Maize South Elementary Express

3404 N Maize Road                                                                    
Wichita, KS  67205                                                                               April 7, 2011 

In This Issue
A Note from the Principal
Student of the Week
6th Grade Orientation
Summer School
Sports Day
Step-Ahead Program
Author Visit
Human Growth & Development
Synergize - Together is Better
Wednesday early dismissal
Homework procedures
Notification by parents
Parent reminders
Last Day of School
School Closure Information
April 15
Professional Development Day
Count Your Kid In Preschool Screening Clinic, 794-8641
April 25
3rd/4th/5th Grades Music Programs, MSHS Auditorium,

6:30 p.m.  Wilcoxson, Parsons, Diehl, Koci, Pauly

7:45 p.m.  Kossover, Nietfeld, Peters, Hartzog, Henderson
April 26
3rd/4th/5th Grades Music Programs, MSHS Auditorium,

6:30 p.m.  Elliott, Hake, Summers, Hunter, Weston 

7:45 p.m.  Holbrook, Wells, Finn, Hultman, Rodell/Ketter

May 2
6th Grade Orientation, 7:00 p.m.
May 6
Professional Development Day
May 13
All School Sports Day

Spring Parties, 2:45 p.m.

May 26
Last Day of School!

 Character Ed
Appreciating differences in others...
listening to and respecting a different point of view...
looking past outer appearances...
enjoying what others have to offer.

MSE can NOT accept deliveries of flowers, balloons, candy, cookies etc.  this is per USD 266 District Policy.  We appreciate your cooperation.



We will continue collecting Box Tops for Education this year.  Last year MSE earned $1572.50.  Way to go MSE!!!  Click here to view a list of General Mills participating products.



Please be sure our office always has current contact information, so we will be able to contact you in case of an emergency.  You may also make all changes on Family Access.


A Note From The Principal.......

We want to make sure all of our students who use the cross walk in front of MSE are safe.  Please remember these very important guidelines to make sure all students cross safely.


1.       Please observe the crosswalk signs and stop if you see a student waiting to cross.

2.      Please drive slowly when approaching the crosswalk.  The speed limit is 10 m.p.h. 

3.      Please refrain from using cell phones when approaching the cross walk so  full attention can be on the crosswalk.

4.      Please remember at the beginning of the school day and at the end of the school day are very busy times and everyone driving a vehicle should drive slowly and with caution to make sure all of our students are safe. 


I really appreciate full cooperation with everyone regarding these reminders and the importance of our students being safe.


On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to hear Jim Knight speak on Creating an Impact School - Professional Learning That Makes An Impact.  He focused on four essential targets in creating an impact school; Classroom Management, Content Planning, Instruction and Assessment for Learning.  Each target included goals to ensure a strong impact.  For example, one goal for classroom management is time on task is 90% or more.  One goal for content planning is each teacher fully understands the standards for the course being taught.  One goal for instruction is each teacher understands and uses intensive-explicit teaching practices appropriately.  One goal for assessment for learning is each teacher utilizes informal assessments effectively.  I look forward to sharing these principles with the staff as we continue to provide quality instruction for our students. 


Today our third grade students will finish the state math assessment.  I am very pleased with the cooperation and diligence they have demonstrated in doing their best.  I also greatly appreciate the cooperation our students have been demonstrating by passing quietly in the hallway so as not to disturb students taking the test.  Next week our fourth grade students will take the math assessment and the week after our fifth grade will take the math assessment.  We will wrap up the month with our fourth grade students taking the science assessment on April 28 and 29.  Then believe it or not we will have only one month of school left.  Where does the time go???


We are all enjoying the warmer weather! 


Tyler Ewert, Building Principal  


Congratulations to the following students!


Week of March 14

2nd grade:  Brandon M. (Catron), Curtis E. (Delaney), Garrett B. (Farrell), Jerrett M. (Gottschalk), Trevor W. (Harden/Wise), Evan H. (Hauser) and Connor N. (Roberts).

3rd grade:  Gage F. (Elliott), Lexi M. (Griffin), Andrew L. (Holbrook), Kelsi W. (Keiter), Aaron D. (Kossover), Tysaac N. (Parsons) and Jackson W. (Wilcoxson).

4th grade:  Benette R. (Diehl), Sarah T. (Hake), Eric P. (Rodell/Ketter), Jonathan M. (Nietfeld), Courtney V. (Peters), Shaden M. (Summers) and Riana B. (Wells).

5th grade:  Rebecca M. (Finn), Alec P. (Hartzog), Wyatt H. (Henderson), Karissa V. (Hultman), Kennedy D. (Hunter), Parker B. (Koci), Missy H. (Pauly) and Jack R. (Weston).


Week of March 28 

2nd grade:  Alivia H. (Catron), Aidan J. (Delaney), Diego F. (Farrell), Bellamy H. (Gottschalk), Christian H. (Harden/Wise), Cameron P. (Hauser) and Julia M. (Roberts).

3rd grade:  Ryan H. (Elliott), Carter T. (Griffin), Isabel G. (Holbrook), Thao-nhu T. (Keiter), Stasia M. (Kossover), Grace I. (Parsons) and Ben A. (Wilcoxson).

4th grade:  Ainsley S. (Diehl), Colton W. (Hake), Addie J. (Rodell/Ketter), Millicent H. (Nietfeld), Andrew E. (Peters), Dalton B. (Summers) and Isaiah H. (Wells).

5th grade:  Jacob H. (Finn), Paige M. (Hartzog), McKenzie C. (Henderson), Jordan A. (Hultman), Justin L. (Hunter), Reilly C. (Koci), Sloane G. (Pauly) and Emily J. (Weston).


Week of April 4

2nd grade:  Liam M. (Catron), Devon P. (Delaney), Bram S. (Farrell), Angel A. (Gottschalk), Jared C. (Harden/Wise), Caden L. (Hauser) and Caden J. (Roberts).

3rd grade:  Loudine R. (Elliott), Alison Y. (Griffin), Taya H. (Holbrook), Caiden W. (Keiter), Jon S. (Kossover), Rowan W. (Parsons) and Tyler M. (Wilcoxson).

4th grade:  Madyson M. (Diehl), Crosby W. (Hake), Elena T. (Rodell/Ketter), Ryan N. (Nietfeld), Hannah D. (Peters), Will P. (Summers) and Joshua P. (Wells).

5th grade:  Ricky L. (Finn), Shayna E. (Hargzog), Alixandria B. (Henderson), Ngo U. (Hultman), Maddy R. (Hunter), Lizzy S. (Koci), Braden R. (Pauly) and Nathan M. (Weston).


6th Grade Orientation

Maize Middle School and Maize South Middle School will host a 6th grade orientation night for the district's 5th graders on May 2 at 7:00 p.m.  Students should attend the orientation meeting at their assigned middle school.  The evening will consist of information sharing from the administrators and counselors and a tour of the building.



The Art and Foreign Language Academy will be offered again this summer for students in Grades 1-5 (2010-2011 grade level).   The academy will be June 6-24 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. at Maize South Elementary School.


Cost is $200 per student, and bus transportation will be provided.  Application deadline is Thursday, April 28. 


For more information, click on this link or contact Nils Gabrielson, principal, at 462-8310 or


This year's scheduled date for the annual All School Sports Day has been set for Friday, May 13, 2011.  To insure the continued success of this special event we must, as in the past, rely on the outstanding support from our parent/guardian volunteers.  Your assistance will be needed to run various stations throughout the day.  If you can devote a few hours of your time, please give us a call at 462-8300, or send a note to our attention indicating the session you would be most interested in helping with.


The following indicates the schedule time classes will be participating in events.  You may volunteer for one or both sessions of interest. 


        Session #1         2nd & 3rd Grade   9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

        Session #2         4th & 5th Grade   12:45 p.m. -  2:15 p.m.


Thank You in advance for the gift of your time in helping to make this day a success for our students at M.E.S.


Kathy Hoveskeland - Elem. P.E.                                               

Wendy Trail - Elem. P.E.


This Summer, the Maize School District will offer a Step-Ahead Program for elementary students.  The Step-Ahead program is designed for students entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and focuses entirely on language arts skills, such as reading, phonics, spelling, and writing.  Classes are small, so students will receive focused instruction.  The Step-Ahead Program is offered prior to the beginning of school, at the end of July, and will last for two weeks.  Students must be recommended by their classroom teacher for this program.  The program is free for students who are recommended.


Date(s): Monday, July 25, 2011 - Friday, August 5, 2011

Location: Pray-Woodman Elementary

Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Maize South Elementary will be hosting author Tammi Sauer on Thursday, May 5.  Tammi is an author of children's books including Chicken Dance and Cowboy Camp.  While Tammi is here she will teach the students about getting ideas and shaping those ideas into stories.  She will also explain how a story gets published.  Students will become familiar with her books over the next few weeks and will be invited to participate in various activities to prepare for her visit.  An order form for autographed books has been sent home.  Students wishing to receive an autographed copy of a book must have the form and payment returned by Monday, April 18th. 


Dear Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents:

As part of the human growth and development curriculum, your child is invited to watch a video about human growth & development.  The fourth grade boys will see "Meet the New You"  and the fifth grade boys will see "Growing Up for Boys"  with the school counselor, Eric Nachtigal.  The fourth and fifth grade girls watch the grade level specific video titled "Always Changing, Always Growing for Girls" with counselor Carrie Heide.  This will take place the first week of May for 4th graders and the second week of May for 5th graders, during a specific time scheduled in their classroom. 


The fourth grade boys and girls will also watch a video on AIDS called "Camp Itsamongus" with our school nurse, Brenda Banta during the month of May. 


Parents are required to return the form below if you choose NOT to have your child view one or both videos.  The form will need to be returned to the Counselor by Thursday, April 29, 2011.  


Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions at 462-8311 (Eric) or 462-8314 (Carrie).




Eric and Carrie

MSE School Counselors






Student Name                                                   


Teacher Name



I would prefer my child NOT view:


_______Camp Itsamongus (AIDS Video) (4th grade only)

_______  Always Changing Always Growing for Girls

(4th and 5th)

_______  Meet the New You for Boys (4th) or

Growing Up for Boys (5th)




Parent Signature                                                 Date


 Please return to the Counselor's office by

Thursday, April 29, 2011



                                Together is Better!

  This year, our entire school has learned about the

 "7 Habits of Happy Kids": Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood, Sharpen the Saw, and Synergize.  In music, we have focused on Synergy. In our musical pieces, teamwork has been very important! We have found that Together is Better!!

     Songs in our upcoming musical programs include: Side By Side, Day-O, Lean On Me, and We Go Together. We have even invited some former Maize Elementary and Maize South Elementary students to sing with us on Lean on Me. (Together is better!)

     All programs will be held in the Maize South High School Auditorium. The schedule of programs is as follows:


Monday, April 25  6:30

Wilcoxson, Parsons, Diehl, Koci, Pauly

Monday, April 25  7:45

Kossover, Nietfeld, Peters, Hartzog, Henderson

Tuesday, April 26  6:30

Elliott, Hake, Summers, Hunter, Weston

Tuesday, April 26  7:45

Holbrook, Ketter/Rodell, Wells, Finn, Hultman

MSE students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. every Wednesday in order for teachers to have time to meet in their Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).  During PLC time, teachers participate in discussing curriculum, instructional strategies, data review, state standards and more.  


When your child is gone from school and you wish to pick up homework, it will be available in the office if you call to request it by 10:00 a.m. that day. All assignments and necessary textbooks will be in the office after 2:00 p.m. Thank you.
For your child's safety, if there is a change in transportation for your son/daughter, you must notify the office by 3:15 p.m. on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday and on Wednesday, you must notify the office by 2:30 p.m.  If the office is not notified by these times the student will be expected to follow normal procedures that have been established regarding riding the bus.  The only exception to this would be an emergency.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  


*The most important thing is the safety of our students. Please remember to drop off and pick up your child curb side only. Students should never walk between or in front of vehicles during drop off or pick up times. When a child is crossing the street, he/she must be accompanied by a parent. During drop off and pick up times, being patient is critical. Pulling up as far as you can and having your child ready to exit when the vehicle comes to a stop is very helpful in keeping traffic running smoothly. The only exception is if you choose to park in the parking lot and walk with your child. For safety reasons, we don't want any children walking through the cars unattended by an adult. Please enter
from the southeast entrance of the parking lot and exit from the southwest.

*Please remember to drive slow and watch for children who might be using the crosswalk. We do have students who walk to school and ride their bicycles to school.

 *School begins at 8:30 a.m. and we dismiss at 3:40 p.m.  Students should arrive at school at 8:20 a.m. and should be picked up at 3:40. We do not provide supervision for students before 8:10 a.m. or after 3:40 p.m.  Every Wednesday, students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. and students must be picked up at that time.

*If your child normally rides the bus, a parent note is required if there is a change in plans.  If a note is not provided, the student will be placed on the bus. Arrangements should be made before the student comes to school. Students are not allowed to call home for a note.

The make up day for the February 9 snow day will be Thursday, May 26 and the teacher work day is moved to Friday, May 27.



In the event of school being dismissed because of inclement weather, a phone notification will be sent to the primary residence phone number.  Calls will start going out as early as 5:30 a.m. on the day of the closure.  If a decision is made the night before to call off school, calls will go out until 10:30 p.m.


Families may consult other sources of information to determine if schools will be closed.  The district's Web site, will be updated as soon as the decision is made to call off school and the local media will be contacted in traditional methods.


Maize South Elementary Mission Statement

 Making a difference,

Striving for experience,

Empowering young minds.

Principal                                                Assistant Principal

Tyler Ewert                                            Nils Gabrielson                   

316-462-8300  Ext:  8309                      316-462-8300  Ext:  8310