Topeka Public Schools | 4/4/2023
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Topeka Public Schools Staff and Families:
The last week of March, we celebrated Women's History Month with the signing of a proclamation by Governor Laura Kelly. We thank the Governor for highlighting the many TPS women leaders who are paving the way in education.
On March 26, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced that Mrs. Cherryl Delacruz, our math teacher at College Prep Academy and Highland Park High, is a Region 2 Finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Delacruz represents excellence in teaching across Topeka Public Schools. She is a teacher who humbly leads with love and grace to fulfill our mission to engage, prepare, and inspire students for a lifetime of learning. We are all so very proud of Mrs. Delacruz and our elementary nominee Mr. Allen Lake, and we look forward to recognizing them at an upcoming board meeting.
We also look forward to recognizing the KSDE Challenge Award Winners, Scott Dual Language Magnet, McEachron Elementary, Quincy Elementary, Whitson Elementary, McCarter Elementary, and Chase Middle School. This recognition highlights the positive impact these schools have made on student achievement. Their commitment to providing quality education for all students is inspiring and sets a remarkable example for other schools in the state!
We are truly heartbroken with the passing of our State Street student, who passed from medical complications at his home, as well as our school police officer, who passed from a heart attack at his home. Their memorial service information is posted below. Our State Street family appreciates any support that can be extended for Mason's memorial services at Dove. Officer Obregon joined the district 5 years ago after retiring from a 32-year career with the Topeka Police Department, and he was a dedicated officer with Topeka Public Schools. Both Mason and Officer Obregon will be greatly missed by staff across the district.
Thank you for your tremendous support.
Dr. Tiffany Anderson
TPS Math Teacher Named as a Finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Cherryl Delacruz, a math teacher at College Prep Academy and Highland Park High School, has been named a Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalist for Region 2 by the Kansas State Department of Education!
Mrs. Delacruz joined the Topeka community 15 years ago from the Philippines, and in addition to teaching, she leads math curriculum planning for teachers across the district. Learn more about Mrs. Delacruz in this highlight video.
This is the second consecutive year Topeka Public Schools has had a regional winner, with Mrs. Pamela Muñoz of McCarter Elementary serving as a 2023 Finalist.
We look forward to recognizing Mrs. Delacruz and our elementary nominee, Mr. Allen Lake of McEachron Elementary, at the next Board of Education meeting on May 4. Read more in this article from WIBW.
Jardine Elementary Teacher Honored as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas
Ms. Coleman serves as an educator in many different aspects of her life, and she has worked to educate others about disability, perseverance, and advocacy from the day she was born.
She is a graduate of Washburn University, a LinC Bonner Scholar, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and Washburn Next Generation Educators, and a graduate of the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum.
We look forward to highlighting Ms. Coleman and her work to make the world a more inclusive place for all at an upcoming board meeting. Learn more in this article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Topeka Public Schools Celebrates Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
This week, Topeka Public Schools sends a special thank you to our many wonderful paraprofessionals, as we celebrate Paraprofessional Appreciation Day on April 5.
Paraprofessionals perform a variety of teaching-related tasks to assist classroom teachers, such as enrichment activities, small group activities, play groups, and more. They also provide one-on-one support for students in completing tasks and assignments.
Show love to the paraprofessionals in your life by commenting a photo or message of support on social media with the hashtag #WeAreTPS!
Happy National Assistant Principals Week!
The first week of April is celebrated annually as National Assistant Principals Week!
We want to thank our incredible assistant and associate principals for their hard work and dedication to ensuring the success of all students in Topeka Public Schools.
You can show your appreciation to your school’s assistant principal by commenting a photo or message of support on our Facebook post!
Highland Park Basketball Teams Earn State, League, & All-County Awards
Both the boys and girls teams competed at State and earned numerous All-County and Meadowlark Conference League awards this season, including Coach of the Year honors for Mike Williams and Rob Brown.
Ketraleus "Bo" Aldridge received numerous accolades this season, including 2023 All-County Player of the Year, Meadowlark Conference League Player of the Year, and Sports in Kansas All-State Top 5.
Amelia Ramsey also earned League Player of the Year recognition, while Trevontae "Tre" Richardson and Angelique Gowan-Britt were honored as League Defensive Player of the Year.
We are so proud of these outstanding athletes and the coaches who led the way for their success this season!
TPS Welcomes Two New SROs With Decades of Law Enforcement Experience
This month, TPS Chief of Police Ron Jeanneret announced the hiring of two recently retired Topeka Police Detectives.
Officer Matt Ford served his country in the US Army for 10 years, in addition to serving TPD as a Patrol Supervisor, Crime Scene Investigator, and Crisis Negotiator. He is currently an assistant football coach at Topeka West and an assistant with the Topeka West Army ROTC.
Officer Matt McClimans served in Patrol and as an SRO for six years at Topeka High and one year at Eisenhower. Matt finished his career as a Detective in the Special Victims Unit, where he assisted victims in the investigation of sexual assault cases.
Both of these officers bring over 20 years of experience to our TPS Police Department, and we are honored and privileged to welcome them to our team! Learn more in this article from KSNT News.
Register Now for the Steps for Stegman 5K for ALS Awareness
Dr. Stegman Day is celebrated each year on Dr. Stegman's birthday, after she was diagnosed with ALS last year.
Jardine will hold the 2nd annual Steps for Stegman 5K for ALS Awareness on Saturday, May 20, with additional activities for students and families to enjoy! Proceeds from the 5K benefit the ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter.
You can learn more, sign up for the race, or make a donation by visiting the official Steps for Stegman 5K page.
Enroll Now for TPS Academic & Enrichment Summer Camps!
Topeka Public Schools is committed to helping students stay engaged over the summer with many exciting academic and enrichment opportunities!
Our Summer Camps will run June 5-30, 2023 and include art, sports, language, robotics, and much more for students in PK-12th grade.
Camps are offered at no cost to Topeka Public Schools students. Camps are available to all other students in Shawnee County for $50 per student per week, with a $10 non-refundable deposit. Breakfast and lunch are included for all students.
Visit our Academic/Enrichment Summer Camps page to register and learn more.
Topeka Public Schools Celebrates the Week of the Young Child
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and our community.
Preschool registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open online later this month! In the meantime, families can learn more about our preschool and early childhood education programs at topekapublicschools.net.
Join Us for 2023-2024 Kindergarten Orientation on April 13
This event is an opportunity for parents to learn more about Topeka Public Schools, meet teachers and staff, and tour our schools.
Kindergarten Orientation will take place at each elementary school in the district, so please attend the event hosted at your child's school. Eligible students must be 5 years-old by August 31, 2023.
TPS Announces Principal Appointments for 2023-2024 School Year
We are also excited to announce that Dianne Denmark will be promoted to a new role for the 2023-2024 school year as the Interim Principal at Eisenhower Middle School. Mr. Nick Gardner will continue to serve as the coordinator for both campuses and as Principal at Ross Elementary.
Both of these outstanding leaders bring decades of experience in education, and are passionate about ensuring all students reach their full potential and achieve their dreams!
All Families With Young Children Invited to Roll & Read Event on April 15
Topeka Public Schools has partnered with Parents as Teachers and the Kansas Health Foundation for another exciting Roll & Read event, as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child.
Roll & Read will be held from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 15 at Evergy Plaza and the NOTO Arts District.
The event combines literacy with physical fitness and features reading stations, community booths, a stroller/wagon decorating contest, and free food!
Together we will walk, bike, skate, push a stroller, or pull a wagon while taking breaks along the way to read stories.
Join Us in Celebrating Dr. Beryl New
Dr. New, who currently serves as the district's Director of Certified Personnel & Equity, has impacted the lives of countless students and staff in her 35 years as an educator, administrator, and community leader.
If you would like to share memories, send words of encouragement, or include a video shoutout to Dr. New, please send them to TPS Communications by completing this form.
Volunteer for ShareFest 2023!
ShareFest is an event created with the belief that churches and organizations can do more together than any one group could do separately. The event brings together citizens from all over Topeka to improve our community!
Topeka Public Schools is among the organizations to benefit from this year's ShareFest, which will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Volunteers will spend the day landscaping, painting, and cleaning up the grounds of Highland Park Central, Chase, State Street, Randolph, Williams, Robinson, and Topeka High.
This event is only possible with the help of volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please visit sharefesttopeka.com.
District Citizen Advisory Council Surveys For Parents & Staff Members
The District Citizen Advisory Council (DCAC) is conducting a survey for parents and staff to learn more about their sleep and school schedules.
Please use the links below to complete the survey. Your feedback will inform their research and recommendations on these topics to be presented to the Board of Education early this summer.
Save the Dates: Celebrate Retirees & Staff Members With 25 Years of Service
Topeka Public Schools will celebrate its staff members with 25 years of service to the district on Thursday, May 4.
We will also honor staff members retiring from the district during a celebration at Bishop Professional Development Center at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 16.
Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Remembering State Street Kindergarten Student, Mason Campbell
Mason's family shared that he had a lot of soul for a young boy, who had a way of reaching out to others and drawing them in with his smiles and laughter. He continues to unite all in Topeka Public Schools as he leaves a legacy of love and kindness.
Mason has a wonderful family and people of the community who will always miss and cherish him forever.
The family shared assistance is appreciated, and support can be directed to State Street administration. View the obituary and information on memorial services here.
Remembering TPS Police Officer Anthony "Tony" Obregon
His fellow officers shared how much he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren on the weekends. Officer Obregon‘s decades-long dedication to law enforcement shows his commitment to public service. He will be greatly missed by staff across the district.
He was known by our school staff for his love for children, his gentle spirit, and kindness to all. His memorial services will be Saturday, and many members of the school district will be in attendance.
District Calendar & Upcoming Events
View the 2022-2023 academic calendar at topekapublicschools.net.
Below are some important dates for April 2023:
- April 1-30: Autism Acceptance Month
- April 1-30: Occupational Therapy Month
- April 1-30: National School Library Month
- April 1-7: Week of the Young Child
- April 1-7: National Assistant Principal Week
- April 5: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
- April 6: Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM | Burnett Center
- April 7: NO SCHOOL IN SESSION
- April 13: Kindergarten Orientation
5:30 PM | All elementary schools
- April 13: Indigenous Family Night
5:30 PM | Jardine Middle School
- April 20: Board of Education Meeting
5:30 PM | Burnett Center
- April 22: Earth Day
- April 24: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Staff Professional Development
- April 25: Middle School Parent Orientation
5:30 PM | All middle schools
- April 27: Distinguished Staff Awards
5:30 PM | Bishop Professional Development Center
- April 29: Sharefest
8:00 AM | Learn more at sharefesttopeka.com
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