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Topeka Public Schools | 8/12/22

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Message from the Superintendent

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Dear Topeka Public Schools Staff and Families:

What an exciting start to the 2022-2023 school year! Our district attendance rate has been outstanding as the majority of our scholars returned to school.

Our school year has started off well due to the excellent parent and staff involvement in support of the success of every student. Thank you to all of our families for the positive feedback and for attendance at various back to school events.

We look forward to seeing staff and families next week for our first full week of school. We are excited to welcome our youngest scholars for the first day of preschool on August 18. Save the date for our annual Family Fun Fitness Night, which will be held at Hummer Sports Park on September 21.

Thank you for the tremendous support!

Dr. Tiffany Anderson


Topeka Public Schools Kicks Off Safe and Successful New School Year

Topeka Public Schools students are off to a great start during the first few days of school!

Students in grades K-6, grade 9, Hope Street Academy, Capital City Schools, and Avondale Academy Virtual School returned for the 2022-2023 academic year on August 10 and all students returned on August 11.

Families and staff members alike were thrilled to return to the classroom, and excited students were greeted at schools with balloons, parades, cheering, and fun.

Families can view highlights from the first week of school on Flickr and in this video. Don't forget to share your first day of school photos with us on Facebook!

Adelyn Tanner, a Jardine Elementary Third-Grader, Inspires Topeka Public Schools Staff

On Thursday, August 4, Topeka Public Schools welcomed staff members to the new school year at our all-staff Convocation event, which was held both in-person and virtually.

Smiles and cheers filled Lee Arena as staff were welcomed by Topeka West cheerleaders, retired educators, Board of Education members, and the Topeka Public Schools drumline, which consists of musicians from every high school.

Our incredible student speaker, Adelyn Tanner, is a third-grader at Jardine Elementary and the daughter of Gabrielle Tanner, who serves as Principal at Sheldon Head Start.

View highlights from Convocation in this video and view photos from the event on Flickr.

Welcome Young Scholars! Preschool Students Begin Their Educational Journey

Topeka Public Schools is welcoming its youngest scholars to the district next week!

Preschool Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Wednesday, August 17 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at all elementary schools, Shaner Early Learning Academy, Sheldon Head Start, and Pine Ridge Prep.

School begins for all preschool students on Thursday, August 18. Topeka Public Schools offers preschool programs at nearly all elementary school sites and has two early childhood centers.

Ukrainian Students Engage in Learning Opportunities at Topeka Public Schools

This week, Topeka Public Schools welcomed 17 Ukrainian students as they began school at Jardine Elementary, Jardine Middle School, and Topeka High School. The students were excited and eager to engage in learning opportunities!

Throughout July and August, the students from Ukraine toured their new schools alongside their families, district staff members, and host families. Additionally, the district held a Welcome Center event for all Ukrainian families to meet and receive resources.

Topeka Public Schools is proud to offer an inclusive and diverse setting and expanded support systems to meet families in places they live, work, and frequent.

Read more in this article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Topeka West Theatre Troupe Honored With Two National Awards

In national news, Topeka West High School was recently honored with 2 awards from the Educational Theatre Association!

Topeka West received the Outstanding School Award, which is given to high schools with theatre programs that exemplify and promote high standards in educational theatre.

In addition, they received the Outstanding Impact Award for their work during Theatre In Our Schools Month, which takes place each year in March. Pictured is Thespian Troupe 3061 with Governor Laura Kelly on Theatre Advocacy Day at the statehouse.

We are so proud of our school staff and scholars for their advocacy and dedication to the arts! Read more about Thespian Troupe 3061 in this article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Keep an Eye on Your Mailbox! New Topeka Public Schools Magazine Coming Soon

Look out in your mailbox over the next several weeks, as Topeka Public Schools has published a brand new magazine highlighting our award-winning schools, dedicated staff members, and outstanding students.

Families can view a sneak peek of the TPS District Connections magazine on Issuu. Print copies will be sent by mail in the coming weeks.

We welcome your feedback and if you would like to submit a paid advertisement, please reach out to TPS Communications Coordinator, Kylie Fleck-Talley, at

Topeka Public Schools Rewards Employees With Premium Retention & Recruitment Pay

Topeka Public Schools recognizes the hardship on employees caused by remaining in a pandemic for multiple years. As a result, through grant funds, the district is providing staff with another year of Premium Retention & Recruitment Pay.

The incentive will award up to $8,000 to Topeka Public Schools frontline staff members under a scheduled plan which provides quarterly payments of $2,000.

All other full-time permanent employees will be eligible for quarterly payments of $1,500 totaling up to $6,000.

Additionally, as part of the Recruitment & Retention Premium Pay Program, district substitutes are eligible for up to $2,400 incentive pay.

Learn more about Premium Retention & Recruitment Pay at

Community Partners Donate School Supplies for Topeka Public Schools Families in Need

Last week, Topeka Public Schools partnered with area churches to host our annual United for a Successful School Year supply giveaway at Highland Park High School, which served over 500 families!

Additionally, our partners at Bonkers, Kansas Secured Title, Community Care Network, Interim HealthCare, and other local businesses donated supplies for the new school year through our annual Stuff the Bus campaign.

Thanks to these generous donations, our students and families are off to a great start to the year! We appreciate the tremendous support from the Topeka community.

Text Messaging Service Sends Alerts to Topeka Public Schools Families

Topeka Public Schools utilizes the SchoolMessenger system for web services and to deliver text messages to families in the district. Alerts come straight to your mobile phone with important information about school events, school closings, and more.

Parents and guardians can participate in this free service by signing up in Tyler SIS, or by sending a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to the TPS short code number, 67587. You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying "stop" to one of our messages.

View our communications document to learn more about how Topeka Public Schools communicates with families throughout the school year. Don't forget to follow us on social media! We're active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

District Calendar & Upcoming Events

As you enjoy your summer and begin preparing for next year, please be sure to check out the 2022-2023 academic calendar at

Below are important dates for the beginning of August:

  • August 13: Harvesters Food Pantry
    9:00 AM | Jardine Middle School
  • August 17: Preschool Meet the Teacher Night
    4:30 - 5:30 PM | All Preschool Sites
  • August 18: First Day of Preschool
  • August 18: Board of Education Meeting
    5:30 PM | Burnett Center
  • August 19: Late Start Begins
    School Begins at 9:30 AM | All Elementary Schools
  • August 26: Harvesters Food Pantry

    9:00 AM | Hummer Sports Park

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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