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.



Technology Used in Mrs. Morgan’s Room

November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s First Graders at Grant Elementary have been busy using technology to become better readers, spellers, mathematicians, and coders.

They have used apps like Seesaw, Magnet letters, and IXL to polish their language arts and math skills.

The first graders have also been learning to code using our Code and Go Robot Mouse.
It is amazing to see the growth these students have made this year!

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First Graders Learn About Maps

November 22nd, 2017

Mrs. Morgan’s and Mrs. Baker’ first graders at Grant Elementary have been studying maps as part of our Wonders Reading program. The class decided to visit the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. On our route, we discussed directions, street names, and the best way to get to our destination.

Jenni Canham, at the Chamber, gave us a wonderful tour of the building and explained how different people helped to make it run smoothly. She also shared how she uses Mapquest to find her way around to Norfolk businesses.

The students each received a goody bag that contained a great map of Norfolk. The students had so much fun exploring the map upon our return to school.

Thank you, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce for taking the time to help us learn more about our great city!

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Red Ribbon Run

November 22nd, 2017

The annual Red Ribbon Run was held on Saturday, October 10th at the Sunset Plaza Mall. Over 200 runners participated in the event with close to 20 students from Grant elementary. The top 3 boys and girls in each age group received medals. Although we didn’t have any Grant Elementary students place, we had some that were very close to placing,and had a couple former Grant students that are now at the Junior High and Middle School who did earn a medal. Each student received a free T-shirt and a snack for completing the race. I hope to have more students participate next year.




November 21st, 2017

A Thanksgiving feast was held this morning by the kindergarten class.  Enjoying bananas and grapes,muffins.  Sharing things they were thankful for and learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  They made headbands and pilgrim hats.

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Montessori Visitor from Around the World

November 20th, 2017

Montessori Elementary 3rd Graders had a visitor from the other side of the world.  Ms Lena, who is originally from China, came to visit with Mrs. Shoemaker’s students just as they were finishing up with their studies on Asia.

Ms Lena enjoyed sharing information about her native country as well as teach the students how to say a few Chinese words, how many sounds each letter can make, and even to taste candy.

The students were very interested in the language. As one student said, “One letter can be a whole word, it just matters how it is pronounced.”



JOOI Sponsors “Dance For A Cure” At NJHS

November 20th, 2017

The Norfolk Panther JOOI Clubs sponsored their annual “JOOI Dance for Childhood Cancer” at the Norfolk Jr. High on Thursday, October 26.  Over 400 youth attended the event which raised over $2,240.95 to help families affected by childhood cancer.  The dance was chaperoned by parents, Optimists and JOOI members from the Sr. High.  Helping to find a cure for childhood cancer and helping those families affected by it is one focus of Optimist International and Junior Optimist International.  



NJHS Students Learn Cooking Skills

November 17th, 2017

November 15th, Mrs. Miller’s 21st Century Living classes did a little cooking. They made biscuits, omelets, and 5 different main dishes. Students were proud of how everything turned out and learned some valuable lessons. Such as how to cut up chicken correctly, how to get a flaky biscuit, and how to make a fluffy omelet. They all got to enjoy the end result. Delicious!

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NJHS Student Makes Blankets

November 17th, 2017

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Elizabeth Broders, a 7th grader at Norfolk Junior High School, presented weighted blankets to Mrs. Kuehler and Mrs. Gubbels. Sewing the blankets was a service project for Elizabeth’s Girl Scout Silver award. Weighted blankets have a calming effect on persons with neurological disorders such as Autism and other special needs. 


NJHS Drama Performance!

November 16th, 2017


Mother Goose Land

Prince Rogers and the Dastardly Marriage Plot!

Performed one night only on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm,for only $3.00 per student and $5.00 for adults,  you can enjoy seeing Norfolk Junior High students acting in a double feature!

In the first show,  CSI: Mother Goose Land, a duo of detectives are trying to solve the case of Humpty Dumpty’s great “fall.” Along the way, they seek help from their scientific companions, a king, the fiddlers, and many other much loved Mother Goose classic characters.  All in all CSI: Mother Goose Land is a exciting production involving mystery and comedy.

In the second show, “Prince Rogers and the Dastardly Marriage Plot!” Princess Agatha is about to be marriage to a crazy prince from an even crazier  Kingdom when things go wrong! The princess has to call in some help from the local housewives,grannies, muffins, a big treasure chest, and maybe even some rutabagas.

We would love for you to come watch.


Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day

November 15th, 2017

We had an assembly Friday afternoon honoring our Veterans with guest speaker Mr. Haselhorst.  He is the grandfather of Kannon one of our WP students.   We thank him for honoring us with his presentation and his service.  Happy Veterans Day to all our soldiers past and present!

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