Schools and education

Tonganoxie High School presenting ‘Charlie Brown’ musical
November 13, 2015
Moviegoers might be set on seeing “The Peanuts Movie” in theaters, but Tonganoxie High School will be offering a live version of the popular cartoon gang. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be staged Thursday through Sunday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Several students will be playing the roles of popular “Peanuts” characters.
Resident asks to consider educational opportunities for former Tonganoxie Elementary School
November 10, 2015
A former Tonganoxie USD 464 school board member is asking the current board to consider a partnership when it comes to the future of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School. Bill New spoke to the board in open agenda.
Tonganoxie schools closed tomorrow due to Royals championship parade
November 2, 2015
Tomorrow had become a bit of a holiday in these parts. A noon parade through downtown Kansas City, Mo., will celebrate the Kansas City Royals’ World Series championship. The event, which is expected to have many folks in the metro area heading to the downtown district tomorrow, has prompted several area school districts, including Tonganoxie, to cancel classes for tomorrow. Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Lyn Rantz sent out a release Monday confirming that Tuesday’s classes had been canceled so that the community could join in the celebration.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board members spar over handbook errors
Officials have heated exchange about procedure
October 14, 2015
Grammatical errors in a school handbook led to a heated exchange during approval of the agenda at the Tonganoxie USD 464 school board meeting. Members Kaija Baldock and Amelia Brusven raised concerns about several errors in the draft of the safety and crisis prevention handbook.
Tonganoxie youth taking on diabetes with help from friends
TES student with type 1 condition raising money for research
October 9, 2015
A Tonganoxie youth with type 1 diabetes is raising money for a foundation focused on research and residents can help out at a local restaurant. Corinne Morgan, 10, a Tonganoxie Elementary School fifth-grader, will be serving as a carhop with friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Sonic Drive-In restaurant.
Tonganoxie High to stage ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ for final night tonight
October 3, 2015
Tonganoxie High School is staging “Twelve Angry Jurors” for a final time tonight. The play first was staged Friday at THS and again will be staged at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Cast members are Nathan Bothwell, Jacob Brents, Emma DeMaranville, Cameron Folsom, Josh Lingo, Philip Rutherford, Braden Shryock, Ian Slater, Allison Williams, Natalie Wolf and Hunter York.
KSHSAA rolls out new classifications for schools
Tonganoxie stays in 4A for all sports; McLouth football to join rest of MHS sports in 2A next year
October 1, 2015
Tonganoxie will continue to remain where it is for high school classification, according to results the Kansas High School Activities Association recently released. McLouth, meanwhile, will move down a class for football.
Tonganoxie ACT scores higher than state average in various categories
September 27, 2015
ACT scores have been released, ] and Tonganoxie High School is ahead of the state average score in most categories. Tonganoxie’s average for the ACT composite score was 22.0, compared to 21.9 for the state average. That was a slight increase for THS from both 2014 (21.9) and 2013 (21.1).
Hyped up at homecoming
September 23, 2015
Tonganoxie High School still had candidates in a convertible as part of homecoming festivities Friday. Candidates Dalton Trimble and Megan Zerrer rolled onto the THS gymnasium floor in a battery-operated miniature Cadillac convertible. With potential inclement weather on the way Friday, school officials postponed the downtown homecoming parade until Monday.
Tonganoxie High debate squad takes second place at St. James Academy
September 23, 2015
The THS Debate Squad started the 2015-16 season with a second-place overall finish Saturday at St. James Academy in Lenexa. The event hosted eight schools from northeast Kansas. In the open division, seniors Spencer Finkbiner and Dawson Jones finished in third place with a 4-1 record. Seniors Emma DeMaranville and Josh Lingo also finished 4-1 and placed fourth. Other debaters in the open division included sophomores Ethan Sandburg, Sierra Staatz, Dylan Tavis and Alan Hinds.
Tonganoxie Hall of Fame class recognized Friday at Myers Hotel
September 23, 2015
Ken Mark recalled when retired Tonganoxie High School science teacher Pat Wakeman would wear some very “loud” overalls to some THS track events. Those overalls definitely screamed “school spirit” with their red and white stripes. Mark mentioned the overalls during a reception Friday afternoon for the latest Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation Hall of Fame inductees.
Tonganoxie Middle School cross country opens season
September 23, 2015
The Tonganoxie Warrior Cross Country Team traveled earlier this month to Shawnee Mission Park for the Lexington Trails Invitational. This meet has traditionally been a nice follow-up to the large season opener hosted by Basehor-Linwood, giving the middle school runners some competition against smaller schools. This year was no different, as several Warriors placed in the top 10 and the grade-level teams fared well also at the Sept. 10 invitational.
Tonganoxie homecoming parade postponed due to bad weather
September 18, 2015
The Tonganoxie High School homecoming parade has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Tonganoxie USD 464 addresses cyberbullying at meeting
02:30 p.m., September 15, 2015 Updated 02:31 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 took the proper steps, per its policies involving cyberbullying, in a case in which one student shared a photo of another, according to Superintendent Lyn Rantz. The superintendent also apologized for comments she made to a Kansas City, Mo., television station about the situation, and said that the comments did not reflect her entire email to the station about the incident.
Tonganoxie Grandparents Day festivities draw huge crowds again
September 15, 2015
The grandparents outnumbered the grandchildren Friday at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Enrollment at the school is 838 students for grades kindergarten through fifth, but some 854 family members visited for the annual Grandparents Day festivities. Cars were parked everywhere as grandparents visited students at both Tonganoxie Middle School and Tonganoxie Elementary School.