THS Students Participate in Trade Show

Students in Topeka High School's Entrepreneurship class participated in a trade show this morning in the school's "Dungeon." There, they pitched their ideas for small businesses-- a project they've been working on for several weeks in teacher Murray Moore's class.

The kids, who are all sophomores, juniors or seniors, presented a wide variety of business ideas, including house cleaning services, photography, lawn care, translation services, tutoring, shoe care, cosmetology ser...vices and many art-related businesses, among others. The students utilized the knowledge they gained in class, plus a lot of creativity, to come up with their mock business ventures.

One student we spoke with pitched her idea for party planning services. Senior Belen Valencia was inspired by the fun she had planning her own quinceanera. "I just like being creative," she said, while standing in front of an impressive display of embellished glasses, bouquets and other party accessories. She hopes to pursue a degree in business after she graduates from THS so that she can someday turn her talent and creativity into a career.


The Topeka High Trade Show was an inspiring display of ingenuity and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these young entrepreneurs!

HPHS Student Donates Bench to Burnett Center

Topeka Public Schools would like to thank Highland Park High School sophomore Dante Magers for his generous donation the the district's administration building; he built a beautiful bench that will grace Burnett Center's front walkway.

Through "Rock the Block," a City of Topeka and HPHS program, Dante was able to construct benches to donate to organizations around the community. He has built and donated eight benches so far.

Great work, Dante-- thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!!

Pictured L to R:
HPHS Teacher Dick Patterson, Dante Magers, HPHS Principal Dr. Beryl New, TPS BOE <ember John Williams, Superintendent Dr. Julia Ford and General Director of Secondary Education Dr. Mike Hester

Giardina Named Eisenhower Principal

Eisenhower Middle School alumni, Leosha Giardina has been appointed by the Topeka Public School Board of Education to be the next principal of Eisenhower Middle School.

Mrs. Giardina is a born and raised Topekan and a graduate of TPS. She knew at a young age she wanted to be a teacher and was encouraged to pursue teaching by one of her teachers at Highland Park High School. Mrs. Giardina attended Emporia State University where she received her Bachelors of Science Education, and Baker University where she earned her Master Science in Education and Master of Science in School Leadership.


Since 1999 Mrs. Giardina has been a part of TPS, where she has served as a classroom teacher, a literacy coach and most recently assistant principal. She has worked at a number of schools since 1999 including Quinton Heights Elementary, Scott Dual Language Magnet Elementary, Lowman Hill Elementary, Meadows Elementary and Eisenhower Middle School.


Mrs. Giardina and her husband, Chris have five children, Makhala 24, Shania 19, Dasani 15, Sonia 15 and Andres 14. She is a proud grandmother to three-year-old TJ.


Mrs. Giardina’s personal vision: Everyone has the potential to be great. I provide ways for students to access information so they can demonstrate positive behavior, academic success, and appropriate social skills thus creating a desire within to expose their greatness in and out of the classroom.


She will assume her new role for the 2016-2017 school year.

TPS Board President Patrick Woods Receives KSHSAA Award

Congratulations to Patrick Woods, President of the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education! He was awarded the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s 2016 Governor’s Award at last night’s board meeting. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education in the state of Kansas.
KSHSAA Executive Director presents 2016 Governor's Award to Patrick Woods.

Mr. Woods’s family and his colleagues at Westar Energy—where he is the director of talent management and diversity—were on hand to help celebrate the honor.

Way to go, Patrick—we’re so proud of your dedication and hard work! Thank you for all you do for our students!

Jardine MS Student Receives National Writing Award

Congratulations to Jardine Middle School 7th grader Sam Babiera-- she has earned national recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition!

Ms. Babiera has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young writers in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted for consideration and only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Sam has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.

Way to go, Sam!!

TWHS Student Receives National Award

Congratulations to Topeka West junior photography student Idely Alarcon, whose image, "Profound Thoughts" has been awarded a Gold Key National Medal and will be included in the 2016 Art.Write.Now National Exhibition and Student Showcase in New York City!

This award is so prestigious that this is only the second time in over 20 years that a TWHS photography student's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key image has been accepted into the national show.

Idely Alarcon's photograph, entitled "Profound Thoughts," will be on display in the exhibit from June 2-12. Over 300,000 entries of art and writing were submitted for consideration and only 2,400-- that's less than 1%-- were selected for the Gold Key National Medal.

Congratulations, Idely-- we're so proud of your amazing accomplishment!!

Longtime Bishop Elementary Volunteer Retires

It is with great sadness that the Bishop Elementary community bid farewell to longtime volunteer Ron Browning. This morning, after over 15 years of daily volunteer work, Browning retired in anticipation of his upcoming move to Branson, Missouri.

This is Browning’s second retirement; after a career at Goodyear, he settled into life as a volunteer—first at Meadows Elementary for a year, then at Bishop for the past 15 years. He has spent each morning with students in kind...ergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, helping the children read and learn, and assisting teachers with anything else that might need done. His favorite part of working with the school’s youngest learners? “The smiles and hugs,” Browning said with a smile of his own.

Browning’s foray as a Bishop volunteer isn’t the first time he’s given time to Topeka Public Schools; he is a former TPS Board of Education member, having served nine years on the Board in the 1990’s.


Mr. Browning, thank you for all you have done for the students of Topeka Public Schools, particularly the Bishop community. We hope you enjoy your new adventure in Branson!!

THS Student Wins Writing Award

Congrats to Topeka High School junior Quinton Johnson-- he won second place in the Downtown Topeka Optimist Essay Contest. He presented his essay to the club on Friday, March 5th. His second place win earned him scholarship money from the club, as well as bragging rights. Way to go, Quinton!

TPS Students Receive Books from United Way

United Way of Greater Topeka celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by distributing over 10,500 books to students at ten local elementary schools; nearly 7,000 books will be distributed within TPS schools alone.

Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford got the fun started  when she stopped by Quincy Elementary School to read the classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" to the eager student body. United Way representatives and volunteers were also on hand to pass out books, bookmarks and pencils to the kids.

Topeka Public Schools's photo.

WIBW's Melissa Brunner, Mayor Larry Wolgast, Washburn University President Dr. Jerry Farley and Kansas's First Lady, Mary Brownback, will all be reading to our students in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Thank you, United Way of Greater Topeka, for all you do for our students!!

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