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-6,7,8)


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



Rachel Iuli: Green-6,7,8


Ashley Rodden: Silver-6,7,8



Jenn Ross: jiross@olatheschools.org

School Resource Officer

Frank Galbrecht: fgalbrechtsro@olatheschools.org

Attendance Secretary

Connie Bray: cstattendance@olatheschools.org (913.780.7241)

Student Information Specialist

Melynda Marquardt: mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org

Week of 5/16/2022

Dear CST Family,

I write this having just completed the 8th grade activity night. What a great event! I want to specifically thank our 8th grade parents for volunteering their time to plan and set up for the event, for facilitating bingo, and referring a dodge ball tournament (no easy task!). Truly, the event was greatly enhanced by your involvement and it helped to create a memorable experience for our kids. Only 7 more days of middle school for the 8th graders!

CST choirs lead off concert season Thursday night with a wonderful performance and our orchestra and band will continue shows next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We have so much talent at CST!

Twitter users may have noticed a new hashtag we're using these final 2 weeks of school: #CSTFinishLine. Our aim is to spring through the finish line with meaningful and engaging instruction, to harness the added energy from this time of year, and send our kids off to summer on a high note. Teachers are shouting each other out for some truly great things going on in the classroom. I hope you'll check it out as well!

There's only one more weekly after this one. We are so close, but there's so much still to do. Ask your child how it's going and I'm confident you'll here about some of the fun things going on right now at CST. As always, enjoy the ride!


WAH and Math Lab

Math Lab and Wildcat After Hours are no longer offered. Students should work with teachers directly for support.

All library books due back by Monday, May 16


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Device Check-in on Tuesday, May 17

All 8th grade students and 6th and 7th grade students not returning to Olathe next year will turn their device, case, and charger in on Tuesday. District tech will assess the items during check-in time. 8th grade will complete this process through their ELA classes.

Summer Learning Opportunity

Parents – are you looking for ways to help support your student’s learning throughout the summer? Visit the Olathe Public Schools Level Up Your Learning website! The website includes over 700+ resources, lessons, videos, PDFs, and ideas. Students can choose their own adventure and complete engaging review and enrichment activities in reading, math, science, library, social studies, art, music, and physical education. To access the Level Up Your Learning website, click here or go to https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/3238.

2022-2023 Bus Transportation

  • General Education bus registration opened May 9, 2022. Registration will be submitted through the InTouch payment portal. All registrations will be accepted without payment due at time of registration! If payment is required, payment instructions will be sent by email after status has been verified. Parents are encouraged to register early. See PDF documents below for more information.

  • Special Services and Early Childhood transportation requests may be submitted online for ESY and 2022-23 school year. Both online links are active and open NOW! Families with eligible students are encouraged to visit www.olatheschools.org/transportation and click the appropriate link under the Registration tab.

CURRENT 6th Grade Students

Repeated: Message from Nurse Ross

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Kansas requires 2 vaccines for students entering 7th grade. The required vaccines are the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis/Whopping Cough) vaccine and the Meningococcal vaccine.

Your child needs to provide the school with documentation that they have received these vaccines. Please obtain the vaccines prior to starting school in August, 2022.

Where can you obtain vaccines?

  • Your family physician or pediatrician
  • Walk-in clinics including CVS, Walgreens
  • Health Partnership Clinic (913-648-2266, 407 S. Clairborne)
  • Johnson County Health Department (913-826-1200, Northwest corner of 119th and Ridgeview)

Return your results to the school nurse by:

  • Fax: 913-780-7249
  • Via email attachment: jiross@olatheschools.org
  • In person to the Chisholm Trail front office during summer office hours (M-Th 7:00 am -5:00 pm)

Jennifer Ross RN, BSN

Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse

16700 W 159th St. Olathe KS 66062

(913) 780-7246

yearbook distribution is Friday, May 20

All students will recieve their yearbooks on Friday during 7th hour. We'll have a designated signing time for all grade levels in separate locations to close out Friday. Students who didn't purchase a yearbook will recieve an a signing page to participate as well.

Yearbooks can still be purchased on a first come first serve basis. 8th graders need to turn payments off $25 in by Monday with underclassmen beginning Tuesday. Supplies are limited.

Contact Sara Harris in the front office with questions about purchasing yearbooks.

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Summer Camps!

CST Summer Weights Program

Click the PDF below to open instructions on how to do online sign up. A paper sign-up is also available on the "paper registration" PDF.

The program runs from May 31-June 30 with sessions beginning at 8am in the CST weight room. Costs is $60 for the program.

CST Summer Camp Information and Sign-Ups

Below is a screen shot of camps at CST this summer. Click the "summer camp form 2022" PDF to use the active sign-up links.
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OSHS Girls' Basketball Camp

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Congrats, Ms. Detrick and Ms. Stumbo...you will be missed!

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Design Summer Camp Info

8th Grade Save the Date...Night of Recognition!

End of Year Night of Recognition for 8th Grade Students
  • 6pm, Tuesday, May 24th
  • All 8th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend
  • All 8th grade students will receive a promotional certificate
  • Program-specific recognition will also be presented
  • Program to last about an hour

Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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Mindset matters...

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A Message from Mrs. Rodden

Greetings Wildcat Families,

As I have worked with students Chisholm Trial over the last five years, I have always told student that I would ask them to do hard things, but I always reassure them they would never be alone. If I were not to challenge myself to do the same, I would feel like a liar.

It is time for me to tackle another challenge in life and grow as a person and a counselor. I shared with your students this Thursday I will not be returning to Chisholm next year; I have accepted a counseling position at Oregon Trail Middle School. It is with a gigantic range of emotions I am sharing this with you because I have been so honored that you have trusted me with being a part of your student’s middle school journey, they have blessed me in so many ways. Although I am not their “counselor” next year, I will still consider them my kids and they will always be.

You are in the hands of some of the most amazing people I know, teachers, Mrs. Iuli, Mr. Sola, Mrs. Richerson, and Mrs. Dueringer have your student’s interest at the core of their hearts!!

My email will stay the same, never hesitate to reach out. amrodden@olatheschools.org

Again, thank you for allowing me to be a piece of your journey!


Ashley M. Rodden

Chisholm Trail

Professional School Counselor

6th-8th grade Silver Teams

Recap: Budget Information Night (4/12) and Safety Town Hall (4/19)

Budget Information Night

Apr. 12, 2022

Click HERE for budget info night recap.

Safety Town Hall

Apr. 19, 2022

Click link below for recap...

Safety Town Hall - OPSD YouTube Video

Applications for Olathe Teen Council 2022-2023 (8th graders)

We’re excited to announce that applications are open for the 2022-2023 Olathe Teen Council!

Teens will be able to meet with the City Council, learn how their local government works, how to be involved and how to amplify their voice. They’ll also be able to identify specific issues they are interested in learning more about and find a way to have an impact. We have multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We also hope to take some teens to the National League of Cities conferences in Kansas City in 2022 and Washington DC in 2023.

This opportunity is open to any student who will be a high schooler in 2022-2023 and lives in Olathe. We generally accept between 10 and 20 members.

Students are encouraged to apply! The application is available at OlatheKS.org/TeenCouncil. It does require a short essay as well as two letters of recommendation. Applications are due July 1.

Go Guardian Features for Parents!

What is Go Guardian? (device monitoring software)

Go Guardian Parent was created to help provide additional educational support to administrators and teachers by allowing parents to see what sites and documents their children are browsing and providing parents with additional internet controls at home. The app gives parents and guardians a bird’s eye view of the apps and websites that their kids are on most often and control over school-issued devices during out-of-school hours. With this perspective, parents can be made aware of what types of browsing behavior schools are seeing from students so they can all work together to encourage more effective internet browsing habits at home and at school.

See the attached PDF for more information and directions on how to download the app.

From the "there's a first time for everything" department...

This past week on morning announcements students were made aware the use of Door Dash (or similar services) is not permitted at CST. Unexpected food deliveries presents safety issues and the need for follow up from the front office. Parents are still allowed to bring food in (for their child only) but should still work through the CST office for arrangements and personally deliver the meals themselves.

Thank you

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Counseling Corner

The Counseling Department would like to take a moment to share a resource from Children’s Mercy Hospital with you. Please use this link https://www.childrensmercy.org/departments-and-clinics/developmental-and-behavioral-health/prepped-and-ready/ to access information about Prepped and Ready: Parenting into the Teen Years. This is set up as a short video series that you can watch as your schedule permits. There is no cost, and if you complete a short survey at the end, Children’s Mercy will send you a great safety kit.

Topics include eating disorder prevention, home safety (including storage of firearms, medications, etc.), screen time, self-care, substance use (including vaping), and suicide prevention.

This resource will only be available for a short time, so please don’t wait!

Contact your child's counselor with questions.

CST Student Handbook

Two topics often asked about are cell phones and attire. The screenshots below are from the student handbook found on our website. We aim to promote a distraction-free learning environment as much as possible and we remind students that "Chisholm Trail is a school, not the pool". We want to promote a positive academic learning environment in the way we dress, speak, and behave. Teachers and admin will review a variety of topics with students as part of our beginning of year talks.


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District Calendars

Access to school calendars, hour listings for buildings

District Calendar Page

Year-at-a-glance, single pager/downloadable

District Calendar PDF

CST Admin/Counseling Team

Office Staff

Receptionist: Chrissy Walters

Assistant Principal's Secretary: Angie Peterson

Attendance Secretary: Connie Bray

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.