PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 9/13/2021
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
Week of 9/13/2021
Dear CST Family,
What a great week at CST. I have so enjoyed seeing our students out at the pond fishing. Students in PE second semester will have the opportunity to fish in the 4th quarter. A big thanks to our PE teachers and parents who all made this possible. This required a lot of work but paid off with such a unique experience at Chisholm Trail. Our cross country teams had their first meet Tuesday in a 4-team meet involving CT, IT, and FT with FT as the host. The event was successful with our athletes giving their all toward their personal best. There are a few more cross country meets to go including a city meet. Our music programs have been working hard with their musical fundraiser. Thank you to all who have purchased popcorn in support of CST music—band, choir, and orchestra. The funds from this effort will help provide other unique experiences for our kids later this school year.
Also this week, our students completed their MAP testing (reading) and Panorama survey. We celebrated a Red Friday and honored the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a special segment in announcements. Also, all students received an American flag sticker to wear on their shirt for the day in remembrance of this special day. Next week is US Constitution week. Each day, during morning announcements, students will receive a US Constitution trivia question…quickest answer will win a prize! We hope to have some fun but all students will also receive a pocket US Constitution to keep as well. Of course, our 8th grade students will learn even more about US history as part of their curriculum this year.
Have a great start to your week ahead.
Week at a glance..
- 7th/8th VB @ CT
- Yearbook Field Trip
- 7th/8th Cross Country Meet @ BVSW (4pm)
- BLT Meeting
- OS Area Men’s Choir Festival
- 7th/8th VB vs. FT
- 7th FB vs. OT
- 8th FB @ OT
- Cross Country Meet @ SFT
- Constitution Day
9/20 – 7th/8th VB @MT
9/21 – XC meet @ MT
9/22 – Staff Meeting (3:20pm)
9/23 – 7th FB@PT; 8th FB vs. PT
9/24/21 – Professional Day (No Students)
US Constitution Week!
September 17: Constitution Day
With Friday, 9/17 being Constitution Day, social studies teachers will recognize this event in their classes and our students will receive a pocket-size copy of the US Constitution. In addition, we'll have daily Constitution trivia during morning announcements. See below for more resources on the US Constitution.
Supplemental Constitution Activities and Info
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."
XC, Football and Volleyball Games THIS WEEK!
9/14--@ BVSW ( 7/8th grade 4pm)
9/13--7th/8th grade @ CT
9/16--7th grade @ OT, 8th grade vs OT
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!
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...
After Hours and Math Lab Returns
***NOTE: There will not be a "BEFORE HOURS" on Monday, 9/13***
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***
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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.
"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.