Schools and education

Remarkable Turnaround’ at state: Tonganoxie High debate nabs 2-speaker medals, just misses out on more hardware as 4-speaker takes 4th
January 20, 2021
Tonganoxie High School experienced a pretty big weekend during the Class 4A state debate championships and just missed a trophy and additional medals in the process. The 4-speaker team advanced to state by nabbing the final spot at regionals and then turned around and finished fourth overall at state. THS coach Steve Harrell said the team lost by a single ballot, and missed out on second and third places by tiebreakers. Tonganoxie advanced to state with an overall losing record at regionals, but the team regrouped in advance of state Friday and Saturday. Lyons High School hosted the virtual tournament. Harrell said assistant coach Matthew Christensen worked with the affirmative team on a new case and “moved some kids around.”
Tonganoxie High debate team to compete at state Friday
January 15, 2021
Tonganoxie High debate teams members will take another shot at a state title this weekend. THS placed fourth at a Class 4A regional last month. The meet took place Dec. 18 and 19. As had also been the case throughout the fall season, regionals were held through a virtual format.
Tonganoxie school district returns to in-person learning
January 6, 2021
In-person learning in Tonganoxie USD 464 returned Tuesday. The school district suspended in-person learning in November amid rising COVID-19 numbers and limited staff due to pandemic quarantine protocols, challenges that affected districts statewide as an unprecedented 2020 pushed to its final weeks.
Tonganoxie USD 464 moving forward with winter extracurriculars
December 2, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 will allow some in-person extracurricular activities, most notably winter sports, the school board decided during a lengthy special meeting Monday in front of more than 60 attendees. Many in the crowd were student-athletes and parents, along with some teachers and building administrators.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again Monday night to discuss new remote learning plans
November 25, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Board of Education will be discussing a strategic reopening plan and Superintendent Loren Feldkamp’s remote learning recommendation from last week’s remote learning recommendation.
USD 464 to discuss full remote learning
November 18, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will meet today to discuss ongoing plans for remote learning as the high school already moved to full remote learning earlier this week. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library to discuss COVID-19 updates in the district, remote learning plans and extra-curricular activities.
Tonganoxie USD 464 signals learning center construction with groundbreaking
October 14, 2020
The Tonganoxie High campus is really buzzing these days with the sounds of construction. Tonganoxie USD 464 officials, community members and the THS building expansion team were on hand for a groundbreaking Wednesday, Oct. 7, where the new THS Learning Center will stand in the future. School district Superintendent Loren Feldkamp led the ceremony as members of the Tongie Strong building committee, THS administrators, Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips, school board members and other community members looked on.
Tonganoxie High School student tests positive for COVID-19
September 9, 2020
A Tonganoxie High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The Tonganoxie school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon that a student has tested positive for the virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department notified the school district about the positive case, according to the release.
Genesis Christian Academy reporting major jumps in enrollment; Tonganoxie USD 464 anticipates having more clear numbers report early next week
September 2, 2020
Genesis Christian Academy has been in session for just more than two weeks and is seeing a considerable jump in enrollment. Denise Bixby, who is in her second year as academy coordinator, said there are 43 students enrolled grades kindergarten through fifth grade, along with 25 in preschool.
Classes start next week for Tonganoxie USD 464 students; Genesis now in 2nd week of classes
August 27, 2020
Students in the Tonganoxie school district will begin classes Sept. 3. Students have the option to enroll in distance learning or in-person classes. Students enrolled in in-person classes will be in school the traditional five days each week.
Tonganoxie USD 464 approves 2020-21 budget with 2-mill increase
August 26, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 budget for 2020-21 will see an increase of a little more than 2 mills. School board members approved the budget during a special meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves personnel moves
August 14, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved several contract/work agreements, transfers, resignations and other personnel updates at its regular meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to offer distance learning, full in-person options
August 12, 2020
Students in Tonganoxie USD 464 can either enroll in distance learning or on-site schooling that will take place five days each week with various precautions and protocols being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USD 464 school board members approved the plan Monday during their regular meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Full speed ahead at critical time: New Tonganoxie High athletics director settling in at pivotal point
August 6, 2020
Educators and administrators are getting ready for an unprecedented school year. Cody Witte is doing so at new school. Witte is the new activities director at Tonganoxie High School. He also serves as a new assistant principal, taking over for Brandon Mellen, who stepped down to take on another job at an American academy in Peru. Witte comes to THS from Jackson Heights, a Class 2A school near Holton. He was there three years and served as high school and middle school athletics director at Jackson Heights.
Tonganoxie to evaluate possible public mask requirements in city
August 6, 2020
Tonganoxie city leaders plan to discuss the possibility of requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor David Frese brought up the topic during Monday’s regular Tonganoxie City Council meeting, which was a virtual Zoom meeting available to residents by calling into the meeting, as many have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frese wanted to discuss the idea as cases climb and youths soon will be going back to school in some fashion.