In This Issue
Botts' Babbles
Counselors' Corner
From the Attendance Office
Health Matters
Skyward Health Info
Character In Action
Driver Education
Spriit Central
KAY Club
MHS Activities/Athletics
Winter Sports Press Release Weeks 1 & 2
BPA Regional Competition
USD 266 Online Bulletin Board
Important Dates:
23rd - 31st  No School K-12, Winter Break 




1st - 3rd  No School K-12, Winter Break


6th  No School, Teacher Work Day


7th  School Resumes


11th   Winter Formal Dance 8-11pm at Maize Recreation Center


20th  No School, Professional Development




7th   No School K-12


19th   Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8pm


20th  No School K-12, Parent/Teacher Conferences 12-8pm


21st  No School Conference Comp Day

MHS Administration

Chris Botts



Julie Cannizzo

Associate Principal

Sophomores Q - Z & Juniors


Beth Schmidt 

Assistant Principal

Sophomores A - G &



Craig Broadbent

Assistant Principal

Sophomores H - P &



Eric Wolgast

MHS Building



MHS Counseling Department 

Counseling Office


Director of Guidance
Students A - Ba

Students Be - Ha

Students He - P

Students Q - Z

Counseling Office
Lori Rankin,
(316) 350-2121
Should you need to get in touch with your student's counselor, please call his/her office at (316) 350-2122.
MHS Athletics/
Activities Dept.


MHS Building

If you have any questions or need to contact the Athletic Department, please call (316) 350-2147.


Check out MHS Athletic Blog click on the link below:

EAGLES Soar ...


Congratulations to the MHS Varsity Scholars' Bowl team for their 1st place win out of 40 teams at the Wichita West invitational on November 21. The team members were Scott Herschberger, Nick Coon, Sam Bayliff, Ariana Perez, and Marques Jozefowitz.



Girls on the Run competed in the Inspire Hope Run on November 9.


Pictured left to right: Spencer Shively, Molly Gaston, Emilie Salongridaysa, Briana Smith, Kaylee Swanson, Lauryn Snyder, Coach Tarrant and daughter Kenidy, Sidney Shank, Hayley Utter and Mikaela Wright. Picture taken by: Tobi Wright



 In the Eagle Spotlight!


Congratulations to John Anderson for being selected as the Kansas Coaching Association 6A Girls Tennis Coach of the Year!


Congratulations to Gary Guzman for being named the AVCTL Division I Football Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to Betsy Manning who was named the AVCTL Division I Volleyball Coach of the Year!

SAVE the date ...


Senior Art Show and Joe Pfannenstiel Memorial Scholarship


Please mark your calendars for the annual Senior Art Show, which will be held in conjunction with Final Friday in Old Town on April 25, 2014!  Any senior who would like to exhibit a piece in the show will be accepted.  Additionally, one senior heading to college as an art-related major will be awarded the Joe Pfannenstiel Memorial Art Scholarship.  The scholarship fund was established by Joe's daughter and son after his death in 2008.  If you would like to donate money to the fund in honor of Joe, please contact Jodee Johnson at 722-0441.

Eagle Connection
MHS Parent Newsletter

December  2013                             Volume 121 Issue 4

Botts' Babbles


I have experienced many proud moments in my brief tenure at Maize High School; however, ranking near the top of the list was the recent "Showcase" put on by our students and teachers for future high school students. Seeing the excitement and pride in our students and staff, who willingly gave up an evening, reinforced my belief that Maize High School is one of the best schools around! I would especially like to thank Rocky Helm and Lyn Brown for organizing the event and all of the students and staff for making it happen. MHS is truly a special place.


One term that continually comes to mind as December approaches is generosity. Not only is it the Maize Way character trait of the month, the students and staff at MHS are manifesting generosity through their actions. One recent example was with the Maize High KAY Club. They collected 3,750 cans, packages, and jars of food for dozens of families in need.  I would also like to recognize Billie Selichnow, who was the top student contributor. Thanks to the students and teachers who participated. 


As December begins once students return from Thanksgiving break, please encourage your student(s) to tie up any loose ends with their classes and strive to have a strong finish. Feel free to contact teachers or administrators with any concerns or questions.


Other remarks and reminders:

  • Congratulations to Kayln Helm for signing her National Letter of Intent to row for Kansas State University. Other signees include Emily Griggs (Louisiana State University-softball), Sydney Roy (Friends University-track & field), Maddi Cumpston (Hutchinson Community College-volleyball), and Taelyn Entriken (University of Central Missouri-golf). Many other signings are set for later this school year. Congratulations to our students and their families!
  • Recently, changes were made to the district school calendar. Only one of those changes will effect students. The last day of school for the 2013-14 school year will now be on May 21, 2014. However, should we have three or more days of inclement weather that requires school to close, we will be required to make those days up.
  • Congratulations to our journalism students who won awards at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. Individual winners include  


    • Honorable Mention in Feature Writing: Gabby Hermes
    • Honorable Mention in Sports Writing: Brooke Johanson
    • Excellent in Newsmagazine Layout: Bele Benard
    • Excellent in Yearbook Sports writing: Anna Weaver
    • Excellent in Yearbook Academics Writing: Regan Schenck
    • Excellent in Yearbook Clubs Writing: Brittany Schaub

Maize High Regal Red yearbook also won 8th place Best of Show in their division for the 2013 MHS yearbook. 

  • Maize High School was well-represented at Emporia State Math Day. Scott Hershberger placed 5th overall in the Algebra exam (received a medal). The Algebra Team of Hershberger, Taylor Axtell, and Conor Phillips placed 5th overall. Brandon Pugh was the highest individual score on the Geometry exam at 9th place. The Math Scramble Team of Pugh, Sam Bayliff and Corey Wilson placed 9th overall.
  • Students were also involved in a high school computer programming competition. Congratulations to Michael Tiede and Olivia Baalman (4th Place), Skyler Roth (7th Place), and Katie Ortstadt and Jarod Honas (9th Place).
  • Congratulations to the journalism students who placed in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association October Photo of the Month Contest. Paige Doll won third place in Academic Photography, and Maddy McKinnis won first place in Student Life Photography. In the October Multimedia of the Month contest, Lauren Debes took third place in the Video News category.
  • I would like to remind everyone of the policy regarding schedule changes during the year. Changes to schedules will be made if they fit the following criteria:


    • If there is a mistake on the schedule;
    • The student wants to take a more advanced class;
    • A class was failed and needs to be re-taken;
    • Pre-requisites have not been met; and
    • Seniors decide to graduate at the end of the first semester

I sincerely appreciate everyone's understanding and acknowledgement of this policy.

  • While there are still three weeks left of the term, second semester will be here before we know it. When we return from winter break, we will be in full swing of winter homecoming. This year, our theme for the homecoming dance is a masquerade. This formal affair will be held at the Maize Recreation Center on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

I wish you all a very blessed holiday season. As always, please contact me with any concerns or questions. I sincerely appreciate each of you and am honored to be your students' principal.


With eagle pride,



Counselors' Corner


Greetings from the Counseling Department at Maize High School!



December is here and with it comes the end of our first semester.


In the counseling office:

  • The Kansas Community That Cares Survey will be given to our sophomores and seniors on December 11th.
  • In January the counselors will
    • Go over the results of both the PLAN and PSAT tests with your students. 

Some of the activities for the next couple months include

  • December 11 & 13 - Balfour will be at MHS to take orders for senior caps and gowns. Families should have received packets in the mail from Balfour around December first.
  • December 17 - Senior Farewell in the commons during EnCor. Seniors will have donuts and say farewell to their classmates who are Early Completers and will not be at MHS second semester.
  • December 23 - January 6 - Winter Break
  • January 16 - Newman University Advanced Standing classes - Students meet with Newman staff.
  • January 23 - Newman University Advanced Standing classes - Students enroll for Newman classes
  • February 10 - 13 Begin Enrollment process for MHS students
  • February 12 & 13 - Senior announcements will be delivered from 10:30 - 1:30 in the commons.
  • February 19 & 20 - Parent/teacher conferences
  • March 4 - The counseling office will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Kansas College Night from 7-8:15 p.m.
  • April 14 - Last day to turn in pictures for the senior slide show.      
  • April 16 & 17 - Cap & Gown delivery in commons 10:30-1:30
  • TBA - Senior parade, graduation practice, and senior picnic
  • May 18  - Graduation @ Koch Arena @ 5:30 pm.



Your Juniors should plan on taking the ACT sometime this year. We will offer the ACT at Maize on February 8 (regular registration ends on January 10) and on April 12 (regular registration ends on March 7). Students can register online at


NEW Opportunities

  • There are spots open in our Spring ACT Test Workshop. If your student is interested, please contact their counselor. The cost of this four week workshop is $95.00. Sessions are held on Thursday evenings in the MHS Lecture Hall beginning on March 13 and ending on April 10.
  • Please check out the new senior scenes with complete scholarship listing available in the counseling office or online at the USD 266 website.


*Please note that the scholarship link on the website is updated each time we receive a new scholarship listing.


Both senior scenes and the scholarship link are located under the counselors' corner on the Maize High School site.      


Counseling Office contact information:


Lyn Brown, Director of Guidance     

Geri Hickerson, Counselor                

Paula Bette, Counselor                      

  • 350-2119 or email
  • Students whose last name begins with He through P 

Ron Buhrman, Counselor                  

Lori Brown, Counseling Secretary     


From the MHS
Attendance Office






Maize Schools have a "CLOSED LUNCH" policy and students are expected to eat at school. If a parent wishes to take his/her student out to lunch, they are asked to call in advance to have him/her released. We ask for the parent to come into the school to sign your student out, and students must return by the end of their scheduled half hour lunch. If the student returns late. he/she will be marked absent.


MHS Front Office: Tel. 722-0441


Pat Bobetsky, Attendance Office: Tel. 350-2148 or email

Connie Comstock, Attendance Office: Tel. 350-2110 or email

Health Matters

Choosing the Right Medication

To Treat Cold Symptoms


by Dana Desjardins, RN


Wichita's Via Christi Hospital published an article last winter which answers a lot of questions asked by parents, MHS students, and our staff. They ask, "What should I take for this or that?"

Let me start by saying there's no cure for the common cold. Colds are caused by many viruses that infect the upper respiratory system. So, when afflicted with a cold, the only choice is to use medication to lessen symptoms. It is important to choose the right over the counter medicine for the right symptom. Via Christi Hospital explain,


Decongestants help to relieve swelling in the sinuses and may reduce post-nasal drip that causes tickling in the throat.


Antihistamines can also reduce swelling in the sinuses but may not be as effective as decongestants and my cause drowsiness.


Cough suppressants can help with a dry cough by blocking your cough reflex. Avoid these if you are coughing up mucous; use an expectorant instead.


Expectorants can help thin mucous and make your cough more productive if you have mucous in your lungs.


As always, I encourage you to check with your doctor. Also, the medical experts suggest if congestion in your head or chest persists between 5 to 10 days with taking over the counter medication as directed or you have symptoms which you believe may be more serious such as a persistent high fever, CALL YOUR DOCTOR!


This information was provided by

Via Christi Health publication Winter, 2011.


Skyward Health Information
It is the responsibility of the parent to update medical information and contact numbers in Skyward Family Access during enrollment and throughout the school year. Teachers, coaches and other school staff rely on Skyward for important health information like asthma, seizures, diabetes, and food allergies.   In addition to updating Skyward, the parent/guardian must also personally communicate this information to the school nurse who will educate and train the appropriate staff.   If parents and/or student have questions regarding school guidelines and policies in keeping students safe and healthy at school, please contact the school nurse. 
Character In Action
Character in Action Header  


Maize High School students and staff were hard at work in November as we completed 344.25 hours of community service through our Character in Action project! As we work toward our goal of 8,000 hours for the 2013-14 school year, the Eagles completed the following activities this past month:

  • collected donations for Caring Hearts and Interfaith Ministries
  • volunteered at the Crohns and Colitis Foundation walk
  • participated in recycling projects
  • helped rake leaves at the homes of local elderly community members
  • sent care packages to soldiers
  • and donated many more hours to local patrons and charities

Maize High School has many exciting plans for Character in Action in the upcoming months. Several EnCor classes, clubs, and teams will be working with Moxi Junction in Maize. We look forward to working with the families and staff of Moxi Junction as they open their new coffee shop and become more established in the Maize community.


Pictured: Brady Hoover







Pictured left to right: Brady Hoover and Luke Glassclock



Pictured left to right: Kohl Glatczak and Kolby Kern

Pictures taken by MHS teacher Jenny Meirowsky. 


The  students in Mrs. Meirowsky's encor class

volunteered to rake leaves for an elderly woman at her house. The students plan to return soon to rake the lawn again. 


If you know of projects or programs that could benefit from Maize High School's Character in Action project, please contact Beth Schmidt at or Jenny Meirowsky at We will pass along your ideas to the staff at MHS.


Character in Action traits: friendship, compassion, respect, responsibility, generosity, self-discipline, honesty, cooperation, acceptance, and perseverance.


Driver Education

USD 266 Maize offers driver education year round. The driver education programs strive to prepare students to become knowledgeable and respectful of the law, to learn basic driving skills, and to develop a responsible attitude toward driving. The instructors will provide critical experience to students, involve parents in the process, and foster cooperative interaction with others in the driving environment. More detailed information on driver education can be found on the high school website under the counselor's corner.


Online Driver Education: 2013-2014 Enrollment

  • enrollment packets may be picked up in the counselors' office or online under the counselors' corner.

Term 3: *Student/Parent Orientation Meeting Dec. 11; 6:00 pm; MHS Lecture Hall


Term 4: February 19, 2014 (last day to enroll)

*Student/Parent Orientation Meeting Feb. 27; 6:00 pm; MHS Lecture Hall


Summer 2014: April 18, 2014 (last day to enroll)

*Student/Parent Orientation Meeting April 23; 6:00 pm; MHS Lecture Hall  


*Please bring a writing pen and any type of Kansas Permit or License you already have to the Student/Parent Orientation Meeting. If you do not attend the Student/Parent Orientation Meeting, you will be dropped from the program.


During the month of December Student Council will be working to promote Character in Action by sponsoring 82 Angels from the Wichita Salvation Army. This has been an annual goal, and we look to continue it this year. Each Encore, along with other groups, will each have an Angel that they will collect money and provide a gift for a young girl or boy in our community. The Salvation Army works hard to give children a Christmas. We will also have a group volunteering to work to sort and distribute gifts. Please plan to send a few dollars to school with your student after Thanksgiving. Gifts will be picked up Friday, December 13. Thank you for your generosity.


The Maize High Student Council is busy planning winter homecoming.   This will be the first week of the second semester, January 7-11. We are looking to kick off the second semester and set the tone for a fun second half of the year! Events planned are as follows:


  • Monday, January 6: Student Council will be busy decorating the halls to welcome students back after the break!


  •  Wednesday ,January 8: Stuco hold the first annual dodge ball tournament from 7-9pm. This will be open to both boys and girls in each grade level, the teams will be co-ed.


  •  Friday, January 10: will be the homecoming coronation during half time of the boys basketball game. The week will round out with a winter formal dance. 
  • Saturday, January 11: Winter Formal Dance. This year's theme will be masquerade. The dance will be at Maize Recreation Center from 8-11pm. Tickets will be available for pre-sale and at the door.                      
Spirit Central
KAY Club
The Maize High KAY Club attended the Area 6 Regional Conference at Arkansas City in November.   Those attending included Mariah Rey,  Rachel Blevins, Rachel Reko, Halie Larimore, Kaylee Swanson, Saige Baalman, Keiryn Swenson, Paige Swanson, Zoe Wedman, Zach Heyer and sponsor Suzanne McKaigSaige Baalman was elected by the thirty-six high school and middle school KAY clubs in Area 6 as their new president for 2014.
  • The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is directed by the KSHSAA to train Kansas high school and middle school students in citizenship responsibilities through leadership training and community service.    
Pictured left to right: Greg Burley of Great Bend; newly elected KAY area 6 President Saige Baalman; and KAY state director Cheryl Gleason. 


Pictured: KAY members: Rachel Reko, Halie Larimore, Rachel Blevins and Mariah Rey.


Pictures taken by: MHS teacher and KAY sponsor Suzanne McKaig

Fall Activities/Athletics
From the MHS Activity/Athletic Office


  • The MHS football team finished the season with a 7-3 record and was the Class 6A District 8 Champions.

Great job Coaches and Players!

  • Sydney Roy signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Friends University to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field.

  • Emily Griggs signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Louisiana State University to play softball.

  • Taelyn Entriken signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Central Missouri State University to play golf.

  • Maddi Cumpston signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Hutchinson Community College to play volleyball.

  • Kayln Helm signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Kansas State University to row.

  • AVCTL Division I Soccer All-League teams were selected: First Team: Daric Sanders - Defender, Kevin Combs - Mid-Field and Alan Sanchez - Forward. Second Team: Sage Chaffin - Defender. Honorable Mention: Caleb Wilcox - Mid-Field and Connor Holmes - Forward.
Pictured left to right: Daric Sanders, Kevin Combs, Alan Sanchez, Sage Chaffin, Caleb Wilcox and Connor Holmes.
  • AVCTL Division I Volleyball All-League teams were selected: First Team: Maddi Cumpston and Keiryn Swenson. Second Team: Tyler Downs and Honorable Mention: Madison Orton. Betsy Manning was name the AVCTL Division I Coach of the Year. 
Pictured left to right: Maddi Cumpston, Keiryn Swenson, Tyler Downs and Madison Orton.
  • Keiryn Swenson was named to the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 6 A All-State First Team.
  • AVCTL Division I Football All-League teams were selected: First Team: Chase White - Running Back, Jared Luebbe - Offensive Lineman, Kendall Stewart - Wide Receiver, Clayton Norrod - Linebacker, Elijah West - Defensive Back. Second Team: Connor Lungwitz - Quarterback, Gage Morgan - Offensive Lineman, Kavan Jobe - Wide Receiver, Kendall Stewart - Special Teams Returner, Nick Benford - Defensive End. Honorable Mention: Dalton Rupp - Linebacker. Gary Guzman was named the AVCTL Division I Coach of the Year.
Pictured left to right: Chase White, Jared Luebbe, Kendall Stewart, Clayton Norrod and Elijah West.


Pictured left to right: Connor Lungwitz, Gage Morgan, Kavan Jobe, Nick Benford and Dalton Rupp.
  • Wichita Eagle All-Metro Football Team selections included: Chase White - Running Back, Connor Lungwitz - Quarterback and Kendall Stewart - Receiver. 

Check out all of the activities at Maize High by going to the website

Press Release


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Presentation Management




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