PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 8/16/2021
Chisholm Trail Middle School
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am-4pm; Fri-7am-3:30pm
16700 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS, 66062
Technical Support: Help Desk--913-780-8058
Principal: Rick Sola
Asst. Principal: Krista Dueringer (Silver Teams-6,7,8)
Asst. Principal: Erin Richerson (Green Teams-6,7,8)
Rachel Iuli: Green Teams-6,7,8
Ashley Rodden: Silver Teams-6,7,8
Week of 8/16/2021
Dear CST Family,
I hope the excitement at home was similar to what we saw at school as students returned this week. There was such a positive energy with our 6th graders on the first half day and again from our 7th and 8th on the first full day. There is genuine joy from seeing each other and reconnecting after not just the summer but even longer in some cases. Our school is full again and this brought our teachers joy as well. We're geared up for what we plan to be a great year of connections, experiences, and learning.
As our teachers wrapped up professional development this week I reminded them of Olathe superintendent, Dr. Brent Yeager's, theme for the year: "Moments that matter". He shared this theme came from the idea that big differences occur in small "moments," perhaps in only 15-30 second moments. It's not always week-long or hour-long events, but simple moments. It's the fleeting acknowledgment and comment made to a person at (unintentionally) just the right time. As you talk with your own child, talk with them about their day, ask about any moments. They might share a funny moment with a teacher or another student. They may share something of concern based on a moment in the hall. They may share of a new friendship that developed as a result of a pairing in class. I really like this theme because it really is the "moments" that can make or break situations. Look for the #OPSMomentsThatMatter on Twitter for district-wide posts, including CST. I'm hopeful the year is filled with positive and meaningful moments for your child.
We have a full week ahead and I look forward to volleyball, football, and cross country beginning next week. There's also a fall musical meeting for students as well with tryouts just around the corner. These are all great signs and activities we did not have last year...it's great to be back!
Week at a glance..
- Football practice begins (more below)
- Volleyball practice begins (more below)
- XC meeting for interested students (7:30am or 3:15pm--Auditorium)
- 6th grade receive Surface Go device (new 7th and 8th as well)
- Cross country practice begins (3:30-4:45pm)
- Musical meeting for interested students (7:15am or 3:15pm--Auditorium)
- Back to School Night--6pm @ CST--in-person event
- 8/24--All school picture day
- 8/26--Fall Musical Auditions
- 8/30--Musical Parent Meeting
- 9/1--first VB game (vs OT)
- 9/2--frist FB games (7FB @ CT; 8FT vs CT)
- 9/3--1/2 Day for students (7:50-11:15am)
- 9/6--Labor Day--No School
Chisholm Trail School Store!!!
Last week to purchase!
Get your CST gear here in the first of our 3 stores for the year. Next store in time for the holidays, final in the spring...get your orders in soon! The store closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, 8/22. Deliveries will be made at school.
- 4 T-shirt designs on a variety of shirts
- 4 Embroidery designs on a variety of items
- Hats, sweats, jackets, more!
Back to School Night
Chisholm Trail Parents and Guardians,
We invite you to be a part of your student’s education by attending Back to School Night Thursday, August 19th, from 6pm to 7:39 p.m. During that time you will have an opportunity to run through your child’s schedule and meet each of their teachers. Teachers will send materials/presentation for those unable to attend.
The evening will begin promptly at 6pm. Upon arrival please report directly to your student’s Wildcats WIN Time class (listed as their 8th period) on StudentVUE. You will then receive information about the remaining schedule for the evening.
Teachers have prepared presentations to demonstrate their curriculum to you. During this evening, classes will be brief (8 minutes) and does not allow for individual conferencing. You may contact any teacher for a follow-up conversation by calling or emailing them later. Have your child fill out their schedule for you below, or simply take a screen capture from ParentVue…we hope to see you at CST for this event!
(Teachers will send out a presentation before the weekend for parents unable to attend in person)
Back to School Night Bell Schedule
Surface Go Device Deployment
Parents Volunteer Interest Survey
At CST we are so appreciative of the support we receive from our parent community. This support most often takes the shape of collaborating with you on the academic needs for your child. Other times, this support may be volunteering time, donations, or talent. Please complete the brief survey below to express interest in any and/or all possibilities at Chisholm Trail. Thank you!
Visit CST's athletics page for coach contact and program info.https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2109
Football and Volleyball Begin on MONDAY, 8/16
7th and 8th graders interested in football will report to the locker room after school on Monday to dress out, get pads, and begin practice. Any 7th and 8th grade student interested may play football so long as they have a physical on file clearing them to play.
Head Coach: David Haines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for volleyball need to report to the gym, dressed out, right after school on Monday. This is a tryout sport with cuts.
Head Coach: Jamie Totte-Boyd (email@example.com)
Cross Country Begins Tuesdsay, 8/17
Student Info Meeting MONDAY
Message from XC Coaches
We wanted to update you with some cross-country information, as the majority of students at CST have never had the opportunity to participate in the sport. We will begin with our first practice on Tuesday, August 17th and practices will continue from 3:30 to 4:15 Monday through Thursday. Prior to the first practice, all athletes need to have a physical and concussion test on file with the CST front office. The only supplies needed are shoes and a water bottle!
The season schedule is provided below, and athletes will need at least 9 days of practice with the team prior to the first meet in order to participate (there are only 12 practice days before the first meet).
-Tuesday, September 7th @FT (3:30pm)
-Saturday, September 11th (Optional) @ODAC (time TBA)
-Tuesday, September 14th (7th and 8th grade only) @BVSW (4:00pm)
-Friday, September 17th @SFT (3:30pm)
-Tuesday, September 21st @MT (3:30pm)
-Monday, September 27th @CBAC (5:00pm) – City Meet (only 7th and 8th)
Thank you and if you have any additional questions do not hesitate to ask Coach Boyd or Coach Lockard, emails provided below. We look forward to a great season!
Fall Musical Informational Meeting
CST Theatre will be hosting an informational meeting on August 18th for the Fall Musical, The Big Bad Musical. Any students who are interested need to choose ONE meeting to attend. Either 7:15-7:45 in Mrs. Lee's Room OR 3:15-3:45 in the Auditorium. They will receive their application for cast or crew at this meeting and will get more information about the audition/application process.
Auditions for The Big Bad Musical will be on August 26th and 27th from 3:15-5:30 in the Auditorium. Students will be expected to sing, dance, and act. More information will be given at the Informational Meeting on the 18th.
A mandatory parent meeting will be on August 30 at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium for all students who are cast or crew for the show. They must bring a parent or guardian with them as there will be much information covered.
Email Mrs. Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
As we return to school with all students, please be reminded of our traffic pattern and important directions that will promote safety and efficiency for all our students...
- Students should be ready to exit when the car stops--gathering of items should be minimal
- No stopping on the cross walk in front of the school--those being dropped off in the parking lot will come across on this path
- Students should wait to cross the cross walk (either direction) until prompted to do so by a CST staff member
- Cars may pull up past the crosswalk and students exit right onto the sidewalk
- There are two lanes of front drop-off in the morning, there are 3 lanes of pick-up in the front in the afternoon--refer to the map below
- We love dogs and will often have Milk Bones in the afternoon--bring your pup for a ride too!
CST Traffic Pattern
Please follow the safety plan below for car rider drop-off/pick-up
Odds and Ends
6th Grade Devices
- Surface Go devices will be checked out to 6th grade and new students on Monday, August 16th. Returning 7th and 8th grade students should still have their device checked out to them last school year.
Extra Curricular Activities
- Students are encouraged to join CST activities! There is a strong link between school involvement and academic success. Cross Country practice begins on Tuesday, August 17 and is available to all students, 6th, 7th, and 8th. Physicals required to participate.
- All students will be provided a water bottle from CST. Students are encouraged to drink plenty of water during the day. Drinking fountains will also be available for those without a water bottle.
- Students will be allowed to carry their backpacks this year to limit necessary locker trips. Students are encouraged to travel light and utilize their locker to help lighten the load.
- All students have been assigned a hall locker and are expected to keep jackets/coats/extra clothing in their locker.
CST Student Handbook
Two topics often asked about are cell phones and attire. The screenshots below are from the student handbook found on our website. We aim to promote a distraction-free learning environment as much as possible and we remind students that "Chisholm Trail is a school, not the pool". We want to promote a positive academic learning environment in the way we dress, speak, and behave. Teachers and admin will review a variety of topics with students as part of our beginning of year talks.
2021-2022 Bell Schedule
Breakfast and Lunch
The USDA has announced that the National School Breakfast and Lunch program will be free for all students during the 2021-22 school year. This means that students will not be charged for “combo” breakfast or lunch in the coming school year.
However, it’s vital that families who would benefit from free or reduced district registration, transportation and other fees fill out the Kansas State Department of Education Household Economic Survey to continue to receive free or reduced school registration fees, transportation fees and other fees and school costs. Please do so by going to https://onbase.olatheschools.com/forms/household_economic_survey.html.
Families will only need to fill out this survey one time to determine qualification for reduced or waived fees for the 2021-22 school year. Filling out this survey and including all children on the form also helps the district maintain important funding that makes certain educational programming possible.
We encourage all families to consider, review and complete the Household Economic Survey application. If families do not complete the application, they will no longer be eligible for reduced fees and state funding for the district may be reduced.
Masks: 8/5 Email from Olathe District Administration
Dear Olathe Parents,
We wanted to provide you with an update on COVID-19 mitigation plans for the 2021-22 school year. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a Public Safety Order earlier today that requires any school with students in sixth grade and younger to require masks or face coverings, effective Aug. 9. Additionally, our Board of Education voted tonight to extend this health order through grade 12. For the Olathe Public Schools, this means that in any district building where students are present, all students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering. This applies to all students, staff and visitors in those buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
Additionally, all bus riders or students on district-provided transportation at all levels will be required to wear a mask or face covering while riding, per federal mandate.
The district will continue with COVID-19 mitigation measures put into place last year including:
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices;
- HVAC adjustments to include increased outside air exchange and enhanced filtering;
- Frequent handwashing;
- Self-monitoring for illness and staying home or keeping children home when sick.
For more information about COVID mitigation and to access other back to school resources, visit: www.olatheschools.org/return2021.
Keeping schools open for learning will continue to be the main priority in the Olathe Public Schools. The district will continue to work closely with state and local health officials. We look forward to an outstanding start to the school year.
Olathe Public Schools Administration
"8th Period" = Wildcats WIN
The 8th period on your child's schedule is our new "Academic Extension with Intervention" time. This period will take place right after 1st hour (see schedule below). At CST, we are calling this time "Wildcats WIN" (WIN = What I Need). This time will occur daily for all students and will be a time to receive a variety of learning. This time will include social emotional learning (2nd Step), reading intervention and strategies, silent reading, school-themed lessons and information, content-related materials, and student-choice learning. This time is truly intended to be a "what I need" time for students.
This intervention time will take place in all Olathe middle schools and the new bell schedule below will be utilized in most of our middle school buildings. Watch the weekly for more information on Wildcats WIN as the school year gets underway. This will be a valuable time for our students as we aim to cater more to their educational needs.
This button will take you to a district page that includes Olathe's return plan for the 21-22 school year. This includes current mitigation protocols with regards to Covid.
School Supply Lists
All students have been assigned a locker. Students will have the option to carry their backpack from class to class this year as we found success with this last year. Whether locker use is regular or intermittent, students will be expected to keep their coats, jackets, and other bags in their locker. It is recommended for students to keep their lunch in their locker as well.
Reminder: Combinations operate on a "right-left-right" pattern along with skipping the middle number once.
Example: 05-42-19---spin dial to the right a few times to get started, turning right, stop precisely on the "05". Spin left passing the "42" once until you get back to 42 where you'll stop on the 42. Turn right until you get to "19" where you'll stop and lift the handle.
There will be a locations in the office and halls to write down locker concerns. Concerns may include combination issue, need a bottom locker/can't reach top hooks, etc. Students are expected to keep their combination private and to not share with anyone. Please reach out to Mrs. Richerson if there are locker issues (email@example.com)
Green Team Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Silver Team Counselor: email@example.com
Green Team Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to school calendars, hour listings for buildings
Year-at-a-glance, single pager/downloadable
CST Admin/Counseling Team
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
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Silver Team--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
Silver Team--6, 7, 8
Receptionist: Chrissy Walters
Assistant Principal's Secretary: Angie Peterson
Attendance Secretary: Connie Bray
Data Operator: Melynda Marquardt
School Nurse: Jennifer Ross
Please keep info updated (email, phone number, medical, etc.). Contact the office at 913-780-7240 if you are concerned you may be missing communication or need to update your family's information.
Student Bus Information: DS Bus Lines (913) 361-7400
Parent Communication—What to expect…
1) I send a weekly email through Blackboard with a link to an online parent newsletter called The Weekly Wildcat. Important information regarding the next week and beyond is included in this newsletter. Watch for the first Weekly Wildcat the first week of August.
2) The link to The Weekly Wildcat will also be available on the CST website as well as all past newsletters for the year.
3) Unless necessary, I try to limit communications to only the weekly newsletter.If you have concerns of missing communications from the school or district, please contact CST at 780-7240 and ask for data operator, Melynda Marquardt. She can update/verify your information on the Synergy student info system.
About the Weekly Wildcat
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! While there's still some summer remaining, we are certainly gearing up for what will be an amazing school year. This is the first Weekly Wildcat of the school year and I want to take a moment to highlight what you can expect from this newsletter.
- Each week will come with an "at-a-glance" section (see below). This will highlight upcoming and notable events for your planning.
- New information--this is a scrolling newsletter and will have new information in the top half of the page. "New" is considered to be anything that was not in the previous weekly.
- "Repeated but still relevant" section. Anything still relevant from the previous week will be in the recycled section. This section is labeled.
- Pictures from the week! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS
- A new newsletter and link will be created weekly and sent out via email.
Of course, another great place to get info on CST is on our website (https://www.olatheschools.org/chisholmtrail). You'll find information about our school, our athletics, and our teachers at this location.
(Originally posted in May) Message to 5th Grade Families...
...WELCOME to the CST Family! This is the Weekly Wildcat newsletter that is emailed weekly to CST families. Below is a brief outline of what to expect out of this weekly communication...
- This newsletter is updated weekly (except during the summer) and sent out each weekend
- You will receive an email letting you know the WW was updated along with a list of new topics
- The newsletter is divided into two parts: new info and "repeated but still relevant"
- This is a great way to stay in the "know" on what is occurring at CST
- In addition, you can also always check out our home page (https://www.olatheschools.org/chisholmtrail/ ) where there is a link to the Weekly Wildcat on the CST home page
- Also, follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsms to see learning and activities at CST
- If at any time you feel like you may not be receiving information from the school please contact us at 913-780-7240. Data Operator, Melynda Marquardt (email@example.com), will be able to verify and/or correct the contact info on file.
Recently, I was able to meet our 5th grade students in person! While we weren't able to have an in-person pep assembly like we normally would, we were able to bring a pep assembly to them virtually and share some of the wonderful things available to them at CST! We also had a little surprise for our future wildcats...check out the videos below for your child's school (watch all the way to the end and you may even spot your own child!)
Mr. Sola and the CST wildcat visit 5th Graders!
- Arbor Creek: (https://youtu.be/PxKSbkbym18)
- Madison Place: (https://youtu.be/cPEg5hgjtZI)
- Sunnyside: (https://youtu.be/961o4mHpNsU)
The next scheduled building communication will occur later this summer regarding events and the upcoming school year, but for now, welcome to CST! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. CST is a great place to be and we can't wait to have you join the CST Family!