January 5th, 2016
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.
November 30th, 2016
NJHS Life Management Guest Day Tuesday December 6th!
Dear parents and guardians,
The 7th Grade Life Management classes will be hosting a “Guest Day” Tuesday, December 6th. You are invited to visit our classroom to see student presentations, projects, and enjoy snacks.:)
Students brought home invitations several weeks ago with the details, however with December being so busy for everyone, the students and I wanted to send out the info again. Each class has their own Guest Day, so make sure to double check the time with your child.
Times are listed below:
2nd 9:00- 9:30
The students and I look forward to seeing you! The class will be presenting the eight units we have been exploring in class this semester. Come to room 130 and enjoy some veggies and dip, cookies, chex mix, and refreshments while you tour the classroom and watch student presentations and demonstrations.
Norfolk Junior High Family & Consumer Sciences
Life Management Teacher
November 28th, 2016
Students collected over 2,500 items of food to feed the community. Thank you Bel Air Families!
November 21st, 2016
An assembly was held this morning with Mr. Hart being the guest speaker. Thank you Mr. Hart for sharing with us. We honor and thank all of our past and present Veterans.
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November 17th, 2016
The Kinders in Mrs. Commerford’s class are becoming true scientists! Dressed in ” lab coats”
they have performed several real experiments.
They put parts of an apple in various jars of different liquids like; vinegar, water, oil and then just plain air. This experiment was to check which jar would preserve the apple the best. Can you guess which jar’s apple still looks good enough to eat?
They checked if various items would sink or float.
They used pumpkins of various sizes to weigh, and measure for width and height. And now one of those pumpkins are cut up in a glass jar to decay. What a wonderful process to watch.
And recently, they created our own “fall” by putting celery in colored water to see it turn colors.
November 16th, 2016
The Breakout EDU Box is “one of the most buzzed-about education tech innovations” to hit the schools this year. Modeled after the recreational team sport of Escape Room, but instead of getting out of a locked room, you must figure out how to get inside a locked box.
The Montessori teachers got a taste of Breakout EDU Box at their most recent PLC meeting. They did succeeded in breaking all the codes to open the box, which revealed a prize.
What’s fun about this? Well, teachers can build lessons around the students’ need to get into that box. The lessons and codes the teachers create can be problem-based which in turn has students interact with each other to solve the codes. Lessons can be cover every topic ranging from elementary literacy to environmental science to high school physics. Codes to get into the box can also be based in computer coding to reveal the next step to continue to open that box!
The Montessori teachers cannot wait to implement just another way of learning and problem solving into their classrooms.