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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Mrs. Mather’s SuperKids

August 22nd, 2016

This year has started off with a SUPER! WOW! POW! SHAZAM! The SuperKids in Mrs. Mather’s room are already showing off their SuperKilearning power.  Students have earned capes by returning homework, creating artwork, jumping into the new reading program- Wonders, and being AWESOME listeners.  I can tell this is going to be the BEST year!  Students are also “Going for the Gold” by doing their best work possible.  We even made Gold Medals with Fruit by The Foot and Golden Oreos!  I am looking forward to spending the rest of the year with these 2nd grade SuperKids!

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Surprise Assembly

May 17th, 2016

A surprise assembly was held in the gym for Mr. Dodson and Mrs. Dyer as they will be retiring after being at our school for 20 years.  This surprise was in the making for a couple of weeks.   The teachers and their students each presented tributes to each of them.  They included stories, kind words, poems, skits, songs, drawings and a video ending the assembly.  The PTO presented each with a plaque with their name and picture on it to hang in the school.  These two have truly committed their lives to our students and staff and they will be greatly missed!!  We wish them all the best upon their retirement!

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Fun Day ~ Last Day of School

May 17th, 2016

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4th Grade to the State Capital

May 17th, 2016

The 4th grade went on a field trip to our state capital.  They shared adventure looking at all the history.  Shared lunch with fellow students and made memories.

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Career Day

May 17th, 2016

The 4th graders have been researching Careers as part of their Guidance Unit. Mrs. Dyer brought in guest speakers to teach the students more about their careers and their daily duties. The students learned about taxidermy from Mr. and Mrs. Lewon. They learned about dentistry from Mr. Braun. NECC had representatives from their truck driving and lineman programs.

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Game and Parks Visiting 4th Grade

May 17th, 2016

Jamie Bachmann from the NE Game and parks Commission came to teach the students about snakes. Each student had a chance to get their questions answered as well as hold the snakes.

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Westside Students Learn to Read and Write Music Notation

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.
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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.
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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.
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Junior High Celebrates Mr. Guenther!

May 3rd, 2016

Curt Rookie of the Year

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!!!

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Junior High Students Complete “Pillow Case Project”

May 3rd, 2016

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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.

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Junior High Life Management Students Host Guest Day!

May 3rd, 2016

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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!

Thanks!

Janine Krohn

Norfolk Junior High Family & Consumer Sciences

Life Management Teacher

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