Schools and education

Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses fundraising for possible field turf
October 31, 2018
Tonganoxie school district officials are continuing to look into the practicality of installing artificial turf at Beatty Field. USD 464 board members met with Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips and school administrators during a special meeting Monday in the Tonganoxie High School library. After a lengthy discussion about the merits of turf and how it should be handled as a priority with improving district facilities, the board agreed to look at the possibility of fundraising and the forming of a committee.
First quarter concludes for Tonganoxie schools
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie schools concluded the first quarter of the school year earlier this month. The end of the first quarter was Oct. 12. Parent-teacher conferences were Wednesday and Thursday, so students were off those days. There was no school on Friday also.
Tonganoxie school board approves RFQ for Tonganoxie High School plans
October 24, 2018
The school board unanimously approved a request for qualifications for architectural/engineering firms to develop the first phase of a long-range facility planning for the Tonganoxie High School campus to accommodate at least 650 students. Proposals are due Nov. 5, with the board set to review the proposals Nov. 12. Projected firms would be notified Nov. 13 and then the interview process would take place in December, with a firm selected in January.
Enrollment down slightly for Tonganoxie USD 464 in 2018-19
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie’s official enrollment for 2018-19 actually is down from last year. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips told the school board in its regular meeting Oct. 9 that numbers actually were down by 31 students. She did note that a large graduating class could have some impact on the reduction.
Administration confiscates knife at Tonganoxie Elementary School
October 10, 2018
Administration confiscated a small knife Tuesday morning at Tonganoxie Elementary School. According to a release from Tonganoxie USD 464, a student reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday that another student had brought a knife to TES.
Tonganoxie High Car Show is Saturday
September 27, 2018
The second annual Tonganoxie Car Show will be Saturday at Tonganoxie High School, 300 U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Registration will start at 8 a.m., with this year’s show to run until 4 p.m.
Tonganoxie, McLouth, Basehor-Linwood celebrating homecoming this week
September 26, 2018
Homecoming week is in full swing. All three local high schools are having homecoming festivities this week. Activities started Monday for Tonganoxie, McLouth and Basehor-Linwood, with parades planned for Friday in all three communities. Here’s a closer look at plans for each school:
Hall of Fame incuctees announced for Tonganoxie Education Foundation’s 2018 class
September 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation will be inducting its ninth Education Hall of Fame as part of homecoming festivities Sept. 28. Criteria considered by the selection committee include outstanding service to the district by teachers, administrators and staff; outstanding contributions to education in the Tonganoxie community by school board members and other citizens; and outstanding achievements in the field of education by alumni.
Back on track: Tonganoxie High cracks win column with football victory against Eudora
September 21, 2018
Eudora struck first, but Tonganoxie answered again and again. And again and again and again. In a battle of winless teams Friday, EHS struck first and led, 6-0, after a quarter. But Tonganoxie responded with what would be five unanswered touchdowns on the Chieftains’ way to a 34-6 road victory. Tonganoxie led, 14-6, at halftime and then 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Chieftain Stars dance members announced for 2018-19 at Tonganoxie High
August 30, 2018
The Chieftain Stars dance team will be performing with 13 members for the 2018-19 school year. Captains are Reagan Arthaud, Bailey Bradley and Avery Moritz. Joining the captains this year are Anna Soetaert, Corinn Search, Aspen Moritz, Jillian Asmus, Merkaia Khanthaboury, Sadie Atchison, Harlei Hendrix, Alexis Kelly, Allyson Albert and Kobi Bearden.
Tonganoxie High cheer squad has 14 members for 2018-19
August 30, 2018
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie High cheer squad has 14 members. Squad captains this year are Yareli Gardea and Trinity Touchton. Their fellow cheer members are Anja Bartels, Maddie Bell, Cadence Cole, Matt Burke, Kristi Chambers, Meghan Heskett, Emma Morgan, Ava Barbells, Macy Geiger, Stasi Johnson, Mikayla Rhoads and Jordon VanAnne.
Homecoming to be Piper game Sept. 29 at Tonganoxie High
August 29, 2018
Tonganoxie High School Homecoming will be Sept. 28. There will be a half-day of school that day and an afternoon parade, performances and student speakers on Fourth Street. Special activities to incorporate middle school and elementary school students also are being planned for that day. The parade is open to everyone, but students at TES and TMS can only attend if they go with parents or other means outside of school. A reception and induction of this year’s Tonganoxie Education Hall of Fame class also will take place that day. THS takes on Piper in the homecoming game, with homecoming royalty crowning taking place before the game and hall-of-fame.
Tonganoxie High School car show coming in late September
August 29, 2018
The second annual Tonganoxie Car Show will be Sept. 29 at Tonganoxie High School, 300 U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Registration will start at 8 a.m. for this year’s show and run until 10:30 a.m. Entry price is $15 the day of the event. Cost of registration for students is $10 and cost for adult participants who pre-register is $12. For more information about the event, contact Tony Maurer at or 913-416-1400, ext. 2051. Readers also can like the Tonganoxie Auto Tech Car Show page on Facebook.
Weapon found in Tonganoxie Middle School locker deemed ‘unfortunate accident’
07:41 a.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 05:19 p.m.
A weapon was found early Thursday evening in a Tonganoxie Middle School locker, but authorities determined it was an unfortunate accident and no malice or threat was intended. Tonganoxie Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips explained in a press release that Tonganoxie Police were called to investigate the incident.