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.



NJHS Cross Country Team Competes in Yankton Invite

September 28th, 2016

Norfolk Junior High Students competed in the Yankton Cross Country Invite on September 22, 2016. Our boys and girls did a great job!

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Cooperative Learning

September 27th, 2016

These students are learning academic content, practicing cooperation, supporting each other and having fun all at the same time!dsc_0538-2 dsc_0533 dsc_0531 dsc_0532

Preschool Playground

September 27th, 2016

Washington Elementary now includes a preschool class.  In order to make sure these students have a safe place to play, new equipment was added to our playground.  20160919_182837_hdr


Doing wonderful working on our “Reading Wonders” in first grade!

September 21st, 2016

How exciting our new Wonders Reading Program is! There are
so many new and fun things to do. Who ever thought learning
to read could be so much fun?!?!



IXL Language Arts in 3rd Grade!

September 21st, 2016

Third grade is excited to have Language Arts IXL this year. We have been getting more practice of our weekly reading skills with this online program that has tons of reading and writing standard practice.



Junior High Volleyball

September 21st, 2016

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Junior High Football

September 21st, 2016

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Grandparents Day

September 11th, 2016

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Students at Bel Air enjoyed having their grandparents share some fun activities with them during their school day.

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Science fun in Mrs. Rowse’s Room

September 6th, 2016

We have been learning the scientific method in fourth grade. Fourth graders got to experiment today in science using the scientific method. We had cups with different mixtures in them. We put a gummy bear in each mixture. We will let them sit overnight and tomorrow we will get to record and share our results. The students love science and are so excited to wrap this experiment up..They are already asking when they get to do another experiment!!image1




September 6th, 2016

Fitness testing has started! We have a new test called the Fitness Gram. Students will be tested on a series of test and scores will be shared with parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences. Students will be retested again in the Spring. Throughout the school year we will focus on all areas of testing with hopes our scores will improve!

Walking club is up and going. Over 150 students signed up to walk before school. Walking starts at 7:45 and ends with the morning whistle. If students eat breakfast at school they must eat before they walk.

We are having a GREAT time in PE so far this year!
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