Elementary School Says Goodbye to Mr. Wagner

Students at Fort Calhoun Elementary gathered Friday afternoon to wish Mr. Wagner well as he heads overseas to serve our Country. He is a first sergeant for the Mission Support Group at the Air National Guard in Sioux City, Iowa’s 185th Air Refueling Wing. The students surprised him by waving flags, chanting Mr Wagner, and making signs showing their gratitude. The local fire department even had one of their trucks with an American Flag hanging overhead. Thank you Mr. Wagner for your service!

Video by Enterprise Publishing

Pictures by Joe Burns, Enterprise Publishing

Pictures by Connie Scott

Fort Calhoun Jr-Sr High School Named a National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021


Five Nebraska schools have been named as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The U.S. Department of Education recognized the five Nebraska schools for overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The Nebraska schools that were honored are:

  • Fort Calhoun Jr-Sr High School, Fort Calhoun Community Schools in Fort Calhoun.
  • Lux Middle School, Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln.
  • Carl A Swanson Elementary School, Westside Community School District in Omaha.
  • Sagewood Elementary School, Elkhorn Public School District in Elkhorn.
  • St. Robert Bellarmine School, Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools in Omaha.

“This year’s honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.”

“The five Nebraska honorees are examples to us all of what can be achieved with hard work and determination,” said Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matthew Blomstedt. “These schools demonstrate what it takes to serve all students and work towards closing achievement gaps to ensure equitable opportunity to succeed and to be college, career, and civic ready.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Weight Room Renovation

A huge thank you goes out to our Booster Club and Board of Education for funding our weight room renovation. Our new racks, rubber plates, cardio equipment, along with our turf room, make our facilities second to none. We are proud to provide top-notch equipment for our Pioneers!

The Hog Roast is Back This Year!

The Hog Roast is back this year!! SkillsUSA will be hosting the Hog Roast on Friday, September 24th. Come enjoy a delicious meal before the Homecoming football game. All proceeds from this event will help support funds towards our state competition later in the season, along with some other special events!!. You can buy tickets at the event or from a SkillsUSA member.  We appreciate the support!!

2021 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to our 2021 Homecoming Court.
Front L-R Tessa Skelton, Morgan Therkildsen, Payton Pohlad and Dru Tripp
Back L-R Clint Dierks, Jayce Douchey, Zane Schwarz, and Ty Hallberg


See below for the Homecoming themes for the week.


PLC Gets New Concrete Thanks to Building and Construction Class

The Building and Construction class along with their teacher, Mr. Humphrey, poured concrete and finished the back patio at the PLC.  All of the students contributed by completing various steps in the process of this project.  The new area will be furnished with picnic tables and benches.  It will provide an outdoor space to be utilized for instruction, eating, and socializing.