Weekly Wildcat


Chisholm Trail Middle School

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am-4pm; Fri-7am-3:30pm

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


Technical Support: Help Desk--913-780-8058


Principal: Rick Sola


Asst. Principal: Krista Dueringer (Silver Teams-6,7,8)


Asst. Principal: Erin Richerson (Green Teams-6,7,8)



Rachel Iuli: Green Teams-6,7,8


Makaela King: Silver Teams- 6,7,8



Jenn Ross: jiross@olatheschools.org

School Resource Officer

Taylor Shipley: tshipleysro@olatheschools.org

Attendance Secretary

Angie Peterson: alpeterson@olatheschools.org (913.780.7241)

Student Information Specialist

Melynda Marquardt: mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org

The 22-23 CST Family

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Week of 10/3

Dear CST Family,

Happy fall, happy October, happy beautiful weather! The week ahead looks to be another dry, perfect-temp week and we see a turn from fall sports to "winter" sports with our girls' volleyball season ending and girls' basketball beginning. Compliments to both girls' volleyball teams on their season. They both concluded their season on Saturday with the city tournament. For many of the girls the end of volleyball and "downtime" is short-lived as girls' basketball tryouts are on Monday. The downtime is also short-lived for both Coach Jones and Coach Totte-Boyd as they are also our girls' basketball coaches...thank you, coaches!

In addition to the volleyball season ending, cross country had their city meet at ODAC this past Monday and enjoyed a successful day and also perfect running weather. I'm proud of the efforts our runners gave all season as they aimed to improve their personal bests. There is certainly a level of grit and perseverance required to run cross country and our athletes represented CST so well in that department. Nice job!

It's a short week for students as there is no school on Friday due to a professional development day. The following week is also short with only a two and half day week for parent-teacher conferences.

Let's have a great week!


8th Grade Volleyball finish 3rd at City

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Brewhaha Coffee Truck for Parents!

Support CST on Thursday, 10/6 anytime from 9:30-11am by purchasing a coffee from Brewhaha Coffee truck! Follow the regular traffic pattern to find the truck near the event entrance. All proceeds support CST!

Thank you for your donations to the CST ROCS store!!!

CST ROCS Store items -


Your donations for the CST ROCS (Respect Ownership Compassion Safety) store has been a HUGE hit! We've begun opening the store during lunch on Wednesdays to compliment our Friday morning offering. We are grateful for your donations and continue to keep the store "fresh" with new items and non-tangible items but your continued support is MUCH appreciated! Below is a sign-up link if you're able to bring in items for the store.

As students were shared, the store and tokens are the fun way we're acknowledging and promoting our ROCS behavior system, but we're going to focus on those 4 tenets anyway. So please know your contributions are not simply about prizes but it's a reinforcement for expected behavior in our building. Thank you for helping!


Girls' Basketball Tryouts Begin Monday!

Girls' basketball tryouts are Monday beginning at 3:20pm. Any 7th and 8th grade girl is invited to tryout. All girls must have a physical on file to tryout. Please contact Coach Jones or Coach Totte-Boyd with questions. Contact info can be found at the website below.


CST Thunder Drill Team Clinic

Come join our Thunder Drill Team! Grades K-7 Welcome! October 22nd from 9-11

The Performance will be Tuesday October 25th at the CST Basketball game.

See the doc below to find more details and payment information--

Parent Teacher Conferences-- HELP NEEDED!

Hilary McNeil and Jen Simon, CST Parents, are looking for help providing heavy appetizers and snacks for CST teachers during the extended day of Parent Teacher Conferences on October 12. Please see the sign-up! Hilary's email in in the link if you have questions!


Fishing in PE

What a fun week for our PE students who got to fish. The weather was perfect and the fish were biting! Fishing continues this week and those with spring PE classes will have their opportunity then. We had a high level of interest in the t-shirts for which we are so grateful. The money made on that will go directly to the PE department who will be able to purchase replacement poles, reels, and other PE equipment. We are fortunate to have this opportunity and are so grateful for our partners across the street for allowing us to use their pond.

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences--How will it work this year??

Teachers are beginning to schedule conferences for the upcoming conference week. Read the repeated message below for more information about how conferences will be conducted at CST this year.


Parent teacher conference week is just around the corner (10/10-10/13) and will be similar to last year. For those new to middle school or new to Olathe, the breakdown of what to expect in the coming weeks and during conference week is below...

  • All teachers will have 12 hours of availability the week of 10/10-10/13 to conference.
  • All teachers will conduct in-person, "arena style" (defined below) conferences on Wednesday, 10/12 from 4:30-8:30.
  • The remaining 8 hours of conference availability will be determined by each teacher/team and communicated separately to parents beginning as early as this Friday (9/23). Teachers will utilize some form of sign-up system (i.e. Sign-up Genius) for their conferences.
  • Conferences outside the arena style day may be via Zoom or in person.
  • Please watch for more communication from your child's teachers. Feel free to reach out to your teachers if you have specific conference needs.

How do arena style conferences work?

  • Arena style is an open, first come, first serve format where all teachers are set up in the gym/MPR at CST. Parents will visit individually with their child's teacher and move on to the next teacher when finished. Each conference with a teacher should take less than 10 minutes. If there's need for a longer conference a separate time should be scheduled. This evening will bring in many parents and lines should be expected.


We have 2 para positions and 2 cafeteria positions. Contact CST SPED coordinator, Krista Dueringer, if interested in more information about either of the para positions. Click the link below for job descriptions.


Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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UPDATE: FastBridge Parent Night—Coming Soon!


The message last week alerted you to FastBridge reports coming home. Our plan is to send home THIS week and we'll alert you all the same when this is to occur. Please still be aware of the district FastBridge info night on September 29th at 6pm located at the Instructional Resource Center near 143rd and Blackbob.




The attached documents (links above) provide information about reading FastBridge reports for your student. This week, students will receive a printed report of their assessment scores to bring home. Parents will be alerted to watch for this and the links above can be used to help explain the report. In addition, parents are invited to attend a FastBridge Parent Night on September 29th at 6pm hosted at the Instructional Resource Center (IRC). Parents who attend will get to hear more about FastBridge and experience what an assessment looks like for their student, including SAEBRS and mySAEBRS (mySAEBRS replaces Panorama). The goal is to answer questions and address any parent concerns. The session will be video recorded for parents to access from the district website as well.

Please feel free to reach out to CST assessment coordinator, assistant principal, Erin Richerson, or your child's ELA or math teacher.

2nd Chance Breakfast and Snack line


Beginning Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to grab a "2nd chance breakfast" between 1st and 2nd hour. This practice is resuming after a district-wide hiatus during Covid. The breakfast is intended for students who may have missed breakfast at home or offered before school at CST and therefore have a "second chance". The meal can be purchased in one of 2 locations in the CST halls.

In addition, pre-Covid "snack line" items will begin appearing in the standard lunch line. These items have typically been offered in our separate snack line but we are now embedding this into the regular lunch line for additional cost due to staffing needs.

Introducting Brain Breaks at CST!

CST students now have the opportunity to play board games with friends and staff during lunch! Offering a variety of games and activities, students may finish their lunch, check out a game, and play with a friend or 2. This time has been well received and offers some different kind of social time for students. Games offered include Battleship, Jenga, Chess/Checkers, Suspend, Boggle, Left Right Center, as well as intricate coloring books and drawing. It's been a lot of fun!

CST Community Partners

  • Wes Phillips—Farmers Insurance—coffee and cookies for all CST staff
  • Carmen’s Cocina II—donated money in support of 6th grade door hanger bags/beginning of year staff start up
  • Journey Bible Church—cookies for all students in the first week of school; treat bags and Starbucks for all staff
  • Jim Martin—State Farm Insurance—donated money in support of 6th grade door hangers/beginning of year staff start up

Thank you to our amazing business and faith based adopt-a-school partners...we are so appreciative!

Golf Scramble for a Cause

CST business partner, Wes Phillips of Farmer Insurance, is promoting the golf tournament below in support of the Heartland Autism Society. Feel free to check it out!
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Updated: What is PBIS at CST???

Great start to PBIS and CST ROCS this week! We'll operate a store every Friday from 7:15-7:45am. See our behavior matrix below for specific expected behaviors. CST ROCS!

BIG thank you to our parent volunteers this past Friday! See below if you're interested in signing up or donating to the store!

Volunteers for PBIS Store – Fridays 7:15am-7:45am - Auditorium


Donations of items for PBIS Store

(Originally in the 8/15 weekly)

Chisholm Trail is launching its new PBIS program this year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. All Olathe middle schools will eventually have a program. CST will be just the second middle school to implement a program, but CST feeder schools, Madison Place and Sunnyside Elementary, have already implemented theirs. We are so excited launch and for our students to experience this program.

Beginning Tuesday, staff will share lessons with students about expected behaviors at CST (see behavior matrix) in various settings. While posters are placed around the building and in each classroom (example here), the value will be the conversations that take place in acknowledging expected behaviors and how we work through unexpected behaviors. CST will have its own "economy" as students receive tokens various positive behaviors. They will receive a pouch to carry their tokens and will have the opportunity to cash them in for rewards on Fridays from 7:15-7:45am. We have collected prizes through donations and continue to add non-tangible ideas (help with morning announcements, shoot around with a friend and principal, etc.). If you'd like to support, you can click the links below to donate or sign-up to run the store.

(Below was from an 8/8 school email)

CST’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system

More will be shared at Back to School Night, but CST is launching its PBIS program this year and we are very excited to share this with students. This system will incorporate tokens for positive behaviors and students can use those tokens to “purchase” rewards. This is where we need your help! We’d like to have parents run the PBIS store on Friday mornings from 7:15-7:45am in the CST auditorium. Next, is we’re taking donations for student incentives as part of this program. Click on the links below if you’re interested!

Volunteers for PBIS Store – Fridays 7:15am-7:45am - Auditorium


Donations of items for PBIS Store

Important Safety Info for Walkers and Bike Riders


Please help us reinforce with students the best sidewalks to use upon arrival for walkers/bike riders (seen with the purple arrows on the map below).

  • Students from east of Mur-Len should cross at the 159th/Mur-Len light and walk/ride toward the football field. They will avoid having to cross all vehicle traffic in the parking lot by doing this.
  • Students coming from Lindenwood should take a left upon reaching the CST property and use the sidewalk next to our open field on the west. They should not cross exiting traffic onto 159th from the CST parking lot.
  • A new bike rack was placed at the doors west of the front entrance.
  • Students should exit the building using the same routes. PLEASE talk with students about crossing 159th at the light/cross walk...for their own safety, they should not cross 159th at any other location.
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Office Staff

Office Assistant: Connie Bray

Attendance Secretary/Assistant Principal's Secretary: Angie Peterson

Bookkeeper/Principal's Secretary: Sara Harris

Data Operator: Melynda Marquardt

School Nurse: Jennifer Ross

Please keep info updated (email, phone number, medical, etc.). Contact the office at 913-780-7240 if you are concerned you may be missing communication or need to update your family's information.