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.



Kickball Fun At The Junior High!

February 8th, 2016

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Westside P.E. Rocks!

February 1st, 2016
We have just started our Basketball Unit in PE. Passing, dribbling, and shooting is the main focus.  Ask your child what BEEF stands for!
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Our Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart is February 19th. More information will be coming home soon!

4th Grade Enjoys a Reading Rally

January 28th, 2016

The 4th grade has been working very hard on the state writing tests and it was time for a extra few minutes to read and relax.

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PTO Pizza and Game Night

January 28th, 2016

Woodland Park held Pizza and Bingo Night again this year with the help of the PTO and Title 1.  We had 220 people in,attendance!  We shared a visual about the difference between a child reading for 20 minutes a day vs. a child reading for 5 minutes a day vs. a child reading only 1 minute a day.  The difference was mind blowing on how well students scored on standardized tests who had more reading practice! We made sure every child went away with at least one book.

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100th Day of School

January 28th, 2016

Bel Air students celebrate their 100th day of school on January 21.  Fun activities were planned.IMG_1013


American Red Cross Disaster Safety

January 28th, 2016

Dr. Patti Gubbels, representing the American Red Cross, shared information with the third grade about tornado safety. She taught about fire safety and strategies to use during disasters. The students decorated a pillowcase to hold survival items.20160122_142018


Science Day at Jefferson Elementary!!!

January 26th, 2016

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Jefferson Elementary celebrated the end of the year with their annual science day.   This year Edgerton Explorit Center was our presenter.  It started off with a whole school assembly full of fun science experiments such as launching rockets in the air, balancing and throwing a ball to learn about gravity, learning how strong an astronaut needs to be in space…which is much stronger than you would think!  Each grade was also able to attend a special session to learn about things such as bubbles and electromagnetic shock giving each student an opportunity to really get their “hands on science”.  Throughout the day each class was able to go through over 25 individual hands on displays letting them learn about science through play.  They were able to see black light, use a vacuum to hold balls in the air, make noise with a old pot with water, build towers and play drums were just to name a few!  In addition to all the group sessions provided the teachers all did fun science experiments throughout the day in their classrooms.  Some examples were making gak, baking bread & butter, homemade ice-cream, crystal snowflakes and work with magnets and electricity.  It was a day full of hands on learning for both students and teachers and many memories were made!
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100 Days

January 25th, 2016

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Junior High 1st Semester Principal’s List!

January 22nd, 2016


  • Congratulations to the following students that made the Principal’s List for the 1st semester! They have worked so hard and are very deserving of this honor. Way to go!

                7th Grade (94%-100%

Lauren Bosh, Jordyn Branz, Amanda Brasch, Juliana Durio, Mallory Easland, Trevor Eisenbraun, Adam Gameri, Robert Hoferer,  Karly Kalin, Carson Klein, Brenna Kuhl, Cameron Lampert,  Kailee Lanman Weaver, Benjamin Lundstrom, Syra Mashek, Gemma Mendez, Rylie Moler, David Roemhildt, Michael Roemhildt, Jeffrey Sours, Jagger Spiering, McKinley Voss and Amaya Williams.

                8th Grade (94%-100%)

Anden Baumann, Riley Bender, Mason Borgman, Logan Brtek, Daphne Buss, Rachel Carhart, Cole Carter, Braden Ehlers, Courtney Flohr, Grace Frewing, Beyonce Gildea, Myka Goeken, Eryn Gustman, Seth Higginbotham, Jake Jensen, Kari Labenz, Travis Lamm, Cole Long, Reese Lowe, Brody Luhr, Baden Luna, Alexzandrea Matteo, Alex McDonald, Josie Miller, Cayden O’Brien, Leah Petty, Natalie Reynolds, Jadyn Robinson, Sophie Roemhildt, Jordan Schaecher, Caleb Schoenherr, Jordyn Schommer, Tyson Stelling, Allison Sumner, Annika Thomas, Ethan Visser and Allison Wisnieski.


Pioneer Life in Third Grade

January 21st, 2016

The third grade students at Grant were studying about Pioneer life and travel in our Wonders Reading program.  As an extra credit project, students were encouraged to take on a family project.  They had their choice of building a covered wagon or train.  We were excited to see the results of their labor.

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