Welcome to the Panther Project

January 5th, 2016
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.



Farm Field Trip

March 24th, 2017

Washington kindergartners continued the annual tradition of visiting the FFA sponsored Farm Day.  The students were able to interact with the farm animals and see some farm machinery up close.  This was a great learning experience!

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How Big is a Foot?

March 24th, 2017

The first grade students worked together to figure out how we could measure our classroom rug. They experimented with several different items to measure while learning how big a foot really is!




Third Grade Authors

March 24th, 2017

IMG_0215In third grade we have been busy at work taking an animal report through the writing process. Students worked to research an animal using a book and an online source. Next they drafted their report informing about the animal’s diet, habitat, and characteristics. Students edited, revised, and published their report. Their reports will be published into a class book through a company called School Mate Publishing. This will allow students to purchase a hard cover book written and illustrated by themselves.


4th Grade Clay Unit

March 23rd, 2017

The students here at Grant have been busy in art class!  The 4th graders recently completed their clay project.  This year the students created big mouth fish clay pieces by utilizing the pinch pot method of hand building. Through this lesson, students became familiar with the process of firing pottery. To finish their piece they decorated them using various clay tools.  As you can see, we have some very creative students  and I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to help them grow as artists!

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Montessori Elementary Hosts Science Day

March 22nd, 2017

Montessori Elementary at the Lincoln School hosted Science Day on Tuesday, March 21st. Project Problem Solve, funded by Big Red Keno, brings in a number of different school science projects to be solved or to try to solve. The activities ran throughout the day and students from other local elementary schools came to take part. There was a special evening session set up  for parents and children to come and see what was in the works, as well.  The whole day was filled with fun hands-on projects.  Students enjoyed  activities including wood-working, hover crafts (Newton’s law), robotics, balloon skewers, and sound & light waves to name some of the fun things to try.



Spring Training!

March 19th, 2017

Third grade is busy preparing for the “Big Game” (NeSA testing). As we approach the big tests, we are reviewing, studying, and practicing many things. We have reviewed math and language arts terms, taken practice tests, and wrote helpful hints in our playbooks. Photo Mar 16, 2 38 02 PM

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Fourth Graders are Writing Experts!

March 16th, 2017

​Fourth grade had a chance to grade some writing papers on their own! They used a rubric and rated the actual papers. They did an amazing job at working together to decide on a score they would give that writer. We have been practicing hard on text dependent analysis questions this year!IMG_4567


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 16th, 2017

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! What a fun day we had in first grade. We listened to stories, made Cat In The Hat hats, ate Dr. Seuss cookies, did word searches and watched a video, our favorite, “Green Eggs and Ham”. We wish it was his birthday everyday!!
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NJHS Wins Quiz Bowl!

March 13th, 2017

NJH Quiz Bowl Champs 2017

The Norfolk Junior High Quiz Bowl team confidently won the entire competition eliminating teams from all over Northeast Nebraska and bringing home some nice hardware!!  They, too, provided some tense moments for the audience as the last couple of rounds were close.  The team is coached by the HAL/STEM teacher, Mrs. Beth Gentrup.
Team members from the Norfolk Junior High Champion Quiz Bowl team include:
Jagger Spiering, Griffin Saunders, Diamond Schulz, Cody Hilliard, Wyatt Mead, Brayden Heffner, Carter Hattery, Adam Gamerl, Logan Jensen, Haley Sterud
Trevor Eisenbraun, Brandon Aguirre

Junior High Celebrates Reading Awareness Month

March 7th, 2017


March is National Reading Awareness Month. In order to create awareness, Student Council decided to celebrate. March 2nd was Read Across America Day…and also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The Student Council members thought it would be fun to have a pajama day and spend their English class periods free reading. Our English teachers fully supported the idea. There was also a PRIDE trivia contest over Dr. Seuss facts and books. Prizes were awarded to the top to finishers in each PRIDE class.

The Student Council members also wanted to reach out to our LIFE kids. So, they dressed up like The Cat in the Hat and took photos with some of the LIFE kids during lunch.