Schools and education

Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses traffic issues at new school
July 29, 2015
As Tonganoxie USD 464 moves forward with its new elementary school, it also prepares for what Superintendent Lyn Rantz said could take some patience — traffic dropping off and picking up students at Tonganoxie elementary and middle schools.
New Tonganoxie Elementary School creates ‘excitement and pride’
July 28, 2015
There were no official counts of how many people visited Tonganoxie Elementary School on Saturday for the new school’s open house. But Parent Teacher Club members handed out 504 cookies and bottled water to visitors — and then handed out packaged cookies because they ran out of the original allotment. Volunteers had to make two visits to Brothers Market for more cookies.
Busting moves, winning awards
July 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie High cheer and dance teams won several awards at a spirit camp last month in Salina. THS teams attended spirit camp June 16-19 at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Chieftain Stars dance team earned blue ribbons for its home routine and fight song performances, along with the overall camp leadership award. The team also earned 27 individual blue ribbons for individual dance routines and the Camp Drill Down Award.
Dedication, open house Saturday at new Tonganoxie Elementary School
Movie night will be later that day outside TES
July 22, 2015
The community will get an up-close look at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School this weekend. A dedication of the new TES will start at 10 a.m. at the school, 1180 East St. There will be a scavenger hunt tour, maps for self-guided tours and refreshments at the school, which is southeast of Tonganoxie Middle School off Washington Street.
Errors on Tonganoxie Elementary School murals a concern at meeting
July 16, 2015
Tonganoxie USD 464 has events planned for an open house July 25 at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School, but school board members are concerned about some corrections to murals throughout the school not being finished before the open house.
Tonganoxie Elementary School open house is July 25
July 9, 2015
The open house for the new Tonganoxie Elementary School will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25. A dedication ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the new school, which is southeast of Tonganoxie Middle School off Washington Street.
USD 464 LOB authority hike fails to pass
July 8, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote. The deadline for the mail-ballot election was June 30.
Tonganoxie USD 464 has new telephone numbers
July 2, 2015
The Tonganoxie school district has new phone numbers starting today.
Tonganoxie High has 6 all-league selections
June 10, 2015
Tonganoxie High had several student-athletes make all-league teams for spring sports. The Chieftains had six selections among three sports — softball, baseball and girls soccer. Here’s a closer look at each team’s selections.
Lunch is served — for free in Tonganoxie
June 3, 2015
Youths can enjoy free meals this summer — and adults can join them. The Tonganoxie Summer Lunch Crew program, which Tonganoxie USD 464 is offering and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding, is providing free lunch on weekdays to youths ages 1-18.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s contract extended through 2017
District has several resignations
June 3, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board has approved a contract extension for Superintendent Lyn Rantz. Rantz is in the first year of a two-year contract. Monday’s unanimous approval extends her contract to 2017.
Tonganoxie High seniors receive scholarships at awards night
May 27, 2015
Tonganoxie High School had its Senior Awards Night on May 14 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the THS campus in advance of commencement exercises, which took place May 16.
Tonganoxie students pitch in to help
May 27, 2015
Tonganoxie Elementary School students started a fund for paraprofessional Stephanie Maurer. A few students put money together and amassed $1.47 in change for the para, who has worked in the role nine years.
Tonganoxie Elementary School wins state title in Music Memory
May 21, 2015
Tonganoxie Elementary School has a state championship in Music Memory. TES sent two teams to the Music Memory contest April 22 at Kansas State University. The “Tonganoxie South” team led by TES teacher Amy Jones won the state contest this year. The squad won the contest against 17 other teams, including the “Tonganoxie North” team led by fellow TES teacher Wanda Haney. Haney had a team that also won the contest in 2012.
Hats off to you, Tonganoxie and McLouth graduates
May 21, 2015
With some 145 students in the Class of 2015 looking on Saturday in the THS gymnasium, THS principal Mark Farrar recalled his high school graduation in 1993 and his mother telling him of her 25-year class reunion at the time. “Holycow! That’s an eternity,” Farrar told the class, explaining his reaction at the time.

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