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


Ashley Rodden: Silver Teams-6,7,8


***NO SCHOOL Thurs/Fri, OCT. 14/15***

Week of 10/11/2021

Dear CST Family,

The first quarter has come to an end yet it’s still in the 80s and feels like summer. As a 6th grade parent myself, I can’t help but reflect on how fast the year has gone. How recently it seems we were anticipating middle school and the concept was only a distant reality. Now, a quarter in, the routines are set, students have adapted and adjusted (and will continue to do so) to middle school and life in the 21-22 school year, and life with their new teachers and classmates. For our 8th grade parents, I imagine at some point the reality of high school will begin to set in and a similar process of thoughts will form. This upcoming quarter may be one to ignite that thought process! Our 8th graders will visit a career expo, have an opportunity to participate in mock interviews, and apply for a 21st Century Academy here in Olathe. Parents will have many opportunities for academy visits with their child and, as I say, the questions will form. We have amazing counselors to assist in this process and this is always such a fun time for our kids.

Even with thoughts of the future at hand, I always want to encourage our kids (and myself) to enjoy the moment, enjoy the here and now. There is much to take part in and be excited for right here, right now. Our musical is just around the corner, our concerts will fill the quarter (and have already begun with orchestra and choir), a new athletic season with girls’ basketball begins, and, let’s face it, the holiday season at the middle school is just so much fun as our kids get excited and giddy for the breaks and first snowflakes (snow days?) of the season.

Welcome to quarter 2. It’s every bit of quarter 1 and more!

Let’s enjoy the ride.


Week at a glance..

Monday, 10/11

  • 2nd Quarter Begins
  • Columbus Day
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Week Begins

Tuesday, 10/12

  • 7th FB @ MT--CITY CHAMPIONSHIP! (3:30pm)
  • 8th FB vs IT (3:30pm)
Wednesday, 10/13
  • 1/2 day for students ( 7:50-12:20pm) NO LUNCH, Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:30-8:30pm)
Thursday, 10/14
  • No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, 10/15
  • No School

Looking Ahead...

10/19--7/8 GBB vs MT (3:30-5pm)

10/21--7/8 GBB vs PRT

10/22--8th grade Orchestra Festival (Olathe North High School)

10/22--GBB pictures and ALL SCHOOL picture retake day


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What are "arena style" conferences???

This Wednesday, from 4:30-8:30pm, we will have arena style conferences. This concept has existed in our schools for a while in the middle and high schools, but we were unable to offer this last year. Arena style conferences are simply a first come, first serve conference opportunity for parents. All CST teachers will be in attendance on Wednesday night, either in the MPR or gym, and teachers will be seated available to speak with parents as they walk up. Conferences are to be less than 10 minutes per teacher so everyone has an opportunity.

Please arrive through the activity entrance for arena conferences.

Teachers also have other available times all week and you should have a specific outreach from them about sign-ups. Please reach out to your child's teachers if you do not have availability during the offered times but still need to visit.

Accessing REPORT CARDS, FALL 2021 MAP scores, and PANORAMA

Report cards and panorama results will not be printed but are available through ParentVue. See the attached directions in the PDF below for accessing grades, Fall 2021 MAP results, and Panorama results. Teachers will be able to assist with questions. Panorama questions can be directed to your child's counselor.

How to view Report Card, Panorama, MAP (PDF)

Letter from District Assessment Office

7th Grade Football Play for City Championship!

On Tuesday, our 7th grade football team will face off against Mission Trail for the City Championship. Both teams finished first in their division (east/west) and earned the 1 seed to play off for this championship. Other schools face off against their same-seeded team across town for the final game of the week. Our 8th grade also play on Tuesday for their final game of the year. 8th grade plays home against Indian Trail. Good luck, boys!

Hungry after the games? Head to Chipotle to support our cheerleader program! More below...

HUNGRY?? CST Cheerleaders' Chipotle Fundraiser--TUESDAY

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8th Grade Parents

Career Expo, and 21st Century Academy Information and Open House Schedules

Hello 8th Grade Parents,

It’s hard to believe that it is October. There are a few items that we wanted to make all 8th grade parents aware of.

Career Expo

All Olathe Public School 8th grade students will be attending a Career Expo on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. This will be held at the IRC building (Instructional Resource Center) at the district office. Busing will be provided. More information, such as CST time slot, will be made available very soon.

21st Century Academy Information and Open House Schedules

The Olathe Public Schools offers 15 unique and innovative 21st Century Academies for high school students. These academies are housed within the district’s high schools. These innovative, four-year programs allow students to build upon their interests and learn specific knowledge and skills they can apply towards their post-secondary experiences and career fields.

As 8th graders, your students will be able to begin the application and interview process if they are interested in joining one of the academies. These academies are optional. 21st Century Programs will be hosting Open House events for parents and students so that they can learn more about the programs they are interested in. More general information is also available at:


21st Century Academy Open House Schedule:

Tuesday - October 26, 2021

Olathe South High School from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

BioMedical Engineering, Business Finance, and Computer Science

Thursday - October 28, 2021

Olathe North High School from 5:45 - 8:00 pm

Animal Health, Geoscience, Medical Professions, and Sports Medicine

Wednesday – November 3, 2021

Olathe West High School from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Green Tech and Public Safety

Wednesday – November 10, 2021

Olathe East High School from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Design, Civic Leadership, and Future Educators

Thursday – November 11, 2021

Olathe North High School from 6:30 -8:00 pm (families stay for the entire time)

Distinguished Scholars

Mock interview day during the day at CST

Monday - November 15, 2021

Olathe Northwest High School from 5:30 – 7:30 pm


Tuesday – November 16, 2021

Olathe Northwest High School from 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Olathe Advanced Technical Center (OATC) Students apply in 10th grade.

Thursday – November 4, 2021

Open House for 8th-11th grade students from 5:30 -7:30 pm

Animal Science and Research, Automotive Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Electronics and Avionics, Healthcare Science, Welding Technology.

Applications and Interviews

After Open Houses have been completed, the 21st Century application process begins. A student interested in applying for an academy will fill out an online application during the open application window of November 17 – December 7.

Once the form is submitted, students are contacted by the academy facilitator and an interview is arranged with the students and parents/guardian to go over interests, academy requirements and suggested course enrollment. Students then enroll in the high school as a full-time student where the program is hosted. Please note: academy acceptance serves as a student’s transfer application. A separate transfer request form is not needed.

Mock Interviews

On Thursday, November 11, 2021 CST will be having mock interviews for 8th grade students that are applying for a 21st Century program. This will be an opportunity for students to receive experience talking with professionals from the community in an interview setting. The goal is to help prepare students for the 21st Century interview and future job interviews. Once the mock interview dates have been confirmed, we will email that information out to parents.

Students will be receiving this information and preparing for these events over the next several weeks. Feel free to contact CST career counselor, Rachel Iuli (@rjiuli@olatheschools.org) with questions.

From District AD's Office

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WIN Time Prizes


As our students are well underway with their WIN time choice boards, we are going to reward students for their hard work! Teachers will nominate hard working students who'll then be entered into a drawing for a prize. Below is a link if you'd like to contribute toward our prizes for students. If you have any questions please reach out to assistant principal, Krista Dueringer at kdueringercst@olatheschools.org.


Message from your Counselors

If your family is interested in receiving weekend snacks to go home in their student's backpacks on Friday, please email rjiuli@olatheschools.org or amrodden@olatheschools.org.

Rachel Iuli & Ashley Rodden

School Counselors
Olathe Public Schools

Chisholm Trail Middle School


Football Games THIS WEEK!

Football games

10/12--8th grade game vs MT (3:30pm)

10/7--7th grade game @ MT (3:30pm)--City Championship!

We look forward to a great week of competition!


Students may attend these games. There is a $1.00 entry fee for students, $2.00 for adults. Students with an activity pass will be listed and admitted to the games. Students must communicate with parents and have rides to be picked up by the end of the game.

Bookmark this site...all athletic rosters IN THE CITY will be kept at this location in lieu of printing programs for games. This includes all sports, all year. Check it out!


After Hours and Math Lab

These programs are known as "Wildcat After Hours" (WAH) and "Math Lab". Below are available times for students to get help with homework. Please note, we are adding a "before hours" WAH program on Monday and Wednesday as well.

***These academic programs began the week of September 6th***

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Olathe South Falcon's Basketball Clinic

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WIN Time Update

In the weeks ahead, we'll begin providing literacy intervention for students identified through our MAP testing and reading fluency assessments in the building. This intervention will be provided during our WIN class period (8:44-9:18) and students will work in groups of 5 or less with CST teachers. All students will still be eligible for the WIN prizes described above, but may spend WIN time with one of our building literacy interventionists (one of 13 CST teachers) while they receive literacy intervention targeting any of the identified literacy gaps. This intervention time is being utilized in our Olathe Schools and achieves the state literacy mandate.

In addition, beginning Monday, all CST students will begin to receive daily phonics lessons for the first 5 minutes of their science class. This, too, is part of a district wide effort to help close any gaps that may have occurred through any of our kids' schooling. Daily phonics lessons will be fulfilled by your child's social studies teacher beginning in January.

Parent Awareness: Current Trends and Influences

Social Media Influences

A nationwide trend has recently made its way into local schools. Unfortunately, CST has not been exempt from this trend, nor have the other Olathe middle schools and high schools. The trend has been credited to TikTok and involves vandalizing schools and posting the video evidence on the social media platform. This has resulted in various acts of vandalism in Olathe including broken bathroom stall doors, mirrors pulled down from walls, soap dispensers ripped from walls, trash cans turned upside down, etc. Some have been caught as a result of their posted video making rounds. Of course, these actions can result in both school and legal consequences. The first story below features Olathe North principal, Jason Herman, who was interviewed by the KC Star.

The other articles are informational, but recent, and deal more with the mental health impact social media can have. Even working in schools as an administrator, I was not aware of some of the information below. As more focus and attention is given to the mental health of our children, the various social media platforms and their influence on the developing teenage brain is an important part of the conversation. My hope is that the links below will provide awareness of current trends and more about outside influences on our kids. Even better if these promote discussion at home.

Johnson County school has bathroom doors and toilet seats stolen, following TikTok trend (featuring Olathe principal) (9/15/2021)


TikTokers Are Stealing From Their Schools in a New Trend (9/10/2021)


5 Things Parents Need to Know about Tik-Tok (Updated 2021)


Facebook officials knew Instagram can have negative mental health impacts for teens, report claims (9/14/2021)


The links below require a Wall Street Journal subscription but may be found in summary on other social media awareness sites.

How TikTok Serves Up Sex and Drug Videos to Minors (9/8/2021)


Inside TikTok’s Algorithm: A WSJ Video Investigation(7/21/2021)


Soap dispensers pulled down from wall at other Olathe school.
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Awesome library announcements!!

Our CST library app has been fixed! Students may use the CST Library app (from Classlink) to access tutorials to get ebooks and audiobooks from Destiny and/or Axis360, browse book trailers and booktalks, use databases for school research, etc...

Also, bookfairs are returning!! Our fall bookfair will be the week of October 18th and the Spring bookfair will be the week of February 14th. Both of these weeks are the week after conferences and the fairs will be in the library. This year we will be using Scholastic Book Fairs. More details to come as we get closer...


Odds and Ends

6th Grade Devices

  • Surface Go devices will be checked out to 6th grade and new students on Monday, August 16th. Returning 7th and 8th grade students should still have their device checked out to them last school year.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Students are encouraged to join CST activities! There is a strong link between school involvement and academic success. Cross Country practice begins on Tuesday, August 17 and is available to all students, 6th, 7th, and 8th. Physicals required to participate.

Water Bottles

  • All students will be provided a water bottle from CST. Students are encouraged to drink plenty of water during the day. Drinking fountains will also be available for those without a water bottle.


  • Students will be allowed to carry their backpacks this year to limit necessary locker trips. Students are encouraged to travel light and utilize their locker to help lighten the load.


  • All students have been assigned a hall locker and are expected to keep jackets/coats/extra clothing in their locker.

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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2021-2022 Bell Schedule

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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.