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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Exploring It With the Explorit Center Assembly

December 17th, 2014

Montessori Elementary and NPS Preschool Students attended a science assembly brought to them by the Edgerton Explorit Center. They learned about gases around us & the shape it takes, electricity & circuits, and fun with bubbles. The assembly kept the students wondering what would happen next.

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Montessori Students Giving During This Special Season

December 17th, 2014

The Norfolk Public Montessori Elementary students showed the local food pantry what they could do by having a food drive within their school.   Once the food was collected, with the supervision of their teachers, the students packed their backpacks or bookbags and carried their donations to Norfolk’s Food Pantry.   The weather was a bit chilly but, the students toughed it out to make the delivery and help stock some shelves with approximately 400 items.  The students all agreed that although it was cold outside,  the the warmth they felt by giving definitely outweighed the coldness.

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Jefferson 4th Graders Display Projects

December 17th, 2014

The 4th graders at Jefferson are displaying their Tee-pees and Earth Lodges in the library this week.  They studied and learned all about them and decided to make their own!!  They did a super job!  Come and take a look!

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Jefferson 2nd Graders Make Special Wreaths

December 17th, 2014

Mrs. Hettrick’s 2nd graders made Christmas Wreaths with their hands!  What a wonderful project to celebrate the season!

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Jefferson Kindergarteners Celebrate Thanksgiving together!

December 17th, 2014
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Food Drive

December 16th, 2014

Woodland Park Students and staff collected 460 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.  Student council members, Nicolette Hasebroock, Destiny King, Mallori Cobb, Rachel Mortimer, Briann Held, and Alivia Gubbels collected and weighed the food each day.  Thanks to all for helping with this project.

 

 

 

 

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Musical Fun with the Swing Choir and the Jazz Band

December 15th, 2014

The Norfolk High School Swing Choir and Jazz Band preformed for an all school assembly bringing with them three former Woodland Park Students.  Caitlin Ingram, Elliot Brummond, Tatum Hausman and Clayton Spray.   Emma Groninger played bass in the Jazz Band and is the daughter of third grade teacher Mrs. Groninger.  The Swing Choir is lead my Mr. Gansebom  and the Jazz Band is lead by Mr. Furrow.  We loved having them perform for us and look forward to next year’s performance.

 

 

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Hour of Code

December 15th, 2014

Mrs. Groninger took her students into our lab along with Mrs. Mueller who guided them into participating in the National hour of Code.  The students were able to light up tree at the White House, made a Yeti dance, and created musical beats.  Also wrote directions to have a elf find presents.  Mrs. Kirschner then had Woodland Park students participate in a school wide “Hour of Code” on Friday.

Hour of Code uses the popularity of the Disney movie Frozen and popular interactive games, like Angry Birds, to inspire over 55 million kids in 180 countries to learn the basics of computer programming.  Exposure to computer programming is needed because technology is impacting nearly every aspect of our lives today; we need to bring this type of education into the schools to prepare our students for opportunities that lie ahead.  Computer programmers, engineers, and analysts are some of the most in-demand and high-paying jobs available today, careers that didn’t even exist 10-20 years ago.
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Jefferson Rocks Out With Senior High Students!

December 15th, 2014

December 9th the Senior High Show Choir and Band visited Jefferson Elementary.  They got us into the Christmas spirit and performed some awesome tunes.  Some kids even got to show everyone their dance moves!!  Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!

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Family Craft Night

December 12th, 2014

The annual Washington Family Craft Night is always a great time. The students and their families created beautiful Christmas ornaments that they were able to take home. Family portraits were also being taken in front of a festive Christmas background. Everyone got to decorate (and of course, eat) a yummy sugar cookie. What a great way to bring families together!

 

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