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.



Mrs. Berryman’s “Pet Project”

December 1st, 2016

Last year Mrs. Berryman’s students learned about being responsible by talking about how to take care of animals. So this semester they did a service learning project using the skills they learned. Every Friday for an hour, they go the Northeast Nebraska Animal Shelter. They walk the dogs, play with the cats, fold towels, clean bathrooms, take out trash, and clean cages. Students and animals both benefit from these Friday afternoon trips! What a great way to learn and have fun!

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Junior High HAL Class Is Busy!

November 30th, 2016

Mrs. Gentrup’s 6th period HAL class is busy this semester with different creation projects.  One of the student’s favorites is making a Stop Motion Video.  Students developed a storyline, gathered their props, and started filming step by step to create a two minute video.  The process is time consuming, but the students did an excellent job with being precise and learning about patience.  Their videos are: A Murder Mystery, A Color Switch Game, Adventures of a Stick Man, Dreamland and Survival Island.  Great job students!

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NJHS Life Management Guest Day

November 30th, 2016


NJHS Life Management Guest Day Tuesday December 6th!

Dear parents and guardians,

The 7th Grade Life Management classes will be hosting a “Guest Day” Tuesday, December 6th.  You are invited to visit our classroom to see student presentations, projects, and enjoy snacks.:)

Students brought home invitations several weeks ago with the details, however with December  being so busy for everyone, the students and I wanted to send out the info again.  Each class has their own Guest Day, so make sure to double check the time with your child.

Times are listed below:

1st 8:10-8:40

2nd 9:00- 9:30

5th 12:10-12:40

6th 1:00-1:30

8th 2:45-3:15

The students and I look forward to seeing you!  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.


Janine Krohn

Norfolk Junior High Family & Consumer Sciences

Life Management Teacher


Kindergarten Feast

November 29th, 2016


The kindergarten classes gathered today as Pilgrims and Native American Indians to celebrate Thanksgiving. Traditional hats and bonnets were made and worn.    Mr. Strong came in and talked about the importance of Thanksgiving and the kids shared how it all started.  Each child shared what they were thankful for and we all feasted on breakfast goodies provided by the parents.  Afterwards, Mr. Strong read “The NIght Before Thanksgiving” and we learned more about the holiday by watching “The Mouse and the Mayflower”


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Food Drive 2016

November 28th, 2016


Students collected over 2,500 items of food to feed the community. Thank you Bel Air Families! img_0847 img_0848


Donuts for Dads

November 28th, 2016

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Bel Air PTG hosted over 400 guests for Donuts with dad.Thank you dads for joining us for this fun event


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Veterans Day Thank you!

November 21st, 2016

An assembly was held this morning with Mr. Hart being the guest speaker.  Thank you Mr. Hart for sharing with us.   We honor and thank all of our past and present Veterans.

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Dog Loves Books

November 21st, 2016

The first grade classes went to Johnny carson Theater to watch a  play called ” Dog Loves Books”.    Dog Loves Books is available in our school library.


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Science Experiments in Kindergarten

November 17th, 2016

The Kinders in Mrs. Commerford’s class are becoming true scientists!  Dressed in ” lab coats”
they have performed several real experiments.
They put parts of an apple in various jars of different liquids like; vinegar, water, oil and then just plain air. This experiment was to check which jar would preserve the apple the best. Can you guess which jar’s apple still looks good enough to eat?

They checked if various items would sink or float.

They used pumpkins of various sizes to weigh, and measure for width and height.  And now one of those pumpkins are cut up in a glass jar to decay.  What a wonderful process to watch.

And recently, they created our own “fall” by putting celery in colored water to see it turn colors.







Montessori Figure Out the Breakout EDU Box

November 16th, 2016

The Breakout EDU Box is “one of the most buzzed-about education tech innovations” to hit the schools this year.  Modeled after the recreational team sport of Escape Room, but instead of getting out of a locked room, you must figure out how to get inside a locked box.

The Montessori teachers got a taste of Breakout EDU Box at their most recent PLC meeting.  They did succeeded in breaking all the codes to open the box, which revealed a prize.

What’s fun about this?  Well, teachers can build lessons around the students’ need to get into that box.  The lessons and codes the teachers create can be problem-based which in turn has students interact with each other to solve the codes.  Lessons can be cover every topic ranging from elementary literacy to environmental science to high school physics.  Codes to get into the box can also be based in computer coding to reveal the next step to continue to open that box!

The Montessori teachers cannot wait to implement just another way of learning and problem solving into their classrooms. dscn4576dscn4578dscn4580dscn4583