Superintendent's Corner

Monday, July 24, 2017

We are looking forward to the first day of school on August 14, 2017. This is such an exciting time of the year. It's our mission to prepare, engage and inspire students. This year we have our new Jardine STEAM Academy opening and our career center (TCALC) is underway. It will open in 2018. Our parents have made these projects possible through the bond project and we greatly appreciate the support. The collective energy form parents and our school based partners will help Topeka as we prepare our students and build on to our strong foundation for the future.  

Remember our first day back in school is August 14th and this year our school supply list is posted at Walmart on Wanamaker and it's on our web page. We really missed our families and staff and we look forward to seeing you when you return.

Thank you for supporting Topeka Public Schools!

Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Learning and excitement through the summer

Pre-K learning at Williams

It is the end of June and the final week for several of our summer camps. Students have learned so much during these four weeks from photography to drama techniques, to painting, and athletic fundamentals, just to name few. We thank all of the parents that signed children up to participate in the Summer Enrichment programs. We hope everyone had a fun and enriching experience. 

Music Camp
Our staff members are also learning new concepts as many remain involved in staff development throughout the summer.  We thank the KNEA for offering workshops this summer that teachers enjoyed attending. This summer we have also been teaching educators locally and nationally about the innovative strategies we are using.  As examples, French Middle School was highlighted on ways we use our new 1:1 technology program. Click here to watch the clip

Football Camp at Hummer Sports Park
Topeka staff will be teaching others ways to have a trauma sensitive school by presenting at the Trauma Sensitive School Team Summit at the Kauffman Center where I will serve as the keynote, and Mrs. McKenzie, the educational leader for the early childhood programs and her staff member, Ms. Keefe, were published in a local magazine on the topic of trauma this month. Through the various outlets our educators are teaching other educators ways to support students in any school district. 

Summer Enrichment Art Camp
June has been a month filled with so many new learning opportunities.  Thank you for helping us have a great start to the summer and happy July 4th

Thank you for supporting Topeka Public Schools!
Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dr. Anderson Presents Nationally on Trauma and Equity

Dr. Tiffany Anderson is presenting nationally on topics focused on health and wellness and on closing achievement gaps. This month she was invited by the Kellogg Foundation to train their board and Battle Creek, MI educators on practices she has used to lead trauma informed initiatives in her past and in Topeka. Following the training, TPS staff are in the process of submitting a grant to Kellogg for funding for early childhood programs and expanding early childhood family health services. Today, Dr. Anderson has joined leading researchers and authors to present on intervention services in schools. While some TPS educators are training this week at KU on tiered intervention strategies, others are in Utah, being trained at a conference on equity. Staff members are also recruiting teachers while at the conference. The link to the conference can be viewed here: Truman Medical Center in Kansas City will host their annual conference focused on mental and behavioral health support services for students at the annual Trauma Sensitive Schools Team Summit where Dr. Anderson will serve as the keynote. To learn more about Trauma Sensitive Schools through Truman Medical's Behavioral Health unit click here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Celebrating a fantastic 2016-17 year

Thank you for the commitment and dedication to our students. I saw many of you at the various end of year events these last two week, I just had to take the time to wish you a relaxing and fun summer vacation with your family and friends. Thank you for helping make my first year so incredible. Congratulations to all of our schools as we celebrate the improved KAPP performance in math and in reading at every grade level this year. Take time to enjoy the summer with your family and friends and reflect on the many positive experiences this year.

Our theme for 2017-18 is Students First: Building for the Future as we build onto the successes from this year and prepare to open our new Jardine STEAM school. It is an exciting time in Topeka!

I have shared my end of the year video message with my school family and want to share it with you as well.

Approach every day with the kind of joy pictured below like our kindergarten students do daily!   See you in August!

A look at our some of our 2017 graduates. Congratulations!




Thank you for supporting Topeka Public Schools!

Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrating the Teachers of Topeka Public Schools

As Teacher Appreciation Week closes, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our teachers and staff for the work you do each day to mold young minds. The commitment of our teachers and staff makes a tremendous difference in Topeka Public Schools. Today in The Topeka Capital-Journal, teachers and students are highlighted from McClure for being named the National School of Character. Congratulations McClure! They represent the amazing staff we have across the district. Thank you for your commitment. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Making Health a Priority for Topeka Public Schools

On Thursday, April 27, Dr. Anderson served as the keynote at the Governor's Public Health Conference in Manhattan.

What is the state of public health care in the Topeka Public Schools? The Shawnee County health index is low due to many of the social determinants which include housing, health care access, and other factors. Topeka has included well being as part of the five-year strategic plan that was approved at this school year.  Initiatives that Dr. Anderson has placed as a priority include increasing health care access with free immunizations being given this school year, free dental care services will be provided in 2017-18 to all schools through the generosity of the mobile dental units through Grace Med and mental health services are being expanded by expanded counseling services in schools.   

The Topeka Housing Authority has continued its longstanding partnership with Topeka Public Schools through the Pine Ridge Partnership. Mrs. Shanna McKenzie and the Housing Authority have plans to continue to expand beyond the wellness center they have implemented in 2016, the preschools and the aquaponics center they have implemented in past years. See the video by clicking on the Pine Ridge link -  Pine Ridge Partnership.

Healthy children have healthy minds and it's part of Topeka's mission to ensure the growth and development of every child is fully fostered by serving the whole child physically and mentally.

Thank you for supporting Topeka Public Schools!
Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Friday, March 31, 2017

Invest in Public Education

Dr. Anderson on the red carpet at this year's Academy Awards.
Topeka Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anderson explains why everyone must invest in public education at the Oscars in this video.