Scott Dual Language Application Night

Scott Dual Language Magnet School will hold a Preschool and Kindergarten Application Night on Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  Contact the school at 235-7480 for more information.

¡Noche de aplicaciĆ³n para preescolar y kindergarten!
Martes, 20 de febrero de 2014 de 6:00 P.M a 7:00 P.M.

Ron Brown Named Training Director for ESGR

Ron Brown, the Chief of Police for Topeka Public Schools and a retired Major in the Topeka Police Department, was named the new Training Director for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office. This position is an official Department of Defense volunteer position and Brown will serve at the pleasure of the Kansas ESGR State Chair, Walt Frederick. He will provide training to a team of more than 70 dedicated volunteers that are spread all across the state of Kansas, but will maintain his position at Topeka Public Schools.
Brown, a graduate of Washburn University, retired from the Marine Corps as a Chief Warrant Officer and has a long and distinguished record of association with numerous community volunteer organizations.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. Ron Brown will take charge of training the Kansas ESGR volunteers who implement the mission of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
More information about ESGR and volunteer opportunities is available at

McEachron Students Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Victor Williams, principal of McEachron, decided to celebrate the 100th day of school with a fun activity. 

Mr. Williams greeted the first 100 students to arrive at school. He handed them each an index card marked with a number ranging from one to one hundred. After the 8:40 bell rang and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Mr. Williams began to count to 100 over the school’s intercom system. When card-holding students heard their number called, they came to his office to help count all the other students with cards. 

This gave the kids great practice counting and showed them what 100 students really looks like. It was a memorable way to celebrate this milestone day!

PAT Preschool Informational Fair

The Parents As Teachers Program will host their annual Preschool Informational Fair on Monday, February 10th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Washburn University Student Union Memorial Rooms A and B.
Each family will receive a free 2014 Parents As Teachers Preschool Directory, where they can:

  • Discover ten signs of a GREAT preschool

  • Learn what questions to ask when choosing a preschool

  • Get information on how to help their child(ren) ease into kindergarten

Parents will have an opportunity to meet directors from over 25 preschools around the county and hear what they have to say that makes their preschool special. 

The Parents As Teachers program is a free and voluntary program for expectant parents and their children from birth to age three. The program offers personalized home visits with certified parent educators, child development screenings, weekly playgroups, periodic group meetings, volunteer opportunities, a monthly newsletter, and resource and referral to community services for families who have needs beyond the scope of Parents As Teachers services.

What does Parents As Teachers do?

  • Empower parents to support their child’s development and education from the earliest years

  • Enhance parent-child interaction and strengthen family relationships

  • Develop strong partnerships between parents and schools

Research shows that families enrolled in Parents As Teachers have children who are better prepared for kindergarten, regardless of their other early education experiences.
For more information about Topeka Public Schools’ Parents as Teachers program, contact Rebecca Clancy, Coordinator, at (785) 274-6475. You can also visit us online at More information on the Parents As Teachers program can also be found at  , ,

Topeka Public Schools Foundation Visits Brewster Place

As part of the Topeka Public Schools Foundation’s mission to engage the community and to serve as ambassadors for Topeka Public Schools, the foundation’s executive director, Pamela Johnson-Betts, recently gave a presentation at Brewster Place Retirement Community. 

Several residents in attendance had ties to TPS, including former school board member Fred Rausch, Lew Mills, a former TPS teacher, and Donald Patterson whose children are TPS graduates. The group had fond memories and several personal stories to tell about their experiences with Topeka Public Schools.

While several attendees were not originally from the Topeka community, they all had good memories of being educated in public schools. 

All had several questions about the current Topeka Public Schools demographics, what services and programs were now available to our students, how the foundation raises funds to support TPS, and who benefits from the donations.

Sharing ideas and keeping community members apprised of the district’s programs & services is just one of the many ways the Topeka Public Schools Foundation reaches out to the community on behalf of Topeka Public Schools.

Highland Park Central Celebrates 100th Day of School

The kindergarten classes at Highland Park Central Elementary decided to celebrate the 100th day of school by collecting 100 cans of food. They challenged the other grades to join their efforts, and the school’s support staff joined in, as well. Donations in each of the classrooms were tallied daily and it became a contest to see which group could reach 100 cans first. 

Ferne Tasker, Administrative Assistant to HPC’s Principal Cleo Gardner, said “The kids are all excited! You should see them come in… their faces are all aglow and they’ve got their arms full of bags they can barely carry!”

The school collected 663 cans of food to donate to local food bank Harvester’s.

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