Technology at the “Fort”

A search for ‘coding’ in the app store turns up dozens of results. At the Elementary school, the objective in Mr. Mallette’s HAL class was to become familiar with coding terms and how to create a program, and to introduce 21st Century Skills such as communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and critical thinking. At the Junior High level, the Tech Skills classes set out to explore and evaluate the various free coding apps offered by developers for use on iOS. Students worked in teams to explore and evaluate five different coding apps of their choice. With their partners, the students wrote papers providing both general information and their opinions of the apps they chose. This unit helped students see a small sample of the many coding languages that make our ever expanding digital world work.” At the High School, students have the opportunity to take a Robotics class where they build their  robots and compete against each other in class but also get to compete in competitions outside of school. This year they participated in the Benson Robotics Tournament and at Skills USA State Competition. Last year, they performed well at the State level and even went on to the National competition.

2017 Variety Show

Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Variety Show. It was a fun night and couldn’t have happened with out the help of everyone from planning to the lasagna dinner to clean up.


District Art Day

On Wednesday April 13th a group of high school art students participated in a district wide art day. Students spent the day at Arlington High School creating a group mural, and entered artwork into a juried art show. All twelve participating students earned awards, and Ian Edie earned the Student’s Choice award for Fort Calhoun High School. Congratulations to all participants and award winners.

Dilara Onigkeit – 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
Avery McKennan – 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Nicole Swanson – 3rd
Kaleah Keeler – 1st, 1st, 3rd
Kloey Appel – 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Hunter Thomas – 2nd, 2nd
Caitlin Weeks – 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
Jessica Gravert – 1st, 1st
Taylor Marshall – 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Ian Edie – 1st, 1st, and Student’s Choice Award
Clayton Pratt – 3rd, 3rd
Skylar Wear – 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd



FBLA Attends Career Skills Workshop

On April 28th, a group of FBLA students attended a Career
Skills Workshop at Mammel Hall on the campus of UNO.
Students attended interactive workshops where they were able to
learn about how to create effective resumes, interviewing skills
and also learn about the importance of internships and lunch and
work etiquette. Those attending the workshop were: Jordan
Wear, Taya Skelton, Ashlyn Dippel, Morgan McNew, Katie
Hurt, Lizzy Namuth, Piper Hagar, and Rachel Hagar.

Creighton Basketball Players Visit March Madness Winners

Mae Clausen’s kindergartners and Marti Leishman’s 3rd graders were champions of the March Madness reading program for the 3rd year in a row. They celebrated their win with a pizza lunch from Goldies, and they were joined by Creighton basketball players. Zach Hanson, Isaiah Zierden, and Martin Krampelj. Following lunch, the players signed autographs and played ball with the kids.

Photos and article by Sheri Homolka

Honors Night

Honors Night is a special evening held to honor students who have done well academically and also recognize students who are in clubs and organizations throughout the school year.

Please join us in honoring your student at this event on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Vans Custom Culture 2017


Here are the submissions for this year’s Vans Custom Culture shoe design competition. Fort Calhoun is one of 3,000 schools from all across the country participating in this year’s event. The photos were taken by junior art student Anna Polesky. The video was created by senior art student Jessica Gravert. The schools making it into the next round will be notified by April 21st. Congratulations to all contributing art students.


Audubon Society of Omaha Annual Art Contest

Eleven high school art students earned awards in this years Audubon Society of Omaha annual art contest. Pictured here in the first picture (L to R) are Fox Woksa, Stephanie Mlynarik, and Shelby Altstadt. And, Nicole Swanson is featured in the second picture. Not pictured are Nicolas Johnson, Caitlin Weeks, Jessica Gravert, Courtney Baxter, Dilara Onigkeit, Taylor Marshall, and Avery McKennan. Congratulations to all the participants, and those who received awards.

Congratulations Harrison Schmitt

Congratulations to Harrison Schmitt for winning 1st place in the annual grades 6-8 Audio Contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association. Harrison will be honored at the spring NETA Conference April 20th and 21st at the CenturyLink Center.

NETA is a grassroots organization open to everyone interested in sharing information about using technology in the educational process. It exists for the purpose of providing leadership and promoting the application of technology to the educational process. Its span of interest includes all levels and aspects of education. NETA has over 4,000 members. To find out more about the NETA contest, go to the web site at