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)

Data Operator

Melynda Marquardt: mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org

Bond 2022 Ballots DUE March 1st by NOON!

Mailing in US mail now would not allow enough time for delivery by Tuesday, March 1st. Ballots will need to be dropped off at the JOCO Election office no later than NOON Tuesday to count.

To access all information related to the March 1st bond, go to the link HERE.

Week of 2/28/2022

Dear CST Family,

I hope this reaches you well. We had a nice (almost) full week back and so much going on. The boys' basketball season is coming to a close but not before ramping up with games and a city tournament this weekend. Last Thursday's game was an even to behold as our Olathe South friends brought a couple hundred student fans in support of their alma mater (Frontier Trail or CST). The result was a high school atmosphere at CST with loud cheers and chants. It was such an experience for our team, and our student fans as well.

Last week CST was also host to an all-day orchestra festival (Wednesday). We welcomed 4 other Olathe middle schools and they came over to play and receive judging from two professional judges. Thank you to Dr. Kusek for his organization for this special event. It was also a wonderful experience for our kids.

Finally, I want to congratulate our Science Olympiad team, lead by sponsors Mrs. Kinzer and Mr. Woolcott, who competed at the regional event held at JCCC. Our team was still awaiting final results, but we know of a 1st place finish for Caden Perkins in mousetrap vehicle and 3rd in bridge, along with high praise for Cassidy Rogers and Lorena Atie for their work on the Rube Goldberg competition. The team has worked hard and represented CST so well...nice job, CST Sci-O!

This week is scheduled to be a full week and the weather is looking really nice...I think we'll get 5 days in! We will cap the week with a pep assembly ahead of the boys' city basketball tournament and reveal our mascot's name!

I'm looking forward to a great week at CST!


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Parents of 8th Grade Students

On Thursday, March 3rd from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm all 8th grade students that will be attending an Olathe High School will be participating in Transition Day. This is an exciting opportunity for 8th grade students to get firsthand experience on their new high school campus.

Students and staff will be loading school buses from CST around 9am. Once they arrive at their high school, students will tour the campus, meet staff and administration, eat lunch, and attend a pep rally. Our students will head back to CST at 2:00pm. If your student has an appointment that day and needs to leave during the field trip time, please make arrangements to pick your student up before they leave for the field trip. If your student is not planning on attending an Olathe High School and they are at school that day, then they will join the Olathe South tour.

Contact Mrs. Iuli with questions.

Phsicals: Cheer/Dance/Track

This week clinic for cheer begins with dance and track beginning next week. Be reminded ALL students going out for any of these activities are required to have a physical on file clearing them for activity.

Track Begins on Monday, March 7th!

Physicals must be on file to go out, but all are welcome! Join the school team and represent with CST colors over the next 6 weeks of track!

Contact Coach Kinzer or Coach Hankins with questions.

Masking Now Optional on Transportation (district email-2/27)

Olathe Public Schools families,

Due to changes in CDC guidelines, masks will now be optional for students and staff on any transportation vehicles provided by the district. This includes school buses, activity buses, mini-vans, transits, SUVs, or cars.

Thank you for working together as a community to support the mask choices of all and thank you for your continued support of the Olathe Public Schools.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Pep Assembly Make-Up--Friday, 3/4

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We'll find out this week!

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We're Naming the CST Wildcat!

After 22 years it's about time for our wildcat to have a name! Last semester, students had the opportunity to enter name suggestions for our CST wildcat and we've taken it to a vote as of last week. The top 5 names were narrowed down to 3 at the start of the snow day. We'll extend the voting opportunity given the break in action but all students have an email from Mr. Sola with a link to the new voting. Our plan was to announce the name at Friday's pep assembly so we'll adjust and re-plan once we have a new pep assembly date. Below are the choices from last semester's suggestions (bold names made the top 3 for the latest round of voting).

  1. Chester: Because CheSTer is CST! Chester Chisholm!
  2. Jesse: Jesse Chisholm is the fur trader and merchant who scouted and developed what became known as the Chisholm Trail.
  3. LeVar: CST's first principal, Mrs. Carol LeVar. Homage to the founder of CST.
  4. Wally: Alliteration with mascot names is fun! Cousin to "Willie the Wildcat".
  5. Winston: Because CST Wildcats are Winners! Winston Wildcat!

Going for GOLD!

KAY Club- Food Drive Service Project (Continuing this week!)

  • Our Faith-Based Community Partner- Journey Bible Church- is hoping CST could help them with a food drive helping them to create family meal kits
  • Journey Bible Church supports CST in numerous ways and this is our chance to give back
  • Olympic Theme- GO for the GOLD!!
  • NOW UNTIL March 2nd!
  • Friday, Feb. 25, 2 winners will be announced: top WIN class and Top Grade Level Team, (there will be PRIZES!)
  • Every WIN time teacher has a specific item they are collecting...check with your child for what item they have.
  • Your child received info on this on Monday, 2/7!


Due to our glorious snow days, the CST Food Drive has been extended. The last day to collect food will now be Wednesday, March 2.

The Google Form to report totals will be sent on March 2. Medals will be hung accordingly and winners will be announced. Food will be picked up from your classrooms after school on Thursday, March 3 – thanks Jen Vohland and KAY for taking care of packing it all up!

FYI: 15 items = bronze, 30 items = silver and 50 items = gold

Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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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.

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)


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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.

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.