Wildcat Growl

November 8, 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,

Congratulations to Luke Barger and Claire Kennard. Both have been named the October Students of the Month. Luke and Claire are both involved in multiple activities at DHS and we are proud they are DHS Wildcats!

I'd also like to congratulate Jack Sache and Lori Hughes. Both have been named the October DHS Teachers of the Month! We appreciate all that they do for DHS!

Earlier today, Friday, November 8th, we sent a message to all juniors and parents of juniors. This Skyward message included information about the February 25th ACT exam for all juniors. Junior students will not need to sign-up for the February 25th ACT, as the district is taking care of this step in the process. The message also provided information about the WorkKeys assessment on Feb 26th. The link to sign-up for the WorkKeys was included in the attachment. Please review the information and contact your counselor if you have any questions.

The district is looking for ideas for the name of the new Career and Technical Education / Early Childhood Center. A webpage has been created to provide information about the center, and an online form will be used to collect ideas about the new name.

We hope to see you tonight at the football game vs. Shawnee Heights.

Kind Regards,

Sam Ruff

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Cheer on our Wildcats at Regional Playoffs!

Click here to get the latest information on the playoff game Friday November 8, 2019

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Career & Technical Education / Early Childhood Center

click here to help name the new building

Mazuma CUDisrupt Innovation Challenge

DHS had six seniors participate in the Mazuma CUDisrupt Innovation Challenge on Wed., Nov. 6th with others students from other KC Area High Schools.

Christine Colwell

Taylor Ellis

Quinlan Robke

Colin Campbell

Ethan Iddings

Cooper Pflaum

Mazuma awarded $5,000 in total prizes to the winning teams.

1st Place - Each student received $300.00

2nd Place - Each student received $300.00

Congratulations to:

Ethan - 1st Place *Challenge Topic 2

Cooper 2nd Place *Challenge Topic 2

Colin - 1st Place *Challenge Topic 1

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Winter Sports Practices begin on Monday, November 18th, 2019

  • Concussion Tutorials: will be held on the following date for any individual participating in athletics. Student-athletes need to attend a concussion tutorial as it is a KSHSAA requirement before practice is allowed.
    • Tuesday, November 12th – 3:00pm – Commons
  • Athletic Registration: Students and parents both need to complete their portion of the Athletic Participation Registration process within Skyward and have a physical completed by a licensed physician on file with the Athletic Department before students may participate in try-outs, practices, and/or competitions. 2019-20 physicals must be dated post May 1st, 2019. Physical forms are available in the Main Office.
  • Head Coach contact information:

BOYS BASKETBALL Coach: Matt Rice mrice@usd232.org

GIRLS BASKETBALL Coach: Ryan Robie rrobie@usd232.org

BOWLING Coach: JR Kindred jrk9161981@gmail.com

BOYS SWIMMING Coach: Kayla Ayer kayer@usd232.org

WRESTLING Coach: Dale Hurt dhurt@usd232.org

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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Notes from the Nurse

Our Nurses closet is currently accepting donations of gently used hoodies, sweatpants or leggings in all sizes. Please bring your donations to the main office.

Thank you for your support!

When should my student stay home?

Go To School!

An important part of high school is practicing skills for adulthood, like attending school when you have mild symptoms. Students need to develop the ability to successfully push through minor discomforts. This builds confidence in their ability to conquer hardships and prepares them for future employment with limited sick days.

Stay Home!

If your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours, please keep them home until they have been free of these symptoms for a FULL 24 hours without ibuprofen or Tylenol for a FULL 24 hours. When you send them back too early, you are choosing to expose others and risk prolonging your child's recovery.


USD 232 follows the Johnson County Department Health & Environment concerning exclusion recommendations and regulations ://www.usd232.org/Page/3196
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

  • 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

Click here to find out more information on vaping from Children's Mercy Hospital

ACT Registration

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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.

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For information regarding DHS Graduation please click this button.

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Cats Closet Letter Jacket Orders

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