Notice is hereby given that the Committee on American Civics and Education Meeting of the Fort Calhoun Community Schools Board of Education has been called. The meeting will be held on Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 8:30 AM in the Office Conference Room of Fort Calhoun High School, 5876 County Road P43, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023.
An Agenda for such meeting is being kept continuously current and is available for public inspection at the Office of the Superintendent.
By the Board of Education of Fort Calhoun Community Schools.
July 31, 2020.
Click HERE for the Elementary Return to School Plan
Click HERE for the Junior High/High School Return to School Plan
Click HERE for an updated District Return to School Plan (as of August 11th). **New Mandatory Mask Policy**
Click HERE to access the recording of the August 10th Board Meeting.
Click HERE to access the recording of the July 13th Board Meeting that includes discussion on school reopening.
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Valedictorians – KENNEDY BRADBURN, GRANT HANSEN
Salutatorian – AMERICA JOHNSON
The Pioneer Outstanding Senior Award. Selection process for this award is done by a vote of the Junior-Senior high staff. It is with great pleasure that I am about to award the THIRTEENTH annual “Pioneer Outstanding Senior Award”. The Pioneer Outstanding Senior Award exemplifies the true meaning of a Pioneer: One who paves the way for others. The award is given to the senior who best displays; school spirit, academic and extracurricular excellence, while being a leader both in and out of the classroom. A true Pioneer is also one who can get along with a variety of people and is always willing to help without expecting any thing in return. The Pioneer Outstanding Senior Award goes to: KENNEDY BRADBURN
Omaha World Herald 2020 All Academic Program. In recognition of distinguished scholarship ranking in the top 4 percent of all graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska’s Class of 2020.
The recipients are:
KENNEDY BRADBURN, GRANT HANSEN, AMERICA JOHNSON
Students who have received an ACT score of 30 and above are:
KENNEDY BRADBURN AND GRANT HANSEN
Pinnacle Bank High School Leadership Award – Sponsored by Midland University– BRANT HILZENDEGER AND KAITLYN SMITH
*The “I Dare You Leadership Award” was first offered in 1941 by William H. Danforth, one of the founders of the American Youth Foundation. Mr. Danforth was a successful businessman who dared young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of leadership and service. Students have been selected to make Mr. Danforth’s dare a part of their own life. They have been selected because they exhibit personal integrity, balanced living, and motivation for leadership. The recipient is: RIANNA WELLS
*FOURTH YEAR ACADEMIC PINS
ADAM BANNISTER – KENNEDY BRADBURN – KYLA DELUCA – KYLE DEYEN – JENDA GEBHARDT – GRANT HANSEN – KATE HOEFKER – EVELYN HOLMSTEDT – HAILEY HOWELL – SOPHIA IRVINE – AMERICA JOHNSON – COLE KLABUNDE – SAVANNAH LUKASIEWICZ – MORGAN MILLER – ALYSSA MITCHELL – WESTIN NOTTLEMAN – KELSIE PREMER – CHRISTINE STOA – TYLER STRAUSS – ASHLEE THALMAN – KADEN THERKILDSEN
*All Academic – All Conference award winners are recognized by the Nebraska Capitol Conference for achieving a composite score of 25 or above on the ACT and maintaining a 3.50 grade point average. The students awarded All Academic medals are: KENNEDY BRADBURN, GRANT HANSEN, HAILEY HOWELL, AMERICA JOHNSON, MORGAN MILLER, WESTIN NOTTLEMANN
Local Scholarship Winners
6th Grade Video
|Bradburn||Kennedy||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State, NCC Second Team, OMW & Lincoln Journal Star All State Honorable Mention|
|Hansen||Mackenzie||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State,|
|Wimer||Kinsley||Letter, NCC First Team, OMW & Lincoln Journal Star All State Honorable Mention|
|Dierks||Dillon||Letter, All District Honorable Mention|
|Dierks||Clint||Letter, All District Honorable Mention|
|Douchey||Jayce||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State, All District Honorable Mention|
|Halford||Grant||Letter, All District Honorable Mention|
|Hunter||Jayden||Letter NSAA Academic All-State|
|King||Malachi||Letter, All District 1st Team|
|Klabunde||Cole||Letter, All District Honorable Mention|
|Myer||Justin||Letter, All District Honorable Mention|
|Schwarz||Zane||Letter, All District 1st Team|
|Strauss||Tyler||Letter, All District 1st Team|
|Therkildsen||Kaden||Letter, All District 1st Team|
|McKennan||John||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Premer||Kelsie||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Skelton||Tessa||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Hilzendeger||Brant||Letter, NCC Second Team|
|Schwarz||Zsne||Letter, NCC Second Team|
|Schwarz||Carsen||Letter, NCC Honorable Mention|
|Therkildsen||Kaden||Letter, NCC Honorable Mention|
|Faucher||Zach||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Hallberg||Tylan||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Bradburn||Kennedy||Letter, NCC Honorable Mention, NSAA Academic All-State,Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention, OWH Class C-1 Honorable Mention, OWH All Area Honorable Mention|
|Hansen||Mackenzie||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Wimer||Kinsley||Letter, NCC Honorable Mention, Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention, OWH Class C-1 Honorable Mention, OWH All Area Honorable Mention|
|Greenwell||McKenna||Letter, NCC Second Team|
|Lienemann||Ellie||Letter, NCC Honorable Mention|
|Wells||Rianna||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|McKennan||John||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Lukasiewicz||Savannah||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Premer||Kelsie||Letter, NSAA Academic All-State|
|Donovan||Bailey||4 Year/3-Sport Athlete|
|Lukasiewicz||Savannah||Booster Club Scholarship|
|Therkildsen||Kaden||Booster Club Scholarship, Scholar Athlete, 4 Year/3-Sport Athlete|
Cheerleading Team tryouts will be completed VIRTUALLY this year via Google Classroom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the class! It will open on Monday, April 20th.
What to look for once added to “Cheerleading Tryouts 2020” Google Classroom:
-An informational video about our cheer team: handbook & expectations, expected cost, fundraising, and more will be posted on Monday, April 20th. You will have a chance to post any questions you might have at that time. Or can email me directly any questions.
-The tryout rubric as well as videos of the tryout routine and skills will be uploaded on Monday, April 20th. These videos are for the girls to watch and practice at home (in lieu of typical tryout practices).
-All girls interested in trying out will need to have their tryout videos (one video of routine, one video of cheer, one video of chant, one video of jumps) uploaded by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1st.
Timeline for Cheer Team Tryouts was selected so that any girls who are interested in doing the virtual tryouts for BOTH cheer and dance can have separate weeks to focus on (and get their videos uploaded to) each.
Dance Team tryouts will be completed VIRTUALLY this year via Google Classroom. Please email email@example.com to be added to the class! It will open on Monday, April 27th.
What to look for once added to “2020-2021 Dance Team Tryout” Google Classroom:
-An informational video about our dance team: handbook & expectations, expected cost, fundraising, and more will be posted on Monday, April 27th. You will have a chance to post any questions you might have at that time.
-The tryout rubric as well as videos of the tryout routine and skills will be uploaded on Monday, May 4th. These videos are for the girls to watch and practice at home (in lieu of typical tryout practices). I will also post the cut music to the routine.
-All girls interested in trying out will need to have their tryout videos (one video of routine, one video of skills) uploaded by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th.
Timeline for Dance Team Tryouts was selected so that any girls who are interested in doing the virtual tryouts for BOTH cheer and dance can have separate weeks to focus on (and get their videos uploaded to) each.
Board of Education Regular Meeting
To accommodate social distancing recommendations, the public can join the school board meeting virtually utilizing the video conferencing platform Zoom. Click on the link below to join the meeting.
Monday, April 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Join Via Zoom Video Conferencing –
Fort Calhoun Pioneers,
Governor Ricketts has issued a new Directed Health Measure (DHM).
“Under this new DHM, schools statewide are directed to operate without students in their buildings through May 31, 2020. Extracurricular activities are also cancelled statewide.” – From NEBRASKA.GOV
In order for us to clear and clean our buildings we need students to come to the school and pick up any remaining personal items. For us to keep the buildings from filling up with students we have prepared a pick up schedule.
Keep in mind, Enrichment Activities will continue through May 15th. Also, information on textbook and Chromebook check in will come at a later date.
ELEMENTARY – Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 we will have parents pick up belongings in a “drive-through” concept from the student pick up lane in front of the building. On Wednesday, April 8, students with the last name that begin with A-M will come during office hours; 8-12pm. On Thursday, April 9, students with the last name that begin with N-Z during office hours; 8-12pm. A staff member will be present to hand student belongings to each family. Please keep in mind we are striving to keep everyone safe during this process. All parents/students will remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing as best we can. Thank you for understanding. Don’t hesitate to wave and throw a smile! Also, at this time if you have a library book or textbook please bring that along to hand in.
JR/SR High – See linked schedule.
Stay safe and God bless,
Fort Calhoun Families,
Wanted to give you an update on the food service program: Starting on Monday March 30th we will be changing our lunch program to twice weekly pick ups. Multiple meal pickup on Mondays from 11:00-12:30 will include three lunch/breakfast combos per student, then again on Thursday which will include two lunch/breakfast combos per student also from 11:00 – 12:30. The updated flyer is enclosed. We also are in need of donations to our food pantry. If you are interested in donating, see attached flyer.
Thank you and keep safe,
A little fun as we’re all dealing with social distancing!
In accordance with the governor’s directive, Fort Calhoun Community Schools will be closed through May 31st. The administrative team continues to stay up-to-date with the latest health information to determine the next steps for our school district. In consultation with Three Rivers Public Health, Nebraska Department of Education, and our lawyers, we are making decisions that are in the best interest of our students, staff, parents and community.
We will provide learning opportunities for students through an enrichment program: These resources are available for your family. If you have questions specific to your student’s classroom or school, please contact your teacher or principal directly by email. Teachers will continue to be available for students for support via email.
Students in Elementary School: All elementary students will receive learning packets that may be either accessed electronically via the school website or picked up at the elementary office Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 am – 12 pm. The packets are grade-specific and provide lessons on reading, writing and math. Packets do not need to be returned to school. Feedback will be provided by the teacher.
Students in Junior High and High School: Students will be provided one to two activities per week, per class via Google Classroom. More information will be forthcoming from individual teachers. Students are encouraged to complete the activities during the closure. The lessons are designed to keep students engaged in learning. If paper copies are needed to access activities, contact the high school office between 8 am – 3 pm to make arrangements.
April 2nd, 2020 – Update on Jr/Sr High Enrichment Activities: The Enrichment Activities do count; you can improve your grades! This is how: Students can increase their grades by participating in the e-learning activities provided by teachers. Teachers will determine how much a grade can move through student participation and quality of work. Hence, if you do the learning activities with quality of work your grade can move up, if you don’t do the learning activities or there is no quality of work then your grade will remain the same. This is for all students 7-12 with any grade. Teachers will be given the latitude on how much “upgrade” they give. This will depend on your participation and quality of work.
Additional Educational Opportunities:
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions/Services
- Best Documentaries – Sorted by Age Appropriateness
- Child Mind Institute – Supporting Families’ Mental Health During COVID-19 – also, for parents with older kids – Link
- The Kim Foundation – Mental Health Support
- Khan Academy – Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan Academy is also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
- Scholastic Learn at Home – Kindergarten through 9th grade reading lessons.
- GoNoodle Good Energy – Free, fun activities for families to stay active while stuck indoors.
- Materials to Support Educators and Parents: The National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research offer online course content focused on intensive intervention. These courses include video lectures, workbooks, practice activities, and so much more. In addition to courses focused on mathematics, behavior, and explicit instruction, the newest course on intensive intervention in reading was just released. This module covers considerations in reading instruction and intervention, progress monitoring and diagnostic data, and adaptations for word reading and comprehension. Center for Parent Information Resources has developed a collection of information for parents and parent centers.
Questions for Teachers: All certified teachers are available during normal school hours to answer questions via email for students and families. Here is a link to the school directory if you need help finding a teacher’s email address – Directory.
Here is video from the special board meeting Wednesday, March 18th – Special Board Meeting