Schools and education

Unprecedented events preparing seniors for next chapters, Reed says in speech
July 23, 2020
Bryn Reed, Tonganoxie High School valedictorian for the Class of 2020, gave a speech during commencement exercises July 20 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Here’s a transcript of her speech: And here I thought I was going to get out of giving a graduation speech. But since we’re all here, I might as well give one.
Tonganoxie High finally sends off Class of 2020
July 22, 2020
Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 president Payton Lynn referenced words from “Seasons of Love,” the famous song from the popular movie and musical “Rent” during her welcome address at THS commencement exercises recently at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Lynn said she was trying to provide perspective on how we measure education value. “You know, the one that goes ‘Five hundred twenty-five thousand, 600 minutes, how can you measure a year in the life’” she said. “I’ll spare you all the pleasures of me trying to sing that one to you.”
Tonganoxie city, school district to discuss proposed transportation building
July 16, 2020
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said Bothwell has contacted city officials to discuss a proposed transportation building to be constructed near the elementary and middle schools.
Contract/work agreements, resignations approved
July 16, 2020
The board approved hires and resignations during the meeting. Contracts and work agreements were approved for Kirstie Cox, TES second-grade teacher; Angela Trowbridge, THS student council sponsor; and Amy Hoffsett, regular route bus driver. Resignations were approved for Jordan Welch, TES fourth-grade teacher; Christina Jeannin, THS special education paraprofessional, THS assistant girls basketball coach and THS assistant track coach; and Jacob Miller, TES special education para.
Tonganoxie High student readies for KAMS program at FHSU
July 15, 2020
Brody Groves will be a Tonganoxie High School junior when the 2020-21 school year begins, whenever and however it starts and continues. But Groves will be continuing his high school education about 3.5 hours away. Groves recently was selected for the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science program at Fort Hays State University.
Tonganoxie school board schedules special meetings
July 15, 2020
The school board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday for a special meeting to hear additional project updates for the Tonganoxie High School project.
THS project requiring extra ground testing as construction work progresses
July 15, 2020
The Tonganoxie school district will look to have a groundbreaking ceremony in October when workers begin construction of the new high school learning center, but officials first may have an issue to address near the site of the future section of the renovated high school.
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.