Welcome to the Panther Project

September 22nd, 2011
Kent Warneke
Editor
Norfolk Daily News

One of the most significant new additions to the Daily News’ Web site is something that I think will benefit both online users and readers of the Daily News’ print edition. I hope it especially will be of value to all those who have an interest in the Norfolk Public Schools — students, parents, grandparents and many others.

It’s called the Panther Project and it was an idea I first broached to Marlene Uhing, superintendent of schools during the 2008-2009 school year.

Don’t quote me, but here’s basically what I remember suggesting to her: “The Norfolk Public Schools has so many positive things going on throughout the district. And each of the schools has its own Web site, which does a good job. But if you’d be interested in working with the Daily News, we could help share information about the public schools and its students and faculty to many, many more people.”

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Washington Fourth Graders Win a Contest

May 24th, 2014

Washington fourth graders won a recycling contest through NUCOR and NRD. The prize was a free field trip. At the Arbor Day Farm, students went on a nature walk to explore what the great outdoors can offer, while gaining knowledge from a tour guide. After the tour, students were able to explore the nature area on their own. What a great day it was!

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Jefferson Principal Reads On The Roof

May 23rd, 2014

Mrs. Hausmann read a book on the school roof on the last day of school.  She challenged the students to read over 13 million words in AR and THEY DID IT!!!  She kept her word and read on the roof while the kids read below. US92 even showed up to join in the fun!  Have a great summer everyone!!

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Jefferson Has Awards Ceremony

May 23rd, 2014

Jefferson had an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. We heard from the wonderful Library Ladies about their summer program, Norfolk Daily News came, former Jefferson student Raymundo Price, was here to receive the scholarship, students received many different awards for their achievements this year. Super Job Jefferson!!

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Jefferson Student Of The Month For May Is……..Lily Yosten!!

May 23rd, 2014

May Student of the Month – Lily Yosten

- Displays a positive attitude with a captivating smile

- Completes quality work on time

- Keeps desk and school materials organized

- Attentive during classroom discussions

- Willing to lend a helping hand to teachers and peers

- Shows perseverance – a great problem solver

- Follows classroom and school rules and procedures

- Demonstrates leadership in the classroom

- Sets an example for excellent behavior

- Committed to doing the best

- Shows a desire to succeed

- Scored high marks on state and local assessments

- Treats others with kindness – very sincere

Keep up the great work Lily!!  Jefferson is proud of you!

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Jefferson Has Field Day May 16th

May 23rd, 2014

Jefferson students had a blast at their end of the year field day.  They participated in sack races, long jump, golf ball spoon races, tire races, shoe kick, softball throw, running races, and each class had a tug of war.  Everyone enjoyed hot dogs from HyVee for lunch.  The kids and staff had so much fun!

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Call Before You Dig Visits Jefferson 3rd Graders

May 23rd, 2014
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Our Reading is NOT Too Shabby!

May 22nd, 2014

Our reading is not too shabby-and now, neither is Mr. Simonsen’s hair!  Washington students helped some Joseph’s College of Beauty students buzz and then dye Mr. Simonsen’s hair.  This was to celebrate more than 190 making their A.R. goals in one month!  Thanks to our Washington students for reading so much this year, and also to Mr. Simonsen for all his support.

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AR reading is a ball-a bowling ball!

May 22nd, 2014

Washington students who met their A.R. goals for eight and/or nine months of the school year celebrated this achievement with a visit to the bowling alley.

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Advanced Placement Government Class Philanthropy Project

May 21st, 2014

Advanced Placement Government class wins Norfolk Philanthropy Association grant of $1000 to provide assistance for Bright Horizons.

The class project was designed to help people fleeing domestic abuse to have some essential items.  The class collected and purchased items to put in backpacks that can be handed out to people seeking help at Bright Horizons.  Students put together a presentation for the Norfolk Philanthropy Association to win the grant.  Then, they set up a table in the Forum and presented their information to the government classes. Students donated many items, but there was still a lot to buy.  They needed some type of container, so two students sought out the Kiwanis, who purchased 100 backpacks.  then, students got together at Mrs. Steinkamp’s house and filled the bags with shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, feminine products, t-shirts, socks, and other emergency necessities.  They also created baby care bags that included diapers, lotion, baby wash, wipes, and socks.
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Card Game Format “Alternative Textbook” Project

May 21st, 2014

APUSH Final Project

Project 4:  Sectionalism and Internal division explores how the United States has been both unified and divided by issues and regions.  This is an “alternative textbook” project done in a card game format.  Players form “books” of cards for each era of U.S. History.
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