Wildcat Growl

November 6, 2022

Our Vision:

De Soto High School ensures all students learn at a high level and have a positive sense of belonging, developing each student to be ready for their future.

Principal's Message

Wildcat Family,

Congratulations to Lauren Fandre and Nick Weaver. Both are our Students of the Month for November. In addition to being active in multiple activities, Lauren and Nick are positive student leaders at DHS.

Congratulations to Nancy Cabral and Justin Hoffman. Both are our staff Wildcats of the Month for November. Nancy serves DHS as a Paraprofessional, and Justin is a science teacher and tennis coach.

Congratulations to our Wildcat Football team! On Thursday, November 3rd, the Wildcats defeated the Broncos of Spring Hill, 56-0 to win our 6th consecutive KSHSAA Regional Championship. We will host Blue Valley Southwest at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 11th. Let’s Go, Wildcats!

Congratulations to Julie Steeb, Anna Taylor, and Logan Fixsen. They were all recognized in the Emerging Artist Category at the De Soto Fall Fine Art Extravaganza. Pictures of their submissions are below. Congrats!

Congratulations to De Soto High School Communications teacher, Will Mercer, for earning a Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. Diamond Awards from the NSDA reflect excellence and longevity in being active in speech and debate. Congrats, Mr. Mercer!

Wednesday, November 9th will be our second Delayed Start this year. The building opens to students at 9:30 AM, and the first block classes begin at 9:50 AM. Breakfast is not served on Delayed Start days.

Our Student Leadership class is organizing an all-school assembly on Friday, November 11th, in honor of Veteran's Day.

Tickets are now available for purchase for our fall musical Beauty and the Beast. The link and show dates/times are included below. We hope to see you there.

Thanks, and Go Wildcats!

Sam Ruff

Principal, DHS

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Green & White Calendar

Click here for school calendar and bell schedule

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Beauty and the Beast Tickets

Click here to buy tickets.

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Breakfast with Belle Fundraiser

The Drama program is hosting a Breakfast with Belle to fundraise for our fall musical, Beauty and the Beast. Please see the flyer and QR code for more information. There will be an all you can eat pancake buffet and an opportunity to take pictures in our castle with Belle and your other favorite characters!

Click here for the link

Technology Help Desk

Having issues with district provided technology? Click here to get in touch with K12.

DHS Christmas Sweaters

The cheer team is selling DeSoto Christmas "Sweaters"! Order by November 18th and ship directly to you or pick up at DHS the week after Thanksgiving. These would make a great top to your Christmas pajamas and festive to wear all season long! https://idntiteez.chipply.com/DESOTOCHRISTMAS/store.aspx

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ECKMEA Honor Band

Please congratulate the following people for making one of this year’s ECKMEA Honor Bands.

Blue Band:

Keegan Flynn – clarinet - 12th chair

Josh VanDeCreek – Bari Sax

Anna D’Andrea – trumpet – 3rd Chair

Gavin Billinger – Trombone – 6th chair

Kellan Flynn – Tuba – 2nd Chair

Red Band:

Fin Smadja – Oboe – 3rd chair

Ryan Lange – Horn – 6th chair

Nick Maskill – Trombone – 3rd chair

Dylan Handley – Euphonium – 3rd chair


Lillia Spiess – Clarinet – alternate

Tristan Feener – Trumpet - alternate

Jazz Band:

Nick Budilija – Drum Set

Aidan hamer – Trombone – 2nd chair

Nic Weaver – Trumpet - 1st chair

Cole Bichelmeyer – Trumpet – 3rd chair

Text Alerts

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School Meals

School meals for the 2022-2023 school year will revert back to standard pricing. Meals for all students will no longer be free because federal waivers were not extended. Only students/families who qualify financially will be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Families may complete an Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals online at skyward.usd232.org or by completing a paper copy. If a family has already received communication that their child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, a Consent for Disclosure/Waiver must be completed in order to receive a reduction in school fees or transportation.

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 a self-directed 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.

Wildcat Nation

Click here for the latest on anything activities or sports related.

Need to contact the Counselors?

DHS Counselors and Social Worker

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

Abbey Heller (H-N): aheller@usd232.org

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

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

Follow us on Twitter

Click here to follow DHS on Twitter: @DeSotoWildcats

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De Soto High School students are invited to A Night With K-State Engineering!

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering is hosting events for high school and community college students. Representatives will lead an interactive presentation for students and their guests to learn more about engineering. We would love for your students to join us at one of the following events:

· YouTube Live | Tuesday, Nov. 29

Learn more about engineering degrees, scholarships, career opportunities and industry partners.

Click here to register.


K-State is inviting all students from the KC area to join the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, academic colleges and other individuals from campus to join us for a K-State Night in the Kansas City area on Tuesday, November 15th. Students will hear from current and past K-Staters, including our Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dr. Karen Goos. We’re excited to share what life could look like as a Wildcat!

Event Details

Tuesday, November 15th

DoubleTree Overland Park

Program from 7:00-8:30 PM, Registration begins at 6:30 PM

Register Here

Kansas ScholarShop

In partnership with Sallie Mae, Kansas State Treasurer’s office has launched the Kansas ScholarShop initiative. ScholarShop aims to restore hope and excitement for students seeking educational and career advancement after high school. With access to 6 million scholarships worth up to $30 billion; students can search and find scholarships, grants and awards tailored specifically to their deepest passions. For more information visit: https://kansascash.ks.gov/scholarshop.html

Driver's Education Classes

Click here to find out more information and sign up.

Cat Booster Club

The Cat Booster Club works to support all of our students at DHS. They provide teacher grants for classroom needs, support Gradfest, assist school activities in fundraising, organize Teacher Appreciation Week, and fund scholarships to graduating seniors. They are able to do all of this by selling spirit wear and donating their time in the concession stands. We are so appreciative of them. The membership drive for this year is currently underway, with multiple levels to choose from. Check out their website - here.
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Securly App

Parents can have peace of mind in knowing your student’s search history and time on their device. See your student’s online activity in real-time and catch up with weekly email snapshots by signing up with the Securly app. Follow the link for more information and directions.