Middle School

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

He is six feet tall, brightly colored, made completely of garbage and he is coming to a restaurant near you. Skip the Straw is a sculpture created by Holley Navarre Middle School students in the Junior Audubon Society. Skip’s purpose is a simple one: Teach people to skip single-use plastic straws that endanger local wildlife. […]

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

As the school year wound to a close, dozens of students in the Holley Navarre Middle School art program celebrated a year of hard work. On display inside the school’s media center last week were dozens of ceramic sculptures, oil paintings, prints and sketches created by the students. Read the full article in the May […]

Junior Audubon builds nesting boxes for wood ducks

Junior Audubon builds nesting boxes for wood ducks

Holley Navarre Middle School students provided specialized habitat for water fowl at Holley Navarre Water Systems (HNWS) wastewater treatment plant this month as part of the Junior Audubon Society’s conservation mission. Founded last year, the club promotes hands-on learning of environmental science, public outreach and environmental protection projects. Read the full article in the May […]

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrates Month of the Military Child

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrates Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, and for Holley Navarre Middle School that means it is time to recognize the unique experiences and struggles of hundreds of the school’s students. Roughly 43 percent of HNMS students come from a military family. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. […]

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

In the early morning hours of a Sunday in 1941, the soldiers stationed at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii, were not expecting an attack. Many ships were moored there, and airplanes were packed tightly on the runway when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes came over the horizon. The attack destroyed several ships […]

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

The library is a happening place on a weekday afternoon at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Students are checking out books, others are returning or renewing them. A few students come up to the front desk to request use of one of the computers. Nancy Mijangos is at the heart of it all. This is her fourth […]

Schools embrace tech revolution

Schools embrace tech revolution

In the not-too-distant past, advanced technology in classrooms was synonymous with scientific calculators, desktop computers, projectors and occasionally laptops. But times have changed. Over the years south Santa Rosa educators have utilized a wide variety of programs, devices and websites. High school students use WeatherSTEM, a weather data collection device, to study data patterns for […]

Junior Audubon gets hands on

Junior Audubon gets hands on

Holley Navarre Middle School students are getting hands on with environmental science thanks to the newly formed Junior Audubon Society Club. Teacher and group organizer Jennifer Butera said the club allows students to experience firsthand the environments and organisms they may only have learned about in textbooks. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 […]

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Eight Holley-Navarre Middle School students are headed to the state science fair. Lauren Bautista, Kate Fey, Callista Salazar, Donovyn Ray, Regan Rudzki, Angel Morris, Kavay Howell and Avery Ottley are the state qualifiers. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Holley Navarre Middle School art teacher Cara Sayer is quick to point out that Luke Losquadro is a “very talented art student.” It’s hard to debate the statement, especially after Losquadro learned earlier this year that his drawing of an eagle was selected to represent Santa Rosa County at the Art in the Capitol Competition. […]

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Parents gain tools to keep kids safe online

Cyberbullying, internet stalking, solicitations for sexual encounters and human trafficking; the internet and social media can leave parents in constant fear for their children. As devices like smartphones and tablets become more integrated not only in our personal lives, but in our children’s education, the reality is they are here to stay. So how do […]

Expanded facility prompts record reading

Expanded facility prompts record reading

The right facilities can make all the difference for a school. No one knows that better than Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie Destefano. She explained that because of the school’s small cafeteria, the students’ entire day, including how long they were in each class, had to be worked around the lunches, leaving some class periods […]

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Hundreds of moms, dads and guardians attended classes and helped with their students’ lessons Sept. 20-22 at Holley-Navarre Middle School as part of the school’s Bring Your Parent to School Days. Each grade had a different day of the week to bring their parents to class. Mike Jones, father of seventh-grader Maliah Jones, said this […]

Middle schools get an upgrade

Middle schools get an upgrade

Middle-school students will be returning to updated kitchens and cafeterias this August thanks to a roughly $1 million renovation at Holley-Navarre and Gulf Breeze middle schools. The updates include new equipment, floors, ceilings, paint and LED lighting as well as an expansion of space. Holley-Navarre Middle School Assistant Principal Robert Trigg said feeding the schools […]

Lifeguard chopper visit provides educational experience for HNMS students

Lifeguard chopper visit provides educational experience for HNMS students

It was by pure chance that a group of sixth-grade students at Holley Navarre Middle School were given an opportunity to see a Lifeguard helicopter up close and learn more about the exciting career opportunities involved with it. It landed on the field near the school for an emergency but ended up not transporting anyone […]

Gulf Breeze Middle School students reawaken history

Gulf Breeze Middle School students reawaken history

Gulf Breeze Middle School student Max Meeter loves history. He also loves to perform. Combine the two and what you have is a National History Day contest project good enough to earn a trip to the national contest. Meeter, a seventh-grader, won the junior individual performance category at the Florida History Fair in May and […]

Woodlawn students author book of short stories

Woodlawn students author book of short stories

Heather Owens figured the book of short stories she had her Woodlawn Beach Middle School students in the ACES (Academic and Creative Enrichment for Students) program write this year would double at the most. “I figured it would be about twice the size of last year, maybe a little longer,” Owens said. “As we were […]

Students’ essays on freedom win VFW awards

Students’ essays on freedom win VFW awards

What Freedom Means To Me By Genna Hoitt A tall, worn flag stands proud against the nearby men, fighting for their country, their freedom, and their lives. Freedom is not just found in the agonized hearts of America’s soldiers as they pray to come home alive; honoring our country with the ultimate gift, but is […]

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recognized all of the Teachers of the Year. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.   (Not Pictured) Teresa Berg, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School

8 headed to state science fair from Holley-Navarre Middle School

8 headed to state science fair from Holley-Navarre Middle School

Mary Beloat didn’t even place in the science fair a year ago. The seventh-grader at Holley-Navarre Middle School has a different story this year. She is one of eight students from the school who is headed to the state science fair in Orlando. Beloat took first place in the Chemistry category at the regional science […]

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Katy Knapp had never dissected anything in science class until last week. The experience was an enjoyable one as she and her eighth-grade classmates at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze acted as citizen scientists, dissecting lionfish and putting together DNA samples of what they found inside the stomachs of the invasive fish. Read […]

Smith appointed director of middle schools

Smith appointed director of middle schools

Floyd Smith was named the new Director of Middle Schools for the Santa Rosa County School District at the Dec. 8 school board meeting in Milton. Smith, the principal at Hobbs Middle School in Milton, replaces David Gunter who has taken a job with human resources at the school district. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick made the […]

Students shine at Holley-Navarre Middle School Science Fair

Students shine at Holley-Navarre Middle School Science Fair

Austin Anderson is no stranger to science fair success at Holley-Navarre Middle School. The eighth- grader was the school’s grand-prize winner a year ago and repeated the accomplishment this year with his experiment on whether or not a radish grows faster using Hydroponics or Aquaponics. “I won last year, too, with an experiment about the […]

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

In math, every equation will have an answer. That’s what Kelly Gardner of Holley-Navarre Middle School loves about teaching math; there is always an answer. Putting that theory to the test, mathematically if a + b = c, and a = Kelly Gardner, and b = teachers and administrators at Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS), then […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Every two years, the cafeteria at Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms into a castle from the renaissance period to host the community and parents for their Madrigal performance. The event is scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. Unlike any other event of its nature, attendees will be served a four-course meal […]

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

Edward Mansouri believes students don’t learn enough about weather in Florida and the self-proclaimed weather geek has spent the year generating more interest about weather in schools. He does it through his creation, the WeatherStem, an instrument installed at select schools throughout the state. It collects data that is used for educational purposes and Woodlawn […]

Trigg’s Trigglets boosted spirits of Desert Shield parents

Trigg’s Trigglets boosted spirits of Desert Shield parents

  Long before military deployments were the norm for families, during an operation called Desert Shield, Operation Desert Friends was taking Navarre’s deployed families by storm. In 1990, prior to the beginning of the Gulf War, Robert Trigg, a second-grade teacher at then Holley-Navarre Elementary, started what became a widely recognized program to promote communication […]

Escambia, Santa Rosa students can learn to become CEOs

Escambia, Santa Rosa students can learn to become CEOs

The Greater Pensacola Chamber, Global Business Solutions, Inc. (GBSI), and the University of West Florida (UWF) College of Business are hosting an information session for students and parents interested in learning more about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). YEA! is a national educational program designed to empower students to start successful businesses. YEA! participants in […]

Holley-Navarre Middle teacher arrested again on battery charge

Holley-Navarre Middle teacher arrested again on battery charge

For the second time in five months, Lauren Wyatt West, a Holley- Navarre Middle School teacher, was arrested on a first degree misdemeanor charge of battery. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s report from Sept. 5 states that  the vehicle West was traveling in was pulled over after a complaint was made that it was seen […]

Construction project won’t hamper school year

Construction project won’t hamper school year

With just days before students return to the classroom, Holley-Navarre Middle School is undergoing major construction. Principal Joie DeStefano and Assistant Principal Robert Trigg are prepared for the inconvenience. The drop-off area has changed temporarily this year, so parents will use the “rainy day” drop-off in the back of the building. DeStefano said once parents […]

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