Schools and education

Chieftain softball lands 2 Tonganoxie players on Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Team
09:09 a.m., July 19, 2017 Updated 09:20 a.m.
Tonganoxie again made the regional finals in softball under Stephanie Wittman. The team reached the championship after an uncanny seven-run rally for the 7-6 victory against archrival Basehor-Linwood before dropping a heartbreaker to Piper in the championship.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s court appearance moved to August
July 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Chris Kleidosty won’t appear in Linn County District Court again until the middle of August. Kleidosty was scheduled to appear last week for a motion to dismiss the case, but there was a continuation and the appearance was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mound City. The Tonganoxie school board placed Kleidosty on administrative leave with pay following his arrest back in February for alleged failure to report sex abuse at his former district, Prairie View. Kleidosty’s annual salary is $132,000.
Tonganoxie turf talk
July 14, 2017
The grass could be greener year round at Beatty Field in the coming years. Michelle Kuhns with Hellas Construction spoke to the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board during its regular meeting Monday about artificial turf.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board names new president, vice president
July 14, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district has board leadership for a new year. As is procedure each summer, the board votes for a new board president and vice president. The 2017-18 president is Bryan Kemp and vice president is Amelia Brusven. Both were voted by unanimous 7-0 votes. Brusven nominated Kemp for president and then Kemp nominated Brusven for vice president.
Tonganoxie Elementary School offering reading program
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School again is offering summer opportunities to keep youths reading. To help prevent reading loss, TES reading recovery staff Chris Coulter, Reann French and Janet Falk again are offering summer reading. The TES library will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youths are encouraged to take advantage of the district’s free lunch program for youths and then check out books. And, participants don’t have to be in elementary school to check out books. The teachers have additional books available for everyone. Studies show that children who read and have access to books do not have summer reading loss. In fact, they can even grow during the summer, depending on how much they read. Studies show children who do not read during the summer experience a loss of reading levels, which often is cumulative. By the time youths get to middle school, students who do no summer reading could be as much as two years behind students who read over summer vacation.
Physicals to be offered this month at Tonganoxie High School
July 6, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students. Cost is $25, with half of that being donated back to the THS athletic training budget. Physicals will be provided by physicians affiliated with Family Medicine of Tonganoxie and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Connor Olson Leadership Fund also will provide some financial assistance to qualifying Tonganoxie families to offset the cost of these physicals.
Higbee named to dean’s list in Wisconsin
July 6, 2017
Elizabeth Higbee, from Tonganoxie, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. To make the list, students must attain a grade-point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester. “Making the dean’s list is a tremendous honor for our students,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success. We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!” The Registrar’s Office reports 3,148 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.
Conference shifting continues for high school leagues
De Soto joining KVL schools in yet-to-be-named league
July 3, 2017
The league merry-go-round continues in this part of the state. The 2017-18 school year will be the final year of the Kaw Valley League, which dates back 30 years. Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Piper and Turner will compete in the league for a final time together starting in August.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s next court appearance is next week; administrator remains on administrative leave
July 3, 2017
Tonganoxie school district Superintendent Chris Kleidosty will be in court again next week, but he remains on administrative leave with pay. The judge approved bond modifications at Kleidosty’s last appearance to allow him to go back to work on the USD 464 campus with restrictions. The bond agreement previously prohibited him from being on Kansas accredited campuses and he could only attend school functions in which his children were involved.
KSHSAA classes to change in 2018-19
June 28, 2017
Classifications will be shifting for Kansas high school sports starting with the 2018-19 school year. Kansas High School Activities Association schools recently voted whether to adopt reclassifications for football and all other sports. The two proposals passed with the required number of votes, 145 for football and 177 for the other sports. For football, 6A and 5A will stay with 32 teams, while 4A no longer will have divisions. That class also will go to 32 teams. The 3A members will be the next 48 largest schools, the same number of teams that will be in 2A. Previously, football had a Class 2-1A level, but moving forward 1A will have its own 11-man level. All remaining 11-man teams will compete in 1A.
Tonganoxie Middle School’s Harrell named Kansas teacher of year
June 28, 2017
A Tonganoxie teacher has won a state award. Kathy Harrell, a teacher at Tonganoxie Middle School, has been named the 2017 Kansas History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
KC’s got the Beat, thanks to Tonganoxie High teacher
THS instructor’s informational video about Kansas City history goes viral
June 22, 2017
Matt Beat has written a song about every former U.S. president. In 2016, he unsuccessfully started a petition at whitehouse.gov to interview President Barack Obama for his song. Though his “signatures” fell well short of the required 100,000 mark, Beat’s latest YouTube video may well be on its way to that level in social media views.
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to fill high number of resignations
June 14, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to have a full staff when the 2017-18 school year begins in August. Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips said the district continues to receive resignations. She said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that the district has filled or is trying to fill 37 positions that have been open. She said that is unusually large group of new staff.
Tonganoxie school physical night scheduled for July
June 7, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students.

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