Schools and education

Tonganoxie FFA Week involves field trips, outreach
March 14, 2019
The Tonganoxie FFA Chapter celebrated FFA Week with various activities in February. On Feb. 18, students toured the Kansas State University campus in Olathe. Students listened to guest speakers and toured labs and other facilities.
Turf to be a reality at Tonganoxie High School
March 6, 2019
The surface at Beatty Field is always going to be greener come the fall in Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie School Board voted, 6-0, to have artificial turf installed at Beatty Field. Board member Stephanie Shupe was absent. Tonganoxie USD 464 board members unanimously approved installing field turf at the stadium. The project is expected to start May 8.
Genesis Christian Academy cancels Wednesday classes
February 20, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy has canceled Wednesday classes. GCA officials posted on social media Tuesday night that they would make a decision on whether to cancel classes early this morning. Tonganoxie USD 464 and other area schools called off classes Tuesday night.
Tonganoxie USD 464 cancels classes due to inclement weather, will make it up in March
February 19, 2019
More snow, less school for Tonganoxie USD 464, though students now will have a makeup day next month. Tonganoxie administrators have called off classes for Wednesday due to more inclement weather. Because the district has exhausted its number of built-in snow days, students now will attend classes March 8, which previously was a vacation day on the calendar. The day was built into the calendar as an inclement weather makeup day if needed. Students still will be off the following week for spring break.
For LOVE of pizza
February 13, 2019
Sawyer Vestal’s favorite menu item at Gambino’s is pepperoni pizza. His love of said food was on display this week at his Valentine party in Stephanie Lang’s third-grade class at Tonganoxie Elementary School. As the tradition of Valentine’s Day goes, elementary school children exchange V-Day cards.
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.