Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Board and a public hearing have been called and will be held by the Fort Calhoun Community Schools.  The public meeting and public hearing will be held on the 12th day of July 2021.  The public meeting will commence at 7:00 o’clock PM; the commencement of the hearing is reflected in the Agenda for the meeting.  The location of the public meeting and public hearing is the Secondary Media Center at 5876 County Road P43 Fort Calhoun Nebraska.  An agenda for such meeting and public hearing is being kept continuously current and is available for public inspection at the office of the Superintendent.


The public hearing will be held on a proposed Student Fee Policy to review and receive input on Student Fee Policy 5045 including a review of the amount of money collected from students pursuant to, and the use of waivers provided in, the student fee policies of the District for the 2021-22 school year. Further details of the public hearing are available from the office of the school’s administrator.




July 6, 2021

Notice of Public Meeting

On June 29 at 9:00 AM, a special meeting conducted by Fort Calhoun Community Schools will take place at the Pioneer Learning Center (1420 Clark Street). The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an opportunity for parents who have parentally placed their child in an approved an/or accredited non-public school or exempt home school and representatives of non-public schools to participate in the development of a plan for providing special education services to children with disabilities who attend an approved and/or accredited non-public schools and exempt home schools which are within the FCS district for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Parents of a homeschooled child or a child attending a non-public school who has been or may be identified with a disability and attend approved and/or accredited non-public school within the boundaries of FCS, are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Ashley Dougherty, Special Education Director at (402) 468-5533.

Preschool Orientation Day

We hope you are enjoying your summer.  As we expand our preschool program and transition into a new area of the building we thought it would be a good idea to host an orientation day for all of our preschool families.  We are excited to announce our Preschool Orientation Day will be Monday, June 28.  Please see below for your allotted time and drop-off/pick-up procedures for this event.  Also, keep in mind the time below is the only time you will need to bring your student.  If you would like to stay and observe please feel free to stick around. Please do not feel like you have to stay, but know the option is available.  We understand some students may feel a little overwhelmed during this time.  We look forward to seeing everyone very soon.  Thank you again for choosing Fort Calhoun. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
*Drop off and pick up procedures for orientation day.  There will be two options available in no particular order due to construction around the building.
     -Park in the parking lot.  Please feel free to park in our parking lot and follow the sidewalk between the playground and the building for drop off and pick up.  Then once you are on the sidewalk on Adams street you will walk to the new preschool entrance. 
     -Park on 10th Street.  Please feel free to drop off and pick up on 10th Street.
     -Please do not drop off and/or pick up on Adams Street.
Scheduled Times:
4-year-olds (55-minute session):
Last names that begin with A-L:  8:00-8:55 am
Last names that begin with M-Z:  9:00-9:55 am
*Mask wearing is optional.
3-year-olds (55-minute session):
Last names that begin with A-L:  10:00-10:55 am
Last names that begin with M-Z:  11:00-11:55 am
*Mask wearing is optional.

Pioneer Strong Project

Message from Fort Calhoun Booster Club

Dear Business Owner/Manager,

As the coaches, teachers and student-athletes prepare to finish out the school year, the Booster Club is looking ahead and planning for positive additions to the Fort. We are working on a special “Pioneer Strong” project that we need your generous donation to help fund.

The Fort Calhoun High School weight room is in need of updated equipment. We want the best for our student athletes as they condition year round for their sports and health. Roughly 200+ students, athletes and community members use our weight room daily. With so many using the equipment over the years, it has taken a toll. Coach Shepardson is committed to our strength and conditioning program and desires to create a powerhouse facility for our students which will lead to improvement for all of our athletic programs.

Our “Pioneer Strong” project is projected into three phases of need:

Phase 1 – double-sided, multi-racks, new benches and Pioneer branding $34,000 – $36,000

Phase 2 – bumper plates for each rack $12, 925

Phase 3 – platforms and jammer arms $33,000 – $35,000

The Booster Club’s goal is to raise enough funds to complete phase 1, with install, before the summer programming begins. We realize this is a hefty goal in a short amount of time, but we are committed to this project and believe in the importance of new and modern equipment.

We also believe our students and community deserve the best.

Will you please consider a financial donation to this project?

Your continued support to our Booster Club is a generous, tax-free donation and will give our weight room the impact it needs to create an environment that leads to positive results and outcomes. With your donation, your company’s name will be recognized in our weight room.

Mailed-in donations can be directly sent to:

Fort Calhoun High School

Pioneer Strong Project

5876 County Road P43

Fort Calhoun, Ne. 68023

Thank you for your support and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Jen Lienemann

Booster Club Sponsorship/Pioneer Strong Project

Kindness Rocks

The Pioneer Learning Center Transition Students and Staff recently completed their Kindness Project. Rocks were decorated with bright colors and positive words to brighten someone’s day. The rocks were then distributed around the community. Be on the lookout for some of these random beauties when you’re out and about. Keep the rocks for yourself or share them with a friend. Keep spreading the kindness!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

Earth Day Clean Up

Our Biology students celebrated Earth Day by helping Bruce and Kathy clean up the landscape around the building. Thank you to our students who put in the hard work and to Mrs. Nelson who organized this activity. 

Art Show

On Wednesday, April 14th, Fort Calhoun hosted the 2021 Nebraska Capitol Conference Art Show. This year’s show was held virtually, and all ten schools in the conference participated via zoom. Art entries were submitted several weeks ahead of time and were critiqued by a three-judge panel.

There were 176 students from across the conference who participated, and there were almost 400 total works of art entered in 11 different categories. This year’s visiting artist, Steve Tamayo, led the students through a cross-curricular activity which included designing, decorating, and assembling a “parfleche” pouch. 

Brooke Johnsen (9th grade), was voted Fort Calhoun’s top artist. Congratulations to the following students for earning ribbons at this year’s conference art show. 

Gabe Anduze

1st Place – “Old Man” (Colored Drawing)

2nd Place – “Gray Death” (Black and White)

Kathlyn Barta

1st Place – “Blue Jay’s Flight” (Colored Drawing)

Ethan Dye

2nd Place – “Self-Portrait” (Pencil Drawing)

2nd Place – “Chalk Pastel Still Life” (Colored Drawing)

Justin Fritz

1st Place – “Having Trouble Letting Go” (Mixed Media)

3rd Place – “SLATT” (Colored Drawing)

Jayce Ivester

1st Place – “Sunday Brunch” (Black and White)

2nd Place – “Majestic Hills” (Printmaking)

Brooke Johnsen

1st Place – “High Card” (Mixed Media)

1st Place – “Daffodil” (Pencil Drawing)

Emma Lucht

1st Place – “You Are My Sunshine” (Printmaking)

2nd Place – “Happy Flower” (Black and White)

Riley McKennan

2nd Place – “Self-Portrait” (Pencil Drawing)

James Miller

2nd Place – “Self-portrait at 14” (Pencil Drawing)

Regina Namuth

1st Place – “Self-Portrait at 15” (Pencil Drawing)

3rd Place – “Older Sister” (Mixed Media)

Cameron Reynolds

2nd Place – “Western Meadowlark” (Colored Drawing)

3rd Place – “Lil Uzi”

Sasha Robinson

1st Place – “Charcoal Still Life” (Black and White)

Kaitlin Smith

1st Place – “Antique View” (Black and White)

2nd Place – “Future Tracks” (Photography)

Lawson Tjardes

2nd Place – “Fruit Still Life” (Pencil Drawing) 

3rd Place – “Bottle Still Life” (Pencil Drawing)