Schools and education

Tonganoxie High stages creepy, spooky musical with ‘Addams Family’
November 15, 2017
A cartoon, television and movie favorite about a quite quirky clan came to Tonganoxie in the form of a high school musical this past week. The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments presented “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.
Santa event Dec. 9 at Tonganoxie Middle School to benefit THS After-Prom
November 15, 2017
Youths can visit Kris Kringle next month in Tonganoxie. The annual Tonganoxie High School After Prom Breakfast with Santa Claus event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area. Cost is $5 per person (adults and children) and it Includes a pancakes and sausage breakfast. The price also includes a photo with Santa and a craft table for children. There also will be a silent auction. For more information, go to Facebook.com and search for “Breakfast with Santa” or “ths.bws.” Proceeds will go toward THS after-prom festivities.
Tonganoxie school board tours high school
November 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board, current and future, got an up-close look at some structural improvements and other challenges at Tonganoxie High School. The school board members, along with a handful of patrons toured Tonganoxie High School during the board’s regular meeting Monday. This month’s meeting took place at the Chieftain Room on the THS campus instead of the Tonganoxie Elementary School library so that the board could be at the campus to continue the meeting with the tour. Also on the tour were board members-elect Jim Bothwell, Chris Gratton and Karen K. Wake Bottary. The three won election this past week in the general election.
Challengers sweep Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 races
November 7, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (405), Loralee Stevens (324) and Rocky Himpel (245) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday.
Tonganoxie High After Prom fundraiser tonight at Sonic
October 27, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School junior class will be serving food Friday at Sonic to raise money for THS After Prom 2018. Students will be serving from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Tonganoxie Sonic. During that time, 100 percent of tips and 10 percent of total food sales will go to After Prom.
Genesis Christian Academy, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission receive Lawrence Memorial Hospital grants
October 27, 2017
Genesis Christian Academy and the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission together have been awarded health and wellness grants from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. Funds were raised for the grant through the Summer Spray 5K this past summer.
Tonganoxie school district to pay Kleidosty through January
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 will pay Chris Kleidosty through the end of January 2018. The board approved Kleidosty’s resignation at the Oct. 9 meeting, with Board Member Phillip Welsh voting against the resignation. After the vote was taken, former board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked about when the resignation went into effect.
Tonganoxie USD 464 reports slight increase in enrollment
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464’s enrollment numbers are up from 2016-17. Tonganoxie’s enrollment as of Sept. 20, the official date for Kansas school districts to submit their enrollment numbers, was 1,976. That’s an increase of 13 students from Sept. 20, 2016.
THS Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is Saturday at high school
October 19, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is almost here. Students are organizing the event, which will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at THS. Registration is 8-10:30 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Pre-regisration cost is $12 for adults. There also will be food for sale and various booths. Proceeds from the event will benefit the auto tech class. For more information, email tmaurer@tong464.org or call 913-416-1400, ext. 2051.
Happy Homecoming in Tonganoxie
October 11, 2017
Rain couldn’t put a damper on Tonganoxie Homecoming festivities Friday. With weather forecasts calling for severe weather Friday night, school officials moved up the coronation ceremony to 4:45 p.m. and the football game to 5:30 p.m. at Beatty Field. The 90-minute move in scheduling, it was hoped, would get everything out of the way before storms came. Though it was a rainy evening, the weather didn’t get to Tonganoxie until later. Gage Smith and Sierra Staatz were named Homecoming king and queen.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board accepts Kleidosty resignation, approves Tyson resolution
October 11, 2017
Chris Kleidosty will no longer be the superintendent at Tonganoxie USD 464. But when his resignation takes effect still is not clear. The board approved, 6-1, to accept Kleidosty’s resignation at the end of Monday’s meeting, with Phillip Welsh casting the dissenting vote. The full motion was to accept the Kleisdosty’s resignation, subject to the board’s discussion in executive session. Former school board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked the board more particulars about the resignation. Board President Bryan Kemp declined to answer. Instead he told Truesdell she could request information through an open meetings request.
Hollywood Homecoming in Tonganoxie; coronaton, kickoff being moved up due to weather
12:03 p.m., October 5, 2017 Updated 04:34 p.m.
The theme is Golden Hollywood; the opponent is the Golden Bears. Homecoming week is here for Tonganoxie High School, with the dance theme Saturday night being “Golden Hollywood.” The dance will run 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chieftain Room, with tickets being $7 for a single ticket and $10 for couples.
Autographed memories at former Tonganoxie Elementary School
September 27, 2017
Brian Welsh remembers his name and those of classmates being etched in history at the former Tonganoxie Elementary School. Crews renovated the former stage in the north gymnasium and turned it into a music room for grades 4-6 before the start of the 1994-95 school year. Welsh, who graduated in 2001, was a sixth-grader in 1994-95. His music teacher at the time had sixth-graders — and only that year’s sixth-graders — sign a wall in the room, as Welsh recalled.
Still no decision on Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent; hirings and resignations approved
August 31, 2017
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board gave final approval to its 2017-18 budget, but members still have not made a decision on the future of Superintendent Chris Kleidosty. The board met this past Thursday in two special meetings, the first to have a budget hearing and the second to discuss non-elected personnel in executive session. The executive sessions last a total of 90 minutes, but no decisions were made after the board returned to the regular meeting.
Tonganoxie High soccer coming home
August 24, 2017
If the weather cooperates, the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team could start playing home games at Chieftain Park late next month. About a half dozen THS seniors spoke at Thursday’s Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board meeting about wanting to return to playing games at Chieftain Park.

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