College Fair on October 10th

Over 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and the armed forces will have booths set up and will distribute information and answer questions from students from Topeka Public Schools and 12 other school districts.  The college fair will take place at Landon Arena at the Kansas Expocentre from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Capitol Federal and HPC Partner For 18th Year

Capitol Federal Savings and Highland Park Central Elementary School have been partners since 1996.  For 17 years, employees of Capitol Federal have read to students, been tutors and helped with various school events.

On September 27, Capitol Federal renewed its partnership with Highland Park Central for another year as CEO John B. Dicus and Principal Cleo Gardner signed a partnership agreement while students and staff looked on.  “Capitol Federal is committed to higher education.  Helping our Highland Park Central students build a solid foundation toward that goal is vital to their future and the future of our Topeka community,” said Dicus.  “We are happy to be a part of the success of our students.”  Principal Gardner thanked Dicus and his employees.  “Capital Federal’s commitment to our students and their educational progress is incredible valuable.  They are wonderful role models for our students.  We truly appreciate all Capital Federal does for our school and our community.”

"The Bully" Movie Plays at Topeka High School

Bullying is a problem that affects people of all ages, but especially the young.  That's why it is important for the public to know about the following event. On October 5th, Topeka Public Schools, Positive Connections and Planting Peace will be showing a movie called The Bully, at the Topeka High School Auditorium.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with information about bullying available to parents and students.  The movie begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a panel presentation/discussion on bullying from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The movie is appropriate for all middle and high school students and their parents. The public is encouraged to attend.

Ahrens Named Kansas Chemistry Teacher of the Year

Topeka High School chemistry teacher Anton Ahrens has been selected to receive the 2013-14 Phyllis Johnson Patrick Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching Award. The Phyllis Johnson Patrick High School Chemistry Teaching Award annually recognizes an outstanding Kansas high school teacher who has demonstrated the ability to inspire excitement and interest about chemistry among his or her students through exemplary teaching.

Ahrens is a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University who earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry. He taught chemistry, physics and physical science at Highland Park High School in Topeka from 1980 - 1982, before earning his M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1984. In 1984, he accepted his current position on the faculty of Topeka High School. At Topeka High, Ahrens has taught more than 4,500 students in chemistry, physical science and AP chemistry, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in scientific research, medicine and education.

Anton Ahrens will receive his award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, at a special luncheon on the K-State campus on Thursday, October 3.

Nancy Perry Day of Caring at Schools

Several schools were the recipient of work done by volunteers taking part in the annual Nancy Perry Day of Caring.  Volunteers from local businesses dug out old bushes, spread mulch, trimmed trees and other work to improve the look at some schools.  Other volunteers assembled reading packets for students.  Volunteers were at Scott Dual Language Magnet School, McCarter Elementary School and Pine Ridge Prep.

Overview Gets New Look

Topeka Public Schools’ Overview staff newsletter has gone through many changes during its forty-year existence. For 2013-14, it has returned to a paged-format with a fresh look inspired by online trends in news publishing.

The new layout features a table of contents, alongside a condensed monthly calendar-list, right below the masthead. Articles are presented in two-columns, each separated by a simple “golden” rule (actually, the color is supposed to be copper). An underlying grid system makes positioning images a snap. Whitespace is increased, as is the font-size. The colophon (publisher’s information) has been moved to the bottom of the last page, along with the non-discrimination statement.

The masthead itself is also seeing some changes… which were not complete at the time the first issue was published in September. Instead, the district’s annual theme of “We are Topeka Public Schools” is a banner obscuring a sketch of the new masthead underneath. Expect to see progress on the masthead in subsequent issues.

The style of the Overview has evolved over time as printing and layout technologies have improved. Recently, the Overview was switched from a paged-publication to an e-digest format. The story-links allowed for a greater volume of stories to be shared, and better leveraged the body of electronic news already generated by the Communications department and elsewhere online.

The Overview can be found on the district Web site under “Staff”.

Family Fitness Night a Success

The annual Family Fitness Fun Night brought out hundreds and hundreds people to Hummer Sports Park on September 11th despite temperatures in the 90’s.  There were many fun activities for the kids. Adults walked around the track and visited the different booths set up by 30 schools and along local groups and organizations.  Physical education teachers got people of all ages moving as they lead a dance routine.  There were healthy snacks available.  The FFFN is one of the many ways that Topeka Public Schools is encouraging a healthy life style for students and adults.

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