Schools and education

Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 school board conducting Zoom meetings tonight
April 6, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Tonganoxie City Council will be meeting tonight through Zoom virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons and residents will be able to watch or listen to the public meetings.
Kansas task force issues guidelines for K-12 remote education plans, stresses learning won’t stop with building closures
March 19, 2020
Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson stressed Thursday that Kansas students will continue to receive instruction this spring, after Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a teleconference with media, Watson and other education officials outlined Kansas State Department of Education guidelines for school districts to use when creating a continuous learning program. The guidelines, which were released on Thursday, were created by a task force of educators across the state.
Tonganoxie USD 464 offering free sack lunches, breakfasts-to-go at TES during coronavirus closures
March 15, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 announced today that it will be offering free “grab-and-go” meals to anyone 18 and younger during the school closure due to the novel coronavirus. The meals will be available at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekdays during the closure at Tonganoxie Elementary School, 1180 S. East St.
Tonganoxie schools, Genesis announce cancellations in light of coronavirus outbreak; library joins closure list
March 13, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy have joined many schools and districts in the area in suspending classes and activities next week in response to health concerns about the coronavirus. In a statement posted on the Tonganoxie school district’s website and social media accounts, USD 464 is suspending “all school classes, athletics and activities effective immediately” in the district through March 22.
Tonganoxie FFA, Labor, Pie Auction set for Thursday
February 26, 2020
A new event for the Tonganoxie FFA will be taking place Thursday. The chapter’s first Labor and Pie Auction — starts with a meal at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at THS. FFA Members will be “auctioned off” to the highest bidder. The chapter members have a vast skill set including, but not limited to, fence building, hay hauling, garden cleanup and babysitting.
Aladdin Jr.’ to be staged this spring at Tonganoxie Middle School
February 26, 2020
Tonganoxie Middle School students will present “Aladdin Jr.” in a few weeks. The production will be March 26-29. Look for more about the performance, including cast members listings and more in upcoming editions of The Mirror.
Tonganoxie High to kick off National FFA Week with community breakfast Saturday
February 21, 2020
Local residents can help Tonganoxie High School FFA students kick of National FFA Week on Saturday morning. The local FFA chapter will kick start the week with its annual Businessmen’s Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Mellen stepping down as Tonganoxie High AD, assistant principal; another THS grad taking over volleyball program
February 12, 2020
There were several resignations approved at Monday’s Tonganoxie USD 464 school board meeting. Brandon Mellen is stepping down as Tonganoxie High School assistant principal and activities director. Mellen said Tuesday morning that he was resigning to take an activities director position at an American school in Lima, Peru. Mellen will finish up his third and final year at THS in a few months.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board offices to have interim home space at local church
February 12, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 district office will have a temporary home at West Haven Baptist Church while construction work takes place on the high school campus. With demolition of the board office coming later this year, the central office will be displaced. West Haven officials offered space at their church in the interim. The school board approved a memorandum of understanding with West Haven, 7-0, at Monday’s regular meeting.
Tonganoxie USD 464 canceling Wednesday classes for Chiefs parade; winter weather advisory also issued this week
February 3, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 is canceling school Wednesday for a more cheerful reason than some crummy winter weather, but the latter might factor into the schedule before this week concludes. District officials announced via social media that Wednesday classes are canceled so that families could attend the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade that morning in Kansas City, Mo. Unfortunately, the weather just might rain — or snow or drizzle — on said parade.
No school Friday for Tonganoxie, McLouth or Genesis Christian Academy
January 24, 2020
Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of Friday classes for the second consecutive week in Tonganoxie and McLouth. There will be no school Friday for Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 or Genesis Christian Academy. Other area school districts canceling classes are Basehor-Linwood, Lansing, Pleasant Ridge, PIper and Bonner Springs.
Seminar on human trafficking will be next week at Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center
January 8, 2020
Chieftain watch and community organizations are coming together to offer a seminar about human trafficking. The seminar, which is open to all adults, will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Genesis Christian Academy joins Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, other area public schools in canceling Monday classes
06:34 p.m., December 15, 2019 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 teachers and students have their first snow day of the school year. And now, Genesis Christian Academy will have a snow day also. Tonganoxie school district officials called off Monday classes early Sunday evening. GCA made its decision early Monday morning. McLouth USD 342 also canceled Monday classes due to inclement weather. Tonganoxie joined all other Leavenworth County school districts (Basehor-Linwood, Pleasant Ridge, Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth) and McLouth in calling off Monday classes Sunday. The cancellations were consistent throughout the region. Baldwin, Lawrence, Oskaloosa, Piper and Bonner Springs school districts also canceled Monday classses.
West Haven Baptist Church offers temporary office space to USD 464 district during Tonganoxie High School overhaul
December 12, 2019
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that West Haven Baptist Church has offered free office space for the district’s central office as construction occurs for THS renovations. No action was taken, as Feldkamp will be looking into the matter more.
Additional Tonganoxie High School ag instructor position approved
December 12, 2019
The board approved, 6-0, creating another agriculture instructor position at THS. THS principal Mark Farrar, agriscience education teacher and FFA adviser Beth Schartz and automotive technology teacher Tony Maurer spoke about what they said was a need for another teacher. THS has high demand for ag courses, but students must take the introductory level course. Maurer and Schartz said some 40 to 50 students were being turned away because of class size and having just two teachers.