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.



Norfolk Morning Kiwanas

October 19th, 2016

Third grade students at Bel Air Elementary were presented by the Norfolk Morning Kiwanas with student dictionaries. Excitement escalated as students investigated their educational gift! The Kiwanas’ mission is to improve the world one child at a time.


8th Grade Intramural Volleyball Tournament

October 18th, 2016
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The 8th Grade Intramural Volleyball teams competed in the Intramural Volleyball Tournament on Saturday to wrap up their season.  Results:

Team 6 beat Team 1 in three sets (25-19, 23-25, 15-6)

Team 4 beat Team 3 in three sets (25-16, 18-25, 15-11)

Team 2 beat Team 6 in two sets (25-15, 25-23)

Team 4 beat Team 5 in two sets (25-21, 25-14)

Team 2 beat Team 4 in two sets to win the championship game (25-17, 25-19)

Members of the 1st place Team 2 are Sydnee Beutler, Kylie Ehnes-Blume, Daisy Jimenez, Destiny Merchant, Darlene Morales, Jacie Painter, and Reagan VanDiest.

Members of the 2nd place Team 4 are Macy Fundus, Morgan Grashorn, Rylee Halterman, Madelyn Lingenfelter, Kaliyah Meaux, Ashley Sanne, and McKinley Voss.

Congratulations to all of the 8th Grade Intramural Volleyball players on a great season!

7th Grade Intramural Volleyball Tournament

October 18th, 2016

The 7th Grade Intramural VB team competed in their championship tournament Saturday.
Results:  Team 2 defeated Team 3 25-23, 25-22.  Leading servers were Lily Hart Lyons, Grace McKinley, and Hailey Chase.  Team 1 over Team 4 25-23, 25-14.  Leading servers were Skye Anderson, Kirsten Schmueker, and Layla Buchanan.  Team 2 defeated Team 5 25-18, 25-20.  Leading servers were Hailey Chase, Claire Steskal, and Shelby Schommer.

Team 1 and 2 competed in the championship match with Team 2 winning a very close match 25-27, 25-18, 16-14.  Team 1 members are Ashtyn Magnussen, Skye Andersen, Destiny Barge, Brooke Burbach, Rayunna Moore, and Keri Sanne.  Team 2 members are Journi Moran, Crystal Sanchez, Hailey Chase, Kaidynce Thompson, Akira Little, and Claire Steskal.  Coaches are Curt Guenther, Cher Moore, and Tia Jech.  Great job Panthers!

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Welcome to the Jungle!

October 13th, 2016

All second grade students at Washington look forward to the annual field trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. This year’s trip was a fun learning adventure that provided new experiences and background knowledge.


Health Screening

October 13th, 2016

All of our students are going the health screening this week.  The testing included hearing and eye  and dental screening and height and weight.

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Apple Orchard

October 13th, 2016

The Washington kindergartners took a field trip to the apple orchard. While there, they picked apples and even got to take some home. Back at school, the students made graphs about apples and wrote about them.




Rhys Thomas Science Circus Comes To The Junior High

October 13th, 2016

The Norfolk Arts Center brought the Rhys Thomas Science Circus to the Junior High on October 13th. Rhys taught us about inertia, gravity, balance, gyroscopic stability, centripetal force, and the rotation around a center of mass. All while juggling, balancing, twirling, riding a unicycle and having a great time. Thank you to the Arts Center for bringing us this fun learning experience!

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Westside Elementary Library Fun!!

October 10th, 2016

Recently our 3rd and 4th grade students got a break from their typical Monday library time. We spent our class period making beaded bookmarks instead! They were given the option to make the bookmark for a friend, parent, sibling, grandparent, or just for themselves.


It was great to see all the colorful patterns the students created for their bookmarks.
A fun easy project that was a success!



Here is a link to the video we used on how to make our bookmarks. Making them at home could be just as fun as making them at school! Enjoy!


Spirit Week At NJHS!

October 10th, 2016

Norfolk Junior High students participated in Spirit Week October 3rd-7th. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Tourist Day, Wednesday was Twin Day, Thursday was Favorite Character Day, and Friday was Panther Pride! It was a fun week for everyone!

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Number Sense in Kindergarten and First Grade

October 10th, 2016

During math intervention, we have been working on knowing, recognizing, and writing the numbers 1-20 in kindergarten. In first grade, we have been working on knowing and recognizing the numbers 1-120. We put our practice to work with a game where we drew a number card, said the number, and got to color in that number space on a chart in both classes. It has been really fun!