Wildcat Growl

May 30, 2022

Future Ready Wildcats

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


Principal's Message

Wildcats and Families,

The Kansas State Seal of Biliteracy is a statement of accomplishment that recognizes a student’s functional proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success, engagement as a global citizen, and qualifies as a college and workplace credential. Congratulations to the following students for earning the Seal of Biliteracy: Ana Arjon, Magali Alvarez, Tristen Bogart, Ariana Herrera, Carson Klover, Cole Krudwig, Rachael Mallozzi, Austin Mills, Kyle Newberry, and Amy Wilson.

De Soto High School NHS students presented the Burns family with a check for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. DHS NHS raised more than $1600 for the foundation. Way to go, Wildcats!

Congratulations to the Wildcat Baseball Team on a successful year. The KSHSAA State qualifying and Regional Championship team lost in the first round to the eventual state champions - Blue Valley Southwest. We are proud of you, Wildcats!

Congrats to members of the Baseball Team for earning All UKC recognition: 1st Team: Cooper Schwindt, Zack Schwarzenberger, and Landon Reith; 2nd Team: Ethan McCombs, Bryce Englehart, and Will Thurman; Honorable Mention: Sam Fox and Wyatt Lowry. An additional congrats to Cooper Schwindt, who made the 5A All-State 1st Team. Great job!

Congrats to members of the DHS Softball Team for earning All UKC recognition: 1st Team: Marisa Johnson; 2nd Team: Maddie Reynolds, Jade Chames, Janelle Lang; Honorable Mention: Kaitlin Cook, and Brenna Minihan. Way to go!

The Boys and Girls Varsity Track Teams were also competing in the KSHSAA State meet in Wichita over the weekend. Multiple Wildcats earned All-State honors. Congratulations to Ella Capling for placing Runner-up in the Triple Jump. The Boys 4x800 Relay team of Cole Krudwig, Brady Huggins, Connor Jacober, and Palmer O'Connor placed 2nd, as did the Boys 4x100 Relay team of Ethan Shultz, Tyler Schultz, Landen Lawson, and Carson Miller.

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.

In-Person Student Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year takes place Thursday, July 28th, and Friday, July 29th. Below are the Enrollment days/times.

  • Thursday, July 28th, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday, July 29th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Online enrollment is now available through Skyward. We would appreciate the completion of online enrollment before Thursday, July 28th. If all items have been completed via online enrollment, only the student is needed to attend in-person enrollment. Important activities that will take place during in-person enrollment include:

  • confirming online enrollment and the payment of fees (which can be done online),
  • arranging bus transportation (can be done online),
  • set-up/pay student nutrition (can be done online),
  • receive the 2021-2022 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.

The De Soto High School Main Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM beginning May 31st through June 9th. The offices will be closed from June 9th to July 15th. Once the office reopens on July 18th, it will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please park and enter the building through the south main entrance.

Thanks, and have a great week.

Sam Ruff


De Soto High School

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Reminders from the Nurses for next school year:

Medications-If your student takes a daily medication in the nurse’s office or has an emergency or as needed medication to be given by the nurse, we must have a signed doctor’s order for the medication. A prescription bottle is not enough for the nurse to give the medication. Please see the policy from our district website below.

General Information Concerning Medication Administration

Medicine or drug will only be administered in a school facility, on school property, or at a school sponsored activity under the following conditions:

  • A licensed physician or dentist has given written permission and instructions for the administration of all medicine, vitamins, medicated cough drops, etc. The prescription or written direction from the physician or dentist must be dated and identify the medicine of drug to be administered, the dosage to be administered, the time of day for each administration, and the anticipated number of days to be administered.
  • A parent/guardian has given written permission for administration of the medicine or drug.
  • The original container must accompany all medicine or drugs: two(2) containers, one (1) for home and one (1) for school, may be requested from a pharmacist.
  • Any change in the type of medicine/drug, dosage, and/or time of administration must be accompanied by a new physician/dentist and parent/guardian and a newly labeled container.
  • Click here for the Medication Form

Immunizations-If your child received any new immunizations over the summer, please send those to be recorded in Skyward. If nothing has changed and they were a student in the district last school year, I do NOT need another copy.

Please note, the incoming 11th graders will need at least one dose of the meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday, as required by the KDHE. As an alternative, you can provide a religious exemption signed by the parent or a medical exemption from your physician. Please email any updated immunizations to lcater@usd232.org

Health conditions-If your child has a new health condition, please update this information during Skyward enrollment. If your child has Severe Allergies, Diabetes, Seizures or Asthma-please complete the Health Intake Form on Skyward enrollment or on our website.

Physicals dated on or after May 1, 2022 may be sent to our Athletic Secretary, Lori Cater. Her email is lcater@usd232.org

I encourage you to make a copy for yourself, in case one is needed for camps outside of our district.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

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Paraprofessionals and Student Nutrition Positions Available Now

De Soto School District is looking to hire for paraprofessionals and student nutrition openings in the district. If you are interested please click here for para information and here for student nutrition.
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Note from the Counselors:

DHS Counselors and Social Worker

Crissy Johns (A-G): CJohns@usd232.org

Marge Eckard (H-N): meckard@usd232.org

Kaitlin Britt (O-Z): KBritt@usd232.org

Joe Kordalski (Social Worker): Rkordalski@usd232.org

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The City of Lenexa is Hiring

Listed below are the opportunities that we currently have available:


Park Maintenance Workers in our Turf Division

Maintenance workers in our Street and Stormwater Divisions

Construction Project Manager- Public Works Department

Equipment Mechanic

Police Officer

Police Dispatcher

Custodian/Building Service Workers -Evening Shifts

Assistant Rec Center Manager

Recreation Supervisor- Sports

Forestry Technician

Park Maintenance Workers in our Facilities Division

Part-time and Seasonal opportunities:

Equipment Operator (Field Mowing)

Park Attendants

Park Maintenance Worker (Landscaping Division)

Recreation Program Instructor - Preschool and Youth Sports

Group Fitness Instructor

For more information on these opportunities and to apply please have visit our website at www.lenexa.com/jobs.

If you have any questions on this information, please contact me at 913-477-7574.

Thanks again for your assistance.

Colleen Bowen

Human Resources Specialist

City of Lenexa

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Pro X and KC Scholars Summer Internship Opportunity

KC Scholars is looking for high school students for a 5 week paid summer internship opportunity. Students will need to commit to 25 hours per week and will be paid $1250 for their time. Prior to the internship, students will participate in a workshop to learn how to create a resume, interview tips, and prepare for the ProX Hiring Fair which will lead to their summer internship that is aligned with your interests. Application opens March 11th. For more information, visit https://proxsummer.org/.

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Roo Honors Academy @ UMKC, June 20-24

Roo Honors Academy invites high school students to participate in a fun and intellectually engaging one-week summer enrichment program, June 20-24, 2022, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Honors Program. RHA 2022 will offer four non-credit classes on: the sociology of sports, public health and infrastructure, communication, and criminal justice.

Participants will choose one morning course and one afternoon course taught by UMKC faculty members. All classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Volker campus, near the Country Club Plaza. Students have the option of living in the dorms for the week for an additional fee. On Friday, June 24th, families and students are invited to attend a dinner and the student exhibition. Dinner will begin at 5:00PM, and the students will showcase what they learned throughout the week.

Students need to provide their own transportation to and from the campus. Lunch will be provided throughout the week. Students who successfully complete their courses will receive a Recognition of Achievement certificate from the UMKC Honors Program and a Roo Honors Academy T-shirt.

This selective program is open to thirty students in grades 9-12. Students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for scholarships.

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2022. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please click the link below for the application.


For more information, see the Roo Honors Academy page on our website, or email Director of Student Services Margo Gamache at gamachem@umkc.edu, cc’d here.

Additionally, we would be happy to visit your school to discuss the UMKC Honors Program as a whole. Please email Margo Gamache to schedule a visit.

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Johnson County Community College – Summer Transportation Institute -

When: Monday – Friday, July 25 – August 5, 8am-5pm

Where: We will start on the main campus of Johnson County Community College each morning.

Participants will be traveling throughout the metro to participate in hands-on

demonstrations at airports, rail yards, trucking centers, waterfront ports, etc.

Cost: $0, all expenses are covered

Who: The camp is open to anyone, but we are targeting female, minority, and disadvantaged

youth who may not be able to attend other camps this summer.

Requirement: Participants must fill out an application. We are limited to 20 participants. The interest

form and course info can be found at www.jccc.edu/jcccnsti.

Selection Criteria:

• Must be entering 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in August.

• Must have completed algebra or will be qualified for enrollment in algebra in August.

• Must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

• Must be a KS resident.

• Commit to attend all 10 days of the camp.

• Qualify for either free or reduced lunch

What will take place:

The Johnson County Summer Transportation Institute (JCSTI) will use resources both on and off campus

to allow students to explore in depth regional transportation industries. The transportation curriculum

will be focus on land (rail and trucking), air (air traffic control), and water (inland ports and barge

transportation). While experiencing firsthand the inner workings of these transportation industries,

students will gain knowledge of efforts towards a sustainable transportation system. Further the JCSTI

will partner with the JCCC Center for Sustainability to provide curriculum in sustainable transportation.

The curriculum will also include enhancement activities designed to help students with career planning

and overall professionalism within the workplace.

As an on-going project throughout the camp, students will work in groups on a project to reflect on how

all the modes of transportation come together to move goods. The students will be tasked with planning

how to transport goods across the country using rail, truck, inland waterway, and air. The student

groups will be assessed based on how quickly they can transport the goods, the estimate cost of doing

so, and how much of a carbon footprint their proposed shipping will leave behind. Each day of the camp,

students will collaborate on their project for at least one hour.

For a copy of the application, please contact Mrs. Johns, DHS Counselor

Questions? Please contact Molly Salisbury at summeryouth@jccc.edu.

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Foley Equipment ThinkBig Internship Program

This is paid internship program where high school graduates can:

  • Earn an Associate of Science Degree
  • Receive hands-on training on Caterpillar equipment
  • Participate in a 7 week paid internship each semester
  • Receive $14,000 worth of tools (theirs to keep during and after the program, provided minimum qualifications are met)
  • Gain full time employment upon graduation
  • Receive scholarships
  • Receive tuition reimbursement

For more information click here: Foley ThinkBig Internship.

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