Kindergarten News

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Kindergarteners noticed 2 birds outside our window at centers. After observing it, we found it was building a nest! To our surprise, it laid 2 speckled eggs right before our eyes! We have been making observations and researching about our Killdeer bird family. We have been writing journals on our reach and observations, making countdowns for when the eggs should hatch, and discovering facts about Killdeer birds through questions and researching!   We have counted and marked our calendar on possible days the eggs will hatch! Our calculations show that they should hatch the last week of school!! We can’t wait to see them!

POPP Lock-in

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POPP (Pioneers Overcoming Peer Pressure) organized a lock-in on April 17th – 18th. Students enjoyed staying up all night and participating in many fun activities. They had the opportunity to play video games, watch movies, and participate in sport tournaments. Mikayla Schmitt said that she enjoyed the lock in because a lot of students came and there was a lot of stuff to do all night. Her favorite part was watching the volleyball games and seeing everyone’s crazy outfits. Anna Gepson commented that it was really, really fun because there was so much to do that you never got bored. Her favorite activity was the dodge ball tournament. Thank you to the many volunteers who made this a great night.

Athletic Banquet information

The Banquet is this Thursday, May 1, starting at 6:00pm with a catered buffet dinner. Presentations of awards will follow at approximately 6:45pm. High school athletes will not be charged for this event. Parents, siblings, relatives, and all others planing to attend will be able to pay at the door. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

Reach for the Stars

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We kicked off testing on Tuesday, April 22nd.  The students and staff are excited to “Reach for the STARS!”  This is the time of year we celebrate our learning with our state testing.  Our 3rd-6th grade students are involved in taking the Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA) during April 23rd– May 2nd.  This is our time to shine and reach for the stars!  Please be sure your student receives an adequate amount of sleep and a well-balanced breakfast.  We feel our students are ready to achieve.  GO PIONEERS!

Outstanding High School Leaders Award


Congratulations to Sarah Determan, Tyler Pace and Kyle Owen who received the Pinnacle Bank Outstanding High School Leaders Award on April 4th, 2014. The Pinnacle Bank Outstanding Leaders award is presented annually to high school juniors who show leadership ability and achievement. Students earning the award were nominated by a high school counselor, teacher, administrator, or other community leader. Gov. Dave Heineman presented the award along with Scott Meister, Fremont Market President of Pinnacle Bank.

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Remembering Our Fallen

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The “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit is on display at  Fort Calhoun High School, April 21st-25th. “Remembering Our Fallen” is a tribute to all of those who have died as a result of wounds suffered in a war zone, while in uniform, since 9-11-2001. It was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken.

Audubon Society of Omaha art competition

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Congratulations to Kailey Siemonsma, Killian Rohr, Grace Whitlaw, Destinie Bradberry-Tripp, Vince Hartline, Colten Siemer, and Nick Tegels on their achievements in this year’s Audubon Society of Omaha art competition. All seven participants received Excellence awards. Destinie, Vince, Colten, and Nick also received awards for Best of Show. There were a total of six Best of Show awards given to students in grades 9-12, and Fort Calhoun received four of them.

In the picture from left to right are Vince Hartline, Nick Tegels, Colten Siemer, and Destinie Bradberry-Tripp. (Not pictured are Kailey Siemonsma, Killian Rohr, and Grace Whitlaw).

Spanish Club

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The Spanish Club took a trip to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on Tuesday, March 25th to experience the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet. Students were able to learn more about the traditional and contemporary style dance from Latin America.

Student Council


The Fort Calhoun High Schooll Student Council picked up litter on Highway 75 on March 30. Pictured are Sean Ramey, Anna Koenecke, Abby Hillmer, Tyler Pace, Dani Dross and Peyton Griesert.