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.



Practicing With Nearpod

February 19th, 2018

First and second graders at Bel Air use their iPads to practice recognizing new phonics patterns using the Nearpod app. The students love the interactive lessons and look forward to them each week.







February Fun

February 19th, 2018

Our PTO and Title hosted a Family Pizza and Bingo night.  Pizza and gatorade was served.  Bingo was the game of the night with the Bingo winners receiving a book to keep as a prize.  We also hosted a Muffins with Mom morning.  Students invited their moms or a person of their choice to come have muffins and juice.  The morning was a great sucess.

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Let’s Get Moving!

February 14th, 2018

With temperatures and/or wind chills below 10 degrees, we have not been able to go outside for recess in a couple of weeks. Students in Mrs. Schold’s kindergarten class have still found ways to get up and moving. Thanks to GoNoodle, we can dance, stretch, lunge, and squat away our extra energy!






We are also able to practice different skills like clapping out syllables and reading with expression.


Brain Olympics at NJHS

February 13th, 2018

Thursday, February 8th Norfolk Junior High Students participated in the Brain Olympics. Each student was put into a small group and went around to stations set up throughout the school. They had to use their problem solving skills to complete each task. The students had a lot of fun and were very good at completing their missions. 

Brain Olympics 2018 Results

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Spring Picture Day At NJHS!

February 13th, 2018

NJH Spring flyer


Imagine Learning

January 30th, 2018

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all skills that kindergarteners are studying. They practice these daily with a computer program, Imagine Learning. The program is individualized, allowing each student to move at his or her own pace.

Students are especially excited when practicing speaking. The program allows them to record themselves reading passages and speaking in conversations. Students enjoy listening to themselves and making necessary improvements the next time.


2018 is here and we are getting “fit” in PE.

January 23rd, 2018

We finished Basketball before the break and are now in our Tumbling unit. Ask your child to demonstrate some of the tumbling skills they are learning.
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Taivien and Landon will represent Westside at the Elks Free Throw Contest at NECC on January 27th… Good Luck boys!
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Jump Rope for Heart will be February 16th during P E time. Information will be coming home the week of January 22. Thank you to all of you who donate to this great cause!


Happy New Year from Mrs. Tipton’s class to you!

January 23rd, 2018

In my third year of teaching Kindergarten, it still amazes me how much Kindergarten students can grow and change within one school year together. This past semester was spent learning and working very hard on many new skills. As we move into this next semester, we spent time discussing skills that they learned last semester and what they are looking forward to in the coming year. I am looking forward to watching my students fill the pages of their 2018 books throughout the rest of this semester. I know that they will continue to set high goals and reach them with hard work and dedication. Happy New Year from Mrs. Tipton’s class to you!

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Pictures include students working hard on reflecting on 2017 and setting goals for the new year!


Indoor Recess Again at Montessori !

January 18th, 2018

Well, it’s that time of year where the temperature dips down below 10 degrees Farenheit and Norfolk Public School’s elementary students must stay indoors.  That is exactly what the Montessori students did.  Although, it may look a little warmer outside with the sun shining off the snow, it’s frigid with these Nebraska winds.  So, what’s a student to do??? Time to bring out some games and puzzles.  These are things that not many families take time or have time to do much of anymore.   It also adds a little variety to the recess time in addition to maybe going to the gym.  Plus we all know and hope for warmer temperatures in the near future! IMG_6787 IMG_6782 IMG_6599 IMG_6597


NJHS 8th Graders Build Paper Towers

January 12th, 2018

Mrs. Hagedorn’s eighth graders built paper towers in Science. Great job students!! 

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