On a nice Monday afternoon on March 10th I was able to go on a field trip to the Kanza Science Park to see and learn about why the prairie gets burned. I also met a man named Brad Loveless and asked him many questions.
I learned Brad works at Westar as a Biologist, and has been working there for about 33 years now. Brad was the man who was setting the grass on fire. He would do it in patches, using 25 to 30% of gasoline and the rest diesel, because the gasoline is what makes the fire burn well, but the diesel is for the flames to stay low, and to burn slow. The Fire Department would stay on the side of the fire spraying water next to it, so the fire doesn’t spread.
They burn the prairie every spring to keep the nutrients in the soil, and the ashes help the new layer of grass grow better. They first cut the grass short so when it’s being burned the flames won’t be massive. Westar, and the Fire department would rather burn the grass on a day when it’s not windy so the smoke doesn’t blow onto the highway. The burning is needed to restore the prairie to native grasses and flowers.
Students will be able to explore and study the prairie at the Kanza Educational Science Park. I would like to thank Brad Loveless, Westar, the Fire department, and our school district for letting me have this very interesting opportunity to experience and learn about a prairie burn.
Several Hope Street students participated in the National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, February 20th held at Washburn Institute of Technology. The event was the first one in the nation done specifically for technical education.
Attending from Hope Street were: Jaelle Alcox, Kierra Byler, Haley Dallen, Clarissa Gardenhire, April Glenn, Faith Helvey, Destiny Kirby, Monica Munoz, Sienna Ramierez, Sativa Ray, Breanna Scott, Jacob Van Hoye, and Dylan Weakly.
Several Hope Street students participated in a Pinewood Derby on Wednesday, December 11th. This activity was part of Ms. Forgey's Physical Science. Students were challenged to apply the Laws of Physics learned in their motion and energy units in the construction of pinewood derby cars. Winners were: April Glenn, 1st Place; Alex Perez and Miranda Sims, 2nd place; Laquan Jones and Ilse Marin, 3rd place.
Several Hope Street students were treated to a tour of Washburn Institute of Technology on Tuesday, October 22nd. They were able to tour the various technical programs the school has to offer which include Advanced Manufacturing, Business, Computer and Networking Technology, Construction, Health Care, Human Services and Transportation.
More than 350 TPS staff volunteers and 1,000 volunteers from Topeka area churches showed up for the annual ShareFest.
Everyone pitched in to spread mulch, trim bushes, paint
On August 28, the Environmental Science and Current Social Issues class visited the City of Topeka water treatment plant. The field trip's purpose was to see how the city tap water is treated once it's pumped from the Kansas river.
Students were given a tour of the entire process from the beginning where the dirt water is pumped into the plant to where it is ready to drink. Students also got to see how the entire system is run through the computer room where everything is monitored through computers.
Students were impressed how closely monitored the cities water source really is kept and pure the water is when it leaves the plant.
The TPS Listening Tour 2013 has been scheduled for Hope Street on September 26, 2013 at 6:00PM in the Media Center. Attend the listening tour to find out about:
The evening will be attended by a district-level administrator and a board member. The public is encouraged to attend. We want to hear from you about these very important topics. Please attend the listening tour and let us know what you think.
Hope Street students along with staff will assist in the Family Fun night by helping families create interesting food options that are healthy and nutritions while using play dough in conjunction with the National Food plate. See, you can play with your food!
The event will be on September 11, 2013 at Hummer Sports Park, 2651 SW East Circle Drive South. It will be held from 5:30PM-7:00PM.
For more details and schedule, see the brochure
HSA was asked to participate in the commemoration of the March on Washington at Brown v. Board of Education. The students were asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, after ROTC presented the Colors.
The students who participated were Jalen Riles, April Glenn (photographer), Mariah Silvey, Stacia Counts-Mulay, Gabrielle Webber, Josh McCoy, Angelica Martinez, Ms. Slaughter. Several parents came to support their students. Gov. Brownback signed the Proclamation memorializing the event.
Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year has been set for:
Enrollment will be held in the Hope Street cafeteria.
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