Schools and education

Fundraising under way for proposed field turf at Tonganoxie High
February 13, 2019
An ambitious funding campaign that would bring artificial turf to Tonganoxie High School’s Beatty Field already is gaining steam. Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board Member Kaija Baldock reported that $137,500 in pledges already have come in for field turf at THS. The total price tag for artificial turf is $700,000, $450,000 would come from donors. The school board has pledged up to $250,000 in capital outlay funds for the project if the anticipated donor money level is reached. If $250,000 is raised by March 1, per a recent school board vote, the project can proceed with turf being installed by August and ready for the 2019-20 school year. The donation levels include advertising on the field, banners at the stadium or other advertising opportunities at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie, McLouth canceling Wednesday classes due to anticpated bad weather; classes still on at Genesis Christian Academy
08:27 p.m., January 29, 2019 Updated 08:47 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes for the second Wednesday in a row due to inclement weather. This time it’s because of the extremely low temperatures expected Wednesday.
Tonganoxie High School senior 1st chair for state band
January 24, 2019
A Tonganoxie High School senior will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Band Concert next month. Lucas Porterfield earned 1st Chair All-State Class 4-3-2-1A for his playing of the baritone euphonium on Jan. 5 during state band auditions. Porterfield will perform in the KMEA state concert Feb. 23 in Wichita at the Century II Convention Center.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis join rest of Leavenworth County schools in canceling Wednesday classes
10:13 p.m., January 22, 2019 Updated 11:14 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes Wednesday due to inclement weather. USD 464 and GCA join the rest of Leavenworth County in canceling classes. Easton USD 449, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Fort Leavenworth USD 207, Lansing USD 469 and Leavenworth USD 453 all will be closed Wednesday. McLouth USD 342 also has canceled classes. Other local schools that canceled classes are Lawrence USD 497, Bonner Springs USD 204, Piper USD 203 and Oskaloosa USD 341. Classes at the University of Kansas’ main campus in Lawrence also have been canceled.
Tonganoxie Elementary School teacher uses egg experiment to teach MLK lessons to children
January 21, 2019
It’s never too early to learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Tonganoxie Elementary School teacher Tiffany Parker used an exercise again this school year to educate her kindergarteners about what King meant to the country and what his message could mean to them. Parker brings in one typical white egg and then gets chicken or duck eggs donated for her “experiment,” with the more blemishes, size differences, colors and freckles the better.
Trophy time: Tonganoxie High debate team takes 3rd place at state
January 17, 2019
The tradition continues at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s group of debaters brought home another state trophy for the THS debate team. This year, the four-speaker team did its part to add to the trophy collection. The team of Lauren Lawson, Payton Lynn, Blake Phillps, Bryn Reed, Jakob Edholm and Katherine Wombwell placed third at the Class 4A championships in Fort Scott. THS placed third with an 11-3 record.
Tremendous trainer: Tonganoxie High’s Padfield wins 1 award, set to receive another
January 9, 2019
Tonganoxie High School athletic trainer Mark Padfield recently received a statewide award and is set to receive a regional award in March. Padfield won the 2018 Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society Athletic Trainer of the Year award this past November during the 12th annual KATS Symposium. Padfield, who serves a teacher at THS, also works for Lawrence Memorial Hospital as the athletic trainer assigned to the school. He is also a medical spotter for the NFL.
Tonganoxie High School student killed in KCK double shooting; classmate in critical condition
January 9, 2019
A Tonganoxie High School student was killed and another injured in a double shooting Monday night in Kansas City, Kan. Kansas City Kansas Police identified the victim as Bradley J. Samsel, 18, Tonganoxie. He was a senior at THS. The second person shot in the incident, also a senior at THS, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in critical condition, according to KCK police.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board meets with architects regarding future bond issue; turf interviews todays
January 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board met Monday for a special meeting for interviews with architectural firms as the district pursues a bond issue for improvements to the high school. The board interviewed both DLR and HTK as prospective architectural firms for the future high school bond issue. Board members again will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for another special meeting again at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. This meeting will be to interview and review bids from three turf companies for potential artificial turf at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie High debate headed to state after taking 3rd at 4A regional
December 20, 2018
Tonganoxie High School once again will be represented at the state debate championships. The THS four-speaker debate team placed third Saturday at the Class 4A Piper Regional in Kansas City, Kan. The top four teams from each regional advance to state. Piper went 9-1 and won the regional, while Bishop Miege took second with an 8-2 record. Tonganoxie also took third with an 8-2 record, 23 ballots and 158 points. Miege had 24 ballots and 167 points. Paola took the final state qualifying spot with a fourth-place finish and a 7-3 record. The state championships will take place in January.
Tonganoxie school board honors outgoing business manager; personnel approved, RFPs for turf companies
December 12, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 had a special presentation during Monday’s regular school board meeting. The board recognized Ann Clark, who is retiring from her post as district business manager. Board President Jim Bothwell presented Clark with a plaque. They also celebrated with a cake for Clark. Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, who came to Tonganoxie this past July, thanked Clark for her service. He appreciated her staying longer with the district to help with training.
Tonganoxie Madrigal Feaste: Fit for a king (and queen)
December 12, 2018
Longtime Madrigal Feaste organizer/volunteer Carolyn Day recalls the inaugural year for what has become a popular Tonganoxie tradition. Some 65 people attended the first Madrigal Feaste in 2002 for dinner and entertainment provided by 15 Chieftain Singers and 25 concert choir members. Roughly 120 Tonganoxie students performed and participated in this year’s Madrigal Feaste for some 400 guests total Friday and Saturday. Day crunched the numbers over the weekend and found that 1,358 students have served right at 5,000 guests since the event’s inception. The event “kind of gets in your blood,” as Day described it.
Holiday happenings: Breakfast with Santa; letters to Santa; silent auction wrapping up; Wreaths Across America; Elf breakout game; Linwood lighting contest
December 12, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Tonganoxie school board approves personnel
December 1, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board approved personnel recommendations at its Nov. 13 meeting. Work agreements were approved for Deboarh Vinzant, student nutrition employee at the Tonganoxie High School west campus; Deborah Schmalz, custodial employee at THS west campus; and Lesley Harden, custodial employee at Tonganoxie Middle School.