Weekly Wildcat

Parent Newsletter: Week of 10/19/2020

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


Hybrid Learning: Begins on 10/19!

The "Return to Learning" link below and the email from Superintendent Allison on Wednesday (also below) outlines the hybrid learning model.

Week of 10/19

Dear CST Family,

Monday begins HYBRID LEARNING! Students return for in-person learning on an every-other-day basis. Alphas students A – L begin Monday and M – K begin Tuesday. The weeks will progress continuously regardless of shortened weeks. This weekly will post the AB days for each week. Our sign outside the building will do the same.

This past Wednesday, for the first time since March, we had students walking through the building! We opened the building up our 6th and new 7th/8th grade students to see inside for the first time. Simply put, it was amazing to have students back at Chisholm Trail. Many of our teachers were able to jump out between conferences to meet them in person and the scene was reminiscent of a reunion between friends after so much time apart. I’m so glad this worked out and hope it provide a little ease to the expected anxiety our new students are feeling. If you were unable to attend the tour you can watch this virtual tour put together by our WEB sponsor (CST Virtual Tour: https://youtu.be/y4bx_vCKhq8).

Please read below for more information about the week ahead. Much of what was in last week’s weekly is also included. Please let us know if you have questions about our return to school.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you soon!


Week at a glance..

  • First Day of Hybrid Learning
  • A- Day
  • Picture Day Group A
  • Picture Day for Remote Students 3:30-5:30pm

Tuesday, 10/20

  • B-Day
  • Picture Day Group B
  • Curbside Book Pick Up ( 4-6pm )

Wednesday, 10/21

  • A-Day

Thursday, 10/22

  • B-Day

Friday, 10/23

  • A- Day

Looking Ahead...

  • 10/26--B Day
  • 10/27--A Day
  • 10/28--B Day
  • 10/29--A Day
  • 10/30--B Day

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • See below for virtual Academy Open House dates for 8th graders

District Info: Re-Open 2020

Traffic Pattern (AM/PM)

We appreciate your efforts to closely follow our traffic pattern as we create a safe drop off and pick up for our students. Staff will be outside prompting traffic to pull forward as far as possible to use up the entire lane and to keep traffic off Mur-Len and 159th Street. See the map and details in the pictures below. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Picture Day!!!


CST Picture Day has been moved to Oct 19th and 20th. Students will receive picture packets on either Oct. 19 or 20 depending on if they are group A or B and that those can be returned anytime that week. Parents may also order pictures online at mylifetouch.com and Picture Day ID: EVTT3CJMJ

Remote students may take pictures Monday, October 19 between 3:30-5:30. Students will need to enter through the activity entrance with masks and follow signs to the picture station.

Meal Information for Students (10/14 district email)

Olathe Public Schools families,

We wanted to provide a few updates regarding carryout meals for remote students. As you may know, the USDA announced Friday that school meals, including breakfast and lunch, in-school and carryout will be free through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Beginning October 19, middle and high school students will begin the hybrid learning mode. Due to the number of employees required in buildings for meal assistance, on October 19, the meal pick-up location has changed. Students enrolled in remote learning will need to pick up their meals at any of the 10 middle schools.

Carryout meals will be available for pick up at each middle school from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (remains at front of building at CST). The carryout menu will align with the menu served at the middle schools and will be posted at www.olatheschools.org/cafe233 and on the carryout meal pre-order site www.mypaymentsplus.com.

In-school meal service has been designed for student safety and speed of service in support of appropriate social distancing.

Elementary Schools

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served to students as in past weeks. The number of menu choices for lunch have recently been reduced to increase the speed of service to allow students more time to eat.

Middle Schools

Breakfast will be served in the main cafe serving area as in past years when the school doors are opened to students. There will be limited menu options to facilitate speedy service.

Lunch will be served in the main cafe serving area according to the schools' lunch periods. There will be limited menu options to facilitate quick service.

High Schools

Breakfast and lunch will be a sack meal including a hot lunch entree, a breakfast entree, fruits, vegetables with milk and juice as beverage options. The breakfast and lunch meals will be bundled together and offered during the time when the morning session students are leaving for the day and the afternoon session students are arriving. There won't be a separate early morning breakfast service.

While the availability of free school meals is a great help to families during uncertain times, please remember to complete a free/reduced benefits application any time your family income changes. A number of other fee discounts are available from the school district, school bus company, and outside agencies if you're approved for Free/Reduced benefits. In addition, the school district receives student funding each year based on the number of students approved for Free/Reduced benefits. The school district needs to maximize all available funding to help support the added COVID-19 protocols that have been put into place to keep students and staff safe. Link to online application site: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2909 If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school or catering@olatheschools.org.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Return to School

There are many questions and probably not all are addressed here but be assured your child's teachers, counselors, and admin are all here to help throughout our students' return to school and beyond. Feel free to reach out to any of us if you have further questions.

What I Do When I Arrive

--First—refer to our traffic pattern for car rider drop off
--Students enter the front entrance or event entrance—car or walker
--Bus riders will be dropped off at the event entrance (and load at the event entrance)
--We encourage all walkers and car riders to arrive after 7:30, but doors open when buses arrive (approx. 7:20)
--If students are in the building BEFORE 7:30 they will go to 1 of 2 locations depending on grade level
  • 6th Grade will sit spaced out by Cat teacher in the auditorium (signs posted)
  • 7th and 8th will take a different side of the bleachers in the main gym
  • If students want breakfast (see breakfast/lunch info below), they will go to the MPR to pick up the grab-and-go breakfast where they’ll eat in their designated location (gym/aud)

--If students arrive AFTER 7:30 they go straight to the their Cat time classroom.

  • If students want breakfast they can go to the MPR to pick up their breakfast to take to their Cat classroom to eat

--From there, class begins with Cat at 7:50 and we’ll run through the rest of the day

What do "home hybrid" students do?

  • Students from home will STILL need to log into their Cat time via Zoom at 7:50am to have attendance taken
  • At 7:50, students log into Zoom with their Cat teacher, they’ll hear AM announcements, receive any pertinent info for the day, then be dismissed. They will not need to log in for the rest of the day.
  • Students will need to access their LMS (StudentVUE/Google classroom/etc.) for the day’s assignments where they complete at their own pace.
  • Students at home will only check in with teachers 1 time during the day—7:50am during Cat timed

What changes will occur with REMOTE students?

  • Remote students will still log in beginning at 8:17 (1st hour) as they've been doing
  • The day will not change except an adjustment at lunch time--their teachers will provide more details
  • Please feel free to reach out to one of your child's core teacher/s if you have specific remote questions

What do students do with all their “stuff”?

  • Students will not be issued lockers (except in PE and music) and will be permitted to carry their backpack with them during the day
  • Students are encouraged to travel efficiently—lunch, device, essential supplies—jackets/coats carried as well
  • PE lockers will be issued and is a place to keep their PE shoes and PE uniform
  • INSTRUMENTS: May be dropped off in their music room where one of our teachers will be there to receive instruments


--Sanitizing Wipes! We would gladly accept a container of sanitizing wipes for use in the lunch room
    • Drop off location in both entries upon arrival

--Drinking fountains are only used for filling water bottles
--Students can keep their cell phones in their backpack but we ask that volume is turned off
    • Normally, phones are asked to be kept in lockers from 7:50-3:10
    • If cell phones cause distraction they may be kept in the front office for return at the end of the day

--We have 3 microwaves available for student use at lunch
--Picture Day on Monday/Tuesday (Remote students Monday 3:30-5:30pm)
    • Packets will be passed out at school and can be returned anytime later in the week

--Please remind students to fully charge their device
    • Students are encouraged to have an non-permanent identifier on their charging cord (i.e. masking tape with name, label—NOT marker, duct tape, etc.)

Important Hyrbrid Info (10/12 Weekly)

Please read...

Below are phases of the school day outlined with guidelines and procedures. These are listed because there are many questions surrounding our "return to school". However, CST will still be a school where relationships are a priority and socialization, engagement, fun, and learning will continue. Students will still be able to be social and interact--this is an important part of school and one we aim to keep intact a much as possible while also following the safety guidelines outlined for our buildings.

I'm confident, after the initial transition back to school, our students will adjust and see that much of what they remember about school will be similar even among some changes. We want to keep moving forward and keep school comfortable, fun, and engaging while implementing health guidelines..

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us--admin, counselors, teachers--if we can help make your child's transition smoother.

CST Hybrid Procedures and Guidelines

As a district we follow county guidelines. Wearing masks and washing hands will be the expectation.

A direct exposure is defined as: no mask, within 6 feet, for more than 10 minutes.

Anyone with what is considered a “direct exposure” would need to quarantine based on this criteria. While other variables may play into a situation, the emphasis on wearing a mask is not just safety and health, but for continuity of education by avoiding a need for quarantine for our students and staff.

Below are phases of the day and some general guidelines at CST. Teachers will review some of these with students next week in Cat time in preparation for their arrival. In addition, we will have a virtual tour video to share with the whole community prior to October 19th.

ALL Students will have a Daily Check-in

  • All students will have attendance taken daily
  • Remote students will have attendance taken as normal in their classes throughout the day beginning with 1st hour
  • Hybrid students in the building will also have attendance taken in each of their hours
  • Hybrid students working from home will log into their Cat class at 7:50am to have attendance taken, hear morning announcements, and receive directions for the day. These students will then log off Zoom to continue their learning from home.

General Items

  • Masks are required in the building (gaiters are okay but need to be 2 layers)
  • Students should bring their own masks, but disposable masks are available if needed
  • Temperature checks will not occur at the building per updated guidelines (see "nurse update" section below for more health-related information)
  • Hall lockers will not be issued; students will carry their backpack and all items with them during the day
  • Music and PE lockers will be issued


  • Car riders and walkers are strongly encouraged to arrive after 7:30am where they’ll go to their Cat class (students may drop off instruments in their music classroom)
  • The building will not open before 7:20am (approximate time of bus drop off)
  • The auditorium will be used for 6th grade and the main gym bleachers will be used for 7th and 8th grade students prior to 7:30 (Students will be spaced apart and seated based on Cat teacher)
  • Breakfast will be grab-n-go in the MPR--after 7:30am students go to their Cat room
  • Refer to the traffic pattern (below) for car line arrival and pick-up procedures


  • There will be 5 lunch periods at CST (refer to hybrid bell schedule)
  • 6th grade will eat during 4th hour, 7th and 8th will eat 5th hour. The 8th grade lunch will be split due to its higher numbers.
  • Students will be expected to wear a mask upon entering/exiting and while seated after finished eating.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the lunch lines with distancing markers as a guide.
  • In order to create a stable group, students will have assigned seats by class in alpha order--consistent day-to-day
  • Students will sit in a checker board fashion, 4 to a table
  • Students will enter the MPR through the doors closest to the auditorium and exit through the doors by the bathrooms.

Passing Periods

  • Passing periods will be 4 minutes in length
  • Restrooms are available while limiting bathroom crowds (appox. 4 per restroom at a time)
  • Markings on the floor will guide students to stay to the right during passing and to keep moving from class to class
  • Hand washing or sanitizing is encouraged and available hourly


  • Distancing will be followed to the best of our ability in classrooms
  • Students will wear masks
  • Desks will be sanitized a minimum of 2 times per day
  • Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom


  • Students will be issued lockers strategically spaced out in the locker room
  • Students will dress out for class--students may wear school issued clothes or clothes brought from home (see document below if you'd like to buy CST PE clothes)--PE teachers will share expectations in class.
  • Masks will be worn in PE, but teachers will work with students for appropriate times to get a break from masks (i.e. outside and distanced, swimming, etc.)

For other classes and/or full details regarding our return to learning, you can access the "Return to Learning" plan at the link below...


Counseling Update!

Hi there, Mrs. Rodden here!

I just wanted you to know that I will be with 8th grade students on October 23rd & 26th, in their Science class, talking about 21 Century Academies and how they can use their Matchmaker results to make informed decisions. Before the listed dates, on your students hybrid days, they will be asked to complete the Matchmaker on Xello (formerly Career Cruising). Directions will come from their Science teacher directly, however, I just wanted to let you know that both presentations have been uploaded to my class website on Synergy.

I also wanted to point out, all 21st Century Academy Open House dates and times are listed on my class website as well (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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Sports are coming!!!

We are pleased to announce that middle school sports will be resuming as we get ready to embark on a hybrid schedule. Girls basketball tryouts begin November 9th. Our girls head coach will be sharing more information with you in the next couple of days. The girls/boys game schedule and additional information below. Please review the mitigation protocols and other valuable information regarding the basketball season.

Please contact our athletic director, Krista Dueringer, or Head Coach, Jamie Totte-Boyd (jstotteboyd@olatheschools.org), if you have any questions.

CST Administration Team

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!


The Johnson County Health Department has identified the following as primary or secondary symptoms of COVID 19 in children:

Primary Symptoms:

• New cough

• Difficulty breathing

• Loss of taste or smell

Secondary Symptoms:

• Extreme fatigue

• Fever greater than 100 degrees and/or chills

• 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, 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.

Thank you for your attention to this important health matter.

As always, please contact your school nurse with any health related questions.

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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Find Your Classes!

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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 (excluding Election Day) 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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Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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Email from the Superintendent (10/7)

Dear Olathe Public Schools families and staff,

On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Board of Education voted to continue following the (updated) Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s gating criteria for learning mode decisions. They also added the absentee category used in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment gating criteria, with all metrics weighed equally. To view the updated JCDHE gating criteria, please visit https://www.jocogov.org/school-reopening-criteria.

Using the current data from the county and our absentee metrics, the district is in the Yellow Zone of the gating matrix. Secondary students may now return to school in a hybrid format. Elementary students will remain in full time, in-person learning.

Middle School Learning Mode

Middle school in-person students will return to in-person learning in a hybrid learning environment beginning on Monday, Oct. 19. Hybrid learning only applies to middle school families who chose in-person learning at registration. Remote students will continue the same schedule they have been following. The remote learning model for middle school will not change.

  • Middle school students who chose in-person learning at registration will be assigned to one of two groups: A (last name starting with letters A-L) or B (last name starting with M-Z).
  • Middle school students will follow an ABAB schedule: Week One, Group A students will attend Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Week Two they will attend Tuesday and Thursday. Group B will attend Tuesday and Thursday in Week One and Monday, Wednesday, Friday in Week Two. They will continue alternating as long as the hybrid mode is in effect.
  • There could be variation by building with the alphabetical distribution depending on alphabetical breakdown in specific buildings in order to ensure the groups are as similar in size as possible.
  • Schools will work with families who have unique and justifiable circumstances on an individual basis to switch groups. Contact your building administrator for guidance.

The purpose of the ABAB schedule is to provide more time in a school setting. Students will have a daily check-in with a teacher and independent learning expectations on the days they are not in school buildings. Santa Fe Trail Middle will follow a different schedule because of their state redesign school designation and the school will communicate that information.

Middle school principals will follow up with school-specific details in the coming days.

High School Learning Mode

High school in-person students will return to in-person learning in a hybrid learning environment starting on Monday, Oct. 19.

  • High school students who chose in-person learning at registration will be assigned to one of two groups: A (last name starting with letters A-L) or B (last name starting with M-Z).
  • High school students will attend school for half days, five days a week. Group A will attend in the mornings and Group B will attend in the afternoon.
  • Hybrid learning only applies to high school families who chose in-person learning at registration.
  • There could be variation by building with the alphabetical distribution depending on alphabetical breakdown in specific buildings in order to ensure the groups are as similar in size as possible.

Schools will work with families who have unique and justifiable circumstances on an individual basis to switch groups. Contact your building administrator for guidance. High school principals will be following up with additional hybrid details specific to each school. The purpose of this schedule is daily personal contact between students and teachers. When students are not in attendance on-site, students will have independent learning expectations.

Lunches for high school students will be packaged individually and offered as a grab and go option for students in both the morning and afternoon groups.

Remote learning students will stay in that format; however, the high school remote learning bell schedule and meeting times will change. This is necessary to continue providing the wide offering of remote classes. Remote learning students will receive additional information in the coming days.

Providing the best quality educational experiences for our students, while balancing the safety and health of our students, staff, and families, is a priority. The district will review data again every few weeks to determine if students will remain in their current learning environment or will transition to full, in-person or back to remote learning, depending on JCDHE gating criteria data.

The district will review the gating criteria data on November 9 for a potential change on November 16 and will look at data on December 14 to plan for second semester. Parents and staff will receive information at these times.

John Allison, Superintendent

CST Email from 10/7

Dear CST Family,

See below for some updates and reminders...

You should have received an email from district administration yesterday regarding our return to in-person learning via hybrid model beginning on October 19th. Basic building processes and procedures will be outlined in this weekend’s Weekly Wildcat newsletter (no later than Friday). Included will be information on arrival/dismissal, lunch, passing periods, and classrooms. CST's alpha breakdown will be A-L (A group), and M-Z (B group) which will provide balance in overall daily attendance at CST. We will work closely with our assigned alpha breakdown to maintain appropriate balance within the building, but understand there may be a highly justified reason to adjust the alpha split on an individual basis. Please fill out the form HERE by 11am Friday, 10/9 if you need to make a hardship request to adjust the alpha group for your student. If you have more than one student at Chisholm, please fill out a form for each student.

Please know how excited we are to meet your kids in person…we’ve been waiting since March for this!

All new bus registrations may be completed using the online registration link found on the OPS website or the link below. If using a PC, please click the ‘Bus Info’ icon for all registration information. To access bus registration from a mobile device, click on Menu/Parents/Bus Transportation and the link will be near the bottom of the page.

10/14--1/2 Day:
As a reminder, Wednesday, 10/14 is a half day for students. Students will still attend each of their daily scheduled hours with shorter class periods. The complete bell schedule for this day will be shared this weekend.

Parent teacher conference details are in this past week’s newsletter (dated 10/5) (https://www.smore.com/hnz0k-weekly-wildcat). Middle and high school families may be contacted by the academic team or by individual teachers to schedule a conference. If you have a concern or wish for an update on your child’s progress, please do not wait for an email and contact the teacher directly by Friday, 10/9 to allow time for scheduling.

THIS Friday (10/9)--Remote Learning Day:
Finally, please remember this Friday (10/9) is a remote learning day--all students will check in for attendance during morning CAT time and be provided direction about when/how to turn in the day's assignments.

Have a great rest of the week!

Rick Sola, Principal

Sports Phyicals

A reminder to get your sports physicals and submitted them to school in hopes we can participate once we return in person. We will communicate as updates on middle school sports occur.

Click HERE for forms.

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

District Communications

Student Privacy:

Reminder for parents/students in remote learning: As it’s wonderful to highlight your experience with remote learning, to respect and maintain student privacy, please refrain from taking pictures of your screen when other students can be individually identified. We appreciate your help in respecting the preferences of other students.

Parent Education Seminar:

The first topic of the 2020-21 Parent Education Seminar is "How to Address Topics of Race and Culture with Your Child" (English) (Spanish). Presenters are district staff, Erik Erazo, Coordinator of Diversity and Engagement, and Marquis Harris, Facilitator of Diversity and Engagement. The community is invited to this virtual presentation addressing race and culture on October 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

Virtual Back to School Night!

Click the link to the PDF. On the PDF is a list of CST teachers and admin--click on your childs' teachers to see their back to school night presentation. It's virtual and self-paced!


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

Trainings and Services (District email from 9/3)

Olathe Public Schools parents,

As we approach the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, we wanted to share some vital information for families to get ready for the school year ahead.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE Training for Parents
With the expanded use of ParentVUE and StudentVUE as the district’s learning management system, helping parents navigate the system is vitally important. The district will be offering parents ParentVUE training to teach families how to log into ParentVUE and StudentVUE, how to access student course and class content and the class website for each teacher.

The parent trainings will take place via Zoom. See attached flier for more information on dates, times and how to sign up. Additionally, if you would like to watch a video to learn how to log in and use ParentVUE and/or StudentVUE prior to the trainings, you can access videos in English and Spanish. Here is a direct link to the ParentVUE video tutorials in English and Spanish: https://bit.ly/2EZDa9K. Here is a direct link to the StudentVUE video tutorials in English and Spanish: https://bit.ly/3bgE4uN.

Technology and Learning Help Desk
Parents and students in need of technology or learning system help can contact the Technology and Learning Help Desk via phone at (913) 780-8058 or via email to helpdesk@olatheschools.org. The Help Desk will be open from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mental Health Support for Families
The mental health and social emotional growth of our students is a great focus in the Olathe Public Schools. Attached is a document that outlines various ways our families can seek support. Please reach out to your child’s school if you feel your child needs help and support.

Student Learning Logs
Learning logs have been shared with you and our community as a requirement of KSDE for students when they are learning at home. However, KSDE has recently shared the specific situations that will require learning logs. In Olathe, we will have very few, if any, situations where this will be needed. If students have access to daily live instruction and we take attendance when we see students participating, we should meet the requirements.

District Parent Guide
The Parent Guide to the Olathe Public Schools: This helpful guide will serve as an informational tool for you in addition to resources readily available on our district website www.olatheschools.org. The guide contains information on the Board of Education, a listing of feeder schools, transportation, health services, safe schools, student information, directory information, FERPA and school hours.

Please visit with your building principal, if you have any questions.

Best wishes for an outstanding year!

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Parent_Training_for_Synergy.pdf (8.3 MB)
Mental_Health_brochure_ENGLISH.pdf (179.9 KB)
08102020_English_Parent_Guide_ENGLISH.pdf (741.7 KB)

Lunch and Breakfast

Lunch and Breakfast Pick-up at CST--the short version...

We will plan on curbside pick-up in front of the school. Food will be hot and bagged ready to hand off. First day instructions...

  1. Please have your kids with you the first time you pick up meals
  2. You'll receive a red card you can use after that for meal pick up (instead of bringing all kids every day)
  3. If you haven't yet registered, you can go to their website and do that---click https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10605
  4. Registering for meals each week helps our kitchen staff with meal counts
  5. More details in earlier emails (below) and linked

(more details and info previously shared)

Carryout Meal Service

Students who are receiving remote instruction while the District is operating under any of the learning models will have carryout breakfasts and lunches available for pick-up at their home school.

These meals must be pre-ordered via the MyPaymentsPlus.com website or mobile app 1-week in advance of the week the meals are wanted. You may pick up your meals at whichever site is most convenient.

The meals will be boxed/bagged during lunch time from the serving line in the lunch room. You will pick up and pay for the carryout meals inside the front entrance of the school.

Facemasks are required to be worn when picking up meals.

Breakfast and lunch meals are free of charge for all children ages 1-18 years old

To ensure the Federal limit of only serving 1-breakfast and 1-lunch to each child each day is met, the following procedure will be in place for picking up carryout meals:

On the first day you choose to pick up carryout meals, have all children present with you at the school pick-up location. If this isn’t possible, you may arrive the first day and explain your extenuating circumstance.

You will be issued the cards needed and the number of children for whom you’ll be picking up meals will later be verified. You will be issued one carryout meal card for each of the children for whom you’ll be picking up meals. From that point on, you only need to bring the cards for the children for whom you’re picking up meals – the children will no longer need to be present.

Carryout Meal Pick-up Times

Middle School Breakfast and Lunch Pick up time: 11:30am-12:30pm on School Days

High School Breakfast and Lunch Pick up time: 10:30am - 12:00pm on School Days

(Exception: No meal service will be available on September 25th or October 9th)

All this info and more can be found HERE!

Food Services Info (9/4 email)

Olathe families,

The Food Services division of Olathe Public Schools wanted to share a few updates regarding student meals. Earlier this week, the USDA announced they would be extending flexibilities for the summer food service program to run through December 2020 or until Federal money is no longer available. This means school breakfast and lunch will be served free of charge to all children aged 1-18.

If you have already pre-ordered for a week of meals, we ask that you honor the location you have selected. Moving forward, when you place a meal pre-order, you will be able to choose a location most convenient to you for daily pickup.

To ensure the district and families are following USDA regulations, on the first day you choose to pick up carryout meals, please have all children present at the school pick up location. If having your children with you isn’t possible, you may arrive and explain the circumstance and receive the meal cards. The number of children for whom you’ll be picking up meals will later be verified.

The carryout hours are:

Elementary Carryout Meal Pickup Time

11:00 -12:45

Middle School Carryout Meal Pickup Time

11:30 - 12:30

High School Carryout Meal Pickup Time

10:30 - 12:00

Food Services' website has been updated to make it easier to find the Pre-ordering information along with an instructional video: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2915

Due to the limited time we anticipate the free meal funding may be available, it is important that families continue to submit updated free/reduced meal applications if there are any changes in household size or income. Household applications are accepted throughout the school year and, if approved, are effective through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, households must still apply for meal benefits to be eligible for building fee and/or bus transportation discounts.

If you have questions, please contact Food Services at catering@olatheschools.org or (913) 780-7005.


Olathe Public Schools Food Services

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