January 5th, 2016
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.
May 11th, 2016
Kindergarten and First Grade students of Westside Elementary have been learning how to identify and draw LINE notes and SPACE notes on a music staff. When the round part of the note, which is called the note head, has a line going through the center, it is called a line note. Children often think of a line note as a fruit loop with a straw through it or a marshmallow on a stick. The note head of a space note sits between the lines of the staff and is “empty” inside. It looks similar to a pea stuck between two slices of bread.
Students practice drawing and identifying line and space notes, by playing a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Students are divided into two teams. A student is asked to draw either a line note or a space note on the music staff. If the note head is placed correctly on the staff, the child gets to put an “X” or an “O” in the Tic-Tac-Toe grid. The first team to earn three points (win three games) is champion.
Older students learn note names of the lines and spaces. Parents and Grandparents may recall the mnemonic device, “Every Good Boy Does Fine” for line notes. At Westside, we say, “Every Good Boy Deserves (French) Fries”. Spelling the rhyming word FACE, helps students to remember the names of the space notes. As students practice note names, they begin to identify them automatically. This skill is essential, when playing a pitched instrument.
May 3rd, 2016
April 16th, Junior High Science Teacher, Curt Guenther, received the “Rookie of the Year” award at the NSEA conference in Lincoln. Way to go Mr. Guenther, YOU ROCK!!!
May 3rd, 2016
The 21st Century Living classes are completing their “pillowcase project.” Students sewed a pillowcase for themselves, as a gift, or to donate. This was a new experience for most students. Skills involved included: learning sewing and textile vocabulary, following technical directions, manipulating very small tools, hand-eye coordination, using a machine, and a lot of patience:) After using the sewing machine and equipment, many students have gained a greater appreciation of the time, talent, and effort taken to create the clothing and textiles they take for granted, and many are excited to use their new skills to create more projects.
May 3rd, 2016
NJHS Life Management Guest Day Tuesday, May 10th!
The 7th Grade Life Management classes will be hosting a “Guest Day” Tuesday, May 10th. You are invited to visit our classroom to see student presentations, projects, and enjoy snacks.:) Students will be bringing home invitations with the time of their class presentations. The class will be presenting the eight units we have been exploring in class this semester. Come to room 130 and enjoy some veggies and dip, cookies, chex mix, and refreshments while you tour the classroom and watch student presentations and demonstrations. The students and I look forward to seeing you!
Norfolk Junior High Family & Consumer Sciences
Life Management Teacher
May 2nd, 2016
The second graders in Mrs. Prokopec’s class are working hard to care for their baby chicks. They have recently completed an embryology unit in which the students learned about the growth and changes that happen to the embryo inside the egg. The children were responsible for making sure conditions in the incubator were appropriate for hatching eggs as well as caring for the chicks after they were born.