Schools and education

Tonganoxie High debate squad takes second place at St. James Academy
September 23, 2015
The THS Debate Squad started the 2015-16 season with a second-place overall finish Saturday at St. James Academy in Lenexa. The event hosted eight schools from northeast Kansas. In the open division, seniors Spencer Finkbiner and Dawson Jones finished in third place with a 4-1 record. Seniors Emma DeMaranville and Josh Lingo also finished 4-1 and placed fourth. Other debaters in the open division included sophomores Ethan Sandburg, Sierra Staatz, Dylan Tavis and Alan Hinds.
Tonganoxie Hall of Fame class recognized Friday at Myers Hotel
September 23, 2015
Ken Mark recalled when retired Tonganoxie High School science teacher Pat Wakeman would wear some very “loud” overalls to some THS track events. Those overalls definitely screamed “school spirit” with their red and white stripes. Mark mentioned the overalls during a reception Friday afternoon for the latest Tonganoxie USD 464 Education Foundation Hall of Fame inductees.
Tonganoxie Middle School cross country opens season
September 23, 2015
The Tonganoxie Warrior Cross Country Team traveled earlier this month to Shawnee Mission Park for the Lexington Trails Invitational. This meet has traditionally been a nice follow-up to the large season opener hosted by Basehor-Linwood, giving the middle school runners some competition against smaller schools. This year was no different, as several Warriors placed in the top 10 and the grade-level teams fared well also at the Sept. 10 invitational.
Tonganoxie homecoming parade postponed due to bad weather
September 18, 2015
The Tonganoxie High School homecoming parade has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Tonganoxie USD 464 addresses cyberbullying at meeting
02:30 p.m., September 15, 2015 Updated 02:31 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 took the proper steps, per its policies involving cyberbullying, in a case in which one student shared a photo of another, according to Superintendent Lyn Rantz. The superintendent also apologized for comments she made to a Kansas City, Mo., television station about the situation, and said that the comments did not reflect her entire email to the station about the incident.
Tonganoxie Grandparents Day festivities draw huge crowds again
September 15, 2015
The grandparents outnumbered the grandchildren Friday at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Enrollment at the school is 838 students for grades kindergarten through fifth, but some 854 family members visited for the annual Grandparents Day festivities. Cars were parked everywhere as grandparents visited students at both Tonganoxie Middle School and Tonganoxie Elementary School.
Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Longtime educator, coach settles in as Tonganoxie High AD
Administrator served last 8 years in same position at Newton High
August 25, 2015
Brian Engelken did his student teaching in this area about 25 years ago in suburban Kansas City and always wanted to return to the area. He got that chance earlier this year. Engelken is Tonganoxie High School’s newest athletics director.
A new era begins in Tonganoxie
Classes start Thursday at state-of-art TES
August 19, 2015
It’s been a few years in the making, but the new, state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School — thought to be the largest in the state — is ready to be the new home for early education. The school, at 1180 S. East St., will have roughly 850 students in kindergarten through fifth grade with room to grow.
Tonganoxie’s midnight express
Some athletes celebrate early practice with breakfast run
August 19, 2015
The best part of running in the wee hours of the morning in Tonganoxie has to be the chocolate chip pancakes. That’s according to Tonganoxie High senior Leah Bartels, a member of this year’s THS cross country team.
Beware of the Flock
Fundraiser assisting Team Tongie
August 19, 2015
Some birds might be confusing the Sunshine State with the Sunflower State. Flamingos generally aren’t seen in these parts, but a flock of them — of the plastic variety — have been migrating from neighborhood to neighborhood in Tonganoxie. Team Tongie is “flocking” yards as a fundraiser throughout August. The process is simple.
School getting started in Tonganoxie
Genesis Christian Academy started last week; USD 464 starts Thursday
August 19, 2015
The bustle of children heading to school already has started in Tonganoxie.
Campers hit field for final instruction of summer
THS teams to open fall practices Monday
August 12, 2015
Tonganoxie High School fall sports teams will open the season Monday with the start of preseason practice. Before the older student-athletes embark on a new season, younger athletes were sharpening their skills last week.
Informational video helps understand traffic procedure at TESTMS
Segment designed to help parents with dropoff, pickup plans
August 12, 2015
The 2015-16 school year will be a whole new world for many students in Tonganoxie USD 464. In addition to students getting familiar with the new state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School near Tonganoxie Middle School, parents and students must get acclimated to a new traffic pattern that includes vehicle flow of nine grade levels among two schools.