Holley Navarre Middle School

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Sometimes failure is worth celebrating. Santa Rosa County schools saw many successes Feb. 22 at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Crestview. Odyssey of the Mind is a student competition in which teams are tasked with creatively solving a problem such as supporting heavy weights or remotely moving objects and then presenting their […]

Students celebrated for science achievements

Students celebrated for science achievements

Holley Navarre Middle School took the Junior Division title at the 2020 West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair as multiple students won in a variety of categories. Students Kyle Macdonald, Faye Schlott, Devyn Stephens, James Peoples, Alex Ballard, Adrian Salazar and Eleni Nikolakakos were honored Feb. 20 by the school board. Macdonald, Schlott, Stephens, Peoples […]

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

There were more than students learning in Holley Navarre Middle School Jan. 28. Educators and administrators from across the U.S. were in the halls and classrooms of several Santa Rosa County School District campuses learning about the district’s STEAM initiative (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue […]

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Holley Navarre Middle School Student Council participated in a special portion of Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, through #givingtuesdaymilitary. Launched by a group of military spouses, this national movement is aimed at uniting military, their families, veterans and other supporters to generate 1 million acts of kindness in one day. It is part of the larger […]

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 […]

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 […]

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) students used to have a designated period just for reading each day called Drop Everything and Read. Instituted in 2016, the reading period was the result of a more flexible schedule after improvements to the cafeteria streamlined lunch time.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of […]

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 […]

Know what’s on your child’s phone

Know what’s on your child’s phone

When Jarred Durant, 25, arrived at a residence in Sarasota County over the summer, he was met with an unpleasant surprise. Durant had allegedly been messaging someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the social media app Skout, a dating app that uses location information to connect users. Durant had allegedly gone to the […]

Student increase outpaces projections

Student increase outpaces projections

Santa Rosa School District predicted in 2016 that Navarre High School would exceed its intended capacity for students by 2019. When students walked through the door Aug. 12 to start the school year, there were 2,359 of them.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Holley Navarre Middle School broke the 1,000-student threshold last year as growth continues to rise. This year the school started its first day with an enrollment of 1,060. While adding new students has meant new learning opportunities, it also means finding new places to put all those students, said Principal Joie DeStefano.   Read the […]

‘They’re back’

‘They’re back’

First day of school in Navarre!   Navarre High School students make their way to class.             Olivia Roman and Evelyn Sanford take a selfie with teacher Trendi Johnson.                 Kalia Beard is excited to start her first day with dad Preston by […]

Camp raises civics awareness

Camp raises civics awareness

Holley Navarre Middle School civics teacher Ashley Hall transformed into Paul Revere to share the story of the midnight ride Monday as part of Civics Camp. This one-day summer camp at the school gave incoming seventh-graders an opportunity to learn about civics principles ahead of the upcoming school year through games and activities.   As […]

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Della Ratta enjoys teaching others about fishing

Pete Della Ratta grew up on the Gulf Coast but didn’t get heavily involved in fishing until he was in high school. “Growing up here, my parents didn’t fish too much. The first time I saw my father with a rod and reel was with my daughter. For my kids to see their grandfather fishing, […]

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

A Gulf Breeze man who violently murdered his mother due to hallucinations is set to move to a less restrictive care unit at Florida State Hospital. William Brandon Aydelott has been involuntarily institutionalized for the violent murder of his mother since 2016.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Weather doesn’t defeat purpose of fishing rodeo

Weather doesn’t defeat purpose of fishing rodeo

Rain has rolled in and out of the area several times and the water in Santa Rosa Sound is a little rough, creating conditions that aren’t the most ideal for fishing. The sun, however, is just beginning to fight through and provides hope on this Saturday afternoon in June that the rest of the weekend […]

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.   […]

Businesses requiring tobacco buyers to be 21

Businesses requiring tobacco buyers to be 21

For years, youth smoking had been in decline. Then e-cigarette devices hit the market, resulting in a spike in youth tobacco use. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey for 2018, 4.9 million middle and high schoolers report currently using tobacco.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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. […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Chamber recognizes Navarre teachers of the year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.                                                                           […]

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

Navarre middle and high school students are lighting up addictive drugs, whether parents realize it or not, but the method has changed. Vape pens, juuls, e-cigarettes and their kin have altered the landscape of underage tobacco use from cigarette smoke to the misnamed “vapor.” Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

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. […]

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 […]

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

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 […]