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

Great work, Chargers!

2017 Certified Distinguished Staff Award Winners Named

Topeka Public Schools is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Distinguished Staff Award in the certified categories. The following employees will be honored at a ceremony in April:

Elementary Educator Category: Debbie Dickerson, 4th Grade Teacher, Stout Elementary

Middle School Educator Category: Robert Schawo, Social Studies Teacher, Jardine Middle School

High School Educator Category: Kirsten Cigler Nelson, Language Arts Teacher, Topeka High School

Certified Support Staff Category: Peggy Fisher, Coordinator of Speech and Language Programs, Lundgren/Holland Education Center

Building Leader Category: Dustin Dick, Principal, Topeka West High School

District Leader Category: Larry Robbins, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Burnett Center

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Distinguished Staff Award selection committee will select winners in the classified categories later this month.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THS Student Named Kansas JAG Vice President

It's been a busy first semester so far, but we couldn't let it wrap up without acknowledging the achievement of one of our Topeka High School students.

Kyia McWilliams, a junior at THS, was voted Vice President of JAG-Kansas. She was first elected as her school's JAG VP, then attended a state-wide JAG convention where she presented a speech to over 800 students and adults. Her stellar speaking sk...ills helped her get elected to the state JAG VP position, and this month she will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national election.

According to the program's website, JAG, or Jobs for America's Graduates, is "a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk, (and has helped) nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities." Fifty-six Kansas schools have JAG programs.

Way to go, Miss McWilliams-- Topeka Public Schools is very proud of your accomplishment!

Topeka West Grad First KC Coast Guard Recruit

Topeka Public Schools' graduates are going on to do some amazing things!

Melanie Yates, a 2013 Topeka West High School alum, is one such individual. She recently joined the US Goast Guard as their very first recruit from the newly opened recruiting office in Kansas City. Yates then shipped out to basic training in Cape May, New Jersey. As a member of the US Coast Guard, she will defend and protect coastlines and waterways, attend search and rescue missions, respond to pollution incidents, patrol the ocean and, most importantly, save lives.

Thank you, Ms. Yates, for your service!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Angela Soper Named Principal of Jardine Elementary

Congratulations to Bishop Elementary Principal Angela Soper-- the Topeka Public School's Board of Education named her as the principal for the Jardine Elementary, which is set to open for the 2017-18 school year.

Soper has been in education since 1994, and has worked for TPS since 2002, holding positions such as:

K-5 technology teacher, 2002-2005...
4th grade teacher at McCarter Elementary, 2005-2010
Literacy Instructional Coach, Eisenhower and French Middle Schools, 2010-2014
Assistant Principal, Landon Middle School, 2014-2016
Interim Principal, Bishop Elementary, 2016 to present.

Soper holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Washburn University, a Masters of Science in Education from the University of St. Mary and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University.

Bishop Elementary is scheduled to close at the end of 2016-17 school year, as students from that school will move over to Jardine Elementary.

Congrats, Angela!