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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Pumpkin Characters at Westside!

October 20th, 2017

Third graders had the opportunity to create a pumpkin based on a character from a book. They could choose any book to base their pumpkin on. Westside students then voted for their favorite ones.
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1st place was Captain Underpants
2nd place was Mine craft
3rd place was Bad Guy

Congratulations to all families who participated – we all enjoyed seeing books come to life in this new and exciting way!

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ABC’s Are Good For Me!

October 13th, 2017

First Grade students are working hard on their weekly spelling words in reading. Typing their words on ipads with keyboards to put them alphabetical order is a great review of spelling while working on ABC order. Keep practicing spelling words at home too!! IMG_3773

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Todd Green Performs At NJHS

October 12th, 2017

The Norfolk Arts Center provided the Junior High with some instrumental entertainment on October 11th.  Todd Green came and wowed all of us with his amazing instruments. We learned a lot about the instruments from different countries. They not only look different, they sound different, and most times you hold them differently to play them. Thank you Norfolk Arts Center for bringing Todd Green to the Junior High!

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Choice Boards in Reading

October 12th, 2017

In small group reading, Mrs. Gillming’s class has been working on choice boards during the last week of each Wonders unit. Students get to pick activities that relate to the skills we are working on. They then get to choose the ones they want to do, and which order they want do it in. Students love the flexibility, and work even harder since they choose their activities!
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Filling Our Buckets at Westside

October 12th, 2017

Bucket Fillers for the month of September worked on using Self-Control. Self-Control in the classroom is very important in the learning process. Using self-control can be exhibited by raising their hand, staying in learning position, and waiting their turn. Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Month from each classroom! Way to go!! bucket fillers for sept 2017 3

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Breaking Records

October 11th, 2017

Every month, students are given a reading goal for the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Eighty-six students met their AR goals for the first whole month of school this year. That is about 1/3 of our school and is a new record!

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I’m Lovin’ It!

October 11th, 2017

Washington staff worked at McDonald’s during McTeacher night to raise money for our school’s PTO. Students enjoyed a yummy meal with their families and had fun being served by their teachers.

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NJHS HAL Students Make Monsters

October 10th, 2017

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Mrs. Gentrup’s High Ability Learners (HAL) class spent a unit learning how to individually control LEDs in an e-textile circuit while building an interactive plush creature.

They used the LilyPad series in the circuit to turn different LEDs on and off. Using the E-Sewing to connect circuits, they examined how buttons and switches behave differently to build & create a plush creature with light-up features.  The students then designed each monster with a personality.  They created a super hero, Pennywise the Clown, Donald Trump, cartoon character, lettuce,  a football player and lots more.

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NJHS Students Learn About Babysitting

October 9th, 2017

Need a Babysitter?  In Mrs. Miller’s 21st Century Living class students learned many things about infants including feeding a baby both solid food and bottle feeding, diapering an infant, changing the infants clothes, putting an infant in a car seat, and transferring the infant from one person to the next.  ​

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Emoji Writing

October 9th, 2017

Are words the only way to communicate? Not in 3rd grade! Mrs. Mueller shared with students a project called “Emoji Writing.” Using Google Docs, third graders answered questions about themselves with emojis. Mrs. Mueller instructed students on how to find emojis and insert into a document. As a class, students brainstormed ways to use emojis: story elements, summaries, exit tickets, character traits, and mindset. Needless to say we 💜 emojis!!

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