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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Third Graders Give Back

February 27th, 2015

Grant Third Graders had the privilege of giving back to the community by bringing gifts and helping Mercy Meals pack food for the storm victims in the Philippines. Students learned that one meal feeds six people for $.75. They packed 50 packets in a box which will feed 300 people. Our third graders were able to pack SIX boxes which will feed 1, 800 storm victims! We concluded our day by tasting a sample of the prepared meal, which the students thought was rather tasty!

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A Super Time With the Superintendent

February 25th, 2015

Dr. Thompson, the Superintendent of the Norfolk Public Schools, visited the Washington kindergartners to read them an Elephant and Piggie book.  This was sponsored through the JOOI club, who also gave each child a copy of the book to take home.

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100th Day

February 22nd, 2015

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First Grade-

February 22nd, 2015

 

First graders working hard on 100th day necklaces and hearts for Bel Air Nursing Home.

 

 

 

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Setting a Goal…and Passing It

February 20th, 2015

The Montessori Elementary students at Lincoln School had fun with a little challenge this week. Between each classroom (Kindergarten through 4th Grade) they had a coin drive to see which class brought the most. Money collected will be donated to Mercy Meals. Each day of the week had a certain coin assigned:  Monday was for pennies, Tuesday for nickels, Wednesday for dimes, Thursday for quarters and Friday was for dollar bills of any amount. Daily money leaders were announced, which made for lots of cheers to be heard throughout the school building. And yes, dollar bills are not coins, but it was well worth including Friday because the school surpassed their goal of raising $1,000 and actually raised $1,395.22. When all is said and done, this amount of money will pay for over 11,000 meals. Way to go Montessori students!!! Although all the students are winners, Mrs. Marsden’s kindergarten class raised the most money.

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Kindergarten partners with Read Aloud Norfolk

February 20th, 2015

The kindergartners had a few guest readers in their room today! They were very excited to listen to the stories that the JOOI club had brought to read to them. Each student received a copy of Pigs Make Me Sneeze! Thanks to the JOOI club and our friends from Read Aloud Norfolk!

 

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iPoetry

February 18th, 2015

4th graders in Miss Anderson’s class worked on typing “I am…” poems on iPads.

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P.E. at Westside!

February 18th, 2015

We have been doing a lot of fun and exciting things in Physical Education.  We just finished our Basketball unit and we are now starting Tumbling.  We will be doing Jump Rope for Heart February20th with all donations going to the American Heart Association. 4th grade will have the opportunity to join our after school Fitness Club starting in March. Be looking for information on that coming home with your child.

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Fitness Break

February 13th, 2015

All of Washington Elementary participated in a world-wide record breaking fitness movement called “JAM” (Just A Minute).  We joined over one million people across the United States and other nations for a minute and exercised together.

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Jefferson Principal Celebrates Birthday!!

February 12th, 2015

Jefferson staff and students would like to wish Mrs. Hausmann a very Happy Birthday today!!!  We all hope you have an amazing day!!

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