Welcome to the Panther Project

August 13th, 2014
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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First Day Of School Photo Booth At Jefferson!!

August 26th, 2014

Jefferson Elementary is off to a super start this year!!  The kids were ready to go on the first day of school. Everyone had a great summer and is ready for a year of fun and learning!!  Welcome back Jefferson Staff and Students!!!

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A Chromebook Christmas @ NHS

August 25th, 2014

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Taking the Challenge

August 20th, 2014

Our P.E. teacher, Mr. Long, was nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in order to raise awareness and money for Lou Gehring’s Disease.  He took on the challenge and our students got to watch him get a cooler full of ice and water dumped on him.  The students had a great time watching and also learned about helping others.

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First Day Jitters….or Just Glad to See Friends Again!

August 20th, 2014

It seems to be said again, and again, “Where Did Our Summer Go?” Although the temperature seems to be saying “SUMMER!” The calendar is saying, “SCHOOL BEGINS!” And the Montessori students were, as it seems, ready to be back. The students settled right in and had a great first day of school.

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Back Into The School Routine

August 20th, 2014

That didn’t take long.  It hasn’t even been  a week and the students at Montessori Elementary are back into the swing of things.   The Montessori Method of learning allows students to work quietly on their daily contracts.  Students may be in one classroom,  but they could be working on several different things.  Some students choose to get a little more comfortable and work in their own space on the floor. While others may work quietly side-by-side at a table.   And it is always great to go to the computer lab to work on a new program or use an ipad with a new app that has been installed.  However, they have to be self-responsible to get their contract done for each day.   Anyway you look at it, learning is, and should be, FUN!

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First Day of School

August 14th, 2014

Big smiles and a few tears as parents bring their children to school on the first day of school!

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Open House

August 14th, 2014

Bel Air Elementary welcomed students back for the 2014-2015 school year with a Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, August 12. Students and parents enjoyed the food and the welcome back presentations and “meet and greet” by the Bel Air staff. We are already off to a great start and look forward to a rewarding year!

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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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