Middle School

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics teacher Pamela Rose said it is not good enough to just teach her students. She wants to help them feel safe and grow. Rose has been named Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) Teacher of the Year by a vote of her peers. Though she held other careers in her life, Rose got into teaching […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle appreciates military families

Woodlawn Beach Middle appreciates military families

Woodlawn Beach Middle School honored service members both past and present Oct. 17 during their annual Military Appreciation Day. Principal Victor Lowrimore said this is one way for the school to give back to local active duty, reserve and retired military members. Parents and family members from many branches of the service attended the events.   […]

Holley Navarre Middle highlights STEAM careers

Holley Navarre Middle highlights STEAM careers

Holley Navarre Middle School hosted their annual Career Fair Oct. 17. Students had the opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of fields including engineers, a veterinarian, a scientist, an entrepreneur, a journalist and much more. They also took part in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities such as using 3-D printers […]

Middle school parents get schooled

Middle school parents get schooled

Holley Navarre Middle School teachers tested the knowledge of an older generation of students last week as parents joined their children in class during Bring Your Parent to School Days Sept. 17-19. Assistant Principal Pete DellaRatta said the event gives the school an opportunity to expose parents to the daily lives and challenges of their […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Digital Information Technology students from Woodlawn Beach Middle School and Holley Navarre Middle School descended on The Breeze Cinema in Gulf Breeze May 22 to celebrate their achieving at least three Microsoft certifications. Woodlawn program teacher Kim Kayser said she was incredibly proud of her students in the Digital Information Technology course.   Read the […]

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Students Elizabeth Terracciano, Julia Stephens, Alicia Wright, Liz Lambert, Jacob Herrera and Scout Belanger showed off their pencil skill with self-portraits during the Holley Navarre Middle School 2019 Art Show.             Cardboard sculptures by Alexis Vuyovich and Clayton Dawson both earned spots in the countywide middle school top 25.   […]

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School hosted a new Career Fair night May 2 allowing students to ask questions with a variety of professionals. Environmental Protection Agency research assistant Kelly McCaffrey talked to students about science and showed students the glass shrimp used in experiments. Musical artist Love Brynnevere hosted a jam session with the students, discussing […]

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

HNMS earns high marks in New York math competition

Holley Navarre Middle School students made their way to Rochester, New York, April 5-6 to show off their math skills and represent Santa Rosa County. They were there to compete in the 2019 Math Competition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. […]

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School dominated the competition Thursday night at the 64th Annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair taking the most 1stplace wins and Special Awards. Mrs. Huggins won the Teacher award at the 64th annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She is also a Leader for Girl Scout Troop 807. […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

School front doors secured with camera controls

School front doors secured with camera controls

Less than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and prompted a statewide movement, Santa Rosa County schools are seeing new security at the front door. Holley Navarre Middle School’s front door has been a source of concern for the school’s administration for years, said Principal Joie […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrated Veterans Day with a breakfast and ceremony Friday morning in the cafeteria. Veterans from throughout the community were invited to join students at the school. Among those honored was World War II veteran Theodore LeMaire. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

Holley Navarre Middle School sixth-graders are learning to balance a budget, invest for the future and much more thanks to donations from Outreach Navarre LLC, more commonly known as the Weekend Food Program. The school has received copies of Foundations in Personal Finance workbooks, activity pages and web resources through Outreach Navarre. Read the full […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Though Literacy Week is still months away, Woodlawn Beach Middle School has big plans to put books in the hands of all its students. To do that, the school is seeking community support. Literacy Week will run Jan. 28 – Feb.  1, 2019, and eighth-grade language arts teacher Christine Henry is leading the charge to make […]

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Amid the fun of Bring Your Parent to School Day at Holley-Navarre Middle School, parents also received a more somber message last week as part of an online safety presentation. Kimberly Zarnesky, an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, came to the school to share tips for parents to protect their children online. […]

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle School students are molding themselves for leadership this school year thanks to the Student Leadership Development Course, a program dedicated to building leadership and life skills in seventh and eighth graders. Principal Joie DeStefano said Dean Dan Schmidt was the perfect man to teach the class due to his 28 years serving […]

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 […]