Schools and education

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.
Tonganoxie High Car Show is Saturday
September 27, 2018
The second annual Tonganoxie Car Show will be Saturday at Tonganoxie High School, 300 U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Registration will start at 8 a.m., with this year’s show to run until 4 p.m.
Tonganoxie, McLouth, Basehor-Linwood celebrating homecoming this week
September 26, 2018
Homecoming week is in full swing. All three local high schools are having homecoming festivities this week. Activities started Monday for Tonganoxie, McLouth and Basehor-Linwood, with parades planned for Friday in all three communities. Here’s a closer look at plans for each school:
Hall of Fame incuctees announced for Tonganoxie Education Foundation’s 2018 class
September 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation will be inducting its ninth Education Hall of Fame as part of homecoming festivities Sept. 28. Criteria considered by the selection committee include outstanding service to the district by teachers, administrators and staff; outstanding contributions to education in the Tonganoxie community by school board members and other citizens; and outstanding achievements in the field of education by alumni.
Back on track: Tonganoxie High cracks win column with football victory against Eudora
September 21, 2018
Eudora struck first, but Tonganoxie answered again and again. And again and again and again. In a battle of winless teams Friday, EHS struck first and led, 6-0, after a quarter. But Tonganoxie responded with what would be five unanswered touchdowns on the Chieftains’ way to a 34-6 road victory. Tonganoxie led, 14-6, at halftime and then 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Chieftain Stars dance members announced for 2018-19 at Tonganoxie High
August 30, 2018
The Chieftain Stars dance team will be performing with 13 members for the 2018-19 school year. Captains are Reagan Arthaud, Bailey Bradley and Avery Moritz. Joining the captains this year are Anna Soetaert, Corinn Search, Aspen Moritz, Jillian Asmus, Merkaia Khanthaboury, Sadie Atchison, Harlei Hendrix, Alexis Kelly, Allyson Albert and Kobi Bearden.
Tonganoxie High cheer squad has 14 members for 2018-19
August 30, 2018
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie High cheer squad has 14 members. Squad captains this year are Yareli Gardea and Trinity Touchton. Their fellow cheer members are Anja Bartels, Maddie Bell, Cadence Cole, Matt Burke, Kristi Chambers, Meghan Heskett, Emma Morgan, Ava Barbells, Macy Geiger, Stasi Johnson, Mikayla Rhoads and Jordon VanAnne.
Homecoming to be Piper game Sept. 29 at Tonganoxie High
August 29, 2018
Tonganoxie High School Homecoming will be Sept. 28. There will be a half-day of school that day and an afternoon parade, performances and student speakers on Fourth Street. Special activities to incorporate middle school and elementary school students also are being planned for that day. The parade is open to everyone, but students at TES and TMS can only attend if they go with parents or other means outside of school. A reception and induction of this year’s Tonganoxie Education Hall of Fame class also will take place that day. THS takes on Piper in the homecoming game, with homecoming royalty crowning taking place before the game and hall-of-fame.
Tonganoxie High School car show coming in late September
August 29, 2018
The second annual Tonganoxie Car Show will be Sept. 29 at Tonganoxie High School, 300 U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Registration will start at 8 a.m. for this year’s show and run until 10:30 a.m. Entry price is $15 the day of the event. Cost of registration for students is $10 and cost for adult participants who pre-register is $12. For more information about the event, contact Tony Maurer at or 913-416-1400, ext. 2051. Readers also can like the Tonganoxie Auto Tech Car Show page on Facebook.
Weapon found in Tonganoxie Middle School locker deemed ‘unfortunate accident’
07:41 a.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 05:19 p.m.
A weapon was found early Thursday evening in a Tonganoxie Middle School locker, but authorities determined it was an unfortunate accident and no malice or threat was intended. Tonganoxie Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips explained in a press release that Tonganoxie Police were called to investigate the incident.
Tonganoxie USD 464 budget approved; raises and personnel recommendations OK’d
August 23, 2018
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie USD 464 budget has been approved. Board members met for a public hearing in a special meeting Monday and then approved the budget, which calls for a mill levy that will be just a bit lower than the district’s 2017-18 rate and about the same rate as 2016-17. The school board approved the budget at a special meeting Monday night.
Meet-and-greet for new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent, administrative team, is Friday at football scirimmage tailgate
August 23, 2018
A meet-and-greet with new Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and other members of the district’s administrative team will take place Friday as a part of a tailgate celebration before the Tonganoxie High football Red-White Scrimmage. The event, which will feature door prizes and free food for the first 300 guests, will be 6-7 p.m. Friday near Beatty Field. Tonganoxie City firefighters will be serving the meal. Guests must be present to win the prizes. Members of the Tonganoxie High School Marching Band and the band’s drumline also are scheduled to perform.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board to meet later this month to hash out budget
July 11, 2018
Board members will discuss a proposed budget with new Superintendent Loren Feldkamp at a special meeting later this month. The board scheduled the special session for 6 p.m. July 30 at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. The meeting is open to the public. Board members will decide whether to approve the proposed budget. A budget hearing will take place next month before the board gives final approval of the budget for 2018-19.
Early morning vehicle accident claims life of May Tonganoxie High graduate
June 15, 2018
An 18-year-old who graduated last month from Tonganoxie High School died in an overnight vehicle accident early Friday morning. Dalton Richard Hull, who has a Lawrence address, was driving about 2:25 a.m. Friday west on Loring Road in southern Leavenworth County when his Ford Mustang struck a parked vehicle on the side of the road. Hull’s Mustang flipped over on its top after impact.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves resignations
June 13, 2018
Resignations also were approved at Monday’s meeting. The latest resignations are: Kassandra Dehoff, THS family and consumer science teacher; Juliet Ford, TES physical education; Kelly Staples, TES paraprofessional