The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Mrs. Leishman’s Voyager Readers performed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever play by Barbara Robinson. Parents, family, friends, Kindergarten- 6th graders, teachers, and support staff were in attendance. This is a fun tradition that has been happening for at least 13 years. This year we collected canned goods for the food pantry.

Over 90 Coats Collected!


Aunna Raye Morford collected over 90 coats, along with hats, gloves and boots for the Salvation Army. The items were collected from the high school and elementary schools during the month of December. Thank you to all who donated! Pictured are Sam Kirby, Aunna Raye Morford, Paige Johnson, Nick Johnson and Caleb Grosse-Rhode helping to count coats.

Coat Drive


Aunna Raye Morford and Mrs. Shields are collecting coats for the Salvation Army. The coat drive will run from December 2 to December 20. If you have any coats, hats or gloves that you would like to donate, please bring them to Mrs. Shields’ room. Winter gear will also be collected at the elementary. Please help someone less fortunate than you stay warm this winter.

2nd Grade Science

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Mrs. Benoit’s 2nd grade enjoyed Mrs. JoAnn Jensen from the UNL Extension Office’s visit in November. She taught them how they can learn about science in the kitchen. They learned about how to crush a can using heat and water (pressure)  and other experiments that can be done in the kitchen with their parents help. The Extension Office in Blair offers great learning opportunities!

Food Drive

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The Fort Calhoun Elementary Annual “Jeans for Food” drive was held again this year.  Staff at FC elementary are allowed to wear jeans to school on Fridays in November if they bring in 5 canned food items.  One of the Friday’s was specifically earmarked for a cash donation to the Washington County Food Bank.  We raised over $300 at the elementary alone.

In conjunction with the staff food drive, the elementary Student Council sponsored a school wide food drive.  This year was an amazing year.  With both donations combined we collected 2,850 food and toiletry items.  That is approximately 1,000 items more than last year.

Student Council members in picture
Front Row (left to right) Mackenzie Hansen, Abigail Nelson, Hannah Fitzgerald, Abigail Anderson, America Johnson, Carter Gochanour
2nd Row (left to right) Katie Barta, Morgan Therkildsen, Payton Pohlad, Cameryn Lewis, Tyler Eastman
Back Row (left to right) Jayden Hunter, Kaden Therkildsen, John Doyle, Elizabeth Pace, Kennedy Bradburn

The donations collected will be donated to the St. John’s Catholic Church food pantry in Fort Calhoun.

Goldilocks on Trial


Drama Club will have a community performance of their One-Act Play titled Goldilocks on Trial December 8, at 3pm in the high school gym. There will be a $3.00 admission charge for adults – students and children are free. There will also be light refreshments provided following the performance. Congratulations One-Act cast and crew for receiving runner-up in the Capitol Conference Play competition. In addition, outstanding performance awards went to: Emily Andersen, Julie Hofer, Brianna Namuth, Tim Drowne, Killian Roehr, and Tyler Pace – congratulations!!”

Rube Goldberg project


Rube Goldberg project for Principles of technology class. Students had to use miscellaneous objects to create five different movements to solve a problem without human inference after the start. Winning group of Adam Polsley and Tristin Howell created eleven steps. Click the following links to see videos of the projects.

MCC Blood Drive

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American Red Cross Blood Drive 

Give the Gift of Life!!!!

Save Lives!!!!!!
December 4th
10:00 – 3:00

If you (or anyone you know) are interested and are able to donate please let me know.  It takes about an hour.  We will put any adult ahead of students donating so you can get in and out faster. 

Thanksgiving Feast

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What a great turnout for our annual Thanksgiving Feast!!  Over 500 people came out to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and of course, the famous Oreo fluff!!  In addition to the wonderful food, guests were able to enjoy the awesome Thanksgiving artwork that our students created!  Thank you to all the students that made the table decorations and the wall decorations!!  Thank you to our support staff, student council, and the 6th grade classes for setting up, decorating, cleaning up, and helping the younger kids with their plates!  Mr. Johnson, Mr. Wemhoff, Deb Hoer and Mr. Wagner deserve a special shout out for being there to help the day run so smoothly. Thank you!!  We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving Feast and hope to see you next year!!

Thanksgiving Holiday

The Fort Calhoun Community Schools offices and facilities will be closed November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is an early out on Wednesday November 27th. Elementary dismisses at 1:15pm and High School 1:30pm. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.