Weekly Wildcat

PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 11/16 and 11/23/2020

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


The Week of 11/16 and 11/23

Week of 11/16 and 11/23

Dear CST Family,

I hope you’ve had a good week and enjoyed this continued nice November weather. We celebrated the start of girls’ basketball this past week. Tryouts began on Monday and were finished after practice Wednesday. This is the first extra-curricular activity we’ve been able to begin and we're thrilled to do so. We are currently working on a virtual theater performance and this Thursday we’ll see a parking lot band concert—and the weather looks to be perfect for it!

Our students continue to do a good job following our guidelines in the building and limiting the risk for direct exposures almost everywhere in the building. You can continue to follow building and district Covid numbers on the district dashboard: https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10754

As we move toward the Thanksgiving break, I’d like to draw your attention to a teacher appreciation section below. We are encouraging notes of “thanks” from students and parents to teachers the week before Thanksgiving break. This can be handwritten and delivered to teachers on the Monday (11/23) or Tuesday (11/24) before the break or we have a virtual option. My hope is our staff will be showered with notes as they head off for their Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your consideration as we show appreciation for the teachers and staff of CST!

Finally, I'd like to express my thanks to you, our parents, for your support throughout this first semester. The emotions surrounding this school year have been like no other but your support for CST has been amazing. As a new principal to the building, I cannot tell you how much that means to me as well as our staff. I shared early on how important our partnership is in educating your child...that partnership has taken on a whole new meaning this year and I am truly thankful for all you are doing to support your child in school.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, week ahead, and happy and healthy Thanksgiving Break!


***This Weekly Wildcat includes info for the weeks of 11/16 and 11/23--the next WW will be for the week of 11/30***

Week at a glance..

Wildcat After Hours and Math Lab times/days are weekly--scroll further for times or reach out to your child's Cat teacher with questions.

  • A- Day

Tuesday, 11/17

  • B-Day
  • Curbside Book Pick Up 3:30-4:30pm
  • Olathe Northwest 21st Century Academies open house (virtual) 6-8pm (engineering)

Wednesday, 11/18

  • A-Day
  • Olathe Northwest 21st Century Academies open house (virtual) 5:30pm (e-comm)

Thursday, 11/19

  • B-Day
  • Band drive in concert East Parking Lot 7pm (details from Mr. Evans)

Friday, 11/20

  • A- Day

Monday, 11/23

  • B-Day
  • Honors Choir Concert 7pm

Tuesday, 11/24

  • A-Day
  • Curbside Book Pick Up 3:30pm-4:30pm

Looking Ahead Next Week...

  • 11/25--B Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • 11/27--B Day (NO SCHOOL)
  • Next Weekly Wildcat: sent before the week of 11/30

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • Pennies for Shoes Campaign Begins (Cat competition!)

District Info: Re-Open 2020

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Notes of "Thanks" for CST Teachers!!!

I recently met with a couple parents who'll be spearheading "appreciation" efforts for our teachers in the building. Born out of the idea from another parent on Site Council, we will be moving forward with provide an avenue for parents to show appreciation and support for teachers. More to come, but for now, we discussed how best we can show thanks for our teachers in the season of Thanksgiving. We've come up with a simple method and are excited to bring this forward to the community heading into the final week before Thanksgiving!

Let's shower our teachers with notes of "thanks"! On the Monday (11/23) or Tuesday (11/24) before Thanksgiving break, we welcome and encourage your child to bring in a note for any or all of their teachers to share how thankful they are for them. Parents are certainly encouraged to join as well. While written notes are fantastic (our teachers love to put them up for daily encouragement!) we also have an online option through the Padlet link below. Thank you for your consideration and encouragement for your child to share some love for their teachers at this time of year!

A virtual link for parents and students is below--leave a virtual note here! (to protect the page, all notes will be manually approved before appearing on the Padlet)


Winter School Store is OPEN!!!

Just in time to be ordered and delivered before the holidays--a NEW CST store! There are 2 screen print designs and 4 embroidery options. Along with many styles and accessories (hats, scarves, blankets, etc.), especially some warmer/winter options...check it out, support CST, and spruce up your CST wardrobe!

Closes Sunday, 11/22 @ 11:59pm


Pennies for Shoes--11/30-12/11

Beginning the week of 11/30, we will be raising money for the Pennies for Shoes campaign through the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. This annual effort is in unison with all building in Olathe schools, including support centers. The "pennies" (or any form of currency) go toward the basic needs of children right here in Olathe. At CST, we are making this a competition among Cat classes (or 1st core class for remote students). There will be incentives tied to celebrations for the top 3 Cat classes in the building and teachers are already gearing up to earn bragging rights.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, students can begin bringing donations to their Cat teacher. Please help us support this important cause and watch for the 11/30 weekly for more details, including an online giving option.

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.

News from the District (11/9 email)

Olathe Public Schools families and staff,

After reviewing the data and receiving input from our community health partners, we wanted to provide information regarding learning modes. In-person learning will continue for elementary students. Middle and high school students will continue the current hybrid learning mode.

As Johnson County is in the red category as denoted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), it is important to note that JCDHE has not recommended changes to learning modes as the spike in COVID cases is due to community spread and not being driven by schools.

When the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education voted to follow the JCDHE Gating Criteria, they added the student absenteeism metric from the Kansas Department of Health, with all metrics weighed equally. For gating criteria metrics, please visit our COVID dashboard at https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10754. Additional information regarding the district’s gating criteria can be found here: https://www.olatheschools.org/cms/lib/KS01907024/Centricity/Domain/3108/Gating%20Criteria%20110920.pdf

As a district, we are concerned with the recent spike in cases. We remain confident that our district’s mitigation processes have been effective. We ask that in order to continue having in-person learning, we take care of one another. Please wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing. We need a community effort to keep our schools, our students and our staff safe and learning together. We will continue to monitor data on a daily basis and provide updates to our families regarding learning modes in the coming weeks.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

21st Century Academy Info

More details to come and times and details may shift. For most up to date info go to the academy website (http://departments.olatheschools.com/21stcenturyprograms/resources/ ) or contact 8th counselor, Mrs. Rodden (amrodden@olatheschools.org).




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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.
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For those interested...

In honor former CST PE teacher, Brad Yantis, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up in support of MNU football and track. Facilitated by another former CST teacher, Mrs. Rhonda McGraw, those interested can click the link below for more information or can reach out to Rhonda with questions.


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.

Counseling Update!

Hi there, Mrs. Rodden here!

I wanted to point out, all 21st Century Academy Open House dates and times are listed on my class website (and below). This will get updated as I receive the most updated information. All open houses will be virtual this year, links can be found on the 21st Century Academy Websites.

Check out more details and info at the 21st Century website!


Academy Open House Dates--Virtual

More details to come and times and details may shift. For most up to date info go to the academy website (http://departments.olatheschools.com/21stcenturyprograms/resources/ ) or contact 8th counselor, Mrs Rodden (amrodden@olatheschools.org).
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The Johnson County Health Department has identified the following as primary or secondary symptoms of COVID 19 in middle school aged children:

Primary Symptoms:

• New cough

• Difficulty breathing

• Loss of taste or smell

• Fever greater than 100 degrees

Secondary Symptoms:

• Extreme fatigue

• Congestion/runny nose

• Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

• Sore throat

• Headache

• Muscle or body aches

Students who have one primary symptom or two or more of either primary or secondary symptoms will be excluded from school pending medical evaluation in accordance with Johnson County Health Department guidance and Olathe District Schools policy.

If your child has met these criteria. Please contact your health care provider or the health department to determine your student’s need for testing or other medical evaluation.

Your student may return to school when:

• they have been tested for COVID-19 and have a negative result*.


• it has been ten 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.


• your doctor gives written clearance to return to school stating that your child has been evaluated and does not have COVID-19 or has been diagnosed with a non-contagious condition such as allergies.

*​The Olathe School District will no longer accept "Rapid Antigen" Covid tests because of the high false negative rate. The district will only accept PCR Covid test results.

Thank you for your attention to this important health matter. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

Jennifer Ross RN, BSN

Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse

16700 W 159th St. Olathe KS 66062

(913) 780-7246


Note from Nurse Ross to Students!

Hello 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. You can briefly pull down your mask to drink from your water bottle. Pull it back up over your nose and mouth after you drink.

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 small bottle 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 year!

CST Bell Schedule--Hybrid/In-Person

Below is the bell schedule. Please note 6th grade will have an alternate 4th and 5th hour to accommodate 2 extra lunches. Remote students will also follow this bell schedule. Teachers will communicate with their students when lunch will occur.

Reminder: Remote students do not have a Cat time.

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CST Virtual Tour!

CST Tour

Curbside Book Pick Up Extended !!

Curbside has been extended through this semester! Beginning Oct. 6th, it will be offered each Tuesday from 4-6pm until Winter Break.

Those dates are: October 13th, 20th, 27th and November 10, 17th, 24th and December 1st, 8th, 15th

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.

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Managing Anxiety in an Ever Changing World (Zoom)

OSSSC Parent Information Session

The first Olathe Special Services Site Council Parent Information Session will be on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Details are here: English and Spanish. Please post/share best way with your parents. Click into the links here to access the flyer below and its accompanying Zoom link to the presentation.

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We Need Your Pictures for Year Book

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

New to CST in the 20-21 School Year


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!)

Systemwide Remote Schedule for In-Person Learners

Those who registered for in-person learning will follow the schedule below. The day starts with Academic Extension (CAT time) and finishes with 7 minutes of CAT time which is as/if needed. This schedule was communicated through a district email and can be found in the PDF below the schedule.
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Remote Learner Schedule

Below is the schedule followed by remote learners. There is no CAT time in this schedule but all else remains the same. This schedule was communicated through a district email and can be found in the PDF below the schedule.
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Instructional videos for StudentVUE:

StudentVUE video tutorial ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/36ODz_CxG9o

StudentVUE video tutorial SPANISH: https://youtu.be/MZqHT8Kwqwk

Remote Learning Guidelines, Tips, and Expectations (PDF is pictured)

Some tips and best practices for your child as we begin remote learning. Consider sitting down and talking through these points with your child. This will help establish the best possible learning environment at home and may help answer some questions as well. The PDF of this file is below along with a screen grab of the file.
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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