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.



Mrs. Young’s First Grade

October 8th, 2015

Sock It To Drugs!

The first graders had fun pledging to be drug free during Red Ribbon Week!  They wore “CRAZY SOCKS” on Wednesday to show that we will ‘Sock It To Drugs!’

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Shape Up!

We are “Shaping Up” in first grade! Students learned about different shapes and used shapes to create different pictures in math.

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Fire Prevention Week!

October 8th, 2015

Mrs. Thelen’s 3rd graders  took a trip to the Norfolk Fire Department for Fire Prevention Week.  The fire department took our students through the fire simulator and discussed how a fire starts.  They also showed us the fire trucks and equipment.  When we returned to school the students created fire safety plans to practice at home.

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Jared Schuurman Assembly

October 7th, 2015

Bel Air Elementary students were honored to meet with Jared Schuurmans at an assembly on Tuesday. He spoke to all students about hard work, setting goals, and about being a good student.  Jared shared his gold medal and gave each student an autographed picture! Jared Schuurmans is an American track and field athlete who competes in the discus throw. He holds a personal record of 66.10 m for the event, set in 2015. He was the American national discus champion in 2015. He will be competing for a gold medal at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Jared is from Norfolk and attended Norfolk Public Schools. A huge thank you to Jared for his time to come and visit!

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Montessori 3rd & 4th Graders Visit the Zoo!

October 7th, 2015

It wasn’t just a regular day for the Montessori 3rd & 4th Grade Classrooms.  Recently they had a full day of FUN LEARNING!  These classrooms took a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.  Excitement of the bus trip brought on anticipation of the long-planned trip to the zoo.  Each student did research on different animals before the trip.  This included animal habitats and diets along with many other interesting facts.  And no trip to the zoo is complete without many pictures taken, and  a visit to the PENGUINS!IMG_0029 7402243_orig 4346541_orig 7606635_orig IMG_0019 IMG_0039 IMG_0035


Montessori 3rd Graders Visit Fire Simulator

October 7th, 2015

The 3rd Graders from Montessori Elementary got to experience the fire simulator at the Norfolk Fire Station.   This unit is set up to simulate a fire in a home. Students are taught what to do if this happens and how to get out safely.  They also got to see parts of the paramedic units and learn how equipment is used.  Perfect for the Fire Prevention Week!  A big THANK YOU to the Norfolk Fire Fighters for keeping us safe!IMG_0014 IMG_0017 IMG_0020 IMG_0022 IMG_0025 (1)


Health Screenings at Woodland Park

October 5th, 2015

Students at Woodland Park are getting a clean bill of health by having their eyes, ears, and teeth checked by our school nurse and staff.


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Even a little help tying shoes:)



Red Cross Visits 3rd Grade

October 5th, 2015

Dr. Patti Gubbels from the Red Cross visited the Woodland Park 3rd graders. Each student received a booklet from the American Red Cross that will help develop a plan of action in case of any emergency.The students were also given an evacuation bad to fill with items needed in case of emergency. Dr. Gubbels informed 3rd graders that is essential to “learn, share, and practice” when it comes to safety.

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Junior High Students “Bake For Good”

October 3rd, 2015

Norfolk Junior High Students are participating in the “Bake For Good” program at school.  October 2nd, Mrs. Krohn, Mr. Claussen, and the students packaged over 200 totes full of ingredients to be used. October 8th, Pam Jensen from the King Arthur Flour Company in Vermont will meet with the 7th graders to teach them about the “Bake For Good” program. The students will LEARN to make bread from scratch. They will discover that math, science, reading and baking know-how add up to delicious bread. The students become excited to take the ingredients and their new skills home to BAKE two loaves; one to keep and enjoy and one to SHARE. The students are asked to bring their loaf to share with The Salvation Army on Monday, October 12th. What an awesome learning experience!

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Junior High Panthers Defeat Columbus

October 3rd, 2015

7th Grade A Team Football Results
On Thursday October 1st, the 7th grade Panther A football team played the Columbus Discoverers.  The Norfolk A team won by a score of 22-6.

Scoring Highlights for the Panthers:

Chris Flower had a 40 yard run to set up a 10 yard touchdown pass from Isaac Heimes to Andrew Papstein.  2 point PAT failed.

Andrew Papstein caught a 20 yard touchdown pass from Heimes. 2 point PAT failed.

Daydon Taylor had a sack for a safety.

Toby Brudigan had a 17 yard touchdown run.  2 point PAT run by Collin Glazer.

Defensive Highlights

Fumble recovery by Toby Brudigan.

Pass Interceptions by Chris Flowers and Isaac Heimes.

Nice hit by Dustin Brenden forced the Flowers interception.

The A Team record is now 2-1. Next action for the A team is versus South Sioux City on Monday, October 5th at the east Middle School field.


Norfolk Jr. High B-Team – 8

Columbus  – 6

Norfolk Stats…

Collin Kenny – 10 yard TD run,   2pt. conversion run

Jorge Chavez – Fumble Recovery

Diedrick Ulrich – Fumble Recovery

Panther Defense – 2 sacks

The Panthers made a huge come from behind victory late in the fourth quarter.  The Jr. High B-Team is now 2-1, and play next Monday 10/5/2015 at the Middle School against Battle Creek.


Jefferson 3rd graders visit the Norfolk Fire Department!

October 2nd, 2015

Jefferson third graders visited the Norfolk Fire Department.  They enjoyed touring the office and sleeping quarters of the firefighters.  They also learned  how to stay safe in a fire in the fire simulator.  The students were also able to go into the ambulance.  A fun time was had by all!
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