Congratulations to Fort Calhoun High School Marching Band

The Marching Band recently returned from their trip to Washington DC with a first place trophy for their performance in the Fairfax, VA parade on July 4th in the marching band contest. The competition was tough so this award was a big accomplishment. Besides the parade, the students and chaparones had fun touring the Washington DC, Philadelphis and St. Louis.

Shop on Amazon and Support TeamMates

Did you know that you can help support your local chapter of TeamMates of Fort Calhoun just by shopping on Amazon?  That’s right it is simple to sign up and select our local chapter as the recipient.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile for TeamMates of Fort Calhoun?

To shop at AmazonSmile go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Simply sign in and then select TeamMates of Fort Calhoun as your organization and start shopping!  It’s that easy.  For all your orders just make sure to login to instead of regular and it will automatically send your donation to TeamMates.  You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. 

Happy shopping and thank you for supporting our local chapter of TeamMates in Fort Calhoun!


Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. They also have the opportunity to go on outings like field trips to Fontenelle Forest and a variety of sporting events. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision.


The TeamMates Chapter of Fort Calhoun started in 2012. We currently have 40 matches. TeamMates is growing strong with over 7000 matches in Nebraska and Iowa.


Frequently asked questions:

  • Who can volunteer to be a mentor?
    • Any adult 18 and over with an interest in supporting a young person in grades 3-12
  • Do you currently need mentors?
    • If you know of anyone who would be interested in mentoring please send them our way!
  • How much time does it actually take?
    • Just one hour per week during the school year.
  • What do I do when I go to mentor?
    • Have fun!  You can play a board game or cards, do a craft, play on the computer, read a book, talk about your week, go to the gym/playground/track and play around.
  • Where do the meetings take place?
    • All meetings take place in the school during school hours.
  • How do I learn how to be a mentor?
    • TeamMates provides training to all mentors, going over the do’s and don’ts and your local coordinator can assist with any other support or guidance needed.


More information can be found at the TeamMates website.

If you have any questions feel free to call or email the TeamMates coordinator for Fort Calhoun. PJ Mallette, 402-468-5714 or


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Technology Day 2017

It was a great day in Fort Calhoun, programming drones to fly through hoops. “Only thing that would have made it cooler is if the hoops were on fire!!” That was a quote from our end of the year tech day at Fort Calhoun schools. It was talking about one of the five sessions that over 200 students participated in on Monday, May 15, 2017. Over 100 3rd and 4th grade students partnered up with over 100 7th and 8th grade students to run through and experience technology and in plethora of ways!

Along with navigating drones through a obstacle course, the students also became engineers by designing objects that would hover in a wind tunnel, program Sphere SPRK+ Robots through a maze, design rockets that were aerodynamic out of 2 L bottles to see who’s would fly the furthest, and program their own unique song with tools on an iPad.

The day was a huge success with an educational experience unmatched. Fun was had by one and all! 

A big thank you to all of the staff members that helped at Fort Calhoun Schools that without their help this would not have been able to take place.
Also, a huge shout out to ESU #3 for helping support this day! You three were just incredible! Thank you Jeff Ingraham, Greg Schwanke, and Dawn Peterson Ferreyra.

Technology at the “Fort”

A search for ‘coding’ in the app store turns up dozens of results. At the Elementary school, the objective in Mr. Mallette’s HAL class was to become familiar with coding terms and how to create a program, and to introduce 21st Century Skills such as communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and critical thinking. At the Junior High level, the Tech Skills classes set out to explore and evaluate the various free coding apps offered by developers for use on iOS. Students worked in teams to explore and evaluate five different coding apps of their choice. With their partners, the students wrote papers providing both general information and their opinions of the apps they chose. This unit helped students see a small sample of the many coding languages that make our ever expanding digital world work.” At the High School, students have the opportunity to take a Robotics class where they build their  robots and compete against each other in class but also get to compete in competitions outside of school. This year they participated in the Benson Robotics Tournament and at Skills USA State Competition. Last year, they performed well at the State level and even went on to the National competition.

2017 Variety Show

Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Variety Show. It was a fun night and couldn’t have happened with out the help of everyone from planning to the lasagna dinner to clean up.


District Art Day

On Wednesday April 13th a group of high school art students participated in a district wide art day. Students spent the day at Arlington High School creating a group mural, and entered artwork into a juried art show. All twelve participating students earned awards, and Ian Edie earned the Student’s Choice award for Fort Calhoun High School. Congratulations to all participants and award winners.

Dilara Onigkeit – 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
Avery McKennan – 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Nicole Swanson – 3rd
Kaleah Keeler – 1st, 1st, 3rd
Kloey Appel – 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Hunter Thomas – 2nd, 2nd
Caitlin Weeks – 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd
Jessica Gravert – 1st, 1st
Taylor Marshall – 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
Ian Edie – 1st, 1st, and Student’s Choice Award
Clayton Pratt – 3rd, 3rd
Skylar Wear – 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd



FBLA Attends Career Skills Workshop

On April 28th, a group of FBLA students attended a Career
Skills Workshop at Mammel Hall on the campus of UNO.
Students attended interactive workshops where they were able to
learn about how to create effective resumes, interviewing skills
and also learn about the importance of internships and lunch and
work etiquette. Those attending the workshop were: Jordan
Wear, Taya Skelton, Ashlyn Dippel, Morgan McNew, Katie
Hurt, Lizzy Namuth, Piper Hagar, and Rachel Hagar.