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


***This is the last weekly of 20-21!***

Week of 5/17/2021

Dear CST Family,

It's all come down to this. It seems like so long ago, yet, not really, we learned of a year to begin with a delay until after Labor Day. Even then, our start was full remote. Several weeks went by and we introduced hybrid. A few weeks after that we were back to remote heading into the end of the first semester. Back to hybrid upon return from the holiday for several weeks until we learned of a full return to occur on March 1st. We've been back ever since and it's been so enjoyable to have full classes again and some normalcy return. What a year.

This past week our 8th graders enjoyed their end-of-year celebration. Complete with a couple inflatables, outdoor games, movies, and even community service, the highlight of day was the 8th grade slideshow and the passing out of yearbooks. In the slideshow, each student was featured with three pictures--a current picture, a 5th grade picture, and a baby picture. The students reacted with joy throughout the show and will carry their yearbook with them between now and the final dismissal on Thursday.

What struck me was with all the games, the fun, the activities that were planned, the highlight were the two things that wrapped together memories and relationships. The celebration of each other and their time together at Chisholm Trail is what became the focal point. Prior to the video I shared with the 8th grade class how proud and appreciative of them I am for the way they handled themselves this year through all the challenges. I also encouraged them with one of the oldest cliches in the book: stop and smell the roses. I explained how easy it is to wish for "the next thing" to come fast, to hurry through "this" so they can get to "that". As they were about to begin their slideshow and the rest of the day's festivities, I encouraged them to enjoy today, enjoy the moment, and to take time throughout high school and beyond to enjoy the present...basically, to stop and smell the roses.

It's so easy to wish time away, yet, time is so precious. This was evident as I worked the Olathe West graduation this weekend and saw the 397 West graduates officially begin their post-high school lives. As our new 6th grade parents come up and wonder how they have a child in middle school already, so, too, do our exiting 8th grade parents wonder how middle school went so quick. As our kids continue to grow, I hope we can all stop and smell the roses. As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short...but there are so many amazing memories to be made and experiences to cherish in the moment.

As I wrap the 20-21 volume of the Weekly Wildcat newsletter, I want to thank all our parents for the support given to us at CST this school year. You've put a lot of faith and trust in us as we navigated the year and all its uncertainty. I look forward to the 21-22 school year, to the return of all of our students on day 1, and to a full schedule of events as we keep moving forward. To all who are moving on from CST for the last time, I wish you well. To our returning parents, I can't wait to get started next school year and to continue being a part of an amazing middle school experience for your child.

To all our parents and students, be well, take care, and have an amazing summer.


Week at a glance..

Monday, 5/17

  • 8th grade Orchestra Concert (7-8pm)

Tuesday, 5/18

  • Prepare for device check-in (8th grade and 6th/7th not returning to CST)

Wednesday, 5/19

  • Device check-in (see more below)

Thursday, 5/20

  • Last Day of School for Students (7:50-11:15am)
Friday, 5/21
  • Professional day- No school

Looking Ahead...

Happy Summer!

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Message to 5th Grade Families...

...WELCOME to the CST Family! This is the Weekly Wildcat newsletter that is emailed weekly to CST families. Below is a brief outline of what to expect out of this weekly communication...

  • This newsletter is updated weekly (except during the summer) and sent out each weekend
  • You will receive an email letting you know the WW was updated along with a list of new topics
  • The newsletter is divided into two parts: new info and "repeated but still relevant"
  • This is a great way to stay in the "know" on what is occurring at CST
  • In addition, you can also always check out our home page (https://www.olatheschools.org/chisholmtrail/ ) where there is a link to the Weekly Wildcat on the CST home page
  • Also, follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsms to see learning and activities at CST
  • If at any time you feel like you may not be receiving information from the school please contact us at 913-780-7240. Data Operator, Melynda Marquardt (mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org), will be able to verify and/or correct the contact info on file.

Recently, I was able to meet our 5th grade students in person! While we weren't able to have an in-person pep assembly like we normally would, we were able to bring a pep assembly to them virtually and share some of the wonderful things available to them at CST! We also had a little surprise for our future wildcats...check out the videos below for your child's school (watch all the way to the end and you may even spot your own child!)

Mr. Sola and the CST wildcat visit 5th Graders!

The next scheduled building communication will occur later this summer regarding events and the upcoming school year, but for now, welcome to CST! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. CST is a great place to be and we can't wait to have you join the CST Family!

Rick Sola

CST Principal

Schedule for Last Day of School (1/2 Day-no lunch)

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Grade Cards and more...

Student grade cards along with MAP and Panorama reports will be mailed shortly after the start of summer. All will be available on ParentVue as well.

Community Service at CST!

Our CST Day of Service was a no-go this year, but we thought it was important to finish up this crazy year giving back to our community.

This past week, 8th graders Zoomed with Wayside Waifs and made dog toys out of old t-shirts. 6th grade green team had a chance to Zoom with a representative from City Union Mission and will be making homeless care kits next week.

6th grade silver and 7th grade students Zoomed with Kids TLC and will be making kits for kids that enter treatment programs.

Our students have huge hearts and we hope they will look for ways to continue giving back to their community this summer. We are hopeful that our Day of Service can return next year!

Wildcat Farewell!

So long to some special wildcats as the move on to the next chapter in their life. You've all helped make CST a better place to be and we wish you all the best on your next adventure!

Thank you for all you've done for the kids of CST!

  • Kim Hoeven
  • Rebecca Reyes
  • Stacey Silkett
  • Tony Snethen
  • Shelly Todd

Administrative Changes for 21-22

Both CST and SFT are losing and gaining fantastic administrators for the 21-22 school year.

Thank you...

...to Assistant Principal, Rebecca Reyes, for her time at CST. Rebecca will be moving to SFT next year as part of an admin flip with their assistant principal (see below). Mrs. Reyes has done an amazing job in her two years at CST. Navigating through the 19-20 shutdown and the 20-21 start up while developing meaningful relationships with staff, students, and parents. Mrs. Reyes will be missed but we wish her well on the next step of her journey! Thank you, Mrs. Reyes!

Please Welcome...

...new CST assistant principal, Mrs. Erin Richerson! Mrs. Richerson will join us from Santa Fe Trail where she has been an assistant principal for the past 4 years. Prior to SFT she taught math at Pioneer Trail for 6 years and has 19 years total in education. Erin has a 6th grade daughter at Mission Trail and 4th grade son at Forest View. In addition, her husband, Nate, teaches PE at Forest View. She is excited to join the CST Family next year and to get to know the CST community!

Middle School Device Check-In

All 8th grade students and students not returning to Olathe School next year will turn in their device on May 19th.

Remote students (8th or non-returning) can turn their devices in on May 20th and May 21st at the front door of CST. There, building techs will verify the student's name, ID, asset tag, and check all components are returned and assess for damages.

Please have your child locate their power cord to return.

Kajeet Hotspots for ALL grades should be returned on the appropriate check-in day.

Any device not returned by May 21st will need to be turned in at the Technology Support Center (143rd and Black Bob) May 24th-May 28th.

Returning 6th and 7th grade students will keep their device for the summer. More information to come.

Hello, CST! It’s YEARBOOK time!

Yearbooks will be distributed in-house this Friday, May 14th to anyone who pre-ordered a yearbook. If your student did NOT pre-order a yearbook, they will be given a ‘signature booklet’ so that they may still collect signatures of their classmates at the end-of-year celebrations.

On Monday, May 17th, students still wishing to purchase a yearbook may bring a check (made out to USD 233) or cash (exact change ONLY) to school, and the front office will call kids down a grade at a time to purchase a yearbook. We will open it to 8th graders first, then 7th, then 6th. Yearbooks are $25.00.

REMOTE STUDENTS: Remote students may begin to pick up their yearbooks on Friday, May 14th at 1:00pm through the end of the day, and during regular office hours the remainder of the school year.

Not sure if you ordered a yearbook? You may look up your student’s Purchase History as follows:

Still have questions? Contact Andrea Wescott at alwescott@olatheschools.org.

Summer Opportunities for Students!

CST math teachers have begun sharing "bingo" cards for students to have over the summer. This is for an optional activity for summer learning (in all content) with more information coming in a district email. This gamified approach to learning is complete with a "choose your own adventure" along with incentives and opportunities for weekly winners across the district. A completed bingo card returned to CST before August 1st will also have a prize.

Click the link below to see more about this site and opportunity (note: some of the links on the site will not go live until Tuesday).

Summer Learning Site: https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/11135

(below are the directions from the site above--click the above link to see more)


  1. Use the BINGO cards you received in school or click here to download and print two BINGO cards. You can complete as many BINGO cards as you wish.
  2. Explore the Choose Your Own Adventure button to complete activities in reading, math, science, library, social studies, art, music, or physical education.
  3. Color in the space on your BINGO card once you have completed the game, lesson, or activity for the topic you choose.
  4. If you complete five in a row, on any of the following dates you can submit a picture of your BINGO card. Click HERE to submit your picture.
    1. June 4, 2021
    2. June 11, 2021
    3. June 18, 2021
    4. June 25, 2021
    5. July 9, 2021
    6. July 16, 2021
    7. July 23, 2021
    8. July 30, 2021
  5. Random winners will be chosen from the submissions. The winners will have their pictures displayed on the Weekly Winners button.
  6. If you complete an activity for all the spaces on your BINGO card for June and July, you can submit your completed BINGO card HERE after July 30.
  7. Five random winners will be chosen from each grade level kindergarten through eighth grade. Winners will be surprised with a special delivery to their school in September 2021.

Mental Health Summer Sessions

Please see the following flyers (English and Spanish). The Summer Help Clinic has expanded and is providing individual and group mental health and behavior consultation services. Thanks to a grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, many more students will be able to make appointments.
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Summer Camps!

Printable sign-up form below the screen grabs...
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Printable Summer Camp Form

Olathe South Summer Camps

The 21st Century Design Academy of Olathe East is hosting a summer camp

Join the staff and students of the Design Academy at Olathe East High School for our summer camp that will introduce you to the world of design using indoor and outdoor design challenges! Camp is May 25-27 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Register today on our website design@olatheschools.org
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Annie Jr.

Available through May 27th!!!

The Musical! Our students have been working hard putting together a performance of the musical, Annie Jr. It's going to be great and available virtually! See more details below...

Scan the QR code to access the show/tickets-------------->

Dear Olathe Public Schools families,

Now is the time to register for general education transportation for the 2021-2022 school year. Those who register by June 16th are eligible for the Early-Bird Discount of up to 25% off the yearly fee! Please visit www.olatheschools.org/transportation to register or for more information.

21-22 Bus Info

  • General Education bus registration opens today! All enrolled families will receive an email on Monday with a link to olatheschools.org/transportation. Please see the attached informational page with a condensed version of our GenEd bus services.
  • An online transportation request is available for families of students who are eligible for Special Services or Early Childhood transportation. Families will receive a link to the online forms in the coming weeks, but are currently accessible on olatheschools.org/transportation.

A note from the counselors:

Today we were in 7th grade student classroom discussing all the high school options they have as a part of the Olathe Schools. You can access your students work through their Xello account in Class Link. Here is the link that can take you directly to the Olathe Career Pathways website: https://sites.google.com/students.olatheschools.com/career-pathways-fair/home.

Today was not about making decisions it was about getting your students the information they will need to make decisions next year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your students counselor with any questions.

Thank you,

Ms. Silkett & Mrs. Rodden

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Future Falcon Football Skills Camp Grades 7 & 8

Who: Any current 6th or 7th grade student in Olathe

When: June 17th, & 24th, & July 8th, & 15th 9:00am - 11:30am

Where: Olathe South Football Field

Head Football Coach Craig Lewis, his staff and several HS players would like to invite you to their annual Future Falcons Football Skills Camp. This will be a controlled camp intended to teach the proper fundamentals and the skills used in football for QB, RB, & WR’s. Safety will be taught and practiced in every drill. This is a great opportunity to have high school coaches alongside some HS players teaching football together. Skills will include: Passing, catching a ball correctly, running back skills, blocking in space, teaching the football mindset, and understanding base defenses.

Cost: The camp will cost $40

Checks Payable to Olathe South Falcon Football

This camp includes: 1 Camp T-Shirt

Forms due: Please turn the form and payment to Coach Lewis, as soon as possible.

ENTRY FORM HERE: https://forms.gle/Ly3G6bGyFJhXbdCw6

CST Traffic Pattern

From District Nurse Coordinator

There has been an update to the Primary and Secondary symptoms of COVID-19 per JCDHE. Fever is no longer considered to be a primary symptom of COVID-19 even in secondary students and adults. It is now a secondary symptoms which means there needs to be at least one other symptom of COVID in order to classify the person as have COVID-like Illness requiring exclusion and/or testing. The symptoms are now as listed below:

Primary (any one symptom):

  • New, persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste and/or smell (this is so specific that even in the presence of a negative PCR test, the person is considered COVID positive)

Secondary symptoms (any two or more symptoms):

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fever (100o +) or chills
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches



CAT 7:50 – 8:13

1st hour 8:17 – 9:07

2nd hour 9:11 – 10:01

3rd hour 10:05 – 10:55

4th hour 10:59 -11:49 (10:59-12:14 for 6th grade)

  • 6th grade Lunch
  • 10:59-11:24 (Taulbee, Totte-Boyd, Clark, Williams, Horner, Parker)
  • 11:24-11:49 (Grauberger, Snethen, Olvera, Marye)

5th hour 11:53 – 1:11

  • 7th grade Staggered Lunch
  • 11:49 – 12:15 (Ruffin, Jones, Cromer, Rodriguez)
  • 11:55 – 12:20 (Reed, M. Kinzer, Hylton, Kusek)

  • 8th grade 1st Lunch 12:20 – 12:45
  • (Carroll, R. Sheffield, Boyd, Rotert, Woolcott, Waller, Sutter)

  • 8th grade 2nd Lunch 12: 46 – 1:11
  • (Stumbo, Detrick, Robison, Haines, Gibson,)

6th hour 1:15 – 2:05

7th hour 2:09 – 2: 59

CAT 3:03 – 3:10


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

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