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Topeka Public Schools | 5/19/23

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Message from the Superintendent

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Dear Topeka Public Schools Staff and Families:

Thank you so much for the incredible year. The School Board members and all of our staff congratulate all of our graduates! We'll be sharing an end-of-year video message on our social media channels on the last day of school next week.

Our promotional ceremonies for preschool are occurring this week and next, and it has been wonderful talking with many of our PreK families at the various ceremonies. Last weekend's graduation celebrations were amazing, and the elementary and middle school leaders attended in celebration of our scholars.

We thank all of our retiring staff for their dedication to Topeka Public Schools. Some of our retirees such as Ms. Diane Leupold, served in the library media department in our district for over 40 years, and a group of current and former librarians have established a scholarship in her name to honor her.

A heartfelt message of gratitude and love is extended to Ms. Morrisey, who remained throughout the pandemic, ensuring the students impacted as 9th graders successfully graduated this year. She is ending her 40th year in education, and we wish her a wonderful retirement with her grandchildren.

In addition to the many celebrations, congratulations to our athletes who won championships this week on the Topeka West High School tennis team and the Topeka High School baseball team.

Thank you for your love, support, and commitment to making this a very special year! We look forward to seeing students in June at one of our many summer programs.

Have a wonderful summer!

Dr. Tiffany Anderson


TPS Celebrates Graduates at High School Commencement Ceremonies

Over the past week, Topeka Public Schools celebrated its graduating seniors at commencement ceremonies for Hope Street, Capital City, Topeka High, Highland Park, and Topeka West. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Photos from each of the ceremonies are available on Flickr. Families wishing to purchase photos captured by Grad Images may contact their building principal for additional information.

Each commencement ceremony was live-streamed and can be viewed on the Topeka Public Schools YouTube channel. A virtual Presentation of Graduates celebration for each school is also available on YouTube and Facebook.

TPS Celebrates Staff Members at Annual Retirement Ceremony

On May 16, Topeka Public Schools celebrated staff members at the annual districtwide retirement ceremony.

Many of these dedicated staff members had decades-long careers with the district, and we thank each and every retiree for exemplary service to Topeka Public Schools students and families.

View photos from the retirement celebration on Flickr.

Topeka High School Principal Announces Retirement After 40 Years in Education

After 40 years in education, Topeka High School Principal Rebecca Morrisey has announced her retirement on June 30. Please read this letter from Ms. Morrisey and this letter from Dr. Anderson to learn more.

We congratulate Ms. Morrisey on this exciting new chapter in her life, and thank her for 14 years of service to Topeka Public Schools students, families, and staff!

If you would like to share memories, send words of encouragement, or include a video shoutout to Ms. Morrisey, please send them to TPS Communications by completing this form.

Join Us Next Week for Elementary & Middle School Promotion Ceremonies

Join us next week as we host elementary and middle school promotions to celebrate our students as they take the next step in their educational journey!

Promotion ceremonies will be held at the following times:

  • 5th Grade: Tuesday, May 23 at 1:30, 1:45, or 2:00 PM
  • 8th Grade: Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 AM

Promotion ceremonies will be held at each elementary and middle school. Please reach out to your building principal for additional details.

Preschool Scholars Take Part in Promotion Ceremonies Across the District

Throughout this week and next, Topeka Public Schools is celebrating our youngest scholars as they are promoted from preschool to kindergarten.

Promotion ceremonies were held at Sheldon Head Start on Wednesday, followed by our Preschool Intervention Program ceremonies today at 2:00 PM.

Next week, promotions will take place at Pine Ridge Prep, Shaner Early Learning Academy, and at each elementary school for students in state PreK.

View photos from the preschool promotion ceremonies on Flickr. Congratulations to all of our young scholars!

Enroll for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Online registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open for students in grades PreK-12!

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.

Topeka West Takes 1st Place in 5A State Tennis Championship

Last weekend at the KSHSAA 5A State Tennis Tournament, the Topeka West High School boys tennis team earned their first State Championship win in program history!

Additionally, twin brothers Ian and Miles Cusick dominated the court to win a 5A State Tennis Championship in doubles for the second year in a row.

The Topeka West tennis team members are an inspiration on and off the court, with class valedictorian Carter Cool and the Cusick brothers opting to compete in the State Tournament instead of attending their high school graduation ceremony, as they did not want to let down their teammates.

Coach Kurt Davids, Coach Shon Daniels, Athletic Director Richard Mariani, and the six tennis team members were honored by the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education on May 18.

Topeka High Boys Baseball Team Advances to 2023 State Tournament

After winning the Regional Championship on May 17, the Topeka High School boys baseball team will now advance to the 2023 State Tournament!

The KSHSAA 6A State Baseball Championship will be held at Hoglund Stadium on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence on May 25-26.

We are so proud of Coach Cody Miller and the outstanding scholars of the Topeka High baseball team. We look forward to cheering them on in the State Tournament! Hoy! Hoy!

Topeka West Student & Teacher Receive Cash Awards From TPS Foundation

Last week, Ms. Lori Booher was awarded the first-ever $500 TPS Foundation - Class of ‘67 Teaching Award at the Topeka West High School (TWHS) Senior Scholarships & Awards Night!

TWHS alumnus Dr. Carl McFarland, Dr. David Reibstein, Dr. Judy Joss, Dr. Neal Satten, and Cynthia Schmidt Heath created the Class of ‘67 Teaching Award Scholarship to uplift the profession of teaching and to honor teaching at TWHS.

In addition, TWHS class of 2023 graduate Byron Howell was presented with the TPS Foundation $500 cash reward of the endowed Dr. Carl E. Mcfarland Science Award. Dr. McFarland established this award in 2022.

Congratulations to both recipients, and special thanks to the illustrious alums that established these exceptional TWHS cash Awards! Read more in this article on the TPS website.

Save the Date for the TPS Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament

This year’s TPS Foundation benefit golf tournament will be held on Thursday, June 1 at the GreatLife Shawnee County Country Club. Lunch and registration begins at 11:00 AM.

The TPS Foundation is looking for parent, staff, and student players, and more teams to compete. There is still time to register and celebrate the end of the year with friends and educators!

Grab a golf buddy and join in this fun day of celebration! View the registration form or visit the TPS Foundation website to learn more.

Reminder: Important End of School Dates

The last day of school is near! Below you will find last day of school dates for all grade levels.

  • Monday, May 22: Last day for Preschool Intervention Program
  • Tuesday, May 23: Last day for students in grades 6-8
  • Wednesday, May 24: Last day for all grades (PreK-12)
    Half day, no lunch served

District Calendar & Upcoming Events

View the 2022-2023 academic calendar at

As our families and staff plan for the upcoming year, Topeka Public Schools has also released the 2023-2024 academic calendar, which is available on the Communications Department drop-down menu.

Below are important dates for the month of May 2023:

  • May 1-31: Better Hearing & Speech Month
  • May 19: Preschool Intervention Program Promotions
    All PIP Locations | 2:00 PM
  • May 22: Pine Ridge Prep Promotion
    Pine Ridge Prep | 1:30 PM
  • May 22: Shaner/Preschool Promotions
    Shaner & All PreK Locations | 2:00 PM
  • May 23: 5th Grade Promotions
    All Elementary Schools | 1:30 PM, 1:45 PM, or 2:00 PM
  • May 23: Last Day of School (Grades 6-8)
  • May 24: 8th Grade Promotions
    All Middle Schools | 8:00 AM
  • May 24: Last Day of School (Half Day - All Grades)
  • May 25: Staff Professional Development
  • May 29: Memorial Day

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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