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Panorama Parents Invited to Hear Speaker Vanessa McNeal

Parents are invited to hear Vanessa McNeal in the Panorama Auditorium on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00PM.

Vanessa McNeal MSW, is an award winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and 2x TEDx speaker. She speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others. She is known for her investment and wisdom in topics that are often difficult to talk about. Her message has resonated with audiences around the world through the influential topics of overcoming adversity, sexual violence, social change, leadership and empowerment.

At an early age, Vanessa experienced child sexual abuse and neglect. Due to the neglect, she wasn’t taken to school regularly, so she was placed in a remedial class. She spent time in foster care before she was raised by her grandparents. At age 15, Vanessa was sexually assaulted at a college preparatory program and overcame the many faces of rape culture. Vanessa was the first in her family to graduate high school and went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.

In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling. She is the director and producer of the internationally recognized documentary, “The Voiceless”. The film features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence. She won "Best Director" for the documentary at the Newark International Film Festival. At Indiefest she received Women Filmmaker Award of Recognition. She is currently Directing "Gridshock", a documentary investigating the flourishing sex trafficking industry in Iowa.

Vanessa won the 2017 YWCA "Woman of Tomorrow" award and won the 2018 STATEment maker award in the entrepreneurial spirit category. She has also been featured in numerous publications, articles, and news broadcasts.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00PM in the MS/HS Auditorium.
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Panorama Elementary Citizen of the Week

September 14, 2018

Citizen of the Week

This week’s Citizen of the Week knows what it means to be Panther READY. She is resilient in her learning and continues to give her best when things are difficult. She is ethical in the decisions she makes at recess and in the classroom and is accountable for her actions. She continues to work towards her dreams and the goals that she sets. She is a very caring person and a great friend to others. Join this week’s Citizen of the Week by being the best YOU that you can be. This week’s Citizen of the Week is………..

Isabelle Peasley

We would also like to thank the Panorama Booster Club for providing t-shirts for our Citizens of the Week.
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Panorama MS/HS Student Council Serves Homecoming Lunch

Homecoming Friday is always full of food, fun, and festivities! Thanks to Bob and his kitchen staff for working with MS/HS Student Councils to bring the student body a grilled burger cookout. And a shout out to Twila Brede for adding to our school spirit by painting students faces during game time.
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Panorama Art Club Presented with $1,000 Check

Presentation of Check to Art Club
Panora Chamber of Commerce representatives Kristen Crouthamel, President and Jaime Waddle, Treasurer, presented the Panorama Art Club and art teacher, Ginger Lindstrom, a check for $1,000, which they earned from 28 participating businesses in the homecoming window painting.

Our business community loves to support our PHS students & staff. The Art Club will use the money raised for their annual Art Show and their Essence of Europe trip in 2019. The Panora Chamber has been sponsoring this event since 2015 and has helped the Art Club raise $4,000.

Thank you students for your community spirit, and those who made this donation possible by shopping local.

The sponsoring businesses this year are:
Bella Sorella
Britt's Family Hair Care
Bryton Insurance
Care Initiatives
Crafty's Coffee
Eye Care Associates
GCSB Investment Center
Guthrie County Hospital Clinic
Guthrie County State Bank
Guthrie County Times Vedette
Hometown Foods
Indica Interiors
Ketelsen Photography
Lake Lumber
Lake Panorama Realty
Mercy Clinic
Panora State Bank
Panora Telco
Panorama Gardens
The Funky Zebras
The Owl's Nest
Total Financial Solutions
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Panorama Environmental Biology Class

· Mrs. King’s environmental biology learns what happens when a resource is over used. The paper plate is a pond and the students must determine how many fish they can harvest so that every family could eat and still allow for fish reproduction in the pond.
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Panorama Panther Ready Engineering Everywhere

Mrs. Weidenthaler’s 6th and 8th grade Panther Ready Engineering Everywhere students are using their learning about green roofs, permeable pavements, and plant barriers. Their challenge is to prevent or slow the pollutants in water run off. Can they keep the river clean?
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Panorama Makerspace Simulation in Framing a Building

Mrs. Ploeger took her students into the Makerspace for a simulation in framing a building. Students staked the perimeter of a modeled sized leanto. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, students determined if their rectangular perimeter was square. This will lead the class into Pythagorean Theorem Converse
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