TONKA NEWS

Showcasing success

Showcasing success

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

November 16, 2017

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...

Collecting to clean

Collecting to clean

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

November 13, 2017

For the sixth year, the office staff is hosting their annual ‘Tree of Clean’ service project. Students and staff can bring in hygiene items to decorate the tree in the main office until Nov. 20. Originally called the ‘Tree of warmth,’ the project began in 2011 as faculty contribution to...

STUCO gets scary

STUCO gets scary

Hani Yousif, Sports Editor

October 27, 2017

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...

Principal Eric Johnson goes to New York

Principal Eric Johnson goes to New York

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

October 25, 2017

Principal Eric Johnson, along with other District personnel, went to a four-day AP (Advanced Placement) conference in New York City beginning Oct. 24 and had the chance to meet a famous news personality in Time Square before the conference start. “I was able to meet Robin Roberts [a newscaster for Good M...

Competing for a cause

Competing for a cause

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

October 23, 2017

The annual fall food drive has become a matter of pride this year after student council (STUCO) organized it as a competition between Winnetonka and Northtown. The school that collects the most canned and boxed foods by Oct. 31 will send their school t-shirts to the losing school’s administration ...

‘Disney Day’ dilemma

‘Disney Day’ dilemma

Marshall Payton, Staff Writer

October 2, 2017

Teachers protested against Disney on Sept. 27 in order to demonstrate their belief that Disney has put “chains” on female character and made them dependant on male characters. “Corporations use these characters to sell items in such a way to continue gender stereotypes – stripping female superh...

District child care center moved from Tonka

District child care center moved from Tonka

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2017

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

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

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...

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

7 questions for the 2017 Homecoming court

September 15, 2017

The 2017 homecoming court was announced during third block lunches in the cafeteria on Sept. 13. Nominated for homecoming queen are seniors Lily Abdulla, Harper Ross, Heaven Sanders, Skylar Seitz, Kashe Turner and Kylee Zerbe. Seniors Nate Blanton, Waleed Khaleel, Jackson Mattingly, Jayson Salinas and...

New times at Tonka

New times at Tonka

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

September 11, 2017

Students will need to reset their watches this year to account for a new advisory and Tonka Time schedule that takes effect starting Sept 11. The new schedule comes after several staff members voiced concern to administration about a lack of structure during this time period in previous years. “...

The eyes of the eclipse

The eyes of the eclipse

Marshall Payton, Staff Writer

August 29, 2017

Key club is collecting used eclipse glasses until Aug. 29 to donate to those in Asia who will be viewing another total eclipse in 2019. “There is an eclipse that is happening over Asia in 2019, so the glasses that we didn’t use or that were recycled should be able to go to someone instead of wasting them,” senior Key ...

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