Schools and education

Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Longtime educator, coach settles in as Tonganoxie High AD
Administrator served last 8 years in same position at Newton High
August 25, 2015
Brian Engelken did his student teaching in this area about 25 years ago in suburban Kansas City and always wanted to return to the area. He got that chance earlier this year. Engelken is Tonganoxie High School’s newest athletics director.
A new era begins in Tonganoxie
Classes start Thursday at state-of-art TES
August 19, 2015
It’s been a few years in the making, but the new, state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School — thought to be the largest in the state — is ready to be the new home for early education. The school, at 1180 S. East St., will have roughly 850 students in kindergarten through fifth grade with room to grow.
Tonganoxie’s midnight express
Some athletes celebrate early practice with breakfast run
August 19, 2015
The best part of running in the wee hours of the morning in Tonganoxie has to be the chocolate chip pancakes. That’s according to Tonganoxie High senior Leah Bartels, a member of this year’s THS cross country team.
Beware of the Flock
Fundraiser assisting Team Tongie
August 19, 2015
Some birds might be confusing the Sunshine State with the Sunflower State. Flamingos generally aren’t seen in these parts, but a flock of them — of the plastic variety — have been migrating from neighborhood to neighborhood in Tonganoxie. Team Tongie is “flocking” yards as a fundraiser throughout August. The process is simple.
School getting started in Tonganoxie
Genesis Christian Academy started last week; USD 464 starts Thursday
August 19, 2015
The bustle of children heading to school already has started in Tonganoxie.
Campers hit field for final instruction of summer
THS teams to open fall practices Monday
August 12, 2015
Tonganoxie High School fall sports teams will open the season Monday with the start of preseason practice. Before the older student-athletes embark on a new season, younger athletes were sharpening their skills last week.
Informational video helps understand traffic procedure at TESTMS
Segment designed to help parents with dropoff, pickup plans
August 12, 2015
The 2015-16 school year will be a whole new world for many students in Tonganoxie USD 464. In addition to students getting familiar with the new state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School near Tonganoxie Middle School, parents and students must get acclimated to a new traffic pattern that includes vehicle flow of nine grade levels among two schools.
USD 464 releases instructional video for TES, TMS student dropoff and pickup procedures
August 11, 2015
The 2015-16 school year will be a whole new world for many students in Tonganoxie USD 464. In addition to students getting acclimated to the new state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School near Tonganoxie Middle School, parents and students must get acclimated to a new traffic pattern that includes vehicle flow of nine grade levels among two schools.
Tonganoxie High earns national recognition for athletic training work
Trainer Padfield, former AD Parker praised for efforts
August 11, 2015
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins knows all too well the world of sports injuries. The Republican legislator said she’s spent some quality time in hospitals with her son, Hayden Jenkins, who has suffered multiple concussion injuries on the football field. Hayden Jenkins continues to play football at Baker University and, like any parent, Jenkins worries about her son’s safety on the playing field.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials urging parents to apply online to assist in potential state aid
August 7, 2015
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Lyn Rantz has said that early enrollment shows several new students are enrolled in the district. With the state’s new block funding, the district won’t receive additional state aid for those students, as was the case with the previous state aid formula.
Tonganoxie FFA members participate in state convention
August 5, 2015
Tonganoxie FFA members participated in the state convention earlier in the summer in Manhattan. Students were at McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus. Tonganoxie FFA had three students, Zach Callahan, Sierra Graham and Justin Patrick win the state FFA degree.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves plan to increase mill levy
Rate would go up about 2 mills
August 4, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board plans to increase the tax rate by about 2 mills for 2015-16. The board approved Superintendent Lyn Rantz’s budget proposal at Monday’s special meeting. If it gets final approval later this month, it would carry a mill rate of 60.4. That’s up from 58.443 in 2014-15. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in residential property valuation.
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.

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