TPS Foundation Golf Tournament

On Friday May 23rd, 24 teams participated at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in the twenty first annual TPS Foundation sponsored Winfred Tidwell Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Thanks Topeka for continuing to support TPS and the TPS Foundation!

New to the tournament this year was Learning Quest and American Century Investments as an Underwriter sponsor. State Treasurer Ron Estes played and briefly spoke about the Learning Quest Savings program.      

TPS Board Of Education President, Janel Johnson, came out to meet & greet participants and to show BOE support for the Foundation fundraiser.
Mayor Larry Wolgast issued a proclamation recognizing May 23rd as Winfred Tidwell Day. The proclamation was read and issued to Win’s fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. Steve Dean, fraternity president accepted the proclamation on behalf of the frat.

Help us to thank all of our sponsors by frequenting their business. The Underwriter sponsors included: BPM, Durham, HTK, Major Saver and American Century Investments/Learning Quest.
Other sponsors included: Leonard Meat & Produce, Control Services Inc., Capital City Bank, States Construction, 4-State Maintenance Supply, American Boiler & Mechanical, Ben Schreiner Construction, Ethel & Jim Edwards, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP, Janisik Insurance Agency, Bill Kennedy Driving School, Laird Noller Ford, Lattimer Sommers & Associates, PA, Leonard Meat & Produce, Manning Music, NEA-Topeka and Sowards Glass.

Prize contributors were: Capital City Bank, Cypress Ridge, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eagle Car Wash, Pepsi, Learning Quest, Sam’s Club and The Golf WareHouse.

Team winners in three flights were as follows: First Flight a) First Place, Noller Ford - Doug Duffey, Eric Napue, Donnie Maney & Jerry Kruger b) Second Place, HTK/LSA – Charles Smith, Richard Beardmore, Andrew Johnson & Alex Karam. Second Flight a) First Place, Major Saver – Chris Ary, Angelo Balesteri, Todd Deaton, & Wade Sunderman b) Second PlaceTeam Kelly – Cindy Kelly, Bob Kelly, Dick Koontz, & John Rasmussen Third Flight, a)First Place, Educational Credit Union – Jim Frownfelter, Fai Ng, Andy Velez, Doug Martens b) Second Place, Over Head Door – Chuck Cooper, Brook Havens, Ben Neil & Terry Wilson.

Individual player hole winners were: Johnathan Payne a Hole-in-One; Cindy Kelly(women) & Ben Neil(Men) - Straightest Drive; Closest to School House – Deb Perbeck(women) & Chuck Cooper (Men); Closest To Pin – Marcus Miller & Jerry Kruger; Longest Putt – Doug Duffey & Tommie “Rapp” Smith; Longest Drive Men – Brent Hoskins; Longest Drive Women – Lori Roenbaugh
Because the tournament is a benefit fundraiser for TPS, the monetary prizes given are nominal, thus we heartily thank the golfers for participating anyway, enjoying the day and having a charitable spirit on behalf of youth!

Physicals for Student Athletes

St. Francis Sports Medicine at 801 SW Fairlawn will offer sports physicals this summer for all U.S.D. 501 high school and middle school athletes. The dates are August 5 & 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00.

Public Input Sought for New Education Commissioner

Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins

The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.

In Board District 4, Board member Carolyn Wims-Campbell will conduct focus groups:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
7:00  pm
Burnett Administrative Center
624 SW 24th
Topeka, KS 66611

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
7:00 pm
Lawrence USD 497 District Office
110 McDonald Dr.
Lawrence, KS  66044

The sessions are free and open to the public.

Free Summer Meals for Children Age 1 Through 18

Free Summer Meals for Children Age 1 to 18

Topeka Public Schools participates in the Summer Food Program.
Our program runs June 2 through July 17, 2014.

Nutritious meals and snacks will be served at the following locations. Please check Channel 14 or for individual site addresses and meal schedules.

-Antioch Family Life Center (starts June 16th)
Breakfast- 8:00-8:30/ Lunch- 12:00-1:00

-Asbury Mount Olive
Breakfast- 8:30-9:00/ Lunch- 11:30-12:30

-Avondale East/NET Reach
Lunch- 12:00-1:00

-Central Park Community Center
Lunch- 11:45-12:45/ Snack- 2:45-3:15

-Chase Middle School
Breakfast-7:30-8:45/Lunch- 11:30-12:30

-Highland Park High School
Breakfast- 7:30-8:30/ Lunch-11:45-12:45

-Hillcrest Community Center
Lunch- 11:30-12:30/Snack- 2:45-3:15

-Meadows Elementary (ends June 27th)
Breakfast- 7:30-8:30/ Lunch- 11:15-12:15

-Quincy Elementary
Breakfast- 7:45-8:45/ Lunch- 11:30-12:30

-Ross Elementary (ends June 27th)
Breakfast- 7:30-8:30/ Lunch- 11:30-12:30

-The Salvation Army (ends July 10th)
Breakfast- 8:15-9:00/ Lunch- 12:00-12:30

-Scott Magnet School
Breakfast- 7:30-8:45/ Lunch- 11:30-12:30

-Westminster Presbyterian Church
Lunch- 12:00-1:00

-YMCA- Downtown Branch
Lunch- 11:15-12:15

Daycares are welcome!

For additional sites please call 295-3070.

New- Mobile Canteen Box Lunches at:

The Salvation Army Parking Lot
 May 27-30 and July 13-August 12
 from 12:30-1:00

Central Park Community Center Parking Lot
May 27-30 and July 21-August 12
from 11:15-11:45

Abbott Community Center Parking Lot
July 21-August 12
from 11:45-12:15

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Teacher Contract Approved

                                                   TPS & NEA-T Approve Agreement

NEA-T members have ratified a professional agreement with Topeka Public Schools.  Nancy El-Amin, a teacher and member of the NEA-T negotiations committee said, “One of the things we appreciate about our contract is that it continues to provide us due process rights which we very much appreciate having.  That was a big factor for the group.” 

Deputy Superintendent Larry Robbins said, “We worked in a collaborative manner to reach this point.  We are just happy to say that an agreement has been reached that is mutually acceptable to the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education and NEA-T.”

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education approved the agreement at its May 15th meeting.

District Equity Council Openings

The Topeka Public Schools District Equity Council is looking for new membership to replace those who's terms have expired. We are hoping you will consider applying for one of the following positions below and becoming an equity leader in our district.
A job description and application can be found on our TPS Website.  Look for Equity Council on the left side of the district website homepage ( All applications must be sent to Ms. Tammy Austin, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning/Administration ( by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014. 
The District Equity Council membership positions that are open are as follows:
Middle School Building Leader
Elementary Teacher
Classified Staff (Building or District Level)
High School Parent
Position at Large
Students from each High School
DCAC Representative
KNEA Representative
Thank you for consideration.

Ms. Tammy L. Austin
Topeka Public Schools
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning/Administration

Arrive Early at Senior Recognition Ceremony

                                               Reminder - Senior Recognition Ceremony
Tomorrow the doors to the Kansas Expocentre will open to the public at 3:00 p.m.  People with tickets are encouraged to arrive early.  Expect some traffic and security delays entering the building.  Expocentre doors will close at 5:00 p.m. No one will be allowed to enter the building after 5:00 p.m., even if they have tickets.

Highland Park High School Welcomes Coach Jones

Highland Park High School’s newest addition- PE teacher and boys basketball coach Jason Jones- stopped by the school today to introduce himself to everyone and meet his new players.

Coach Jones, who is married and has three children, told the players how excited he was to be back in Kansas after teaching and coaching in Florida and Georgia for the past couple years.
He also explained his coaching philosophies to the boys and talked to them about his goals for them as athletes and as students. He encouraged them to work hard, have integrity and pride, be willing to make sacrifices for the good of the team and have passion for the game. He explained his own enthusiasm for basketball. “I love this game; it’s what I’ve spent my entire life doing. If basketball were ever taken from me, it’d kind of be like losing my arm. It’s what I love and what I want to do.”
While Coach Jones shares a love for the sport with his players, he explained that he also expects the kids to pull their weight academically. “You need to take care of your business in the classroom, the weight room and on the court….Strive for excellence in everything you do. You can’t flip it on and off like a light switch. You’re either excellent in everything you do, or you’re not.”
Coach Jones is eager to begin working with the players and plans to start summer training on June 9th. “There are challenges in taking over for such a legend like Coach Darting, but as a coach, the challenges are what I look for,” he said. When asked about possible changes to the program, Jones explained, “The program has been built on hard work, commitment and dedication, and that won’t change. The core values will stay the same.”
The players seemed excited to meet their new leader and look forward to working with him this summer. Soon-to-be-senior Abdul McFoxx said, “I’ll be doing some traveling basketball this summer, but I still want to get in to work with Coach Jones to build some chemistry and see how he works.” He went on to explain that he’s not at all nervous about playing under a new coach. “I’m looking forward to having fun and working hard.”
Teammate Jahlil Osby, who will be a junior next year, is also looking forward to working with Coach Jones and explained that the opportunity to learn from a new coach would make him a stronger player. Ultimately, though, Jahlil wants to continue to be part of a successful program. “I just want to keep the tradition of winning going. No one else can be Coach Darting, but if we can keep winning, that’s what I want. I love to win.”
For his part, Coach Darting is also looking forward to this new chapter in his life, and has no regrets about his “well thought out” decision to pass the torch to a new coach. He doesn’t plan to attend a lot of games at first, but if he does, he said he will be hiding out in the back of the stands. “I just want to give (Coach Jones) room to work with his team,” Coach D explained.
June 9th will begin a new era of basketball at Highland Park High School. But everyone from the players to the administration to the coaches -Coach Darting, included- seems ready for the challenges and victories that await.

Quincy Students Paint Mural

Quincy Elementary students worked together to paint a mural that represents their school’s history. With the help of Michael Toombs, residency artist at Washburn University, as well as Janie Hanni and Kandy Barker from WU’s Mulvane Art Museum, the students spent two days creating the work of art entitled “I am Quincy.” 

Toombs was invited to Topeka as part of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and was asked to share his talents at Quincy as part of an outreach program. “The goal of the mural was to take images of the old school and the new school…to tell the school’s history and show the creative nature of these young people,” Toombs explained.

Hanni, who is the assistant curator of education at Mulvane, said the entire school took part in the art project. “Every child, from preschool through fifth grade, has painted on this mural, and a lot of the teachers and staff have, too.”

Topeka West Teacher Wins Diamond Award

Matthew Baer, debate and forensics coach at Topeka West High School, has been awarded the distinction of being named the newest Diamond Coach by the National Speech and Debate Conference.
A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity, and diamond awards are based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the association. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech and Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; a second diamond is awarded at 3,000 points; a third for 6,000 points and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.
On June 19th, Mr. Baer will receive special recognition at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches and parents from across the nation. We are so proud that Mr. Baer will be recognized for his stellar accomplishments this year!

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