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Fort Calhoun TeamMates

TeamMates are always in need of Mentors.
If you are interested, call or email the TeamMates coordinator for Fort Calhoun. Ashley Hallberg, 402-468-5714 or ahallberg@ftcpioneers.org

Even former Fort Calhoun students return to mentor current students. Pictured below are Garrett Anderson and his mentee Andrew Janecek.

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 provide 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 on 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


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.

Athletic Banquet

The Athletic Banquet is this Thursday, April 25th starting at 6:00 pm with a catered buffet dinner. Presentations of awards will follow at approximately 6:45 pm. High school athletes will not be charged for this event. Parents, siblings, relatives, and all others planning to attend will be able to pay at the door. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Plan to attend and celebrate our athlete’s successes.

Honors Night

Honors Night is Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30. Plan to attend to honor students who have done well academically and recognize those students who are in clubs and organizations. Several scholarships will be announced followed by an ice cream social.

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:https://www.education.ne.gov/worldlanguage/world-language-week/.

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.