Schools and education

Tonganoxie school board honors outgoing business manager; personnel approved, RFPs for turf companies
December 12, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 had a special presentation during Monday’s regular school board meeting. The board recognized Ann Clark, who is retiring from her post as district business manager. Board President Jim Bothwell presented Clark with a plaque. They also celebrated with a cake for Clark. Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, who came to Tonganoxie this past July, thanked Clark for her service. He appreciated her staying longer with the district to help with training.
Tonganoxie Madrigal Feaste: Fit for a king (and queen)
December 12, 2018
Longtime Madrigal Feaste organizer/volunteer Carolyn Day recalls the inaugural year for what has become a popular Tonganoxie tradition. Some 65 people attended the first Madrigal Feaste in 2002 for dinner and entertainment provided by 15 Chieftain Singers and 25 concert choir members. Roughly 120 Tonganoxie students performed and participated in this year’s Madrigal Feaste for some 400 guests total Friday and Saturday. Day crunched the numbers over the weekend and found that 1,358 students have served right at 5,000 guests since the event’s inception. The event “kind of gets in your blood,” as Day described it.
Holiday happenings: Breakfast with Santa; letters to Santa; silent auction wrapping up; Wreaths Across America; Elf breakout game; Linwood lighting contest
December 12, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Tonganoxie school board approves personnel
December 1, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board approved personnel recommendations at its Nov. 13 meeting. Work agreements were approved for Deboarh Vinzant, student nutrition employee at the Tonganoxie High School west campus; Deborah Schmalz, custodial employee at THS west campus; and Lesley Harden, custodial employee at Tonganoxie Middle School.
Madrigal Feaste is Dec. 7 and 8 at TMS Commons Area
December 1, 2018
The return of merriment, wassail and the Boar’s Head is coming. This year’s Madrigal Feaste will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area.
Breakfast with Santa coming Dec. 15
November 21, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Tonganoxie High School senior named semifinalist for Coca-Cola Scholars Program
November 21, 2018
A Tonganoxie High School student has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Ahren Gann was one of 1,896 high school seniors selected as semifinalists from a pool of 95,715 applications nationwide. Semifinalists were selected based on academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. The semifinalists are in the running for 150 college scholarships worth $20,000. Gann also is one of 19 Kansas seniors in the mix. Also representing Leavenworth County is Leavenworth’s Austin Shoffner. With the addition of the 2019 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,150 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $69 million in scholarships during the course of 31 years.
Tonganoxie High freshmen named to state choir
November 15, 2018
Tonganoxie will continue to offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but they now will start at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at First Congregational Church at Fourth and Shawnee streets in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie High performs ‘School of Rock’
November 15, 2018
Anyone wanting to get nostalgic about high school or college in the 1980s or early 1990s got their fill of rock songs — and even some love ballads — last week at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. THS students performed Samuel French’s “Rock of Ages” (High School Edition) Thursday through Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. The musical is based on the Broadway version that also became a 2012 motion picture featuring an all-star cast of Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and more. The show takes place on Southern California’s famed Sunset Strip during the Reagan Era, home to Dupree’s Bourbon Room and The Venus a Go-Go.
Tonganoxie High staging ‘Rock of Ages’ this week
November 8, 2018
Anyone wanting to jam to some classic rock songs — and even a few love ballads — from the 1980s and early 1990s should head this week to the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. THS students will be performing Samuel French’s “Rock of Ages (High School Edition) at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at TPAC.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses fundraising for possible field turf
October 31, 2018
Tonganoxie school district officials are continuing to look into the practicality of installing artificial turf at Beatty Field. USD 464 board members met with Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips and school administrators during a special meeting Monday in the Tonganoxie High School library. After a lengthy discussion about the merits of turf and how it should be handled as a priority with improving district facilities, the board agreed to look at the possibility of fundraising and the forming of a committee.
First quarter concludes for Tonganoxie schools
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie schools concluded the first quarter of the school year earlier this month. The end of the first quarter was Oct. 12. Parent-teacher conferences were Wednesday and Thursday, so students were off those days. There was no school on Friday also.
Tonganoxie school board approves RFQ for Tonganoxie High School plans
October 24, 2018
The school board unanimously approved a request for qualifications for architectural/engineering firms to develop the first phase of a long-range facility planning for the Tonganoxie High School campus to accommodate at least 650 students. Proposals are due Nov. 5, with the board set to review the proposals Nov. 12. Projected firms would be notified Nov. 13 and then the interview process would take place in December, with a firm selected in January.
Enrollment down slightly for Tonganoxie USD 464 in 2018-19
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie’s official enrollment for 2018-19 actually is down from last year. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips told the school board in its regular meeting Oct. 9 that numbers actually were down by 31 students. She did note that a large graduating class could have some impact on the reduction.
Administration confiscates knife at Tonganoxie Elementary School
October 10, 2018
Administration confiscated a small knife Tuesday morning at Tonganoxie Elementary School. According to a release from Tonganoxie USD 464, a student reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday that another student had brought a knife to TES.

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