PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 10/4/2021
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
***NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8***
Week of 10/4/2021
Dear CST Family,
This past week CST cross country runners participated in what I view as one of the neatest events put on by our middle schools, the city cross country meet. This includes teams from all 10 Olathe middle schools running at CBAC. The course is set up to start and finish on the football field in front of the bleachers. The sea of runners in various school colors begins the race as the race diagonal from one corner of the endzone to the other to begin the race. The mile long (2 for 8th grade) course quickly spreads apart as our runners compete with different times. The best part is the positivity surrounding the event. Students cheering on other students from other schools, fans cheering on all runners, personal bests being achieved, the encouragement for all runners as they cross the finish line…it really is a fun site and a wonderful event. Nice job to all our runners who pushed themselves through the season.
This is the last week of the first quarter—wow! Our 6th grade students with quarter electives will complete those course this Thursday and begin a new course the following Monday. We will have our night football game on Wednesday evening (6pm) and it’s a “glow out” theme—wear neon! Our 8th grade football team takes on Mission Trail under the lights at ODAC (more below). Join us for some football, concessions, and a good night out under the lights!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Week at a glance..
- Girls Basketball tryouts
- Choir Concert
- Theater Field Trip 9-11:30am
- Night Football Game (6pm @ ODAC)
- Chess Club
- Professional Day- NO SCHOOL
10/11--2nd quarter begins, Columbus Day
10/11--10/15--Parent-Teacher Conference Week
10/13--Half Day for Students- teacher conferences
10/14 & 15 --NO SCHOOL
Neon Night Football Game!
LOOK WHATS GROWING AT CHISHOLM
Girls' Basketball Tryout Information
Potential Players and Parents,
We are excited that you or your daughters are interested in playing basketball for CST this season. A few things you should know:
- Tryout Dates: October 4th-6th from 3:20-5pm
- What to bring: Basketball shoes or tennis shoes, socks, hair ties, water bottle, t-shirt, a mask and gym shorts.
2. All paperwork must be turned into the office
a. Physical- must be turned in before they are allowed to tryout
b. Concussion Form- must be turned in before they are allowed to tryout
c. Student Transportation Form- after tryouts, before first game
d. Student Abuse Agreement- after tryouts, before first game
What to Expect during Tryouts:
- We will be evaluating different skills, attitude, coachability, and effort.
- Some years there are too many players that want to play and not enough spots. At this point cuts would be made. However, there are many years that cuts aren’t necessary and everyone makes the team
- If you have never played basketball before, don't be afraid to try out. Effort, coachability, and attitude are all attributes we look for and have nothing to do with talent or ability.
3. Schedule is attached- Subject to change
4. The Parent Meeting is Scheduled for October 7th at 5:15pm. We encourage all parents and players to attend to learn about our expectations for the upcoming season.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. We look forward to the season!
Jamie Totte-Boyd Andria Jones
7th Grade Coach- Head Coach 8th Grade Coach
8th Grade Parents
Career Expo, and 21st Century Academy Information and Open House Schedules
Hello 8th Grade Parents,
It’s hard to believe that it is October. There are a few items that we wanted to make all 8th grade parents aware of.
All Olathe Public School 8th grade students will be attending a Career Expo on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. This will be held at the IRC building (Instructional Resource Center) at the district office. Busing will be provided. More information, such as CST time slot, will be made available very soon.
21st Century Academy Information and Open House Schedules
The Olathe Public Schools offers 15 unique and innovative 21st Century Academies for high school students. These academies are housed within the district’s high schools. These innovative, four-year programs allow students to build upon their interests and learn specific knowledge and skills they can apply towards their post-secondary experiences and career fields.
As 8th graders, your students will be able to begin the application and interview process if they are interested in joining one of the academies. These academies are optional. 21st Century Programs will be hosting Open House events for parents and students so that they can learn more about the programs they are interested in. More general information is also available at:
21st Century Academy Open House Schedule:
Tuesday - October 26, 2021
Olathe South High School from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
BioMedical Engineering, Business Finance, and Computer Science
Thursday - October 28, 2021
Olathe North High School from 5:45 - 8:00 pm
Animal Health, Geoscience, Medical Professions, and Sports Medicine
Wednesday – November 3, 2021
Olathe West High School from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Green Tech and Public Safety
Wednesday – November 10, 2021
Olathe East High School from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Design, Civic Leadership, and Future Educators
Thursday – November 11, 2021
Olathe North High School from 6:30 -8:00 pm (families stay for the entire time)
Monday - November 15, 2021
Olathe Northwest High School from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday – November 16, 2021
Olathe Northwest High School from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC) Students apply in 10th grade.
Thursday – November 4, 2021
Open House for 8th-11th grade students from 5:30 -7:30 pm
Animal Science and Research, Automotive Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Electronics and Avionics, Healthcare Science, Welding Technology.
Applications and Interviews
After Open Houses have been completed, the 21st Century application process begins. A student interested in applying for an academy will fill out an online application during the open application window of November 17 – December 7.
Once the form is submitted, students are contacted by the academy facilitator and an interview is arranged with the students and parents/guardian to go over interests, academy requirements and suggested course enrollment. Students then enroll in the high school as a full-time student where the program is hosted. Please note: academy acceptance serves as a student’s transfer application. A separate transfer request form is not needed.
On Thursday, November 11, 2021 CST will be having mock interviews for 8th grade students that are applying for a 21st Century program. This will be an opportunity for students to receive experience talking with professionals from the community in an interview setting. The goal is to help prepare students for the 21st Century interview and future job interviews. Once the mock interview dates have been confirmed, we will email that information out to parents.
Students will be receiving this information and preparing for these events over the next several weeks. Feel free to contact CST career counselor, Rachel Iuli (@firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Olathe South Falcon's Basketball Clinic
Mrs. Waller's Art 2 Class is working on a Street Art piece for their Color Scheme/Painting Unit
WIN Time Prizes
As our students are well underway with their WIN time choice boards, we are going to reward students for their hard work! Teachers will nominate hard working students who'll then be entered into a drawing for a prize. Below is a link if you'd like to contribute toward our prizes for students. If you have any questions please reach out to assistant principal, Krista Dueringer at email@example.com.
Message from your Counselors
If your family is interested in receiving weekend snacks to go home in their student's backpacks on Friday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Rachel Iuli & Ashley Rodden
Olathe Public Schools
Chisholm Trail Middle School
Football Games THIS WEEK!
10/6--8th grade game @ ODAC (6pm--NEON NIGHT!)
10/7--7th grade game @ CST
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.
Bookmark this site...all athletic rosters IN THE CITY will be kept at this location in lieu of printing programs for games. This includes all sports, all year. Check it out!
After Hours and Math Lab
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 began the week of September 6th***
WIN Time Update
In the weeks ahead, we'll begin providing literacy intervention for students identified through our MAP testing and reading fluency assessments in the building. This intervention will be provided during our WIN class period (8:44-9:18) and students will work in groups of 5 or less with CST teachers. All students will still be eligible for the WIN prizes described above, but may spend WIN time with one of our building literacy interventionists (one of 13 CST teachers) while they receive literacy intervention targeting any of the identified literacy gaps. This intervention time is being utilized in our Olathe Schools and achieves the state literacy mandate.
In addition, beginning Monday, all CST students will begin to receive daily phonics lessons for the first 5 minutes of their science class. This, too, is part of a district wide effort to help close any gaps that may have occurred through any of our kids' schooling. Daily phonics lessons will be fulfilled by your child's social studies teacher beginning in January.
Parent Awareness: Current Trends and Influences
Social Media Influences
A nationwide trend has recently made its way into local schools. Unfortunately, CST has not been exempt from this trend, nor have the other Olathe middle schools and high schools. The trend has been credited to TikTok and involves vandalizing schools and posting the video evidence on the social media platform. This has resulted in various acts of vandalism in Olathe including broken bathroom stall doors, mirrors pulled down from walls, soap dispensers ripped from walls, trash cans turned upside down, etc. Some have been caught as a result of their posted video making rounds. Of course, these actions can result in both school and legal consequences. The first story below features Olathe North principal, Jason Herman, who was interviewed by the KC Star.
The other articles are informational, but recent, and deal more with the mental health impact social media can have. Even working in schools as an administrator, I was not aware of some of the information below. As more focus and attention is given to the mental health of our children, the various social media platforms and their influence on the developing teenage brain is an important part of the conversation. My hope is that the links below will provide awareness of current trends and more about outside influences on our kids. Even better if these promote discussion at home.
Johnson County school has bathroom doors and toilet seats stolen, following TikTok trend (featuring Olathe principal) (9/15/2021)
TikTokers Are Stealing From Their Schools in a New Trend (9/10/2021)
5 Things Parents Need to Know about Tik-Tok (Updated 2021)
Facebook officials knew Instagram can have negative mental health impacts for teens, report claims (9/14/2021)
The links below require a Wall Street Journal subscription but may be found in summary on other social media awareness sites.
How TikTok Serves Up Sex and Drug Videos to Minors (9/8/2021)
Inside TikTok’s Algorithm: A WSJ Video Investigation(7/21/2021)
Recycled: Concerns From Across the Street
In recent week's I've been contacted by Price Chopper, Starbucks, and Carmen's Cocina regarding behavior from middle school patrons on separate occasions. Reported behaviors include:
- cursing in the store with each other
- making gestures toward customers
- blocking entry to the store
- throwing cake, breaking bottles, leaving messes
- standing on tables near the pharmacy
- climbing/swinging on tree branches
- riding on motorized handicap carts
- throwing balls
- eating donuts
- playing hide and seek
Redirection from workers has frequently been ignored or was responded to disrespectfully. Police have been called on at least one occasion this school year.
While these behaviors are often not within CST's jurisdiction, when specific information is provided we will make calls home in effort to promote positive outcomes for all without the need of law enforcement. Ultimately, however, businesses have the right to enforce their policies and expectations as they see appropriate and this could include contacting police and/or pressing charges.
As CST principal, I can share that all the businesses I've mentioned have done so much for our staff and our kids over the years with the services they provide. I value their contributions not just as a principal, but as a parent and as a community member. In our beginning-of-year talks with students, as part of representing oneself (and school) positively, we included discussion on behavior expectations at Price Chopper specifically. We will continue to do our part at CST to reinforce basic common courtesy and appropriate behavior when in public.
I'm also hopeful this awareness and communication will prompt discussion at home about the importance of responsible independence and respectful behavior in public, especially in context of these concerns. Aiming to promote a future filled with positive societal contributions and doing so with courtesy, kindness, and respect is one we can all promote as part of our home/school partnership. I'm grateful for our CST parent community and its support in doing all we can to fulfill our district's mission of "preparing kids for their future."
Coach Yantis 5K in November
Coach Yantis Fun(d) Run QR Code
Follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS for more!!!
Awesome library announcements!!
Our CST library app has been fixed! Students may use the CST Library app (from Classlink) to access tutorials to get ebooks and audiobooks from Destiny and/or Axis360, browse book trailers and booktalks, use databases for school research, etc...
Also, bookfairs are returning!! Our fall bookfair will be the week of October 18th and the Spring bookfair will be the week of February 14th. Both of these weeks are the week after conferences and the fairs will be in the library. This year we will be using Scholastic Book Fairs. More details to come as we get closer...
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.
- 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.
2021-2022 Bell Schedule
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.
"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.
Access to school calendars, hour listings for buildings
Year-at-a-glance, single pager/downloadable
CST Admin/Counseling Team
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
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Silver Team--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
Silver Team--6, 7, 8
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.