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 1/18

Dear CST Family,

It's a short week ahead with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. With the choppiness of the 3rd quarter a more keen eye on our schedule will be needed as the established pattern is a little disrupted with so many shortened weeks. The week of 1/18 will have "A" students on Tuesday and Thursday and B-Students on Wednesday and Friday, just like last week due to Monday's holiday. February has non-five-day weeks as well (see calendar below) but we'll have lots of reminders and our outdoor sign updated.

This week is the last week of the girls' basketball season. Next week our boys will tryout for their abbreviated season. In addition, beginning on Tuesday, spring sport after school conditioning begins. This is available for all students, in-person and remote, and is for students to attend on the days they are in the building (or their alpha day for remote students). Reach out to Coach Kinzer if you have questions about (akinzercst@olatheschools.org).

Have a nice, long weekend, GO CHIEFS, and have a great week ahead!


Week at a glance..

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, 1/19

  • A-Day
  • 1/12- Curbside Library Book Pick up starts again
  • 3:30pm 8th grade girls BB @ IT, A game & B game is half

Wednesday, 1/20

  • B-Day
  • Inauguration Day

Thursday, 1/21

  • A-Day
  • 3:30pm 7th grade girls BB @ CST
  • 3:30pm 8th grade girls BB @ PT -A game ONLY!!
  • 6th and 7th Grade Enrollment Night (virtual)

Friday, 1/22

  • B-Day
  • Red Friday!!!

Looking Ahead...

  • 1/25-CST area band Feeder Festival 5th, 6th & Jazz
  • 1/25-1/28 boys BB Tryouts
  • 1/26 Elementary music tour
  • 1/28 5th grade Parent Night 6:30-7:30pm

January 18th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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How 'bout those CHIEEEEFS! RED FRIDAY--1/22

Let's hope for a Chiefs victory against the Browns on Sunday and for a Red Friday next week!
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6th and 7th Grade Enrollment

It's hard to believe but we will be starting the enrollment process this week as part of our preparation for the 21-22 school year. Be on the lookout for an enrollment instruction video from both CST counselors. This video takes the place of our originally scheduled enrollment parent meeting for current 6th and 7th grade students. Counselors will be visiting with students beginning this Thursday to discuss the enrollment process and available courses. The video will be timestamped for easy reference and replay. Of course, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor with questions throughout the process.

A Message from Mrs. Rodden:

Enrollment season is upon us! I will be in and out of your students Science class over the course of the next few weeks, starting with next week for one for your students “home” days. On one of their “home” days they will be watching a video on what high school credits are and what they need to graduate. This is simply informational as we will revisit this when I am in Science with them to talk about enrollment on Jan 21 & 22. Please feel free to view this video with your student, or it can be found on my website through ParentVue, or your students Google Classroom. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions amrodden@olatheschools.org.

This is the link to the Program Planning Guide. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_1uRy0lijnuhjddyDo2sbaeKFHkufONm/view?usp=sharing

Thank you,

Ashley M. Rodden

Chisholm Trail

Professional School Counselor

7th- grade Silver

8th grade- All Teams

A Message from Mrs. Silkett: 7th grade Families

Hello !!

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through this unique and challenging school year. Many things have changed, and we all have had to become more flexible and adapted to a life that is completely different than last year. However, time marches on and some things stay the same, and yes, it's that time of year again - enrollment.

We want you to know that your counseling team (Mrs. Rodden and Ms. Silkett) will be presenting enrollment information in your child's social studies classes on January 25th and 26th. Students will complete the enrollment process online at home with their families. However, they will also be expected to complete the enrollment form, which requires a parent/guardian's signature.

We default to these sheets if there is an issue with the online enrollment or if there is a discrepancy in the course requests. You will want to watch for the YELLOW enrollment form to come home the day of your child's presentation. Remote students will complete a digital PDF. This will be available on the CST website, Ms. Rodden and Ms. Silkett's website in Studentvue/Parentvue, and the newsletter. This form must be returned via a parent or guardian's email. This is how we will verify that parents agree with the course requests made by the student since a signature is not possible in this format. Given this fact, we will not accept forms sent through a student's email account. Additionally, there will also be an enrollment presentation for parents on January 21st. Details will be released soon.

We are looking forward navigating this exciting process together.

Thank you,

Stacey and Ashley

Thank you, Mr. Allison; Congratulations, Dr. Yeager!

Thank you to Mr. Allison for his service to Olathe Schools for the past four years. All the best to you in your much deserved retirement! Congrats to Dr. Yeager for being named the next superintendent of Olathe Public Schools! Click the link below for more details. In addition is the email sent out from Mr. Allison after last Thursday's board meeting.

Superintendent Details


Message below from Mr. Allison (1/14/21)

Olathe Public Schools families,

It is with mixed emotions that I share that at tonight’s Board of Education meeting, I announced my intent to retire at the end of this school year. This was not an easy decision to make. I have loved my time in Olathe and I have greatly appreciated the people and the community. From my first day here, I have been astonished by the support of this community. Olathe is a special place.

It is now time to focus on my family. My wife and I are planning to move back to Dallas, a place where we lived for a number of years and always hoped to one day return. Our son is currently living in Dallas and our daughter hopes to move there in the next few years. Being closer to and spending more time with family is my focus now as I leave this chapter and start the next one.

I am thrilled to share that at the Board of Education meeting, the board announced its decision to appoint Dr. Brent Yeager, current Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services, to the role of Superintendent starting in July. I have had the great honor of working with Brent the past four years and I have truly been impressed with his leadership, his vision and most importantly, his love for education and the children of Olathe. I could not be more supportive of this decision. Dr. Yeager is a fantastic choice to lead the Olathe Public Schools into the future.

I wanted to assure you that Dr. Yeager and I will work closely together during the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

I want to thank you all for your support of me during the past four years. It has truly been an honor to lead this organization. Thank you for your support of the Olathe Public Schools.


John Allison, Superintendent

Boys' Basketball Meeting

Boys' interested in playing basketball this winter should contact Coach Reed or Coach Boyd. A meeting was held last week to share details. Physicals must be on file to tryout and can be turned into the front office.

Contact Info:


Forms and Information:


Spring Sports Conditioning 2021

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Inauguration Day--1/20/21

Since our nation’s founding, and in accordance with the US Constitution, presidential inaugurations have occurred every four years. Each ceremony and its peaceful transition of power is a staple of American democracy. As kids are naturally intrigued by this process, parents are encouraged to have a conversation with their child and to hear/answer questions they have. Below are resources that may be helpful for parents as Wednesday's Inauguration Day approaches. These resources have also been shared with our teachers from Olathe's Learning Services department. Given the opportunity to experience and discuss history in real-time, teachers may incorporate the day's events into their own classroom. Feel free to check out the links below for general Inaugural Day information or as a launching point for discussion with your child at home.

Inaugural Sources

Sources of Strength Encouragment

In the coming days students will receive a postcard of encouragement from our Sources of Strength group. Thank you to the students who designed the postcard and the teachers worked for the grant to secure its funding--Ms. Taylor Sheffield, Mr. Dan Woolcott, Ms. Samantha Collins, and Ms. Lindsey Bingham. More about the program below in the recycled section.

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
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New to CST a year ago in the 2019-20 school year, Sources of Strength continues with teacher sponsors and CST student leaders. Read more about this program below...

Sources of Strength is a student-run program, with a little help from teacher advisors, that uses a fun, team-building focused style of learning to encourage open discussions about the “sources of strength” in a student’s life. Sources of Strength targets the social-emotional wellbeing of our CST students. The program helps students be more aware of various strengths in their lives and how they can harness those strengths during challenging times of their lives, especially for more vulnerable students. Sources of Strength teaches students how to identify strengths such as family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality and mental health.

Our peer leaders will utilize CAT time to spread the word of Sources of Strength. We have an incredible group of students from all grades who will provide support and hope to the CST student family. This year, Sources of Strength will put on a variety of campaigns, or events, to help CST students learn about finding strength in their lives. Some events will be small and personal, while others will involve the entire school and community. Stay tuned!

Hybrid Reminders

What I Do When I Arrive

--First—refer to our traffic pattern for car rider drop off
--Students enter the front entrance or event entrance—car or walker
--Bus riders will be dropped off at the event entrance (and load at the event entrance)
--We encourage all walkers and car riders to arrive after 7:30, but doors open when buses arrive (approx. 7:20)
--If students are in the building BEFORE 7:30 they will go to 1 of 2 locations depending on grade level
  • 6th Grade will sit spaced out by Cat teacher in the auditorium (signs posted)
  • 7th and 8th will take a different side of the bleachers in the main gym
  • If students want breakfast (see breakfast/lunch info below), they will go to the MPR to pick up the grab-and-go breakfast where they’ll eat in their designated location (gym/aud)

--If students arrive AFTER 7:30 they go straight to the their Cat time classroom.

  • If students want breakfast they can go to the MPR to pick up their breakfast to take to their Cat classroom to eat
--From there, class begins with Cat at 7:50 and we’ll run through the rest of the day

What do "home hybrid" students do?

  • Students from home will STILL need to log into their Cat time via Zoom at 7:50am to have attendance taken
  • At 7:50, students log into Zoom with their Cat teacher, they’ll hear AM announcements, receive any pertinent info for the day, then be dismissed. They will not need to log in for the rest of the day.
  • Students will need to access their LMS (StudentVUE/Google classroom/etc.) for the day’s assignments where they complete at their own pace.
  • Students at home will only check in with teachers 1 time during the day—7:50am during Cat timed

What changes will occur with REMOTE students?

  • Remote students will still log in beginning at 8:17 (1st hour) as they've been doing
  • The day will not change except an adjustment at lunch time--their teachers will provide more details
  • Please feel free to reach out to one of your child's core teacher/s if you have specific remote questions

What do students do with all their “stuff”?

  • Students will not be issued lockers (except in PE and music) and will be permitted to carry their backpack with them during the day
  • Students are encouraged to travel efficiently—lunch, device, essential supplies—jackets/coats carried as well
  • PE lockers will be issued and is a place to keep their PE shoes and PE uniform
  • INSTRUMENTS: May be dropped off in their music room where one of our teachers will be there to receive instruments


--Sanitizing Wipes! We would gladly accept a container of sanitizing wipes for use in the lunch room
    • Drop off location in both entries upon arrival
--Drinking fountains are only used for filling water bottles
--Students can keep their cell phones in their backpack but we ask that volume is turned off
    • Normally, phones are asked to be kept in lockers from 7:50-3:10
    • If cell phones cause distraction they may be kept in the front office for return at the end of the day
--We have 3 microwaves available for student use at lunch
--Please remind students to fully charge their device
    • Students are encouraged to have an non-permanent identifier on their charging cord (i.e. masking tape with name, label—NOT marker, duct tape, etc.)
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CST Hybrid Procedures and Guidelines

As a district we follow county guidelines. Wearing masks and washing hands will be the expectation.

A direct exposure is defined as: no mask, within 6 feet, for more than 10 minutes.

Anyone with what is considered a “direct exposure” would need to quarantine based on this criteria. While other variables may play into a situation, the emphasis on wearing a mask is not just safety and health, but for continuity of education by avoiding a need for quarantine for our students and staff.

ALL Students will have a Daily Check-in

  • All students will have attendance taken daily
  • Remote students will have attendance taken as normal in their classes throughout the day beginning with 1st hour
  • Hybrid students in the building will also have attendance taken in each of their hours
  • Hybrid students working from home will log into their Cat class at 7:50am to have attendance taken, hear morning announcements, and receive directions for the day. These students will then log off Zoom to continue their learning from home.

General Items

  • Masks are required in the building (gaiters are okay but need to be 2 layers)
  • Students should bring their own masks, but disposable masks are available if needed
  • Temperature checks will not occur at the building per updated guidelines (see "nurse update" section below for more health-related information)
  • Hall lockers will not be issued; students will carry their backpack and all items with them during the day
  • Music and PE lockers will be issued


  • Car riders and walkers are strongly encouraged to arrive after 7:30am where they’ll go to their Cat class (students may drop off instruments in their music classroom)
  • The building will not open before 7:20am (approximate time of bus drop off)
  • The main gym bleachers will be used for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students prior to 7:30 (Students will be spaced apart and seated based on Cat teacher)
  • Breakfast will be grab-n-go in the MPR--after 7:30am students go to their Cat room
  • Refer to the traffic pattern (below) for car line arrival and pick-up procedures


  • There will be 5 lunch periods at CST (refer to hybrid bell schedule)
  • 6th grade will eat during 4th hour, 7th and 8th will eat 5th hour. The 8th grade lunch will be split due to its higher numbers.
  • Students will be expected to wear a mask upon entering/exiting and while seated after finished eating.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the lunch lines with distancing markers as a guide.
  • In order to create a stable group, students will have assigned seats by class in alpha order--consistent day-to-day
  • Students will sit in a checker board fashion, 4 to a table
  • Students will enter the MPR through the doors closest to the auditorium and exit through the doors by the bathrooms.

Passing Periods

  • Passing periods will be 4 minutes in length
  • Restrooms are available while limiting bathroom crowds (appox. 4 per restroom at a time)
  • Markings on the floor will guide students to stay to the right during passing and to keep moving from class to class
  • Hand washing or sanitizing is encouraged and available hourly


  • Distancing will be followed to the best of our ability in classrooms
  • Students will wear masks
  • Desks will be sanitized a minimum of 2 times per day
  • Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom


  • Students will be issued lockers strategically spaced out in the locker room
  • Students will dress out for class--students may wear school issued clothes or clothes brought from home (see document below if you'd like to buy CST PE clothes)--PE teachers will share expectations in class.
  • Masks will be worn in PE, but teachers will work with students for appropriate times to get a break from masks (i.e. outside and distanced, swimming, etc.)

For other classes and/or full details regarding our return to learning, you can access the "Return to Learning" plan at the link below...


Panorama Student Survey

All Olathe students, grades 3-12, take the Panorama survey. CST students will take the survey between 1/11 and 1/27--specific date depending on their team. This survey is similar to the past few years and the data from the surveys help develop district and building-wide goals targeting social-emotional needs. This is a 10-15 minute survey completed during the school day.

Note: New to this year's district survey are questions on race and cultural experience at school as well as questions on online learning. These have been included district-wide to address social emotional concerns and mental health needs that arise in these areas. As some of the questions may be sensitive in nature, parents may find it valuable to preview and discuss with their child prior to 1/11 (see question examples below).

Feel free to contact your child's counselor or administrator with questions.


Survey is in two parts--"self" and "school". Below are examples from both sections.

Survey: "Self" example questions
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Survey: "School" portion example questions
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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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Remote Learning Guidelines

Please be reminded of the remote classroom best practices (PDF below). As was suggested prior to the school year, reviewing with your child can help promote a successful end to semester 1.

Please note: Zoom cameras should be turned on unless instructed by the teacher to turn off. This allows for teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction and also helps promote higher levels of engagement while also maintaining the climate and culture of the classroom.

Sanitizing Wipes

Thank you to all who've brought in a Clorox container. We use these between every lunch and with limited supply in stores, we are grateful for your donations! These can be dropped off in either foyer upon arrival.

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.

Traffic Pattern

Please use a "zipper merge" when turning in off of 159th and entering into our drop off and pick up lanes so that we can maximize the full extent of all pick-up lanes. This will help reduce back-up onto 159th street.

Thank you for following our traffic pattern in effort to promote student safety and efficiency.

CST Virtual Tour!

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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.

Wanting to Work here at Chisholm?

We are hiring a Full Time Para. Hours would be 11am-3pm daily. Reach out to Krista Dueringer if interested. kdueringercst@olatheschools.org
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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!)

We are Wildcats!

A brief intro video shared with staff--reminding us of our students; our purpose...proud to be a wildcat!
Chisholm Triail: We Are Wildcats!

Receiving our emails?

You should receive an email and a text alerting you of the updated weekly. If you do not have an email we do not have an accurate address. Please contact Melynda Marquardt to be added or verified.

CST Data Operator: Melynda Marquardt (mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org)

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


: Attention 6th grade parents! Your student needs two vaccines before starting 7th grade: the Tdap vaccine and the Meningitis vaccine. Please send record of these vaccines to the school nurse. Student vaccine records are available on ParentVue.