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 Bueker: 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 11/14

Dear CST Family,

I hope this communication finds you well. We are one week away from the Thanksgiving break. While we've had much in the way of activities and experiences with students these past several weeks, I know the break is anticipated and welcomed. These past few weeks we've enjoyed concerts from all our musical groups, girls' basketball season in full swing, cheer competition, dance performances, tech team activity and competition prep, CST ROCS, chess club, and the everyday commitment from our teachers to provide engaging instruction for students. Never a dull moment and always something in the works, my hope is for all our students to find and have their own experiences here at CST. If we can help with that pursuit, please feel free to reach out.

In this week leading up to Thanksgiving break, I want to express thanks to you, our CST parents. We are fortunate to have such an involved and dedicated parent community to assist in our efforts of educating your child. Whether specifically involved with your child or as part of our CST community as a whole, I can always count on our parents to step up, be involved, and help out no matter the situation or need. I feel so fortunate, as principal, to have such a strong parent community. Thank you so much for your partnership in all our kids' education and middle school experience.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I hope the extra days off from school will allow for some bonus quality time with family and friends. Safe travels to all and we'll see you back here soon for the home stretch of the first semester!


Community Service Project at CST!

Dear parents/guardians,

CST's SOS (Sources of Strength) Club and KAY Club are joining together to lead a community service project to help children and teens in need enjoy the holidays. The goal is for every WIN class to decorate one shoe box as a class (can be themed or holiday wrapping) and fill it with small items such as toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and accessories. The boxes will be distributed locally or mailed across the country to those in need. We are requesting that all boxes be completed and turned in to Room 208 or 311 by next Thursday, November 17. Your student may be asking for your help to provide a small item for the gift box. Below are ideas for acceptable items and items not allowed. This is completely optional and not mandatory for all students.

Ideas of what to include:

A "Wow" item

Soccer ball deflated with small pump


Stuffed animal



Toy cars

Jump rope


Toys that light up or make noise (with batteries if needed)

Fidget toys

School Supplies

Pens, pencils, crayons, markers

Notebooks or journals

Coloring or picture books

Solar calculators

Personal Care



Combs or Hairbrushes







candy, gum, food, seeds, toothpaste, used or damaged items, scary or war-related items, liquids or lotions, glass containers, aerosol cans

Thanks for your support! We appreciate it and hope this is a fun project for everyone! If your family wants to create a box at home and add it to our collection, please feel free to do so. We will be delivering the boxes to our community drop off location on Friday, November 18th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Woolcott, Mrs. Sutter, Ms. Parker, or Mrs. Russell

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21st Century Academy Application Workshop

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 7:15am - 7:45 am in the CST Auditorium there will be a workshop/informational meeting for students that are applying for a 21st Century Academy. Learn about the application process and tips for creating a successful application. We strongly encourage students that are going to apply to a program attend the workshop. Applications open on Wednesday, November 17 at 4 pm and close on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:00pm.

Students unable to attend may connect with CST counselor, Mrs. Iuli.

Mock Interviews THIS Week!

8th grade students who sign up will participate in mock interviews in preparation for the 21st Century application process. Over 90 8th graders are signed up and all are encouraged. This experience is invaluable whether applying for 21st century programs or not. Reach out to Mrs. Iuli with questions.

CST Staff Thanksgiving Meal

The CST Staff will be gathering for a shared meal on Thursday, November 17th and we are requesting donations to help support this event. Johnny’s BBQ will be provided as the main course, support from CST families would include sides, desserts, and drinks. Donations would need to be dropped off on Wednesday, November 16th or on Thursday the 17th by 10:30am to the CST office.

Thank you for supporting the CST Staff! If you have any questions, please email lori.grantham@me.com or call 913.620.3915.


Also, CST parents, take a moment to share, list, or otherwise describe what you love about CST at the link below. The thoughts will be shared with staff before the Thanksgiving break. Please know how impactful your positive words are for CST staff. Thank you for taking the time to send a bucket filler to the staff of CST!


3 on 3 Basketball--THIS WEEK!

There will be a 3 on 3 pool play/tournament the week of 11/14-11/18 before school from 7-7:45am. Teams should arrive through the activity entrance at CST at 7am.

Students may connect with Mr. Kovaleski, Mr. Taulbee, or Mr. Walterman with questions.

Boys' Basketball Info Meeting

Students interested in trying out for boys' basketball are invited to a meeting at 7:15am on Tuesday morning in the aux gym (same location as 3 on 3 basketball tournament). As a reminder, students must have a physical on file to tryout for basketball. Boys basketball tryouts begin January 3, 2023. Contact Coach Reed with questions.

Veterans Day Wall of Honor

CST Families,

Our Wall of Honor will remain up through this week but students will have the opportunity to take the certificate of their loved one home on Friday. Announcements will be made for our students to hear throughout the week. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this wonderful display. Thank you to office staff, Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Marquardt, for assembling the display.

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Extra Halloween Candy??? CST ROCS Store Drive ...

Want to get rid of extra Halloween candy? Consider donating to the ROCS store. We'll bundle it up and make it available for purchase with our ROCS tokens!
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Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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Colder weather and traffic

As the weather turns and we have less walkers/bikers and more vehicle traffic, please plan accordingly and allow extra time for morning drop-off. Encourage your child to have their items quickly available and to finish conversations prior to stopping so exiting the vehicle can be as efficient as possible. This helps the line not back up and maintains a constant flow of traffic. A few other reminders to assist with safety and efficiency...

  • Those dropping in the front of the school may pass activity drop-off on the left
  • If dropping off at the activity entrance, please do not pass others who are dropping off at the activity entrance to then merge back into the same line--this creates a safety issue
  • Form 2 lines for afternoon pick-up--students may cross at cross walks with CST staff only...do not encourage your child to run across traffic

Thank you for your support as we promote safety and efficiency.

Chess Club

Did you know CST has a chess club? Every Tuesday, after school, chess club meets until 4pm. Mr. Dunaway sponsors the club and the group will compete, learn strategies, and eventually have a chess tournament.

Go Gaurdian Parent App


The information below is from technology and outlines a software available for parents for monitoring your child's district device outside the school day. For full details, click the PDF button below. Check it out!

What is included in the GoGuardian Parent App:

• Top 5 summary of student browsing (apps, extensions, documents, and websites visited)

• Teacher interventions

• 30-day view of websites, videos, documents, apps, and extensions

• Ability to block websites on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours

• Ability to pause internet access on school-issued devices during out-of-school hours, either on-demand or at a scheduled time.

Read more in the attached PDF.

Teen Help Clinic

Olathe Public Schools Help Clinic is offering groups in November and December. All groups will meet at Mill Creek Campus (300 E. Loula Street). Students are encouraged to attend all sessions and there will be a limited number of spots available. Students can sign up for both Tuesday and Thursday groups if interested.

  • Coping with School and Social Stressors for Middle Schoolers – 4pm Tuesdays
  • Coping with School and Social Stressors for High Schoolers – 5pm Tuesdays

  • Anxiety Management for Middle Schoolers - 4pm Thursdays
  • Anxiety Management for 3rd-5th Graders - 5pm Thursdays

Groups will meet on the following dates:

Tuesdays: November 8th, November 15th, November 29th, December 6th and December 13th.

Thursdays: November 10th, November 17th, December 1st, December 8th and December 15th.

*There will be no groups on November 22nd and November 24th due to Fall Break.


SIGN UP HERE/ INSCRIBASE AQUI: https://forms.gle/HZsRmrYpPiBDrTj6A


La Clínica de Ayuda de las Escuelas Públicas de Olathe está ofreciendo grupos en noviembre y diciembre. Todos los grupos se reunirán en Mill Creek Campus (300 E. Loula Street). Se invita a los estudiantes a asistir a todas las sesiones, habrá un número limitado de lugares disponibles. Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse en los grupos de los martes y los jueves si están interesados.

  • Cómo afrontar el Estrés Escolar y Social para Estudiantes de Secundaria - martes 4pm
  • Cómo afrontar el Estrés Escolar y Social para Estudiantes de Preparatoria - martes 5pm

  • Control de la Ansiedad para Estudiantes de Secundaria - jueves 4pm
  • Control de la Ansiedad para Estudiantes de3º a 5º Grado - jueves 5pm

Los grupos se reunirán en las siguientes fechas

Martes: 8 de noviembre, 15 de noviembre, 29 de noviembre, 6 de diciembre y 13 de diciembre.

Los jueves: 10 de noviembre, 17 de noviembre, 1 de diciembre, 8 de diciembre y 15 de diciembre.

*No habrá grupos los días 22 y 24 de noviembre debido a las vacaciones de otoño.

913-780-7049 * HelpClinic@olatheschools.org

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Reminder: Student Survey Opt-In Form

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. To learn more about student experiences and needs, we will be asking for your child’s feedback via an online survey that will be completed at school. The tool that will be used is SAEBRS/mySAEBRS. Over 70% of schools in Kansas use SAEBRS/mySAEBRS to identify needs that may present barriers to learning. The skills that SAEBRS/mySAEBRS measures are skills that that help students succeed in school, career, and life. For the Olathe Public Schools, SAEBRS/mySAEBRS measures behaviors in 3 categories: social, academic, and emotional. Results are one piece of data to help educators identify and provide instruction and interventions within their classrooms. Parent consent is required for SAEBRS/mySAEBRS.

For those students whose families have consented, the SAEBRS/mySAEBRS screening will be completed between November 28 – February 3rd. For students in K-1, teachers will complete the SAEBRS survey about what behaviors they observed in your student. For students in grades 2-12, students will be asked to complete the mySAEBRS survey about themselves. Surveys take about 5 minutes. Children whose parents have not opted in for this survey will not take the survey. For both surveys, students or teachers will be given the opportunity to provide a rating of Never, Sometimes, Often, and Almost Always on the following:

1. I argue with others.

2. I get along with my peers.

3. I lose my temper.

4. I disrupt class.

5. I am respectful.

6. Other people like me. (on mySAEBRS only)

7. I have trouble waiting my turn.

8. I like school.

9. I am ready for class.

10. I get good grades.

11. I have trouble working alone.

12. It's hard to pay attention in class.

13. I participate in class.

14. I feel sad.

15. I feel nervous.

16. I like to try new things.

17. I am happy.

18. I am worried.

19. When something bad happens it takes me a while to feel better.

20. I like being alone.

To provide consent for your student to participate in SAEBRS/mySAEBRS complete this form. If you have multiple children in the district, you will need to complete a form for each student.

Please reach out to your child’s counselor or school principal with any questions.


Rick Sola



Recordatorio: Formulario de participación en la encuesta de los estudiantes

Estimado(s) padre(s)/tutor(es):

Le agradecemos a usted y a su familia por ser nuestros valiosos colaboradores mientras trabajamos juntos para educar a los niños de nuestro distrito. Para conocer más sobre las experiencias y necesidades de los estudiantes, les pedimos la opinión de sus hijos a través de una encuesta en línea que será completada en la escuela. La herramienta que se utilizará es SAEBRS/mySAEBRS. Más del 70% de las escuelas en Kansas utilizan SAEBRS/mySAEBRS para identificar las necesidades que pueden presentar barreras para el aprendizaje.

Las habilidades que mide SAEBRS/mySAEBRS son habilidades que ayudan a los estudiantes a sobresalir en la escuela, profesión y en la vida. Para las Escuelas Públicas de Olathe, SAEBRS/mySAEBRS mide la conducta en 3 categorías: social, académica y

emocional. Los resultados son una pieza de datos para ayudar a los educadores a identificar y proporcionar instrucción e intervenciones dentro de sus salones de clase.

Se requiere el consentimiento de los padres para el uso de SAEBRS/mySAEBRS. Para aquellos estudiantes cuyas familias han dado su consentimiento, el examen SAEBRS/miSAEBRS se completará entre el 28 de noviembre y el 3 de febrero. Para los estudiantes en los grados K-1, los maestros completarán la encuesta SAEBRS sobre los comportamientos que observaron en su estudiante. Para los estudiantes en los grados 2-12, se les pedirá que completen la encuesta mySAEBRS sobre ellos mismos. Las encuestas duran unos 5 minutos. Los estudiantes cuyos padres no hayan autorizado esta encuesta no la realizarán.

Para ambas encuestas, los estudiantes o los profesores tendrán la oportunidad de dar una calificación de Nunca, A veces, Con Frecuencia y Casi Siempre en lo siguiente:

1. Discuto con los demás.

2. Me llevo bien con mis compañeros.

3. Pierdo los estribos.

4. Interrumpo la clase.

5. Soy respetuoso.

6. Le caigo bien a los demás. (sólo en mySAEBRS)

7. Me cuesta esperar mi turno.

8. Me gusta la escuela.

9. Estoy preparado para la clase.

10. Saco buenas notas.

11. Tengo problemas para trabajar solo.

12. Me cuesta prestar atención en clase.

13. Participo en clase.

14. Me siento triste.

15. Me siento nervioso.

16. Me gusta intentar cosas nuevas.

17. Me siento feliz.

18. Estoy preocupado.

19. Cuando pasa algo malo tardo en sentirme mejor.

20. Me gusta estar solo.

Para dar el consentimiento para que su estudiante participe en SAEBRS/miSAEBRS complete este formulario. Si tiene varios hijos en el distrito, tendrá que completar un formulario para cada estudiante. Gracias a todos los que han completado el formulario de participación. Si ya ha completado el formulario, puede ignorar este mensaje.

Por favor, póngase en contacto con la escuela si tiene alguna pregunta.


Rick Sola

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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


(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.

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.