FCHS students offered $100,000 in scholarships

Fort Calhoun High School students Kaden Therkildsen and Kennedy Bradburn were selected to the Pinnacle Bank and Midland University Outstanding High School Leaders Luncheon, which was held March 29. They were awarded scholarships worth $25,000 a year for four years to attend Midland.

"I go around and talk to some teachers and get some names, talk to (FCHS counselor Micki Hernandez) to see if we have students particularly interested in Midland," Principal Jerry Green said. "They fill out their application … Pinnacle and Midland make their choices, I don't have anything to do with it."

Pinnacle Bank and Midland select 50 students from about 20 surrounding schools to attend the luncheon. Students listen to a guest speaker receive a commemorative trophy from the event.

"It's a big deal," Green said.

School psychologist to become full time

Fort Calhoun Community Schools (FCCS) will hire Miranda Adams to a full time position starting the 2019-20 school year.

Adams has been the district's part-time school psychologist. She is currently splitting her time between three days a week at FCCS and two days a week at Arlington Public Schools. She is a certified PBIS trainer and has data analysis knowledge.

"We just felt like Miranda brings a lot to the table," Supt. Don Johnson said.

Elementary hires special education teacher

Fort Calhoun Elementary School has hired Jacqueline Beckmann as a special education teacher.

The school had been seeking a special education teacher for some time, but had not found a candidate believed to fit the school culture.

Beckmann has 12 years of experience with Omaha Public Schools, student taught at FCCS and certifications to work with high-needs students.

"Ton of experience," Johnson said.

District working on para-educator report

FCCS is working on a para-educator report to determine district needs and duties for para-educators.

Johnson said the district believes they have been maximizing their para-educators to the best of their abilities, but will be working on the report over the next school year. No personnel changes for para-educators are currently being made.

A summer training program for new teachers and para-educators is also being developed.

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