August 13th, 2014
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.
May 17th, 2015
Students at Bel Air Elementary invited their moms to school to enjoy delicious muffins, coffee, and juice on Friday, May 8. Children made gifts for their mothers as well.
May 14th, 2015
Lincoln Southwest High School served as the host school May 8-10th for a national speech competition. Norfolk Senior High had seven students earn bids to compete in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. These seven students are L to R Krisayla Rasmussen, Ethan Carlson, Daniel Vinson, Austin Ahlman, Jonathan Baldacci, Brent Hausmann Uhing, Allison Lambert.
Allison Lambert, Krisayla Rasmussen, and Austin Ahlman all competed in “oratory” (133 competitors). After four rounds of competition, Austin advanced to quarterfinals (top 30) and finished in 20th place in the nation. Krisayla also competed in “expository speaking” which was a supplemental event. Daniel Vinson competed in “dramatic interpretation” (the largest event with 170 entries) and finished in the top 50. Austin Ahlman and Brent Carlson competed in “duet acting” and narrowly missed advancing to quarter finals and finished in 36th place. Ethan Carlson and Jonathan Baldacci also competed in “duet acting” and not only advanced to quarter finals, but went on to become semifinalists and finished in the top 12 nationwide.In June, Drew Steinhauser will travel to the National Speech and Debate Association contest in Dallas to compete in “congress” while Coach Begeman will also be recognized for earning the prestigious “Double Diamond” award in coaching.
Austin, Ethan, and Jonathan were all recognized at a very special awards ceremony on Sunday.
May 14th, 2015
Teens in the Driver Seat
Safe Driving Rally
Sponsored by the
Norfolk Panther Octagon Club
Norfolk Senior High Octagon Club students promote safe driving Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Norfolk Senior High. A variety of activities were provided for students to help them learn about safe driving behaviors and free frozen custard sundaes from Culver’s for those who do. This is the 3rd year for this rally with 50 youth participants. Our community partners include Culver’s, Healthy Communities Initiative, Nebraska Extension, Nebraska State Patrol, US92, and 94 Rock.
Nebraska is one of five states participating in the “Teens in the Driver Seat” (TDS) program and Norfolk Sr. High is one of several participating schools in the state. Norfolk Sr. High Octagon Club won the TDS Cup among Nebraska Schools for 2014-2015 and will be receiving $1,000.00 to help promote safe driving among our students. Two of our members Kaitlyn Summers and Brent Hausmann represent Nebraska on the Teen Action Board for TDS and will be attending the TDS Summit in San Antonio, TX, May 17-May 19!
May 14th, 2015
Coach Grey facilitates an Army workout
May 13th, 2015
Some Montessori students were recently visited by the Norfolk Panthers JOOI Club along with leader Mark Clausen. The third graders from Montessori took part in an activity that was presented by the JOOI club regarding understanding, compassion and acceptance of others no matter what their differences may be. This activity was presented along with the book, Zink the Zebra. The spotted zebra helped the Montessori students be able to visualize a difference from other zebras. But, it also taught them to be able to accept and respect others for their differences.
May 7th, 2015
The Norfolk Panther Octagon Club held it’s annual fundraiser for the Childhood Cancer Campaign the “Battle of the Sevens” Friday, April 17th, during 7th Period at the Norfolk Senior High. Classroom teams were are asked to contribute to the cause of helping local families during the week of April 20-23. All funds raised will stay local to help Norfolk families. This year’s donation from students and staff currently stands at $1,400.26…This is the 2nd highest total raised at NSH for CCC.
Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs have an excellent relationship with Children’s Hospital in Omaha. They sponsor several mini-carnivals there each year for patients and siblings. They assist with their Fall radiothons to raise funds to help children and families from across the state…many of them from Norfolk and northeast Nebraska. They are also responsible for removing the coins from The River (their wishing well) in the atrium of Children’s Hospital each year and help turn these “wishes” into funds for the hospital to use to help kids. It’s not uncommon JOOI to pull as much as $1,000.00 in coins from The River. JOOI is scheduled to go back in June to do this again!
May 7th, 2015
Nick Kroeger, sophomore at Norfolk Senior High, visits school on his 16th Birthday. Nick has a rare juvenile bone cancer (osteosarcoma) discovered last fall and is receiving chemotherapy treatments at UNMC of Omaha. Nick has not been able to attend school since December of 2014 so this was a real surprise to see him return for a few hours on his birthday. Nick was welcomed with numerous gifts such as metal cards from shop class, metal signs, posters, cards with fourwheelers on them, and a cake from Mrs. Hamm’s Spanish class. Here Nick poses in the forum with Coach Grey’s 4th period gym class.
May 7th, 2015
FFA Natural Resource Management students, Alyssa Gragert, Andrew Anderson, and Bailey Reuter, learn how to tie fishing flies from Mr. Kenneth Whisenhunt of the Cornhusker Fly Fishing Club. Mr. Whisenhunt works with the Game and Parks to help educate youth and adults about fishing.
May 7th, 2015
Free Divergent Books given away to Norfolk High Students during lunch periods as a part of Norfolk Read Aloud Program.
May 7th, 2015
Last week Norfolk High art students participated in the 2015 ESU 8 High School Art Show in Neligh. There were approximately 830 pieces of artwork from 18 schools. Norfolk had 43 pieces in the show. Judges awarded blue ribbons (1st place), red ribbons (2nd place), white ribbons (honorable mention). There was also a Best of Show, Best of Show – 3D, and 9 Outstanding Merit Awards, all of which were given to much deserving and talented artists from ESU 8.
Here is our ribbon count:
1st place – 8 ribbons
2nd place- 12 ribbons
Honorable Mention – 6 ribbons
I am also proud to announce that TWO of our students received Outstanding Merit Awards for their work!!!! Elley Coffin did a large chalk drawing and Ericka Bixenmann did a monochromatic tempera painting.