Welcome to the Panther Project

August 13th, 2014
Kent Warneke
Norfolk Daily News
Not a day goes by in the Norfolk Public Schools that something interesting, educational, fun or important doesn’t occur.

The students may be well aware of what’s taking place; teachers and administrators, too. But what about everyone else.

That’s the premise behind the Panther Project — a collaborative effort involving the Norfolk Public Schools and the Daily News that has been in existence since the 2009-2010 school year. Each of the Norfolk school buildings has its own website, filled with information. But the sites tend to only be viewed by individuals and families with a direct connection to each school. By working with the Daily News and sharing some of that information on the newspaper’s website, many, many more people will see it.

Here’s how it works:

Each building within the school district has a media coordinator. Within the Daily News’ Web site at www.norfolkdailynews.com, we have created a separate page for each school building. Under the coordination of the Norfolk Public Schools’ Tim Kwapnioski, the media coordinators are encouraged to post as much information, photos, announcements and more on that portion of the Daily News’ website.

The benefit to the school district is that it gets additional exposure for the Norfolk Public Schools by piggybacking onto the most widely used website in Norfolk. The Daily News site attracts close to 2 million page views a month from 60,000 to 80,000 different users each month.

The advantage to individuals who are interested in the school district is that they now can go to just one Web site and see a host of information about different schools without having to go to so many individual websites.

The advantage to readers of the Daily News’ print edition is that from the information posted on the Web site from school media coordinators, some of the most noteworthy, most interesting items will be included in a Panther Project weekly advertisements in the newspaper.



The Energy Bus!

January 30th, 2015

Westside students in Ms. Taylor’s Speech class and Mrs. Guenther’s Title 1 Reading class studied THE ENERGY BUS FOR KIDS, by Jon Gordan.  Each student drew what they would do when a bully bothers them and told how they would walk away if they were being bullied.


Jefferson Hosts Movie Night!

January 28th, 2015

Jefferson Elementary hosted movie night for students and their families on Friday, January 23rd.  Everyone had a great time eating popcorn and spending some quality time with friends and family!


What’s Your Occupation?

January 23rd, 2015

Students in the Westside ELL classroom have been learning about occupations. They have learned about specific occupations, tools needed to perform those jobs, and the many duties of each occupation. They have read books, worn costumes, and played vocabulary games. Students also wrote and read sentences, using photos for some of the words.

Students also chose what they would like their occupation to be when they are adults. They enjoyed explaining why they chose that specific job using the vocabulary they had learned.. Finally, they were able to dress up in that costume.





Kindergarten Penguin March

January 23rd, 2015

Kindergarten students at Bel Air Elementary have been learning about penguins.  They were able to tell 2 facts they learned about penguins during writing time.  They watched “March of the Penguins” during rest time. Students helped create their own costumes and had a penguin march through the classrooms.


Reader’s Theater in 2nd Grade

January 9th, 2015

The second graders in Mrs. Prokopec’s reading class are working in groups to practice their readers theater scripts.  They are brushing up on their fluency and comprehension as well as several other skills by practicing, performing, and participating in different activities that

go along with their scripts.


What’s Colder Than Norfolk?

January 6th, 2015

The Montessori 3rd Graders are back to school and studying hard. At this time of the year their teacher, Mrs. Shoemaker, likes her students to find out “What is colder than Norfolk?” Although, 3rd graders are just back from the holiday break, they can tell you. “That would be Antarctica; reaching as low as -135.8° F.” as one of them stated.

The Montessori 3rd Graders will study and learn facts about each continent throughout the school year. Pictured are some students doing computer research of Antarctica animals.


4th Grade Earth Lodges and Teepees

January 6th, 2015

As part of the social studies curriculum, the 4th grade students have been studying the life of the Native Americans of Nebraska. They learned that the Ponca, Pawnee, Omaha, and the Otoe-Missouri tribes who lived in the eastern half of the state lived in more permanent homes called earthlodges. The nomadic tribes, the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe who followed the buffalo, lived in tipis made of wooden poles and covered with animal skins which were much more mobile.

The students were given a project to complete at home to make either an earthlodge or a tipi. The projects are displayed in our school library. They did a fantastic job of making them look authentic and adding details to show some of the information we have been studying! If you get a chance you can see them on display in the library until January 16.

Snow Globe Fun!

January 5th, 2015
Students in Ms. Ruterbories’ second grade class have been hard at work practicing their writing skills! We decided to embrace the snow and have some fun writing about what it would be like if we were trapped inside a snow globe!
The students all wrote their own story about how they became trapped in a snow globe, what they did inside, and how they got out.  Afterwards, they were able to create their own snow globe with a picture of them inside. The kids had a blast being creative with their writing and art project! 

Science Day At Jefferson!

December 19th, 2014

Before Christmas vacation, Jefferson students got to enjoy a whole day of fun and learning about Science!  They made their own fun dip candy, made their own bouncy balls, learned how things work together, and they even got to ride a home-made hover craft!!!  It was a BLAST!  Everyone went home with a prize!!  Thank you PTO!!


Christmas Photo Booth At Jefferson!

December 19th, 2014