Retirement Receptions to be Held

The Topeka High School retirement reception will take place on Thursday, May 8th at Topeka High School in the Student Cafeteria from 3:15-4:45. It will honor the following retirees:

Boyce Butcher
Ken Johnson
Willie Lyons
Pam McComas
Betsy McGuire
Barb Padget
Peggy Shaverdi
Paula White

The Topeka West High School retirement reception will be held on Monday, May 12th at Topeka West High School Café from 3:00-5:00. It will honor the following retirees:

Mike Boyer
Jeanne Carton
Nancy McMurray
Jenny Prichard

 The Eisenhower Middle School retirement reception will be held on Tuesday, May 13th at Eisenhower Middle School Little Theatre from 3:30 to 5:30. It will honor the following retirees:

Susan Hoge
Rita Minner

The State Street Elementary School retirement reception will be held on Wednesday, May 14th in the school's gymnasium from 4:00-6:00. It will honor the following retirees:

Rodney Deffenbaugh
Jan Edmonds
Dave Huss
Shirley Johannsen
Andrea May
Patti Rodeheffer

Kids Koncert Raises Money for TPS Foundation

Topeka High School’s Hoehner Auditorium was the site of the Kids Koncert on Wednesday, April 23rd. The talent show was produced and performed by Topeka Public Schools students, and was sponsored by KICKs (Kids In Care of Kids), an organization started by Jaide Ramirez-Jennings that supports organizations or causes that improve the lives of children in Topeka and beyond. The show was held as a benefit event for the TPS Foundation to fund scholarships, and raised $400.

The Kids Koncert was emceed by THS student Ahmad Winston and students from all over the district performed, including Sydney Heinen (TWHS); Scott Magnet First Graders led by Mark Camacho; Daughters of Zion led by TPS School Board President Janel Johnson; Lydeah Kearse (THS); Latasha Evans (HPHS); THS JROTC; Tremone Coleman (HPHS); Claire Sundbye and Sergio White (TWHS); Zaebreauna Patton (Jardine MS); HPHS Scot Singers led by Partick Kitendo; Ti’Ara Gibson (HPHS); and J’quory Guest (THS).

Topeka Public Schools students Gabriel Fluke, Avery Nicholson, Reece Bartron and Michael Hurocy worked as technical specialists for the Kids Koncert. Adult support included many parents as well as TPSF board members Cheyenne Manspeaker and Erin Rodriguez; Olivia Penn (program director); and Marie Carter, Scott Kickhaefer and Darlene Palmer.

TPSF Executive Director Pamela Johnson- Betts said the show is the first Kids Koncert and hopes to make it an annual event. Next year it will expand to include TPS staff talent. 

Videos of the event are $5 and can be purchased by calling Belinda at 295-3000.

Updated Plans for First Lady's Visit to Topeka

April 24, 2014

Topeka Public Schools is proud to welcome Michelle Obama to our city as part of the graduation celebration for nearly 800 graduates of Topeka Public Schools.  This will be a once in a lifetime experience for the graduates and their families as seniors from all five high schools come together in a show of unity that reflects the 60th anniversary of the Brown v Board of Education court case.

The First Lady will now address students, their families and the community on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Kansas Expocentre. Students will have the choice to attend. Tickets for the First Lady’s remarks will remain the same as announced earlier.  Each graduate will receive a ticket and their family may get up to 6 tickets and we will work to accommodate additional ticket requests.

The five high schools in Topeka Public Schools will be unified for this event.

Doors to the Kansas Expocentre will open at 3:00 p.m. with the graduate procession beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m.  The First Lady’s address is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  Additional details are still forthcoming.

Each high school will have their individual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 17 at the Kansas Expocentre with the Topeka West ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Highland Park at 1:30 p.m. and Topeka High at 4:30 p.m.  No tickets will be needed for the Saturday event and there will be no restrictions on the number of people who want to attend Saturday’s ceremonies.

Scott Magnet Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Scott Dual Language Magnet School!
May 2, 2014 from 5:00-7:30pm

 First Friday Artwalk

Scott magnet students have been painting murals of the important people and places involved in Cinco de Mayo. These murals will be on display as part of the First Friday Art walk. May 2nd the community is invited to view these murals. The event will run from 5:00 to 7:30. Come see our student made piñatas and enjoy fresh tamales, pastel de tres leches, and aguas frescas.

The schedule of events is as follows:
5:00 doors open
5:30 and 6:30 Latin dancers perform
6:00 mariachi performance

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