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-6,7,8)


Asst. Principal: Erin Richerson (Green-6,7,8)



Rachel Iuli: Green-6,7,8


Ashley Rodden: Silver-6,7,8



Jenn Ross: jiross@olatheschools.org

School Resource Officer

Frank Galbrecht: fgalbrechtsro@olatheschools.org

Attendance Secretary

Connie Bray: cbraycst@olatheschools.org (913.780.7241)

Student Information Specialist

Melynda Marquardt: mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org

Week of 4/18/2022

Dear CST Family,

I hope you were able to enjoy the long weekend and perhaps spend some time with friends or family you don't often see. This is the last long weekend until summer and the quarter 4 mid-term is this Wednesday...wow!

The week ahead brings the anticipated all-school-service day event. All students are assigned a location to serve and will spend Friday morning at this location. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to talk with your child about their service assignment. In addition, each grade level will hear from a speaker in the afternoon. Sixth and seventh grade will hear from "ThinkFirst" which focuses on safety tips for adolescents and eighth grade will hear local speaker, Janet Schrick, share a personal story about making good choices (more on both speaking events below). This is going to be a powerful day for our kids and I'm so appreciative of our staff who've done extra work in preparation for this day. Special shout out to assistant principal, Krista Dueringer, for her organization and leadership on this event. Watch @CSTWildcatsMS on Twitter this Friday for frequent updates...it'll be a great day!

Have a nice week!


CST Summer Camp Information and Sign-Ups

Below is a screen shot of camps at CST this summer. Click the "summer camp form 2022" PDF to use the active sign-up links.
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4th Annual Day of Service! April 22, 2022

Our school-wide day of service is quickly approaching and we could use some help from a few volunteers and are also in need of some donations. Please see the Sign-up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044CAAA62CAAFC1-2022

Questions can be directed to Krista Dueringer at kdueringercst@olatheschools.org.

Thank you!

Service Day Speakers

6th and 7th grade students will hear from ThinkFirst the afternoon of CST's service day. Below is a blurb from their website with a link to the site itself below.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City provides 45-minute, free school-based presentations for youth grades kindergarten through high school throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The presentations are age appropriate and cover a variety of topics including distracted driving, promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence. Thousands of youth in Greater Kansas City hear the ThinkFirst injury prevention message each year.

For more information click HERE to access the ThinkFirst website.

8th grade students will hear from local speaker and former OPS school teacher, Janet Schrick (pictured). Mrs. Schrick will share a personal story involving making good choices and as well as natural consequences when we don't pay attention to the "rumble strips" of life. Janet has done many speaking events in Olathe and her focus is especially timely for our students transitioning to high school.

8th Grade End of Year Events (Reminders)

May 13--6:30-8pm--parent organized activity night for 8th grade students hosted at Chisholm Trail.

May 24--6pm--8th grade Night of Recognition--awards and receiving of certificate. This is event is for all 8th grade students and families.

CST Recognitions!

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CST Assessment Schedule


  • Week of 3/21--Kansas Science Assessment (8th only-science) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 3/27--Kansas Reading Assessments (ELA classes) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 4/11—MAP Reading (ELA classes) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 4/18—Panorama (rescheduled date--taken during WIN time)
  • Week of 4/25—Kansas Math Assessments (Math classes)
  • Week of 5/9—MAP Math (Math classes)

Budget Information Night (4/12) and Safety Town Hall (4/19)

Budget Information Night

Apr. 12, 2022

Click HERE for budget info night recap.

Safety Town Hall

Apr. 19, 2022

Starts at 6:30 PM


Join the Olathe Public Schools and first responders at the district’s Safety Town Hall. This event will provide an overview of the district’s multi-layered safety and security plan, protocols and procedures in place at all of our buildings for grades PreK-12. Please note, the purpose of this event is to provide a broad overview of the safety procedures at ALL district buildings, and will not focus on any one individual building or incident. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide feedback to district leaders regarding safety in our schools.

Contact Email: communications@olatheschools.org

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Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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Save the Dates! 8th Grade Activity Night and Night of Recognition

  • 6pm, Tuesday, May 24th
  • End of Year Night of Recognition for 8th Grade Students
  • All 8th grade students are invited to attend
  • More details to come!

8th Grade Activity Night is May 13th!

  • 6:30-8pm
  • More details to come

Olathe South Boys Basketball

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Applications for Olathe Teen Council 2022-2023 (8th graders)

We’re excited to announce that applications are open for the 2022-2023 Olathe Teen Council!

Teens will be able to meet with the City Council, learn how their local government works, how to be involved and how to amplify their voice. They’ll also be able to identify specific issues they are interested in learning more about and find a way to have an impact. We have multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We also hope to take some teens to the National League of Cities conferences in Kansas City in 2022 and Washington DC in 2023.

This opportunity is open to any student who will be a high schooler in 2022-2023 and lives in Olathe. We generally accept between 10 and 20 members.

Students are encouraged to apply! The application is available at OlatheKS.org/TeenCouncil. It does require a short essay as well as two letters of recommendation. Applications are due July 1.

Go Guardian Features for Parents!

What is Go Guardian? (device monitoring software)

Go Guardian Parent was created to help provide additional educational support to administrators and teachers by allowing parents to see what sites and documents their children are browsing and providing parents with additional internet controls at home. The app gives parents and guardians a bird’s eye view of the apps and websites that their kids are on most often and control over school-issued devices during out-of-school hours. With this perspective, parents can be made aware of what types of browsing behavior schools are seeing from students so they can all work together to encourage more effective internet browsing habits at home and at school.

See the attached PDF for more information and directions on how to download the app.

From the "there's a first time for everything" department...

This past week on morning announcements students were made aware the use of Door Dash (or similar services) is not permitted at CST. Unexpected food deliveries presents safety issues and the need for follow up from the front office. Parents are still allowed to bring food in (for their child only) but should still work through the CST office for arrangements and personally deliver the meals themselves.

Thank you

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Counseling Corner

The Counseling Department would like to take a moment to share a resource from Children’s Mercy Hospital with you. Please use this link https://www.childrensmercy.org/departments-and-clinics/developmental-and-behavioral-health/prepped-and-ready/ to access information about Prepped and Ready: Parenting into the Teen Years. This is set up as a short video series that you can watch as your schedule permits. There is no cost, and if you complete a short survey at the end, Children’s Mercy will send you a great safety kit.

Topics include eating disorder prevention, home safety (including storage of firearms, medications, etc.), screen time, self-care, substance use (including vaping), and suicide prevention.

This resource will only be available for a short time, so please don’t wait!

Contact your child's counselor with questions.

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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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: Sara Harris

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.