Weekly Wildcat

Week of 8/3

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 8/3/20

Dear CST Family,

This past Monday we saw online registration open for the 20-21 school year. Of course, this event, as routine as it is typically, is far from it this year under unique circumstances and with the option to choose in-person or remote learning. I understand this option is weighing heavily on some and has generated a lot of questions ranging from school day structure to course options to athletics. Once registration closes we'll have our total count of in-person and remote learners which will allow us to take the next step in planning. This information is necessary as it'll allow us to finalize rosters, lunch schedules, and will likely impact arrival and departure procedures.

Final details of school day structure will be possible once we have in-person numbers, but please know we are full steam ahead in planning for a safe return for all our students. I plan to share a breakdown of the day's procedures closer to the first day of school in effort to inform, but mainly to remove any "mystery" as to expect. In the meantime, the FAQ below has many middle school specific topics and is continually updated. Please know you can always call or email us for questions as well...we are happy to help!

Take care, be safe, and go wildcats!


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.

Monday, 8/3

  • Online Registration Closes

Tuesday, 8/4

Wednesday, 8/5

Thursday, 8/6

Friday, 8/7

  • Building Closed

Thursday, 8/20

  • Teachers report back to school

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.

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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Have you picked up your 19-20 yearbooks yet? Please contact the office to make arrangements.

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)


ICYMI: Online Registration Open July 27-Aug. 3

(all info below can also be found HERE)

Online registration for the 2020-21 school year will be open from July 27-Aug. 3. While we know there are many uncertainties right now, it’s imperative for us to move forward with online registration to make sure we have staffing numbers to accommodate in-person or remote learning. For more information about the options for the 2020 school year, our plans for safety and security and Frequently Asked Questions document, visit www.olatheschools.org/return2020. Please note we are asking parents register their children between July 27 and August 3.

To register, parents need to visit their ParentVUE account by going to https://parentvue.olatheschools.com. Once you’ve logged into your account at https://parentvue.olatheschools.com, click on the Begin Registration button to access the Online Registration module. Read directions carefully as this is a self-guided process with prompts to help complete registration. After signing in, if you do not have demographic changes, please click on the “In Progress” button for your students and update the Health Update and Acknowledgement. If there are changes, click on the corresponding tabs on the left and click “Edit.” Once these screens are complete, click submit.

Please note: online registration cannot be done on a cell phone. It must be done on a desktop computer or laptop. If you use a tablet, you must access https://parentvue.olatheschools.com through a browser, not the ParentVUE app, to access registration.

Parents will be able to pay student and school fees through TouchBase and apply payment toward meal accounts through MyPaymentsPlus.

Immediately following registration on ParentVUE, parents will need to access Touchbase at https://ks-olathe.intouchreceipting.com to pay student fees.

Attached are helpful documents to assist parents with using TouchBase. For questions on the TouchBase online fee payment system, please visit www.olatheschools.org/feepayment.

Families new to the district may access Touchbase the day following activation of their ParentVUE account.

It's important to note that families new to the district and those who have not been to kindergarten roundup will need to contact their child's school to make an appointment to register. Kindergarten parents who have been through kindergarten roundup can register online like other families.

Families in need of assistance call the district’s Registration Helpline at 913-780-7781, staring on July 27 or can contact their child’s school to make an appointment for assistance.

Thank you for your quick response in registering your children for the next school year. This will help immensely as we plan for staffing and the year to come. Please know that we will communicate more about what the school year will look as we work closely with state and local health and education officials.

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 Contacts

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.

Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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Info from the 7/27 Weekly Wildcat

Many details can be found in the links above specifically regarding the middle school day (i.e. lunch, lockers, distancing, masks, etc.). Any items unique for CST will be shared in this newsletter as all details and plans are finalized.

This is the first Weekly Wildcat newsletter for the 20-21 school year. While we have a mix of new and returning families, the format of this newsletter will be new for everyone. Here is what you can expect from the Weekly Wildcat parent newsletter...

  • I will update this weekly (except during extended breaks) and send out each weekend
  • You will receive an email (and text) letting you know WW was updated along with a list of new topics
  • I try to limit parent communications to this weekly so as not to inundate you with school communication
  • The newsletter is divided into new info and "repeated but still relevant" info
  • This newsletter is a great way to stay "in the know" on what is occurring at CST
  • In addition, you can also check out our home page (https://www.olatheschools.org/chisholmtrail/ ) where there will be a link to the Weekly Wildcat on the CST home page
  • Also, follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS to see updates, learning, and activities occurring at CST!
  • If at any time you feel like you may not be receiving information or mailings from the school please contact us at 913-780-7240 or email data operator, Melynda Marquardt (mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org). She will be able to verify contact info on file and update existing information.

Email from the Superintendent (Thursday, 7/23)

Olathe Families,

The Olathe Public Schools is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for students and staff. We cannot move forward without first thanking our parents, students, staff and community members for providing honest feedback and for granting us the patience and support to work through these plans.

The first day of school will be on Tuesday, September 8. On Monday, July 27, online registration will open. You will be asked to decide if your child will attend in-person or remote learning when school resumes. We will be providing you an overview of what the year will look like in this message. For a robust look at the district’s plan in its entirety, please visit www.olatheschools.org/return2020.

Following the guidance and collaboration of numerous health experts from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, and various others, the Olathe Public Schools remains committed to doing everything we can as a district to protect the health of students and staff for a safe return to in-person instruction and learning.

Before selecting in-person or remote learning, you need to be aware that this decision will be made for an entire semester. You can change your selection at the semester break.

We encourage you to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page at www.olatheschools.org/return2020. You can also access a more detailed version of the district’s plan for the 2020-21 school year.

In-Person Learning

  • Masks will be required for students and staff per the Governor’s executive order https://governor.kansas.gov/executive-order-no-20-59/. Masks are found to help prevent the spread of disease. Students will be required to bring masks to school and wear them throughout the instructional day. Please use this time to find a mask that your child is comfortable wearing. If you have trouble getting a mask, please talk with your principal.
  • We will supply hand sanitizer and will have a small number of disposable masks available.
  • In the classroom, social distancing measures will occur as best as possible.
  • Until further notice, there will be no field trips, no out of metro travel for students and staff and there will be restrictions on time outside of classrooms.
  • Transitions for students during the day will be reduced. Elementary and middle school students will have reduced time in the hallway.
  • We will have an increased cleaning schedule using a CDC-recommended solution.
  • We will be limiting sharing of supplies and items as much as possible.
  • There will be additional guidance provided regarding band, orchestra, physical education and other classes where masks and social distancing prove difficult.
  • Parent and visitor access to the building will be limited to the office area only.
  • Restrictions are subject to change as the year progresses and are subject to guidance from local and state health departments. Should conditions worsen and full in-person learning not be an option, students who opt for in-person may be transitioned to a hybrid model where they may come into school a few days a week and be home doing remote learning for the other days. Additionally, if a greater school shut down were to be ordered by state or local officials, all in-person learning students would be transitioned to remote learning.


  • Elementary and middle school students will stay with stable groups and have assigned seats. Building specific plans will be utilized and communicated at the high school level.
  • Each building will determine appropriate procedures to reflect their unique layout.
  • No lunch guests will be allowed.


  • All students, bus drivers and bus monitors will be required to wear a mask.
  • The bus will fill from the back and unload from the front to limit students walking past one another.
  • Students from the same household will sit together.

COVID-19 Notification

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, a general notification will go to the parents of a school. This notification will not include identifying information about the individual who tests positive.
  • If your child has been exposed, you will be contacted individually with further instructions.
  • Contact tracing will occur by the JCDHE in partnership with the district.
  • The district will work closely with JCDHE should cases arise in school and to determine next steps. JCDHE will work closely with the district Health Services on a case by case basis to advise on course of action related to school closure.

Remote Learning

Parents may elect to have their child participate in remote learning. This selection will take place during the online registration process.

  • Students will receive daily direct instruction plus assignments.
  • Daily attendance will be taken.
  • Daily assignments will be given, turned in and graded.
  • Students must attend and engage in regular contact with teachers while completing tasks.
  • As stated before, you can change your selection at the semester break.
  • Students will be given a technology device and families in need of internet access will be able to check out a mobile “hot spot” for at-home internet access free of charge.

Again, we thank you for your patience and flexibility. These decisions are not easy. Whether in-person or remote, the Olathe Public Schools family is strong and resilient. This pandemic has been a real-life lesson in grit. We hope that those lessons in moving forward with a positive mind have been echoed at home. Make no mistake, we will get through this together.

Please look for additional information at www.olatheschools.org/return2020. On Monday, July 27, you will receive information about the online registration process.


John Allison, Superintendent