Thank You Gift from Legion Post 348

American Legion Post 348 members Larry Kusek and Larry Pringle presented oil paint to the art department. The oil paint was purchased by Post 348 and given as a thank you, for painting the mural on the American Legion Post 348 building. The students pictured helped with the mural. (Not pictured are Ben Haggar, Bailey Donovan, Kelsie Premer, Morgan Shaner, Sadie Finch, Aaron Swanson, Shelby Altstadt, and Emilia Finke).

Mr. Mallette Awarded CHI Health Top Teacher Award

Congratulations to Mr. Mike Mallette! Mr. Mallette was awarded the CHI Health Top Teacher award. Parent, Desaray Ishii, nominated Mr. Mallette for the award saying in part that Mr. Mallette makes learning fun and makes the kids enjoy being at school. We are lucking to have Mr. Mallette on our team her at the Fort.

Congratulations Sadie Finch

Congratulations Sadie for being chosen as a World Language Distinguished Scholar! This award recognizes students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. The comments and review submitted by Spanish Teacher Anita Saalfeld, in combination with the work that Sadie presented, merit distinction for her ability and dedication in world language learning.

The Nebraska Department of Education and the World Language Advisory Council are recognizing distinguished scholars during World Language Week, March 31-April 6. The theme of World Language Week is, “The Power of Languages To Make You College, Career, and Civic Ready.”

The World Language Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Students were nominated by their World Language teachers and submitted a portfolio.

For more information about World Language Week and the World Language Distinguished Scholar Award visit:

Student Council Picks Up Trash

Thank you to the Fort Calhoun High School Student Council lead by Sara Wellman-High Horse. As part of their community service project, they picked up trash along Hwy 75 south of Fort Calhoun on Sunday, April, 7th. The members pictured are Morgan Miller, Payton Pohlad, Ryan Swierczek, Morgan Therkildsen, Ben Haggar, Zoe Fickbohm, Grant Hansen, and Avery McKennan. It was a mess out there so great job everyone!

Students Helping Students

In cooperation with Julia Cook, a Nebraska author and Fremont native, the High School FBLA and the Elementary Student Council helped to organize a fun event where students and staff could buy hat passes to raise funds for students from Arlington and DC West who were affected by the recent flooding. Together they raised almost $1,600. Students Helping Students, that’s what The Fort is all about. 

Freshman Participate in Career Fair

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Freshman class participated in the Career Fair at the Fort Calhoun Community Building. The event was sponsored by the Fort Calhoun City Administrator’s office (Deb Sutherland and Katie Knight) in cooperation with the FCHS School Counselor Mrs. Micki Hernandez. The morning started off with a keynote presentation by Bob Grinnell, the owner of Surplus Sales here in Fort Calhoun.  Then students attended two of the seven panels featuring local business professionals in various careers.  There were almost forty different professionals who participated ranging from engineers to interpreters, and from a firemen to a radiologist.  Mrs. Hernandez said, “it was amazing how many local professionals showed up when they were asked… it truly says a lot about how much our community cares about all of our Pioneer Students’ futures.”  
After the career fair, the class was treated to pizza and drinks sponsored by some of the local businesses.  The Fort Bar generously allowed us to eat there so we would be off-site. Finally, the freshmen traveled to the Armory in Omaha and participated in team-building and leadership activities with representatives of the Nebraska National Guard.  Special thanks to FCHS recruiter, Staff sergeant Liz Nielsen for coordinating that part of the day.  The students really participated well and seemed to enjoy themselves. They were very attentive at the Career Fair and seemed to enjoy networking with the presenters.

Mrs. Hernandez

Students Honored

Kaden Therkildsen and Kennedy Bradburn were recognized for their leadership by Pinnacle Bank and Midland University.  They attended a Leaders Luncheon on Midland University campus along with fifty other juniors from eighteen different schools.  

Elementary Talent Show

Wow! We have some talented students at Fort Calhoun Elementary. Last Thursday, March 28th, students displayed a variety of talents ranging from singing to magic to archery. It was a fun show for all. Thank you to all who helped put it together especially Mrs. Benoit and the Elementary Student Council. Also, helping out were Miss Bryan with music and Mr. Dave and the 6th graders for set up and clean up. And of course we also need to thank all the supportive parents who helped their children prepare for the event. Great job everyone!