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Job Openings

There are several teaching positions open in the district. See the list of the current openings below and click this LINK to apply.

  • Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Elementary 5th Grade Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher Grades 11-12
  • English Teacher Grades 9-10
  • Mathematics Grades 9-10

These positions are subject to a veteran’s preference.  EOE

PBIS Program at the Elementary School

From L-R Fort Calhoun High School Peer Mentor Jack Reed and Young Adult Program Participants Adam Banister and Jaiden Greenwell deliver orders from the Pioneer Store to elementary students, as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program. Photo by Ashley Dougherty

By Cheyenne Alexis – features@enterprisepub.com

The Fort Calhoun Board of Education heard a presentation on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) occurring at Fort Calhoun Elementary. Mike Mallette, interim high-ability learners instructor; Ashley Dougherty, special education coordinator; and Miranda Adams, the district’s school psychologist, spoke to the board on the program and how it has taken off at the elementary.

“By teaching and reinforcing school-wide behavior that Pioneers are safe, brave, respectful and responsible, we can improve student behavior and reduce discipline referrals, increase time that teachers and students are spending in academic content because they don’t have to deal with those behaviors and because of those two, increasing academic achievement and test scores because they’re able to engage more in academic content,“ Adams said.

The first year of PBIS’ implementation, Adams said the PBIS committee updates its disciplinary flow chart to distinguish learning behaviors and how teachers can identify and guide the behaviors.

To reward students, a ticket program was established to pick out the Pioneer of the Day and Pioneer of the Week who is safe, brave, respectful and responsible. “It’s super fun to recognize students for doing the right thing,” Adams said.

In 2021, a behavior honor roll was presented for students following the four goals. “We pick out students who are safe, brave, respectful and responsible for each classroom, and then give them a certificate and recognize them,” Mallette said.

Another addition to the PBIS program was the establishment of the Pioneer Store, where students could trade tickets for different prizes.” They turn in their tickets to their teachers, fill out an order form and those get turned into the PLC (Pioneer Learning Center),” Adams said. Almost 30,000 tickets were handed out last semester, Mallette said. “There’s lots of positivity getting spread out that way,” he said.

This program has also assisted with the Young Adults Program. “We’re really looking to diversify those skills and get them skilled in other areas,” Dougherty said. “So the store’s been amazing for us.” Those in the Young Adults Program fill the order forms, label the bags and deliver to the students.

Pioneers of the Week are also rewarded at Cherry Hill with free ice cream, which engages the community with the program, Mallette said. Adams said the PBIS program will continue with recognizing students and rewarding them for good behavior.

Teachers and staff are encouraged to communicate any behavioral issues they see on the playground, in the bathrooms, hallways, cafeteria and other areas and the committee will try to target those areas.

“The store’s been great and I think that’s really going to carry us through the years because it gets students excited about demonstrating those behaviors that we want to see,” Adams said. “But, really, the next big step for PBIS is the data piece. We’re making sure we’re collecting data.”

Food Service Help Wanted

Fort Calhoun Community Schools is looking for
some additional help in their food service dept. for
the school year. Ft. Calhoun Schools are in need of
a person willing to fill in for workers who are on
vacation or absent for health reasons. Duties
would be helping prepare food to serve, serving
students, wiping tables, and clean up. We also
have a position that is Tues. and Thurs. of each
week and could be combined with fill in shifts.
Please contact Barb Moriarty, Food Service
Director at 402-468-5591 if interested.
Fort Calhoun Community Schools is an equal
opportunity employer and provider with a
Veteran’s preference.

Click the link below to apply.

Apply here

Congratulations to our PBIS Drawing Winners – December 2021

These are the winners of our second PBIS raffle drawing.  We had almost 3,000 tickets put into the drawings.  In addition, our large bucket filled up which means we have a school-wide reward! Great opportunity to celebrate positive behavior!
 
left to right: Braxton Boudle (2nd), Kase Knight (1st), Elise Matney (4th), Henry Jorgensen (K), Wes Bahle (4)

Dance Camp 2021-22

Dance Camp is coming up on January 8th, 2022 but the deadline to register is December 2nd, 2021. See this link or the information below for more information and to register. Contact Miranda Weingaertner for more information at mweingaertner@ftcpioneers.org.