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Newsroom Pictures of Secretary Siedlecki as principal of Highland Park High School
11/9/2011

SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki got to be principal for the day at Highland Park High School in Topeka. It was a great chance to get out in the community, talk to teachers, students and administrators and find out the issues that impact them.


"I was so impressed with everything they're doing at Highland Park," said Secretary Siedlecki. "Thank you to Dr. New and USD 501 for letting me be principal for the day. There are so many great things going on in the school, and I was happy to be able to observe and learn about the hard work and success stories." 



That's the (real) Principal of HPHS, Dr. Beryl New talking with Principal/Secretary Siedlecki as he started the day.
That's the (real) Principal of HPHS, Dr. Beryl New talking with Principal/Secretary Siedlecki as he started the day.

First stop, robotics class! These students are learning to design and engineer tasks like pouring water as seen here.​
First stop, robotics class! These students are learning to design and engineer tasks like pouring water as seen here.

The robotics class is a great way to engage students and motivate them in school, according to Dr. New.
The robotics class is a great way to engage students and motivate them in school, according to Dr. New.

The principals discussed the challenges facing Highland Park students with this freshman science teacher.
The principals discussed the challenges facing Highland Park students with this freshman science teacher.

One new option for students is training to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) while in high school. Those are mannequins.
One new option for students is training to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) while in high school. Those are mannequins.

Principal Rob met young men in a leadership class taught by community advocate Curtis Pitts.
Principal Rob met young men in a leadership class taught by community advocate Curtis Pitts.

Talking with staff at the Kelley Center, a residential facility for boys in state care.
Talking with staff at the Kelley Center, a residential facility for boys in state care.

Talking to a teacher at the Kelley Center, Mr Swift. He uses interesting subjects like bugs and snakes to draw students out.
Talking to a teacher at the Kelley Center, Mr Swift. He uses interesting subjects like bugs and snakes to draw students out.

After sitting down to lunch, Principal Rob made some new friends.
After sitting down to lunch, Principal Rob made some new friends.

Students were not shy about introducing themselves.
Students were not shy about introducing themselves.

These students told about their favorites aspects of HPHS (the teachers) and the not so favorites (bathrooms).
These students told about their favorites aspects of HPHS (the teachers) and the not so favorites (bathrooms).

Principal Rob was excited about the chocolate milk!
Principal Rob was excited about the chocolate milk!

Otto Vaughn has been volunteering at HPHS for 30 years. He eats lunch with the students, advises the athletes and encourages all.
Otto Vaughn has been volunteering at HPHS for 30 years. He eats lunch with the students, advises the athletes and encourages all

Dr. New has been principal for two years. She knows student's names, asks how they're doing, and helps them suceed. Nice hat!
Dr. New has been principal for two years. She knows student's names, asks how they're doing, and helps them suceed. Nice hat!

Mr. Curtis Pitts is a mentor, teacher, advisor and friend to many in his community, and good buddy of the Secretary.
Mr. Curtis Pitts is a mentor, teacher, advisor and friend to many in his community, and good buddy of the Secretary.