TPS Student Hosts Law Enforcement Breakfast

It’s been a dramatic summer for law enforcement officers across the nation, but one Topeka Public Schools student has found a way to offer some peace and kindness to the district’s SRO’s.

Topeka High School senior Jaide Ramirez-Jennings hosted a breakfast for all of TPS’s School Resource Officers this morning at Burnett Center. She wanted them to know that she—and many others—appreciate all they do for our schools and the community.

“They do a lot for us. They protect us every day and we should give something back to them,” she said.

Jaide has spent much of her young life giving back to others and has been recognized numerous times for her vast community service work. Since she was just six years old Jaide has received the Yahoo! Purple Acts of Kindness award, the Kansan Youth of the Year award, the Martin Luther King Living the Dream youth award, the Golden City Service to Mankind youth award, the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship, a NAACP youth award, the YOU ROCK award, and a leadership award from AVID.

She will graduate from THS in December, then travel to Newcastle, Australia for a 12-week missionary school program. After that, she will perform missionary work before heading to Manhattan Christian College to major in theology.

Jaide’s generous spirit really touched the hearts of the TPS School Resource Officers who attended this morning’s breakfast.

THS SRO Steve Trembley said, “Things like this validate the reason we chose to work in schools. It shows us that we do make a difference.”

Fellow officer Jeremy Leithoff said students like Jaide “make school a more positive and enjoyable place to be.” He added, “Students like Jaide rejuvenate me.”

THS Principal Rebecca Morrisey was also in attendance and watched as Jaide thanked the officers for their many efforts in the district. “Young ladies and gentlemen like Jaide make school a better place and give us hope for a brighter future. She has taking serving others to a whole new level.”

Jaide was able to host the breakfast thanks to donations and assistance from TPS staff members Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Leosha Giardina, Terri Bailey, Sara Corwin and Rochelle King.

Thank you, Jaide, for all you do for Topeka Public Schools and the Topeka community!

Scott Students Paint Murals

Students enrolled in Scott Dual Language Magnet School's summer school program not only kept up with their language and math skills, they also helped enhance the school with their art skills.

The students all contributed to two new murals in the school, one in a hallway and one in the library. They were guided by local artist Luis Ramirez, who developed the ideas for the murals and outlined them on the walls. The students came together in groups each day to add color to the pieces.

The mural in the school’s hallway appears to be a rendering of the Brown v. Board of Education Historical Site. However, it is actually inspired by a different civil rights case: Mendez v. Westminster. The Mendez v. Westminster case bears striking resemblances to the Brown v. Board case, but it occurred eight years earlier and involved nine-year-old Sylvia Mendez who, like young Linda Brown, sought to attend school with her white counterparts. Attorney Thurgood Marshall represented both Sylvia and Linda in their respective cases and even used some of the same arguments from Mendez to win Brown v. Board of Education. Sylvia Mendez helped pave the way for the Brown v. Board case, and Scott Magnet now boasts a beautiful tribute to this young woman.

For the mural in the library, Ramirez was inspired by award winning Mexican-American poet Francisco Alarcon. Alarcon was a bi-lingual, bi-national and bi-cultural writer… a fitting subject for Scott Magnet, a dual- language school that boasts many students and staff with backgrounds similar to the poet.

Thank you, Mr. Ramirez, for helping our students learn about art, history and poetry this summer!

McEachron Enrollment Location Moved

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Attention McEachron Families:

McEachron enrollment has been MOVED to Town and Country Christian Church. ...

Due to construction work taking place in the parking lot and the school, McEachron Elementary's student enrollment has been moved to Town & Country Christian Church for Wednesday, July 27th from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. & 2:30-7:00 p.m. We appreciate Town & Christian Church for supporting us during this very important time for our parents and students.

Town & Country Christian Church
4925 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614

The church is located right next to Westlake Ace Hardware on 29th Street.

If you need directions or need to communicate with someone from McEachron on enrollment day, please call the church at 272-9009.

Parents will have computer access at the church using our school laptop computers to enroll their children on-ine. We will also have paper copies of all forms if parents would rather enroll as we have in the past. McEachron staff will be present to support parents in the enrollment process.

Please Note: Parents wanting to avoid walk-in enrollment can register online at

Feel free to call the school this week or next week if you have any questions or concerns at 438-4430. Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility as the new building and parking lot are coming along a little more each day. It is going to be awesome when it is finished!

TPS Hosts Teacher Hiring Fair

Want to work for a great school district that puts
Students First and invests in their staff?
Then come to the Topeka Public Schools 
Teacher Hiring Fair!

 Tuesday, July 12th
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Burnett Center (624 SW 24th Street)

  We have the following positions available:
• Elementary (3rd & 5th Grade)
• Biology – Topeka High School
• Chemistry – Topeka High School
• Early Childhood Special Education
• Kindergarten Dual Language (bilingual in Spanish & English)
• Occupational Therapist
• Speech Pathologist
• Social Worker
• School Psychologist
• Interrelated Elementary, Middle & High School (Special Education)
• Library Media Specialist


New TPS Superintendent Tours Topeka High School

For many people, Friday signals the end of the work week, but today marked the beginning of a new journey at Topeka Public Schools for incoming Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson.

New THS Principal Rebecca Morrisey prepares to give a tour of the building
to new TPS Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson.

To kick off her tenure with TPS, she joined Rebecca Morrisey for a tour of the beautiful Topeka High School. Morrisey is enjoying her own first day as THS’s new Principal. The seasoned educators cast very different shadows as they roamed the halls of the iconic Topeka school—the petite Dr. Anderson in her signature tennis shoes and the statuesque Morrisey in her trademark heels. But they bonded over their shared optimism about their new roles in the district.

Dr. Anderson was excited to see THS’s stunning architecture and learn more about the building’s students and teachers. At the end of the tour, she sat down for an interview with KSNT, where she talked about her vision for TPS and the plans she has to turn that vision into a reality. Included in her plans are a community food pantry and a new district website that will offer information in languages other than English for our ELL families, among many other initiatives.

Dr. Anderson gave an interview to KSNT while at THS

Dr. Anderson signs the Topeka High School Historical Society's guestbook.

Dr. Anderson and Morrisey walk through the crowded halls of THS. The items in the hall will be returned to nearby science classrooms, which are currently in the process of being updated thanks to the 2014 Securing Our Future bond initiative.

District patrons wanting to meet Dr. Anderson are welcome to do so at a reception being held on Thursday, July 7 from 4:00-5:00pm at TPS’s district office, Burnett Center. We hope to see many Topeka Public Schools staff and families there!

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