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Ross and Eisenhower Build a Bridge

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It was an exciting week at Topeka Public Schools as teachers returned to prepare for the start of the 16-17 school year. One of the highlights of the week was the unveiling of a special project at Ross Signature Music Elementary School and Eisenhower Middle School: The Bridge.
Many people know that the elementary and middle school are connected by a hallway. In the past, that hallway has, at times, had a negative connotation. This summer, Eisenhower principal Leosha Giardina and music teacher Stacy Neumann set out to change that. They gathered volunteers together to implement their vision of a colorful and inviting hallway connecting the two schools, and they named it The Bridge.
Many people worked together to create a fun and welcoming space, including three very special Eisenhower students. Abel Robles, Aldo Tinajero and Isaiah Kinkade tirelessly painted a massive piano mural that pays tribute to the schools’ music focus.
The mural isn’t quite finished yet; Neumann hopes to add silhoue…

TPS Holds Welcome Back Convocation

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On Thursday, August 12th, Topeka Public Schools held the 2016 Welcome Back Convocation for our nearly 2,500 staff members. This was the perfect way to welcome our employees back after a long, hot summer. For some, this was their first opportunity to see new superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson in person... and she didn’t disappoint! With her trademark tennis shoes, she enthusiastically welcomed the excited crowd. School board president Patrick Woods also addressed the audience (and even took a selfie with them!), as did NEA-T president and TPS teacher Stephanie Harsin. Scott Magnet teacher Pat Nash, who was recently inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame spoke about her experiences as a teacher in a message that resonated with all. Robinson Middle School art teacher Barbie Atkins was also recognized as a 2016 Horizon Award recipient.



Lastly, Jardine MS 7th grader DeAndre Hicks delivered a moving and uplifting speech about how Topeka Public Schools employees—everyone from custodi…

BCBS Donates School Supplies to Ross Elementary

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We want to spend a special thank you to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Enrollment Risk/Contract Management Department. They recently collected school supplies for students at Ross Elementary, and BCBS employees Jamie Schnacker, Lisa Amen and Stacey Erdman delivered them to the school yesterday. New backpacks, notebooks, pencil cases and many other items will be waiting for the students when they begin school next week.
Thank you BCBS for your generosity!!