Schools and education

Tonganoxie High School students successfully stage ‘Seussical’
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School Drama and Music Departments presented three performances of “Seussical” this past week. Students performed Thursday and Saturday nights, with a matinee on Sunday. Cast members for the THS fall production were Casey Snyder as the Cat in the Hat, Joseph Fletcher as Jojo, Jacob Howell as Horton the Elephant, Lauren Lawson as Gertrude McFuzz, Emilie Crowley as Mayzie La Bird, Andrea Zesati as Sour Kangaroo, Chloe Ferguson as Young Kangraroo, Caden Phillips as Mayor of Who, Ashtin Barnes as Mrs. Mayor, James Works as the Grinch, Hunter Calovich as Vlad Vladikoff, Payton Lynn as Judge Yertle and Keira Bevelry and Sara Celeen as Things 1 and 2.
Tonganoxie High ACT scores all above state average for 2019 grads
November 21, 2019
ACT scores have been released and 2019 Tonganoxie High School graduates tested above the state average across the board. The 2019 class had 84 seniors take the test. The 2015 class had 74, 2016 had 70 and then 2017 had the highest in the five-year period with 94. The 2018 class had 93 participants. State statistics show the number of seniors taking the ACT has steadily increased from 2015 (23,708) to 2019 (25,684).
Personnel, girls wrestling approved at Tonganoxie USD 464 meeting
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved various personnel moves at its Nov. 12 meeting. Contract and work agreements were approved for Melissa Starr, Tonganoxie Middle School paraprofessional; Tiffany Trent, Tonganoxie High School paraprofessional; Susan Gieber, THS-West cashier/kitchen utility; Andrea Putthoff, transportation para; Margaret Estes, van driver; Malissa Selene, bus driver; and Christina Jeanin, assistant THS girls basketball coach. A new position, Tonganoxie Elementary School early childhood special education teacher starting in January, also was approved.
Tonganoxie Middle School among 20 finalists in Battle of the Brains
November 20, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School is a finalist in the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters to advance to the next round. TMS is one of 20 schools selected as finalists this past week. Online voters can pick their favorite proposal through this Friday. Anyone with a valid email address can vote daily.
Tonganoxie Middle School finalist for Battle of Brains; students need help from community for online votes
November 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School has a chance to make the next round of the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters.
Tonganoxie High debate team gets season started
November 13, 2019
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Tonganoxie High teachers discuss ‘sister school’ and E-sports
October 16, 2019
Tonganoxie High School faculty and administration is trying to implement some new offerings and partnerships. Various faculty members and THS principal Mark Farrar spoke at Monday’s Tonganoxie USD 464 board meeting about initiatives they have in the works or hope to implement down the road.
Tonganoxie High Auto Tech Car Show coming this weekend
October 9, 2019
The third annual Tonganoxie Auto Tech Car Show is Saturday. The Tonganoxie High School group’s show will start with registration at 8 a.m. Judging starts at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in a booth space can purchase one for $30. There also will be a food truck at the show. For more information, contact THS instructor Tony Maurer at
Enrollment is up in Tonganoxie USD 464
October 9, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 enrollment is up across the board. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips reports that total enrollment as of Sept. 20 was 1,965 students in the district. That’s up 20 from 2018. With regards to full-time equivalent the number is 1,941, up 6.5 from 2018. The adjusted FTE is up 13 to 1,980.8.
Authorities take one man into custody, another still at-large following traffic stop north of Tonganoxie
09:05 a.m., October 9, 2019 Updated 10:50 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office is searching an area north of Tonganoxie for two subjects who fled a traffic stop on foot this morning. As a precautionary measure, Tonganoxie USD 464 schools are on lockdown.
Celebrating homecoming tradition at Tonganoxie High
October 9, 2019
It’s time to paint the town red (and white). Homecoming week is here at Tonganoxie High School, as festivities start Monday with Denim Day. Students were wore denim to the max during the first day of homecoming. Tuesday was Tourist Day. Students were encouraged to act like tourists in another city, state or country. Today’s theme is Greek Day. Students are to dress with a college state of mind, as it is Greek Day. Students can dress as though they are in a fraternity or sorority, for instance.
Tonganoxie Education Foundation to celebrate milestone Hall of Fame induction Friday
October 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation will celebrate a milestone with this year’s Hall of Fame inductions. Friday will mark the 10th class to be inducted into the Education Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place during halftime of Friday’s Tonganoxie football game against Spring Hill. There also will be a reception that afternoon for the inductees at the Fairchild Knox Barn on the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus.
Fall Fest at Genesis Christian Academy is this weekend in Tonganoxie
October 4, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy and Preschool will have its fall festival this weekend. Festivities start at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Christian Church/GCA upper and lower parking lots, 204 Washington St. A drive-through breakfast and lunch will be offered, along with games for youths, vendors and garage sale items.
Car perk with Mr. Van’s big award
September 4, 2019
Tonganoxie High band director Charles Van Middlesworth gets to ride in style for a year — and has a little more cash in his pocket to boot. Van Middlesworth, known as “Mr. Van” throughout Tonganoxie, was named Midco Sports Network’s 2018-19 Educator of the Year.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to celebrate students with back-to-school barbecue
August 22, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 will have a fall kickoff event Friday at Beatty Field. Festivities will start at 5 p.m. at a food tent near the stadium. Free hot dogs, chips and water will be served. From there, students throughout the district will be recognized.