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

Week of 10/25/2021

Dear CST Family,

This past week was the beginning of the girls’ basketball season. Our teams had two home games on Tuesday and Thursday and will hit the road next Tuesday at Summit Trail for their first road game. It was great to see so many of our students at the game cheering on our wildcats. It’s going to be a fun season for our girls and an experience that will leave them with lasting memories.

Aside from girls’ basketball, we have 7/8 band concert next week (Thursday). We are two weeks away from the musical and there are other concerts on the horizon. We have some club activity in the building and our classrooms are filled with energy and engagement. As I think about the memory making events during a school year, I also think about how we just completed our first quarter reporting period. While these Q1 report cards reflect grades in a class, they don't reflect the memories made or the "experiences" of middle school. There is an important piece of the school experience that involves connections, before/after school events, activities, interactions, classroom funnies, a-ha moments, etc etc....none of these are on a report card, yet all of these are what will make the lasting memories. My hope is for academic success, of course, but also for students to be a part of the experience of middle school; an experience with lasting positive memories that resurface when they're older and reminiscing about their time at CST. There are many opportunities for all of our students to become connected and create a middle school "experience". We are here to help connect them to the building in some way, shape, or form...feel free to reach out to any CST staff member if you'd like more info and some direction in helping your child...we are here to help!

It's the last week of October...have a great one!



If you missed our picture retake day on October 22, please reach out to Jennifer Adamo (Jennifer.Adamo@strawbridge.net) to schedule a time that works for your family!

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21st Century Open Houses begin next week

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  • 21st Century Open Houses begin next week. Please refer to the CST website calendar for specific dates and times.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 Career Expo Field Trip from 1:15pm - 2:45pm. If you need to pick your 8th grade student up for an appointment that day, please make sure they picked up before the students leave for the field trip. 8th grade students, please plan on wearing professional attire for the Career Expo field trip.
  • Career Pathway Zoom Meeting for 8th grade parents. Information is on the CST website calendar for dates and times. Flyer is attached.

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.

Career Expo

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)

Distinguished Scholars

Mock interview day during the day at CST

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.

Mock Interviews

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 (@rjiuli@olatheschools.org) with questions.

OSHS Admin Message: Olathe South Football Games

The message below is from the Olathe South admin team regarding remaining OSHS football games...

“Effectively immediately, any student who is not an Olathe South student, will need to be accompanied by an adult to enter the contest. We want everyone to continue to attend, but it is vital that the parents of these students attend with their child to assist with the security of our events.”

Bond Meeting

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From District AD's Office

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Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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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 rjiuli@olatheschools.org or amrodden@olatheschools.org.

Rachel Iuli & Ashley Rodden

School Counselors
Olathe Public Schools

Chisholm Trail Middle School


Masking at GBB Games

Basketball Teams
  • While seated on the bench during games players should be masked
  • Coaches and managers should be masked at all times
  • While playing, players are not required to mask


  • While cheering on the sideline or performing a routine on the floor, cheerleaders do not need to mask
  • All other times (sitting on the bleachers, entering and leaving the gym, meeting with coach) cheerleaders should be masked.
  • Coaches should be masked at all times

Dance Team

  • While performing a routine on the floor, dancers do not need to mask
  • All other times (sitting on the bleachers, entering and leaving the gym, meeting with coach) dancers should be masked.
  • Coaches should be masked at all times

All spectators

  • Students, parents, visitors, workers, staff all need to be masked at all times while attending a game

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 kdueringercst@olatheschools.org.


Olathe South Falcon's Basketball Clinic

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)


Soap dispensers pulled down from wall at other Olathe school.
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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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2021-2022 Bell Schedule

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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.