Weekly Wildcat

Parent Newsletter: Week of 9/28/20

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


Message from the principal: Week of 9/28/20

Dear CST Family,

This past week was the first time we held a "library book pick-up" day. On Tuesday and Thursday, students were able to pick up the books they checked out online in an after school pick-up lane out front. Tuesday and Thursday of this upcoming week, from 4-6pm, will be the next opportunity to pick up new books and drop off old ones. Thank you to our librarian, Ms. Bruner-Lasister, and her assistant, Ms. Guerra, for bundling the books and working out front after hours so our kids can receive their books. I also want to thank the CST ELA teachers who are also volunteering their time to greet students and pass out books. See more details about this process below. It's great to get books back into our kids' hands!

Also this past week, our first site council meeting was held via Zoom. This group of parent leaders will meet at least 4 times this year and will receive info, share thoughts and feedback, and otherwise help toward the betterment of CST. Thank you to our parents who volunteered their time to be a part of this group. Please see below for other ways to be a part of CST and to support its teachers. We so appreciate you and all you've done to help with your child while they are learning remotely.

Take care and have a wonderful week ahead!


Week at a glance...

Monday, 9/28

  • RED Monday: Chiefs vs Ravens 7:15pm
  • Olathe Family Day!

Tuesday, 9/29

  • Curbside Library book pick up 4-6pm.

Wednesday, 9/30

  • NO Picture Day--Postponed to October 10/19 and 10/20
  • Papa John Night

Thursday, 10/1

  • Curbside Library book pick up 4-6pm
  • Board of Education Mtg. (6pm)

Friday, 10/2

Upcoming Important Dates...

  • Picture Day--10/19 and 10/20--details TBD

District Info: Re-Open 2020

Remote Day

Thank you for your help with our first "remote day". Next remote learning day is scheduled for Friday, 10/9--mark your calendars!

Parents: Interested in volunteering?!

At site council this past week a question was asked about how to support our teachers (what an awesome question!). Below is a form to fill out if you are interested in volunteering or donating time in any way. We appreciate your consideration!

Click on the link below to express interest...

Parents Committed to Amazing Teachers and Students

Picture Day--NEW DATES!!!


CST Picture Day has been moved to Oct 19th and 20th. Details are TBD and will be shared in a future Weekly Wildcat newsletter. There will be no picture day at CST on September 30th as was originally scheduled.

Thank you!

Papa John's Family Fundraiser

Chisholm is having a family fundraiser Wednesday September 30th. A percentage of the proceeds go back to Chisholm.This a GREAT way to feed your family and help out your FAVORITE school. Proceeds will go toward the Wildcat fund which is also available through MyPaymentsPlus.

LIbrary Book Check Out !!

Library book checkout and returns will resume next week!

Students may checkout books through the Destiny app on Classlink by placing books on hold. Those books will then be taken off the shelves, checked out to them, and placed on a cart to prepare for Curbside Service.

CST Curbside Book Service will be on Tue. Sept. 29th, and Thursday, Oct. 1st from 4-6pm. Students and families will be able to come up to school at that time and collect their books they have placed on hold and also return any library books that are due back. Teachers will be outside in front of the main entrance and be ready to distribute books and collect books as needed at that time.

Students may check out up to 5 books from their school library through the Destiny app and may additionally check out up to 3 e-books and audiobooks through the Axis360 app, also available through Classlink. Books are due back approx. 2 weeks after checkout, although the due dates are flexible. If you receive an overdue notice and your student is still reading that book, please keep it until they are finished with it. Then they can return it at the next Curbside date available.

For more information, including video tutorials on how to place books on hold using the Destiny and Axis360 apps, check out our CST Library website https://olatheschools.libguides.com/CSTLibrary

Olathe Family Day

The Olathe Communities That Care coalition is once again sponsoring Family Day in Olathe.

Take time on Monday to intentionally spend time as a family--sit around the table for dinner, take a walk or bike ride, go to a park, watch the Chiefs...make it your own! If you so choose, take a picture and tag @CSTWildcats_MS on Twitter with #CSTFamily!

For more information regarding Olathe Family Day (Monday, September 28) click on this link and feel free to share https://www.olatheks.org/residents/community-resources/family-day

Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk

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We Need Your Pictures for Year Book

Follow Us on Twitter! @CSTWildcatsMS

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New to CST in the 20-21 School Year

District Communications

Student Privacy:

Reminder for parents/students in remote learning: As it’s wonderful to highlight your experience with remote learning, to respect and maintain student privacy, please refrain from taking pictures of your screen when other students can be individually identified. We appreciate your help in respecting the preferences of other students.

Parent Education Seminar:

The first topic of the 2020-21 Parent Education Seminar is "How to Address Topics of Race and Culture with Your Child" (English) (Spanish). Presenters are district staff, Erik Erazo, Coordinator of Diversity and Engagement, and Marquis Harris, Facilitator of Diversity and Engagement. The community is invited to this virtual presentation addressing race and culture on October 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

Virtual Back to School Night!

Click the link to the PDF. On the PDF is a list of CST teachers and admin--click on your childs' teachers to see their back to school night presentation. It's virtual and self-paced!

Panorama Assessment

Also beginning next week, students will begin taking the Panorama survey (example below) as they've taken a couple times each of the past few years. The data from these surveys helps us as we develop building-wide goals targeting social-emotional needs. This is a brief (10-15 minute) survey that'll be taken in one of your child's core teacher classes.
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Attendance Corner

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 @ cbraycst@olatheschools.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.

Attendance Secretary,

Connie Bray

Wanting to Work here at Chisholm?

We are hiring a Part-Time Para. Hours would be 11am-3pm daily. This position would become full time in January. Reach out to Krista Dueringer if interested. kdueringercst@olatheschools.org

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!)

Systemwide Remote Schedule for In-Person Learners

Those who registered for in-person learning will follow the schedule below. The day starts with Academic Extension (CAT time) and finishes with 7 minutes of CAT time which is as/if needed. This schedule was communicated through a district email and can be found in the PDF below the schedule.
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Remote Learner Schedule

Below is the schedule followed by remote learners. There is no CAT time in this schedule but all else remains the same. This schedule was communicated through a district email and can be found in the PDF below the schedule.
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MAP Testing

MAP testing will be given this week with Math MAP on Mon/Tues and Reading MAP on Thur/Fri. This assessment will help us better understand where are students are academically, especially having been away from new material for the past 6 months. Students have taken the MAP in Olathe 2-3 times over each of the past 4 years.

MAP is scheduled to be taken 2 additional times this year, winter and spring. These assessments will be taken during math and ELA classes and will span over 2 days. Teachers will be reinforcing with the students the importance of trying their best so we have an authentic measure of their academic progress from last school year.

  • MAP provides us the opportunity to show growth in students this year.
  • MAP is our best way to gauge overall readiness to learn, especially in light of the loss of the spring 4th quarter. In the areas of math and reading, MAP provides very specific, standards-based data that impacts almost every class a student takes.
  • The test itself is low stakes (does not impact grades, for example) while at the same time providing valuable insight and information for teachers.
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Instructional videos for StudentVUE:

StudentVUE video tutorial ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/36ODz_CxG9o

StudentVUE video tutorial SPANISH: https://youtu.be/MZqHT8Kwqwk

Trainings and Services (District email from 9/3)

Olathe Public Schools parents,

As we approach the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, we wanted to share some vital information for families to get ready for the school year ahead.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE Training for Parents
With the expanded use of ParentVUE and StudentVUE as the district’s learning management system, helping parents navigate the system is vitally important. The district will be offering parents ParentVUE training to teach families how to log into ParentVUE and StudentVUE, how to access student course and class content and the class website for each teacher.

The parent trainings will take place via Zoom. See attached flier for more information on dates, times and how to sign up. Additionally, if you would like to watch a video to learn how to log in and use ParentVUE and/or StudentVUE prior to the trainings, you can access videos in English and Spanish. Here is a direct link to the ParentVUE video tutorials in English and Spanish: https://bit.ly/2EZDa9K. Here is a direct link to the StudentVUE video tutorials in English and Spanish: https://bit.ly/3bgE4uN.

Technology and Learning Help Desk
Parents and students in need of technology or learning system help can contact the Technology and Learning Help Desk via phone at (913) 780-8058 or via email to helpdesk@olatheschools.org. The Help Desk will be open from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mental Health Support for Families
The mental health and social emotional growth of our students is a great focus in the Olathe Public Schools. Attached is a document that outlines various ways our families can seek support. Please reach out to your child’s school if you feel your child needs help and support.

Student Learning Logs
Learning logs have been shared with you and our community as a requirement of KSDE for students when they are learning at home. However, KSDE has recently shared the specific situations that will require learning logs. In Olathe, we will have very few, if any, situations where this will be needed. If students have access to daily live instruction and we take attendance when we see students participating, we should meet the requirements.

District Parent Guide
The Parent Guide to the Olathe Public Schools: This helpful guide will serve as an informational tool for you in addition to resources readily available on our district website www.olatheschools.org. The guide contains information on the Board of Education, a listing of feeder schools, transportation, health services, safe schools, student information, directory information, FERPA and school hours.

Please visit with your building principal, if you have any questions.

Best wishes for an outstanding year!

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Parent_Training_for_Synergy.pdf (8.3 MB)
Mental_Health_brochure_ENGLISH.pdf (179.9 KB)
08102020_English_Parent_Guide_ENGLISH.pdf (741.7 KB)

Lunch and Breakfast

Lunch and Breakfast Pick-up at CST--the short version...

We will plan on curbside pick-up in front of the school. Food will be hot and bagged ready to hand off. First day instructions...

  1. Please have your kids with you the first time you pick up meals
  2. You'll receive a red card you can use after that for meal pick up (instead of bringing all kids every day)
  3. If you haven't yet registered, you can go to their website and do that---click https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10605
  4. Registering for meals each week helps our kitchen staff with meal counts
  5. More details in earlier emails (below) and linked

(more details and info previously shared)

Carryout Meal Service

Students who are receiving remote instruction while the District is operating under any of the learning models will have carryout breakfasts and lunches available for pick-up at their home school.

These meals must be pre-ordered via the MyPaymentsPlus.com website or mobile app 1-week in advance of the week the meals are wanted. You may pick up your meals at whichever site is most convenient.

The meals will be boxed/bagged during lunch time from the serving line in the lunch room. You will pick up and pay for the carryout meals inside the front entrance of the school.

Facemasks are required to be worn when picking up meals.

Breakfast and lunch meals are free of charge for all children ages 1-18 years old

To ensure the Federal limit of only serving 1-breakfast and 1-lunch to each child each day is met, the following procedure will be in place for picking up carryout meals:

On the first day you choose to pick up carryout meals, have all children present with you at the school pick-up location. If this isn’t possible, you may arrive the first day and explain your extenuating circumstance.

You will be issued the cards needed and the number of children for whom you’ll be picking up meals will later be verified. You will be issued one carryout meal card for each of the children for whom you’ll be picking up meals. From that point on, you only need to bring the cards for the children for whom you’re picking up meals – the children will no longer need to be present.

Carryout Meal Pick-up Times

Middle School Breakfast and Lunch Pick up time: 11:30am-12:30pm on School Days

High School Breakfast and Lunch Pick up time: 10:30am - 12:00pm on School Days

(Exception: No meal service will be available on September 25th or October 9th)

All this info and more can be found HERE!

Food Services Info (9/4 email)

Olathe families,

The Food Services division of Olathe Public Schools wanted to share a few updates regarding student meals. Earlier this week, the USDA announced they would be extending flexibilities for the summer food service program to run through December 2020 or until Federal money is no longer available. This means school breakfast and lunch will be served free of charge to all children aged 1-18.

If you have already pre-ordered for a week of meals, we ask that you honor the location you have selected. Moving forward, when you place a meal pre-order, you will be able to choose a location most convenient to you for daily pickup.

To ensure the district and families are following USDA regulations, on the first day you choose to pick up carryout meals, please have all children present at the school pick up location. If having your children with you isn’t possible, you may arrive and explain the circumstance and receive the meal cards. The number of children for whom you’ll be picking up meals will later be verified.

The carryout hours are:

Elementary Carryout Meal Pickup Time

11:00 -12:45

Middle School Carryout Meal Pickup Time

11:30 - 12:30

High School Carryout Meal Pickup Time

10:30 - 12:00

Food Services' website has been updated to make it easier to find the Pre-ordering information along with an instructional video: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2915

Due to the limited time we anticipate the free meal funding may be available, it is important that families continue to submit updated free/reduced meal applications if there are any changes in household size or income. Household applications are accepted throughout the school year and, if approved, are effective through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, households must still apply for meal benefits to be eligible for building fee and/or bus transportation discounts.

If you have questions, please contact Food Services at catering@olatheschools.org or (913) 780-7005.


Olathe Public Schools Food Services

9/4 Board Meeting Minutes

Among other items, included is an updated on HS athletics to move forward with their season while in "red" gating criteria. This decision does not impact MS athletics which is still suspended until full in-person return.

Remote Learning Guidelines, Tips, and Expectations (PDF is pictured)

Some tips and best practices for your child as we begin remote learning. Consider sitting down and talking through these points with your child. This will help establish the best possible learning environment at home and may help answer some questions as well. The PDF of this file is below along with a screen grab of the file.
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How to Get on StudentVUE

How to Access Zoom Links in StudentVUE and ParentVUE

Please take a moment to view with your child before September 8th. Videos below were sent from teachers on Friday.

Instructional videos for StudentVUE:

StudentVUE video tutorial ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/36ODz_CxG9o

StudentVUE video tutorial SPANISH: https://youtu.be/MZqHT8Kwqwk

Instructional videos for ParentVUE:
ParentVUE video tutorial ENGLISH: https://youtu.be/CCcylluF9B0

ParentVUE video tutorial SPANISH: https://youtu.be/3K4Gi14w4Sc

(Flyer and registration linked below--dates picture to the right)

Parent_Training_for_Synergy.pdf (8.3 MB)

Need technical support? Go here for solutions and direction...consider bookmarking this page.


For Technical Support for students and families, please call the Olathe Public Schools Help Desk at 913.780.8058.

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!)

Kajeet SmartSpot

What is a Kajeet SmartSpot?

  • A Kajeet SmartSpot provides internet access via a mobile hotspot. These hotspots allow Olathe Public School students access to educational resources anywhere.

Who can apply for a Kajeet SmartSpot?

  • Olathe Public School students who do not have internet access at home may apply for a Kajeet SmartSpot. You can apply here Kajeet SmartSpot Application
  • Applicants must agree that they do not currently have internet access at home. Kajeet SmartSpots are available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Once the application has been approved a member of the Olathe Public Schools Technology staff will contact you to schedule a time to pick up the device.

Kajeet SmartSpot Terms and Conditions

  • Kajeet SmartSpots are filtered for educational use only. Social media, streaming, and entertainment sites cannot be accessed.
  • Kajeet SmartSpots are monitored for usage to ensure that they are being used appropriately. If there is low usage, if you gain internet access at home, or if inappropriate content is accessed students will be required to return the device.
  • Loss or damage to a Kajeet SmartSpot will result in a replacement fee of $99.97.

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!

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)

CST Office

  • Our office will operate Monday through Friday, 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.