District office hours for the summer are 7AM-3PM.


PFE News

PFE kicked off the month of April with its annual Carnival. Nearly 300 wristbands were sold. Students enjoyed games, bounce houses, face painting and sending their classmates, teachers and Mr. Wagner to the popular jail. Amy Melville served as the chair for this huge event.

Three scholarship recipients were recognized at the high school awards night. Each scholarship totaled$500. The PFE scholarship requires students to document service hours that positively impact their community and the 2019 applicants logged over 1300 volunteer hours with various organizations such as vacation bible school, the fire department, the library, and concessions. This year’s winners were StephanieMlynarik, Ben Haggar, and Julie Klemm.

May 6-10 is Staff Appreciation Week. Joey Iwen, event chair, sent our educators on a food-filled so special. May 6-10 is Staff Appreciation Week. Joey Iwen, event chair, sent our educators on a food-filled adventure each day and encouraged students and families to thank all who make the Fort Calhoun district so special.

The Officer Team encouraged opinions and feedback from both members and non-members at the May meeting. Meeting times, assemblies, member benefits, and teacher books were only a few of the topics discussed. The PFE welcomes two new officers to the team for the 2019-20 academic year. Sarah Tinkham will serve as Vice President and Ronee Christensen will be the new Communication Coordinator. Denise Work (President), Natalie Cummings (Secretary) and Michelle Dill (Treasurer) will remain in their roles.

Andrea Totten will leave her office of Communication Coordinator for the PFE. Andrea’s contributions have been numerous. ColorCycle and the Popsocket fundraiser were both carried out by Andrea singlehandedly. Much of the communication done on social media was the work of Andrea’s creativity. She plans to continue her work with the PFE as the organization moves forward with a Scrip fundraising idea.

Original Works items and Summer Bridge books have been distributed. One School One Book is complete. The PFE would like to recognize chairs Melanie Bonacci, Dara Waters and Robyn Lammers for their dedication to these activities by serving as chairs.

PFE looks ahead to events to kick off the next school year. Planning has already begun for our annual Walk-a-Thon, kick-off brunch and an after-school art program. As we look ahead to do more for our students and district, consider how you can help. Volunteers are always needed, and new ideas are welcome.

The PFE wishes each of you a safe and fun-filled summer!

Yearbooks for Sale

You can order Yearbooks Online or in the office. Click the link below to go to the website for the online purchase.

–>Click here to Order ONLINE

Yearbook Prices

Older yearbooks may be available. Prices are as follows:

Yearbook Pricing

2018-2019 = $40.00

2017-2018 = $35.00

2016-2017 = $30.00

2015-2016 = $25.00

1990-2015 = $20.00

Contact Sheri Homolka to check the availability of yearbooks at shomolka@ftcpioneers.org

Monday Funday

For the last Monday of the school year, the students at Fort Calhoun Junior Senior High were treated to a special day of fun. They started the day off with inspirational speaker Ron Gustafson. Next, they were able to choose from several sessions based off their interests. Sessions included topics like pie or smoothie making, photography, card games, and tie dye. They ended the day with more fun playing games in the Gym.

Congratulations to our State Track Medalists.

It was a great weekend at State Track! Congratulations to our State Track medalists. Your hard work paid off!

Zach Marshall (12) is State Champ in the 200M and got 5th place in the 100M

Ben Haggar (12) got 8th place in the 200M, and 3rd in the 400M with a record-breaking time of 50.15

Jake Haggar (12) ran 4th in the 400M

Taya Skelton (12) 4th place in the 1600M and State Champ in the 3200M

Avery McKennan (12) ran 4th in the 3200M

Unified Team (Adam Bannister, Dillon Dierks, Kameron Pringle, Kyle Deyen) 8th place in the 4×100

Fort Calhoun High School Students Get Creative for Fort Atkinson

Members of the Fort Calhoun High School Art Club, art students, and shop students worked together to create two face cutouts for Fort Atkinson. The face cutouts will be used for various events such as Living History Days. The students who helped with the project are Kaitlin Smith, Nathan Premer, Zach Marshall, Ben Haggar, Aaron Johnson, Kennedy Bradburn, Allyssa Wright, Alyssa Mitchell, Isabell Benoit, Jessyka Winterberg, Stephanie Mlynarik, Katie Barta, Sara Jabens, America Johnson, Piper Hager, Makayla Perry, Greta Wimmer, Lily Lyytikainen, Morgan Therikildsen.

Follow this link to get more information about Fort Atkinson and Living History Days. http://outdoornebraska.gov/fortatkinson/

Creighton Players Visit Elementary School

The students in Ali Romans’ 5th-grade class and Carly McElhose’s 1st-grade class were top readers in our March Madness Spring reading incentive program so they got a huge treat on Friday, April 26th. First, they were treated to a pizza party and then they got to shoot hoops with Creighton Basketball players, Connor Cashaw, Damien Jefferson and Jett Canfield. What an awesome reward. It was evident from smiles all around that the time spent made a lasting impression on both the future Pioneers and the current Bluejays. Great job readers!

Fort Calhoun TeamMates

TeamMates are always in need of Mentors.
If you are interested, call or email the TeamMates coordinator for Fort Calhoun. Ashley Hallberg, 402-468-5714 or ahallberg@ftcpioneers.org

Even former Fort Calhoun students return to mentor current students. Pictured below are Garrett Anderson and his mentee Andrew Janecek.

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 provide 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 on the TeamMates website.


If you have any questions feel free to call or email the TeamMates coordinator for Fort Calhoun. Ashley Hallberg, 402-468-5714 or ahallberg@ftcpioneers.org


Thank You Gift from Legion Post 348

American Legion Post 348 members Larry Kusek and Larry Pringle presented oil paint to the art department. The oil paint was purchased by Post 348 and given as a thank you, for painting the mural on the American Legion Post 348 building. The students pictured helped with the mural. (Not pictured are Ben Haggar, Bailey Donovan, Kelsie Premer, Morgan Shaner, Sadie Finch, Aaron Swanson, Shelby Altstadt, and Emilia Finke).