Schools and education

Tonganoxie USD 464 in-person enrollment ends today; online deadline Aug. 11
August 3, 2017
USD 464 in-person enrollment concludes Thursday; online concludes Aug. 11 Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment was Tuesday and continues 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday.
Tonganoxie Summer Lunch Crew reports successful free youth lunch program
August 3, 2017
The Summer Lunch Crew grew in participation this summer at Tonganoxie Elementary School. The program, which is in its second year, offered free lunches to any youths 18 and younger. The United States Department of Agriculture sponsors the lunch program, which can be found in many school districts. However, Tonganoxie added other components to its midday offerings aside from the meals.
New THS activities director taking over in Tonganoxie
AD, also a 2nd assistant principal, settling in before school year
07:57 a.m., August 2, 2017 Updated 12:02 a.m.
Mr. Random is in his first month as activities director/assistant principal at Tonganoxie High School. Actually his name is Brandon Mellen, but he jokingly refers to himself as Mr. Random because he has a variety of interests and experiences. Mellen, who started July 1 in the Tonganoxie school district, played basketball at Emporia State, coached college basketball at Fort Scott Community College and Baker University, served as a “ball boy” on the sideline for Kansas football games in Lawrence and officiated high school basketball.
Tonganoxie USD 464 online enrollment open through Aug. 11; in-person enrollment is next week
July 26, 2017
Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment is noon-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Aug. 3.
Chieftain softball lands 2 Tonganoxie players on Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Team
09:09 a.m., July 19, 2017 Updated 09:20 a.m.
Tonganoxie again made the regional finals in softball under Stephanie Wittman. The team reached the championship after an uncanny seven-run rally for the 7-6 victory against archrival Basehor-Linwood before dropping a heartbreaker to Piper in the championship.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s court appearance moved to August
July 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Chris Kleidosty won’t appear in Linn County District Court again until the middle of August. Kleidosty was scheduled to appear last week for a motion to dismiss the case, but there was a continuation and the appearance was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mound City. The Tonganoxie school board placed Kleidosty on administrative leave with pay following his arrest back in February for alleged failure to report sex abuse at his former district, Prairie View. Kleidosty’s annual salary is $132,000.
Tonganoxie turf talk
July 14, 2017
The grass could be greener year round at Beatty Field in the coming years. Michelle Kuhns with Hellas Construction spoke to the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board during its regular meeting Monday about artificial turf.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board names new president, vice president
July 14, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district has board leadership for a new year. As is procedure each summer, the board votes for a new board president and vice president. The 2017-18 president is Bryan Kemp and vice president is Amelia Brusven. Both were voted by unanimous 7-0 votes. Brusven nominated Kemp for president and then Kemp nominated Brusven for vice president.
Tonganoxie Elementary School offering reading program
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School again is offering summer opportunities to keep youths reading. To help prevent reading loss, TES reading recovery staff Chris Coulter, Reann French and Janet Falk again are offering summer reading. The TES library will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youths are encouraged to take advantage of the district’s free lunch program for youths and then check out books. And, participants don’t have to be in elementary school to check out books. The teachers have additional books available for everyone. Studies show that children who read and have access to books do not have summer reading loss. In fact, they can even grow during the summer, depending on how much they read. Studies show children who do not read during the summer experience a loss of reading levels, which often is cumulative. By the time youths get to middle school, students who do no summer reading could be as much as two years behind students who read over summer vacation.
Physicals to be offered this month at Tonganoxie High School
July 6, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students. Cost is $25, with half of that being donated back to the THS athletic training budget. Physicals will be provided by physicians affiliated with Family Medicine of Tonganoxie and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Connor Olson Leadership Fund also will provide some financial assistance to qualifying Tonganoxie families to offset the cost of these physicals.
Higbee named to dean’s list in Wisconsin
July 6, 2017
Elizabeth Higbee, from Tonganoxie, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. To make the list, students must attain a grade-point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester. “Making the dean’s list is a tremendous honor for our students,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success. We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!” The Registrar’s Office reports 3,148 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.
Conference shifting continues for high school leagues
De Soto joining KVL schools in yet-to-be-named league
July 3, 2017
The league merry-go-round continues in this part of the state. The 2017-18 school year will be the final year of the Kaw Valley League, which dates back 30 years. Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Piper and Turner will compete in the league for a final time together starting in August.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s next court appearance is next week; administrator remains on administrative leave
July 3, 2017
Tonganoxie school district Superintendent Chris Kleidosty will be in court again next week, but he remains on administrative leave with pay. The judge approved bond modifications at Kleidosty’s last appearance to allow him to go back to work on the USD 464 campus with restrictions. The bond agreement previously prohibited him from being on Kansas accredited campuses and he could only attend school functions in which his children were involved.