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!

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

Veterans Honored at Fort Calhoun High School

On Friday, November 10th, Fort Calhoun Community Schools honored our Veterans by having a Veteran’s Day Ceremony. The event was hosted by our Skills USA students with an introduction by Wylie Oliver and the MC being Kloey Appel. The High School Band and Choir both performed several patriotic songs including the Armed Forces Salute.  The 4th Graders also helped us celebrate by performing the song “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Mark Erikson was the Keynote Speaker.  Several service members from the Military were in attendances and enjoyed a luncheon prepared by the school kitchen staff and served by the Skills USA students. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event. Once again, Fort Calhoun Schools would like to thank all our Veterans for their service to our country.


Grossology at the Elementary

Many thanks to the Fort Calhoun PFE for sponsoring the assembly “Grossology” from the Omaha Children’s Museum. The Elementary students discovered some of the anatomy’s most interesting facts in the most disgustingly fun way. Some 6th graders I spoke to said: “it was a little gross.” However, they liked the visuals and they also said: “it was a fun way to learn about our bodies.” Thanks again PFE for all you do for our students.


Congratulations High School Marching Band

Congratulations to our Marching Band for receiving a superior rating at the NSBA State Marching Band Competition. Great job on all the hard work and time spent to reach this goal. Seniors pictured are Keagan Hunter, Troy Teeter, Seth Conrad, Chandler Bendorf, Colton Folkers, Ben Bonacci, Justin Union, Bailey Bannister, McKenzie Cottle, and Melanie Campbell.​​​​​