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Junior High Cross Country Performs Well at State Meet

Five Junior High girls and 6 Junior High boys participated in the championship race at the State Junior High Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 9th.  Two additional Junior High boys ran in the open race.  Maelie Nelson (8th grade), placed 10th overall (in all classes) for the girls and Will Dennis (8th grade), placed 19th overall for the boys.  Both Maelie and Will’s times were the fastest runs at this state meet by a Fort Calhoun athlete.  There were three other top 100 finishes: Raeann Massey (7th grade) finished 31st overall and Bella McLaughlin (8th grade) finished 51st for the girls.  Seth Waters (8th grade), finished in 82nd place for the boys. Way to go runners!

Elementary Fire Safety Day 2021

The Elementary School got a lesson yesterday about Fire Safety. They learned how to avoid fires and what to do if they are in a fire. Plus, they were able to explore the fire truck, try on the equipment and ask questions. Thank you to Fort Calhoun Fire and Rescue for your time with our students.

Sixth Grade Career Day 2021

Sixth-grade students were involved in a career day on Friday, October 8.  The students participated in online meetings with five different speakers.  The speakers each shared information from how they chose their given careers to what a typical day is like in their jobs.   Fort Calhoun Sixth Grade would like to thank our presenters.  Matt Tinkham- Surveyor,  Sarah Billesbach- Dentist, Chad Nixon- Firefighter/EMT , Matt Smith- Architect, and Amy Infante- Entrepreneur.

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).