TPS Graduation Dates and Times

TPS commencement ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Hope Street Academy
May 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Hope Street Academy 
1900 SW Hope Street

Topeka High School
May 18th at 10:30 a.m.
Landon Arena at Kansas Expocentre

Highland Park High School
May 18th at 1:30 p.m.
Landon Arena at Kansas Expocentre

Topeka West High School
May 18th at 4:30 p.m.
Landon Arena at Kansas Expocentre

National Teacher Day is May 7

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, is National Teacher Day. Thank a teacher for making public schools great!
Teachers in Topeka Public Schools and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on National Teacher Day, as students, parents, school administrators and the general public learn how teachers are making Great Public Schools for every student.

Four Schools Helped by Hands on Topeka

Four elementary schools are looking better and brighter this week thanks to volunteers involved in the annual Hands on Topeka event.  The United Methodist Church’s of Topeka have been cleaning up city and county parks the past three years, but this year Hands on Topeka added four schools to its clean up schedule.

 Sunday, April 28, volunteers showed up at Scott Elementary, Randolph Elementary, Whitson Elementary and McEachron Elementary to plant flowers, spread mulch, paint playground equipment and do general cleanup work around the schools.  The principals at the four schools and some school staff were involved as well. 

Topeka Public Schools wants to thank all the volunteers who participated in Hands on Topeka

Landon SADD Group Spreading Positive Message

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Landon Middle School ordered a wrecked vehicle from Brown's Super Service. Owner Keith Brown delivered the car to Landon today. Students placed the following message on the school sign:
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Please Drive Smart
This is the first year Landon Middle School has had a SADD charter. The group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are starting out strong and hoping to spread their message.

Robbins Recognized for Going Above and Beyond

Shaner literacy coach Donna Robbins is the final Above and Beyond Award winner for this school year. She has worked for TPS for four years—two at Shaner Elementary and two at Highland Park Central. She was nominated for the award by Shaner teacher Brenda Joyal and Shaner math coach Yvonne Spalding. 

“Donna Robbins contributes to the success of our school in so many ways,” says Joyal. Spalding adds, “Donna motivates staff with her quick wit, selfless acts of generosity and kindness and the precious gift of her time.”

At the beginning of the school year, Robbins rolled out a red carpet to help students feel like “superstars” as they entered the building for the new school year. She wrote and was awarded a grant from the Topeka Public Schools Foundation that will allow her to bring authors into the school to inspire student writing. In March, she set up a Seuss CafĂ© where students were able to come and “order” a Dr. Seuss book to read and enjoy a snack. “These are only a few of the things Donna has organized for the success of our students,” says Joyal.

Robbins is retiring this year, but she has truly enjoyed her work. “The staff here is great and so are the other coaches,” she says.  “It inspires me that in this day and age when so much is put upon their (teachers) shoulders they still want to give; the kids come first.” 

Donna Robbins

2013 Summer School



Enrollment takes place April 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Meadows Elementary and May 2 from 5-7 p.m. at Williams
First day of class is June 3
Last day of class is June 28
Class hours are 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Classes held at Meadows Elementary School (201 SW Clay) 235-7150 and Williams Elementary School (1301 SE Monroe)  235-7330
Fees paid at enrollment:
                USD 501 students  $130
                Students receiving reduced priced meals  $70
                Students receiving free meals  $50
                Non 501 students  $180
Breakfast is served at 7:45 a.m. and lunch at noon and is free to those attending summer school
No transportation is provided to or from summer school programs
Questions may be directed to:  Meadows principal Nicole Dial at 235-7150 or Williams principal Martin Gies at 235-7330

                                                            Middle School

Enrollment will take place May 15 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at Randolph Elementary School (1400 SW Randolph)
First day of class is June 3
Last day of class is June 28
Class hours are 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Classes will be held at Randolph Elementary School at 1400 SW Randolph
Fees paid at enrollment:
                TPS students enrolled through May 2013 are FREE
                Non TPS students pay $180
No transportation is provided to or from summer school
Questions:  Contact Diana Beitz (before May 27) at 274-6160 or during summer school 438-4480

                                                                      High School

Enrollment is May 9 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or May 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Hope Street cafeteria (1900 SW Hope Street)
Session 1:
                First day of class is May 30
               Last day of class is June 17
 Class hours are 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          
Session 2:
               First day of class is June 18
               Last day of class is July 9
Class hours are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Basketball Team Promotes Importance of State Tests

Students taking state assessment tests are just a part of spring time in public schools.  Principals try to come up with all kinds of ways to make students focus on the importance of those tests.  At Capital City Schools, Principal Kristin Bennett invited members of the successful Highland Park High School boys basketball team to talk to students about the importance of state assessments.  Today, with testing finished, the basketball team was invited back to Capital City to scrimmage a team consisting of Capital City school staff.  Each team had one Capital City student playing on it.  “We have six through 12th grades here,” said Bennett.   “The middle school students were thrilled not only to see them the first time, but they are excited to sit down with them now.”  The students and Highland Park players sat down for pizza once the scrimmage ended.  “It’s a great experience for the students and something special for them,” said Bennett.

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