Walk And Talk

These shoes are made for moving and that’s just what they’ll do…

Did you know about this fun activity for Elementary students?

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:45 AM, students can come to the gym and enjoy walking, dancing or just moving and having a ton of fun before school starts. So, wear comfy shoes, find a friend and join us for some fun.

Download this permission form and send it with your child the first time they attend.

Crayola ColorCyle Program

Turn markers into energy

The PFE is still collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility, at no cost to us, where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house -even non-Crayola brands. Drop off boxes are located in the libraries at both the Elementary and High School as well as the Elementary office.

Thanks to the PFE for organizing his program.

Early Childhood Developmental Screening

The early childhood team will be holding early childhood (Birth-Age 5) screenings on January 24th from 8:00-12:00.  The screening will look at the areas of communication, social, self-help and fine and gross motor.  If you have concerns about your child’s development, please call the elementary office to schedule an appointment. 

Teammates Mentors Needed

Please consider becoming a Mentor for the Fort Calhoun Chapter. Go to and fill out an application.

The Mission of TeamMates is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. Established in 1991 by Tom and Nancy Osborne, TeamMates was formed in an effort to provide support and encouragement to all school-aged youth. The goal is to see young people graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. TeamMates has touched the lives of thousands of youth and mentors across the Midwest. Right now, more than 10,200 matches are meeting in schools across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

The impact of the TeamMates match on the mentee and mentor is profound.

Percentages for our Fort Calhoun Chapter:

 54% of mentees showed improved academic achievement after being matched with their mentor.

 85% of mentors report they feel more hopeful after meeting with their mentee.

 98% of mentees say they trust their mentor.

 More than 95% of mentees report that they are happy when they meet with their mentor, that their mentor talks to them about what they do well, they feel important when they are with their mentor and that they trust their mentor.

 Attendance amongst mentees has improved by 67%

 Reported Behavioral Problems with mentees has dropped 90%

TeamMates has been recognized as a “Best Practice” mentoring organization which means the structure, policy and procedures are in place for a safe and consistent program. TeamMates adheres to the Elements of Effective Practice which were developed by the National Mentoring Partnership as the national standards for running a quality mentoring program.

The National Mentoring Partnership reports 1 in 3 children will go through life without a mentor. TeamMates believes all children, no matter their life experience, can benefit from a relationship with a safe, caring adult. You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be there.

It truly is a rewarding experience for both mentor and mentee. “I don’t do this for the accolades, but when my mentee says ‘thank you’ or ‘good to see you’, it touches me to my core,” Mentor Teri Zavadil said.

The Fort Calhoun Chapter currently has 29 matches and our goal is 45. There are children waiting to be matched within our school district, so mentors are in high demand right now. You need to meet with your mentee once a week during the school year for 20 minutes to an hour depending on their schedule. You have to be at least 18 years old and you will need to pass a background check.

Please consider becoming a Mentor for the Fort Calhoun Chapter. Go to and fill out an application.

If you have any questions, please call 877-531-8326 to speak to a member of the Teammates Team or 402-237-9558 to talk to the Fort Calhoun Coordinator, Teri.

Thank you!

Coaches Vs. Cancer

As we have the past several years we will be doing a Coaches vs Cancer game when we play at Arlington this year. If you would like to order a T-shirt to support the cause here is a picture of the order form. Your child can pick one of these forms up in the office. Forms are due back to the office by January 9th.

Superintendent Search

As the Fort Calhoun Board of Education embarks upon the process to hire a new superintendent, the board is seeking the input of staff and community members. The NASB Education Leadership Search Service requests your feedback to help with the search.

Access the online survey at

  • Click on “Current Positions Available”
  • Then click on “Fort Calhoun Community Schools”
  • Scroll to the bottom of the district web page
  • Click on “Staff and Community District Assessment Survey”
  • Complete and submit the survey.

There will also be copies of the survey available at the Fort Calhoun Superintendent’s Office.

Finally, there will be an open forum for feedback open to students, staff, parents, and community members Friday, January 10th in the auxiliary gym at the Jr/Sr High School at 12:30-1:00PM for high school students, 1:30PM for staff, and 5:30-6:30PM for parents and community members.

Thank you for you help!