Schools and education

Do ye hear what I hear ye in Tonganoxie?
November 30, 2016
The Tonganoxie vocal music department will be welcoming noble lords and ladies to its “castle” Friday and Saturday in the Tonganoxie Middle School commons area. It’s time for the 13th annual Madrigal Feaste, as students entertain guests with music while a meal of wasseyle coppes, potage and farthing weight weate loaf, wilde board, streng bene and rosta botata and royal fruit tartes will be served.
Tonganoxie High graduate finalist for K-State entrepreneuership contest
November 17, 2016
A Tonganoxie High School graduate is part of one of 10 finalist teams in the 2016 Kansas State University Launch competition. The Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship has selected 10 student business venture ideas as finalists. Tyler O’Briant, Tonganoxie, and Sam Rozell, Manhattan, both seniors in electrical engineering, pitched the idea of Eyas, which will provide the first advanced police support quadcopter drone on the market.
Path to Panthers for Tonganoxie High cheerleader
November 16, 2016
Sidney Murphy didn’t have to do much searching for her next step after Tonganoxie High School. The THS senior, who is a member of the cheer squad, signed a national letter of intent last week to cheer at Neosho County Community College in Chanute. “I had a friend that went there,” Murphy explained. “The coach had contacted me about coming down for a visit… I really liked their campus. It was small like Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie teachers, USD 464 board still looking at contracts
November 16, 2016
A contract agreement for teachers in Tonganoxie USD 464 continues to be up in the air. More than 50 people — mostly district teachers — attended Monday’s regular school board meeting to voice concerns about the current proposal. Both the board and district teachers are working to come to an agreement over the contract.
Audience wide awake for Tonganoxie High’s ‘Drowsy Chaperone’
November 16, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments had audiences in stitches this past weekend. The departments presented “The Drowsy Chaperone: The Musical within a Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.
THS staging ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ Thursday through Sunday
November 11, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments will be presenting “The Drowsy Chaperone: The Musical within a Comedy” later this week. Shows are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the THS campus. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students, $5 for anyone ages 10 and younger.
Tonganoxie Elementary School class incorporates Chicago Cubs into writing exercise
November 4, 2016
The Chicago Cubs’ postseason run and eventual ending of the nation’s longest championship drought has caught the attention of many from coast to coast.
Tonganoxie High to present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ next week
November 2, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments will be presenting “The Drowsy Chaperone: The Musical within a Comedy” next week.
Genesis Christian Academy Camo Night is Friday in Tonganoxie
November 2, 2016
Genesis Christian Academy is about to present its third annual Camo Night, but this year’s event will have some new flavor. The event was designed as a father-son evening of entertainment, but the event will be an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors — inside GCA’s Family Life Center.
Jenkins visits Tonganoxie High School to chat with juniors, seniors about DC
October 14, 2016
Longtime Tonganoxie High School teacher Andy Gilner has offered a unique extra credit to his students for more than 20 years. The American government instructor has encouraged students to write to their U.S. senators and representatives inviting them to visit THS and tell the senior class about their work in Washington, D.C. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, has visited in the past and did so again last week. Jenkins, the current representative for Kansas’ 2nd District, spoke to both juniors and seniors at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. School officials stressed to Jenkins that the discussion with students should be educational and not a campaign visit. Jenkins will face Democratic challenger Britani Potter, an Ottawa school board member, next month in the general election.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board picks new member; FTE enrollment up; library building discussed; contracts, resignations approved
October 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 has a new board member. Phillip Welsh, a local engineer, was selected by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting. Amelia Brusven was absent. The board interviewed Welsh during the regular meeting, while another applicant, Doug Regehr, interviewed with the board through video chat.
Application deadline for vacant Tonganoxie USD 464 spot is Monday
September 29, 2016
The application deadline for Tonganoxie USD 464 residents interested in applying for the district’s vacant board position is Monday.
Tonganoxie High School stages two showings of ‘The Odd Couple’
September 29, 2016
Tonganoxie High School staged a popular production last weekend.
Almost Golf’ tournament at Tonganoxie High set for Oct. 1
September 28, 2016
The fifth annual “Almost Golf: Tournament is coming next month to Tonganoxie High School. The event will start at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 on the THS campus. Proceeds will go toward the THS golf team and Team Tongie. For more information, contact Doug Sandburg at
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad fundraiser is Thursday
September 21, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School Science Olympiad will have a fundraiser this week. A Lu La Roe fundraiser will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the THS library on the school’s west campus. People can shop for dresses, skirts, leggings, tops, children’s clothes and more. Proceeds will benefit the Science Olympiad.