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Fall Sports Kickoff

Fall Sports Kickoff is this Friday August 23nd.

Meal from 6:00-7:00.
$4 Students
$7 Adults
Brat or Hamburger, Chips, Drink, Dessert
Announcement of teams: XC, VB, SB, Dance, Cheer, FB starting at 6:20.
Football scrimmage at 7:00 pm.
Concessions will be open during the scrimmage for pop, candy and water.  
*Join the Fort Calhoun Booster Club Friday, 8/23/19 at the Fall Sports Kick Off at the high school.  Become a member of the Fort Calhoun Boosters!  Purchase your membership, and shop for apparel! All ”Fort Calhoun Pioneer” apparel is half off. No pre-sales or holds. 
Come support the Fort!



Special Board of Education Meeting

On 8-23-2019 at 5:00 p.m. a meeting conducted by Fort Calhoun Community Schools will take place at the High School Library.  The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an opportunity for parents and representatives of nonpublic schools to participate in the development of a plan for providing special education services to children with disabilities who attend nonpublic schools and home schools which are within the Fort Calhoun Community Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.  Parents of a home-schooled child or child attending a nonpublic school within the boundaries of Fort Calhoun Community Schools are urged to attend.  If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Ashley Dougherty at 402-468-5533.


Published in the Enterprise Friday, August 16, 2019.

Elementary Welcome Back Night


When:  August 14; 6-7pm


Why: Kick off the 2019-20 School year


Who is all going to be there:  STAFF, 



*This is a great night to introduce 

yourself to your new teacher.  Please  come by and visit.

Introducing Mrs. Ruby Weaver

We wanted to introduce Mrs. Ruby Weaver as the new administrative assistant at the elementary school.  Mrs. Weaver is very excited about taking on a new adventure.  Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.  A few ways to get a hold of Mrs. Weaver is contacting the elementary office.  The number to the elementary is the same; 402-468-5714.  Mrs. Weaver’s email address is  Mrs. Weaver will be a great resource as we transition to a new face in the office.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the elementary office.  Thank you for welcoming Mrs. Weaver to our school family!

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

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


Elementary Supply List

The Elementary supply list for the 2019-20 school year is ready to view here.  Please keep in mind this is a suggested supply list for this school year.  If you have any questions please contact the elementary school.  Thank you!  Look forward to a wonderful year.

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!

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.