PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 3/1/2021
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 3/1/2021
Dear CST Family,
March 1st—new month, dawn of spring (unofficially), and the first day of school—kind of. As districts around us announce their return to full in-person learning, I’m excited for Olathe to begin this Monday. Last week I shared our Covid practices here in the building (re-posted below) and our students also had a review of our expectations and procedures moving into next week. Parents received a traffic pattern update on Friday (also below) which will promote more efficiency as we handle heavier traffic. The assigned lunch seats and signs we’ve had for hybrid have all been torn down and replaced with updated signs in preparation for next week. Teachers are making plans similar to what would be seen if it were the first day of school in August—name games, team building activities—and are very much treating Monday as another first day of school. The time spent on fostering these relationships now will pay off in the long run. We are ready; we are excited for this milestone.
Thinking back to August I can honestly say I wasn’t sure if this day would occur in the 20-21 school year. Our hopes have always been that we would be able to, when appropriate. I want to assure you as parents, we are doing all we can to promote good health for our kids—physical and social-emotional—as we return to full person learning. It’s understandable and expected that our students will feel a different level of fatigue next week. There will be excitement, nerves, stress...all this to say, emotions will be higher than average next week, but we will get through this transition and we will get back to a (new) routine….and in two weeks we’ll get a spring break!
As a reminder for students in remote learning, nothing will change with the daily schedule and class will continue as it left off on Friday. We will continue our book pick-up program on Tuesdays but also want to offer a pick-up any time the building is open (please call ahead so we can have your book ready).
This is a good time to thank you as parents for your support this school year. While we always aim for a collaborative approach with our families, this concept took on a whole new meaning through remote and hybrid. We appreciate all you did with your child at home to support our efforts here at school. Although we are moving to full in-person learning, this home/school partnership is still every bit as important. Please reach out if we can support in any way as we move forward.
We look forward to uniting our A and B students for the first time in almost a year, to warmer days, and to an awesome end to quarter 3 and start to quarter 4!
Have a great weekend.
Week at a glance..
***In addition to Tuesday's curbside pick-up--feel free to contact CST to pick up a book anytime during office hours--simply call 913-780-7240 and share you are wanting to pick up your child's book***
- All in-person students RETURN FULL TIME!!
- Olathe South area Solo and ensemble contest for 6th, 7th and 8th
- Curbside Library Book Pick up (3:30-4:30pm)
- 7th BBB @ FT; 8th BBB vs FT (3:30-5:30pm)
- Cheer tryouts begin. GOOD LUCK !!
- 7th BBB @ OT; 8th BBB vs OT (3:30-5:30pm)
- Site Council (6pm)
- Cheer Tryouts
- 7th BBB vs MT(Thunder Performs); 8th BBB @ MT (3:30-5:30pm)
- Cheer Tryouts
- Cheer tryouts
- 3/8-3/10--Dance Team Tryouts
- 3/15-3/19--Spring Break
- 3/22--Professional Development Day (no school for students)
Check out this new offer from Olathe Schools!
Teacher Appreciation! Message from the CST Parent Group
Please send questions to Lori Grantham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Becca Stanley (email@example.com)
Update: CST Traffic Pattern (email from 2/26)
Please see the attached file for a traffic pattern update and important reminders.
Please note: The CST traffic pattern will remain unchanged but we will begin using the entire front curb for drop off/pick-up (pictured in attachment).
Thank you for following our process for the safety of our students.
Cheer Tryouts--Beginning Tuesday, 3/2!
Cheer--March 2-5 (3:20-5:30)
Dance--March 8-10 (3:20-4:45)
Cheerleading tryouts will begin next Tuesday for interested current 6th and 7th grade students. All participants must have their permission slips submitted to attend tryout clinics and tryouts. Please have all permission slips submitted by Friday, February 26th.
Participants should check the Google Classroom for any updates on tryouts. Please see Ms. Hankins or Mrs. Grauberger for any questions.
Google Classroom Code: c53k2xd
(permission slip below has additional details about the tryout process)
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
Return to Learning: Building Email from 2/24
Dear CST Family,
As we plan to welcome middle and high school students back in-person, full time, we are committed to making our schools as safe as possible as we work through this transition.
It's important to know that modifications have been made to the HVAC systems to bring in more fresh air and filters are changed more frequently than industry standard for indoor air quality. Hand sanitizer is placed throughout the buildings. Students and staff will continue to be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Buildings are sprayed at minimum weekly with a Clorox 360 cleaning machine to help disinfect surfaces.
Masks will continue to be mandatory for students and staff. We have to work together to keep everyone safe. Please remind your children about the importance of wearing a mask properly.
For a review of other procedures and protocols specific to CST, please visit the week of 2/22 Weekly Wildcat newsletter (https://www.smore.com/zbvwu-weekly-wildcat).
Thank you for your support of our school, students and staff. If you have any questions, please let me know.
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
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
Message from the nurse 3/1
6th grade parents received notices if their student needs immunizations as an incoming 7th grader. The vaccines due by the start of 7th grade are Tdap (tetanus) and Meningitis shot. The school nurse needs documentation from either a doctor note or a copy of the vaccine record. You may send these notices by fax, email or in person to the nurse.7th grade remote students who will be returning to full time school next year will be required to have all the school-required vaccines before school starts
Thanks Nurse Jenn
After School Academic Help
Math Lab Times Have Been Update!
Monday, March 1st--Return to Full In-Person Learning (Remote students not impacted)
Return to In-Person Learning--March 1st
Full In-Person Return: Practices and Procedures
Below are phases of the school day outlined with guidelines and procedures. These are listed because there are many questions surrounding our "return to school". However, CST will still be a school where relationships are a priority and socialization, engagement, fun, and learning will continue. Students will still be able to be social and interact--this is an important part of school and one we aim to keep intact a much as possible while also following the safety guidelines outlined for our buildings. We want to keep moving forward and keep school comfortable, fun, and engaging while implementing the health guidelines.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us--admin, counselors, teachers--if we can help make your child's transition smoother.
CST In-Person Procedures and Guidelines
As a district we follow Johnson County health guidelines. Wearing masks and washing hands will be the expectation.
A high risk exposure is defined as: no mask, within 6 feet, for more than 10 minutes.
Anyone with what is considered a “direct exposure” would need to quarantine based on this criteria. While other variables may play into a situation, the emphasis on wearing a mask is not just safety and health, but for continuity of education by avoiding a need for our students and staff to quarantine. Please keep your child home if they are displaying symptoms (see message/symptoms from district nurse coordinator above).
Below are phases of the day and some general guidelines at CST. Teachers and admin will review these with students next week in Cat time in preparation for transition to full in-person learning.
- Masks are required in the building (gaiters are okay but need to be 2 layers)
- Students should bring their own masks, but disposable masks are available in the office if needed
- Students will still not be issued lockers (except in PE and music) and will be permitted to carry their backpack with them during the day
- Students are encouraged to travel efficiently—lunch, device, essential supplies—jackets/coats carried as well
- PE lockers will be issued and is a place to keep PE shoes and PE uniform
- Students may drop off PE items after 7:40am
- INSTRUMENTS: Instruments can be dropped off in their music room where one of our teachers will be there to receive instruments
What changes will occur for REMOTE students?
- Remote students’ day will not change and students will still log in beginning at 8:17 (1st hour) and follow the same bell schedule
- Their teachers may provide more details as needed for individual classes
--First—refer to our traffic pattern for car rider drop off--entire front curb is used for drop-off/pick-up
--Students enter the front entrance or event entrance—car or walker
--Bus riders will be dropped off at the event entrance (and load at the event entrance)
--We encourage all walkers and car riders to arrive after 7:30.
--If students are in the building BEFORE 7:40 they will go to 1 of 2 locations depending on grade level
- 6th Grade will sit spaced out by Cat teacher in the auditorium (signs posted)
- 7th and 8th will take a different side of the bleachers in the main gym and sit in a location designated for their Cat class.
- If students want breakfast (see breakfast/lunch info below), they will go to the MPR to pick up the grab-and-go breakfast where they’ll check in and eat spaced out in the MPR.
- Students arriving 7:45 or later will take their breakfast to eat in their Cat class.
- Once finished with breakfast students move to their designated location.
--If students arrive AFTER 7:40 they go straight to the their Cat time classroom.
- Breakfast can be picked up in the MPR and taken to their Cat classroom to eat--the MPR will be cleared at 7:45
--Class begins with Cat at 7:50 and we’ll run through the rest of the day
- Students may drop off instruments in their music classroom
- There will still be 5 lunch periods at CST
- 6th grade will eat during 4th hour, 7th and 8th will eat 5th hour. The 8th grade lunch will be split due to its higher numbers.
- 7th grade will have a staggered start to lunch by 5 minutes to limit the lunch line
- With a few additional tables and seating areas, the same distancing will occur for lunch as we had during hybrid.
- Students will be expected to wear a mask upon entering/exiting the lunch room and while seated after finished eating. Mask wearing will help mitigate exposure risk as defined by the health department.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the lunch lines with distancing markers as a guide.
- Students will have assigned seats by class
- Students will sit on a "powercat" sticker in a checker board fashion using, approximately 4 to a table (most tables designed to hold 16 students)
- 10:59-11:24 (6th)
- 11:24-11:49 (6th)
- 11:49-12:14 (7th)
- 11:54-12:19 (7th)
- 12:20-12:45 (8th)
- 12:46-1:11 (8th)
- Passing periods will be 4 minutes in length
- Restrooms are available while limiting bathroom crowds (appox. 4 per restroom at a time)
- Markings on the floor will guide students to stay to the right during passing and to keep moving from class to class to promote passing period efficiency and limited congregating
- Hand washing or sanitizing is encouraged and available hourly
- Distancing will be followed to the best of our ability in classrooms
- Students will wear masks
- Desks will be sanitized a minimum of 2 times per day
- Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom
- Building receives a weekly deep sanitizing on surfaces
- Students will be issued lockers strategically spaced out in the locker room
- Students will dress out for class--students may wear school issued clothes or clothes brought from home--PE teachers will share expectations in class.
- Masks will be worn in PE, but teachers will work with students for appropriate times to get a break from masks after heavy activity while maintaining distancing guidelines.
--Sanitizing Wipes! We would gladly accept a container of sanitizing wipes for use in the lunch room
o Drop off location in both entries upon arrival
--Drinking fountains are only used for filling water bottles—students are encouraged to bring a water bottle.
--Students can keep their cell phones in their backpack but we ask that volume is turned off
o Normally, phones are asked to be kept in lockers from 7:50-3:10
o If cell phones cause distraction they may be kept in the front office for return at the end of the day
--We have 3 microwaves available for student use at lunch
--Please remind students to fully charge their device
o Students are encouraged to have a non-permanent identifier on their charging cord (i.e.
Pictures from the Week
Boys' Basketball Games Begin!
Starting this week, the boys' basketball teams will begin their games. With three games scheduled each of the next 3 weeks, the boys will be busy. Fan attendance is still limited but feel free to watch via live stream! Access the links through the CST home page and scroll down to the calendar.
Noah's Bandage Project 5K, Sunday April 18th 2021
Message from Mr. Allison (2/4 email)
Dear Olathe Public Schools families and staff,
The Olathe Board of Education met on Thursday, February 4. After a study of district and county numbers, the Board voted to bring secondary students back into full-time, in-person learning on March 1. This means that any middle or high school student who chose in-person learning at registration, would start coming to school full-time, every day on March 1. Elementary students who chose in-person learning will remain in school full time as well.
It’s important to note that this decision by the Board was not made lightly. Citing declining community numbers, internal numbers including low absence rates, declining COVID-19 numbers in our school, and limited spread within our buildings, Board members voted 5-2 to bring secondary students back to full time in-person learning.
Providing the best quality educational experiences for our students, while balancing the safety and health of our students, staff, and families, is a priority. We will continue to review numbers regularly and watch for trends within our buildings. Please do your part to help us by continuing to wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, keep your children home when they are sick and practice social distancing. We need a community effort to keep our schools in session, our students and staff safe and learning together.
Thank you for your support of the Olathe Public Schools.
John Allison, Superintendent
BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
REMINDER: Carryout Meal Service Change
Beginning January 6, middle and high school students will return to the hybrid learning mode. Due to the number of employees required in buildings for meal service, the carryout meal format will return to DAILY service at the 10 middle schools instead of the Tuesday & Friday service schedule.
One important change to the return to daily carryout meal service will be the addition of Saturday & Sunday meals to the Friday carryout meals.
Carryout meals will again be available at each middle school from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Please remember to complete a Free/Reduced meal benefit application any time your family income changes. If approved for meal benefits, a number of other fee discounts are available from the school district, school bus company, and other community organizations. A plan is currently being developed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families for a second round of Pandemic-EBT cards. This additional food assistance will be available to those approved for Free/Reduced meal benefits later in the spring semester after DCF’s plan is approved by USDA. To apply online for Free/Reduced meal benefits: https://www.olatheschools.org/domain/2909
Free/Reduced meal benefits approved for the current 2020-21 school year extend through the first 30 school days of the 2021-22 school year.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NURSE ROSS
I have some new updates for you from the Johnson County Health Department. If your student tests positive for Covid, your student needs to stay home and isolate from the family for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. That has not changed. If your student was exposed to Covid, it can take 14 days for Covid symptoms to begin for your student. That has also not changed.
This is what has changed: it is possible that your student can return to school earlier than 14 days if he/she was exposed to Covid. It can be confusing when dealing with Covid exposures or getting ill with Covid. Your school nurse can help you with this! Give me a call or send me an email and I will figure out the quarantine dates, help you figure out where to get a Covid test, and figure out when your student can return to school. My number is 913-780-7246 and my email is JIRoss@olatheschools.org.
Welcome back, Wildcats!
Here are some tips to help us stay healthy at school!
You need to wear your mask over your nose and mouth while you are inside. Please don’t play with it or touch it. No masks with vents or valves are allowed. "Gaiter" masks must be double layered.
Make sure to cover your cough or sneeze, and afterward make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands. Make sure to briskly rub your hands together until they are dry. Wash or sanitize your hands throughout the day.
Please bring your water bottle every day. It is important to stay hydrated. There are places in the building where you can refill your water bottle.
We would like for you to take care of your needs in the classroom as much as possible. To enable you to do this, we recommend that each student carries a small hygiene kit in their backpack. Items to include in this bag could be lip balm, Kleenex, feminine products, lotion, contact solution, band-aids, extra masks, cough drops, a day's supply of Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the original containers. These items are not to be shared with others. Please tell your parents if you use your supplies and restock your kit at home.
Make sure to tell your parents if you feel sick and stay home from school. It is important to let the school know if you have been around someone who has tested positive for Covid. If you feel sick at school, tell your teacher who will notify the nurse if needed.
By using these tips, we can all stay healthy.
Let’s have a great semester!
Jennifer Ross RN, BSN
Chisholm Trail Middle School Nurse
Remote Classroom Best Practices
Curbside Book Pick Up!!
Curbside book pick up will continue through Spring Break. Book pick up is Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm
Students and families will be able to come up to school at that time and collect their books they have placed on hold and return any library books that are due back. It will be staffed by myself and staff volunteers. We will be outside in front of the main entrance and be ready to distribute books and collect books as needed at that time.
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 @ email@example.com
*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.
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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!)
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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8th Grade/7th Grade (Silver)
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