Weekly Wildcat


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

Week of 2/8

Dear CST Family,

It’s a big weekend here in Kansas City! As we gear up in anticipation and nerves for Sunday’s game we also just learned of another exciting announcement with regard to our district’s return to full in-person learning on March 1st. This will be the first time in almost a year (March 12, 2020 was our last day in session) our students will be back in the building together as a whole group. There will be no double checking on “A” or “B” days with this learning mode and no longer will students be working asynchronously at home on their “off” days. I’m excited for the in-person instruction and engagement that will now occur daily and, having spoken to so many of our students throughout the year, I think they will be too. Over the next few weeks we’ll prepare for our students’ return and I will share more information (mostly reminders) about our school procedures and practices. Be assured our safety measures will remain a priority and in place as we transition learning modes. Watch for more in the coming weeks.

Whether you’re a Chiefs/football fan or not, I hope this weekend and all its buzz will be a good one for you as our community celebrates our local team taking part in the biggest sports event of the year. For our kids, I’m so happy for them to be able to experience the fun and positive unity a local team can bring to a city. Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm, stay safe, and LET’S GO CHIEFS!!!


Week at a glance..

***It's Conference Week***

Monday, 2/8
  • B-Day
  • Chess Club info meeting (PM Cat)

Tuesday, 2/9

  • A-Day
  • Curbside Library Book Pick up (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Chess Club info meeting (PM Cat)

Wednesday, 2/10

  • B-Day
  • Cheer practice 3:30-4:45pm

Thursday, 2/11

  • No School- Teacher Conferences
Friday, 2/12
  • No School

Looking Ahead...

  • Monday 15 - NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
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Thank You, CST Parents!

Thank you, parents, for your overflowing generosity! The lounge is stocked for teachers who'll be working evenings in the coming week for parent-teacher conferences. Thank you to CST parent group leads, Lori Grantham and Becca Stanley, for spearheading the efforts. We are so appreciative! It's going to be a great week!
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Principal Feedback Survey

As part of my ongoing professional development, please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey linked below. Your answers will provide me feedback as I work toward continued growth as a building principal and professional.

Thank you in advance.



Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services

Parent Education Series, February 18 Virtual Presentation -

Please see the English and Spanish flyers on the next Parent Education Series titled, “Learning from our Teens”.

From District Nurse Coordinator

There has been an update to the Primary and Secondary symptoms of COVID-19 per JCDHE. Fever is no longer considered to be a primary symptom of COVID-19 even in secondary students and adults. It is now a secondary symptoms which means there needs to be at least one other symptom of COVID in order to classify the person as have COVID-like Illness requiring exclusion and/or testing. The symptoms are now as listed below:

Primary (any one symptom):

  • New, persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste and/or smell (this is so specific that even in the presence of a negative PCR test, the person is considered COVID positive)

Secondary symptoms (any two or more symptoms):

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fever (100o +) or chills
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches


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Track and Field

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Monday, March 1st--Return to Full In-Person Learning (Remote students not impacted)

Message from Mr. Allison (2/4 email)

Dear Olathe Public Schools families and staff,

The Olathe Board of Education met on Thursday, February 4. After a study of district and county numbers, the Board voted to bring secondary students back into full-time, in-person learning on March 1. This means that any middle or high school student who chose in-person learning at registration, would start coming to school full-time, every day on March 1. Elementary students who chose in-person learning will remain in school full time as well.
It’s important to note that this decision by the Board was not made lightly. Citing declining community numbers, internal numbers including low absence rates, declining COVID-19 numbers in our school, and limited spread within our buildings, Board members voted 5-2 to bring secondary students back to full time in-person learning.

Providing the best quality educational experiences for our students, while balancing the safety and health of our students, staff, and families, is a priority. We will continue to review numbers regularly and watch for trends within our buildings. Please do your part to help us by continuing to wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, keep your children home when they are sick and practice social distancing. We need a community effort to keep our schools in session, our students and staff safe and learning together.

Thank you for your support of the Olathe Public Schools.

John Allison, Superintendent

Enrollment Info

8th Grade Parents (2/4 Enrollment Email)

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Please find 2 attachments to this email with information for freshmen enrollment presentations.

  1. Freshmen Parent Night Zooms .doc provides Zoom links and times to all Olathe High Schools
  2. ONW Freshmen Enrollment 20-21 provides specific info for ONW only
  3. The Weekly Wildcat for the week of 2/1 also has school specific information and can be found here: https://www.smore.com/89scg-weekly-wildcat

Please reach out to your child’s counselor, Mrs. Rodden (amrodden@olatheschools.org) if you have specific enrollment questions.

Rick Sola


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.

Click the Following PDFs for your High School

All Olathe High Schools (Help Sessions)

Olathe South High School

8th Grade Enrollment Night Parent Meeting Via Zoom @ 6:30pm

Olathe North High School

Olathe North Parent Night February 8th, 6:00-7:00 pm (Zoom)--see PDF below

Olathe East High School

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Open PDF below for Zoom links and more details for Olathe East.

Olathe West High School

See the flyer below for parent night info.
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Olathe Northwest Highschool

Information pending but see below to schedule an appointment for enrollment assistance. Parent Zoom night scheduled February 8th--links coming soon.
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Let's Show the Teachers How Much We APPRECIATE Them !!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the amazing response for our teachers! The lounge is stocked for conference week and we are so appreciative...thank you for your support and generosity!



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!



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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

Chisholm Trail

Professional School Counselor

7th- grade Silver

8th grade- All Teams

Noah's Bandage Project 5K, Sunday April 18th 2021

If interested, details can be found here: www.noahscrowntown5k.com
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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)

Dear Parents of Current 6th and 7th Grade CST Students,

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.

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Snow Day Information (1/22 email)

CST Family,

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 catering@olatheschools.org.


12/4 Building Email: Snow Day Follow up

Dear Parents,

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
inclement weather

Time Period
Cat: 7:50-7:59 AcExt (in-person students only)
1st: 8:03-8:27
2nd: 8:31-8:55
3rd: 8:59-9:23
4th: 9:27-9:51
5th: 9:55-10:19
6th: 10:23-10:47
7th: 10:51-11:15


Wildcat Parents,

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.


(nurse continued)

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

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Remote Learning Bell Schedule

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Science Olympiad

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.

Winter Athletics

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).

Communication Change
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.

COVID-19 Dashboard

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

With the shortened number of class meeting dates in the first quarter, quarter one and quarter two will be weighted differently when determining semester grades. At the end of the semester, the semester grade on the grade card will reflect a quarter one weighting of 40% and quarter two weighting of 60%. This will allow students an opportunity to recover their semester grade after a shortened quarter one and be a fair representation of learning for the full semester. The current expectation is that second semester will be back to a 50/50 weighting, as in the past. This is approach is consistent across all 10 Olathe middle schools.

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.


Attendance Corner

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 @ cbraycst@olatheschools.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.

Attendance Secretary,

Connie Bray

Technical Support

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!)

Office Staff

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

Chisholm Families

While we use sanitizing spray throughout the building, wipes are very helpful for a quick clean up and sanitation. We use these at lunch and in classrooms. If you are able to donate a container we'd be so appreciative!

Chisholm is in need of TISSUES and CLOROX WIPES. If you are able to donate some of these items it would greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate please have your student bring them to the office and we will distribute them where they are needed.

Thanks again, CST family!

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Tuesday, February 9