Schools and education

Tonganoxie High debate team gets season started
November 13, 2019
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Tonganoxie High teachers discuss ‘sister school’ and E-sports
October 16, 2019
Tonganoxie High School faculty and administration is trying to implement some new offerings and partnerships. Various faculty members and THS principal Mark Farrar spoke at Monday’s Tonganoxie USD 464 board meeting about initiatives they have in the works or hope to implement down the road.
Tonganoxie High Auto Tech Car Show coming this weekend
October 9, 2019
The third annual Tonganoxie Auto Tech Car Show is Saturday. The Tonganoxie High School group’s show will start with registration at 8 a.m. Judging starts at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in a booth space can purchase one for $30. There also will be a food truck at the show. For more information, contact THS instructor Tony Maurer at
Enrollment is up in Tonganoxie USD 464
October 9, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 enrollment is up across the board. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips reports that total enrollment as of Sept. 20 was 1,965 students in the district. That’s up 20 from 2018. With regards to full-time equivalent the number is 1,941, up 6.5 from 2018. The adjusted FTE is up 13 to 1,980.8.
Authorities take one man into custody, another still at-large following traffic stop north of Tonganoxie
09:05 a.m., October 9, 2019 Updated 10:50 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office is searching an area north of Tonganoxie for two subjects who fled a traffic stop on foot this morning. As a precautionary measure, Tonganoxie USD 464 schools are on lockdown.
Celebrating homecoming tradition at Tonganoxie High
October 9, 2019
It’s time to paint the town red (and white). Homecoming week is here at Tonganoxie High School, as festivities start Monday with Denim Day. Students were wore denim to the max during the first day of homecoming. Tuesday was Tourist Day. Students were encouraged to act like tourists in another city, state or country. Today’s theme is Greek Day. Students are to dress with a college state of mind, as it is Greek Day. Students can dress as though they are in a fraternity or sorority, for instance.
Tonganoxie Education Foundation to celebrate milestone Hall of Fame induction Friday
October 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation will celebrate a milestone with this year’s Hall of Fame inductions. Friday will mark the 10th class to be inducted into the Education Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place during halftime of Friday’s Tonganoxie football game against Spring Hill. There also will be a reception that afternoon for the inductees at the Fairchild Knox Barn on the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus.
Fall Fest at Genesis Christian Academy is this weekend in Tonganoxie
October 4, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy and Preschool will have its fall festival this weekend. Festivities start at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Christian Church/GCA upper and lower parking lots, 204 Washington St. A drive-through breakfast and lunch will be offered, along with games for youths, vendors and garage sale items.
Car perk with Mr. Van’s big award
September 4, 2019
Tonganoxie High band director Charles Van Middlesworth gets to ride in style for a year — and has a little more cash in his pocket to boot. Van Middlesworth, known as “Mr. Van” throughout Tonganoxie, was named Midco Sports Network’s 2018-19 Educator of the Year.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to celebrate students with back-to-school barbecue
August 22, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 will have a fall kickoff event Friday at Beatty Field. Festivities will start at 5 p.m. at a food tent near the stadium. Free hot dogs, chips and water will be served. From there, students throughout the district will be recognized.
Tonganoxie High students represent FreeState at DC event
August 21, 2019
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is an opportunity to take part in a program that promotes life skills that today’s generation value, including building relationships, developing leadership skills and preparing them for their futures.
Fall practice starts Monday for Tonganoxie, McLouth teams
August 14, 2019
It’s almost here: a new fall sports season. Tonganoxie and McLouth teams will begin fall practices Monday. Tonganoxie High will begin a new season for cross country, football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls golf.
Tonganoxie FFA officer attends conference
August 14, 2019
Demi Hull of the Tonganoxie FFA Chapter participated in the Kansas FFA District Officer’s Conference on Saturday and Sunday at the Marriott Convention Center in Junction City. Hull serves as the East Central District Treasurer.
Yeah band (camp)! Tonganoxie High Marching Chieftains sharpen skills during practice week
August 14, 2019
Tonganoxie High School Marching Band members got to break in the new turf at Beatty Field this past week. THS band director Charles Van Middelsworth led his students in this year’s band camp. Van Middlesworth said that 82 THS students participated in this year’s camp, which took place Aug. 5-9 at THS. The members split time with practice between the THS band room and the football field.