Remember that all incoming Juniors need at least one of the Meningococcal vaccines AFTER their 16th birthday.

Medications be administered at school: If your child takes a regularly scheduled medication or an “as needed or emergency medication to be administered by the nurse at school, I must have a current signed doctor’s order. The medication must be in a prescription bottle clearly labeled with the student’s name and the medication. This can be brought the first day of class for the student. I am unable to administer medications with just the labeled prescription bottle. It MUST be accompanied by the signed doctor’s order. Please email me with any questions regarding medication administration.

Health conditions: To provide better care for your child at school, if your child has one of the following health conditions: diabetes, severe allergies or anaphylaxis, a seizure disorder or asthma. Please remember to complete the questionnaires on USD 232 website under Departments >Health Services> Important Information and Documents> Health Conditions.

Please contact me at mfarverlightcap@usd232.org with any questions.

Have a safe and healthy rest of summer!

Anne Lightcap BSN, RN

Technology Help Desk

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

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