Principal Joie DeStefano

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]