Welcome to the Panther Project

January 5th, 2016
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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We Love Public Schools!

February 20th, 2017

We Love Public Schools

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Norfolk Lion’s Club December students of the month.

February 20th, 2017

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100th Day of School

February 20th, 2017

2nd graders celebrated the 100th day of school on January 26th.  Special activities included designing a banner and drawing a picture titled “This is Me When I’m 100”.  We had fun celebrating being 100 days smarter!

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Reading

February 20th, 2017

Reciprocal Reading Groups collaborate! The students are in small groups and each is assigned a duty. There is a predictor, clarifier, questioner, summarizer, and recorder. As they read a chapter or selection, the students apply the strategies they are learning.  Duties are rotated. Students state that they learn from each other and  it is fun.
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Cursive Licences

February 20th, 2017

Third grade students are filling out their applications for their cursive licenses.  They must complete the cursive practice workbook first. Once the book is completed, the applications are filled out. If the student’s application is approved, they receive the cursive license.  They are expected to maintain neatness and proper penmanship. If the students is caught speeding through an assignment or have messy writing, they will be issued a speeding ticket. If the messiness continues, they could lose their license. This idea was borrowed from Mrs. Groninger at Woodland Park School.
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Mystery Science

February 20th, 2017

Mystery Science has been a hit! Students love the hands on activities. They look forward to the on line information, which is highly engaging. The activity that follows motivates the students to learn about their world.  In this lesson, the students made a sun dial and learned how the first clock was used.

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Kindergarten and Their 4th Grade Reading Buddies

February 20th, 2017

Mrs. Dahlkoetter’s Kindergarten class has paired up with Mr. Anderson’s fourth graders as Buddy Readers.  The fourth graders come into the kindergarten class and read books to the kindergarteners.  This has been a great opportunity to make a connection in the school between younger and older peers but also a great introduction into reading listening to the fourth graders.  Now the kindergartens are diving into Accelerated Reading with their fourth grade buddies’ help. 100_5532 100_5533 100_5535 100_5531

 

 

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100 Days Smarter!

February 14th, 2017

Mrs. Schold’s group recently celebrated their 100th day of school. That means these kiddos are 100 (plus a few) days smarter! It is amazing what 100 days of learning can do. These children are reading books, writing two or more sentences, and even doing math facts! This group is working hard to prepare for first grade.

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LIFE at Westside

February 14th, 2017

In our Elementary LIFE program, we work on many essential skills for independence that range from functional academics to self care. Typically we build opportunities to practice these skills into the natural occurring events of our school day. Sometimes, though, we just need to have a break and do something that seems like it is just for fun. Here our students can be seen working on core muscle strength, balance and stability, and hand strength while enjoying every minute of it.

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The Cat’s Cradle

February 14th, 2017

Mrs. Spiering’s class learned about different games around the world this week during reading. To finish up our study, we learned about Ayatori which is a Japanese art of wrapping string around fingers to make designs. The kids had a blast experimenting and finally mastering “The Cat’s Cradle”.

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