MCC Annual Blood Drive

MCC is having its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive this year on December 4th at the High School.  Any student at least 16 years old that is interested in donating blood needs to stop by the office and pick up a parent permission form.  Signed forms need to be returned to the office.

Veterans Honored at Fort Calhoun High School

On Monday, November 11th, Fort Calhoun Community Schools honored our Veterans by having a Veteran’s Day Ceremony. The event was hosted by our Skills USA students with an introduction by Bailey Donovan and the MC and Skills President being Kate Hoefker. The High School Band and Choir both performed several patriotic songs including the Armed Forces Salute. Plus, the 4th-grade students performed a fun, patriotic light show presentation. The keynote speaker was Ltc. Julie L. Burmeister.  Several service members from the Military were in attendance and enjoyed a luncheon prepared by the school kitchen staff and served by the Skills USA students. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event. Once again, Fort Calhoun Schools would like to thank all our Veterans for their service to our country.

After School Art Program

Many 3rd through 6th-grade students got to be a part of our first ever after school art program and it was a blast! Students got to work on a variety of projects that included drawing, painting, and sculpting. During these art sessions, the students not only learned how to create their masterpieces, but also learned about the 7 elements of art, parts of the paintbrush, the different kinds of paint and materials used in art, just to name a few. 
Pictured are the 5th and 6th-grade students with their elephant sculptures from the most recent art class. The next session for 5th and 6th grade will start in January, and the 3rd and 4th-grade session will begin in February. Mr. High Horse and Mrs. Rutledge will have a new set of activities for the students to create and enjoy. The PFE will send out more details when the time gets closer for the next session so be on the lookout! 

Football Players Make Autumn Pointe Visit

The Pioneer Football Team sent 8 players to Autumn Pointe to meet the residents, discuss our season, and build relationships.  While at Autumn Pointe, the group shared cookies and milk, talked about life, and then played a trivia game as a whole group.  It was a great experience for the Pioneers to meet some great people, learn from their experiences, and share some laughs.  The players who attended were- Tyler Strauss, Kaden Therkildsen, Grant Halford, Cole Klabunde, Dillon Dierks, Malachi King, Philip Whittoff, Zane Schwarz. Thank you to all who organized this event.

Photos by Andrew Christensen

Veterans Day Program

Fort Calhoun’s SkillsUSA Chapter will again be hosting their Veterans
Day Program 11/11/19 at 10:00 AM in the high school main gym. This
program is open to the public. There will be a luncheon for Veterans
and a guest following the program. Call 402-468-5591 to RSVP for

Building Construction

Our Building Construction students had the opportunity to tour the MCC Construction trailer. The students were able to see several different trades including sand topography mapping, 3D virtual modeling, welding, lighting, electrical, and plumbing. Anthony Curcio and Bradley Goodman, representing MCC, were there demonstrating and helping the students have hands-on experiences at each station. Thanks to MCC for this fun experience for our students.

Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

The students at Fort Calhoun Elementary had a couple of opportunities this month to learn about fire safety. On October 9th, the Kindergarteners visited the Fort Calhoun Fire Station. They got to tour the station and even practiced using the fire hose with Dave Neumann and Jerry Mink. On October 16th the Fire Department visited the school. Grades Preschool through 3rd grade had the opportunity to tour the ambulance with Dave Neumann and Jackie Mapes. They also learned a lot about fire safety in their home from Deputy State Fire Marshall Alyssa Sanders and they practiced climbing out a window with a fire ladder in the Smoke Simulator Trailer. Grades 4th through 6th got to explore the fire trucks and practiced using a battery-operated fire extinguisher. Thanks to all who came to help with these events including Dave Neumann, Jerry Mink, Jackie Mapes, Jen Sundermeier, Dan Mallory, Devon Walentine and Deputy State Fire Marshal, Alyssa Sanders.
For tips on fire prevention including home safety tips visit the State Fire Marshal’s website.

Support Breast Cancer Research

The Month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Support Pioneers Fighting against Cancer by purchasing a Pink Out T-shirt. They come in both Youth and Adult sizes. A percentage of every  T-shirt sold will be donated to breast cancer research, and as always, every purchase from the School’s Booster Club apparel store will continue to support all of the athletics and activities at Fort Calhoun Schools. Thank you for your generosity!!

Click the following link or the link on the top banner of our website titled Pioneer Spirit Gear. Then, look for the Pink Out logo on the bottom left of the page.