Friday, July 18, 2014

2014-2015 Budget Discussed at BOE Meeting

The mill levy for Topeka Public Schools will drop nearly four mills.  That was the word from Budget Director Pam Leinwetter as she addressed TPS Board of Education members about the 2014-2015 school district budget Thursday night.  Leinwetter said the budget would lower the mill levy from 56.3 to 52.5 mills.  For someone owning a $100,000 home, it would mean a tax decrease of $44.00.

Board of education members approved the publishing of the 2014-2015 budget in this Sunday’s Topeka Capital-Journal.  A public hearing on the budget will be held at the next board of education meeting on August 7.

Monday, July 14, 2014

TPS Receives $31,000 for Tech Ed Programs

Topeka Public Schools received $31,000 from the Kansas Office of the Governor for 31 students receiving industry certifications and graduating from high school in 2014. The district receives $1,000 per student earning a certification identified on Senate Bill 155 Qualifying Credential Incentive List. Part of this funding will reimburse students for their expenses paid for the certification, and the remainder of the funds is to invest in career and technical education pathways in the high schools.

Counselors, teachers, and principals encourage students to take advantage of programs at Washburn Tech, and work to increase awareness of the benefits of completing technical education pathways within our high schools. The primary goal of SB155 is for students to gain certification and graduate from high school so they can go directly into the workforce, fast forward into post-secondary education earning tuition- free college credit for their coursework, and have the ability to earn a living and pursue continued education to move to the next level in their career.

Topeka Public Schools received the highest distribution of SB155 funds in Shawnee County, and increased from eight students in 2012-2013 to 31 students in the 2013-14 school year. We encourage students to enroll in technical education courses in our high schools and at Washburn Institute of Technology to earn an industry certification to help them progress in their choice of career.

Head Start Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for Topeka Public Schools Head Start program at Sheldon Child Development Center. Stop by on Wednesday, July 30th between 10 am and 6 pm at Sheldon Head Start, 1155 SW Seabrook (2 blocks behind Sonic on Gage), to apply.

Applications will not be considered without:
-Child's legal birth certificate
-Current Proof of income- parent or legal guardian (2013 tax return or TANF Verification)
-Child's immunization record
-Child's Social Security card
-Physical exam
-Dental exam
-Lead results

Head Start offers bus transportation and services for eligible children, including children with special needs and disabilities.

Call 438-4530 for more information.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Student Projects Presented at 2014 Summer Experience

TPS' summer school program, the 2014 Summer Experience, concluded last Friday, June 27th. Students spent the day presenting research projects they had worked on throughout the session to their peers and teachers. Each of the five schools hosting the Summer Experience had its own theme that the students centered their research on.
During the program, the kids spent their mornings at school, where they were fed breakfast and lunch, and had a great time while maintaining their academic skills. When they weren't looking up facts about their topic on the computer and in books, the students worked on math and reading and enjoyed recess time with their friends.
Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the great projects completed by students at Ross and Scott Elementary schools

THS Teacher Awarded Fellowship

Topeka High School social studies teacher Dustin Rimmey has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in its 23rd annual fellowship competition. Mr. Rimmey was one of only 51 awardees in a competition that spanned each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the nation’s island and trust territories. This Fellowship supports further study of American history by college graduates who wish to become history teachers, as well as by experienced secondary school history teachers, like Mr. Rimmey.
This fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Mr. Rimmey’s course of study toward a master’s degree, and is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and to expose the nation’s secondary school student s to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.
Mr. Rimmey is an Emporia State University graduate and has taught at THS since 2007. He is also an assistant debate and forensics coach, Model United Nations sponsor, senior class co-sponsor and chair of the International Studies Program.
Congratulations, Mr. Rimmey--- we’re so proud of you!