PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 11/9/2020
Chisholm Trail Middle School
Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 7am-4pm
16700 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS, 66062
Technical Support: Help Desk--913-780-8058
Principal: Rick Sola (6th Grade)
Asst. Principal: Krista Dueringer (7th Grade)
Asst. Principal: Rebecca Reyes (8th Grade)
Stacey Silkett: 6th grade and Green Team-7th
Ashley Rodden: 8th grade and Silver Team-7th
Hybrid Learning: Continues!
The "ABAB" pattern will continue picking up where it left off from the previous week. Watch the weekly for each week's "letter days".
Week of 11/9
Dear CST Family,
This past week our students participated in a mock election (results pictured below) and continued conversation throughout the week as we still wait for final results from the presidential election. What a perfect opportunity to teach our students about our process to elect president and other offices. A real-life electoral college scenario played out in front of our kids as they were tasked to keep track of the "score" and watch for the magic number of 270. In addition, they are seeing the process unfold when results aren't clear cut. Our social studies teachers are doing a great job talking through the what ifs, the current status, and answering student questions. Like much of this year, our kids are living through future history lessons and receiving applicable civic lessons in real time.
(section above written prior to Saturday's developments)
The week ahead is an exciting one because, for the first time in the 20-21 school year, sports will begin! Girls' basketball tryouts begin after school on Monday and will run through part of the week. These tryouts include BOTH our A and B students every day. Students at home will need to come to school through the event entrance ready to play after dismissal at 3:20. Physicals are required to try out. With so many activities postponed or canceled this year, we are excited to see basketball get underway.
We enjoyed beautiful weather this week and many of our classes took this as an opportunity to learn outside. In addition, Math Lab and Wildcat After Hours were a success and will continue from week to week. Students can reach out to their teacher if they are interested or have questions. Our kids continue to do a nice job and continue to share how glad they are to be back. We're so glad to have them and we look forward to finishing out the semester strong.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
Week at a glance..
- B- Day
- November 9th Girls' Basketball Tryouts Begin (physicals required to tryout)
- Curbside Book Pick Up 4-6pm
- Picture Re-takes
- Veterans Day
- Olathe East Academies night ( 5:30-7:30pm)
- Olathe North 21st Century Academies open house (virtual)6:30-8:30
- B- Day
- 11/16-A Day
- 11/17--B Day
- 11/18--A Day
- 11/19--B Day
- 11/20--A Day
Upcoming Important Dates...
- November 17th Olathe North West 21st century Academies virtual open house (6-8pm)
District Info: Re-Open 2020
- Re-open2020: https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10371
- FAQs: https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10370
- Comprehensive Return to School Plan: https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10415
On Veterans Day our students will be offered a patriotic name tag to write the name of a veteran/s close to them to wear and honor for the day. Our Cat teachers will facilitate this but I wanted to encourage you to have a conversation with your child, to brainstorm, and perhaps identify some facts (branch of military, rank, etc.).
For example: I will wear a name tag in honor of my father, "Cpl. Vincent Sola, US Army". Students may want to include more names or years of service as well. Students may choose to honor former CST veteran, Mr. John Cervetti, or another historical veteran. A special announcement will be read in the morning and we aim for this to be a day of remembrance and honoring of those who served our country. Remote students are encouraged to participate as well and are welcome to pick up a sticker from CST or create their own. Student participation is optional.
GBB Tryouts begin Monday!
Winter School Store is OPEN!!!
Just in time to be ordered and delivered before the holidays--a NEW CST store! There are 2 screen print designs and 4 embroidery options. Along with many styles and accessories (hats, scarves, blankets, etc.), especially some warmer/winter options...check it out, support CST, and spruce up your CST wardrobe!
Closes Sunday, 11/22 @ 11:59pm
Picture make-up days are this week with an opportunity for remote students to come up after school on Wednesday. Students will come home with their prints on Monday and Tuesday. Please contact our yearbook sponsor, Ms. Collins, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our office (email@example.com) with questions.
11/11: Start Shooting 1:00pm, here until 5:30pm
11/12: Start Shooting 1:00pm, here until 3:10pm
Mock Election: District Results
Mock Election: CST Results
21st Century Academy Info
More details to come and times and details may shift. For most up to date info go to the academy website (http://departments.olatheschools.com/21stcenturyprograms/resources/ ) or contact 8th counselor, Mrs. Rodden (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Go to the RECYCLED SECTION for all upcoming dates...
November 4th--West Academies--6-8pm
Replacement cords for Surface Go are in !!
Replacement cords for the Microsoft Surface Go device are now available for purchase. These cords are $50.00 and are to replace lost or damaged cords originally issued with the device in August. Please contact our school librarian, Ms. Lasister, at email@example.com with questions.
WAH & MATH LAB IS BACK!!!!
For Students wanting to join Science Olympiad ( link below)
Follow Us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS
Winter Sports and Communication Updates
As the Olathe Public Schools works to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuously working with state and local health officials on the best practice and expertise for keeping students and staff safe. As new evidence is identified, local health departments and their collaborating school districts respond by updating guidance and practices. We want to make sure to share with parents the latest updates.
At this time, the Olathe Public Schools will move forward with winter sports while following the KSHSAA mitigation protocols. The district will continue to work closely with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. We will continue to review information and data provided by our community health partners.
Fever for Secondary Level
Fever (100o or greater) is now listed as a primary symptom for secondary students rather than a secondary symptom. This means that any student with a fever will need to be evaluated for COVID by a medical health care provider OR provide a negative molecular (PCR) COVID test OR remain out of school until they have met the symptomatic recovery criteria for COVID-19. Symptomatic recovery criteria for COVID-19 is: it has been 10 days since the onset of their symptoms AND they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours AND they have significant improvement in their symptoms.
We realize this is a change. Please understand using the guidance provided by medical experts will help to keep students and staff safe.
COVID Test Requirements
Not all COVID-19 tests may be utilized to determine that an individual does not have COVID-19. There are two types of diagnostic tests: Molecular and Antigen (commonly known as a rapid test). https://www.fda.gov/media/140161/download
- Molecular/ viral testing (PCR). These tests take longer (some are same day and some take several days) because they must be sent to a lab for processing, but are more accurate. These are collected by nasal swab and some saliva tests are now available. JCDHE currently offers free PCR tests by nasal swab. This is not the deep nasopharyngeal collection method so is not as uncomfortable as the original tests. Results are typically available in 48 hours or less.
- Antigen or Rapid diagnostic tests (RDT). These tests are not designed to detect viral DNA but look for a protein on the virus. The results are rapid because the specimen is read on-site. However, they have a high enough percentage of false negatives that negative results are not accepted from symptomatic individuals for return to school without a confirmatory PCR test, a physician’s alternate diagnosis, or remaining out of school for the full recovery period for COVID-19 (10-day minimum and fever-free without medicine for 24 hours and symptoms improvement).
Keeping parents informed about COVID exposures is vital. Previously, schools had communicated for any case in the building. Moving forward, schools will communicate with parents and staff who have had an exposure or low-risk exposure to an individual and will provide details about next steps. After reviewing recommendations from local health officials and gaining feedback from parents and the community, the district will not communicate to an entire school building if there is a case, only to those who have had any contact with the individual (exposure or low-risk exposure.) This change is aligned with best practice.
Each week, the district updates the COVID-19 dashboard to provide a snapshot of the number of new cases and exclusions due to exposure for both students and staff. This is updated each Friday, typically in the afternoon, and can be found at https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10754.
Parents interested in changing their child’s learning environment for second semester beginning January 2021 may do so between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6 at this link:
Please give careful consideration to the needs and learning mode that will best suit you and your child(ren) for the rest of the year knowing that the decision is a commitment through May of 2021. This learning environment change will go into effect when second semester begins on Jan. 6. Parents who want to continue with the same learning environment DO NOT need to fill out this form.
You are receiving this email because
COVID Gradebook Weighting
Email from District Administration (10/26)
Olathe Public Schools parents,
As students and staff settle into the second quarter, we have one item to be completed by all families and one item for consideration by families. The first item, KSDE Parent Assurances, is required for all parents to complete and the second item regarding Learning Environment Changes for Second Semester is optional.
KSDE Parent Assurances (REQUIRED)
A requirement of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is that all school districts in the state ask parents to acknowledge three assurances related to the learning models offered this school year. The assurances parents are asked to acknowledge are:
- I understand that my children may need additional support to complete assigned work, and to the best of our ability, our family will provide supervision during the learning process.
b. I agree that my child(ren) are expected to be available to communicate with teaching staff on a regular basis as outlined by the school district.
c. If a student is unable to participate on any given day (illness or doctor appointment), I will notify the school by telephone to report absence.
These assurances are designed to provide clear communication and expectations for parents whose children may participate in various learning models for the 2020-2021 school year. To complete this task that has been required of school districts, parents may click here: https://onbase.olatheschools.com/forms/parent_assurances.html
Learning Environment Change for Second Semester (OPTIONAL)
At the start of the school year, we asked parents to choose the learning environment for their child(ren) for the first semester. At that time we shared that there would be an opportunity for parents to change the learning environment for their child(ren) for second semester. Parents interested in changing their child’s learning environment for second semester beginning January 2021 may do so between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6 at this link: https://onbase.olatheschools.com/forms/remote_learning_selection.html
Parents may change their child’s learning mode from in-person to remote or from remote to in-person. During the first semester, there was some flexibility provided in terms of changing learning mode given the changes that were made after the registration period ended. Because of staffing challenges and changes that will be needed to accommodate those choosing to change learning modes for second semester, there will not be flexibility in changing once the window closes on November 6. Please give careful consideration to the needs and learning mode that will best suit you and your child(ren) for the rest of the year knowing that the decision is a commitment through May of 2021.
This learning environment changes will go into effect when second semester begins on Jan. 6. Parents will need to have their child’s student ID number to complete the electronic request at the link above. Please note this is optional and only parents who want to make a change from in-person to remote or from remote to in-person should fill out this form. Parents who want to continue with the same learning environment DO NOT need to fill out this form.
If you are unsure of your student’s ID number, you can locate it in ParentVUE by going to Student Info. This form will be available from Oct. 26- Nov. 6.
Please use a "zipper merge" when turning in off of 159th and entering into our drop off and pick up lanes so that we can maximize the full extent of all pick-up lanes. This will help reduce back-up onto 159th street.
Thank you for following our traffic pattern in effort to promote student safety and efficiency.
For those interested...
Hi there, Mrs. Rodden here!
I wanted to point out, all 21st Century Academy Open House dates and times are listed on my class website (and below). This will get updated as I receive the most updated information. All open houses will be virtual this year, links can be found on the 21st Century Academy Websites.
Check out more details and info at the 21st Century website!
Academy Open House Dates--Virtual
The Johnson County Health Department has identified the following as primary or secondary symptoms of COVID 19 in middle school aged children:
• New cough
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of taste or smell
• Fever greater than 100 degrees
• Extreme fatigue
• Congestion/runny nose
• Sore throat
• Muscle or body aches
Students who have one primary symptom or two or more of either primary or secondary symptoms will be excluded from school pending medical evaluation in accordance with Johnson County Health Department guidance and Olathe District Schools policy.
If your child has met these criteria. Please contact your health care provider or the health department to determine your student’s need for testing or other medical evaluation.
Your student may return to school when:
• they have been tested for COVID-19 and have a negative result*.
• it has been ten days since the onset of their symptoms and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and they have significant improvement in their symptoms.
• your doctor gives written clearance to return to school stating that your child has been evaluated and does not have COVID-19 or has been diagnosed with a non-contagious condition such as allergies.
*The Olathe School District will no longer accept "Rapid Antigen" Covid tests because of the high false negative rate. The district will only accept PCR Covid test results.
Thank you for your attention to this important health matter. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.
Jennifer Ross RN, BSN
Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse
16700 W 159th St. Olathe KS 66062
Note from Nurse Ross to Students!
Hello Wildcats! Here are some tips to help us stay healthy at school!
You need to wear your mask over your nose and mouth while you are inside. Please don’t play with it or touch it. No masks with vents or valves are allowed. "Gaiter" masks must be double layered.
Make sure to cover your cough or sneeze, and afterward make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands. Make sure to briskly rub your hands together until they are dry. Wash or sanitize your hands throughout the day.
Please bring your water bottle every day. It is important to stay hydrated. There are places in the building where you can refill your water bottle. You can briefly pull down your mask to drink from your water bottle. Pull it back up over your nose and mouth after you drink.
We would like for you to take care of your needs in the classroom as much as possible. To enable you to do this, we recommend that each student carries a small hygiene kit in their backpack. Items to include in this bag could be lip balm, Kleenex, feminine products, lotion, contact solution, band-aids, extra masks, cough drops, a small bottle of Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the original containers. These items are not to be shared with others. Please tell your parents if you use your supplies and restock your kit at home.
Make sure to tell your parents if you feel sick and stay home from school. It is important to let the school know if you have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID. If you feel sick at school, tell your teacher who will notify the nurse if needed.
By using these tips, we can all stay healthy.
Let’s have a great year!
CST Bell Schedule--Hybrid/In-Person
Below is the bell schedule. Please note 6th grade will have an alternate 4th and 5th hour to accommodate 2 extra lunches. Remote students will also follow this bell schedule. Teachers will communicate with their students when lunch will occur.
Reminder: Remote students do not have a Cat time.
CST Virtual Tour!
Curbside Book Pick Up Extended !!
Curbside has been extended through this semester! Beginning Oct. 6th, it will be offered each Tuesday from 4-6pm until Winter Break.
Those dates are: October 13th, 20th, 27th and November 10, 17th, 24th and December 1st, 8th, 15th
Students and families will be able to come up to school at that time and collect their books they have placed on hold and return any library books that are due back. It will be staffed by myself and staff volunteers. We will be outside in front of the main entrance and be ready to distribute books and collect books as needed at that time.
Managing Anxiety in an Ever Changing World (Zoom)
The first Olathe Special Services Site Council Parent Information Session will be on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Details are here: English and Spanish. Please post/share best way with your parents. Click into the links here to access the flyer below and its accompanying Zoom link to the presentation.
We Need Your Pictures for Year Book
Wanting to Work here at Chisholm?
New to CST in the 20-21 School Year
Kenzie Carroll - Math 7/8
Joining us having taught in Leavenworth Public Schools the past 2 years
Chrissy Walters - Receptionist
Coming to us from Regency Place Elementary
Hunter Wallace - Math 8/Alg. 1
New graduate from Benedictine University
Jen Vohland - Resource
Moving into a new role at CST from a para position last year
Stacey Silkett - Counselor
Moving to CST from
Reagan Sheffield - Spanish
New graduate from K-State University
Max Taulbee - Boys' PE
Joining us after 1 year at PRT as a resource teacher
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Rick Sola - Principal
Joining CST from Prairie Trail as both principal and assistant principal the past 9 years
Welcome Parents to the 2020-21 School Year. A few suggestions to help us tackle attendance for your student(s) during this hybrid learning experience. Attendance is more crucial during these unprecedented times. We ask that you notify Chisholm Trail Attendance Office, preferably before 8:00am with your students all day absence. You can use any of the following methods of contacting us:
1. Call dedicated Attendance Line (voicemail only) – 913-780-7241
2. Call CST Main Line – 913-780-7240 (voicemail after 4:00pm)
3. Email Connie Bray, Attendance Secretary @ firstname.lastname@example.org
*all emails will be responded to with a follow-up email for verification of receiving
Information needed to report absence:
· Student Name
· Student Grade
· Your Relationship to Student
· Reason for absence (i.e. illness description, appointment, etc.)
· Phone number to return call (if needed for further info)
Due to remote learning, if your student checks out for an appointment, we ask for a second notification to Attendance (again via any of the 3 methods listed above) if student returns to learning with a time of return. If you contact your student(s) teacher via email please cc Connie Bray with info as to help us.
Please refer to this request as we proceed to continue to help make this school year as positive as we possibly can. We are always here to assist you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you, and together we can do this.
Need technical support? Go here for solutions and direction...consider bookmarking this page.
Surface Go Tip
If students are unable to connect to WiFi (example: worked one day but not the other):
o Press and hold the Power button until the screen goes black (ignore the “swipe to shut down PC” option)
o Press Power button again
o Give it a minute to restart – this should “kick out” new updates to Surface Go
(Just another way to update!)
Systemwide Remote Schedule for In-Person Learners
Remote Learner Schedule
Instructional videos for StudentVUE:
StudentVUE video tutorial ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/36ODz_CxG9o
StudentVUE video tutorial SPANISH: https://youtu.be/MZqHT8Kwqwk
Remote Learning Guidelines, Tips, and Expectations (PDF is pictured)
We are Wildcats!
Receiving our emails?
You should receive an email and a text alerting you of the updated weekly. If you do not have an email we do not have an accurate address. Please contact Melynda Marquardt to be added or verified.
CST Data Operator: Melynda Marquardt (email@example.com)
Receptionist: Chrissy Walters
Assistant Principal's Secretary: Angie Peterson
Attendance Secretary: Connie Bray
Bookkeeper/Principal's Secretary: Andrea Wescott
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.
CST Admin and Counselors
6th Grade/7th Grade (Green)
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8th Grade/7th Grade (Silver)
6th Grade/7th Grade (Green)
8th Grade/7th Grade (Silver)