Welcome to the Panther Project

January 5th, 2016
Kent Warneke
Editor
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.

 

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Students Learning Digital Citizenship

September 22nd, 2017

Media students are focusing on digital citizenship skills.  This month, we look at our digital footprint.  Digital footprints are the result of online activity.  Websites visited, social media accounts, pictures posted online are all part of a person’s digital footprint.  As digital citizens who work and socialize online, we need to be aware that what we do online is visible to others, so it is important to be respectful of others and take care of our online reputations.

Third and fourth graders have recently started using gmail accounts and are learning to follow rules of polite etiquette (netiquette) for online behavior.  Soon, they will begin keyboarding lessons to help them become more proficient with typing skills.

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Prime Time at Grant

September 22nd, 2017

For six Tuesdays this Fall, Grant students and families packed the gym for supper, followed by awesome story reading in the library! Prime Time encourages enjoyment and understanding of literature in a fun, bilingual setting and is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

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NJHS Competes In Yankton Cross Country Invite

September 22nd, 2017

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Junior High 21st Century Living

September 22nd, 2017

In 21st Century Living, Mrs. Miller’s students were senior citizens. They had to go to different stations to feel like a senior citizen. At one station, students had to read an article with glasses that have a thin layer of Vaseline on the lenses so it was hard for them to read. At another station, they ate unsalted crackers and watered lemonade.  They could not chew the food, and it didn’t have a lot of flavor.

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Proud in First Grade

September 21st, 2017

First Graders are so excited to begin Accelerated Reading, AR. Each student took their STAR Reading test to know their reading level and are so engaged in reading books all by themselves. They love taking AR Test on the computer or on their Ipads all by themsleves.
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Cookie Time For Junior High Students

September 21st, 2017

Mrs. Krohn’s Junior High students learned about the 4 C’s of cooking. Cleaning, Cooking, Cross-Contamination, and Chilling. They used their new lessons during class when they baked cookies.  They smelled delicious!

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Exploring Envisions

September 15th, 2017

Hello from Mrs. Heying’s 4th Grade Classroom!
We have been working so hard this year in all subject areas but especially when it comes to Math. Our new Math program, Envisions, has been keeping us on our toes this year, preparing us for our big step into Middle School. So far, we have covered Place Value, Rounding, Expanded Form, Addition, Subtraction, and several new ways of thinking and solving multi-stepped problems.
What’s so great about the Envisions program is the daily use of our chromebooks. Every lesson lets us explore different videos, games, and questions that can be answered in many different ways. We are learning that there is always more than one way to solve a problem and this program allows us to answer questions in ways that our brains think. It’s awesome! Is it hard? Yes! But, we love a challenge.
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The manipulatives and charts give us helpful visuals when we need them and the centers that are offered are just another fun way to extend our knowledge on each topic. We have a hard road ahead but we are excited about Math and what this new program has to offer and teach us!
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Norfolk Junior High Fall Sports

September 14th, 2017

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Grandparents’ Day Celebrations

September 11th, 2017

Students at Bel Air welcomed grandparents to their classrooms on September 8th, 2017. Students were able to create projects with their grandparents, show off their school work, and demonstrate how they use technology in their classrooms. Kindergarten students and fourth graders had the opportunity to eat lunch with their grandparents as well.

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NJHS Cross Country Athletes Compete in Norfolk Catholic Invite

September 11th, 2017

Norfolk Junior High Cross Country teams competed in the Norfolk Catholic Invite on September 8, 2017 at Skyview Lake.  The NJHS boys won with 23 points and the girls won with 33 points. Great job everyone!!

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