Wanted to give you an update on the food service program: Starting on Monday March 30th we will be changing our lunch program to twice weekly pick ups. Multiple meal pickup on Mondays from 11:00-12:30 will include three lunch/breakfast combos per student, then again on Thursday which will include two lunch/breakfast combos per student also from 11:00 – 12:30. The updated flyer is enclosed. We also are in need of donations to our food pantry. If you are interested in donating, see attached flyer.
In accordance with the governor’s directive, Fort Calhoun Community Schools will be closed through May 31st. The administrative team continues to stay up-to-date with the latest health information to determine the next steps for our school district. In consultation with Three Rivers Public Health, Nebraska Department of Education, and our lawyers, we are making decisions that are in the best interest of our students, staff, parents and community.
We will provide learning opportunities for students through an enrichment program: These resources are available for your family. If you have questions specific to your student’s classroom or school, please contact your teacher or principal directly by email.Teachers will continue to be available for students for support via email.
Students in Elementary School: All elementary students will receive learning packets that may be either accessed electronically via the school website or picked up at the elementary office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. The packets are grade-specific and provide lessons on reading, writing and math. Packets do not need to be returned to school. Feedback will be provided by the teacher.
Students in Junior High and High School: Students will be provided one to two activities per week, per class via Google Classroom. More information will be forthcoming from individual teachers. Students are encouraged to complete the activities during the closure. The lessons are designed to keep students engaged in learning. If paper copies are needed to access activities, contact the high school office between 8 am – 3 pm to make arrangements.
April 2nd, 2020 – Update on Jr/Sr High Enrichment Activities: The Enrichment Activities do count; you can improve your grades! This is how: Students can increase their grades by participating in the e-learning activities provided by teachers. Teachers will determine how much a grade can move through student participation and quality of work. Hence, if you do the learning activities with quality of work your grade can move up, if you don’t do the learning activities or there is no quality of work then your grade will remain the same. This is for all students 7-12 with any grade. Teachers will be given the latitude on how much “upgrade” they give. This will depend on your participation and quality of work.
Khan Academy – Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan Academy is also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Materials to Support Educators and Parents: The National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research offer online course content focused on intensive intervention. These courses include video lectures, workbooks, practice activities, and so much more. In addition to courses focused on mathematics, behavior, and explicit instruction, the newest course on intensive intervention in reading was just released. This module covers considerations in reading instruction and intervention, progress monitoring and diagnostic data, and adaptations for word reading and comprehension. Center for Parent Information Resources has developed a collection of information for parents and parent centers.
Questions for Teachers: All certified teachers are available during normal school hours to answer questions via email for students and families. Here is a link to the school directory if you need help finding a teacher’s email address – Directory.
With guidance from local medical and health department experts,
we feel it is in the best interest of our students and staff to close Fort
Calhoun Community Schools from March 13th to March 22nd.
This is effective today (March 13, 2020).
Closure means no school, no practices, no travel, no meetings,
no weight room, no contests, no activities, etc. Anything on the school
calendar is canceled.
At this time, Prom and Post Prom are postponed.
We are closing all school district operations down for the entire
week, to begin and include today, Friday, March 13th. This includes
Little Blossoms before and after school program. Please make plans for
This has been an extremely difficult decision that we didn’t
take lightly. There are literally thousands of issues we factored in and
continue to discuss.
We will continue to discuss our plans moving forward,
immediately focusing on the week of March 23. We will communicate that decision
late next week.
Beyond that, we are operating with a week-to-week mindset. This
situation is literally changing by the hour.
We will continue to do
our best to communicate on a regular basis with updates. Thank you for your
continued support of Fort Calhoun Schools. We will do our best to support our
students, staff, and community through this unprecedented time.
Congratulations to the students who earned awards from this year’s Scholastic State Art competition. On Saturday, February 29th the students attended the awards ceremony, held annually, at the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administrative Center building. Fort Calhoun students earned a total of 20 awards. All the entries that received awards from across the state will be on display at the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administrative Center, located at 3215 Cuming St., until March 29, 2020.
Sasha Robinson, 9 – Honorable Mention, A Portrait of Me Running on 1 Hour of Sleep, Drawing and Illustration Katie Barta, 10 – Silver Key, Happiest Place on Earth, Painting Gabe Anduze,10 – Gold Key, Judgement, Painting
Jada Wheeler, 10 – Honorable Mention, Taylor’s View, Drawing and IllustrationKaitlin Smith, 11 – Silver Key, On Mountain Time, Ceramics and Glass Kennedy Bradburn, 12 – Honorable Mention, Mini Me, Drawing and Illustration Kennedy Bradburn, 12 – Honorable Mention, Hmm, Printmaking Kennedy Bradburn, 12 – Honorable Mention, Life, Art Portfolio Kennedy Bradburn, 12 – Silver Key, Cancer, Drawing and Illustration
Evelyn Holmstedt, 12 – Honorable Mention, Caelum, Drawing and Illustration Evelyn Holmstedt, 12 – Honorable Mention, Christine, Ceramics and Glass Evelyn Holmstedt, 12 – Honorable Mention, Monochromo, Art Portfolio Bailey Donovan, 12 – Honorable Mention, My Little Zoo, Art Portfolio Bailey Donovan, 12 – Honorable Mention, Mooo Me?, Drawing and Illustration Bailey Donovan, 12 – Silver Key, What a Hoot, Drawing and Illustration Bailey Donovan, 12 – Silver Key, Not So Blue Jay, Printmaking Bailey Donovan, 12 – Gold Key, Bullett Dean, Drawing and Illustration Alyssa Mitchell, 12 – Honorable Mention, Goofy Gurl, Drawing and Illustration Maggie Theisen, 12 – Honorable Mention, Polar Bear, Printmaking Nate Wear, 12 – Honorable Mention, The Lighthouse Man, Digital Art
We will announce information about Kindergarten Round-Up when it is available.
Kindergarten Roundup is April 17th and 24th 8:30-1. Students will attend both days and the parent meeting will be on the 24th at 12:20. Please make sure your student is on the kindergarten list with the office. Please call the school office to verify that your child will or will not be coming these two days and/or if your child will not be attending Kindergarten at Fort Calhoun Schools next year. For more information call Ruby Weaver at 402-468-5714.