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.



Exploring Envisions

September 15th, 2017

Hello from Mrs. Heying’s 4th Grade Classroom!
We have been working so hard this year in all subject areas but especially when it comes to Math. Our new Math program, Envisions, has been keeping us on our toes this year, preparing us for our big step into Middle School. So far, we have covered Place Value, Rounding, Expanded Form, Addition, Subtraction, and several new ways of thinking and solving multi-stepped problems.
What’s so great about the Envisions program is the daily use of our chromebooks. Every lesson lets us explore different videos, games, and questions that can be answered in many different ways. We are learning that there is always more than one way to solve a problem and this program allows us to answer questions in ways that our brains think. It’s awesome! Is it hard? Yes! But, we love a challenge.
The manipulatives and charts give us helpful visuals when we need them and the centers that are offered are just another fun way to extend our knowledge on each topic. We have a hard road ahead but we are excited about Math and what this new program has to offer and teach us!


Norfolk Junior High Fall Sports

September 14th, 2017

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Grandparents’ Day Celebrations

September 11th, 2017

Students at Bel Air welcomed grandparents to their classrooms on September 8th, 2017. Students were able to create projects with their grandparents, show off their school work, and demonstrate how they use technology in their classrooms. Kindergarten students and fourth graders had the opportunity to eat lunch with their grandparents as well.

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NJHS Cross Country Athletes Compete in Norfolk Catholic Invite

September 11th, 2017

Norfolk Junior High Cross Country teams competed in the Norfolk Catholic Invite on September 8, 2017 at Skyview Lake.  The NJHS boys won with 23 points and the girls won with 33 points. Great job everyone!!

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Jr. High Drama

September 8th, 2017

Mrs. Doughty’s 7th period Drama students have been learning improvisation techniques!

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September 5th, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year! Walking Club has started and over 100 students have signed up! If your child would like to join all you need to do is sign a permission form and send it back to school! They can start walking at 7:45 AM. Monday through Fridayt! PLEASE remind your child if they eat breakfast at school, they eat first, walk second!

We have spent the first few weeks in Phy. Ed. playing games and getting reacquainted with classroom expectations! We are now doing our Fall Fitness Gram testing. Your child will go through a variety of test to assess their level of fitness needed for good health! Ask your child what test they did today!


Wild About Learning at Grant Elementary!

August 30th, 2017
 Students at Grant Elementary were greeted on the first day of school by a “Gorilla,” (really Mr. Berryman) and staff were dressed for the safari, too!   As students came back to school, hallways and classrooms are decorated in the safari theme as Grant welcomes the new school year!  Students are “Wild” about reading and are setting AR goals to meet challenges!  The “Wild” theme will be carried out in many activities throughout the year!  Look for more “Wild” adventures at Grant Elementary!
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Kindergarteners at Westside Successfully Finish First Full Week of School.

August 30th, 2017

Last week, we had fun getting to know each other while learning school rules and procedures. We also experienced a lot of firsts! From lunch lines to solar eclipses, these kiddos are ROCKING KINDERGARTEN! It is going to be a great year!





Jefferson Watches the Solar Eclipse

August 29th, 2017

The start of Jefferson’s School year will definitely be one to remember for the 4th graders who participated in watching the Solar Eclipse. Monday August 21st 2017 Mrs. Buller’s and Mrs. Mitchell’s 4th graders had the unique opportunity to watch as the moon crossed in front of the sun! The excitement on their faces and in their voices said it all!eclipse4 eclipse3 eclipse2 eclipse1


Eclipse Fun At The Junior High

August 24th, 2017

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