TPS Computer Store

If you are in need of a computer, stop by the Computer store at the Service Center / CentralServices at 125 SE 27th, Topeka, KS 66605 on Wednesday or Thursday from 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  All bids close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday of each week.  We usually sell out each week, but we still have more in the warehouse to sell. so keep returning, if you didn’t win a bid that week.

The highest bid winner will be called by 2:30 p.m. that same Friday.  The bid winners of the computers have until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to pick up their computers.  Then, we set up a new set of Computers ready for bidding on Wednesday.  The computer must be paid in full at the time of pickup.  If you fail to pick up the computer within 3 business days of notification, the computer will be sold to the next highest bidder.

Only one bid is allowed per form per computer package.  All computers are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty concerning the operation of the individual components or system or its fitness for any use intended by the recipient and cannot be returned for a refund.  Where necessary for operation of the item, power cables will be included.  Equipment documentation and software drivers will not be provided.

Ross Elementary Town Hall Meeting

Ross Elementary School will be holding a town hall meeting on March 11th at 6:00 p.m., at the school located at 1400 SE 34th.  Parents and community members are invited to come have a conversation with school officials about your concerns and to have a conversation about how to improve the education provided at Ross Elementary.  Partner with us to transform our school and community.

The meeting will feature a guest panel that can help connect Ross families with vital community services.  There will be free food and drinks.  Local churches will provide free transportation to and from the event for those who need it.  Seats are limited.  It is requested that seats be reserved only by those unable to secure other means of transportation.

Call Ross Community Liaison Timothy Smith at (785) 274-6292 to RSVP for the event and to be placed on the transportation list.

Friends of Education Award Winners Announced

The 2014 TPS Friends of Education have been selected.  The Friends of Education award is sponsored by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. Its purpose is to recognize those within our community who have made outstanding contributions to public education. 

The 2014 Topeka Public Schools Friends of Education winners are:

School Volunteer: Stacey Harry
Stacey works nearly year-round as a volunteer with the Topeka West Charger Band’s Color Guard team.  For the past twenty years, Ms. Harry has coached tryout clinics, auditions and summer camp, assisted with band rehearsals, and sewn costumes and flags for the entire Color Guard team.  

Community Leader: John B. Dicus
As President and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings, Mr. Dicus has been a generous friend of Topeka Public Schools. Under his leadership, Capitol Federal has donated over $3 million to the construction and expansion of Hummer Sports Park’s natatorium.

Public Sector Institution: Service Master
For the past two years, Service Master Clean has made Christmas brighter for some of our most needy families. Each school in our district has received a $40 Dillon’s gift card for the purchase of food for a family of the school’s choosing. The gift card is a major part of a school’s effort to adopt the family of a student or staff member in need.

Community/Civic Organization: United Way
The United Way of Greater Topeka has pledged $375,000 to fund Pine Ridge Prep, Topeka Public Schools’ pre-K facility. This money has financed the hiring of staff members and the supplies necessary to educate 50 full-day students and prepare them for kindergarten.

Business/Partner Activities: The Bridge
Since 2008, The Bridge has supported Meadows Elementary students through an after school program. The program offers tutoring, enrichment activities and even meals. They also have a lunch buddy program that provides 39 mentors to the students of Meadows.

The TPS Friends of Education winners will be entered in the state-wide Friends of Education contest.  They will also be recognized at the April 17 board of education meeting.

Drivers Education Enrollment

Topeka Public Schools spring driver education enrollment is on Monday March 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hope Street Academy located at 19th and Hope.  For more information call 272-1961.

Black People Who Rock II

TPS Staff Honored
At a Black History celebration held Sunday at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, several community members were recognized. The event titled "Black People Who Rock II" included three TPS staff member honorees: Sherrita Camp, Marie Carter and Pamela Johnson-Betts. Jaide Ramirez-Jennings was also honored in the youth category, she is the daughter of TPS employee Nikki Ramirez-Jennings and granddaughter of Marie. 
The individuals were celebrated and given the "You Rock Award" for their positive attitudes, exceptional leadership, unwavering dedication and commitment.
TPS employee, Betty Young served as the program chairperson

Pamela Johnson-Betts
Executive Director
Topeka Public Schools Foundation &
TPS Ombudsman
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TPS Board President Janel Johnson Honored

Topeka Public School Board of Education President Janel Johnson will be awarded with the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award at the 1st Annual Exodusters Talent and Awards Show. The ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 pm at Highland Park High School, is presented by The Heart of America Black Expo and Neighborhood Academic and Athletic Association.
The show is a celebration of Kansas, its rich heritage of civil rights and those who have supported our youth. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Attendees will be treated to music, choirs, dance, poetry and more. For more information on the show, please call 383-1476.
Congratulations, Ms. Johnson!

TPS Students to Compete at Shawnee County Spelling Bee

The Topeka Capital-Journal’s 61st Annual Shawnee County Spelling Bee will take place on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00. About 75 of the county’s best spellers will compete to see who will represent Shawnee County at the regional spelling bee next month. The winner of the regional bee will move forward to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
Topeka Public Schools is proud to have many spellers competing this weekend in the county division:

Avondale West- Ed Bailey, 5th Grade
Bishop- Jasmyne Williams, 5th Grade
Eisenhower- Devin Belk, 7th Grade
French- Maddie Vinyard, 6th Grade
Jardine- Rachel Wooten, 8th Grade
Lowman Hill- MacKenzie Stone, 5th Grade; Gaea Tradio, 5th Grade
McEachron- Gavin Johnson, 4th Grade; Gavin Vinyard, 4th Grade; Alexis Vu, 4th Grade
Meadows- James Peck, 4th Grade; Jude Wright, 4th Grade
Quincy- Joann Romero, 4th Grade
Randolph- Alexandrea Bright, 4th Grade
Robinson- Alyssa Clift, 7th Grade; Tonyce Jackson, 8th Grade; Isaiah Phelps, 8th Grade; Gabe Ryan, 8th Grade; Brittany Sirridge, 8th Grade
Shaner- Zoe Brown, 5th Grade; Ebony Morrow, 5th Grade; Drevion Smith, 4th Grade; Americka Whetstone, 5th Grade
State Street- Zahra Ghazi, 5th Grade
Stout- Elliot Akerstrom, 4th Grade; Dominic Brandenburg, 5th Grade; Skylar Ready, 4th Grade
Whitson- Jack Carter, 5th Grade; Ayden Willis, 5th Grade
Williams- Keegan Hook-Gallagher, 5th Grade

Good luck at the bee, spellers!

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