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COVID-19 Reopening Information

The following is a copy of an official letter that went out Thursday, July 2nd with information regarding returning to school in the fall –

Click HERE to access the letter.


To further aid in the return to school planning process, please complete this survey – CLICK HERE to access the survey.

Also, in order to increase our communication avenues, please check out and follow the official Facebook page of the district here.

End of Year Celebrations

Graduation

Senior Video

Show Choir Video

Honors Awards

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 UniversityBRANT 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

Athletic Awards

Athletic Awards:

4/7/20
Softball
BenoitBellaLetter
BradburnKennedyLetter, NSAA Academic All-State, NCC Second Team, OMW & Lincoln Journal Star All State Honorable Mention
HansenMackenzieLetter, NSAA Academic All-State,
HubbardLucyLetter
NottlemannWestinLetter
PerezVictoriaLetter
ReedMaddieLetter
TherkildsenMorganLetter
TrippDruLetter
WimerKinsleyLetter, NCC First Team, OMW & Lincoln Journal Star All State Honorable Mention
WinterbergJessykaLetter
Football
AltstadtAustinLetter
BlizzardIsaacLetter
ClausenRyanLetter
CoonBillyLetter
DierksDillonLetter, All District Honorable Mention
DierksClintLetter, All District Honorable Mention
DoucheyJayceLetter, NSAA Academic All-State, All District Honorable Mention
DoyleJohnLetter
FickbohmZekeLetter
GoosDavanLetter
HalfordGrantLetter, All District Honorable Mention
HallbergTy Letter
HartlineJesseLetter
HunterJaydenLetter NSAA Academic All-State
KingMalachiLetter, All District 1st Team
KlabundeColeLetter, All District Honorable Mention
Melo ChamiMatiasLetter
MillerLandonLetter
MyerJustinLetter, All District Honorable Mention
NixonGrantLetter
PrattMichaelLetter
SchmittHarrisonLetter
SchwarzZaneLetter, All District 1st Team
SeinaJakeLetter
ShirleyMichaelLetter
StraussTylerLetter, All District 1st Team
TherkildsenKadenLetter, All District 1st Team
WelchertAustinLetter 
Golf
ShanerEthanLetter
PoderysNatalliaLetter
NixonGrantLetter
NamuthReginaLetter
MillerLandonLetter
McKennanRileyLetter
DoyleJackLetter
BonacciVincentLetter
BoldtDylanLetter
BenchBodeLetter
Cheerleaders
AlbertsonHaleyLetter
BraymenMeganLetter
GenowaysGraceLetter
HansenMackenzieLetter
HurtMaddieLetter
LienemannEllieLetter
NelsonAngelLetter
NottlemannWestinLetter
PohladPeytonLetter
PruntyAlaynaLetter
TheisenMaggieLetter
TherkildsenMorganLetter
TrippDruLetter
Cross Country
BartaKatieLetter
BazerJoieLetter Manager
DrowneDalaLetter
GustafsonLukeLetter
HowellHaileyLetter
JohnsonAmericanLetter Manager
LukasiewiczSavannahLetter
McKennanJohnLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
McKennenRileyLetter
MillerMorganLetter
MillerElsaLetter Manager 
OlberdingElyLetter
OlberdingLanceLetter
PerfettiKyleLetter
PremerKelsieLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
SkeltonTessaLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
SlattenXanderLetter
ThalmanAshleeletter
Basketball
HalfordGrantLetter
HilzendegerBrantLetter, NCC Second Team
SchmittHarrisonLetter
SchwarzZsneLetter, NCC Second Team
SchwarzCarsenLetter, NCC Honorable Mention
StraussTylerLetter
TherkildsenKadenLetter, NCC Honorable Mention
Baseball
BonacciNateLetter
ConnerTylanLetter
FaucherZachLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
HallbergTylanLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
KlabundeColeLetter
MyerJustinLetter
SchmittHarrisonLetter
SeinaJakeLetter
TherkildsenKadenLetter
Schleifer-Basketball
AndersonAbbieLetter
BartaKatieLetter
BenoitIsabellaLetter
BradburnKennedyLetter, NCC Honorable Mention, NSAA Academic All-State,Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention, OWH Class C-1 Honorable Mention, OWH All Area Honorable Mention
DonovanBaileyLetter
HansenMackenzieLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
SkeltonTessLetter
WellsRiannaLetter
WimerKinsleyLetter, NCC Honorable Mention, Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention, OWH Class C-1 Honorable Mention, OWH All Area Honorable Mention 
WinterbergJessicaLetter
Volleyball
BackMadysonLetter
BalesMollyLetter
CullenAliviaLetter
DonovanBaileyLetter
FitzgeraldHannahLetter Manager
GenowaysGraceLetter
GreenwellMcKennaLetter, NCC Second Team
LienemannEllieLetter, NCC Honorable Mention
NottlemannTildenLetter
QuinlanOliviaLetter
SmithKaitlinLetter
TheisenMaggieLetter
WellsRiannaLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
Track
AppelWyattLetter
BannisterAdamLetter
BlizzardIsaacLetter
CoonBillyLetter
DeyenKyleLetter
DierksClintLetter
DierksDillonLetter
EvansBrandonLetter
GustafsonLukeLetter
HilzendegerBrantLetter
McKennanJohnLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
NelsonZachLetter
OlberdingElyLetter
OlberdingLanceLetter
PrattMichaelLetter
PringleKameronLetter
SlattenXanderLetter
SpikerJaydenLetter
StraussTylerLetter
TouringMasonLetter
WitthoffPhillipLetter
BartaKatieLetter
BraymenMeganLetter
DonovanBaileyLetter
DrowneDalaLetter
HowellHaileyLetter
JabensKatherineLetter
KirbyKaleeLetter
LuchtEmmaLetter
LukasiewiczSavannahLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
NielsonAngelLetter
NottlemannWestinLetter
PerfettiKylieLetter
PremerKelsieLetter, NSAA Academic All-State
RyanAbigailLetter
SkeltonTessLetter
TrippDruLetter
WellsRiannaLetter
WinterbergJessykaLetter
CoonAmyaLetter Manager
IrvineBellaLetter Manager
NottlemannTildenLetter Manager
Wrestling
AlbertsonHaileyLetter
HartlineJesseLetter
KlabundeColeLetter
McCoyTreyLetter
McKennanJohnLetter
OlberdingElyLetter
OlberdingLanceLetter
ShanerCameronLetter
Special Awards
BradburnKennedyScholar Athlete
DonovanBailey4 Year/3-Sport Athlete
LukasiewiczSavannahBooster Club Scholarship
TherkildsenKadenBooster Club Scholarship, Scholar Athlete, 4 Year/3-Sport Athlete

Cheer and Dance Tryouts

Cheerleading Team tryouts will be completed VIRTUALLY this year via Google Classroom.   Please email karlijohnson@ftcpioneers.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 aromans@ftcpioneers.org 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. 

Building Clear Out Schedule

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,

Dr. J

Meal Program Update

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,

Dr. Johnson

Food Pantry Needs

Meal Pickup Information

COVID-19 Information

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.


ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

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 mathematicsbehavior, 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.


Elementary School Enrichment Activities Link


Here is video from the special board meeting Wednesday, March 18th – Special Board Meeting

School Closure: COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Dear Fort Calhoun Community,

With guidance from local medical and health department experts, we feel it is in the best interest of our students and staff to close Fort Calhoun Community Schools from March 13th to March 22nd.

This is effective today (March 13, 2020).

Closure means no school, no practices, no travel, no meetings, no weight room, no contests, no activities, etc. Anything on the school calendar is canceled.

At this time, Prom and Post Prom are postponed.

We are closing all school district operations down for the entire week, to begin and include today, Friday, March 13th. This includes Little Blossoms before and after school program. Please make plans for childcare accordingly.

This has been an extremely difficult decision that we didn’t take lightly. There are literally thousands of issues we factored in and continue to discuss.

We will continue to discuss our plans moving forward, immediately focusing on the week of March 23. We will communicate that decision late next week.

Beyond that, we are operating with a week-to-week mindset. This situation is literally changing by the hour.

We will continue to do our best to communicate on a regular basis with updates. Thank you for your continued support of Fort Calhoun Schools. We will do our best to support our students, staff, and community through this unprecedented time.

Dr. Don Johnson

Superintendent

Fort Calhoun Community Schools

Superintendent Announcement

The Board of Education for the Fort Calhoun public schools has negotiated and have come to a verbal agreement with Mr. Jerry Green for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Green has been the secondary principal at Fort Calhoun for the last 10 years. Mr Green has been in the Fort Calhoun School District since 1994 and was previously a teacher, coach, and an AD/assistant principal for our district. He received his BS in Education from Dana College, his Masters of Education from UNO and his Education Specialist degree from Doane University.

The Superintendent interview process included meetings with groups from the Community, Staff and Administration, in addition to a facilities tour and a formal interview with the Board. The Board wishes to thank the interview groups for their time invested in the process and their valuable input. We look forward to the future here at Fort Calhoun Community Schools.

The Fort Calhoun Board of Education will ratify Mr. Green’s superintendent contract at an upcoming school board meeting and his agreement will commence on July, 1st 2020.

Jon Genoways – Board President On Behalf of the Fort Calhoun Board of Education