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Back to School Safety Reminders

With the first day of school right around the corner, Topeka Public Schools (TPS) would like to remind students, staff and the Topeka community that safety is our number one priority. The safety of students and staff is essential to creating a positive environment for students to learn and grow successfully. In the video below, TPS Chief of Police, Ron Brown, explains how you can help keep our schools safe. These simple tips will significantly increase the safety of our district. With your help, TPS will have a safe and secure 2018-19 school year!

To watch additional safety webinar episodes, click here.  Other episodes cover intruder safety, situational awareness and more. TPS also offers a tip line for anyone to report suspicious behavior or bullying anonymously. Click here, to access the TPS tip line.

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Bringing Lessons to Life: Alaskan Musher Visits Meadows Elementary School

When Diane Kimsey shared her plans to teach about dog sledding to her fourth grade class on Facebook, she had no idea a few months later she would have an Alaskan musher standing in her classroom.
Kimsey and her 22 Meadows Elementary students began their dog sled experience by reading Stone Fox by John Gardiner, a short children's book describing dog sledding and survival. After noticing that her students were very interested in learning more, Kimsey reached out to the Facebook community for suggestions on furthering their studies. Luckily, Facebook put her in touch with Debbie Menendez, a volunteer coordinator for the internationally recognized Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race. Mendez directed her to the Iditarod dog sled race website, where she found exciting resources and lesson plan materials to share with her eager students. 
Through the website's resources her students were able to track Iditarod mushers in real time. 

Kimsey explained,“We could see when they were resting, wh…