Holley Navarre Middle School

Turning cell phones into learning tools

Turning cell phones into learning tools

Students of Holley Navarre Middle School could get a lesson in good character via their cell phones starting last week through a new program rolled out by teacher Jeff Strumeyer. Posters baring QR codes, machine-readable codes of black and white squares, lined the hallways enticing students to take a scan and get a Positive Behavior […]

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 […]

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Though hiring is still months away, Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie DeStefano has already cleaned out an office in preparation for her school’s new Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office resource officer. It has been eight years since a uniformed officer regularly walked the halls of Santa Rosa middle schools, and DeStefano said she is ecstatic that […]

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

A collection of grade schoolers against a multibillion-dollar national industry: Navarre High School senior Catalina Rios likes those odds. She will be taking on “big tobacco” in the coming school year as one of four representatives of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advocacy Board Region 1. Rios was elected to the board by […]

HNMS students score perfection

HNMS students score perfection

Each year middle school students take Florida Standards Assessment exams to determine their knowledge of course material in subjects such as language arts, science and civics. The results are in, and four Holley Navarre Middle School students scored perfect on FSA subject area tests. The perfect scores were Katlynn Johnson in science, Gerald Cult in […]

Sea turtle baby shower fun and learning for all ages

Sea turtle baby shower fun and learning for all ages

Marine conservation groups from throughout the area, including Holley Navarre Middle School Junior Audubon Society and Gulf Islands National Seashore, shared fun, games and education at the 2017 Sea Turtle Baby Shower on Pensacola Beach to celebrate sea turtle nesting season. Featured in the Aug. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Welcome back to school Navarre

Welcome back to school Navarre

From the tearful goodbyes of parents of Kindergarteners to the swaggering saunter of the high school seniors, Navarre students of all ages returned to the books Monday kicking of a new school year. Featured in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

Changing face of bullying

Changing face of bullying

It follows them home. Insults about a child’s weight, appearance, intelligence, personality — blasted to dozens or even hundreds of their peers online. The victim feels his or her reputation is being destroyed one comment at a time. Messages at all hours of the day contain criticism and hate, often from multiple users. One message […]

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

It’s no secret that Navarre’s schools are bursting at the seams, but relief is one step closer. Plans to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school near Edgewood Drive have been incorporated into the Santa Rosa School Districts five-year survey at the urging of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The school board unanimously approved […]

Schools fight bullying

Schools fight bullying

He was a junior at Navarre High School. A member of the JROTC. He was described as happy, funny and friendly. Most who knew him said it seemed like everything was normal. But everything was not normal for Rowen Cabanlong. And by all accounts, he held his feelings inside to the last minute of his […]

HNMS Junior Audubon Society Car Wash/Bake Sale

Holley Navarre Middle Junior Audubon Society would like to invite you to come out and support their club by stopping by Centennial Bank, 8524 Navarre Parkway, for a car wash and a sweet treat on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be accepting any donations for the car wash and […]

Holley-Navarre Middle celebrates artistic talent, awards

Holley-Navarre Middle celebrates artistic talent, awards

Holley-Navarre Middle School students displayed their artistic talents last week as a series of events at the school showcased their fine and performing arts skills. The media center was full of brightly painted 3D and 2D artwork as HNMS had its end-of-year arts show. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre […]

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Jason Rangel and his wife Carolina both love volleyball and have always thought of starting a club of their own. When they moved to Navarre from Japan, where Jason was stationed with the Air Force for five years, they saw an opportunity to do it after a short time coaching at another volleyball club. “We […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa hosts education innovation event

Santa Rosa hosts education innovation event

More than 100 educators and innovators from all over the country and even outside the U. S. flocked to Santa Rosa County schools Tuesday to experience firsthand how the school district is revolutionizing the teaching of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.) Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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. […]

Holley-Navarre students to compete in regional science fair

Holley-Navarre students to compete in regional science fair

Two Holley-Navarre Middle School students are headed to the regional competition after winning the grand prize in the school’s science fair. For eighth-grader Angel Morris, microbiology is part of daily life. She said her mother worked in the field when she was in college, and one day Angel wants to study microbiology, too. Read the […]

Strumeyer sets sights on assisting all students

Strumeyer sets sights on assisting all students

For Teacher of the Year Jeff Strumeyer, Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) is home. In the 18 years he has been teaching, the majority has been spent educating the minds of HNMS. “It’s just one big family. It’s a big community,” he said. “The administration is totally 100 percent whatever you need, they are there for […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. Marsha Lynn Schiller, Avalon Middle; Jennifer Confusione, Bagdad Elementary; Beth Anne Whitfield, Berryhill Administrative Complex; Stephanie Shaner, Berryhill Elementary; Rachel Gault, Central; Mary Nowling, Chumuckla Elementary; Rachel Orehosky, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Adults get refresher in U.S. politics

Navarre residents got a crash course in citizenship and the Constitution Tuesday, Sept. 6, during Adult Civics Class at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Civics teachers Ashley Hall, Pam Rose and Brandon Czubinski are collaborating to instruct the free five-week course. The class is designed to give adults a refresher on the topics Navarre’s middle-schoolers learn about […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

After three days back, half of Santa Rosa County’s schools were over projected numbers and growing, and the south end is leading the pack in growth.  Elementary, middle and high schools in Navarre all reported growth beyond projections. At the Aug. 18 school board meeting, the school district administration discussed steps being taken to build […]

Students back to school

Students back to school

Buses were running an hour behind schedule Monday, Aug. 15, as Navarre students tried to make their way home from the first day of school. Delays for buses rolling off the bus ramp were about 35 to 40 minutes behind schedule at West Navarre Primary Principal Jay Price said. He explained that they had to […]

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

While parents spend hundreds on back to school for their children, Navarre teachers are pitching in just as much of their own cash to supply their students and stock their classrooms. Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) civics teacher Ashley Hall has invested $1,500 into her classroom this year, and she’s not alone in that spending. Hall […]