Trojan Nation Weekly Update

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

New Items in Bold- Scroll down for the information you want to see.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Family Service & Guidance Information

Medical Explorer Opportunity

Family Engagement Night

Flu Shots from Campus Care Clinic

TPS October Health Tip

Community Resources

Apply Kansas

News from THS Campus Care Clinic

Parking Permits Required

New FCC Wi Fi/Phone Information

Scholarship Information

Minority Scholarship Workship

Suicide Prevention Info

Cap and Gown Information

Online Ticket Purchases

ID Badges

Campus Care Clinic

Spirit Store

TPS Health Tip

Counseling Center Information

Lunch Payment Information

Bell Schedule

Cafeteria News

District Update re: Covid & Remote Learning

Yearbook Information

Senior Information

Communications Reminder re: Yahoo accounts

TPS Technical Support Available

Mental Health Resources

501 Social Work Website

7 Cups Mental Health

Counseling Page

How TPS Communicates

How THS Communicates

Letter Jacket information

Upcoming Events

New events are in bold text.

Oct 7 End of First Quarter

Oct 10 No School, Teacher Planning

Oct 11 No School, PD day for teachers

Oct 12 Grades Posted in Tyler

Oct 12 PSAT N Gym

Oct 12 FAFSA Night @ Washburn Library, 5 - 7 pm

Oct 13 Honor Roll Assembly 9:25 a.m.

Oct 13 PTO, 6pm

Oct 13 FAFSA Night @ TCALC, 5:30 - 7 pm

Oct 18 ACT N Gym

Oct 19 Pre ACT for 9th graders in Div 2/3

Oct 20 TCALC College & Career Fair for Juniors/Seniors

Oct 22 ACT Test

Oct 26 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Oct 27 Parent Teacher Conferences 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 pm

Oct 28 No School

Nov 10 PTO

Nov 23, 24, 25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 8 PTO

Dec 10 ACT Test

Dec 12 Finals Week

Dec 16 Semester 1 ends

Dec 19 Winter Break Begins

Jan 3 No School, Teacher Work Day

Jan 4 No School, District Professional Development

Jan 5 Grades Posted in TYler

Jan 5 School Resumes

Jan 12 PTO

Jan 16 No School, Martin Luter King Day

Jan 18 8th Grade Parent Night, 5:30 pm

Feb 8 End of 3rd Quarter

Feb 8 Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

Feb 9 Parent Teacher Conferences, 7:30 am - 7:30 pm

Feb 10 No School

Feb 17 Royalty of Courts Assembly/Crowning

Feb 18 Royalty of Courts Dance

Feb 28 State ACT for Juniors

March 9 PTO, 6 pm

Mar 10 No School, Teacher Work Day

Mar 13 - 17 No School, Spring Break

Mar 20 School Resumes, First Day of 4th Quarter

March 21 Grades Posted in Tyler

Apr 1 ACT Test

Apr 7 No School

April 13 PTO, 6 pm

Apr 15 Prom

Apr 16 After Prom

Apr 24 No School, Professional Development Day

April 27 Senior Meeting

May 9 Last Day for Seniors

May 12 Late Start

May 12 Graduation Practice for Seniors, 9:30 a.m. @ Stormont Vail Event Center

May 11, PTO 6 pm

May 13 Graduation, 9:00 a.m.

May 14 Rain Date for Graduation

May 18 Finals Begin

May 24 Last Day of School, Half Day

May 30 Grades Posted in Tyler

Below are the links for the Topeka High School Website and Calendar. It will list all activities and events that are occurring at Topeka High School.

Save the Date! Oct. 26 & 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences

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Family Service and Guidance Center

Our experienced, dedicated Crisis Services professionals

are available anytime – day or night. When a child is in crisis, Family Service & Guidance Center is ready to help. Click the button below for more information or call 785-232-5005.

Are You Interested in Pursing a Career in the Medical Field?

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Family Engagement Night

Every year, Topeka High hosts Title I family engagement events. Title I is a federal education program that provides funding to schools with high numbers of students who qualify for free/reduced meals. Transparent communication about Title I is required of all Title I buildings. As part of this program, schools host two family engagement events each year. This year, we will host a Literacy Booth during parent teacher conferences. Stop by for more information about Title I, free reading resources, free books, a read-with-me station, the TSCPL Bookmobile, and door prizes!
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TPS Food Drive

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News from our THS Campus Care Clinic

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Community Resources

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TOPEKA HIGH INCREASES ENROLLMENT

Topeka High School has enrolled almost sixty students more than projected, therefore we are adding two teaching positions to reduce some of the large class sizes in physical education, and to expand our academic support class offerings for students. We will be communicating with the student and parent/guardian in the classes that will be switching teachers. Our goal is to transition at the start of the second quarter. We have hired a new Spanish and academic support teacher, and will be welcoming her on October 10.

News From the Counseling Center

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News from our THS Campus Care Clinic

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Parking Permits

All students who are parking vehicles on school property must have a Topeka High Parking Permit. A valid Kansas driver's license is required for the parking permit. A Learners license does not count. To obtain a permit, you need to pick up a form at either the Welcome Desk in the form holder on the left side of the desk next to the wall or from the Campus Police Office. Complete the form with all signatures and bring it to the Campus Police Office. If you will be driving a variety of vehicles, then list the primary vehicle and the other vehicle(s) below or on the back. Failure to have a permit could result in a $146.00 fine.

Programs Open to Help Kansas Families

Click here to read a recent article published by WIBW regarding assistance to pay for internet and phone service.

https://www.wibw.com/2022/09/12/programs-open-help-kansas-families-students-pay-phone-internet/

Do You Need Help Paying For College?

Scholarships:

Fall is in the air but so is Scholarship Season! What better way to hunt for cash than by using the newly revamped and easy to use, ScholarShop! You can find 6 billion scholarships worth $30 Million Dollars!


Students, you can also find scholarship information in Naviance!

Sign Up Today for the Minority Scholarship Workship!

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Attention Seniors!

Class of 2023

Congratulations on your Senior Year! It's a very exciting time!


Students participating in Mid-Year and May Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2023 will wear cap and gowns from Herff Jones. The cost for just the required regalia of cap, gown and tassel is $35 before tax. Other products such as announcements, invitations, and senior spirit wear may also be purchased but are not required.


All graduation orders need to be placed by December 31, 2022 in order for them to arrive in time.


These are the steps to ordering:

Go to: www.herffjones.com

Hover over 'Graduation'

Click ‘Caps and Gowns’

Click ‘Shop Now’

Enter: Topeka High School in the box

Click ‘Topeka High School’ under the box when it pops up

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Shop Caps and Gowns’

Click ‘Shop Grad Products’

On the bottom right side, you'll see the cap, gown and tassel for $35. Click on it.

Add to Cart. Check out.

You’ll need to enter the graduates gender, height (with shoes) and weight, as well as other information.


If you have any questions about ordering, please contact Megan Theiling, Herff Jones Representative, at mmtheiling@herffjones.com

Buy THS Event Tickets Online

Topeka High is excited to offer electronic ticket sales for athletic events! Just use the QR code and choose the event you are interested in. You can set up an account or register as a guest. It is quick and simple to use! Just display the ticket on your phone at the ticket booth to have it redeemed!
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Student ID Badges

All students will soon have their THS student ID badges. Students are required to have their ID badges at all times. Students need their ID for the cafeteria, check out materials, purchase tickets for events such as extra-curricular activities, dances and games.


If a student didn't have their picture taken in August, they will not have an ID badge. Picture retakes are scheduled for Oct. 5th and badges will arrive a few weeks after that.

Topeka High Campus Care Clinic

The Campus Care Clinic, which is owned by the University of Kansas Health System and located inside Topeka High School, provides safe, convenient, high-quality patient care both in-person and via telehealth.


Campus Care Clinic staff work to promote the health of all students and staff members of Topeka Public Schools, helping them to achieve professional and academic success by addressing acute and chronic health concerns, preventing disease, and providing education.


Have you visited the Campus Care Clinic for your health care needs? If so, please complete this survey about your experience to help us best serve our students, families, and staff.


Learn more about the Campus Care Clinic at topekapublicschools.net.

News from our Counseling Center

Below are links to important information provided by our counseling department.


Credit/No Credit Form

Concurrent Credit Information

Senior Parent Night Slideshow

Counseling Center Website

News From the Student Cafeteria

We have returned to regular princing for lunch. You can put money on your student's lunch account by going to mypaymentsplus.com or by paying in person in the student cafeteria. Please be sure to complete the federal lunch application, if you have not already done so. You can find it by clicking here: lunch application. The grace period will expire on Aug. 30, 2022.


Completion of the lunch application form may qualify your student for resources far beyond the lunch program. Some examples include: free testing such as ACT, waiver of college application fees, scholarships for college classes offered at THS, etc. Please complete the form so that we can ensure everyone who is eligible for these programs is connected to them.


Meal prices are below:

Breakfast: Reduced .30/$4.80 and Full Pay is $1.70/$27.20

Lunch: Reduced .40/$6.40 and Full is $2.70/$43.20

2022-2023 THS Bell Schedule

Below is the regular bell schedule we will follow this year. If we have a short week we will typically follow the schedule below:


4 Day Week - All Blocks (T/Thr Even, W/Fri Odd)

3 Day Week - 1 day all classes and 2 blocks

2 Day Week - Both days we will attend all classes

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District Updates

COVID UPDATE

See the attached document for the latest information on testing, quarantine, and close contacts.


Click here for the TPS Parent Resources page for the latest information from the CDC.

Remote Learning Opportunity for High School


Maintaining the health and well-being of our students is the top priority of Topeka Public Schools. Please know we are here to support your family with any needs you may have while your student is in quarantine. We will continue to ensure your student has daily access to learning. A teacher will be available through the live Zoom link provided below. Students attending the live Zoom will not be counted absent from school.


A remote teacher will be available for secondary schools throughout the school day. Students should connect with the remote teacher daily during COVID quarantine.


Please use the following Zoom link to access instruction with Mrs. Klinger for students in grades 6-12


https://tps501.zoom.us/j/82142264694 (Passcode: 062435)

2022 - 2023 Yearbook Information

Yearbook FAQ:


How much are the books?

We're keeping the price of the books at $60, the same price we've offered since 2016.


How can I order a yearbook?

We are moving yearbook sales online at yearbookforever.com

Use this site to: order a yearbook or senior ad, make a payment, or check on an order (a great tool for parents who forget if they ordered a book).

Senior Information

SENIOR PICTURE INFORMATION


Seniors, it's time to start thinking about getting your picture ready for the yearbook. We need portraits of all seniors for the yearbook by the end of the first semester, December 16.


Guidelines for a great yearbook photo: face forward, midbody or closer (no feet!), avoid hats or props like balls, cars, or the family dog. Keep the backgrounds simple and uncluttered.


Use a photographer of your choice. Family or friends can take the photo, but no bathroom or car selfies. If you do not have a photo to submit, we will use your school photo. Our school pictures are scheduled for Aug. 16.


To submit a photo


  • Go to yearbookforever.com
  • Type in Topeka High & click on our school name when it pops up
  • At the top of the page you'll see "Yearbook Snap" to upload photos
  • Use this code "Trojan_photos"
  • Follow the prompts



SENIOR SALUTE ADS

Parents, consider purchasing a senior salute ad for the yearbook. This is a great way to recognize your senior and celebrate all of their milestones with photos and a special personal message.


We offer five different sizes and prices of senior ads from a full page with 10 or 12 photos and message, to a single photo and shoutout message. Prices range from $200 to $30.


If you order a senior ad, you will also get a $5 discount on your yearbook. Type "seniorad" in the coupon code on the yearbook order on the online store. This coupon is only in conjunction with senior ad purchases.


To order a book or ad go to: yearbookforever.com


For any yearbook question, contact Mrs. Hooper at hhooper@tps501.org

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program:

The FCC has announced its affordable connectivity program to provide eligible families, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Click here for either English or Spanish.

Communications Reminder

Parents,

If you have a Yahoo email account listed in Tyler SIS, please know that you may not receive our school communications. To ensure that you do receive our communications, please set up an alternate email address such as Google Gmail and then update your information in Tyler SIS.

Google Authentication with TylerSIS

If you are having trouble logging into TylerSIS with your phone, please use the phone's browser, not the app, to access TylerSIS. This should fix the problem. If your student continues to have trouble with this or any other technical issues he/she can also go to the media center for assistance.

Traffic Safety Reminder

Arrival and dismissal time is a busy time for schools so please use extra caution during this time. When dropping off or picking up students, please remember to not stop or park in the bus loading and unloading zones. Do not block 10th street by stopping in the roadway. Drive safely and slowly as there are pedestrians in the area. Parking in the private lots of our neighboring businesses is prohibited and could result in a ticket.

Technical Support for Students and Families

The TPS technology department offers in-person technical support appointments each weekday, excluding holidays. Staff, students, and parents may schedule an in-person appointment with our appointment calendar or by calling our office at 785-438-4750.

Mental Health Support Line

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Outside Agencies for Mental Health Concerns.

Family Service and Guidance Center

325 SW Frazier, Topeka 785-232-5005

24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Center

3707 SW 6th Ave. Topeka

785-270-4600

M- F 8:00- 5:00


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255


Crisis Textline

Text “HOME” to 741741

THS Staff Mental Health Concerns. Who to Call?

Mental Health Concerns?

Here are some helpful options!!

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DIAL 911

School hours (7:30-3:30 M-F)



Div. I & II, 295-3185

Counselor, A-Ca Paige Vander Linden

plinden@tps501.org ext.3395

Counselor, Ce-GA: Paige Murray

pmurray@tps501.org ext. 3168

Counselor: GE-K Angela Lewis

alewis@tps501.org) ext.3166

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Alecia Rivera

arivera@tps501.org ext. 3193

SPED Social Worker: Norella Munoz

nmunoz@tps501.org ext. 5877



Div. III & IV 785-295-3185

Counselor, L - N Autumn Weyand

aweyand@tps501.org) ext. 3163

Counselor: O-Sm Kelsey Flickner

kflickner@tps501.org) ext.3169

Counselor: Sn-Z Heather Prothe

hprothe@tps501.org ext. 3167

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Rachelle Petersen

(rpetersen@tps501.org) ext.3210

SPED Social Worker: Maria Denney

(mdenney@tps501.org) ext.7185

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Community Resources

Raising families can be difficult work and having someone 24/7 available to answer questions and share information about community resources is invaluable.


DCF Northeast Region has a new parent resource available for all families in Kansas. The resource is the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline. The helpline provides 24/7 judgment-free support in English and Spanish as well as 200 additional languages. It’s free, confidential and finds helpful resources for all families.


There is also a handy app that can be downloaded to your phone. Kansas Children's Service League (kcsl.org).

Family Resources

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Week: This week is Suicide Prevention Week. KSDE provides the following resources: Suicide prevention tip sheets are available at Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Adolescent Health - Behavioral Health (kdheks.gov). If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, text Crisis Text Line at 741741 or call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These services are free, confidential and available 24/7.
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Topeka High School Counseling Department Website

Open link for tons of information

Counseling Department Information


Counseling information


COUNSELING CENTER GOOGLE CLASSROOM

The counseling center has our own google classroom. We use this to push information out quickly and efficiently to grade levels the information pertains to. Please see the graphic found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18KFEHsXPw17Hf15bW_l47hLlKePj5UNJ/view?usp=sharing to learn your students grade level google classroom code. Have them invite you as a parent so you are able to see the information we post, also!


Questions? Concerns? Who do I contact?


Div. I (A-D) 785-295-3185

Assistant Principal: Rob Hays (rhays@tps501.org) 3187

Counselor, A-Ca Paige Vander Linden (plinden@tps501.org) ext.3164

Counselor : Ce-Ga Paige Murray (pmurray@tps501.org) ext.3168

Social Worker: Alicia Rivera (arivera@tps501.org) 3193

SPED Social Worker: Norella Munoz (nmunoz@tps501.org) 5877

Administrative Assistant Div 1 & II: Misty James (mjames1@tps501.org) 3185


Div. II (E-K) 785-295-3185

Assistant Principal: Matt Frost (mfrost@tps501.org) 3183

Counselor: Ge-K Angela Lewis (alewis@tps501.org) 3166

Counselor : Ce-Ga Paige Murray (pmurray@tps501.org) ext.3168

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Alecia Rivera (arivera@tps501.org) 3193

SPED Social Worker: Norella Munoz (nmunoz@tps501.org) 5877

Administrative Assistant Div 1 & II: Misty James (mjames1@tps501.org) 3185



Div. III (L-Ri) 785-295-3206

Assistant Principal: Ryan Arnold (rarnold@tps501.org) ext.3207

Counselor: L-N Autumn Weyand (aweyand@tps501.org) ext.3163

Counselor : O-Ri Kelsey Flickner (kflickner@tps501.org) 3169

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Rachelle Petersen (rpetersen@tps501.org) ext.3210

SPED Social Worker: Maria Denney (mdenney@tps501.org) ext.7185

Admin. Assistant Div III & IV: Althea Henderson (ahenderson1@tps501.org) ext. 3206


Div. IV (Ro-Z) 785-295-3206

Assistant Principal: Jolie Darby (jdarby@tps501.org) ext.3209

Counselor : O-Sm Kelsey Flickner (kflickner@tps501.org) 3169

Counselor: Sn -Z Heather Prothe hprothe@tps501.org) ext 3167

SPED. Ed. Social Worker: Maria Denney (mdenney@tps501.org) ext.7185

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Rachelle Petersen (rpetersen@tps501.org) ext.3210

Admin. Assistant Div III & IV: Althea Henderson (ahenderson1@tps501.org) ext. 3206

Kansas Eviction Prevention Program

Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP)


Up to $5000 available for tenants and landlords financially impacted by COVID


Behind on rent due to COVID, or know someone who is? Funding is available to help renters avoid eviction. The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP) can provide up to $5000 in rental assistance through the CARES Act. If you have missed paying or collecting rent since April 1, 2020, you may be eligible.


APPLY NOW: https://kshousingcorp.org/eviction-prevention-program/

How Does TPS Communicate?

How THS Communicates

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THE LETTER JACKET MAN

My name is Jim Frownfelter, and I am known as The Letter Jacket Man. I sell letter jackets to the Topeka area high schools.

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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