Students in Mrs. Clausen’s Kindergarten class got a fun treat last week. Wildlife Encounters from Gretna brought in several different animals for students to see up close. Presenter Kip Smith had an albino boa constrictor, a fennec fox, an orange hair tarantula, an African hedgehog and an alligator. He taught the students about their habitats, life spans, diet, age, gender, adaptations and other fun facts. The students loved it and they were very excited to see all the animals at their very own school!
The albino boa constrictor was named ‘Noodle’. We learned about how it finds food through its sense of smell through its tongue (it can smell left and right with its tongue!) and its ability to see heat! We also learned about how a snake’s tail is special and can vibrate/rattle its tail to scare away predators!
The African Hedgehog ‘Sonic’ was about 4 years old (it has a lifespan of 8-10 years). It uses scent camouflage because it has bad eyesight! When we tickled it, it curled up into a cute little ball! It felt pokey. The hedgehog is a burrowing animal and is an insectivore.
The orange hair tarantula has an exoskeleton. We couldn’t tough the tarantula because we didn’t want to hurt it because of this. We were able to see it climb up the presenter’s shirt because of its tiny claws on each of its 8 legs. We also learned about how it can flick its hair.
The alligator was missing a front leg. It had a genetic mutation and also had a deformed foot. It can move very fast! We were able to watch it move! The alligator opened its mouth but you can’t see down its throat! That is an adaptation it has! We also learned about the alligator’s 3rd eyelid and how it pulls its eyes under for protection. The alligator was about 17 years old. Alligators are unique in that their mother raises them for 2-3 years before leaving them. We also learned about the alligator’s skin. We were a little scared to feel the alligator but many were brave!
Pictures and article by Mae Clausen
Congratulations to the following medal winners last Saturday at the Elkhorn Band Olympics Solo and Ensemble Competition for 9th and 10th graders.
Jayden Hunter won the 5th Place Medal in 9th grade Alto Saxophone Solos.
LIzzy Pace won the Silver Medal in 10th grade Alto Sax Solos,
and Savannah Lukasiewicz was the Gold Medalist in the Baritone Saxophone Solo Division.
Congratulations to Hannah Warner who signed to the Track and Field program at Hastings College.
Congratulations to Seth Conrad who has Consigned his letter of intent to play college football at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Benedictine College is an NAIA program that competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Seth was offered an athletic and academic scholarship and plans to study Post Secondary Education with an emphasis in History and minor in Coaching.
Top Left to Right- Coach Christensen, Christa Conrad, Katelynne Conrad, Alyssa Conrad, and Coach Yost
Bottom Left to Right- Mike Conrad, Seth Conrad, Mary Conrad
Our 100th-day celebration was STEM-based and students built using 100 coins, cups, dominoes and other objects! Students had fun with different art activities, songs, and a 100th-day snack! We are 100 days brighter here at Fort Calhoun!
Some students even dressed up as if they were 100 years old!
Congratulations to our spelling bee winners!
Winners at the Elementary were 1st place Anna Taylor (5th grade) and runner-up Brooke Johnsen (6th grade). At the Junior High, we had 1st place Alayna Prunty (7th grade) and runner-up was Eva Hansen (7th grade) They all will be participating in the County Spelling bee on February 21st in Blair.
Good Luck to All!