THS Student Named Kansas JAG Vice President

It's been a busy first semester so far, but we couldn't let it wrap up without acknowledging the achievement of one of our Topeka High School students.

Kyia McWilliams, a junior at THS, was voted Vice President of JAG-Kansas. She was first elected as her school's JAG VP, then attended a state-wide JAG convention where she presented a speech to over 800 students and adults. Her stellar speaking sk...ills helped her get elected to the state JAG VP position, and this month she will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national election.

According to the program's website, JAG, or Jobs for America's Graduates, is "a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk, (and has helped) nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities." Fifty-six Kansas schools have JAG programs.

Way to go, Miss McWilliams-- Topeka Public Schools is very proud of your accomplishment!

Topeka West Grad First KC Coast Guard Recruit

Topeka Public Schools' graduates are going on to do some amazing things!

Melanie Yates, a 2013 Topeka West High School alum, is one such individual. She recently joined the US Goast Guard as their very first recruit from the newly opened recruiting office in Kansas City. Yates then shipped out to basic training in Cape May, New Jersey. As a member of the US Coast Guard, she will defend and protect coastlines and waterways, attend search and rescue missions, respond to pollution incidents, patrol the ocean and, most importantly, save lives.

Thank you, Ms. Yates, for your service!!

Angela Soper Named Principal of Jardine Elementary

Congratulations to Bishop Elementary Principal Angela Soper-- the Topeka Public School's Board of Education named her as the principal for the Jardine Elementary, which is set to open for the 2017-18 school year.

Soper has been in education since 1994, and has worked for TPS since 2002, holding positions such as:

K-5 technology teacher, 2002-2005...
4th grade teacher at McCarter Elementary, 2005-2010
Literacy Instructional Coach, Eisenhower and French Middle Schools, 2010-2014
Assistant Principal, Landon Middle School, 2014-2016
Interim Principal, Bishop Elementary, 2016 to present.

Soper holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Washburn University, a Masters of Science in Education from the University of St. Mary and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University.

Bishop Elementary is scheduled to close at the end of 2016-17 school year, as students from that school will move over to Jardine Elementary.

Congrats, Angela!

Two TPS Administrators Named "20 Under 40"

Topeka Public Schools is proud to announce that two of our principals were recognized with the "20 Under 40" award at a special reception yesterday evening. Topeka West High School Principal Dustin Dick and Scott Dual Language Magnet Principal Sarah Lucero were both honored for their leadership skills, work in the community and the potential they have going into the future.
We're so proud of you, Dustin and Sarah! Congratulations!!

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Scott Students Receive Etiquette Lesson for Big Night Out

Ten Scott Dual Language Magnet students recently received a mealtime etiquette lesson in preparation for a big night out.

The students recently attended the annual “20 Under 40” dinner reception at the Ramada Downtown Convention Center. There, they watched as their principal, Sarah Lucero, was honored with the award, which was presented by Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts.
To prepare for the event, Scott’s student council sponsor, Zuleika Reynoso, planned for the students to brush up on their table manners from etiquette coach and retired TPS teacher Evelyn Rivera. Rivera recently visited the students during their lunch time to give them tips on formal dining etiquette. The kids are all part of Scott’s student council, through which they serve as leaders in the school. TPS Deputy Superintendent of Operations Larry Robbins purchased a table at the "20 Under 40" reception so that the students could watch their principal being awarded for her hard work and leadership skills.

 Lucero said the kids were very excited about their night on the town and hopes they will be inspired by what they see at the reception. “It’s not often that elementary students have the chance to attend such an event, so we’re excited that they have this opportunity. We hope they were able to see themselves in the people being honored.”

According to the “20 Under 40” Facebook page, “(This program) is designed to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for the younger Topeka generations.”
We hope our Scott Magnet students had a great time at the reception and are inspired to continue pursuing leadership opportunities.

Congratulations to Scott Magnet Principal Sarah Lucero and Topeka West High School Principal Dustin Dick for being named to the "20 Under 40" class of 2016!!

Chase Middle School Holds Mock Election

On October 27th Chase Middle School held a mock election to help students understand the power of voting. The social studies classes discussed topics related to the election for two weeks before voting, including learning about the political parties, this year's candidates, and the history of equal voting rights. Each student had the opportunity to cast their vote during their lunch period, with 73% of the student body participating in the election.

Each student that voted received an "I Voted" sticker. The ballots, stickers and voting signs were donated by Shawnee County. Students were asked to bring their school ID in order to vote. Chase Middle School let everyone vote despite the fact that only 26% of the voters had their student ID.


"We used this as a teachable moment showing that in real life they would not have been able to vote if they didn't have their license. But our focus was to teach the students the process and give them experience in the voting process." said Dr. Keith Jones, Chase Middle School principal.

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