Welcome to the Panther Project

January 5th, 2016
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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Indoor Recess Again at Montessori !

January 18th, 2018

Well, it’s that time of year where the temperature dips down below 10 degrees Farenheit and Norfolk Public School’s elementary students must stay indoors.  That is exactly what the Montessori students did.  Although, it may look a little warmer outside with the sun shining off the snow, it’s frigid with these Nebraska winds.  So, what’s a student to do??? Time to bring out some games and puzzles.  These are things that not many families take time or have time to do much of anymore.   It also adds a little variety to the recess time in addition to maybe going to the gym.  Plus we all know and hope for warmer temperatures in the near future! IMG_6787 IMG_6782 IMG_6599 IMG_6597

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NJHS 8th Graders Build Paper Towers

January 12th, 2018

Mrs. Hagedorn’s eight graders built paper towers in Science. Great job students!! 

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Multicultural Day

January 11th, 2018

We had seven speakers for our annual Multicultural Day.   Karen from the Norfolk Public Library had a read a loud for the students.  Cultures from Africa, Haiti, Trinidad, and England/Germany and the Bahamas were presented by speakers who had lived there or traveled there.  PTO provided hot cocoa and a candy cane for the students.  See everyone January 8th

 

 

 

 

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Team Building At NJHS

January 10th, 2018

Mrs. Hagedorn’s science classes are working on team building to solve a problem by making cup towers.

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Jefferson’s Winter Fun

January 9th, 2018

The month of December was an exciting one at Jefferson Elementary. Miss Nebraska came to Jefferson to see the Kindergartners at the beginning of the month. While here she read to the students, handed out books from Read Aloud Norfolk, and a couple of students even got the opportunity to try on her crown! IMG_0047 IMG_0049 IMG_3820 IMG_3835 IMG_3841

Right before winter break the kindergartners also went on a hunt for the gingerbread man! He ran all around the building and the students had to follow his trail of gumdrops and the clues he left! They finally caught him in the Principals office of all places! When they were all done chasing the gingerbread man they were able to make their own gingerbread man to take home.IMG_0092 IMG_0093 IMG_0094 IMG_0098 unnamed

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The last week of school was a learning experience for all of Jefferson because it was Science week! They did all kinds of experiments in their class rooms and each class took a turn in the gym learning new and exciting experiments with special helpers from the Washington Pavilion.IMG_0393 IMG_0398 IMG_0399 IMG_0401 IMG_0403 IMG_0404 IMG_0406 IMG_2166 IMG_2169 IMG_2185

The students at Jefferson also learned how to code right before winter break. All of Jefferson took part in Hour of Code, where they learned different ways to code in their classrooms and then they were able to spend some time in the Library coding some robots! The third and fourth graders were also able to go to Daycos in Norfolk to learn a little bit more about coding.IMG_0193 IMG_0194 IMG_0195 IMG_0196 IMG_0197 IMG_0209 IMG_0218 IMG_0220

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Showing Off Our Math Skills

January 9th, 2018

Washington students were asked to participate in January’s Board of Education meeting during the “Focus on Students” portion of the meeting. Students from various grades presented the skills they have learned and the activities they use to practice during their classroom math interventions.

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Christmas Around the World

January 9th, 2018

With the help of 4th graders and parent volunteers, second grade students at Washington built and decorated gingerbread houses. This is an annual tradition in second grade as part of the Christmas Around the World unit in their social studies curriculum.

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Honor Given to Student Max Hoppe

January 8th, 2018

Our student Max Hoppe was given recognition for saving the life of a friend and classmate.  Max went into quick action to do the Heimlich maneuver when a student choked on a peanut.  A gift certificate was given to Max by SID #1 members Bill Goodpasture and Brian Lewin.  The Hoskins Volunteer Fire Department  presented Max with The Life Saver Award and the Prestigious Life Saver Award.

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Trees Decorated for the Vet’s Home

January 5th, 2018

In December, Grant students make large paper trees to decorate and share with the Veterans Home. Before our fall break, 4th grade students trace and send home nearly 250 trees to be decorated!  Every student, Kindergarten through 4th takes home their very own blank tree.  They are returned decorated with everything from paint and stickers to bows and real twinkling lights.  The creativity and effort from each family is amazing.  The trees are displayed in the hallways at Grant before they are taken to the Veterans Home.  They are then enjoyed by the veterans and help give them the feeling of holiday cheer.  The students love decorating and giving the trees each year to spread the joy.

 

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Color Study for Kindergarten

January 5th, 2018

Mrs. Commerford’s Kindergartners at Grant School have been studying colors.  During their study of color blue they read the storybook, Blueberries for Sal.   Afterwards, they went for a blueberry hunt around the school building.  It was fun to find blueberry muffins, blueberry cereal and even real blueberries.  Each item was placed into their own ‘blueberry basket’ and enjoyed back in the classroom at a ‘blueberry picnic’.

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