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.



A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

October 29th, 2014

The NPS Montessori kindergarten class had the perfect day to visit Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch.  What was a chilly and cloudy morning, made way for a sunshiny afternoon.  And, when the sun shines, everyone has a great day!


Westside Panther Walking Club

October 28th, 2014

Many students have enjoyed participating in the Westside Panther Walking Club. Ms. Bowers and Mrs. Johnson ran the program every morning from 7:45am-8:00am. The walking program was offered to all students K-4. The program started September 2 and ran thru October 31.  It will resume again in the Spring. Students received a necklace and token after filling their tally sheet (35 laps around the playground.) For every additional completed tally sheet, students receive another token. Some students have already earned as many as five tokens! Students who earn tokens are acknowledged during morning announcements.


Jefferson Student Of The Month For October Is……Lexi Jensen!!!

October 28th, 2014

Jefferson’s Student Of The Month for October is Lexi Jensen!!!!  Here are a few reasons why Lexi was chosen by her teacher:

  • always gives 110% in all she does

  • is a good friend to all people in the school

  • goes above and beyond all expectations

  • is a positive role model for our community

  • is respectful to classmates and adults

  • leads by example

  • is willing to give her time to help others

  • is organized and responsible

  • produces quality work and is always prepared to learn

  • is a lifelong learner and shows it everyday

  • contributes to class in discussions and creativity

  • does what is right all the time

  • carries an amazing positive attitude

  • participates in extracurricular activities in order to grow like elective choir, orchestra and challenge

Way to go Lexi!!!  Jefferson is proud of you!!


Kahoot! in the Classroom

October 27th, 2014

4th Grade students have been reviewing concepts in a new and exciting way; Kahoot!!  We have even been able to challenge Mrs. Baumann at a game (and yes, we beat her)!  So far we have reviewed science concepts and our inference hotseat facts.  4th graders definitely know how to have fun!


October PTO Carnival 2014

October 27th, 2014

The annual PTO Carnival was held Friday October 24th.  The evening had lots to do with raffles, face painting, tattoos.  Clowns making balloon animals.  Popcorn and ice cream were served.  A fun night for the whole family!



Making Music at Westside!

October 24th, 2014

Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades are in the beginning stages of composing music. They have written original rhythmic patterns using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests. All students worked in cooperative learning groups to create and perform the pieces. When all groups completed the written task, they used instruments to perform each group member’s composition for the class.


Pumpkin Investigations in Kindergarten

October 24th, 2014

Mrs. Schold’s kindergarten class has been studying pumpkins this week. They have learned about the life cycle and parts of a pumpkin. They also got to conduct pumpkin investigations. They were able to observe characteristics, make predictions,and conduct experiments using pumpkins.


Kindergarten Create Jack-O-Lanterns and More…

October 23rd, 2014

The Montessori kindergarten classroom got help from the 3rd graders with creating jack-o-lanterns that are made from different shapes. The fun activity also took place along with leaf rubbing which taught about textures, shapes, and sizes of different leaves. To relax after that hard work, the students partner read to each other.  Both the Montessori kindergarten and 3rd grade classrooms enjoy getting together to work on their cooperative skills.


Grant School Supports Walk to School Day

October 23rd, 2014

Grant Elementary School is using Walk to School Days as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Here are some reasons that Grant supported walking to school on Oct. 3!

It’s Fun!  Walking brings a sense of joy and independence.

Healthier Habits  The walk to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.

Cleaner Environment  Replacing car trips to school with walking can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.

Promoting Safety  Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming   measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walks to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.

Community Benefits  Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.


Fall Fun for TeamMates

October 22nd, 2014

“Morgan Sidak and Lynn Laible enjoy spending time together at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch for a group
activity with the
TeamMates Mentoring Program.”