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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Fall Fun for TeamMates

October 22nd, 2014

“Morgan Sidak and Lynn Laible enjoy spending time together at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch for a group
activity with the
TeamMates Mentoring Program.”
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Norfolk Firemen Visit Jefferson

October 22nd, 2014

Jefferson Kindergarteners got to visit with our local firemen to learn all about proper fire safety.  They got to see a real fire truck and all the gear the firemen use to fight fires.  It was a great learning experience!! 

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Red Ribbon Run Winners From Jefferson

October 22nd, 2014

Jefferson students participated in the Red Ribbon Run Saturday, October 11th.  Everyone ran their fastest and Jefferson had 3 students recieve medals.  Maran Andersen got 3rd place in the 6 and under girls,  Zayla Andersen got 2nd place in the 7-8 year old girls, and Hunter Phillips got 2nd place in the 7-8 year old boys.  Way to run kids!!!!

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Reading is Fun!

October 21st, 2014

The kindergarten is enjoying a little reading time in the reading nook in the library.  Enjoying the books they have just checked out.

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Voting is Important!

October 21st, 2014

Dan Spray, candidate for city council, discussed the importance of voting with the Woodland Park 3rd graders. He explained the process of becoming a candidate and how our city government works. He encouraged the students to be an active part of the community and work together to solve problems. He inspired the students to be good citizens and vote (when they turn 18, of course!)

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3rd Grade Learns About Severe Weather

October 21st, 2014
Mike Frohberg, Stanton County Emergency Management, visited Woodland Park 3rd graders. He discussed severe weather, especially tornados, precautions. He showed video footage of the damage from the Pilger tornado last summer. Mr. Frohberg reviewed how to keep safe in severe weather. Thank you, Mr. Frohberg!
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Kindergarten Learns About Fire Saftey

October 21st, 2014

The kindergarten classes learned about fire safety and were visited by two members of the Hoskins/Woodland Park volunteer firemen.  The students got to see how a fireman gets ready for a fire, what they wear, and a fire truck.  They also shared their knowledge about fire safety with the students.

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Jefferson Goes To Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch

October 15th, 2014

Jefferson students and their families enjoyed an evening out at Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch, October 10th.  Everyone had so much fun!!

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Columbus Day At Jefferson!

October 15th, 2014

Mrs. Hettrick’s 2nd graders celebrated Columbus Day on Monday, October 13th.  They learned a lot and made some hats too!  Happy Columbus Day everyone!!!

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Jefferson 2nd Graders Go To Science Expo

October 15th, 2014

Jefferson 2nd grade classes went to Madison October 3rd to participate in a Science Expo.  They learned a lot on their trip!  They milked a cow, learned about the human body, made giant bubbles, played a HUGE ”operation” game about the U.S.,  and even saw some wild animals.  It was an awesome field trip for everyone!

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