Trojan Nation Weekly Update

Monday, March 14th, to Sunday, March 20th, 2022

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

Link for the THS Newspaper, THS Tower

Spring Break Info

TROY Standards Student Recognition List

THS Campus Care Information

Senior Newsletter - March

Virtual Family Engagement

AileyCamp Information

Resilience Exhibit

Fine Arts March Newsletter

Indigenous People Fair

Fall 21 Honor Roll List

Academic Calendar 22-23

THS Student Designs NASA Patch

Honor Roll Flyer

Vaccination Clinic at THS

College Connections Newsletter

New Court Options for Tobacco Tickets

March ACT Prep Sessions

DMV is Coming to THS

TPS Awarded MAGNA Award

THS Senior Newsletter

Volleyball All Academic Athletes

Scholarship Information

Scholastic Awards

FAFSA Help

Resources on Vaping

Mental Health Minute

News from THS Historical Society

Mid-Year Graduation

Royalty of Courts

Seal of Biliteracy

KU Foreign Language Opportunity

Mental Health Minute

TPS COVID Update

News from Ms. Sims, THS Nurse

Yearbook Wins Top Recognition

Order your 21-22 Yearbook

Mid-Year Completer Ceremony

Pre-enrollment info

PTO Invite

Living the Dream Contest Winners

COVID Safety Protocols

COVID Info from Ms. Morrisey

Attendance Information

COVID Related Absences

District Transfer Window Opens

K-State Health Professions Summer Camp

Dental Clinic

News from PTO

Inclement Weather Info

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program

Mental Health Resources

COVID Testing

THS Bobblehead

Shawnee County Library Info

Communications Reminder re: Yahoo accounts

Cybersecurity Awareness

Community Resources

Virtual Zoom Links for Academic Support

Cap and Gown Ordering Information

How THS Communicates

Technology Information

Commencement Date

Attendance Reminder

Honor Roll Lists Spring 2021

Remote Instruction Information

PM Academy Zoom Link

Family Resources

150th List of Events

COVID INFORMATION FROM MS MORRISEY

Meet our New Staff

After School Tutoring

Masks

Drop off and pick up information

Ms. Morrisey's Welcome Letter

Safety Protocols

Sports Reminder

CEP (Concurrent Enrollment Program) form and CEP Scholarship Form

TPS Technical Support Available

Seniors stay in touch with Topeka High. Historical Society wants to reach out to you.

Building Resiliency

7 Cups Mental Health

Letter Jacket information

THS 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration

Prescription help $$$

Counseling Page

Mental Health Resources

Food Pantries

Food Banks

Kansas Eviction Prevention Program

501 Social Work Website

Upcoming Events

New events are in bold text.

Mar 14 - 18 Spring Break, No School

Mar 21 No School, Teacher Planning and Prep

Mar 22 School Resumes, Even block day

Mar 22 Spring Play Auditions begin

Mar 22 Dance Team Tryouts begin

Mar 23 Band Concert, Auditorium, 7 pm

Mar 24 Virtual Family Engagement

Mar 24 Dessert Theater Auditions begins

March 25 Vaccination Clinic at THS 11 - 1 pm, North Gym

Mar 28 Cheer Tryouts Begin

Mar 31 Honor Roll, 9:45 am Auditorium

Mar 31 DMV in Media Center

Apr 1 First Friday Art Walk

Apr 2 National ACT Test Day

April 5 District Funded ACT

Apr 14 PTO 6 pm

Apr15 No School

Apr 21 Senior Meeting 9:30 am

Apr 23 Prom, 8 pm

April 24 After Prom 11- 3 a.m.

Apr 23 150th Celebration Sock Hop, 7 pm North Gym

Apr 27-29 Spring Play, 7 pm

April 28 Blood Drive, North Gym Lobby

May 3 Orchestra Concert, 7 pm

May 4 Dogs on the Lawn 7 pm

May 5 Dessert Theater, 4 pm

May 5 MCJROTC Changing of the Guard, 6 pm

May 6 ATE Show, 7 pm

May 6 First Friday Art Walk

May 10 Orchestra Concert

May 11 Senior Recognition, 6 pm

May 12 PTO 6 pm

May 12 NEHS Induction Ceremony, 6 pm, Veranda

May 14 THS Graduation Hummer 9:30 a.m.

May 24 Last Day of School, half day

July 21 THS On-site enrollment assistance 7:30 am - 7 pm

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.

Trojans,

We hope you have a wonderful spring break next week! School will resume on Tuesday, March 22nd with an even block schedule due to the snow days on March 10th and 11th. There is no school on Monday, March 21st because it is a planning day for teachers. The forth quarter begins March 22nd!


Enjoy your break and we will see you back in the Halls of Troy on March 22nd!

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THS Student Recognition

Congratulations goes to the students on the 3rd Quarter Student Recognition List! These students demonstrated with excellence at least one of the following characteristics related to our TROY standards, if not all three: Trojan Best - Punctuality, Respect and Ownership - Excellent Citizenship and Attendance, Your Success - Meeting All Criteria.

THS Campus Care Clinic

Attention Topeka High School staff, students, and parents/guardians:


During Spring Break, the clinic will be closed, but will be providing telehealth services Monday, 3/14 through Monday, 3/21. We will resume as usual on Tuesday, 3/22.


When we are open for telehealth, Jamie Glaser (RMA) will be checking phone messages several times a day. Please call 785-295-3256 and she will return your call in a timely matter.


See the video and link below for more details on services provided.


Ashley Dinkel, Family Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Glaser, Registered Medical Assistant

The University of Kansas Health System

Save the Date for Parent Engagement Night

Parents -- want to help your student prepare for the April ACT? Join a Zoom presentation on Thursday, March 24 at 6 pm, presented by Sara Schafer. This presentation will help you learn how to help your student navigate the ACT exam, how to study, and how to get ready in the days leading up to the exam. Participants will receive a free ACT exam book and ACT-approved calculator. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Kenya Patzer at kpatzer@tps501.org.

AileyCamp 2022


AileyCamp 2022 Important Information:


  • Camp Dates: Monday, June 6 - Thursday, July 14
  • Camp Hours: 7:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday through Friday (Topeka Bus Pick-up: 6:30 am)
  • Camp Location: Gloria Willis Middle School, 1735 N 64 Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66102

Camp Application Date: Recommended submission date for priority consideration: March 30, 2022

Camper Interview Dates: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 10:00 am Location TBD

Parent Orientation Meeting via Zoom: May 9, 10 or 11, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm to complete the AileyCamp enrollment process. Click here for more information:

https://kcfaa.org/aileycamp-2022-enrollment-form/

Resilience: A Sansei Sense of Legacy

March 11 - May 22, 2022, NE Kansas residents will have an immersive opportunity to learn about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and its effect on following generations. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's Alice C. Sabatini Gallery is the first location for this new traveling exhibit Resilience—A Sansei Sense of Legacy from ExhibitsUSA.


This is an excellent, free opportunity for students of all ages to discover and experience the impact this historical event had and continues to have on many Americans.

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Fall 2021 Honor Roll Rescheduled

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THS Student Designs NASA Patch


Congratulations to Rylee Salts and her collaborator, Zoe "Cassius" O'Brien-Stiner who came up with the first-place design for the NASA contest! Congratulations also goes to Samantha Chestnut for winning third-place and to Cora Ambrose for winning fourth place!

Rylee's design will be made into the official patch to be worn by NASA engineers and mission staff.



Congratulations Rylie, Zoe, Samantha and Cora!

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Vaccination Clinic Held at THS

Topeka Public Schools Offering Optional Spring Vaccination Clinic

Dr. Anderson met with her Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee to discuss the new, relaxed CDC guidance.



Students and Dr. Anderson discussed the district partnering with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to host one final COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the year for those who would like to be vaccinated before summer.


We thank all of our Student Advisory scholars from Highland Park High, Topeka High, and Topeka West for their feedback and participation. As a result of the continued interest, KDHE agreed to host a final vaccination clinic.


The vaccination clinic will be held from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Friday, March 25 at Topeka High School in the north gym. This free service is offered to individuals age 5+ who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Families should register for the vaccination clinic in advance here by Wednesday, March 23 at 12:00 PM. Those who register will be sent an electronic consent form. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and have a signed consent form to receive the vaccination.

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College Connections March Newsletter


March College Connections Newsletter

This month's College Connections Newsletter provides:


  • Scholarship information and deadlines
  • Graduation information
  • ACT/SAT testing dates and registration information
  • Applying for the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Information on FAFSA registration
  • College exploration
  • Career & internship opportunities for students


Many of our scholarships have an upcoming deadline of Monday, March 14, so please plan to apply this week if you have not done so.

Are you taking the April 5th ACT? Sign up today for Prep!

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New District Court Proceedings for Tobacco/Vaping Tickets

There is a new option for minors who are ticketed for Tobacco/vaping. According to Kagay, TCP is meant for minors who face first-time Tobacco offenses. Instead of requesting a trial or entering a plea to the offenses and paying a fine, he said those minors now have the chance to complete the program and have their charges dismissed. Click here for more information:


https://www.wibw.com/2022/02/23/das-office-roles-out-new-tobacco-cessation-program-help-teens-get-charges-dropped/

The DMV's Mobile Office is Coming to THS!

Are you ready to get your driver's license or permit?

The DMV will be at THS on March 31st in Media Center to help you take care business! Click here to see what services they offer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GdAUBHBQStVew8Gc2hlxxB5nGN5nt3yU/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=100457649520685272469&rtpof=true&sd=true


If you'd like an appointment, stop by the main office to reserve your time!

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TPS Wins MAGNA Award

Topeka Public Schools is excited to announce our dual-language program, which is the only K -12 dual -language program in the state, is the grand prize winner for the 2022 MAGNA Award!


This is a huge honor for our district!

MY ACT

Are You Taking the ACT?

MyACT is open for students to create their accounts to answer the non-test questions and request that their scores be sent to colleges. They may send to up to four schools for FREE but must complete the requests in MyACT by two days after they test. The link below provides some tips for working with MyACT. MyACT Resources: Tips for Schools and Students
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Attention Juniors Taking the ACT

Seniors, Want to Reduce the Cost of College?

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to Lilian Thornton and Darby Lampe for their recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Lilian received two Silver Key Awards for her poetry collections. Darby's poem received Honorable Mention. Lilian and Darby also completed dual-credit coursework with the National Education Equity Lab in the area of poetry, working through poetry curriculum developed by Harvard professor, Dr. Elisa New.

Congratulations to our Royalty of Courts Candidates!

Front Row: DayShauna Wiley, Talayah Thomas, Emily Locke, Emily Esparza-Carlos, Alyssa Dipnarine

Back Row: Dy'Kestair Matlock, Germane Mays, Mathew Flenoy, Oskar Fraenza, John Cordova

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Attention Seniors: Is your FAFSA submitted?

Seniors,

If you still need to finish your FAFSA, help will be available via Zoom during Parent Teacher Conferences on the 17th! Melody Lawrence with TRIO EOC has made herself available to help students and parents with the FAFSA from 9:00am - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm that day.


You can sign up for a time to meet with her at https://calendly.com/TRIOEOCmelody. She is also available every Tuesday at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library from 1:00pm - 6:00 pm in Team Room #4, or at Topeka High on Thursdays from 9:00am - 2:30pm, if you prefer to meet with her in person.

Vaping Educational Resources:

The E-Cigarette/Vaping Task Force has developed both English and Spanish language versions of several educational resources. Attached are pdfs of “The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Teens about Vaping” and “Teen Vaping What to Watch For” in both English and Spanish. For additional resources to help address vaping in schools, go to the following link on the Kansas Department of Health & Environment website.


Mental Health Minute

Nervous vs. Anxious: What's the Difference?

By Sheryl Ankrom, MS, LCPC Updated on December 07, 2021

Medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD


“Normal” Nervousness:

  • Triggered by certain events
  • Comes and goes
  • Can be helpful
  • New challenge
  • Presentations, interviews
  • Waiting for results
  • Goes away when event is over


Anxiety Problem:

  • Interferes with daily life
  • Irrational
  • Chronic
  • Can lead to Avoidance


Reason for topic - Some experience nervousness to talk to their teachers

With different personality types, some students may be intimidated to talk to their teachers.


Perceptions

Sometimes if the teacher does not routinely check in with students individually or have the class give a “thumbs up” that they understand, the student may think, “They never offer to help, or see if I understand’ which can lead to a shut down.


Then the teacher may see a student who never asks for help, doesn’t work during class time and is failing or doesn’t seem interested, and may be less inclined to help the students that appear more engaged with the class.


The key is recognizing both the student and the teacher need each other to succeed. During teacher collaboration times each week, teachers are given an opportunity to talk about how to help students that are failing and a teacher would prefer to hear from all students and know what the challenges are.


Timing - Is there a good time to talk to the teacher? If you are not sure - observe if other students are getting help, or ask classmates how they do it.

Start with an email if you are more comfortable,


Just know, it is your education, you are entitled to know how to do it.


If you feel nervous, Smile. It releases endorphins. Take a deep breath and get oxygen to your brain to formulate your question. The more specific information you give about your experience, the better your teacher can help.


Great things can happen when you show people you are interested!

News From our THS Historical Society

Read about our recent happenings at THS:

150th Event Information

Images of Homecoming 2021

A Piece of THS History is on Display at Skinny's

Hall of Fame Inductees

Upcoming Reunions

Many More Interesting Facts About THS

(including Mr. Hays' World Record Race!)

Congratulations to our Mid-Year Graduates

This week, we celebrated our Trojans who graduated in mid-year! It was exciting to see our graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas from Dr. Anderson and Ms. Morrisey! Remember... once a Trojan, always a Trojan! Congratulation to all of our 78 graduates!
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Seal of Biliteracy

Are you fluent in two (or more) languages?

Did you know that if you are proficient in English and an additional language, you have the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy by taking a test? Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy will be recognized on their transcripts, at graduation, and on a permanent banner in Topeka High. Please email Ms. Murray (pmurray@tps501.org) if you are interested in this special designation. More information on the Seal of Biliteracy is available here.

Summer Learning Opportunity

The Kansas African Studies Center, together with the Department of African and African-American Studies, at the University of Kansas, will be offering Free Elementary and Intermediate Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof Classes to High school students this Summer.

Classes will be online and synchronous from June 7- July 29 and on completion the students will get 10 KU credits.

By taking this language class in high school, one becomes eligible to apply for the FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship) as soon as they join college. This fellowship provides up to $10,000 in Tuition and a $ 5,000 stipend annually. Application deadline is Monday, April 18, 2022.

Mental Health Minute

Order Your 2022 Yearbook

Parents and Students,


Time is running out to order your 2022 Topeka High yearbook. The school yearbook order is being placed on Jan. 31. Only a few extra copies will be ordered. Reserve your copy now to ensure your student has a book. The cost is $60. You can order a book online at www.balfour.com, or put a down payment of $20 in the Topeka High business office to reserve your book.


This book was also selected as a national sample book, so it's going to be good!

Absences

As with all absences, parents must call their student's division to report the absence. This allows us to maintain accurate attendance records and avoids truancy concerns.

Parents and Guardians,


If your student misses school, you must call the office to excuse him/her. If your student needs to quarantine, communicate the length of quarantine the first day you call.


Division 1/2 - 295-3185

Division 3/4 - 295-3206

TPS COVID-19 Information

Notifying Schools of COVID-19 Results

Dear Parents:


As we continue to respond to the community spread, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 or had a COVID exposure, please complete the TPS COVID-19 Self Reporting form located on our website, and a district health official will contact you within 24 hours. Your child should not return to school until given guidance from school health officials.


Due to the volume of exposure in our county, all COVID student exposures being reported to Topeka Public Schools are to be reported online by going to TopekaPublicSchools.net. This process will allow us to address the current parent COVID needs and allow nurses to carry out their regular school duties and meet daily student needs. Please click on the link labeled Reporting a COVID-19 Exposure, which is on our main web page. Based on the information parents provide, an emailed response will be given informing you of the date your child can return to school and your child's school principal and nurse will be notified.


If you do not have the internet and need to report your exposure through this call, please provide your name, phone number, email address (if you have one), your child's name, birthdate and the date of the COVID-19 positive exposure. If you have school-related questions regarding a COVID-19 exposure, please leave a message and a health professional will return your call within 2 business days. Messages are only checked once every afternoon as our nurses are focused on patients for the majority of the day.


Families are asked to complete the self-reporting form for any COVID exposure. If a parent does not have internet access, they can call the COVID-19 reporting line at 785-438-HELP (785-438-4357) to report a COVID exposure. Schools will redirect families to the form on our web page or to the number to call.


We remain committed to doing all we can to address the needs of our families. We appreciate your support.


Dr. Aarion L. Gray

Director of Instructional Services

624 SW 24th Street

Topeka, KS 66611

Phone (785) 295-3024

News from our Nurse's Office

Dear Parents and Students,


Thank you for notifying us when your student is not feeling well and/or has tested positive for COVID-19. Please remember that if your student is waiting on COVID test results, he/she must quarantine until you receive the results. Once you have received the results, please communicate positive results by going to the district website https://www.topekapublicschools.net/COVID and clicking on the "Reporting a COVID 19 Exposure" link.


If you receive a negative result, you can call or email the information to me at the number/email listed below.


Remember, if your student is home on quarantine, he/she needs to check in with our district teacher at the Zoom link below:


District High School Link: https://tps501.zoom.us/j/83999335664 Passcode: 920381


  • Students will continue to access their assignments and homework through their Google Classrooms.

  • Students will join the district's live Zoom class with the link provided.

  • Students who attend/check in with the live Zoom class will be marked as in attendance.


Thank you,

Ms. Sims, THS School Nurse

tsims@tps501.org

785-295-3172.

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Congratulations to our Yearbook Staff!

The 2022 yearbook was chosen as a national sample book by Balfour Publishing. Only the top 3 percent of all Balfour's books are chosen for this honor. This is the second year in a row that Topeka High has been a national sample book.


Kaylyn Sharp - Editor

Trista Davis - Editor

Madi Vobach

Sage Murphy

Zarai Barranco-Martinez

Isabella Davis

Alyssa Hannigan

Lucianna Enriquez

Avery Wardner

Caden Mercer

Ariawna Thompson

Clene Rodrigez

Haley Carpenter

Jonna Kluczykowski

Avery Gibson

Pre-Enrollment Begins Jan. 27th

Parents,

Please talk with your student regarding the best course options for the 22-23 school. Students will make course selections next week. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact your student's counselor.


Enrollment information can also be found in your student's grade level Google Classroom.


A - Ca Mrs. Bordewick 295-3164

CE - GA Mrs. Murray 295-3168

GE - K Mrs. Lewis 295-3166

L - N Mrs. Weyand 295-3163

O - Sm Mrs. Flickner 295-3169

Sn - Z Ms. Prothe 295-3167

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News From THS PTO

Plan on joining us for our next PTO meeting on March. 10th at 6 pm. We meet the second Thursday of each month. We will be discussing a variety of school topics. Questions? Contact us at thsparentteacherorgan@gmail.com.


PTO Concession Stand Call to Action!!

We need your help! Have fun with other PTO parents by volunteering in the concession stand at winter home athletic events. You can sign up for one game/event, or for several. Student organizations will also be helping, but we need adult coordination to assure smooth operations. Please consider signing up to help out. The PTO Concession Stand is one of our biggest fundraisers that helps with After Prom.


PTO Concession Stand Sign-up Link: THS: Basketball Concessions (signupgenius.com)


If you'd like to make donations for events or help during activities, complete this form: PTO Sign Up


Plan on joining us for our next PTO meeting on Feb. 10th at 6 pm. We meet the second Thursday of each month. We will be discussing a variety of school topics. Questions? Contact us at thsparentteacherorgan@gmail.com.

MLK Living the Dream Contest Winners

Congratulations to our THS Winners!

ESSAY Winners from Topeka High Schools:

11th-12th Grade Category:

  • 2nd Place - NiJaree Canady - THS


POETRY Winner from Topeka Public Schools:

9th-10th Grade Category:

  • 1st Place - Jayden Norman - THS

  • 2nd Place - Rylee Jade Salts - THS


11th-12th Grade Category:

  • 1st Place - Lillian Thorton - THS

  • 2nd Place - Kristoffer Comahig - THS

  • 3rd Place - Skylar Sutton - THS


ART Winner from Topeka Public Schools:

11th-12th Grade Category:

  • 1st Place - DeShauna Wiley - THS

Update: COVID Safety Protocols

TPS COVID-19 Response Plan for Staff, Students, & Visitors:

Click here to view the updated COVID-19 Response Plan.



Please see this video regarding the safety protocols TPS has in place.

Safety video

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions: Summary of Guidance.

COVID Information from Ms. Morrisey

Dear Families,

When we are notified that a THS student or staff has tested positive for COVID-19 or one of the COVID-19 variants, we move quickly to identify any possible close contacts that may have occurred in our building.


If we identify a student as a close contact, we visit directly with them, and we also contact a parent or guardian regarding the situation. If you and your student are not notified, then your student did not have a close contact with the positive individual based on the guidance provided by the Shawnee County Health Department.


It is important to also visit with your child about close contacts that may occur during lunch, if off campus, and before and after school, when they are not monitored by the school or home. As always, it is important for you to monitor your child’s health and any symptoms he or she may be experiencing.


Please see the attached Parent letter (Spanish included) providing information in case your child is determined to be a close contact.

Attendance Reminder

Parents and Guardians,

If your student misses school, please be sure to call the office each day to excuse him/her. If your student needs to quarantine, please be sure to communicate that as well with your division. The school nurse will follow up with you.


Division 1/2 - 295-3185

Division 3/4 - 295-3206

What To Do If You Have a COVID Related Absence

Remember, if your student is home on quarantine, he/she needs to check in with a district teacher at the Zoom link below:


District High School Link: https://tps501.zoom.us/j/83999335664 Passcode: 920381


  • Students will continue to access their assignments and homework through their Google Classrooms.

  • Students will join the district's live Zoom class with the link provided.

  • Students who attend/check in with the live Zoom class will be marked as in attendance.


PM Academy

Topeka High also has a PM Academy Zoom link for students who can't attend tutoring in person. Use this Zoom link to drop in for extra help Monday -Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday.


https://tps501.zoom.us/j/83521824192

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TPS Transfer Window Opens

Student Transfers for 2022-2023:

If you know of someone who has a child who wants to attend Topeka High School for the 22-23 school, please share the form link below to let them know how to apply for a transfer. The transfer window will close on 3/31/22, and the link can also be found on the TPS website. If you have an 8th grader and currently do not live in our attendance area, fill one out for them as well, and indicate that there is a sibling currently attending.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfh-KjcwUjzKTc7MryqG0bHC9BkeWo8WgxyBgdmh7ROe9fGlw/viewform

K-State Summer Camp

If you will be a junior or senior next school year and are interested in a career in health care, check out this great opportunity....
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Dental Clinic Coming to THS

GraceMed will hold a spring dental clinic May 9th, 10th and 11th.


Please fill out the online consent with the following link: https://gracemed.org/dental-consent


If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Sims or Ms. Holly at 295-3172. You can also contact Ms. Julie Landwehr, Dental Outreach Coordinator, at 785-861-8800 ext 3361 or email her at: jlandwehr@gracemed.org


GraceMed En Mayo 9th y 10th y 11th 2022 se llevará a cabo una clínica dental. Para que su hijo sea visto por favor complete el consentimiento en línea con el siguiente página Web: https://gracemed.org/dental-consent

Remembering Mr. Keller and Mrs. Blue

We continue to mourn the loss of our psychology teacher, Mr. John Keller and our paraprofessional, Mrs. Pat Blue. Cards for the family can be dropped off at our main office and we will deliver them to their families.


https://www.penwellgabeltopeka.com/Obituary/207131/John-Keller/Topeka-KS


https://www.penwellgabeltopeka.com/Obituary/206705/Patricia-Blue/Topeka-KS

20-21 THS Yearbook Earns Highest Ranking

All Kansas Rating Earned

The 2021 Topeka High yearbook won an "All Kansas" rating by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. It's the highest ranking and shows that we were among the best in the state last year.



Adviser Heather Hooper said, "I just want to say how proud I am of those 11 girls who worked under the most difficult circumstances that I've ever seen in 17 years of advising student publications. They not only rose to the challenge through five months of remote learning, hybrid schedules, canceled events and limited access to sideline events, but showed everybody how we do it at THS with class and style."


And if you think last year's book was good.... wait till you see what we're working on now.


Last year's staff was led by:


Elaine Bunten and Kaydee Votaw, Editors in Chief

Ryleigh Atkinson

Nivea Moore

Jayme Thompson

Ruby Schumacher

Grace Schumacher

Haley Carpenter - Current staff member

Kaylyn Sharp - Current Staff member

Cle'Ne Rodriguez

Abby Price

Cox Affordable Connectivity Program

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program: Please share with your teams that the FCC has announced a permanent affordable connectivity program that will provide eligible families, who apply, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Eligible families include those who qualify for free & reduced school lunch, SNAP, WIC, or those with an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for family size. Click here for information from Cox in either English or Spanish.

Mental Health Minute

Healthy Sleep Patterns for Teens

Information taken from the article “Teens and Sleep”


What: 8-10 hours is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation & the American Academy of sleep medicine


Why:

  • It is a time of increasing brain, body, and social emotional development.

  • Getting adequate sleep promotes better brain function including focus and attention, creativity, and higher level thinking according to the Sleep Foundation.

  • They also describe how being sleep deprived for extended times can lead to irritability and mood fluctuations that can affect relationships and are associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • “Sleep contributes to the effective function of virtually every system of the body. It empowers the immune system, helps regulate hormones, and enables muscle and tissue recovery.”

  • Sleep deprivation can also affect the frontal lobe which is still in development and is a decision making and impulse control hub of the brain. High risk behaviors are more prevalent among teens that don’t get enough sleep.

  • There is a higher risk of accidents and injuries among teens who are overtired.


How:


  • Schedule it

  • Be away from the light of electronics 30 minutes before bed because the light from the screen inhibits the production of melatonin.

  • Avoid caffeine in the evening

  • Establish a calming routine

  • Exercise and see the light during the day

  • Follow relaxation exercise


Eric Suni Staff Writer

Eric Suni has over a decade of experience as a science writer and was previously an information specialist for the National Cancer Institute.


Dr. Abhinav Singh Sleep Physician

Dr. Singh is the Medical Director of the Indiana Sleep Center. His research and clinical practice focuses on the entire myriad of sleep disorders.

Do you or someone you know need Mental Health Resources?

I hope you’re all staying healthy and warm these days!


As the pandemic continues to challenge us all, we asked ourselves, “What we could do for Shawnee County students who might be struggling?” As you know, FSGC offers 7 Cups – a free, confidential, safe phone app/website that offers a listening ear and strategies on a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loneliness and all kinds of stress. It provides one-on-one messaging with a live, trained person available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We realized we need to make sure teens know this is still available to them if they just need to talk to someone, no matter what the time - day or night.

We have created some a couple of graphics with scannable QR codes for your school staff to use as reminders for students.

If you have teachers who would be willing to show this graphic at the beginning or end of class to remind students help is available to them, that would be absolutely wonderful! The graphic could also be used in announcements, news stories, emailed out to individual students, etc. And I’m sure you can come up with some other unique ways to use the graphic that’s unique to your school/district.

We thank you in advance for helping to keep this valuable, free resource top of mind for your students. We hope you find this to be a helpful tool to add to your toolbox.

As Parent-Teacher Conference time draws near, please let us know if you need any additional brochures, etc. from us. Take good care and try to stay warm!

Pam

Director of Marketing & Development

325 S.W. Frazier Ave.

Topeka, KS 66606

785.232.7902

FSGCtopeka.com


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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 (A-D) 785-295-3185

Academic Counselor, A-Ca: Pat Bordewick

pbordewick@tps501.org ext.3164

Academic Counselor, Ce-Ga: Paige Murray

pmurray@tps501.org ext.3168

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Alecia Rivera

arivera@tps501.org ext. 3193

SPED Social Worker: Norella Munoz

nmunoz@tps501.org ext. 5877


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

Academic Counselor: Angela Lewis

alewis@tps501.org ext. 3166

Academic Counselor, Ce-Ga: Paige Murray

pmurray@tps501.org ext.3168

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Alecia Rivera

arivera@tps501.org ext. 3193

SPED Social Worker: Norella Munoz

nmunoz@tps501.org ext. 5877


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

Academic Counselor: Autumn Weyand

(aweyand@tps501.org) ext.3163

Academic Counselor (O-Sm): Kelsey Flickner

(Kflickner@tps501.org) ext. 3169

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Rachelle Petersen

(rpetersen@tps501.org) ext.3210

SPED Social Worker: Maria Denney

(mdenney@tps501.org) ext.7185


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

Academic Counselor: Heather Prothe

(hprothe@tps501.org) ext.3167

Academic Counselor (O-Sm): Kelsey Flickner

(Kflickner@tps501.org) ext. 3169

SPED Social Worker: Maria Denney

(mdenney@tps501.org) ext.7185

Gen. Ed. Social Worker: Rachelle Petersen

(rpeterson@tps501.org) ext.3210

Parking Reminder

Please be respectful of our business neighbors such as the Azura Credit Union and KNEA. Their parking lots are private property and violators will be ticketed. We have available student parking in our southwest lot on 10th Street and in our lot on Western.

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.

Community Resources

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Attention Seniors - Information from Herff Jones

Welcome to senior year! Though it may seem like graduation is a long way away, preparation for the big day starts now. As your school’s official graduation provider, I want to make sure that every senior can celebrate their achievements in their own special way. The graduation process starts with these three easy steps!


1. Provide your contact and sizing information by clicking here: Contact and sizing information This information will ensure your gown fits appropriately, and that we can contact you and your family about any critical graduation information throughout the year. Please note providing this information does NOT constitute as placing an order. See step 3 for more info on ordering!


2. Check out our digital catalogs here: online catalogs Herff Jones provides a variety of products that are guaranteed to meet your needs for the celebration.


3. Place your order here: Place Order Here Your school’s official announcements, gowns, and rings can only be purchased at this link. Don’t wait, order now! For ordering assistance, please contact customer service at 866.238.5336 or visit www.herffjones.com


Congratulations Class of 2022! I look forward to celebrating with you this Spring!


Sincerely,

Megan Theiling

Herff Jones Representative

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How THS Communicates

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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.

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).

Graduation Information

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Congratulations to these Honor Roll Students!

THS Remote Instruction Available

Parents and Students,


If a student needs to quarantine, we want to help him/her continue learning even if he/she needs to stay home. We will have a teacher available during the day to assist students during COVID related absences. Please see the below parent letter for more information.


THS also offers virtual after school tutoring. Use the link below to drop in for help from 3:30 - 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday.


https://tps501.zoom.us/j/83521824192


Passcode: Trojans


It is very important for students who are quarantined during COVID continue to complete assignments that are posted in their Google classrooms. Staying current on assignments is the key to a successful year. If you have any academic or behavioral concerns, please don't hesitate to call your child's counselor or division principal.

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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.

Autism Parent Resources

Family Service and Guidance Center is hosting a 12 session series for parents of an autistic child. The flyer is attached here.

150th Celebration Events

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Topeka Metro Double Map

Click on link above to access real time Topeka Metro Bus Locations

After School Tutoring Available

Do you need help with your classes??


Don't hesitate to stop by the student cafeteria to get help with your classes! Snacks are also provided! If you are unable to attend in person, then use the Zoom link listed below to drop in for virtual tutoring! Tutoring is available Monday - Thursday 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.


https://tps501.zoom.us/j/83521824192


Passcode Trojans

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COVID Information From Ms. Morrisey

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Meet our THS New Staff

Meet our new staff... We are so glad they chose THS and Topeka Public Schools!

We Are In This Together

Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment.

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.

Welcome Back from Ms. Morrisey

All TPS teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask while indoors. Masks are not required while outdoors. In addition, we will continue to maintain a social distance of 3 -6 feet when possible. We will continue to follow sanitation protocols, including frequent hand washing and other mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe. You can visit the following link for more information on TPS Safe Return to School plan.

Concurrent Enrollment Forms

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If your student is participating in our Washburn University Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP), please complete these forms if you have not done so already. Scholarships are available based on financial need.


CEP Form


CEP Scholarship Form

How Does TPS Communicate?

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.

Cyber Security Risks are on the Rise

Very soon the district is going to be required to take additional precautions to protect our staff, students, and families from emerging Cybersecurity threats. Prior to the end of this academic year, all staff will be required to implement multi-factor authentication on email and other critical systems. Early adopters may begin to do so now, if they so choose. Remind your teams that spoofing is on the rise. Do not reply or act on any email message not from the district account of a TPS employee.
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Topeka High School's Sesquicentennial Celebration

Open the link to see how Topeka High School is going to Celebrate Topeka High School's Sesquicentennial

Prescription/medical needs funding

The TPSF Rx medical needs drug fund is available to help staff, students and parents with financial constraints experiencing difficulty getting their prescriptions filled or refilled because of financial constraints Please continue to be alert to these type needs in your building and have them fill out the Rx medical needs application form located on the TPS Foundation Site

Need a Job or know someone that does???

  • Know someone looking for a better job?

  • Employers: Want People to APPLY?

Information is attached and at: 2021 Job Fairs

Operation COVID-19 Basic Needs Assistance Program

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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: Pat Bordewick (pbordewick@tps501.org) 3164

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

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: Angela Lewis (alewis@tps501.org) 3166

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

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


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

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

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

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

Academic Counselor: Heather Prothe (hprothe@tps501.org) ext.3167

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

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

Need Help Paying Your Heating Bill?

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/

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.

Topeka High Trojan Bobbleheads

Just in time for holiday gift giving! There are still a few Trojan Bobbleheads available. Price reduced to $10. This supports the Topeka High School Teacher’s Guild. Purchase yours today using this link:



https://checkout.square.site/merchant/4HHA4XK8DNY96/checkout/YAS7ZDVPGVKFPTRAJM7OK66U



Or : Come to room 132, See Mrs. McPherson. Venmo, paypal, cash accepted as well.

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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