Schools and education

Almost here: Celebrating the Tonganoxie High Class of 2020
June 26, 2020
The Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 finally will get to celebrate their graduation together. This year’s commencement exercises will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Tradition-rich song to play on video board at Tonganoxie High graduation
June 26, 2020
If you’ve attended a number of Tonganoxie High School graduation ceremonies, there’s a song that you probably know by heart even if carrying a tune isn’t your thing. THS vocal director Tom Gifford has been leading THS seniors as they perform “Maybe Someday” at graduation every year he’s been at THS. This is his 14th year in Tonganoxie, and it’s a tradition that existed when he started his tenure here.
Tonganoxie FFA wins awards during virtual state convention
June 22, 2020
The end of a school year normally means its almost time for the Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan, but this year’s convention looked a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 92nd annual convention, with the theme Holds True, was a four-day event, May 26-29.
Tonganoxie USD 464 summer meal program continues with pickup at Tonganoxie Middle School
June 17, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 is offering free summer meals to youths. The curbside grab-and-go program started May 27 and will run through July 17. Pickup times are 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Local school districts discuss race, diversity
June 17, 2020
Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood school district officials have spoken out about race relations and national events with regards to Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of elevated concerns about police brutality and social injustice.
Tonganoxie High releases additional information about 2020 graduation
June 17, 2020
More details about commencement exercises for the Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 are being released. Graduation will take place at 6 p.m. June 30 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Class members will have graduation rehearsal at 11 a.m. June 29 at the stadium, which is home to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City.
Tonganoxie High graduation to take place June 30 at Sporting KC soccer stadium in KCK
June 11, 2020
The Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 is going to have a graduation celebration at a professional sports league stadium later this month. THS officials announce Monday that this year’s commencement exercises will take place at 6 p.m. June 30 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to start summer workouts June 15 for grades 7-12
May 28, 2020
Summer strength and conditioning programs in the Tonganoxie school district are set to begin in mid-June. The progarms at Tonganoxie high and middle schools are to get started June 15. All students in grades 7-12 who plan to participate in athletics during the 2020-21 school year are eligible to participate.
Crossing the finish line: Longtime Tonganoxie educator who also coached track, basketball, retires after 39 years in district
May 20, 2020
Chris Weller and a buddy at Solomon High School decided during their sophomore year that they wanted to go into education as industrial arts instructors. Both went to Fort Hays State University after SHS to major in education. That friend was Pete Meagher, who finished his teaching career in industrial arts at Salina Central High School a few years ago.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board office moves to West Haven Baptist Church space as existing space gives way for THS construction
May 13, 2020
The board office officially has moved to West Haven Baptist Church. District offices will be at the church, likely for the next two years, as construction begins in the coming weeks on the Tonganoxie High School campus. The current board office on the campus will be taken down as part of the renovations. The church offered its space for free, but the board is looking to provide compensation in some manner. “We couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Feldkamp said. The district office phone number, 913-416-1400, remains the same at the church, 1000 West St.
Tonganoxie High graduation ceremony could take place in late June
May 13, 2020
Many families have a day in May circled with a thick stroke of Tonganoxie red in the USD 464 school district. The THS gymnasium is packed and the campus is busiest one of the final times in the school year with commencement exercises, which were supposed to take place this Saturday for the THS Class of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has all but erased that important mark, but local school officials are looking to move that special day to a time in late June.
Organizers canceling this year’s Tonganoxie High alumni banquet
April 22, 2020
The Tonganoxie High School Class of 1995 recently announced that this year’s THS alumni banquet was being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miles for Marilyn virtual race still nets $2,500 for THS scholarships
April 15, 2020
This year’s Miles for Marilyn 5K Race and Walk went virtual — and still raised $2,500 in the process. The fourth annual race, which benefited scholarship opportunities to graduating Tonganoxie High School seniors, originally had been scheduled for this past Saturday.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves personnel recommendations
April 15, 2020
Tonganoxie school board members approved contract and work agreements at Monday’s board meeting that members conducted through a Zoom meeting that was broadcast on the district’s YouTube meeting.
Tonganoxie school district working with city and county closely during pandemic; listing of additional board votes
April 15, 2020
Board President Jim Bothwell and Feldkamp said that the district is working closely with city and county officials during the pandemic.