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Expectations Met, and Then Some!

Minerve

By Inez Hudson Last year I was invited to teach an en plein air (in open air) painting workshop in Minerve, France. WOW! I was stunned, flattered, nervous, excited and jumped at the chance. The workshop was a dream of one of my students, Nan Dawkins, who created her company, Cerulean Blue Enterprises, www.cerulean-france.com, for the purpose of hosting plein air painting workshops in beautiful places. She certainly succeeded in doing just that – Minerve is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! She took a chance and it worked. Nan had arranged for lodging and meals at ... Read More »

Boxing Club Commissions Mural

Robert Eder takes a photo of Jimmy Downey. Jimmy’s image will occupy the second half of the mural.

By Samantha Husted   A few months ago Robert Eder, the art teacher at Marco Island Academy (MIA), received an email from Rich Stoltenborg, the coach and president of the Marco Island Boxing Club. Rich, having just recently purchased the space for a boxing club, asked if Robert would be interested in getting some students together to create a mural. “I reached out to the high school because I know they have an arts program and I wound up speaking with Mr. Eder who was excited to do this for me,” said Rich Stoltenborg. The boxing gym, which opened in ... Read More »

Women’s Gun Training

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Submitted The ALTAIR Gun Club is now taking reservations for the Women’s Pistol 1 course to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 5 PM. This course is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the mindset necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills required for personal defense. ... Read More »

MIA’s Ambassadors ?of the Environment Camp ?Is it the beginning of a national movement?

AOTE campers pose at Shark Valley Park in the heart of the Everglades.
Noted as one of the Everglades’ most remote visitors’ centers, it is
70 miles east of Naples. Undaunted, these guys seem none the worse for
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By Barry Gwinn On Monday, June 20, MIA kicked off its third annual 5 day Ambassadors of the Environment Camp (AOTE camp). It is devoted to acquainting students with our surrounding natural environment and suggesting ways to sustain it. Students toured all the surrounding parks and sanctuaries led by the spritely and well-traveled 74 year old Richard C. Murphy, Ph.D., Director of Education and Science for the internationally acclaimed Ocean Futures Society (OFS). Murph, as he likes to be called, started coming to MIA three years ago because of its commitment to environmental studies and the passion of its chairman, ... Read More »

Gun Course for Women

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Submitted Women are invited to join ALTAIR Gun Club for their upcoming Women’s Pistol 1 course on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida. Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 AM; training will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Pistol 1 course, taught by women instructors, is designed to teach women basic knowledge and the attitude necessary for selecting, owning, and using the handgun of their choice safely and effectively. Participants will be introduced to the basic handgun handling skills ... Read More »

Galiana Shines at MIA, ?Governor agrees

Lori Galiana at work in her classroom. Submitted Photos

By Barry Gwinn Lori Galiana is the go-to person at MIA. Since 2013, she has been teaching World History, U.S. History (except this year), Government, Economics, and her favorite, AICE Global Perspectives to the kids at MIA. She is also the cheerleading coach, Key Club advisor, and National Honor Society advisor. Right now, she is coordinating a student travel group, which she will guide through Europe, this month. “Lori is one of our top performers, and she literally gives her all to us on a daily basis,” says Melissa Scott, MIA’s Principal, “She is one of the most dedicated individuals ... Read More »

Lely’s Top 100 Scholars

From left: Sophomores Ella Kerchner, Tia Nielsen, Mariah Olcheski,  Molishka Heriveaux, Jordan Vann and Pilar Forrest. PHOTO BY TRESA NIELSEN

By Maureen Chodaba “These are the cream of the crop of Lely High School,” said National Honor Society advisor, Professor Brian Milner as he welcomed the attendees to the annual Lely High School Top 100 Dinner at the Marco Island Hilton on May 26. Sponsored by the Lely High School National Honor Society (NHS), the event honors the top 25 academic achievers in each class. NHS President Diana Alas said, “The National Honor Society enjoys celebrating the successes of the brightest students at Lely and believes they truly deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. Students can enjoy seeing the ... Read More »

Aquí, Hablamos Español MIA’s award-winning Spanish teacher insists on it.

Governor Rick Scott’s Shine Award recognizes outstanding and inspirational contributions made by Florida educators.
Rients and three of his colleagues received
this prestigious award from the Governor during his visit to MIA on March 4th

By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott came to town and didn’t stop until reaching the campus of Marco Island Academy (MIA). One of the reasons he came was to see for himself how this small high school (opened in 2011) could have risen so rapidly in the state’s academic rankings. (The Florida Dept. of Education has ranked MIA as an “A” school for the past two years. Since then, the Washington Post has rated MIA as one of the 255 most challenging high schools in the nation.) Another reason the Governor came was to personally present ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

New Owl Book on Bullying

Dr. Dolores Burton. Submitted Photo

Submitted  On Thursday, June 16th from 3-4 PM, Dr. Dolores Burton will read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library. The book is illustrated by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Current statistics show nearly one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. After seeing the results of bullying in schools during her career as a teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Dolores Burton decided to do something about it. “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” is a delightful story of Manny, ... Read More »

Emotions High at MIA Graduation

Photo by Roger LaLonde
Teacher Robert Eder with MIA students before graduation. From left: Jordan Roath, Cameron
Ragan, Eder, Jacob Golec, Matthew Nugent, Jose Ramirez and Austin Acosta.

By Roger LaLonde  More than 400 family and friends packed the Family Church for the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation on June 3. Laughs, cheers and tears made for a special occasion. Valedictorian Stephen Vale brought about the first jolt of laughter when he told of “Not having a normal high school experience.” He chose to go the dual enrollment path his junior year, going to Florida SouthWestern State College. “It was definitely tough the past two years, missing out on all the fun and experiences at MIA.   Due to his youthful looks, Vale said, “On the first day, ... Read More »

Yoga for MS

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Submitted Revival Yoga Fitness Studio on Marco Island is offering free space to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Southwest Florida for their clients to practice yoga. Classes begin June 1st on Wednesdays from 1-2 PM and will be taught by Elaine Malone, who also teaches Pilates. Elaine is an experienced teacher for students with neurological diseases; in fact, the studio is looking to offer the same program for Parkinson’s patients. Yoga has been found to be beneficial practice for those with MS. According to the National MS Society, “Yoga is relatively inexpensive, generally safe, and may potentially improve multiple ... Read More »

MIA Student Athletes Honored

Photo by Roger LaLondo
Raoul Rodriguez slams a forehand during a match this season. Named the school’s outstanding tennis player in the annual
sports awards presentation, Rodriguez is
the first MIA player in any sport to reach the state finals.

By Roger LaLonde In the months that followed sports seasons, Marco Island Academy (MIA) held separate award presentations. “We have a tremendous group of student athletes,” Kelly Monnot, athletic director, said. “They are well-rounded students who work hard in the classroom and in athletics.” Monnot thinks the school is headed in the right direction in academics and sports. “The school student numbers are increasing and we are seeing more sports participation. We have many multi-sport athletes,” she said. Monnot is proud of how the students are adapting to the school’s culture. “We expect our athletes to excel in the classroom ... Read More »

Reading is Elementary

Photos by Janice Baptiste
From left: Martin Gillieson, Ray McChesney and Gayle Thawley have a little fun before giving away over 600 books to elementary school students.

By Roger LaLonde When Manatee Elementary School students jammed the media center it wasn’t for lunch. They were hungry to read. Some 750 students came in waves, by grades actually, to select a book that they will keep. The Marco Island Kiwanis Club volunteers made sure they signed their books to give them a feeling of ownership. Kiwanians have been providing books for Tommie Barfield and Manatee Elementary schools for 16 years. The originator was the Marco Island Pilot Club. Like Kiwanis, it was an organization that concentrated on children and families, said Diana Pagach, Kiwanis Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) ... Read More »

Memorial Day Events

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Two important community events take place on Marco Island this Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. At 10 AM join the City of Marco Island to dedicate the Herbert R. Savage Bridge (formerly known as the Smokehouse Bay Bridge). Herb Savage, as one of the original architects working with the Mackle brothers, helped develop the vision of Marco Island. He is also a veteran, having spent more than 20 years with the military, both in active service and in the reserves. The bridge dedication ceremony will take place in the parking lot of the Marco Lutheran ... Read More »

MICMS Brings Alice in Wonderland to Life

Photos by Stephanie Simon

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It was a grand finale of theatrical productions for the 2015/16 school year, and grand it was! The show was Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., produced by the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) ALL STARZ for family, friends and faculty. Under the tutelage of the musical director and choreographer, Karen Raymond, with help from Kerri Holdsworth, assistant director and backstage manager, the production was bound to be a great one. This community is fortunate to have productions of such high caliber from their middle school. From the extremely talented individual vocal performances to the ... Read More »

MIA Ranked Top 2%

Photo by Jane Watt
MIA students following an MIT luncheon, from left: Dylan Demkovich, Duneshka Cruz, Caitlyn Schmidt, Jose Ramirez, Cora Stahl, teacher Hal Creech, John Roche and Matt Olzsak. Also attending was Kasey Bersh (not pictured), who was accepted to MIT this year.

By Jane Watt Marco Island Academy, a tuition-free, public charter high school, is rated in the top 2% of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post in 2016. The list is comprised of public, charter and private schools across America. Out of the 22,000 schools that were evaluated, only 2,300 made the list. Marco Island Academy (MIA) made the list at #255- landing the school in the top 2% in the nation. The rankings are based on results from the 2014-2015 school year. Last year, MIA achieved a 97.3% graduation rate, with 85% of the graduates going on ... Read More »

Why I Love Journalism The Amazing Hannah Matthews

Mrs. Matthews (second from left) with her Swarthmore H.S. English Department in 1956. She is beaming at Mary Armstrong, her student at Doylestown H.S., who followed her to Swarthmore. Swarthmore High School Yearbook, 1956

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I have been writing for Coastal Breeze News since March of 2015. Writing stories about people, places and things is something I have always wanted to do. That I have had some measure of success is due mainly to one diminutive woman – my high school English teacher, Hannah Kirk Matthews (with a nod to my editor, Val Simon, who has taught me a lot). Everything I have written for the last 60 years has Mrs. Matthews’ fingerprints all over it. The tributes paid to Mrs. Matthews upon her retirement were so remarkable that they ... Read More »

Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

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Artist of the Year JRobert Houghtaling

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert Houghtaling has been named this year’s Artist of the Year and will be recognized during the Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon. JRobert is a musician, composer, songwriter and producer. He has been singing, playing acoustic and electric guitars, violin and ... Read More »

Responsibilities of Player and Coach

The world’s top ranked golfer, Jason Day, with his coach. Submitted Photos

Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org May 4th was National Golf Instruction Day on the Golf Channel. As much as the Golf Channel communicates incorrect information about the golf swing, and despite employee commentators who regularly bash tour player’s golf coaches, I really appreciate the network honoring those who grow golf through instruction. The Golf Channel is a huge factor in the growth of the game, and I appreciate the network educating golfers that instruction is important. However, some golfers have had really bad experiences during and after golf lessons. Guarantee some are my former students. Some golfers have had a ... Read More »