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Weekly Parent Letter 5/15/20


Dear TPS Parents and Guardians:


This next week, May 18-21 is the last week of school. Let’s finish strong. At the elementary level, there will be video lessons through Thursday, but the last live Zoom office hours with teachers will be on Wednesday, May 20. Fifth Grade Promotion will be on May 20 at 5:30. The links to Preschool Promotion are on the same link.


At the middle and high school level, the last day of classes will be Wednesday, May 20. Thursday morning, May 21 is the official Middle School Promotions will be shown on the TPS Cox Television Station and on district and school Facebook pages at the following times: French MS - 8:00 am; Jardine MS - 9:00 am; Chase MS - 10:00 am; Landon MS - 11:00 am; Robinson MS - 12:00 pm; Eisenhower MS - 1:00 pm.


High School Graduation

  • Saturday, May 16, the Virtual Graduation Ceremonies will take place. The graduation ceremonies will be released at the following times on the TPS Cox Television Station and district and school Facebook pages.

  • TWHS - 9:00 am

  • HPHS - 10:15 am

  • THS - 11:15 am

  • Saturday, July 25, if permitted, there will be an in-person graduation ceremony for each high school.

Thank you for the continued support of your child’s education.


The Week Ahead - May 18 - 22 Learning Focus: Visit our Continuous Learning Website to find your elementary student’s lessons or visit your secondary student’s Google Classrooms.


PK Math - Counting and matching

Language Arts - Neighborhood stories and poems

K Math - Finding Patterns When Adding or Subtracting Zero & One From a Number

Language Arts - Comparing and contrasting familiar texts

1st Math - Compose (make) a New Shape from Other Shapes

Language Arts - Using text features to locate key facts and information

2nd Math - Begin to Develop an Understanding of Unit Fractions as Parts of a Whole

Language Arts - Using images to clarify details in texts

3rd Math - Solve Word Problems with Perimeter of Different Shapes

Language Arts - Explaining how key details and illustrations support main ideas

4th Math - Add and Subtract with Mixed Numbers

Language Arts - Using details and text features to support main ideas

5th Math - Problem Solving with Coordinate Plans

Language Arts - Using legends to explore and analyze points of view


Virtual Summer Enrichment Camps: Topeka Public Schools recognizes that this summer looks different in that many of the community activities are limited due to the continued efforts to minimize exposure to the Coronavirus. As we enter summer vacation for students, we want to keep students engaged in learning and connected to school. Please visit and register for virtual summer opportunities at the TPS Summer Enrichment website.


KSDE Guidance: In support of the new guidance shared by the Kansas State Department of Education,, all in-person graduations events are being rescheduled until the community safely moves into the next phase of the plan to reopen Kansas. The virtual graduation will continue as planned on Saturday, May 16, 2020 to allow us to celebrate our seniors in May, as we originally planned, before the pandemic. We have continued with this event to allow families to safely watch the ceremony from home as we conclude the academic school year.

Out of an abundance of caution, all locker clean out and pick up of student personal items will be rescheduled after Monday, May 18. Principals will communicate the revised schedule for locker cleanout and pick up of personal items.


Thank you for supporting your student’s continuous learning.

Billie Wallace

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning


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