Monday, September 26, 2016

Eisenhower MS Colorguard has Debut Performance

Last year, Eisenhower Middle School received a Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Innovation grant to start a colorguard, dance and cheer team. With the grant money, they purchased t-shirts, pep band music, poles and flags. The KU Colorguard also donated a stunning set of flags and poles to expand Ike's new collection.


The Eisenhower MS Colorguard's first appearance was in last Friday's Highland Park High School homecoming parade, where 5th grade students from Ross Elementary also joined in.


"We're so excited about this collaboration between not only great staff members, but also three schools," said Sandra Ortiz, physical education teacher at Eisenhower. "This offers our students the opportunity to be physcally active, become leaders and build spirit of the game."


We couldn't agree more-- way to go, Ike Colorguard!!





Robinson Students Enjoy Biking Fun


About two dozen Robinson Middle School students ventured out for a bike ride after school last Friday. Led by Principal Tammy Hazelton and a group of Robinson teachers and paraprofessionals, the students headed to Shunga Trail for an afternoon of biking fun. Assistant Principal Todd Berry met up with the group to provide bottles of cold water—a much-needed treat, as the heat index soared into the mid-90’s.

This outing was made possible thanks in part to a donation of bikes and helmets from Advisors Excel. Thank you for providing this resource to our students!



 
 
 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Three TPS Students Named Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Topeka Public Schools is proud to announce that three of our students have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists: Toma Dimitriu from Topeka High School, and Blaine Fry and Tristan Myers from Topeka West High School.


According to the National Merit Scholars website, 1.6 million high school juniors take the Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, test each year. Less than 1% of those students achieve scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. To become a Finalist, Semifinalists mus...t complete a detailed scholarship application that indicates an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be recommended by an official from their school, write an essay, and produce SAT scores that reflect their performance on the PSAT. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the pool of finalists and will be awarded scholarships.


“We congratulate our National Merit Semifinalists and look forward to honoring them at an upcoming Board meeting. They are exceptional students who have shown a commitment to their own academic excellence. Each of them have a remarkable academic history and a commitment to life-long learning. Having three National Merit Semifinalists representing most of our high schools is an example of the excellent academic foundation in Topeka Public Schools and I am so proud of our outstanding student body and our staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson.


Tristan Myers, TWHS

Toma Dimitriu, THS

Blaine Fry, TWHS

Seventh Annual Family Fun Fitness Night a Success


On Wednesday, September 14th, Topeka Public Schools held the 7th annual Family Fun Fitness Night at Hummer Sports Park.


The event provided an opportunity for the district’s families and staff members to come together for a night of fun and free physical activities.


Each of our schools hosted wellness booths, as did 30 additional community agencies.















Tammy Austin, TPS Assistant Superintendent and Co-Chair of the district’s Health Council, said that the event is intended to “provide information about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and to encourage daily physical activity and good nutrition as a starting point.” A former physical education teacher herself, Austin is keenly aware of the issues surrounding childhood obesity. “It is one of the most serious health challenges of the 21st century.  One in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and this statistic has tripled since the 1960's.  It's important that we help our students and their parents understand that genetics can be a factor of obesity, however, most causes of obesity are due to environmental and behavioral factors, which can be preventable with some healthy behavioral changes.”





The event was estimated to be the best-FFFN event yet, with over 2,000 people in attendance.  






Thursday, September 15, 2016

TPS Announces National Merit Scholars Semifinalists


Topeka Public Schools is proud to announce that three of our students have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists: Toma Dimitriu from Topeka High School, and Blaine Fry and Tristan Myers from Topeka West High School.

According to the National Merit Scholars website, 1.6 million high school juniors take the Preliminary SAT, or PSAT, test each year. Less than 1% of those students achieve scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists.  To become a Finalist, Semifinalists must complete a detailed scholarship application that indicates an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be recommended by an official from their school, write an essay, and produce SAT scores that reflect their performance on the PSAT. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the pool of finalists and will be awarded scholarships.

“We congratulate our National Merit Semifinalists and look forward to honoring them at an upcoming Board meeting. They are exceptional students who have shown a commitment to their own academic excellence.  Each of them have a remarkable academic history and a commitment to life-long learning. Having three National Merit Semifinalists representing most of our high schools is an example of the excellent academic foundation in Topeka Public Schools and I am so proud of our outstanding student body and our staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson.