Chase Middle School Administrators and Teachers Prep for 16-17 School Year

A beautiful, sunny day, smack-dab in the middle of summer break, couldn’t keep Chase teachers and administrators from their work at the school.

A Summer Retreat was held today at Chase Middle School, bringing in about 80% of their off-duty educators for discussions about teacher and student expectations for the coming school year. Their goal is to continue helping kids improve their classroom conduct in order to make the most out of their education. Keith Jones, who is preparing for his second year as Principal of the Oakland-area school, is proud of the work his staff has done to reduce office referrals, suspensions and other disciplinary action during last school year. He hopes the progress will continue this year.

“We want to do well,” he told the teachers. “How do we get there together? Our work here is a starting point.”

Staff members’ work at the retreat included discussing issues surrounding homework, student organization, intervention and enrichment activities, Chromebooks, and teachers’ expectations of students, among other things.

The Chase teachers were active, participatory and eager to discuss ways to improve their students’ learning experience. They’ll all meet back up again when teachers report for the 16-17 school year on August 10th. On that day, they’ll convene at Lake Shawnee for professional development work and team-building exercises.

Thank you, Chase Staff, for going the extra mile for our Cougar kids!!

Recent THS Grad Honored by YWCA

Remember Alexis Tibbits, the newly graduated THS student who was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship back in April? ( Well, she was recently awarded another prestigious award: the 2016 Future Leaders Award at the YWCA's annual Women of Excellence awards ceremony!

Alexis and TPS Deputy Superintendent of Operations Larry Robbins at the awards luncheon.

According to her bio, "Alexis has taken honors and advanced placement courses... maintaining a GPA of 4.33 and earning a 31 on her ACT. She's a member of National Honor Society, My Alpha Theta, National English Honor Society, Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Students, AFS, Link Crew and AVID. She has volunteered at Stormont Vail, Harvesters, Special Olympics and Camp Barnabas."

Congratulations, Alexis-- we're proud of your hard work, school involvement and giving spirit! Have a good time and keep up the great work when you start college in the fall!

TPD Camp Held at French Middle School

French Middle School was the site of the Topeka Police Department's annual Summer Camp, which was held last Tuesday through Friday. The kids, who are all headed into either 6th or 7th grade next year, had a blast learning about various aspects of law enforcement. Presenters from the bomb unit, the K-9 unit, the Topeka Fire Department, and both the bike and motorcycle units visited the students. The kids also got to drive golf carts while wearing DUI goggles, and got to visit the new KBI building at Washburn University, among other activities.

We stopped by French on Friday for the SWAT presentation. The students got to see a SWAT vehicle and try on gear brought by Officer Koch, a TPD officer and SWAT Team member. The kids—many of whom are interested in a career in law enforcement—had lots of questions for their guest. Officer Koch told the students about the physical and educational requirements for becoming a SWAT Team member.

The camp was led by several of the district’s School Resource Officers, who shared their knowledge and built relationships with the students. We look forward to seeing them again next week, when the camp’s second session will take place at Highland Park High School.

Thank you to our SRO’s, Officer Koch, the Topeka Police Department, and all of the presenters for coming together to provide this wonderful opportunity for our community’s kids!

TPS Foundation Holds Annual Golf Tournament

The Topeka Public Schools Foundation's annual Win Tidwell Golf Tournament was held on June 15th. It was a sweltering day, but everyone had a great time raising money for Topeka Public Schools' students. Fifteen teams participated, and the following individuals and teams were awarded prizes:

1st place first flight: Team Major Saver: Chris Ary, Dale Krumm, Mike Ellis, Tim Burt

2nd place first flight: Team Diehl: Mike Diehl, Kevin Diehl, Jake Diehl, Jack Hillman
3rd place: Team Morrisey, Rebecca Morrisey, Lori Roenbaugh , Annette Wiles, Traci Bauer

1st place 2nd flight: Team Kelly, Cindy Kelly, Bob Kelly, John Rasmussen, Dick Koontz

2nd place 2nd flight: Core First Bank. Ryan Hellmer, Gary Gifford, Mike L., Michael Valdivia
3rd place 2nd flight: Topeka Foundry. Marc Deever, Cody Stewart, Jeff Frank, Jerry Overstreet

Hole Prize Winners:
#1. Straightest Drive
Women: Lori Roenbaugh
Men: Chris Ary

#6. Closest to Schoolhouse
Bill Trejemba

#8. Closest to Pin
Troy Richter

#9. Longest Putt
Bob Cronkite

#13 Longest Drive
Women:Rebecca Morrisey
Men: Jake Diehl

#16. Closest to School
Mike Valdevia

#17. Closest to Pin
Jake Diehl

#18. Longest Putt
Kevin Kirmse


Snack Pack & Cooler-
Ron Brown

Golf Bag-
Chris Albert

Gift Set-
Rebecca Morrisey





Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry

Healthy Food for Families in Need

Saturday, June 11 from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. in Jardine Middle School parking lot (2600 SW 33rd Street).

For additional information, please call Harvesters’ Customer Care toll-free: 877-653-9519

Jardine Elementary Bond Update

There will be a Jardine Elementary Bond Update Meeting on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm in Jardine Middle School's commons area. Representatives from the Schwerdt Design Group and the DLR Group, firms that are managing the project, will be on hand to give Jardine community members a six-month outlook on what to expect from construction activities on the project.

Scott Magnet Teacher to be Inducted into Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Scott Dual Language Magnet physical education teacher, Pat Nash—she will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame this weekend!

Nash, who has taught in Topeka Public Schools since 1979 and at Scott since 2011, will join just eight other Kansas teachers being inducted this year. According to the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame website, the museum “is dedicated to the early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to this fine profession. Visitors can find photos and stories about Kansas' best and brightest teaching professionals.”  The Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame is located in Dodge City, Kansas, and features only 400 teachers, out of the many thousands of educators who have taught in our state.

Nash was nominated for this honor by Ethel Edwards, who will be on hand at the induction ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, June 4th.

TPS Summer Music Program Information

Summer Music Program Information:

Where: Highland Park High School (Band/Choir Rooms)
When: Monday, June 6th through Friday, July 1st
Who: Band 8-10 a.m.
          Orchestra 8-10 a.m.
          Choir 10-12 
          Grades 5-8

The Band/Orchestra Concert will be held in the HPHS Auditorium on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m.

The Choir Concert will be held in the HPHS Auditorium Friday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m.

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