The 7th-grade Pep Class created their own Battleship board games to focus on collaboration, communication, mental stimulation, and competition as part of their Mental Health unit. Students Ella Bouwman and Ari Nelson explained that the unit began with a video focused on brain health. Then, they used paper to create a grid and then used that to play Battleship with a partner similar to how you play the board game. They said they learned that it is important to put down their phones and interact with each other face to face and to have a positive attitude. Moriah Doyle and Hawthorne Roehr agreed that it taught them about having a positive attitude and added that the process of creating and playing the game stimulated their brains in a new way. They all agreed that it was fun and exciting and would recommend the game to other classes.
Fort Calhoun will send 4 wrestlers to the state tournament — Trey McCoy, Ely Olberding, Lance Olberding and Grant Nixon. Congratulations and good luck!
At the pep rally, the qualifiers had to put makeup on their classmates blindfolded. Pictured are Ely Olberding with Dennis Winterberg and Lance Olberding with Wyatt Appel.
Congratulations to Quentin and Aiden who were both winners in the “My Hero” Essay Contest sponsored by the American Red Cross. They were in the top 5 out of the 235 submitted essays. Nice job boys!
Click this LINK to read their essays (And make sure you have a tissue nearby.)
This year the Nebraska Scholastic Art and Writing Awards affiliate received almost 2,200 entries from students all across the state, and as usual, was a very competitive competition. Overall, they awarded 209 Gold Keys, 254 Silver Keys, and 385 Honorable Mention Awards. If you do the math only 38% of all entries earned an award.
The students listed below earned one or more awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
Dear Parent(s)/ Guardian(s):
Parent-Teacher Conferences are rapidly approaching. Conference is a one-night event on Wednesday, February 17, 2:00 pm to 8:00pm. I strongly encourage parent(s) and student(s) to engage in conferences with their teachers. I believe this creates an opportunity to lessen confusion and build positive communication among the parent, student, and teacher. Research has proven, time and time again, that students perform better if a parent is actively involved in their students’ academic process.
Conferences for the spring will be conducted through one of these three avenues based on your child’s individual situation:
- Meet with your child’s teacher(s) via video conferencing. If you prefer this option, please go to https://signup.com/go/nvOmamZ. Find your teacher(s) on the list and select a time. If you sign up, the teacher(s) will reach out to you prior to conferences with a link to the meeting. Videoconferences will be limited to five-minute sessions in an effort to maximize teacher availability. When you log in for your conference, please be patient as the teacher may be engaged in a conference previous to yours.
- Engage in email conferences. Send an email to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions or concerns that you may have. The teacher will respond to you during the day of parent-teacher conferences.
- Request to receive a phone call from your child’s teacher(s). To receive a phone call, please email your teacher(s) indicating what time of the day you would like to be contacted along with a phone number. Videoconferences will be a priority over phone calls, however, the teacher(s) will attempt to contact you as close to your requested time as possible.
Parent-Teacher Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and students to work with teachers and staff to assure your young person the best education that we as a team can provide. The teachers and I hope that you plan to make conferences a priority. It is only through communication and cooperation that we can assure your student’s success here at the “FORT”. I look forward to your participation in your student’s conferences held on February 17.