Hawkeye View Newsletter

February 24

Horizon Award Teacher Nomination Link

It is the time of year to honor and recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. These teachers will finish their first year of teaching in May 2020.

This fall the state will allow the De Soto School District to nominate one Elementary and one Secondary teacher for the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award honors and recognizes exemplary teachers who will complete their first year this May. These spectacular teachers perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. All of our 2019-2020 teachers who were new last August to the profession are eligible for this honor! Below you will find the guidelines for nominating a teacher:

Novice teachers who will have successfully completed their first year of teaching are eligible to be recognized. A teacher (Pre-K through grade 12) who successfully completes his/her first year of teaching by May 22, 2020, is eligible. The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.

The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a total of 32 teachers.

The criteria for this award are:

  • The nominee will have successfully completed his or her first year of teaching in a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 Kansas school accredited by the State Board of Education.
  • The nominee will be a full-time classroom teacher.
  • The nominee will be responsible for the assessment of students, assignment of grades, preparation of lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, discipline, attendance, and other daily educational tasks.
  • The nominee will have performed in a way that distinguishes him or her from other novice teachers.
  • The nominee is considered to be exceptionally skilled, dedicated and able to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities.

In order to facilitate the process, we will begin the nominating portion of the program from February 6-March 2. Anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher who will complete their first year this year: administrators, teachers, and/or parents. (A first-year teacher is considered a teacher new to the profession).

If you would like to nominate a first-year teacher go to www.usd232.org/horizonaward and follow the Horizon Award nomination link. The deadline for nominating a first-year teacher is noon on March 2, 2020.

Eligible Candidates at Mize: Ms. Regan Foos, Ms. Malorie Rome

Spirit Day on March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 — Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character on Monday, March 2.

Kindergarten Round Up is March 24 at 5:30 pm

We are thrilled to have your child join us for Kindergarten in USD 232! Going to Kindergarten is an exciting time for not only the child, but the parents as well.

Your first step is Kindergarten Roundup
Make plans to attend Kindergarten Roundup and Parent Information Night in March 2020. Parents will have the opportunity to begin the enrollment process, ask questions, and meet the principal. Parents will also learn about Before/After School Care and Extended Care offered through a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department. By Kansas statute, children must be the age of five (5) on or before August 31 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment.

What will you need?
Parents are encouraged to bring the following information to Kindergarten Round-Up:

  • Certified copy of child's birth certificate (required by Kansas statute)
  • Copy of immunization records (from pediatrician)
  • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, contract, etc.)

SPRING PICTURE DAY -->Tuesday, March 3


Everyone's photograph will be taken. A proof will be sent home with an order form, so you can PREVIEW the pose(s) BEFORE you purchase.

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Online Yearbook Order Link

Mize Order Code: 43421P

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New Fundraiser for the Art Room!

For the past four years, we’ve teamed up with Artome during Fine Arts Night to present student artwork matted and framed. Our families have had the opportunity to purchase the framed artwork and the money made was used to supplement the art program. This year, however, we’re trying something new. There will be no artwork for sale during Fine Arts Night. Instead, students are creating artwork that can be printed onto greeting cards through My Cards. Your student will be coming home the first week of March with an envelope that holds the student’s design. Simply follow the four easy instructions on the envelope. There is no obligation to purchase the cards. Simply either mark the YES or NO box. If you decide to purchase, please enclose the payment when sending the envelope back to school. ALL ENVELOPES MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL REGARDLESS IF YOU PURCHASE CARDS OR NOT. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Souders, art educator, at ssouders@usd232.org. Thanks in advance for your support.

Save the Date! Fine Arts Night Thursday, April 23, 5:00–7:00 pm

Mize’s 5th annual Fine Arts Night will be here before we know it! Students are already starting to prepare artwork and work on music. More information about the evening will be announced as we get closer to the date. One change for this year: there will be no framed artwork for sale this year. Information to come soon about a new art department fundraiser. Stay tuned! If you should have any questions about Fine Arts Night, please contact Mrs. Souders (ssouders@usd232.org) or Mrs. Taber (ktaber@usd232.org) .

Upcoming Events

February 27 5th Grade Music Program

February 28 5th Grade Course Selection Due for Middle School

March 3 Spring Pictures

March 6 Father Daughter Dance

March 24 Kindergarten Round Up

March 26 MCMS Parent Info Night at 6:00pm

March 31 LTMS Parent Info Night at 6:30pm

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Box Tops

The next Box Top submission date is Friday, February 28th. Please send in all traditional Box Tops. There will be a class celebration for the most clips earned in each grade level as well as an overall building winner. Thank you for all your scanning and clipping!

Nurse Notes

I have lots of parents ask, “Why the five-day exclusion policy, our doctor just says, 24-hours fever free?” The Answer, viral shedding! Viral shedding is the period of time when you are contagious and able to infect others. Peak viral shedding occurs during the fever stage of an illness, but you can still be contagious after the fever has subsided. The CDC recommends the period of exclusion for influenza be 5-7 days. The Kansas Health Department has taken that recommendation and mandated a five-day exclusion policy starting from the first day of symptoms. Students and staff must also be fever free for a minimum of 24-hours without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

  • Viral shedding in influenza A virus infections peaked on the first 1 to 2 days of symptomatic illness. By day 6 or 7, viral shedding had gradually decreased to undetectable levels.
  • Patients who contracted influenza B exhibited peak viral shedding up to 2 days before symptom onset. Shedding then declined and peaked again at day 3 to 5, and then persisted over 6 to 7 days.

For More Information click on the blow links.




Kind Regards,

Christina Brandenburg MBA, BSN, RN

Mize Elementary- Nurse


913-441-0800 (Phone) 913-441-9452 (fax)