Schools and education

Genesis Christian Academy joins Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, other area public schools in canceling Monday classes
06:34 p.m., December 15, 2019 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 teachers and students have their first snow day of the school year. And now, Genesis Christian Academy will have a snow day also. Tonganoxie school district officials called off Monday classes early Sunday evening. GCA made its decision early Monday morning. McLouth USD 342 also canceled Monday classes due to inclement weather. Tonganoxie joined all other Leavenworth County school districts (Basehor-Linwood, Pleasant Ridge, Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth) and McLouth in calling off Monday classes Sunday. The cancellations were consistent throughout the region. Baldwin, Lawrence, Oskaloosa, Piper and Bonner Springs school districts also canceled Monday classses.
West Haven Baptist Church offers temporary office space to USD 464 district during Tonganoxie High School overhaul
December 12, 2019
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that West Haven Baptist Church has offered free office space for the district’s central office as construction occurs for THS renovations. No action was taken, as Feldkamp will be looking into the matter more.
Additional Tonganoxie High School ag instructor position approved
December 12, 2019
The board approved, 6-0, creating another agriculture instructor position at THS. THS principal Mark Farrar, agriscience education teacher and FFA adviser Beth Schartz and automotive technology teacher Tony Maurer spoke about what they said was a need for another teacher. THS has high demand for ag courses, but students must take the introductory level course. Maurer and Schartz said some 40 to 50 students were being turned away because of class size and having just two teachers.
Tonganoxie Middle School ‘Steps Right Up’ on monumental day
December 11, 2019
This year’s Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains ceremony was winding down Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Union Station. Presenters had introduced all 20 finalists from among more than 250 Kansas City metro area middle and high school teams. The fanfare was building up to the winning team as Tonganoxie Middle School students in the school’s talented and gifted class looked on. First was fifth place and a $10,000 prize. Then came the fourth-place announcement and the $15,000 prize, third place and its $20,000 prize and then second place and with it a $25,000 prize. Out of 840 proposals involving 7,250 students from 270 schools in 50 school districts, TMS’ seven-student team had done pretty well, it thought. No matter what, the 15 teams that didn’t place would receive $5,000 for their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) departments.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approves calendar, but wants more discussion about homecoming
December 11, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved work agreements, resignations and retirements at its regular meeting Monday. Included in those lists are retirement announcements from a longtime Tonganoxie Elementary School teacher and a Tonganoxie High School’s assistant principal for nearly 20 years.
Tonganoxie High School students successfully stage ‘Seussical’
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School Drama and Music Departments presented three performances of “Seussical” this past week. Students performed Thursday and Saturday nights, with a matinee on Sunday. Cast members for the THS fall production were Casey Snyder as the Cat in the Hat, Joseph Fletcher as Jojo, Jacob Howell as Horton the Elephant, Lauren Lawson as Gertrude McFuzz, Emilie Crowley as Mayzie La Bird, Andrea Zesati as Sour Kangaroo, Chloe Ferguson as Young Kangraroo, Caden Phillips as Mayor of Who, Ashtin Barnes as Mrs. Mayor, James Works as the Grinch, Hunter Calovich as Vlad Vladikoff, Payton Lynn as Judge Yertle and Keira Bevelry and Sara Celeen as Things 1 and 2.
Tonganoxie High ACT scores all above state average for 2019 grads
November 21, 2019
ACT scores have been released and 2019 Tonganoxie High School graduates tested above the state average across the board. The 2019 class had 84 seniors take the test. The 2015 class had 74, 2016 had 70 and then 2017 had the highest in the five-year period with 94. The 2018 class had 93 participants. State statistics show the number of seniors taking the ACT has steadily increased from 2015 (23,708) to 2019 (25,684).
Personnel, girls wrestling approved at Tonganoxie USD 464 meeting
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved various personnel moves at its Nov. 12 meeting. Contract and work agreements were approved for Melissa Starr, Tonganoxie Middle School paraprofessional; Tiffany Trent, Tonganoxie High School paraprofessional; Susan Gieber, THS-West cashier/kitchen utility; Andrea Putthoff, transportation para; Margaret Estes, van driver; Malissa Selene, bus driver; and Christina Jeanin, assistant THS girls basketball coach. A new position, Tonganoxie Elementary School early childhood special education teacher starting in January, also was approved.
Tonganoxie Middle School among 20 finalists in Battle of the Brains
November 20, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School is a finalist in the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters to advance to the next round. TMS is one of 20 schools selected as finalists this past week. Online voters can pick their favorite proposal through this Friday. Anyone with a valid email address can vote daily.
Tonganoxie Middle School finalist for Battle of Brains; students need help from community for online votes
November 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School has a chance to make the next round of the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters.
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.