Welcome to the Panther Project

January 5th, 2016
Kent Warneke
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.




November 21st, 2017

A Thanksgiving feast was held this morning by the kindergarten class.  Enjoying bananas and grapes,muffins.  Sharing things they were thankful for and learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  They made headbands and pilgrim hats.

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Montessori Visitor from Around the World

November 20th, 2017

Montessori Elementary 3rd Graders had a visitor from the other side of the world.  Ms Lena, who is originally from China, came to visit with Mrs. Shoemaker’s students just as they were finishing up with their studies on Asia.

Ms Lena enjoyed sharing information about her native country as well as teach the students how to say a few Chinese words, how many sounds each letter can make, and even to taste candy.

The students were very interested in the language. As one student said, “One letter can be a whole word, it just matters how it is pronounced.”



JOOI Sponsors “Dance For A Cure” At NJHS

November 20th, 2017

The Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs sponsored their annual “JOOI Dance for Childhood Cancer” at the Norfolk Jr. High on Thursday, October 26.  Over 400 youth attended the event which raised over $2,240.95 to help families affected by childhood cancer.  The dance was chaperoned by parents, Optimists and JOOI members from the Sr. High.  Helping to find a cure for childhood cancer and helping those families affected by it is one focus of Optimist International and Junior Optimist International.  



NJHS Students Learn Cooking Skills

November 17th, 2017

November 15th, Mrs. Miller’s 21st Century Living classes did a little cooking. They made biscuits, omelets, and 5 different main dishes. Students were proud of how everything turned out and learned some valuable lessons. Such as how to cut up chicken correctly, how to get a flaky biscuit, and how to make a fluffy omelet. They all got to enjoy the end result. Delicious!

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NJHS Student Makes Blankets

November 17th, 2017

Elizabeth Broders

Elizabeth Broders, a 7th grader at Norfolk Junior High School, presented weighted blankets to Mrs. Kuehler and Mrs. Gubbels. Sewing the blankets was a service project for Elizabeth’s Girl Scout Silver award. Weighted blankets have a calming effect on persons with neurological disorders such as Autism and other special needs. 


NJHS Drama Performance!

November 16th, 2017


Mother Goose Land

Prince Rogers and the Dastardly Marriage Plot!

Performed one night only on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm,for only $3.00 per student and $5.00 for adults,  you can enjoy seeing Norfolk Junior High students acting in a double feature!

In the first show,  CSI: Mother Goose Land, a duo of detectives are trying to solve the case of Humpty Dumpty’s great “fall.” Along the way, they seek help from their scientific companions, a king, the fiddlers, and many other much loved Mother Goose classic characters.  All in all CSI: Mother Goose Land is a exciting production involving mystery and comedy.

In the second show, “Prince Rogers and the Dastardly Marriage Plot!” Princess Agatha is about to be marriage to a crazy prince from an even crazier  Kingdom when things go wrong! The princess has to call in some help from the local housewives,grannies, muffins, a big treasure chest, and maybe even some rutabagas.

We would love for you to come watch.


Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day

November 15th, 2017

We had an assembly Friday afternoon honoring our Veterans with guest speaker Mr. Haselhorst.  He is the grandfather of Kannon one of our WP students.   We thank him for honoring us with his presentation and his service.  Happy Veterans Day to all our soldiers past and present!

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Soybeans, combines, corn, tractors, cows, and more!

November 8th, 2017

Westside students are experiencing life on the farm without even leaving the classroom. They are participating in Ag Pen Pals, which is so much more than writing letters.
Students are watching videos, looking at photographs, and asking specific questions of our Ag Pen Pal partner. Students were excited to take group photos of themselves to send to our Ag Pen Pal, along with letters full of questions about their farm. We look forward to an entire year of learning about agriculture!

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Busy bees at Jefferson!

November 7th, 2017

These last few months at Jefferson Elementary have been exciting!! If you have driven past Jeffersons playground recently you might have noticed a slight change. Our playground underwent a transformation at the end of September as new lines were painted for hopscotch and 4 square, and new gravel was put down under the equipment! We also had some of our amazing families donate some soccer balls for the students to use during recess!20171107_104006

Mrs. Dickey’s kindergarten class went on a field trip to Decks Apple orchard on September 15th. While they were there the class learned all about the different types of apples they have there. They also learned how to clean apples, how to make apple juice, and got the opportunity to pick many types of apples!! IMG-6305 IMG-6307 IMG-6315 IMG-6316

On Thursday October 26th a Health Fair was held for the students. UNMC nursing students from Northeast Community College came to Jefferson to educate us about hand hygiene, overall hygiene, health food, exercise, and bike safety! health-fair-2.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff health-fair-1.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff IMG-0270 IMG-0273 IMG-0271 IMG-0272 health-fair-3.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff health-fair-5.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ffhealth-fair-6.ae8a358563cc363bef3bec3a5172f6ff


Oh The Places You’ll Go!

November 7th, 2017

Westside Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon week Oct 2-6th. Staying in School and Being drug free was the focus of Red Ribbon Week. A bulletin board is on display for all of the students to view. Staff at Westside Elementary are pictured holding their College Pennant to promote Staying in School, being Drug Free and working towards a goal. The students have had a lot of fun finding their teachers and seeing the different College Pennants. The bulletin board is to promote a conversation with staff and students about the importance of working hard ,excelling at school to reach a goal and staying Drug Free.