PARENT NEWSLETTER: WEEK OF 9/20/2021
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 FRIDAY, 9/24!!!
Week of 9/20/2021
Dear CST Family,
It's a short week at CST with Friday's professional development day but the activities continue daily in the four days we do have. The school year is well underway and as both students and teachers find themselves "in the groove", it's not uncommon for students to notice an increase in rigor. As many of our students are busy with activities outside of school (CST or other), the importance of time management and executive functioning skills is all the more relevant. Of course, working with middle school-aged kids these are skills not yet sharpened and this can lead to stress. For many in middle school, whether it's in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, students will, for the first time, find themselves challenged to the point of stress or feeling overwhelmed. Many will earn their first B or C (or lower) on a test in middle school and find the efforts they gave in past years may not be enough in their current year. Of course, as educators, we're keeping our eyes peeled for any possible "lost learning" or drop from the past 18 months of Covid-impacted schooling. All this to say, if you recognize your child being overwhelmed or stressed, certainly talk with them, encourage them to talk with their teacher either before or after school or class, but also don't hesitate to reach out to their teacher or counselor. Please remember we offer both before and after school opportunities for students (WAH and Math Lab--more info below) but any of your child's teachers are available at least as early as 7:30am and at least until 3:30pm daily.
Enjoy the shortened week and the incoming cooler weather (finally!).
Week at a glance..
- 7th/8th VB @ MT (3:30pm)
- XC meet @ MT (3:30pm)
- 7th/8th grade VB vs PRT (3:30pm)
- 7th FB @ PT; 8th FB vs. PT (3:30pm)
- Chess Club ( 3:15-4pm ) Every Thursday
- CST Site Council (6pm)
- Professional Day (No Students)
- No school for students
9/27--7th/8th VB @ IT
9/27--Cross Country City Meet @ CBAC (6th, 7th, and 8th grade--5pm)
9/28--Olathe South 8th/9th Grade Orchestra Festival
9/29--7th/8th Grade VB @ PT
9/29--Papa John's night
9/30--7th grade FB vs. FT, 8th grade FB @ FT
Thank you, district leaders!
We were fortunate to have Olathe superintendent, Dr. Brent Yeager, along with assistant superintendents, Dr. Sarah Guerrero (over all middle schools) and Dr. Michael Triplett (Learning Services). They each joined CST on Tuesday to share an "impactful moment" to our 8th graders as they begin a memoir unit on their own impactful moments. This theme fits perfectly with our district theme this year: moments that matter.
Thank you Drs. Yeager, Guerrero, and Triplett!
Dist. Leaders/Board Members Visit CST
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 email@example.com.
US Constitution Week
As part of Constitution Week, students participated in daily US Constitution themed trivia. First with the correct answer won prizes. In addition, ALL Chisholm Trail students received their own pocket US Constitution. Knowledge is power and being familiar with the "law of the land" is important. Our 8th graders may have had an advantage given their curriculum is directly tied to US history and the founding of our nation, but, all grade levels earned prizes all week. Nice job to our students!
Side note: A highlight was walking through WIN time classes after these booklets were distributed to find two 7th grade girls in Mrs. Waller's WIN class going through and highlighting different parts of the Constitution. I asked if they were instructed to do this from their teacher and they said "no", they were just highlighting parts that were interesting and important to them...well done, ladies...awesome!
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)
Recycled: Concerns From Across the Street
In recent week's I've been contacted by Price Chopper, Starbucks, and Carmen's Cocina regarding behavior from middle school patrons on separate occasions. Reported behaviors include:
- cursing in the store with each other
- making gestures toward customers
- blocking entry to the store
- throwing cake, breaking bottles, leaving messes
- standing on tables near the pharmacy
- climbing/swinging on tree branches
- riding on motorized handicap carts
- throwing balls
- eating donuts
- playing hide and seek
Redirection from workers has frequently been ignored or was responded to disrespectfully. Police have been called on at least one occasion this school year.
While these behaviors are often not within CST's jurisdiction, when specific information is provided we will make calls home in effort to promote positive outcomes for all without the need of law enforcement. Ultimately, however, businesses have the right to enforce their policies and expectations as they see appropriate and this could include contacting police and/or pressing charges.
As CST principal, I can share that all the businesses I've mentioned have done so much for our staff and our kids over the years with the services they provide. I value their contributions not just as a principal, but as a parent and as a community member. In our beginning-of-year talks with students, as part of representing oneself (and school) positively, we included discussion on behavior expectations at Price Chopper specifically. We will continue to do our part at CST to reinforce basic common courtesy and appropriate behavior when in public.
I'm also hopeful this awareness and communication will prompt discussion at home about the importance of responsible independence and respectful behavior in public, especially in context of these concerns. Aiming to promote a future filled with positive societal contributions and doing so with courtesy, kindness, and respect is one we can all promote as part of our home/school partnership. I'm grateful for our CST parent community and its support in doing all we can to fulfill our district's mission of "preparing kids for their future."
XC, Football and Volleyball Games THIS WEEK!
9/20--7th/8th @ MT
9/22--7th/8th @ CST
9/23--7th @ PT, 8th vs PT
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***
Coach Yantis 5K in November
Coach Yantis Fun(d) Run QR Code
Follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS for more!!!
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...
As we return to school with all students, please be reminded of our traffic pattern and important directions that will promote safety and efficiency for all our students...
- Students should be ready to exit when the car stops--gathering of items should be minimal
- No stopping on the cross walk in front of the school--those being dropped off in the parking lot will come across on this path
- Students should wait to cross the cross walk (either direction) until prompted to do so by a CST staff member
- Cars may pull up past the crosswalk and students exit right onto the sidewalk
- There are two lanes of front drop-off in the morning, there are 3 lanes of pick-up in the front in the afternoon--refer to the map below
- We love dogs and will often have Milk Bones in the afternoon--bring your pup for a ride too!
CST Traffic Pattern
Please follow the safety plan below for car rider drop-off/pick-up
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.
- 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.
2021-2022 Bell Schedule
Breakfast and Lunch
The USDA has announced that the National School Breakfast and Lunch program will be free for all students during the 2021-22 school year. This means that students will not be charged for “combo” breakfast or lunch in the coming school year.
However, it’s vital that families who would benefit from free or reduced district registration, transportation and other fees fill out the Kansas State Department of Education Household Economic Survey to continue to receive free or reduced school registration fees, transportation fees and other fees and school costs. Please do so by going to https://onbase.olatheschools.com/forms/household_economic_survey.html.
Families will only need to fill out this survey one time to determine qualification for reduced or waived fees for the 2021-22 school year. Filling out this survey and including all children on the form also helps the district maintain important funding that makes certain educational programming possible.
We encourage all families to consider, review and complete the Household Economic Survey application. If families do not complete the application, they will no longer be eligible for reduced fees and state funding for the district may be reduced.
"8th Period" = Wildcats WIN
The 8th period on your child's schedule is our new "Academic Extension with Intervention" time. This period will take place right after 1st hour (see schedule below). At CST, we are calling this time "Wildcats WIN" (WIN = What I Need). This time will occur daily for all students and will be a time to receive a variety of learning. This time will include social emotional learning (2nd Step), reading intervention and strategies, silent reading, school-themed lessons and information, content-related materials, and student-choice learning. This time is truly intended to be a "what I need" time for students.
This intervention time will take place in all Olathe middle schools and the new bell schedule below will be utilized in most of our middle school buildings. Watch the weekly for more information on Wildcats WIN as the school year gets underway. This will be a valuable time for our students as we aim to cater more to their educational needs.
Access to school calendars, hour listings for buildings
Year-at-a-glance, single pager/downloadable
CST Admin/Counseling Team
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Silver Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Teams--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
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Silver Team--6, 7, 8
Green Team--6, 7, 8
Silver Team--6, 7, 8
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.