The Weekly Update #4
October 5th, 2022
November Upcoming Events
2- Boys Soccer @ Topeka West
3- B Team B-Ball @ Robinson, V/JV @ Chase
4- Picture Re-Take Day/ Morning Only
7- Soccer @ Hummer
8- B-Ball B Team @ Chase, V/JV @ French
9- Soccer @ Topeka West
10- B-Ball Mid-Season Tournament Varsity Only @ T-West, Family Engagement Night 6 PM @ Chase
12- Mid-Season Tournament Semifinals Varsity Only @ T-West
14-18- American Education Week
14- Topeka Zoo @ Chase - Grade 7 Presentation, Soccer @ Hummer
15- B-Ball B Team @ Landon, V/JV @ Chase
15- PTO Meeting 5 PM
16- Soccer @ Hummer
17- B-Ball B Team @ Chase, V/JV @ Eisenhower
21- Soccer Classic @ Hummer
23-25 - No School
29- B-Ball B Team @ Jardine, V/JV @ Chase
From the Principal
It is hard to believe that we have completed our first quarter. The month of October was extremely busy for all. I would like to thank all parents that participated in conferences last week, whether that was in person, via Zoom, or by phone. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated not only by staff, but also by your students. We were able to connect with 86% of Chase parents during conferences. If you were not able to attend do not hesitate to reach out to us to reschedule.
As we begin the month of November, we want to let you know of some upcoming dates and activities. The halfway point for Q2 is November 11. Please check in with your student about any missing work they may have. It becomes overwhelming when they get too far behind. Please encourage/help your student with talking with teachers about any missing assignments as well as assignments missed when they are absent. It is important for students to ask for make-up work and make arrangements to get extra help if they need it after returning from an absence. We appreciate your help! The girls basketball season as well as boys soccer season have begun. Students wanting to cheer on these teams may attend home games without a parent, but must be with a parent for the duration of any away games.
We look forward to hearing from you and working together for a positive and successful quarter!
Staff of the Month
Congratulations to our “Flock”Stars
In recognition of going above and beyond for Chase Middle School. Mr. Nienhuis and Mrs. Rodriguez-You have been noticed!
Picture Re-Take Day
Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Friday, November 4. If your student did not have pictures taken earlier this fall, Friday is their day! Order envelopes can be found in the front office or pictures can be ordered on-line through Strawbridge Studios. If you ordered pictures and your child would like a re-take, please remember to send the complete order packet with your child on Friday, November 4. In order to receive a new packet the original packet must be returned to the photographer.
8th Graders to High School 23/24
It is hard to imagine that we are already talking about sending 8th graders to the high school. This school year seems to be moving right along. You will find important upcoming information below for your eighth grade student.
The window for requesting high school transfers is January 1 - March 31
Topeka High School Parent Night is in the auditorium on January 18 from 6 -7
High school counselors will be at Chase to meet with 8th graders on the morning of January 19.
Chase will have an all-school career fair on the morning of February 21. if any parents are interested talking to students about their career, please contact Kevin Hershberger at 785-295-3851
Nursing Department Update
The Kansas School Immunization Law (K.S.A. 72-5209 and K.A.R. 28-1-20) requires all students receive the most appropriate inoculations in the required series unless there is a medical or religious exemption. See the Immunization Chart.
Effective October 24, 2022, students who are non-compliant with the current KDHE Immunization schedule, and do not have a Medical and/or Religious Exemption on file, will be excluded from school and school related activities until requested immunizations are received.
Chase PTO Update
Thanks to all of our families who supported the PTO during conferences. Together, with the Chase staff PTO gathered baskets and raffled them off. The PTO was able to gather around $500 during their raffle basket adventure. These funds will be used to support classroom activities and the CMS Winter Olympics. Thanks so much to the staff for all of their support and making this a fun opportunity! The PTO still has a few spirit wear items and trash bags for sale. Those are available in the front office anytime during regular school days.
Per the parent/student handbook: Chase Middle School takes no responsibility for lost, stolen or broken personal items. We discourage students from bringing ANY electronic devices (including cellphones and wireless earpods), toys or games to school and they must remain OFF in the classroom. Lasers are not allowed in school. Electronic devices including cellphones and wireless earpods used during the school day will be brought to office by an administrator and secured until the end of day. We discourage parents from sending presents, balloons, flowers etc to their children at school. We do not have a safe place to store these during the day. Our school will not take responsibility for these items.
Cellular phones and electronic devices are not needed at school. No student cell phones can be out in the classroom or hallways during school hours. Wireless earpods cannot be used at school. If a staff member sees a student’s cell phone or wireless earpods, the student will be asked to put them away. If the student refuses, an administrator will be notified to come take the cell phone or earpods to a secure location in the office. Parents will be contacted to come pick up the item(s). Multiple violations of this policy may result in additional consequences. Sharpies or other permanent markers are not allowed on school property and will be confiscated and not returned.
School Messenger Alerts
Topeka Public Schools utilizes the SchoolMessenger system for web services and to deliver text messages to families in the district. Alerts come straight to your mobile phone with important information about your child's school events, inclement weather, and more.
Parents and guardians can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to the TPS short code number, 67587. You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying "stop" to one of our messages.
SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
The Christmas Bureau is an annual tradition that allows everyone in our community to make the holiday season brighter for our Shawnee County neighbors in need. United Way and other community partners connect thousands of individuals and families to a holiday meal and gifts by matching them with agencies or community “adopters.”
Johnston Community Center, 2021 SE Market St., in the Echo Ridge neighborhood.
- At least one member of the household must apply in person
- Income documentation is required
- The intake form can be found on the United Way of Greater Topeka website.
Dates to sign up:
Wednesday, October 26
from 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday, November 1
from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday, November 3
from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, November 5
from 10 am to 2 pm (please note the earlier end time)
Let's Help, located at 200 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603, offers free community lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm, and on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Notice and Statements
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
The Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501 is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin or ancestry be denied lawful access to any appropriate educational service, program or activity provided by the school district. The Title VI and Title IX compliance coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching/Learning/Administration. The Section 504/Title II compliance coordinator is the Coordinator of College and Career Ready Services. For employment, the EEO/AA officer is the General Director of Human Resources. All compliance coordinators may be contacted at 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294, (785) 295-3000. The clerk of the Board of Education has been designated to receive and redirect or handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, regulations and procedures. The clerk may be contacted by calling (785) 295-3045 or by writing to 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294.
Topeka Public Schools
The mission of the Topeka Public School is ENGAGE students in the highest quality learning; PREPARE students for responsible, productive citizenship, and INSPIRE excellence for a lifetime.
Chase Middle School
Through the implementation of the Comprehensive, Integrated, 3-Tiered System of Supports (CI3T), all staff will guide students to succeed at their highest potential academically, socially, and emotionally.