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Topeka Public Schools | 6/9/23

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Message from the Superintendent

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Dear Topeka Public Schools Staff and Families:

We have had a busy start to our summer! This week, we started our Summer Enrichment Programs and Extended School Year, which have been full of students engaged in learning opportunities.

Our district hiring fairs and "I Love TPS" listening tours are ongoing throughout this summer. Read more in the articles below.

We thank everyone who contributed to the Steps for Stegman 5K for ALS awareness and the NAMI Kansas mental health walk in May. Both events raised thousands of dollars thanks to your support.

As a reminder, enrollment for next school year is filling up fast, so please register this month to ensure your child attends your first choice of school. We look forward to seeing students and families at our upcoming in-person enrollment events.

Next week, there are various activities taking place in celebration of Juneteenth. Stay connected with us on social media for continued updates, and thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson


TPS Keeping Scholars Engaged Through Summer Learning Opportunities

This week, Topeka Public Schools kicked off our Summer Enrichment Programs and Extended School Year!

The district is keeping scholars in grades PreK-12 engaged through courses like Coding & Robotics, Drama & Theatre, Engineering, Art History, World Languages, and much more.

View photos from our summer programs on Flickr, where photos will be added throughout the month of June.

To learn more about summer learning opportunities, visit

Summer Meal Program Now Serving at Numerous Locations!

Throughout the summer months, our Topeka Public Schools Food Service staff members are dedicated to serving students and families!

The 2023 Summer Meal Program kicked off on June 5, where meals are served at no cost Monday through Friday at congregate meal sites across the city for children 18 and under. Please note that meals must be eaten on-site.

Visit our website to see a full listing of sites, offerings, and schedules.

Enroll for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Classes are filling up! Enroll now for the 2023-2024 school year!

Returning families have received an email to register their students from Synergy Student Information System. Please refer to the email to register. Families NEW to Topeka Public Schools will create a new account and register online.

Families can view important dates, a school supply list, and more at on the Online Registration page.

Any parent with a YAHOO email account, or anyone else who needs assistance with starting online registration, may email the Information Technology team at for assistance.

TPS Hosts 2nd Annual "I Love TPS" Listening & Learning Tour

Topeka Public Schools is excited to host the 2nd annual “I Love TPS" Listening & Learning Tour on Thursday, June 15, with stops at Milk & Honey Coffee Company, the Burnett Administration Building, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

We invite students, staff, families, and community members to join us at various tour locations to share why you love Topeka Public Schools, and how we can continue to serve our students and families at the highest possible levels!

Tour times and locations for June 15 are listed below:

  • Milk & Honey Coffee Co.
    2200 SE 29th St
    8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • Burnett Administration Building
    624 SW 24th St
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
    1515 SW 10th Ave
    2:00 - 3:00 PM

TPS Hosting Hiring Fairs in June & July

Topeka Public Schools is now hiring for all positions! Apply online at or join us for in-person hiring events at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, June 14
7:30 - 10:00 AM & 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Williams Science & Fine Arts Magnet School

1301 SE Monroe St

Thursday, July 6

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Quinton Heights Education Center

2331 SW Topeka Blvd

Friday, July 7

12:00 - 3:00 PM

Quinton Heights Education Center

2331 SW Topeka Blvd

Additionally, throughout the month of June, families can schedule an in-person interview at Jardine Campus as they visit for summer enrichment activities!

Please contact Nicole Johnson at or Dr. Beryl New at, or call 785-295-3027 to schedule an interview.

Sunflower Summer App Provides Free Activities for Kansas Families

Looking for fun family activities this summer? Download the Sunflower Summer app!

Developed by the Kansas State Department of Education in partnership with Kansas teachers, Sunflower Summer provides a fun and engaging way to ensure student learning continues during the summer months.

Each Kansas child pre-K-18 years of age, as well as students in 18-21-year-old programs, and up to two accompanying adults may each access one ticket voucher to each of the participating attractions in the Sunflower Summer app at no charge.

To get started, visit to learn how the program works. Next, download the free mobile app and start planning your adventures!

Runners From Highland Park & Topeka West Take Home State Track Titles

On May 29, Topeka Public Schools students competed in the KSHSAA 5A and 6A State Track Championships.

Tre Richardson, a 2023 Highland Park graduate, placed 1st in the 100m and long jump events. Additionally, Tre placed 2nd in the state in the triple jump event and 4th in the 200m dash.

In addition, Alesecio Batson, a sophomore at Topeka West, set a personal record on the way to winning the state title in the triple jump event.

Several 2023 Topeka West graduates also medaled, with Lenny Njoroge placing 2nd in the state in the 3200m run and 4th in the 1600m event, while Ala'Jah Brooks placed 2nd in the 400m dash and 4th in the 200m event.

Congratulations to these outstanding athletes! Learn more in this article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Topeka High School Recognized For Postsecondary Success by the Kansas Board of Regents

On June 15, Topeka High School will be recognized by the Kansas Board of Regents as part of the APPLY Kansas Campaign, a statewide program that supports post-secondary planning for high school students.

Topeka High is one of 97 high schools in Kansas to earn the All Star High School designation, which is awarded to schools who chose to hold college and signing application days, FAFSA completion events, and other activities to encourage and support seniors in their post-secondary pursuits.

We congratulate the talented All Star leaders and educators at Topeka High School on this outstanding recognition!

Jardine Elementary & Dr. Stegman Raise Awareness for ALS

On May 20, Jardine Elementary School hosted the 2nd annual Steps for Stegman 5K walk/run in support of beloved Instructional Coach Dr. Bridget Stegman.

In addition to the 5K, the event also featured inflatables, games, and activities for students and families. This year's event raised $5,400 for the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, which provides direct support to Dr. Stegman and other families in their ALS journey.

In total, Jardine has donated $11,000 to the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter. We thank the many Steps for Stegman participants for helping us bring greater awareness of ALS to our students, staff, families, and community members!

Mental Health For All Walk at Topeka West Raises Over $68,000 to Support Kansans

On May 20, Topeka Public Schools partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas Chapter to host the annual 2023 NAMIWalks Kansas Fundraiser at Topeka West High School.

The Mental Health for All Walk was a huge success, raising $68,008 to support NAMI Kansas programs and services that directly impact Kansans living with mental health issues.

We send a special thank you to all of the event sponsors and participants who made this possible as we work together to promote awareness of mental health, reduce stigma, raise funds for mental health programs, and build a community of support.

TPSF Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Winners Announced

The Topeka Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) held its 30th annual benefit Golf Tournament on June 1, where Steve Dean served as the 2023 Tournament Honorary Chair.

We congratulate all of this year's tournament winners, who are listed below. View photos from the event on Flickr.

  • First flight, first place: Johnson Controls
  • First flight, second place: Loving Hearts Training Center
  • First flight, third place: Goodell Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
  • Second flight, first place: LSA/HTK
  • Second flight, second place: Azura
  • Second flight, third place: Topeka High School

Save the date! The 2024 annual benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 30.

Family Service & Guidance Center Offers Support for LGBTQ+ Youth

June is Pride Month, and this month’s Ask a Child Therapist Facebook videos from Family Service & Guidance Center will offer information and advice about supporting LGBTQ+ youth, presented by Meaghan McEachern, Ph.D.

More and more youth are coming out and identifying as LGBTQ+ much earlier than previous generations, so more and more parents are having crucial conversations with their kids about it. Sometimes, this can be an awkward or challenging conversation for families.

Dr. McEachern will present information that will make these conversations a little easier for parents and help them support their children and teens.

Families can watch the videos and follow Family Service & Guidance Center on Facebook at If parents have questions about a specific topic, they can submit them to

District Calendar & Upcoming Events

As our families and staff plan for the upcoming year, view the 2023-2024 academic calendar, which is available on the Communications Department drop-down menu.

Below are important dates for the month of June:

  • June 5-30: Academic & Summer Enrichment Camps
    View Schedules & Learn More
  • June 15: Board of Education Meeting
    5:30 PM | Burnett Center
  • June 18: Father's Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth

Legislative Advocacy

Stay up-to-date with everything you need to know about the 2023-2024 Kansas Legislative Session on the Current Events page at

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. For students, the Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 compliance coordinator compliance coordinator is the General Counsel for the district. For employment, the EEO/AA and Title VII compliance officer is the general director of human resources. Compliance coordinators may be contacted at 624 S.W. 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) 295-3059 or by writing to 624 S.W. 24th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66611-1294.

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