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Standardized Test Results Showing MIA Student Progress


By Don Manley Marco Island Academy’s top administrators could hardly be more pleased with their students’ performance on two standardized testing programs that are a key barometer of academic preparedness for college. The charter high school recently released its most recent scores for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests, which were administered to students in May and June. Also released were the MIA students’ results for the ACT college admissions examination, which is traditionally taken during a high school student’s junior and senior years. For both, MIA students showed marked improvement in most categories, when compared to ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA, Part Two

Picture day for the 2015 MIA Football Team.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn A few days after being abandoned and picked up by his uncle, Tyler ended up with his sister in East Naples. She faithfully took him over to Marco Island Charter Middle School every school day during his 7th grade year. The next year, his dad returned and managed to rent another place in Goodland. Tyler moved back in with him for his 8th grade year. During this period, Jim Prange, the father of his best friend, was keeping tabs on Tyler. “My dad wasn’t doing so well,” Tyler recalled, “I had to get an ... Read More »

A Call to the Community for Help; Your Used Car can Change a Life


Submitted On a typical day, Marie*(not her real name) is up and about before the sun even rises. Each day this hard-working single mother spends her mornings dressing, feeding and readying her young children for school. This routine can be challenging, yet she manages it with grace. Once the children are safely at school, Marie faces yet another challenge: how to get to work. Marie left an abusive relationship with the clothes on her back. She works hard in the restaurant industry to support her children and make a better life for them. When her car broke down she was ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One


GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn Tyler Gresham is going into his junior year at Marco Island Academy. It will be tough to top his sophomore year there. Last year, Tyler, as fullback, was the leading rusher on the MIA football team. He also played middle linebacker on defense. During the winter and spring, he starred on the basketball and track teams. In the classroom, Tyler finished the year with a weighted 3.65 GPA. Tyler doesn’t load up with creampuff courses, either. His schedule included a number of honors and AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written ... Read More »

Agreement with Collier County Schools Allows Marco Eagle Sanctuary to Plan for Future


By Don Manley Enhancement plans for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary are moving forward now that a lease-purchase agreement has been finalized between the property’s owner, the Collier County school district, and the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, which operates the Tigertail Court eco-park. The new agreement replaces a five-year lease the district and the foundation entered in 2011 that was to expire in April. Approved unanimously by the Collier school board, the lease-purchase agreement calls for continuing the $30,000 monthly lease payments, with the foundation having the option to buy the land, based on the average of two appraisals at the ... Read More »



By Roger LaLonde The preparation time is over. After three non-district games, Marco Island Academy takes the home field against Moorehaven in a Class 2A-7 district battle. Game time is 7 p.m. After suffering five losses in district play a season ago, the Manta Rays are ready to show they can play against some really tough competition. On Sept. 11, playing a school more their size, the Rays won an offensive battle, 41-35, over St. Andrews of…. In their previous two losses they too were high-scoring affairs. The Rays set a number of records against St. Andrews with its overall ... Read More »

Lakeland High just too much for MIA Rays

Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy football coach, makes a point to his defensive line, from left, Marcus Seidman, Andrew Delgado, Kyle Ginther and Bon Deese.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler said he wanted to play strong teams going into district play so that his 2A Marco Island Rays will be ready for the type of competition that lies ahead. He got just that in 5A Lakeland High of Orlando, ranked 19th in the state. Lakeland took command of the overmatched Rays for a 59-13 win at Winterberry Park on Sept. 4. It was the second straight week that Lakeland High scored 59 points in its wins. Next up for the Rays is another non-district opponent, St. Andrews of Boca Raton. The Rays play host ... Read More »

Welcome: Listen and Learn


COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Welcome to Coach Wayne’s Corner! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Wayne Clark (aka “Coach Wayne”), and I am honored to have the opportunity to write articles related to the sports of tennis, pickleball and racquetball for the Coastal Breeze News. I am originally from Houston, Texas, and I have been a career professional tennis instructor for over 23 years. I have been the tennis instructor at the Marco Island Racquet Center since 2001, and offer certified, professional tennis instruction to all levels of players. In addition we also now offer instruction in ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »


Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!


By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Kiwanis Summer Social Marco Style

Forty-five guests attended the Kiwanis Summer Social on August 1.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Kiwanis Summer Social on Saturday, August 1 brought together Kiwanis members and their spouses to socialize in Marco Island style. Marco Island Kiwanis members Bryan and Rondi Hauser organized the social event and acted as hosts. Rondi’s brother, also a Kiwanis International member, opened up his beautiful waterfront home to forty-five guests for the evening. Although billed as a “Pizza Party,” the guests each brought additional side dishes showing off their culinary talents. A birthday cake emerged and “Happy Birthday” was sung at the end of the evening to celebrate Ken Pagach’s birthday. Guests ... Read More »

Circling the Sun


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Paula McLain Ballantine Books (Random House) 2015, 384 pages Genre: Historical fiction   “For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, so dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.” – D.H. Lawrence Although Circling the Sun begins with the transatlantic solo flight of female pilot Beryl Markham, the title does not refer to her flying exploits. Instead, “the sun” is Denys Finch Hatton, the lover that Beryl shared with her good female friend Karen Blixen, names familiar to those who know Out of Africa. Shortly into the flight, a lightning bolt over ... Read More »

Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center


By Steve Gimmestad It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center. “The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.” The ... Read More »

Local Couple Visits Cuba

Classic American automobiles are a common sight in Havana.

By Coastal Breeze Staff The door to American travel to Cuba is opening wider, and locals Lana and Roger Withers are among the lucky few to walk through. The Withers took part in an educational “people to people” tour through Friendly Planet Travel, called the “Understand Photography Havana Tour.” Lana grew up in Florida. She vividly recalls the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the air raid drills experienced as a child in elementary school. Lana always had a curiosity about Cuba, and when her husband Roger’s 70th birthday approached it presented the perfect opportunity for the trip. Lana’s ... Read More »

The Wright Brothers


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By David McCullough Simon & Schuster 2015, 303 pages Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Gentlemen, I’m going to fly.” – Wilbur Wright to onlookers at Le Mans, France, 1908 All American kids learn about the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in very early grade school. We think we know them and their importance to aviation. Turns out we know nothing. David McCullough brings Wilbur and Orville to life in his inimitable style, fleshing out the rather stern looking men in the old black-and-white photographs. This biography gripped me within the ... Read More »

Actor’s Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to hone acting skills or anyone who desires to learn the “how-to’s” of acting. Emphasis is placed on learning to release the life of the character by breaking down the scripts of scenes from plays, i.e., determing objectives, actions, inner monologue, and sub-text, creating the character’s back story, and actuating the character’s vocal and physical qualities. Then, scenes will be rehearsed and performed by class members. Individualized attention with workshop size of 6 to 10 participants. July 18 – August 29, 2015 10 am – noon The Marco Players Theater Rehearsal Space $140 ... Read More »

MIA Applications Hit All Time High

A-rated Marco Island Academy has record number of applicants. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “Every year it’s going up and up” says Deneen Rose, office manager for Marco Island Academy (MIA), describing the number of student applications received. This year the applications exceeded the school’s 255 student maximum. MIA is now at full capacity, with a waiting list. This is a 50 student increase from last year’s student population. Impressive considering the school opened its doors in 2011, with only 68 students. By its fourth year the school was full, and there was a waiting list for every grade. What is behind the increase? Word of the school’s recent ... Read More »