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“You are invited"
“You are invited to a farewell celebration for the current elementary school building.”
​Tonganoxie Elementary School.

We would like to invite the staff, students, and community members to a farewell celebration for the current elementary school building. Come walk through the halls one last time, listen to memories being shared, and see historical displays.
If you have any artifacts or memorabilia you would like to share on the 6th please contact Gail Kiefer – 913-845-2290 or gkiefer@tong464.org (view flyer)​
Have you wondered how our state funding will impact our schools?

Questions like “What is the new Block funding?” and “How much more or less will USD Tonganoxie Schools have in its budget for the next two years?” are commonly asked.  If you have these and similar questions, you are invited to an evening of discussion with our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lyn Rantz.
Dr. Rantz will be hosting “What’s up with Kansas school funding?” on Thursday, April 16 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Parents and patrons are welcome to hear a presentation on the new School Block Funding and its impact on USD 464. There will also be a question and answer opportunity. The more we know and understand, the better we can face the challenges together. Hope to see you there!
April 16th   6:30-7:30pm  Chieftain Room, THS East Campus

Coffee with the Superintendent April 21, 6:00PM

As a new member of the community and school district it is important to me to get to know my students’ parents.
My family and I have lived here for only eight months, but each day I feel more “at home”. I would like the opportunity to get to know more of my Tongie parents and patrons. Therefore, if you are so inclined, please come visit with me at Coffee with the Superintendent. Please bring your favorite coffee mug to this informal gathering.


Please RSVP to mvestal@tong464.org so that we can know how many to plan for.
Coffee with the Superintendent will be held at Vintage Park, 120 West 8th Street,
Tonganoxie at 6:00PM on Tuesday, April 21
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Enrollment for 2015-16 dates.

Enrollment dates and times for the 2015-16 school year.  We will still be doing online enrollment (online is the preferred method of enrollment), but for those families who may have the need to enroll in person, here are the dates and times for all buildings (all buildings will go by these set dates and times):
Thursday, July 30
12:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, July 31
8:00am-4:00pm

Monday, August 3
8:00am-4:00pm
Budget Update for Tonganoxie Schools

The following is a statement from Superintendent Dr. Lyn Rantz

Friends of Tonganoxie USD 464, 

The Board is committed to our fourth district goal of Fiscally Responsible Governance.  As your
Superintendent, it is my job to keep you informed on critical matters. When the Legislative Session started this year, the state of Kansas faced a $600 million revenue shortfall.  Governor Sam Brownback stated that overhauling the formula as one of his primary policy goals for the legislative session. He unveiled a “Block funding” initiative at his state of the state address.  On March 5 House Bill 2403 was introduced into the House and the House Appropriations Committee had a hearing on HB 2403 on March 9.  On March 10 House Bill 2403 was placed into an unrelated Senate Bill 7. (more)
 
Budget Cuts Announced

The following is a statement from Superintendent Dr. Lyn Rantz regarding Governor Sam Brownback’s budget announcement on February 6, 2015:
                    
On February 5, Governor Sam Brownback announced cuts to this year’s budget due to lower-than-expected sales tax revenue.  The budget cut – called an “allotment” – includes a reduction of 1.5 percent ($28.3 million) to K-12 education in Kansas. For the Tonganoxie Public Schools, this is a reduction of 
$99,156 in our current school year budget. (more)
Free Early Childhood Developmental Screenings

As part of the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative (TBLSEC) our future students are eligible for free developmental screenings offered once a month at convenient locations in Tonganoxie, Basehor, and Linwood. Children ages birth through five years can be checked for motor development, hearing, vision, personal/emotional and cognitive development, and communication skills.

The next screening date is Friday, May 1 at the Linwood Elementary School, 215 Park St. Linwood, KS 66052, so if you would like to schedule an appointment please call 913-724-2348. ​
(More Information)
Student Absences

If your student will have to miss school or needs to leave school early for any reason, please contact the school's office as soon as possible to let them know.
  • High School - 913-845-3042
  • Middle School - 913-845-2627
  • Elementary - 913-845-2290
Each building sets rules concerning excused vs unexcused absences. These rules are published in each school's Student Handbook.
Calendars

The district offers a variety of calendar options for our patrons.

2014-15 and 2015-16 Academic Year Calendars - 2 pages. This two-year schedule now allows families to plan far into the future!








A 16-page Athletics and Activities Calendar - This calendar is designed primarily for parents and patrons. It contains the school-year schedule as well as athletic events, school activities, meetings, and a variety of other information.

Printed copies of these calendars will be available at the start of school at the District Administrative Center and in the school buildings. An updated monthly calendar will also be available in the buildings.

This online calendar is updated as changes occur; it will always be more accurate than the printed version.

Kaw Valley League/RSchoolToday High School Events Calendar - this subscription service will allow district patrons to view, search, filter and print a variety of calendars for high school events and activities. The calendar may also be accessed by going to www.kawvalleyleague.org then clicking Tonganoxie at the right side of the page.

Each building is responsible for the upkeep of their online athletics and events calendar, available by clicking the District Calendar link at the very top of the webpage, or going to the Schools menu then choosing the building.

Click the link above to open the current edition of the District Newsletter. 

 
School Start and End Times for 2014-2015


Here are the bell schedules for the 2014-15 school year:
 
THS 7:45-3:00
TMS 7:55-3:10
TES 8:10-3:25

   


At their September '12 meeting, the Board of Education approved new policies and procedures for requesting district facilities.

A Facility Use Packet has been developed to help patrons with the proper forms, contact information, and billing procedures.

If you currently use, or plan to use, district facilities, please take a look at the packet to help insure that the proper procedures are being followed. Feel free to print the packet so all the information is readily available.

To reserve a district facility:
  1. Call or visit the scheduling coordinator of the facility you wish to request. For TES, call Carlie Puhr at 913-845-2290. For TMS, call Mark Altman at 845-2627. For THS, (except the Chieftain Room) call Brent Smith at 845-3042. For the Chieftain Room, call Mary Welsh at 845-2654. They will be able to tell you if the facility is available when you need it.
  2. Once you have determined that the facility is available, fill out the Facility Request form and get a signature from the scheduling coordinator or administrator at the appropriate building.
  3. Send the completed and signed form, and insurance waiver if required, to Bill Seymour at the District Administrative Center. Fees will be assessed and you will be contacted about payment to secure the facility.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the building administrator or the District Administrative Center.


If you are the parent or guardian of a student, you can receive SchoolMessenger texts on your cell phone if you don't already. To enroll in the SchoolMessenger texting system:
  • Make sure your cell is listed as the primary phone number in your student's Skyward account. Most non-emergency SchoolMessenger announcements are sent to the primary phone only. (If that is a land line, it will obviously not receive any texts). SchoolMessenger draws its contact information from Skyward, so accurate numbers are critical. For emergencies and school cancelations, all phone numbers are contacted, including the home, cell, primary, and work numbers. That's why sometimes you receive a text and sometimes you don't.
  • Use that cell phone to text Y or Yes to 68453. You should receive a confirmation text within a few minutes.