Mill Valley News

District earns academic honor

Joel Hodgon, reporter/ads

October 25, 2010


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In the annual Standard of Excellence report from the Kansas State Department of Education, the De Soto School District continues to score at the pinnacle of academic levels. Every school earned the Standard of Excellence in math, reading, science, or all three on the 2009-2010 state assessments. In...

Debate team success

Joel Hodgdon, reporter/ads

October 25, 2010


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In a recent tournament at Olathe North on Saturday, Oct. 9, the debate team finished in second place out of 22 teams, placing over such schools as Blue Valley West and St. Thomas Aquinas. Senior Ross Platt is confident about his team’s skills. “We have some good speakers, we are very good...

New director for “Hello, Dolly!” one of changes to musical

Hanna Torline, reporter

October 25, 2010


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The traditional story of a young woman falling unexpectedly in love is the theme of this year’s musical, “Hello, Dolly!”. Senior Kelsie Schuman, who played the role of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, will be playing the lead role of Dolly Levi. “[I found out I got the role of Dolly...

District attendance trends move upward

Austin Gillespie and Austin Gillespie

October 12, 2010


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Ten years ago, the De Soto school district had 3,215 students and enrollment numbers have since increased to 6,700 district wide. On Sept. 20, the official count day, district officials learned that 174 new students from K-12 had come into the district. Out of these students, 59 are at Mill Valley. Altho...

Homecoming memories not what students expected

Kaitlyn Butko, editor-in-chief, Joshua Duden, reporter

October 8, 2010


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For the 670 who purchased tickets to the Homecoming dance on Saturday, Sept. 25, the evening was supposed to have been memorable. It was memorable, but for all the wrong reasons, causing over 600 students to leave the dance early. Student body vice-president senior Miranda Wagner says the DJ’s choice...

Broadcast students win competition

Maya Sudduth, reporter

October 8, 2010


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MVTV seniors Tori Couts, Cassie Gerhart, Tenille Iskra, Hayley Lollar and Kaitlin Rolig won the Grand Champion Award for their broadcast entry in the 2010 Kansas State Fair Scholastic Press Corps Competition. For the contest, held in Hutchinson, students were given two story prompts and their choice...

Volleyball team ranks in Kansas Volleyball Association’s top ten

Sarah Darby, news editor

September 28, 2010


Filed under NEWS

 The Jaguar volleyball team was recently ranked in the top 10 of statewide 5A schools by the Kansas Volleyball Association. Sponsored by the Kansas Volleyball Association, head volleyball coaches voted to put the team in the top 10 for their second time, the last being in 2007 when the team was ra...

Superintendent creates fund to assist district students

Maya Sudduth, reporter

September 23, 2010


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Superintendent Ron Wimmer is the Ty Pennington of the De Soto district. Though he’s not giving home makeovers, he’s making a change in district by starting a fund that provides financial assistance for students in need. Founded by privately donated money, the fund is now called the Ron Wimmer...

Health teacher McClure wins national title

Hanna Torline, reporter

September 23, 2010


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Health teacher Amy McClure was recently named the 2010 National Health Educator of the Year. When she heard that she had been chosen for the award, she was both surprised and honored. "I feel like my job impacts other’s lives," McClure said. She has been teaching health education for 15 years...

Social worker Gudenkauf wins state title

Hanna Torline, reporter

September 23, 2010


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Sitting at her desk towards the end of the school year in May, social worker Debbie Gudenkauf received a phone call telling her she had been selected as the Kansas State School Social Worker of the Year. "I got tears in my eyes. It means so much to know that people really value what you do day in...

Transition brings positives and negatives

Kaitlin Rounds, reporter

September 23, 2010


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With every new school year, there are always new aspects, whether it be new teachers, classes, or students. But students and staff alike were forced to deal with almost an overwhelming amount of changes, from the new space to technology issues, to two new administrators. Easing into the changes from th...

Homecoming changes bring mixed feelings

Maya Sudduth, reporter

September 23, 2010


Filed under NEWS

Changes happening Homecoming seem to be the talk of the school. The assembly and parade were moved from Wednesday to Friday, to boost school spirit for the game. The bonfire was Wednesday. Candidates were voted on Thursday. There wasn’t a carnival this year. The issue with the carnival was that...

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