Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Topeka Center for Advanced Learning (TCALC)

The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning (TCALC) is underway with four pathways: Teaching and Training, Medical Science, Environmental and Energy, and Engineering Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing. Teachers are attending the 8th grade parent nights at each of the high schools and Hope Street Academy Career Fair to visit with students and parents of the opportunities of the program for juniors and seniors.

Enrollment is now being secured for 2017-18. Requirements for enrollment: on track for graduation, junior or senior status, willing to be on teams with students across the district, and following business ethics in class and projects working with business. If a parent or student has any questions, they can contact Eileen Caspers, General Director of School and Career Programs at 785-295-3041 or email: ecaspers@tps501.org.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dr. Anderson Takes Part in National Discussion

The Aspen Institute, an international organization, has involved Topeka superintendent in national discussion on educational policies. The Senior Congressional Education Staff Network convenes annually and is involving the Topeka superintendent the national discussion. 

In February, a small group of 30 people comprised of Congressional staffers from the Senate and House education and workforce committees, experts from across the country and Aspen staff will meet to review and discuss policies on the implementation of federal education policy on states, districts and schools. Dr. Anderson is one of the selected experts as a result of her past work impacting eliminating achievement gaps and her current work on the Every Child Succeeds Act. 

The prior Aspen Institute panel discussion involving the superintendent can be seen here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XtfVeN96y40

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

All-State Elementary Choir

Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do! Third, fourth and fifth graders everywhere have been practicing their vocals in the hopes that they will be selected to participate in the next All-State Elementary Choir. This is the second year that the All-State Elementary Choir has been held and over seven hundred Kansas students submitted audition tapes of themselves singing a capella, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America). Of the seven hundred students who auditioned, a little over one hundred students were selected to be part of this performance.

Four of our own Topeka Public Schools students have been selected to be a member of the All-State Elementary Choir! Fourth-grade students at Meadows Elementary, Emma Culbertson, Kayleigh McCray and Natalie Ortiz along with a fifth-grade student at State Street Elementary, Emily Estrada were thrilled to find out that they have been chosen.

The hard work doesn’t end there; the students will have only two months to prepare for the President’s Concert at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in-service workshop on February 23, 2017. With the help of a rehearsal CD, family support and dedicated teachers (Josh Yoho, Molli Haller, Jennifer Gilbert and Bethany Linville), the students will learn the music before joining the other selected choir members that day in Wichita. Led by Elizabeth Nunez, a clinician/children’s choral director from New York, the choir will meet and rehearse February 23, with only a few breaks and then present their concert that evening.

Congratulations Emma, Kayleigh, Natalie and Emily, we are proud of all our fine musicians.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ike Students Collect Donations for Salvation Army

The students at Eisenhower Middle School celebrated the holiday season with a Community Service Challenge last week. Each day, the students were challenged to bring in different donations, such as hygiene products, hats, gloves, socks, and nonperishable food items. The event was organized and promoted by Ike's Eagle Advisor Council, (the school's student council organization), providing the students with an opportunity to use their leadership skills to give back to the Topeka community.

The Community Service Challenge was a resounding success, with 937 items collected! The donations will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to community members in need.

Great job, Eisenhower Eagles-- your impressive work on this project is inspiring!!


Friday, December 2, 2016

TWHS Students Contribute to City of Character Calendar

Topeka West High School hosted the unveiling ceremony for the Topeka City of Character 2017 calendar. Sponsored by the Topeka Capital-Journal, the calendar features the photographic work of TWHS juniors and seniors in David Meske’s JAG, or Jobs for America’s Graduates, class.

The students in the class worked together on the content of the calendar, which includes photos, quotes and words associated with character traits, like hospitality, respect and wisdom. The kids were proud to show off their handiwork to the audience, which included representatives from the Topeka Chamber of Commerce and students from nearby McClure Elementary. McClure boasts a character education program and the young students were eager to see traits they have learned about being featured in the calendar.

The finished product is an absolutely beautiful 12 month calendar that contains stunning images of familiar Topeka landmarks, such as the Brown v. Board building, Washburn University and Grace Cathedral. Calendars can be purchased by visiting http://www.topekacharacter.org/support2.html

Great work, Chargers!