PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 5/10/2021
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
Week of 5/10/2021
Dear CST Family,
Our students continue working hard in these final weeks. They completed MAP reading testing this week and will take the MAP math test next week...that will complete assessments! I appreciate our students' diligence in completing these tests.
Next week our concerts will begin with orchestra on Monday and band (outdoors) on Thursday. Choir will be the following week. Our dance team will cap their season with their Spring Show on Saturday (5/8). It's an exciting time for our students!
Our end-of-year team celebrations will begin Friday with our 8th grade who'll have a day of activities both indoor and out, complete with their slide show, lunch, inflatables, games, and yearbooks! I'm appreciative of our teachers who've helped organize for our kids. Our 6th and 7th grade teams are also taking time to celebrate their students and will provide them their own send off in their classroom the last week of school.
Thank you to all our parents for their extreme generosity this week for Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers were so pleased and touched by the sentiments provided DAILY from students and parents. This fills the bucket more than you can imagine and we are so appreciative.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Week at a glance..
-LAST FULL WEEK FOR STUDENTS
-MAP MATH Testing (Monday -Wednesday)
- Orchestra Spring Concert 6/7 grade (6-8pm)
- MAP Math Testing
- MAP Math Testing
- Dance Team Banquet (5:30-7pm)
- MAP Math Testing
- Cheer Banquet (6-7:30pm)
- Choir Concert
- Pops at CST 6/7/8 grade Band/Jazz
- 8th grade EYO (end of year ) celebration
5/17--8th grade Orchestra Concert (7-8pm)
5/20--Last Day of School for Students (7:50-11:15am)
School Nurses Day!
Thank you, Nurse Jenn! In the year of Covid, I cannot share my appreciation enough for all Nurse Jenn has done. The job of school nurse took on so much more this year as Covid took over but Nurse Jenn has handled it all with grace. She continues to build relationships with our students and parents and provides a wonderful place for our students to receive medical attention. Her diligence with all things medical helps make CST a safer place for all. Whether she's tending to a bloody nose, a broken arm, a fever, stomach bug, tears, data, and, of course, Covid related matter, she does so with compassion and a smile for our students.
Please join me this week in celebrating our amazing nurse, Jenn Ross. CST is fortunate to have her serve our students' medical needs.
School Nurses Day is May 12th
Nurses Week is May 6-12
Schedule for Last Day of School (1/2 Day)
Middle School Device Check-In
All 8th grade students and students not returning to Olathe School next year will turn in their device on May 19th.
Remote students (8th or non-returning) can turn their devices in on May 20th and May 21st at the front door of CST. There, building techs will verify the student's name, ID, asset tag, and check all components are returned and assess for damages.
Please have your child locate their power cord to return.
Kajeet Hotspots for ALL grades should be returned on the appropriate check-in day.
Any device not returned by May 21st will need to be turned in at the Technology Support Center (143rd and Black Bob) May 24th-May 28th.
Returning 6th and 7th grade students will keep their device for the summer. More information to come.
Informational Parent Night - Summer Learning Options PK-12
Mental Health Summer Sessions
Summer Learning Opportunities and Parent Night (District)
Parents/Guardians interested in continuing their students learning into the summer have numerous opportunities that include:
- Elementary learning options include Families Learning in Partnerships (FLIP), a program to connect parents to schools and student learning; mental health clinics for students and families in need of these services; and the migrant summer program is offered to qualifying families in the district to promote literacy and learning grades K-5.
- Middle school learning options include mental health clinics for students and families in need of these services; tutoring opportunities; the migrant summer program is offered to qualifying families in the district and is a four-week summer enrichment for students in grades 6-12; weightlifting sessions and more.
- High school learning options include credit recovery opportunities; the migrant summer program is offered to qualifying families in the district and is a four-week summer enrichment for students in grades 6-12; mental health clinics for students and families in need of these services; weightlifting sessions; Summer eAcademy, which will offer a limited selection of courses for advanced placement students who acquire counselor enrollment permission.
NEW this year for all families grades pre-K to 8th grade is Level Up Your Learning, a website designed to engage with key skills through games, activities, and lessons. Students may follow reading and math activities based on recommendations from their teachers or choose their own learning adventure based on their interests. The website will launch May 17 and families will receive district communication telling them more about its features.
Visit www.olatheschools.org/summerlearning to learn more about these summer opportunities at all levels.
The district is also hosting an Informational Parent Night May 10th and 11th at Olathe North High School to learn more about the Summer Learning opportunities. Please see the attached flyers in English and Spanish for more information and to register. If you have any questions, please call: 913.780.8121.
A message from our Librarian
Hey Friends, the end of the school year is upon us!
Tomorrow is the last day to check out library books for this year. If students still need new books after tomorrow, please remind them that they may continue to access e-books and audiobooks through the Destiny app and the Axis 360 app on any device using their school credentials. We are also lucky that so many of our teachers here have such great classroom libraries that students may use to borrow books as well.
All library books are due back a week from tomorrow (5/14), but of course, they can return them anytime.
REPEAT: 8th grade Celebration Friday, May 14th
Chisholm Trail will be hosting a celebration for the 8th grade Wildcats with a variety of fun activities on Friday, May 14th. Students will work with their CAT teachers to sign up for choice activities throughout the day, as well as a preview of the 8th grade video. There will not be a formal promotion ceremony but we look forward to providing a day where students can celebrate their friendships made throughout the last three years before moving on to their respective high schools. This day will be for students only. More details will come closer to the celebration day.
If you have any questions please email 8th grade assistant principal, Rebecca Reyes, email@example.com
REPEAT: 6th and 7th Grade End-of-Year
Printable Summer Camp Form
Olathe South Summer Camps
The 21st Century Design Academy of Olathe East is hosting a summer camp
After School Academic Help
Dear Olathe Public Schools families,
Now is the time to register for general education transportation for the 2021-2022 school year. Those who register by June 16th are eligible for the Early-Bird Discount of up to 25% off the yearly fee! Please visit www.olatheschools.org/transportation to register or for more information.
21-22 Bus Info
- General Education bus registration opens today! All enrolled families will receive an email on Monday with a link to olatheschools.org/transportation. Please see the attached informational page with a condensed version of our GenEd bus services.
- An online transportation request is available for families of students who are eligible for Special Services or Early Childhood transportation. Families will receive a link to the online forms in the coming weeks, but are currently accessible on olatheschools.org/transportation.
A note from the counselors:
Today we were in 7th grade student classroom discussing all the high school options they have as a part of the Olathe Schools. You can access your students work through their Xello account in Class Link. Here is the link that can take you directly to the Olathe Career Pathways website: https://sites.google.com/students.olatheschools.com/career-pathways-fair/home.
Today was not about making decisions it was about getting your students the information they will need to make decisions next year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your students counselor with any questions.
Ms. Silkett & Mrs. Rodden
Counselor Minute Meetings
Beginning next week, counselors will begin "minute meetings" with students. Mrs. Silkett and Mrs. Rodden will work on goal setting and follow up with students in short "minute meetings". This will eventually reach all students as we move into next year. Please read below a message from CST counselors about these meetings and its goals. Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Silkett or Mrs. Rodden with questions.
Counselor minute meetings are a 2 minute or less meeting to set and track social and emotional goals with students. Mrs. Rodden and Mrs. Silkett are paired with a core teacher and will set up a meeting spot outside that classroom to facilitate students being out of class for the least amount of time. This initial meeting may take 5 or so minutes to leave time to explain our goals to them so they understand. We will track this goal through the end of the year by meeting with them at least two more times in the same fashion.
As counselors we are excited to begin this process as this allows us to connect with every student on a different level, as well as, support them in learning how to set and track goals. Most importantly it will give us time to give them the individual tools, or strategies, they may need to withstand certain circumstances. If you would like your student to participate in the beginning stages of this great addition to our CST building please let your students counselor know by Tuesday, 3/30 so they can be sure to have what they need that would be awesome.
Future Falcon Football Skills Camp Grades 7 & 8
Who: Any current 6th or 7th grade student in Olathe
When: June 17th, & 24th, & July 8th, & 15th 9:00am - 11:30am
Where: Olathe South Football Field
Head Football Coach Craig Lewis, his staff and several HS players would like to invite you to their annual Future Falcons Football Skills Camp. This will be a controlled camp intended to teach the proper fundamentals and the skills used in football for QB, RB, & WR’s. Safety will be taught and practiced in every drill. This is a great opportunity to have high school coaches alongside some HS players teaching football together. Skills will include: Passing, catching a ball correctly, running back skills, blocking in space, teaching the football mindset, and understanding base defenses.
Cost: The camp will cost $40
Checks Payable to Olathe South Falcon Football
This camp includes: 1 Camp T-Shirt
Forms due: Please turn the form and payment to Coach Lewis, as soon as possible.
ENTRY FORM HERE: https://forms.gle/Ly3G6bGyFJhXbdCw6
CST Traffic Pattern
Odds and Ends and a Few Expectations
Admin visited with all students at the beginning of the year to discuss the Student Code of Conduct (found HERE) as well as ways to get involved at CST, student resources in the building, and CST expectations. Below are a few CST-specific items for review as we begin the 4th quarter...
Water Bottles--PLEASE BRING WATER BOTTLES
Students should bring water bottles to be filled throughout the day. We have several bottle filler stations in the building and the drinking spout is not accessible this year. Bottles should have a secure cap and paper cone cups are available in the nurses office, but students are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottle.
It's not too late to join the track team! There is a strong link between school involvement and academic success. Reminder: To participate in an extra-curricular activity, students must be in attendance a minimum of four class periods during the day of the activity. Please contact the coach or sponsor prior to the excused absence on the day of an extra-curricular activity.
Students may carry backpacks throughout the day since lockers have not been issued this year. Cell phones should be turned to silent or off and stay in backpacks during the day to limit distractions during academic time.
Clothing worn to school should be worn as it was designed to be worn, appropriate for school and school activities, and should not interfere with the educational process. Undergarments should not be exposed. Clothing should provide appropriate coverage for school. Hats are not permitted during the school day. Rule of thumb: we are an academic environment. We're at school, not the pool.
From District Nurse Coordinator
There has been an update to the Primary and Secondary symptoms of COVID-19 per JCDHE. Fever is no longer considered to be a primary symptom of COVID-19 even in secondary students and adults. It is now a secondary symptoms which means there needs to be at least one other symptom of COVID in order to classify the person as have COVID-like Illness requiring exclusion and/or testing. The symptoms are now as listed below:
Primary (any one symptom):
- New, persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste and/or smell (this is so specific that even in the presence of a negative PCR test, the person is considered COVID positive)
Secondary symptoms (any two or more symptoms):
- Extreme fatigue
- Fever (100o +) or chills
- Congestion/runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
CHISHOLM TRAIL BELL SCHEDULE
23/7 CAT SPLIT
CAT 7:50 – 8:13
1st hour 8:17 – 9:07
2nd hour 9:11 – 10:01
3rd hour 10:05 – 10:55
4th hour 10:59 -11:49 (10:59-12:14 for 6th grade)
- 6th grade Lunch
- 10:59-11:24 (Taulbee, Totte-Boyd, Clark, Williams, Horner, Parker)
- 11:24-11:49 (Grauberger, Snethen, Olvera, Marye)
5th hour 11:53 – 1:11
- 7th grade Staggered Lunch
- 11:49 – 12:15 (Ruffin, Jones, Cromer, Rodriguez)
- 11:55 – 12:20 (Reed, M. Kinzer, Hylton, Kusek)
- 8th grade 1st Lunch 12:20 – 12:45
- (Carroll, R. Sheffield, Boyd, Rotert, Woolcott, Waller, Sutter)
- 8th grade 2nd Lunch 12: 46 – 1:11
- (Stumbo, Detrick, Robison, Haines, Gibson,)
6th hour 1:15 – 2:05
7th hour 2:09 – 2: 59
CAT 3:03 – 3:10
District Assessment Communication
State assessments will be coming up in April. All students, remote and in-person learners, are being asked to take the state assessment. We will communicate date and time opportunities for our remote students. These will be during non-school hours and for only our remote learners. Stay tuned for details in future weeklies. Below is the message from our director of curriculum and assessment.
Dear District Families,
During the spring of the 2019-20 academic year, the Kansas Department of Education made the decision to not administer state assessments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, with schools being open and the majority of students learning in person, KSDE has made the decision to return to administering state assessments. This decision to move forward with testing is a positive one, embraced by the Olathe district. As we move towards the end of this school year, it is important our district has evidence of academic learning, as well as evidence of academic needs moving into the 2021-22 academic year.
KSDE has shared the expectation with school districts that ALL students take state assessments, even those students who have chosen to learn Remotely. For Olathe students who have chosen In-Person learning, this will feel very normal and state assessments will be scheduled during the normal school day, as in the past. For our students learning Remotely, the design of the state assessments requires that students take the assessments in person at school. Currently, each building is working on a plan to safely assess Remote students and they will reach out to families of Remote students in the next few weeks with those plans. The Olathe Public Schools expects all students to take the state assessments and provide the district and families with much-needed information to make the best decisions possible for 2021-22.
Once building administrators have sent state testing details to their communities, please feel free to contact your school’s principal (or building test coordinator) with additional questions.
Rich WilsonDirector of Curriculum and Assessment
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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