Applause in order for achievement
The school year has begun with some good news coming from Tonganoxie High School.
School officials are reporting that the school's composite ACT score increased 0.4 of a point from the year before. Most of the 69 THS students who took the test graduated in May.
And Tonganoxie students scored better than the state average, which is 21.5 points.
THS students logged an average score of 21.9 points.
It appears that hard work on the parts of students and staff are paying dividends. And that's good news for the district, as more and more parents are looking at Tonganoxie as a place to move.
And while school officials are celebrating the accomplishment, they're emphasizing that they know their talented students and staff can continue to improve.
Superintendent Richard Erickson hopes that soon students' average scores consistently come in even higher -- at 22 to 23 points.
If the district accomplishes that goal, it will mean THS will rank in line with some of the big boys in the northeast Kansas neighborhood -- Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe.
Congratulations to the students and their teachers. It appears the teachers have instilled in the students the importance of becoming lifelong learners.