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

***This is the last weekly of 21-22***

Week of 5/23/2022

Dear CST Family,

This is it! The final week of the 21-22 school year is upon us. As we have promoted the engagement driven #CSTFinishLine hashtag the final two weeks of school, those weeks have certainly felt like a race! There were 5 separate music concerts, an 8th grade activity night, a spirit week, along with all the #CSTFinishLine activities being done in classrooms. The week ahead is short with a final dismissal at 11:15am on Wednesday, but not without some important and fun events. Tuesday evening is our 8th grade night of recognition. All 8th graders are invited to attend with their families to receive a promotional certificate along with various content-specific awards. On the last half day of school, all grade levels have end of year activities planned for their students. We indeed plan to sprint through the #CSTFinishLine this final week. Search the hashtag on Twitter to follow along!

Before I close the final weekly, I want to thank you, our parents, for your role in the successful school year. Your commitment to your child enhances what we are able to do here. I hope your involvement has always felt welcomed and your questions addressed from us here at CST because I viewed the home-school relationship as critical to the success of our children. The year is never without challenges and certainly none like the challenges the past few years, but I truly view this year as a success for our students and I’m hopeful one that created many lasting positive memories for your child.

The halls will go quiet in just a few days, but preparation is already underway for the 22-23 school year. To our 8th grade and/or non-returning families, I wish you all the best and hope to hear about your child’s progress along the way. To our 6th and 7th grade returning families, I look forward to your return and to all the opportunities ahead for your child. More good days are ahead and our aim will be to make future years even better than the ones before.

I hope this time away brings some joy, relaxing, and rejuvenation for all. Have a wonderful summer and we’ll see you in the fall!


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Message to 5th Grade Families...

...WELCOME to the CST Family! This is the Weekly Wildcat newsletter that is emailed weekly to CST families. Below is a brief outline of what to expect out of this weekly communication...

  • This newsletter is updated weekly (except during the summer) and sent out each weekend
  • You will receive an email and text letting you know the WW was updated along with a list of new topics
  • The newsletter is divided into two parts: new info and "repeated but still relevant"
  • This is a great way to stay in the "know" on what is occurring at CST
  • In addition, you can also always check out our website (https://www.olatheschools.org/chisholmtrail/) where there is a link to the Weekly Wildcat on the CST home page
  • Also, follow us on Twitter @CSTWildcatsMS to follow some of the fun and student engagement at CST
  • If at any time you feel like you may not be receiving information from the school please contact us at 913-780-7240. Data Operator, Melynda Marquardt (mrmarquardt@olatheschools.org), will be able to verify and/or correct the contact info on file.

A few weeks ago we hosted 5th graders at CST. Students were given a tour, ate some lunch, and heard from many of their future teachers. The most energized part of the day was our pep assembly where the CST jazz band played, cheer and dance performed, and students learned the CST fight song and cheer—“CST Rocks!” We cheered for each of our respective elementary schools, but cheered as one single group for CST! I reminded our students that while we’re all coming from different schools, we are joining together as wildcats next year for what I expect to be an amazing year at Chisholm Trail.

You may have heard about a visit from me and our mascot, Wally, to your child’s elementary school. Our goal was to deliver t-shirts…which was accomplished…but not without a few stops. Feel free to check out what your child saw prior to our visit…if you watch through the end you may even spot your own child meeting Wally for the first time!

Mr. Sola and Wally the Wildcat visit 5th Graders!

A few “save-the-dates” for 5th grade parents…

  • July 6--Online Registration Begins
  • July18-21—CST Summer Connections Program for incoming 6th graders! (Scroll below for more information)
  • August 8--6th grade ice cream social night @ CST—5pm
  • August 11--First day of school (1/2 day, 6th graders only)
  • August 11—Back to School Night (all grades)—6pm
  • TBD—open building hours for practicing lockers and walking class schedules

The next scheduled building communication will occur later this summer regarding events, open-building times, and the upcoming school year, but for now, welcome to CST! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. CST is a great place to be and we can't wait to have you join the CST Family!

Rick Sola

CST Principal

CST Summer Connections Program! (7/18-7/21) (future 6th graders!)

The Summer Connections program in Olathe will have a different look this summer. Buildings are hosting their own programs and tailoring it to best fit a school's needs. At CST, the focus will be on our incoming 6th grade class. The program will be run by CST teachers and have two acting administrators (also CST teachers). Please read the information below from Ms. Hankins (girls' PE) and Ms. Olvera (6th grade SS), who'll be administrating the CST Summer Connections program. Transportation is not provided.


To all incoming 6th grade wildcats, we can't wait to meet you! In fact, we are so excited to get to know you that we are inviting everyone to attend Summer Connections here at CST! Summer connections is only for incoming 6th graders where you will be able to engage in both core and extracurricular activities and become familiar with both staff and the building. If you sign up by June 10th, you will receive a FREE CST Wildcats T-shirt! There is no cost to attend. Additional communication will be sent out over the summer.

Time/Date: July 18-July 21--8:30-11am

Location: Chisholm Trail

Who: All incoming 22-23 6th grade students are invited

Click HERE to sign up for CST Summer Connections!

Of course, this is not a required program and given various summer schedules this won't be possible for many students, but we hope to see as many of our incoming 6th graders as possible!

Please contact both CST Summer Connections administrators with questions or call the CST front office at 913-780-7240:

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CST Office Summer Schedule and more

Beginning June 6 and running through July 29th, the CST office will be closed on Friday and available for calls between 7am-5pm. Due to limited summer staff, please plan to leave voicemails for a return call. Online registration begins July 6 and school offices re-open to the public on July 18.

The last contract day for teaching staff is May 26. Teachers may not be available to check or return messages over the summer. Please direct questions to the CST office over the summer.

Save the Date!

22-23 Wildcats--Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, August 11 beginning at 6pm. More communication in the fall.

  • 8/8: 6th grade ice cream social (5pm) @ CST
  • 8/11: first day for 6th grade (1/2 day)
  • 8/12: first day for 7/8 (full day)

End of Year

Below this entry are directions for accessing your child's assessment scores (MAP and KAP). In addition, final grades for your child will be accessible via ParentVUE. Grades will be submitted by May 26. Please contact your child's teacher by then or the CST front office with questions.

Accessing MAP Testing Scores

Click on the PDF below titled "Spring 2022 ParentVUE Map Letter" for instructions on accessing and understanding your child's MAP scores.

Accessing Kansas State Assessment Scores

Dear Families –Like last year, families will be able to access Kansas Assessment Program (state assessments) student reports from the KITE Parent Portal (created by KSDE and the University of Kansas). The Parent Portal will have the results of the 2021-22 spring assessments, including KELPA results. The Olathe Assessment Office has uploaded parent/guardian emails to the KITE system, so family members with emails on file with Olathe will have access to their students’ state assessment results. As a reminder, schools will not be sending home printed copies of those reports. Please use the attached set of directions to set up your account and contact the Olathe Assessment Office with any questions (913-780-8168).

Summer Learning Opportunity (ALL STUDENTS)

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.

Change to National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for 2022-23 School Year

Olathe Public Schools families,

We wanted to make you aware that the federal funding support that has provided school breakfasts and lunches free to students for the past two years is coming to an end at the end of this school year. With this in mind, please be advised of the following items.

· For the 2022-23 school year, families once again will pay full price for student breakfasts and lunches unless they apply and qualify for free-and-reduced meals through the district’s application process.

· The new, federal free and reduced application for 2022-23 will be available beginning July 6 within the Online Registration process. It will also be posted on the district website. Families must apply each year for free or reduced food service, transportation and student registration fees.

· Filling out the federal free and reduced application will be necessary before students will be able to qualify for and access free or reduced breakfast and lunches during the 2022-23 school year.

Olathe Public Schools Administration

Cambio en el Programa Nacional de Desayunos y Almuerzos Escolares para el año escolar 2022-23

Familias de las escuelas públicas de Olathe,

Queremos hacerles saber que el apoyo de fondos federales que ha proporcionado desayunos y almuerzos escolares gratis a los estudiantes durante los últimos dos años está llegando a su final este año escolar. Por lo tanto, tenga en cuenta los siguientes puntos:

- Para el año escolar 2022-23, las familias volverán a pagar el precio completo de los desayunos y almuerzos de los estudiantes, a menos que soliciten y califiquen para comidas gratuitas y reducidas a través del proceso de solicitud del distrito.

- La nueva solicitud federal de comidas gratuitas y reducidas para el año escolar 2022-23 estará disponible a partir del 6 de julio dentro del proceso de inscripción en línea del distrito. También se publicará en el portal electrónico del distrito. Las familias deben solicitar cada año el servicio de alimentos gratuito o reducido, el transporte y las cuotas de inscripción de los estudiantes.

- Será necesario completar la solicitud federal de alimentos a precio reducido o gratuito para que los estudiantes puedan calificar y acceder al mismos durante el año escolar 2022-23.

Administración de las escuelas públicas de Olathe

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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OSHS Boys Soccer (8th graders)

If your son is interested in playing high school soccer for Olathe South in the Fall, please send us your contact information so that we can keep you up to date with all of the summer activities! Please send the following information to olathesouth.kickersklub@gmail.com

  • Childs name-
  • Parent/Guardian's name-
  • Email address-
  • Phone number-

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Contact Olathe South High School with questions.

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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.

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

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So long...

...to some special wildcats as they move on to the next chapter in their life. For some it's retirement, others will move to new locations, or a career change. You've all helped make CST a better place and we wish you all the best on your next adventure!

Thank you for all you've done for the kids of CST!

  • Crystal Babb
  • Lindsey Bigham
  • Josie Calamaio
  • Kenzie Carroll
  • Terri Detrick
  • Ashley Rodden
  • Allison Servaes
  • Taylor Sheffield
  • Laura Stumbo
  • Hunter Wallace
  • Chrissy Walters

Wildcat Farewell!

Follow @CSTWildcatsMS

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Final Orchestra Concerts!

Band's Pops in the Park!

In the classroom...#CSTFinishLine!

Mindset matters...

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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

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

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.

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.