School Gives Money For Oklahoma Tornado Victims

A powerful tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, just four days before the end of the school year here in Topeka.  In that short span of time, students and staff at Quincy Elementary School decided to give up money for field trips next school year and donate it and money raised from the sale of a school activities DVD to the Red Cross to help tornado victims.  Quincy sent a check to the Red Cross for $125.00.

Foundation Golf Touranment Rescheduled

The TPS Foundation Winfred Tidwell Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament, scheduled for today, has been cancelled due to the weather.  The golf tournament has been rescheduled for June 20th at the Firekeeper Golf Course across the street from the Prairie Band Casino near Mayetta.

PBIS Celebrated at Meadows

The end of the school year is always a time of celebration.  At Meadows Elementary School, students and staff celebrated the school’s first year of PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Support.  PBIS is designed to enhance academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

Meadows students spent May 21 outdoors eating pizza.  They were then able to view some vintage cars lined up near the school.  The students later paraded the cars they had made out of cardboard boxes around the playground.  The day of celebration ended with awards handed out to the classes which had the best behavior during the school year.

Quincy Student Art Goes Around the World

Now on display at Quincy Elementary in the Hall of Art:

Children's Art work from 19 countries (China, Romania, Armenia, Ukraine, Albania, Morocco, Georgia, Panama, Mongolia, Peru, Namibia, Ecuador, Togo, Cameroon, Birkina Faso, Kenya, Switzerland, Costa Rica and the Phillippines) are on display in the Hall of Art at Quincy Elementary School. Quincy student artists participated in a Global Art Exchange through One World Classrooms. The work of 53 Quincy student artists were selected to participate in the exchange.  Their work will be displayed in classrooms around the world. The work illustrates the culture and environment of the children's communities.

The exhibit will travel to the Kanza Cafe for display through the summer.  This exchange and exhibit were made possible through the generous support of the Topeka Public Schools’ Foundation.

Summer Band, Strings and Honor Choir

Summer band, strings and honor’s choir will be held at Topeka West High School from June 3 through June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The band and orchestra concert will be held June 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Topeka West and the choir concert will be held June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Topeka West.  Both will be held in the school auditorium.

HPHS Receives Grant to Help Student Families

Communities in Schools at Highland Park High School has received a $1,500 grant from Reser’s Fine Foods of Topeka.  The money will be used to purchase food, clothing and other staples for families of students at Highland Park as well as school supplies, backpacks, bus tickets and other student needs.  Representatives of Reser’s and Communities in Schools were present for the presentation of the check to Highland Park High School Principal Beryl New.

Students Take Text and Drive Challenge

Texting while driving can be a deadly combination.  Today, Highland Park High School students had the opportunity to find out why you should not text while behind the wheel.  AT&T brought a virtual reality car simulator to the school.  Students could pretend they were driving while trying to send a text message on their phone.  AT&T reports that one text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.  At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field completely blind.  Most of the students taking the texting while driving test ended up going off the road or running into another vehicle.    

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