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: cstattendance@olatheschools.org (913.780.7241)

Student Information Specialist

Melynda Marquardt: mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org
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Week of 5/9/2022

Dear CST Family,

I hope you've had a nice week and didn't get totally washed away with all the rain! Next week looks dry and hot...summer is approaching! This past week was teacher appreciation week. Thank you to all the parents who contributed to stocking the lounge with treats and for all the students and parents dropping off nice notes and gestures. We are appreciative of our parent community and consider ourselves fortunate to work with you and your child on a daily basis.

On Thursday, 5th graders from our feeder elementary schools visited and enjoyed a pep rally, a lunch, and other activities. The excitement could be felt and it was fun to see our 8th grade WEB leaders work with our incoming students. It was a great experience for our 8th graders who learned how hard it can be to keep attention of students and have them follow directions! They did a fantastic job, though, and our 5th graders were so excited as they left the building.

On Saturday, our CST Thunder dance team performs at 6 and 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door and it's going to be a great showcase of the year's successes and growth on the dance floor. Come out and support our CST students!

Be sure to look at the week ahead below. Our "end-of-year" events are getting underway as we have a couple banquets, a concert, and the 8th grade activity in the coming week. In addition, math MAP testing will round out our assessment season next week. We are indeed getting close!

Have a great weekend and week ahead!



Beginning Monday, 5/9, math lab will no longer be offered through the end of the year. Math questions can go to your child's math teacher but with next week's MAP testing and end of year wrap-ups, Math Lab will no longer be needed. Wildcat After Hours will still be held like normal (schedule below)

Visiting with 5th Graders

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CURRENT 6th Grade Students

Message from Nurse Ross

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Kansas requires 2 vaccines for students entering 7th grade. The required vaccines are the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis/Whopping Cough) vaccine and the Meningococcal vaccine.

Your child needs to provide the school with documentation that they have received these vaccines. Please obtain the vaccines prior to starting school in August, 2022.

Where can you obtain vaccines?

  • Your family physician or pediatrician
  • Walk-in clinics including CVS, Walgreens
  • Health Partnership Clinic (913-648-2266, 407 S. Clairborne)
  • Johnson County Health Department (913-826-1200, Northwest corner of 119th and Ridgeview)

Return your results to the school nurse by:

  • Fax: 913-780-7249
  • Via email attachment: jiross@olatheschools.org
  • In person to the Chisholm Trail front office during summer office hours (M-Th 7:00 am -5:00 pm)

Jennifer Ross RN, BSN

Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse

16700 W 159th St. Olathe KS 66062

(913) 780-7246

School Nurse Appreciation Day!

Wednesday, May 11 is school nurse appreciation day. CST is fortunate to have the BEST around...Nurse Jenn Ross! If you or your child have ever worked with her you know how amazing she is. The past couple years have been especially challenging in the nurse's office and Nurse Ross has handled everything with such grace, poise, and care. All are invited to show their appreciation for Nurse Ross this week as we recognize this important position in our schools.

Thank you for your care and love for the students of CST, Nurse Ross!

yearbook distribution is Friday, May 20

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All library books due back by Monday, May 16

CST Assessment Schedule


  • Week of 3/21--Kansas Science Assessment (8th only-science) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 3/27--Kansas Reading Assessments (ELA classes) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 4/11—MAP Reading (ELA classes) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 4/18—Panorama (rescheduled date--taken during WIN time) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 4/25—Kansas Math Assessments (Math classes) (COMPLETE)
  • Week of 5/9—MAP Math (Math classes)
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A Message from Mrs. Rodden

Greetings Wildcat Families,

As I have worked with students Chisholm Trial over the last five years, I have always told student that I would ask them to do hard things, but I always reassure them they would never be alone. If I were not to challenge myself to do the same, I would feel like a liar.

It is time for me to tackle another challenge in life and grow as a person and a counselor. I shared with your students this Thursday I will not be returning to Chisholm next year; I have accepted a counseling position at Oregon Trail Middle School. It is with a gigantic range of emotions I am sharing this with you because I have been so honored that you have trusted me with being a part of your student’s middle school journey, they have blessed me in so many ways. Although I am not their “counselor” next year, I will still consider them my kids and they will always be.

You are in the hands of some of the most amazing people I know, teachers, Mrs. Iuli, Mr. Sola, Mrs. Richerson, and Mrs. Dueringer have your student’s interest at the core of their hearts!!

My email will stay the same, never hesitate to reach out. amrodden@olatheschools.org

Again, thank you for allowing me to be a piece of your journey!


Ashley M. Rodden

Chisholm Trail

Professional School Counselor

6th-8th grade Silver Teams

All Track Team Members,

Just a reminder that on Monday May 9th right after school we will be having our end of the track season celebration. If you have questions please see Ms. Hankins or Mr. Kinzer.

Olathe South Boys Basketball

8th grade basketball meeting

There will be a meeting before school at 7:30am on 5/13 with head OSHS basketball coach, Dan Morrow. All interested 8th grade boys are invited to attend.

Summer Camps!

CST Summer Weights Program

Click the PDF below to open instructions on how to do online sign up. A paper sign-up is also available on the "paper registration" PDF.

The program runs from May 31-June 30 with sessions beginning at 8am in the CST weight room. Costs is $60 for the program.

CST Summer Camp Information and Sign-Ups

Below is a screen shot of camps at CST this summer. Click the "summer camp form 2022" PDF to use the active sign-up links.
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Design Summer Camp Info

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8th Grade Reminders: Save the Dates! Activity Night and Night of Recognition

End of Year Night of Recognition for 8th Grade Students
  • 6pm, Tuesday, May 24th
  • All 8th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend
  • All 8th grade students will receive a promotional certificate
  • Program-specific recognition will also be presented
  • Program to last about an hour

8th Grade Activity Night is May 13th!

  • 6:30-8pm
  • More details to come
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Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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Recap: Budget Information Night (4/12) and Safety Town Hall (4/19)

Budget Information Night

Apr. 12, 2022

Click HERE for budget info night recap.

Safety Town Hall

Apr. 19, 2022

Click link below for recap...

Safety Town Hall - OPSD YouTube Video

Applications for Olathe Teen Council 2022-2023 (8th graders)

We’re excited to announce that applications are open for the 2022-2023 Olathe Teen Council!

Teens will be able to meet with the City Council, learn how their local government works, how to be involved and how to amplify their voice. They’ll also be able to identify specific issues they are interested in learning more about and find a way to have an impact. We have multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We also hope to take some teens to the National League of Cities conferences in Kansas City in 2022 and Washington DC in 2023.

This opportunity is open to any student who will be a high schooler in 2022-2023 and lives in Olathe. We generally accept between 10 and 20 members.

Students are encouraged to apply! The application is available at OlatheKS.org/TeenCouncil. It does require a short essay as well as two letters of recommendation. Applications are due July 1.

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.

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.