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School Funding Update
School Funding Update
  The Kansas Supreme Court said the current law approved during the regular legislative session to address inequities continued the same level of inequities that the court had already ruled unconstitutional. The court has stated: "School districts must have reasonably equal access to substantially similar educational opportunity through similar tax effort."
  Further, the court ruled that after June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, school funding couldn't be raised, distributed, or spent unless there was an equitable finance system.
Recently Governor Sam Brownback announced that the Kansas Legislature will return for a special session on school finance on June 23. This is just one week before the Kansas Supreme Court deadline to fix the law. 
  Brownback said legislative committee meetings would start this week to work on the issue. Some have argued it would cost approximately $38 million to equalize funding. Brownback said he and others were looking at ways to raise $38 million outside of a tax increase.
Free Lunch Program

Tonganoxie Middle School is very excited to once again be offering FREE Summer Meals for all kids and teens ages 1 to 18.  The program, which is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture will start May 23rd through July 22nd. (Closed on Memorial Day & Fourth of July)  Meal times will be 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Adult meals will be offered for $3.45.
To learn more or find a Summer Meal Program while traveling go to:
The Summer Lunch Crew is very excited to feed the kids and teens throughout the summer.  COME JOIN US!!! (Flyer) (Menu)
TES Book Buggy

TES Book Buggy
9:00     Swimming Pool                               May 25-July 6
10:15   Tonganoxie Neighborhoods            May 25 – July 6
11:30   TMS (during lunch)                         May 25-July 20

Locations and times are subject to change.  An all-district message will be sent weekly to update information. Additional Information click here
Chieftain Power Summer Strength & Conditioning Program

Please see the flyer below for information regarding the 2016 Chieftain Power Summer Strength & Conditioning Program:
Flyer  Schedule Enrollment Form


Kansans Can

It is a new day in Kansas education. 
With the input of more than 2,000 Kansans, the Kansas State Board of Education has set a new vision for Kansas education where "Kansas leads the world in the success of each student."

The district offers a variety of calendar options for our patrons

2015-16 Academic Year Calendar.
2016-17 Academic Year Calendar.​
2017-18 Academic Year Calendar.​

2015-16 Academic and Activities Calendar 

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 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.
Skyward Family Access Information

Needing some help with Skyward Family Access?   Click here.

Click the link above to open the current edition of the District Newsletter. 
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 - 913-416-1465
  • Middle School - 913-416-1475
  • Elementary - 913-416-1485
Each building sets rules concerning excused vs unexcused absences. These rules are published in each school's Student Handbook.
Electronic Backpack

Community activities and events that are not school district sponsored, but locally sponsored, are located on the “Electronic Backpack” tab.

Click here to go to Electronic Backpack tab.
Facilities Requests

 At their September '12 meeting, the Board of Education approved new policies and procedures for requesting district facilities.
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 913-416-1480. For TMS, call Mark Altman at 913 416-1470. For THS, (except the Chieftain Room) call Brent Smith at 913-416-1460. For the Chieftain Room, call Mary Welsh at 913-416-1460. 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.
Inclement Weather

Primary source of information for school closings is the media outlets listed below.  As a secondary source, you may receive an email and/or text via Schoolmessenger.  

Not sure you are receiving Schoolmessenger text messages?  From your cellular phone, send Y or Yes to 68453.  You should receive a confirmation text within a few minutes.




WDAF (Fox 4 KC) 

KMBZ (AM 980)

KCUR (FM 89.3)

6 News Lawrence

KSNT (Fox Topeka)

1320 KLWN

WIBW (TV 13)

105.9 KISS FM

92.9 The Bull

LJ World 

Kansas Public Radio

Tonganoxie Mirror Twitter @tongie464

Schoolmessenger Texting

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.