Students Raise Money for Habitat for Humanity

Fort Calhoun Students Lizzie Namuth, Ashlyn Dippel, Kloey Appel, and Anna Polesky raised money for Habitat for Humanity by giving students the chance to vote on which teachers were taped to the wall. Mr. Jones was the top vote-getter with Mr. Hatcher in second. Students also had the opportunity to pay a dollar for a piece of tape. Lizzie said “One of the funniest parts was watching Mrs. Wellman High Horse and Mr. Hatcher have a competition to see who would get taped. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of the junior high kids getting involved and donating a lot of money. I thought it was a fun and competitive way to help raise money for a good cause.” In all, $254.85 was raised. 


Help Support our TeamMates Program

Please consider coming out to support the TeamMates program on Sunday!!!!
This Sunday, January 14th from 1-4pm TeamMates is hosting it’s Annual Bingo Fundraiser in the HS commons area!  

This event is fun for the entire family and will help to build the scholarship fund for our chapter!!!

Contact Ashley Hallberg with any questions at


Dance Camp Fun

Students at Fort Calhoun Elementary had a ton of fun at Dance Camp on Friday, December 15th. Forty girls attended this event organized by the High School Dance Team. This year, they had a Holiday theme and danced at halftime of the Girls’ Varsity Game against Wahoo. Kindergartener Lani said, “it was pretty fun and exciting but it wore me out.” Anna and Jordin agreed that their favorite part was the performance where they danced to songs like Jingle Bell Rock.


photos by Bailey Bannister

Students Visit Autumn Pointe

“Devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

One of our freshman homeroom classes has been writing to and visiting a group of Seniors at Autumn Pointe.  The students and seniors share stories of family activities, sports and hobbies and life experiences.  The ‘pen pals’ write to each other monthly and we visit the retirement home during their homeroom once per month.

photos and article by Carole-Anne Crump

Food Drive Success

It was a great year for the food drive at Fort Calhoun Elementary.  The event was organized by the student council and a total of 3,450 items were collected! All the items collected were donated to the food pantry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Calhoun. The winning classrooms got to have a pajama day.  The winners were Miss Hall’s class upstairs and Mrs. Larsen’s class downstairs. A fun addition this year was a Putt-Putt course set up with all the cans and items collected. With the help of Mrs. Rutledge, student council members and Mrs. Larsen’s students set up the course in the gym using all the items. All the students had fun playing golf. In addition, the staff at the Elementary school donated 583 items in exchange for jeans days and the students and staff at the Junior-Senior High collected 564 items. 


Tessa Rutledge Honored

Congratulations Tessa Rutledge for being named Nebraska’s Elementary School PE Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). We are so lucky to have you here at the FORT! See the following article by Hillary Rosencrants for more information.

photo by Joe Burns, Enterprise Publishing

Photo by Mae Clausen, Kindergarten Teacher

NE Humane Society Fundraiser

Nebraska Humane Society Holiday Donation

What to donate:


Dog toys

Cat toys

Black Sharpies

Tied fleece blankets

Unopened jars of peanut butter

Flash drives

Soft dog treats

Canned chicken

Pill bottles

Roller gauze

Resealable sandwich-size plastic bags

Scoopable litter

Dog food

Cat food


When: November 20 – December 8

Where: A bin will be available in Mrs. Wellman-High Horse’s room

Contact: Email if you have any questions!

MCC Annual Blood Drive

Give the Gift of Life.

MCC is having their annual American Red Cross Blood Drive this year on December 6th at the High School.  Any student at least 16 years old that is interested in donating blood needs to stop by the office and pick up a parent permission form.  Signed forms need to be returned to the office.


Art Student Creates Owl Zentangle

This time-lapse video was created by Fort Calhoun Junior Stephanie Mlynarik, and she is in Independent Art this year. She used her iPad, iMovie, Adobe Clip, and iTunes to create and edit the video. Stephanie spent four days working on the project. 

Mr. Paul High Horse