TONKA NEWS

Showcasing success

Showcasing success

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

The AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program held a showcase for 70 visitors on Nov. 16 in order to display how Winnetonka uses AVID strategies throughout the school building. AVID is a program that helps prepare students for college by teaching them different organizational skill...

STUCO gets scary

STUCO gets scary

Hani Yousif, Sports Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

Student Council [STUCO] will host their annual haunted house this Saturday, Oct. 28 in the C hallway in order to benefit their canned food drive. The spooky house - which is targeted towards young children below the age of 13 - and the carnival will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the regular haunted ho...

District child care center moved from Tonka

District child care center moved from Tonka

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

This year, the baby Griffin is no longer displayed outside of the early child care center in the E hallway. Instead, the center along with its Griffin have moved to Doolin at Central office. “The center was moved so that it was in a more neutral location,” early child care site manager Krist...

Homecoming at home

Homecoming at home

Jessica Glaszczak, Print managing editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

For the first time in Winnetonka history, the homecoming football game and parade will be held on Tonka Territory after stadium lights were put up on the football field on July 16. The homecoming assembly, game, parade and tailgate will be held on Sept. 29, which is the last day of spirit week and is ...

A lost Griffin

A lost Griffin

Andrea Simmons, Photo editor

September 27, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

Winnetonka lost one of its own on Sept. 25, 2017. Class of 2017 graduate Vincent J. Spiwak-Flores died in Kansas City, MO. at the age of 18 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on 72nd Street and MO-1 Highway at around 10 p.m. According to police reports a Kansas City Police Departm...

Drawing the line

Drawing the line

Rachel Adamson, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

Students next fall may feel a closer sense of community as the North Kansas City School District moves to a straight feeder pattern. But the changes leave Winnetonka with a lower number of students and the potential for a lower socioeconomic class. Currently, Winnetonka has three different middle...

Dictionary Distribution

Dictionary Distribution

Katie Bullock, Features Editor

March 18, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

Key Club members visited Topping Elementary School to give third graders dictionaries provided by the North Kansas City [NKC] Kiwanis Club on March 16. “We spent over $700 on dictionaries to go to the different elementary schools,” Kiwanis member Dick Hinderliter said. “This is one of our [...

Band, choir and orchestra students go to State

Band, choir and orchestra students go to State

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Band, choir and orchestra students all performed solos and ensembles at Liberty High School for the annual MSHSAA festival concert on Mar. 10. Students of each musical group were rated on scale of 1 (high) and 5 (low).  Students who scored a 1 (exemplary) will advance to State in Columbia.   Band student...

Yordano Ventura dies in a car accident

Yordano Ventura dies in a car accident

Clayre Barkema, Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Local, News

On Saturday, Jan. 20, 25-year-old Royals player, Yordano Ventura passed away in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. People all over the world are mourning the loss of this young life, but Kansas Citians feel the pain more than anyone. “It was an extremely sad day,” assistant principal...

School ensures safety

School ensures safety

Kaitlyn Minet, News Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Local, News

On Jan. 12, a threat was found in the boys locker room and carefully investigated leading to ensured safety at school on Jan. 13. The school district provided this statement: North Kansas City Schools became aware of a threat written on a locker room wall. We partnered with law enforcement to inv...

Carolyn Knapp wins Teachers Who Inspire award

Carolyn Knapp wins Teachers Who Inspire award

Editor-In-Chief, Rachel Adamson

January 11, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

Science teacher Carolyn Knapp was recognized by KMBC 9 this morning for being an inspiring teacher. Senior Lan-Nhi Tran worked with seniors Rachel Adamson, Susan Dackorson and Tashayona Gulley to create a 60 second video for a teacher that has made a difference in their lives. "A week befor...

Saving Superman

Saving Superman

Katie Bullock, Features Editor

January 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Local, News, School

Luis Rodriguez, father of two Winnetonka students, is fighting to overcome his fifth brain tumor. Since he was diagnosed with his first brain tumor four years ago, the community has come together to show their support for a person they call ‘Superman.’ “They gave him six months, six months,” ...

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