Weekly Wildcat

Week of 8/31

Chisholm Trail Middle School

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm

16700 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS, 66062



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


Message from the principal: Week of 8/31/20

Dear CST Family,

This past week information was shared in a district communication outlining the school day, bell schedules for our learning options, and future communication topics (letters re-posted below). Looking at the posted schedules may have created some questions or concerns in regards to screen time and what the actual remote learning will look like. Here are some of the guiding components being shared with teachers during professional development this week and in the week ahead as we begin the process of building remote lessons...

  • Live, Zoom mini-lessons of no more than 6-10 minutes at a time.
  • Create informal, pre-recorded videos with direct instruction of no more than 15 minutes.
  • Offer information you would have provided during a lecture through various formats: links to articles, infographics, and videos.
  • Create a lesson which allows students to change activities about every 15 minutes.
  • Use tech tools to create engagement and low-stakes practice opportunities.





  • Keep it simple--directions simple and easy to understand

Certainly each class will have its own style and personality, but students will see a mix of remote learning strategies both on and off the screen. Our teachers will continue training next week in preparation for remote learning with eyes set on September 8th when we welcome our kids back to CST for an historic 20-21 school year.

As we approach the return date, there is a likelihood of additional communications from the builiding and/or the district as we work to keep our community informed. As always, please reach out if we can be of any help or refer to our school or district website for information.

Have a wonderful week ahead!


Week at a glance...

(CST Summer Appointment Hours--9am-3pm--phones 7am-5pm)

The building will be closed on Fridays through the month of August.

***Tech Device Pick-up Times Added ALL WEEK--see more below this section***

Monday, 8/31

  • Staff PD

Tuesday, 9/1

  • Staff PD
  • Math consumable book pick-up (8am-12pm)--more info below

Wednesday, 9/2

  • Staff PD
  • Math consumable book pick-up (12pm-3:30pm)--more info below

Thursday, 9/3

  • Staff PD

Friday, 9/4

  • Building Closed

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • Monday 9/4--student schedules released (postponed from 8/31)
  • Tuesday 9/8--First day for all students (7:50am)--All Students Begin in Remote Learning

District Info: Re-Open 2020

Added Device Pick-Up Times!!!

From 7:30am to 5:30pm, 8/31-9/4, those who missed the device deployment will have an opportunity to pick up a device from the Technology Support Center on the NW corner of 143rd and Black Bob. See below for details...

  • Monday and Tuesday--6th graders only
  • Wednesday through Friday--7th and 8th graders. Due to availability, Dell’s may be given out until more of the Surface Go's arrive. This device is the same 2 for 1 laptop that the high schools use. Once we get more Surface Go’s in we will swap out on a school by school basis after all middle schools have deployed.
  • If a family has students in multiple grades and one is in 6th, they should come on Monday or Tuesday and let tech know the grades of each student. There is no need for families to come by twice.
  • Deploying will occur from 7:30am – 5:30pm on all of these days.

Please bring their iPads to swap out if you have one.

Math Book Pick-Up

Per district communication this past week, we will be holding a time for students/parents to receive a consumable math book curbside that'll be used to start the year. While schedules will not be available until 9/4, all students will be in a grade level math course. We will have lists on site if you are unsure of the math class in which your child is enrolled. Students are likely aware if they are in a math plus class or not, but if unsure, the front office will be able to help--913-780-7240. See below for grade and course level details...


  • September 1st--8am-12pm
  • September 2nd--12:00-3:30pm

If those dates/times do not work, individuals will be able to pick up in the front foyer during office hours (7:30am-3:30pm) beginning on September 3rd.

  • 6th Grade: ALL 6th grade students--math 6/6+ will receive the same book
  • 7th Grade: 7th graders in Math 7 will receive a consumable math book; 7th graders in Math 7+ will be online--no book to pick up.
  • 8th Grade: 8th graders in Math 8 will receive a consumable math book; Algebra students will have book checked out--non-consumable.

6th Grade T-Shirts!!! (during math book pick-up)

6th Graders!!!

We want to get you your shirts once and for all! During the math textbook pick-up times, we'll also be handing out the t-shirts originally scheduled a couple times earlier this summer. Sizes are subject to availability. Stop by any time during the time frame above for textbooks and you'll also receive a CST t-shirt!

Parents will receive bus information by individual email from DS Bus Lines the week of September 1.

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!)

Sports Update (8/28)

Middle school parents,
We wanted to provide you with an update on middle level sports. After careful consideration, middle school sports for the fall season are suspended until full-time, in-person learning begins. This includes dance, cheer, cross country, volleyball, and football. Once in-person learning begins the matter of fall sports will be re-assessed.

We will provide more information as it becomes available. Additionally, just a friendly reminder that middle school schedules will be available in ParentVUE starting on Sept. 4.

Please reach out to your building principal with individual questions. Thank you for your understanding.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

District Letters to Parents from 8/25

Student Schedules Released on 9/4!

CST School Store!!!

Get into the CST spirit with our online spirit wear store! There are many designs for embroidery and print options. Store closes at 11:59:59pm on August 31st with delivery to CST scheduled right after students arrive back to the building!

FYI: We plan for 2 more stores this school year. One in time for the holidays opening around Thanksgiving and another in the spring.

Click the link to be taken to the store!


CST School Site Council

Interested in joining CST's parent site council? We'll meet at least 4 times this school year to discuss current topics, questions, and direction of the school and district. Click below to sign up.

20-21 Site Council

Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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6th Grade Student Event--Canceled

Unfortunately, the event planned for 6th grade students on 9/1 and 9/2 has been postponed. We hope to offer the same event in the future depending on how our situation develops. I am hopeful we will be able to carry out the plans below on a future date--stay tuned.

Message from week of 8/17 WW below


We will have 2 opportunities for 6th grade families to walk through CST for a self-guided tour of the building. WEB leaders will be stationed along the route to provide information about that particular area. Along the way all 6th grade students will receive a CST t-shirt and perhaps even another little surprise! For those unable to attend we'll have a virtual option and we'll make sure your child receives their t-shirt. It'll be a fun kick-off event led by our 8th grade WEB leaders and an opportunity to meet CST admin. We hope to see you there! A sign-up genius for either night will be sent out separately to 6th grade families in the coming week.

A few logistical notes for this night...

  • Temperature checks are required for all entering the building (this will be the practice at least at the start of the year per mandate)
  • Masks are required for all in the building
  • A sign-up genius will go to 6th grade families soon for an arrival window
  • Limited to immediate families only, we will begin in the event entrance and encouraged not to arrive before 5 minutes prior to "launch" window of time
  • Families will start one at a time spaced out in timing
  • It's a self-pace tour with an established route. Families may pass others but the expectation is for families to stay distanced
  • Exit will be out the front of the building with a photo op in front of the building

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!

Important Update from the Olathe Public Schools: District Email from 8/19

Subject: Important Update from the Olathe Public Schools

Olathe Public Schools parents,

Yesterday, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) met with superintendents to review the gating criteria for the 2020-21 school year. With the community COVID-19 numbers as they currently stand, we are in the red category of the JCDHE gating criteria. This means that when school resumes on Sept. 8, our middle and high schools will be learning remotely in the district’s Systemwide Online learning plan for the first few weeks of the semester. On Sept. 22, we will study the data again to determine next steps. It is our hope that we can transition safely into full in-person learning after that time.

After input from health officials, staff and families, district administration has decided to begin the year cautiously by having elementary students start the year in a hybrid model. In the hybrid model, elementary students will be divided into two groups by alphabet. Half the students (group A) would attend school in-person on Monday/Tuesday and participate in learning activities at home the remaining three days (Wed-Fri). Group B students would attend school in-person on Thursday/Friday and participate in learning activities at home the first three days of the week. On the days students are not at school, they will have daily contact with a teacher. For middle and high school, the Systemwide Online learning schedule will match the building on-site schedule.

Please note that the hybrid model applies only to those families who chose in-person learning at registration. Families who chose remote learning at registration will stay with the remote learning group. More information will be released in the coming weeks for each learning group.

Additionally, activities and athletics will be handled on a week-by-week basis to determine safety and next steps.

We share in your disappointment that we could not begin the year as we hoped, with a full, in-person option. In the end, the safety and health of students and staff is our first priority. There will be many questions and we are committed to providing answers. Thank you for your patience. More information will be coming soon.

In the meantime, here are some important items that we would like to share:

  • As we have mentioned in the past, Systemwide Online and Remote Learning will be vastly different than the Continuous Learning Plan of last spring. Students will receive more direct instruction, greater accountability with daily interactions with staff, required attendance, assignments, feedback and grades.
  • Beginning on August 31, class lists and student schedules will be available on ParentVUE. If you have questions or needs regarding schedules, please contact your school.
  • Our plan is to start the year in a virtual/hybrid format and regularly review data to determine next steps. On Sept. 22, we will review the data provided by JCDHE, then communicate with families whether we will transition into hybrid or in-person learning, or remain in Systemwide Online learning mode. Expect communication from us every step of the way as we determine next steps. When students transition back to hybrid learning or in-person learning, any student who chose remote learning at enrollment would stay in the remote environment for the duration of the semester.
  • Schools will communicate with families about plans for distribution of technology devices. Please watch for communication from schools about device distribution as we get closer to the start of the school year.
  • The district has available mobile hot spots for families in need of assistance with internet access. Families can contact their child’s principal to check out a mobile hotspot free of charge.
  • Information related to special education and Individual Education Plans will be communicated to families by building teams in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation. We greatly appreciate you and all of your support and input. We truly are stronger together.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Athletics and Activities

CST sports are set to begin on 9/8, the first day of school. Per the info below, we encourage physicals to be completed ahead of time and turned into the office for verification of clearance to play. The constant caveat, of course, is the situation is fluid and subject to change. Once new game schedules are created for the fall seasons (VB, FB, XC) this section will be updated. Team specific messages will be placed in the weekly as we move closer to the season or as pertinent updates occur. Feel free to contact head coaches of the sport of interest, athletic director, or principal with questions.


Dear CST Parents,

Please see a brief update below regarding sports at the middle school. The info has also been added to the 8/10 Weekly Wildcat and additional CST specific info will be included in the upcoming 8/17 WW. Feel free to reach out to the office or specific coach with questions. You can also find athletic information on our website HERE. We will continue to share any updates or changes we receive.

Thank you,

Rick Sola, principal

Middle School Fall Sports Start Up

With the first day of school delayed until Tuesday, September 8, middle school cross country, volleyball, and football practices will begin on this date as well. Between now and then, athletes need to turn in their required paperwork to the office, including physical and concussion form.

We wanted to provide you with additional information related to football and this upcoming season. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) identified football as high-risk sport, due to its high probability spread of respiratory particles. At their August meeting, the Olathe Board of Education adopted the Johnson County Gating plan, which restricts high-risk sports to no competition, no group travel, and allows practicing/conditioning with modifications – all if in the yellow phase.


We will continue to move forward with modified conditioning and practices for football which is allowed by the JCDHE. At this time, due to the current numbers in the county, we will not be playing games. However, we will continue to explore, as numbers allow, football competition opportunities during the fall season.

Finally, the volleyball and cross country competition schedule will be altered due to the delayed start of practice. More information will be forthcoming regarding the final sports schedule.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this situation.

CST In-Person and Remote Learners

With registration locked and numbers set, here is where CST is currently in regards to in-person/remote numbers. 8th grade is higher in part due to its larger class size overall in comparison to 6th and 7th grade.

550 in-person learners

149 remote learners (21%)

Remote by Grade:




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)

8/6 Email from Mr. Allison

Olathe staff and families,

Tonight during the August Board of Education meeting, the board discussed important items related to the 2020-21 school year that I wanted to share.

First, the board discussed and adopted the recently released gating criteria provided by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Following an analytical approach based in science and data, the gating criteria provides operating procedure for if/when schools would operate in-person, under hybrid procedures or all remote learning. The Olathe Public Schools will follow this criteria for the 2020-21 school year.

More information regarding the gating criteria can be found here: https://www.jocogov.org/school-reopening-criteria. We have received many questions and as it stands, if school were to begin next week as originally scheduled, we would fall under the yellow category. We have a month to reverse current trends.

The second piece of information I’d like to bring to your attention is the adoption of the 2020-21 school calendar. The approved calendar will be posted next week. It is important to note that the approved calendar keeps the last day of school, spring break and winter break intact.

I’m proud of the work that the professional council and Olathe NEA has done to ensure some familiarity during uncertain times.

Lastly, I want to express my sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for your resiliency and resolve. Together we find ourselves in new territory. I want to assure you that as such, the safety of our staff and students will always be our top priority. Ensuring that together we follow local and national health guidelines is vital.


John Allison, Superintendent

Returning iPads!

Olathe Middle School students will be issued a Microsoft Surface Go (pictured below) device this school year. Our returning 7th and 8th graders who still have their iPads will need to locate the issued cord, block, and iPad itself to swap out for the new Microsoft Surface Go device. More details to come but now is a good time to locate all that needs to be returned to avoid fees. The return of these iPads are important as they will be repurposed for the elementary schools and help us complete our 1 to 1 initiative at all grade levels.
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CST Office

  • Our office will operate Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm with calls from 7am-5pm.
  • We will be implementing a "drop off station" in the front foyer to allow for contact-less drop off/pick up.
  • Please call the CST front office with questions--913-780-7240.

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

FAQ: What is a "stable group"?

A stable group is a group of students who are together regularly for the same purpose. At elementary the stable group/cohort would be their class. A secondary stable group would be the hourly classes or routine activities in which they participate. Middle school will have as many as 8 stable groups--each of their 7 class periods and CAT. Students will also eat lunch with their class in the lunchroom at assigned tables. This is also considered a stable group.