3rd Annual Basketball Alumni Tournament

The 3rd Annual Fort Calhoun Alumni Basketball Tournament, FC Basketball Fundraiser, is coming soon on November 16th-17th. Pull your teams together now to support our FC Boy’s Basketball team! Register before November 10th. See the link below for rules and registration forms. For more information, contact Coach Christensen at achristensen@ftcpioneers.org.

Basketball Tournament Information

PLC Students Have Fun Fall Activities

On Wednesday, October 24 the PLC Transition students visited Autumn Pointe to hang homemade door hangers on the residents’ doors. They were also able to take part in science experiments with the residents. Here Ethan and Dietrich are standing by one of the experiments. On Thursday, the students enjoyed decorating pumpkins.

Shop on Amazon and Support TeamMates

Just this week, until November 2nd, Amazon is giving 5% back in their SmileAmazon program. That is 10X more than their usual .5% back. So, if you have anything to buy this week, consider going to https://smile.amazon.com/ and searching for TeamMates Mentoring program of Fort Calhoun to donate. See below for more information.

Did you know that you can help support your local chapter of TeamMates of Fort Calhoun just by shopping on Amazon?  That’s right it is simple to sign up and select our local chapter as the recipient.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile for TeamMates of Fort Calhoun?

To shop at AmazonSmile go to www.smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Simply sign in and then select TeamMates of Fort Calhoun as your organization and start shopping!  It’s that easy.  For all your orders just make sure to login to smile.amazon.com instead of regular amazon.com and it will automatically send your donation to TeamMates.  You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. 

Happy shopping and thank you for supporting our local chapter of TeamMates in Fort Calhoun!


Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. They also have the opportunity to go on outings like field trips to Fontenelle Forest and a variety of sporting events. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.


The TeamMates Chapter of Fort Calhoun started in 2012. We currently have 40 matches. TeamMates is growing strong with over 7000 matches in Nebraska and Iowa.


Frequently asked questions:

  • Who can volunteer to be a mentor?
    • Any adult 18 and over with an interest in supporting a young person in grades 3-12
  • Do you currently need mentors?
    • If you know of anyone who would be interested in mentoring please send them our way!
  • How much time does it actually take?
    • Just one hour per week during the school year.
  • What do I do when I go to mentor?
    • Have fun!  You can play a board game or cards, do a craft, play on the computer, read a book, talk about your week, go to the gym/playground/track and play around.
  • Where do the meetings take place?
    • All meetings take place in the school during school hours.
  • How do I learn how to be a mentor?
    • TeamMates provides training to all mentors, going over the do’s and don’ts and your local coordinator can assist with any other support or guidance needed.


More information can be found at the TeamMates website.


If you have any questions feel free to call or email the TeamMates coordinator for Fort Calhoun. Ashley Hallberg, 402-468-5714 or ahallberg@ftcpioneers.org


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Congratulations to our Marching Band

Once again our Marching Band brought home a superior trophy from the State Band competition. Great job students. Your hard work paid off!

Seniors pictured are Aaron Johnson, Nickie King, Zoe Fickbohm, Piper Hager, Avery McKennan, Carly Underwood and Megan Rupp. Morgan Miller (11) was the Drum Major.
Seniors have a tradition each year of signing the back of the trophy

Congratulations Girl’s Softball

Our Softball team performed well at the District tournament this year. They entered the tournament as a #6 seed and finished in 3rd place. 

Thursday’s Games

Win – 10-7 vs Logan View

Loss – 8-7 vs Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Win – 19-15 vs Tekamah-Herman

Friday’s Games

Win – 12-1 vs Yutan/Mead

Loss – 3-12 vs Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Pictured are Seniors Courtney Baxter, Julie Klemm, Jordan Wear and Zoe King along with Coach Ginger Appel and Assistant Mandy Taylor

Kindergarten Celebrates Johnny Appleseed

It was a fun-filled day for the Kindergarten class as they celebrated Johnny Appleseed. They read stories, made crafts, and played with cinnamon apple slime. As part of their language lesson, they practiced listening and following one-step directions by making a Fall scene. They also tried to stack apples and built things using apples and toothpicks. At the end of the day, they had a taste testing with different apple products including apple jelly, applesauce and 3 different types of apples. They then integrated the theme into their math lesson by counting and graphing which apples were their favorite. As you can see, staff also got involved by dressing in the theme.

Congratulations to the Cross Country Teams

Congratulations to both our boy’s and girl’s Cross Country teams. Both qualified for State. Girls are District champs and Boys finished 3rd. Ben Haggar finished 2nd with Jake Haggar not far behind in 4th place. Taya Skelton finished 2nd, Avery McKennan was 4th and Katie Barta was 8th. Wish them luck at the State meet next Friday, October 19th. 

District Runners were – Girls Savanah Lukasiewicz, Morgan Miller, Tessa Skelton, Katie Barta, Avery McKennan and Taya Skelton. And Boys were Zach Marshall, Nathan Premer, John Wiese, Dylan Blair, Jake Haggar and Ben Haggar.