Weekly Wildcat


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 8/30/2021

Dear CST Family,

This past week our students enjoyed a first for CST…they went fishing. Across the street from Chisholm Trail is a private pond and its owners gave us permission to use it for PE class. PE teacher, Adam Kinzer, secured a grant from Bass Pro Shop, purchased 36 fishing poles and did the tireless work all week hauling equipment, purchasing worms, and readying lines for fishing each of his hours. A huge thanks also goes to our parent volunteers who took their time to bait hooks and help supervise. Many students had never fished before but learned the important pieces of fishing including safety, parts of the pole, how to tie knots, bait hooks, and how to properly cast and handle the fish (all are thrown back). Not only were our kids learning a skill they can carry with them for life, but they also had a blast! Next week all of Mr. Taulbee’s classes will be fishing followed by Ms. Hankins and Ms. Totte-Boyd’s classes the week after that. I’m excited for our students and thankful for our teachers.

In two other examples of unique experiences for our kids, Mr. Woolcott brought his bike and several tires to teach students how to change a bike tire. He also incorporated important life lessons on not giving up and persevering through challenges (school, life, etc.) while associating it back to the bike lesson. Mrs. Sutter secured a grant for a garden to grow food which would then be used in part for our FACS program. This week, Mrs. Sutter’s students pulled their first watermelon from the garden and served it to our office staff…it tasted great! The work of building and maintaining over the summer paid off and our kids were so proud at what they helped produce and are looking forward to providing for the year ahead.

As I reflect on the district's “moments that matter” theme, I can’t help but think about these powerful, real-world examples that will stay with our kids forever. The moments in the day that may have required hours of preparation but culminated into a single moment, can make quite a difference. To our staff members, across all contents, who are making moments that matter in the lives of our kids every day, I am so grateful.

I’m looking forward to another great week at CST and hopefully one that’s a little cooler.

Have a great week ahead.


Week at a glance..

Monday, 8/30

  • Music Department Fall fundraiser continues
  • 8/30--Musical Parent Meeting (7pm, CST Auditorium)
  • MAP Testing (math)

Tuesday, 8/31

  • MAP Testing (math)

Wednesday, 9/1

  • First VB game (vs OT - 8th in main gym, 7th in aux. gym)
  • Finish MAP Testing (math)

Thursday, 9/2

  • First FB games (7FB @ CT; 8FT vs CT) 3:30-5pm
  • Board of Education Meeting (6pm)

Friday, 9/3

  • 1/2 Day for students (7:50-11:15am)

Looking Ahead...

  • 9/6--Labor Day--No School
  • 9/7--Cross Country Meet @ FT
  • 9/8--7th/8th grade VB vs. SFT
  • 9/9--7th grade FB vs. SFT, 8th grade FB @ SFT
  • Week of 9/7--MAP Testing (reading)
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Spirit Week!

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(no purchases before 8am due to morning traffic)

For each item purchased, a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a pizza lunch for your student and 4 friends!


MAP Testing THIS Week

Beginning Monday, your child will take the Fall MAP assessment in their math class. The following week, students will take the reading MAP assessment in their language arts classes. This assessment will be taken again mid-year and a 3rd time late in the spring. Scores will be shared with parents around conference time which will include a "projected growth" for their springtime assessment. Feel free to reach out to your child's math/ELA teacher with questions.

First Football and Volleyball Games THIS WEEK!

Our volleyball and football teams begin games this week. Volleyball 7th and 8th grade teams will both play at Summit Trail on Monday and will be home against Oregon Trail on Wednesday. Our 7th grade football team will kickoff their season on Thursday at California Trail while our 8th grade will be hosting CT at the CST field. We look forward to a great week of competition!


Students may attend these games. There is a $1.00 entry fee for students, $2.00 for adults. Students with an activity pass will be listed and admitted to the games. Students must communicate with parents and have rides to be picked up by the end of the game.

After Hours and Math Lab Return After Labor Day!

We are excited to begin our extended hour opportunities for our students to get help both BEFORE and after school. These programs are known as "Wildcat After Hours" (WAH) and "Math Lab". Below are available times for students to get help with homework. Please note, we are adding a "before hours" WAH program on Monday and Wednesday as well.

***These academic programs will begin the week of September 6th***

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REMINDER: Message from XC Coaches

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

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 mblee@olatheschools.org with questions.

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What's Happening in our Lunch Room

This year breakfast and lunch are FREE. Every child may have (1) breakfast and (1) lunch per day. Students may supplement by bringing their own lunch or snack for lunch.

Youth Opportunities

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Westside Wild: Free Lacrosse Clinics

No Equipment Needed

Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the country.
Come see why lacrosse is becoming such a popular sport.

WHERE: Walnut Grove Elementary, 119th and Pflumm

WHEN: September 25 & 26, October 2 & 3; 4:00 ‐ 5:15pm. Come to just one or all four, whatever works for you.

WHY: There is a reason why lacrosse is a growing sport. It is fast‐paced with lots of action for all players on the field. Kids tend to really enjoy learning to throw and catch a lacrosse ball.

AGES: Girls grades 3‐8 are welcome. We will separate by age and playing experience.

SEASON: Lacrosse is a spring sport, although there are options to play out of season with various clubs. For Spring 2022, Westside Wild intends to put teams in the KC Metro League that play on Sundays at Blue Valley North and also is striving to have a 5v5 beginner’s league.

EQUIPMENT: Lacrosse stick, goggles, mouth guard (Coaches can help source. Overall cost is modest, less than $100 for all)

REGISTER: Please visit https://westsidewildlax.com to learn more and register or email Chris Harrington at c_harr@hotmail.com to do so.

COLLEGE LACROSSE: There are almost 600 women’s teams at 4‐year institutions between D1,2,3 and NAIA, more than men’s, providing wonderful playing opportunities for those that excel.

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Note: Blackboard Communications

New CST bookkeeper/admin assistant, Sara Harris, began this past week. There may be communications from the school that will come from her. This is just a heads up emails from "Sara Harris" is from the CST office. As always, if you are concerned you are missing school or district communication, please contact the CST front office at 913-780-7240.

CST Sports

Students MUST have a physical on file to practice/tryout for any sports in the 21-22 school year. Students without a physical dated May 1, 2021 or later will not be able to participate until they complete and turn in a physical and are cleared to play

Visit CST's athletics page for coach contact and program info.


Traffic Pattern

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

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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.

Water Bottles

  • 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.


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2021-2022 Bell Schedule

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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.

Olathe's Return 2021 Plan

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.

Locker issues?

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 (eericherson@olatheschools.org)

Student Schedules

Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions about their schedule. Please note: only schedules with errors will be changed. If there's a schedule change need due to extenuating circumstances, please also reach out to your child's counselor.

District Calendars

Access to school calendars, hour listings for buildings

District Calendar Page

Year-at-a-glance, single pager/downloadable

District Calendar PDF

CST Admin/Counseling Team

Office Staff

Receptionist: Chrissy Walters

Assistant Principal's Secretary: Angie Peterson

Attendance Secretary: Connie Bray

Bookkeeper/Principal's Secretary:

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

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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.

  1. Each week will come with an "at-a-glance" section (see below). This will highlight upcoming and notable events for your planning.
  2. 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.
  3. "Repeated but still relevant" section. Anything still relevant from the previous week will be in the recycled section. This section is labeled.
  4. Pictures from the week! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS
  5. 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 (mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org), 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!

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!

Rick Sola

CST Principal