PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 2/1/2021
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 In-Building Days
Tuesday, February 2
Thursday, Feb 4
Tuesday, February 9
Thursday, February 11 - NO SCHOOL (Conferences)
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Monday, February 1
Wednesday, February 3
Friday, February 5- NO SCHOOL
Monday, February 8
Wednesday, February 10
Friday, February 12 -NO SCHOOL
Week of 2/1
Dear CST Family,
Last Friday you received an email with information about parent-teacher conferences. Similar to the fall, our conferences will be held via Zoom and parents have the opportunity to sign up to visit with their child's teachers. The original email is below in this newsletter. While this dedicated time to visit with parents is a nice, please know your questions or concerns are welcome at any time and we can always schedule a visit if desired.
A super week is ahead at CST! We will be red all week at Chisholm Trail with daily Chiefs themes. Of course, anything Chiefs is welcome regardless of the day's theme as we join in on the Super Bowl fun around KC. As a life long KC sports fan, I think about our kids who are now enjoying a second trip to the Super Bowl in as many years and are not too far removed from back to back World Series with the '14 and '15 Royals. When we're young, we don't think we'll turn into our parents, but the other day I found myself reminiscing with my own kids about playoff football in Kansas City. So easily my memories turned to words as I spoke of "3 missed field goals" and "John Elway" and a "no punt game". As my monologue so effortlessly transitioned to my childhood Royals teams and just as easily to my walks to school in a foot of snow, up hill, both ways, it dawned on me through the eye rolls and heavy sighs of my audience......that I'm really knocking this parenting thing out of the park......I also realized those Progressive commercials with Dr. Rick (no relation) are pretty spot on.
Have a SUPER week ahead and let's go Chiefs!
Week at a glance..
- Curbside Library Book Pick up (3:30-4:30pm)
- Groundhog Day
- Cheer practice 3:30-4:45pm
- Professional Day - (NO SCHOOL)
- 2/8 -B day
- 2/8 - High School 8th grade enrollment (virtual)
- 2/9 -A day
- 2/10 -B day, Teacher Conferences
- 2/11 -A day, Teacher Conferences-(No School)
- 2/12 Professional Day -(No school)
Parent Teacher Conference Information (email from 1/29)
Our spring parent-teacher conferences are fast approaching. As we did in the fall, conferences will be held via Zoom, phone call, or email. Conferences will be available for parents of all students whether your child is in remote or in-person. Conference week is Monday, February 8th through Thursday, February 11th. Teachers have established hours of availability which can be accessed by using the attached PDF. In addition…
- You may have already been contacted to set up a conference with your child’s teacher or teachers
- Because of the large caseload of middle school teachers, Zoom conference slots will be prioritized for students with academic or emotional needs.
- If you have a concern or wish for an update on your child’s progress, please open the attached PDF to access the sign-up form for each of your child’s teachers—
- So teachers have adequate time to prepare, please submit your conference sign up by the end of the day Friday, February 5th.
Of course, feel free to reach out to us any time you have a concern and we are happy to help.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Conference Sign-Up Links--Open PDF Below
Let's Show the Teachers How Much We APPRECIATE Them !!
The message below is from CST parents, Becca Stanley and Lori Grantham, who lead our CST parent group...thank you in advance!
Let’s “Stock the Lounge” for Parent-Teacher Conferences!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! To show our appreciation, we would like to stock the teacher’s lounge with a variety of drinks and snacks for teachers to enjoy while working those long conference hours. After using the link to sign up, please drop your donation off at CST during school hours any time during the week of Feb. 1 – Feb. 5. Thank you for considering!
Thanks again, CST family!
Click the Following PDFs for your High School
All Olathe High Schools (Help Sessions)
Olathe South High School
Olathe North High School
Olathe East High School
Olathe West High School
Olathe Northwest Highschool
BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
8th Grade Parents
8th grade students will be receiving High School enrollment packets in their Science classes on February 9th and 10th. They will be bringing those materials home for parent help and approval of their class choices. Students will be complete 9th grade enrollment through Synergy in their Science class on February 16th and 17th.
Message from the CST counselor
Current 6th and & 7th grade families,
Please remember to go into StudentVue to make your course selections for next year’s enrollment. Please have your student log into StudentVue, then click Course Requests from the left hand tab menu. Please return your sheet to the school by Feb 3, 2021. Thank you for taking your time to sit down this weekend to make your course selections.
Jazz Band: You will submit an incomplete 7 hour schedule. You will either have a 6 hour day or a 6.5 hour day depending if you want Jazz all year or not. We will then go and make your Jazz Band selection once we receive your paper here in the counselors office.
IT 391&IT395- These are our new technology classes for next year. We have been notified that some students are able to pull it up, and some are not. If you are not able to pull it up, please be sure you have it marked on your enrollment form and we will make the computer look like the form when you return it to the counseling office.
Audition/Application classes: Please submit a 7 hour day and list at the bottom which class you would like to drop when we receive the approved lists from the teachers.
Ashley M. Rodden
Professional School Counselor
7th- grade Silver
8th grade- All Teams
Noah's Bandage Project 5K, Sunday April 18th 2021
Snack Bar Is Now Open !!
We are now able to have an open snack bar for students during lunch...this is a HUGE celebration for our students who have been asking all year. The meals provided are still at no cost but all snack bar items require purchasing and money on their student account. You can add money to your child's account as normal through our Touch Base system. A communication with a reminder and further details will be sent out Monday from our bookkeeper, Andrea Wescott.
Students need to have their student ID to purchase items.
REMINDER: 6th and 7th Grade Enrollment Information (1/21 email)
It’s enrollment time! In the coming days, your child will be receiving enrollment information for their 2021-22 school year. Since we are unable to have an in-person parent event at this time, we are providing resources virtually to replicate the main portion of our in-person event. We hope this will help as you work with your child on enrollment. Please note: this email is informative only—you do not need to print the forms as students will receive instructions and a color-coded (by grade) form to fill out for this process. Please reach out with questions, but you can also plan on live Zoom sessions with counselors on Monday, 2/8 from 3:30-4:30pm and Tuesday, 2/9 from 4:30-6:30pm. The Weekly Wildcat newsletter will publish this same info as well as updates, Zoom links and reminders over the next few weeks.
Thank you for your involvement and support. Have a great rest of the week!
Rick Sola, Principal
Click HERE for the principal intro link.
Click HERE for the counselor presentation link.
Open the PDF below to access presentation timestamps.
Snow Day Information (1/22 email)
Below are details regarding inclement weather procedures. This info has been in the Weekly Wildcat but there are additional details below. This will be repeated in the next newsletter…
If there’s closure due to inclement weather
- Both remote and in-person students will follow the attached half day bell schedule.
- All in-person middle school students will check into their Cat time at 7:50am. Remote students will log in beginning 1st hour.
- In-person students that were scheduled to be on-site that day will then follow the attached schedule from 7:50 a.m. to 11:15, checking into each class. Those students will then engage in asynchronous learning for the remainder of the school day.
- In-person students that were scheduled off-site that day will continue with their asynchronous class as scheduled, after checking in with their academic extension class at 7:50am.
- Staff will be teaching from home.
Should the weather be especially extreme, the district may call an inclement weather shut down with no school for students. In this scenario, students would not be required to log into remote learning on this day. This will be clearly designated.
- Middle school students will continue to follow the published hybrid calendar in both snow day scenarios (i.e. A/B days will not shift due to inclement weather; we will remain with the published calendars—also attached to this email).
How to Stay Informed
- When the chance for severe or inclement weather looms, we will only post the cancellation of school, athletic events and other activities. We will not post when school, athletic events and activities are proceeding as scheduled.
- If school is canceled or a remote learning day is called due to snow or bad weather, the information will be available in the following formats:
- Blackboard notification to parents and staff via text and email information on file
- Local television and radio stations
- District website — http://www.olatheschools.org
- Push notification via district mobile app – go to your phone’s app store and search “Olathe Public Schools”
- Facebook — go to "Olathe Public Schools”
- Twitter — @olatheschools
- Instagram - @olatheschoolsks
This will all be repeated in the upcoming Weekly Wildcat.
Happy RED Friday!
Rick Sola, Principal
REMINDER: Carryout Meal Service Change
Beginning January 6, middle and high school students will return to the hybrid learning mode. Due to the number of employees required in buildings for meal service, the carryout meal format will return to DAILY service at the 10 middle schools instead of the Tuesday & Friday service schedule.
One important change to the return to daily carryout meal service will be the addition of Saturday & Sunday meals to the Friday carryout meals.
Carryout meals will again be available at each middle school from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Please remember to complete a Free/Reduced meal benefit application any time your family income changes. If approved for meal benefits, a number of other fee discounts are available from the school district, school bus company, and other community organizations. A plan is currently being developed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families for a second round of Pandemic-EBT cards. This additional food assistance will be available to those approved for Free/Reduced meal benefits later in the spring semester after DCF’s plan is approved by USDA. To apply online for Free/Reduced meal benefits: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2909
Free/Reduced meal benefits approved for the current 2020-21 school year extend through the first 30 school days of the 2021-22 school year.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school or email@example.com.
SNOW DAY REMINDERS
12/4 Building Email: Snow Day Follow up
In follow up to the inclement weather email from the district (below) is the bell schedule middle schools will operate on in an “inclement weather remote learning day”. A few key notes from the email:
• Both remote and in-person students will follow the half day schedule
• Both remote and in-person students will check in each hour via Zoom
• Remote learning students do not check into Cat Time.
• Inclement weather may result in a “traditional snow day” where students
are not expected to log in or attend class
• Communication of many forms will announce any day impacted by
Cat: 7:50-7:59 AcExt (in-person students only)
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NURSE ROSS
I have some new updates for you from the Johnson County Health Department. If your student tests positive for Covid, your student needs to stay home and isolate from the family for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. That has not changed. If your student was exposed to Covid, it can take 14 days for Covid symptoms to begin for your student. That has also not changed.
This is what has changed: it is possible that your student can return to school earlier than 14 days if he/she was exposed to Covid. It can be confusing when dealing with Covid exposures or getting ill with Covid. Your school nurse can help you with this! Give me a call or send me an email and I will figure out the quarantine dates, help you figure out where to get a Covid test, and figure out when your student can return to school. My number is 913-780-7246 and my email is JIRoss@olatheschools.org.
Welcome back, 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.
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 day's supply 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 semester!
Jennifer Ross RN, BSN
Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse
Remote Classroom Best Practices
Systemwide Remote Learning Bell Schedule
Remote Learning Bell Schedule
For Students wanting to join Science Olympiad ( link below)
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.
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COVID Gradebook Weighting
CST Virtual Tour!
Curbside Book Pick Up Extended !!
Curbside has been extended through this semester! Beginning Jan. 12th, it will be offered each Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm. or anytime during school hours.
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.
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.
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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!)
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)