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Quincy Elementary - Student Recognition & Opportunities

Some fun and exciting things are happening at Quincy Elementary these days!
Quincy, a signature art school, boasts a strong arts program and its students are constantly churning out little masterpieces. Earlier this month, a mural painted b...
y Quincy students was hung prominently in downtown Topeka. One little artist who contributed to that piece, Callie Jones, will also have her work published in the 2015 Kansas Fire Safety Poster. Callie’s work was chosen from 110 entries across the state in the Second Annual Office of the State Fire Marshal Fire Safety Poster Contest.

Another Quincy student, a young man named Joshua, won the Topeka Public Schools Holiday Card Contest this year. The district’s students were invited to submit holiday-themed pictures to be considered for the annual TPS holiday card. Joshua’s simple yet colorful depiction of a Christmas tree won the challenge and was printed on cards that were sent out by school board members and district administrators.…

Williams Magnet Receives Winter Weather Donation

More than 120 winter wear items were presented to the children of Williams Magnet on Friday, December 12 to honor the school’s namesake, Mamie Williams. Sorority members from the Alpha Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha collected the items to honor the memory of Mamie Williams, who- were she still alive- would have celebrated her 120th birthday on December 12th. The sorority members donated the hats, scarves and gloves, which were collected from their co-workers and members of Antioch Baptist Church, as part of the sorority’s national initiative to provide extra warmth to school children. Thank you, ladies of Alpha Iota Omega, for your generosity to the children of Williams Magnet!

Meadows Elementary Students Pay it Forward

The students and staff of Meadows Elementary decided to make this school year one of giving back to the community that has given so much to them.  In September, the students made bookmarks to be used by each other in their school library. In  October, they collected socks to donate to area clothing banks. November had the students decorating placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients and the residents at Atria Hearthstone. This month, however, the students tackled a much bigger project. For the past two weeks, the students have been collecting food items to give to those who might not be able to afford a nice holiday dinner. Their goal was to collect enough food to provide a meal for 50 local families. All of their hard work paid off and this week the students eagerly went to work filling food boxes that will be distributed to area families. Each box was packed with a ham, potatoes, canned goods, bread and a pie. The students had a great time as they sorted and organized t…

TPS Students Recognized by KDOT

Two Topeka Public Schools students were recently honored by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Ashley Ortiz-Vizueth, a Whitson Elementary student, and Alexys Wemhoff, who attends Chase Middle School, were each recognized at ceremonies held at their schools this week. Both Ashley and Alexys were regional winners in KDOT’s annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest. The contest is a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities. Approximately 1,344 students across Kansas, ages 5 to 13, took the time to think about safety and participated in the poster contest. There were a total of 18 regional and three statewide winners in the contest. Ashley and Alexys are two of just three regional winners in northeast Kansas.
Because their poster designs were winners, each girl received a brand new bicycle and helmet. Ashley and Alexys received the prizes at their recognition ceremonies.
Congratulations, girls, and enjoy your new bikes!

McEachron Elementary Students Spread Holiday Cheer

McEachron Elementary students recently went on a Christmas carol tour as a fun reward for bringing in canned goods to be donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission.

After winning a donation competition, Mrs. Kaufman’s kindergarten class, (who brought in a whopping 637 cans of food), Mrs. Houghtaling’s third grade class, (who donated 284 canned goods), and the school’s entire student council were all treated to a day out of the classroom to spread a little holiday cheer. Led by principal Vic Williams- who played the guitar while the children sang- the students visited the Topeka Public Schools administration office, Brewster Place, the Veteran’s Administration building and the Topeka Rescue Mission. They sang Christmas carols, smiled brightly and basically improved the day for everyone lucky enough to hear their sweet little voices!
After the caroling fun, McEachron’s Student Council members collected the donations from each classroom and loaded them into a van for delivery to t…

Santa Visits State Street Elementary

The students of State Street Elementary were recently treated to a visit by the one and only Santa Claus.  Mr. Claus recited the classic poem "The Night Before Christmas" and sang Christmas carols with the entire student body. After ...the carols, he gave each child a book and a State Street wristband. The books and wristbands were provided by three local churches (Oakland Church of the Nazarene, Oakland United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church), and the students were delighted to receive them. As Santa handed a book to each child, many felt compelled to give him a hug and let him know what was on their wish list this year. It was a heartwarming day, filled with songs and smiles. We hope our little friends at State Street enjoyed their special visit from Santa Claus!

DSA Certified Winners Chosen

The Distinguished Staff Awards winners for certified have been selected.  They will be recognized at the DSA reception April 1st at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library.

Category                       winner's name                        winner's school/building

Prek-5th Educator             Adriene Evans                       Quincy Elementary

Middle School Educator    Lynette Stueve                       French Middle School       

High School Educator        Erich Singer                          Topeka high School  

Certified Support Staff       Angela Dick                           Burnett Center

Administrator                    Brady Dean                           Burnett Center

School Bond Projects Update

June 2015

Bond Project Update

The beginning of summer means more construction for projects funded by the school bond approved by voters in 2014.  While some projects like the new Highland Park Central Elementary entrance, perimeter fencing and panic buttons are complete, there are other projects that are underway or are just beginning. ·       Construction on emergency shelters and gymnasiums is scheduled to begin this month or early July at McCarter, Quincy and Whitson Elementary Schools. · Renovation of science classrooms at Topeka West High School, French and Robinson Middle Schools is underway.  The new classrooms are scheduled to be finished by the time school begins in August. ·       The inside of the Boisen Building has been gutted.  The building is the future home of Capital City High School.  It is located just east of the current Capital City School building, which will become the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers.
·       Construction of the new Jardine Elementary Sc…

Student Art Spreads Holiday Cheer Downtown

Quincy Elementary students have taken their art “downtown.”Kimberly Adam, signature art coordinator at Quincy, was contacted about having some of her students display their art in storefront windows along Kansas Avenue during the holiday season.She thought it was a good idea.The kids began creating holiday seasonal banners to hang in the windows of two downtown stores.It took one and a half weeks to create the banners.“The banners were laid out on the classroom floor and the kids saw it growing and really loved it,” said Adam. The students and their teacher helped hang the banners in the windows of 822 and 824 South Kansas Avenue.Asked what he thought about having the art work on display for all to see downtown, fourth grade student Norris McKinney said, “I feel happy, I feel inspired.”The banners will help add to the holiday season downtown through the first of the year.

Woman's Life Saved by Landon Staff

A Landon Middle School basketball game was the scene of a recent lifesaving situation.A woman who was at the game suffered a heart attack.Landon Principal David Boggs and several members of his staff quickly responded using a defibrillator and giving the woman CPR.They were assisted by an EMT and a nurse who were attending the game.The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital.She survived thanks to the quick action of the Landon staff.   
For their lifesaving efforts, Boggs and staff were recognized at the December 4th TPs Board of Education meeting as well as at this month’s Safe Street Coalition meeting.

McClure Teacher Wins Award, Again

Bev Peterson is an award winner when it comes to her job.She is the counselor at McClure Elementary School.For the fourth year in a row, she has received the Kansas Model School Counseling Program’s Standard of Excellence award.The award is given out by the Kansas State Department of Education.Peterson enjoys getting the award, but says she feels she is just doing her job as a school counselor.“I receive so much support from my principal, Dr. Jennifer Gordon and the staff at McClure Elementary.They make it easy to want to always do my best because we have so many exceptional staff members and wonderful students,” said Peterson.She has been with Topeka public Schools for seven years, the past two years at McClure Elementary.

Educational Equity College Day

More than 80 students from Highland Park, Topeka High, Topeka West, Hope Street Academy and Capital City Schools attended the first Educational Equity College Day.The day- long event was held at the Brown v Board National Historic Site.Students had the opportunity to gather information and ask questions of representatives from Washburn University, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.A parent who successfully navigated the college application process with her daughter provided information about college financial aid.While at Brown, students were able to participate in a game by park rangers where they learned about the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in public schools.

High School Government Teachers Recognized

Five high school government teachers were honored recently by the League of Women Voters of Topeka/Shawnee County.Phillip Wrigley of Topeka High, James Dewell of Topeka High, Tom Rogers of Highland Park, Anthony Hensley of Highland Park and Connie Jacobsen of Topeka West were recognized for their efforts to inform and encourage students to be active participants in their government by exercising their right to vote.Each teacher received a certificate from the League of Women Voters at a recent school board meeting.

December School Music Programs

December is a month filled with school music performances.Below is a list of upcoming activities in Topeka Public Schools.Plan to attend one or more of these events to support our students.


Friday, Dec 12 – Avondale West Choristers at Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, Dec 12 – Highland Park High School Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec 15 – “Broadway Santa” at Avondale West Elementary at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec 15 – Ross Elementary Band and Strings Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec 15 – Quincy Elementary Band and Strings Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec 15 – Jardine Middle School Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec 15 – Highland Park Central Elementary Strings Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec 16 – McCarter Elementary Band and Strings Concert at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec 16 – Randolph Elementary Band, Strings and Choir at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec 16 – Bishop Elementary Band and Strings Concert at 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec 16 – S…

DSA Winners - Classified

The Distinguished Staff Award is the highest honor a Topeka Public Schools staff member can receive.In April, a reception is held to recognize all the DSA winners in the classified, certified and first year teacher categories.
Classified winners have been chosen.

Category NameSchool/Building
CustodialCatherin SouthernHighland Park Central
Operations/maintenance Ron MooreheadService Center
Office PersonnelCarleen ListerBurnett Center
Support StaffLaura MaikeBurnett Center
Food ServicePatricia AdolphsonEisenhower Middle
ParaprofessionalJulie SmootEisenhower Middle

The DSA selection committee will select certified winners in December and first year teacher winners in January.

Dale Noll Receives Patriot Award

Congratulations to Hope Street Academy Principal Dale Noll for receiving the Patriot Award. The award is given to a supervisor or boss for their support of a Guard or Reserve employee.Noll was nominated for being highly supportive of Sgt. 1st class Gary Hinnant, who is a campus police officer at Hope Street Academy.“Principal Noll supports the army’s mission and values when it comes to me leaving my job with short notice.He is able to adjust to not having me here to assist with the kids,” said Hinnant.Principal Noll accepted the patriot Award from Kansas ESGR Training Director Ron Brown.

Westar & TPS Promote STEM Awareness

Topeka Public Schools, Westar Energy Expand Pact to Promote STEM, Career Awareness for Students

 Westar Energy and Topeka Public Schools are pleased to announce plans to expand their ongoing partnership with an agreement that will be considered by the school board on Thursday evening. As the district develops STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pathways and the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC), Westar will be a key partner providing expertise and opportunities for teachers and students to learn more about the energy industry. The expansion of the partnership follows multiple years of successful collaboration between the utility and the school district.

Topeka Public Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Larry Robbins is delighted with the outcome of the partnership thus far. "Westar Energy has been a valued business partner to Topeka Public Schools for a number of years.This partnership has afforded our students educational opportunities an…

$1.8 Million for Arts Project in TPS

Topeka Public Schools teams with KU researchers
to secure four-year, $1.8 million federal education award
The Arts Infusion Project will develop and implement
arts-infused curriculum rooted in critical thinking

TOPEKA, Kan. — As part of an initiative to enhance and strengthen programs that integrate the arts into elementary- and middle-school curricula, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has granted a four-year, $1.8 million award to a collaborative project that teams Topeka Public Schools with two University of Kansas (KU) research centers.

The award, shared among the three partners, will provide support and professional development to teachers in Topeka Public Schools seeking to infuse the arts across the curriculum and strengthen their students’ critical-thinking skills. The Arts Infusion Project (TAIP) brings together Topeka educators with researchers from KU’s Music Research Institute in the School of Music and the Center for Public Partners…

Above & Beyond Winner Loves Kids and Music

Tracy Rowe has a passion for music and a passion for students at Jardine Middle School.“She could just do what she does during the day,” said Jardine Principal Mike Haire.He suggests there is a lot more to Tracy’s dedication to the kids.“We are the only middle school that has taken our band to community events in the evening, to ballgames and to elementary school parades.All the extra hours she puts in to do good things for our kids,” said Haire.That’s why Jardine Middle School music/band teacher Tracy Rowe is the winner of this month’s Above and Beyond Award.
Tracy is busy not just in the band room, but throughout the school all hours of the day and night.She works with the 100 students who are involved in the school musical and she spends a couple of nights a week on the school signature committee helping plan what Jardine will be like once the new elementary school is built next to it.
Tracy has been at Jardine Middle School 18 of her 25 years in education.It may seem like a long tim…

November Music Programs and Plays

There are lots of school music programs and plays during the month of November.  Support our students and attend one or more of these fun and entertaining events.


Monday, Nov. 10 – Randolph 4th and 5th grade music program at Landon Middle School.Begins at
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov.11 – Ross Elementary Veteran’s Day Celebration at 9:00 a.m.
Veterans and their families connected to Ross will be recognized.Songs
will be played for each branch of the service.Songs will be sung by Ross
students and a guest artist.The ceremony will end with the playing of taps.

Tuesday, Nov 11 – Highland Park Central 4th & 5th Grade Music Program at Highland Park High
School.Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 - Topeka West High School Junior ROTC Cadets will present a Veteran’s Day
Ceremony in the school gym beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 13 – Movie night at State Street Elementary.Wear pj’s and bring…