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Funding MIA

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By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Making good on promises made at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Jane Watt and Tina Nash are in fund raising mode. The mavens of Marco Island Academy — the island’s charter high school — are prepping for a major push over the next nine months to raise some $555,000. According to Nash, the board is focused on raising $255,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, which would cover the school’s operating budget for the entire school year. Then, between January and June, the target would be $250,000 for the school’s proposed expansion. The board wants to ... Read More »

Hodges University Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Hodges University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.  This is the third consecutive year that the institution has made the list. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly®  Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing ... Read More »

TBE Profile: First-grade Teacher Katie Bush

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com This time last year, Katie Bush was teaching first grade Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools in Newton Falls, Ohio, but a June vacation to Marco Island changed everything for her. Now, she is the newest first-grade teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. “I absolutely fell in love with it here!” the Ohio native remembers. “I decided right then, ‘why not live and work in paradise?’ The available first-grade job and interview process came together so perfectly that I know this is God working in my life!” Now, just two months into the school year, her ... Read More »

Notes from the Bus

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Sports writer Roger LaLonde spoke with some of the Marco Island Academy football players and cheerleaders. They had the opportunity to talk about their significance in being athletes and representing their school as they rode a bus to Moore Haven for a football game on Sept. 26. Sports, education and community topped their agendas. Pass catcher and running back Cole Stretton and offensive linemen Bon Dees said sports and education are main factors for them to be at MIA. Stretton, a junior, plays football, basketball and baseball. “I like it here for the sports opportunities and ... Read More »

Touchdown Club Donates Equipment to MIA Football

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The Marco Island Academy Rays Touchdown Club, a local booster club made up of Marco area residents, has made its first significant donation to MIA’s varsity football program — new equipment. The new equipment donated includes a Generation Two Vertical Power Model hydration system from Waterboy Sports, as well as video equipment enabling coaches to video tape Rays’ games. “With the hot weather we have here in Southwest Florida, it is vital that we keep these students well hydrated,” said Wayne Purvis, Touchdown Club president. “It is also important to assure coaches have the resources they need for teaching our ... Read More »

Stetson University Ranks High on List of Best Colleges

Stetson only Florida school on U.S. News list for best undergraduate teaching Once again, Stetson University has earned national recognition for its attention to challenging academics and commitment to community service by ranking among the top universities in national surveys. U.S. News’ 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Stetson sixth in its Best Regional Universities (South), and sixth on the list of Best Value — Regional Universities (South). Stetson is the only school in Florida — and one of only four institutions in the South — to make the Best Undergraduate Teaching — Regional Universities (South) list. Although the average high school GPA for ... Read More »

What Golf Ball Fits Your Game?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org I have been told many times by my students that they are not good enough golfers to play a premium golf ball. Believe or not, playing the correct golf ball can take strokes off your game instantly, even for the higher handicapper. Many of the companies do a great job marketing there lower priced golf balls. However, these marketing techniques lead to myths about how the golf ball performs and what leads to lower scores. The one marketing technique that comes to mind is a golf ball company that markets a golf ball that supposedly ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »

Looking for Mr. Right

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By Carol Glassman Even though I find it kind of pathetic to watch single people engage in a courtship dance — only because it’s a little sad that people think they need another person to validate his or her life in this world — I understand why they continue to seek partners at any age: they are simply lonely. In the past, it amused me to think of the situations that arose when well-meaning “friends” tried to spoil my evening at home with a good book by introducing me to some poor fellow who might have spent his time better ... Read More »

Teens Conquering Self-Harm

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By Gabriella Perez In this day and age, teenagers may think their voice may never be heard, and that their opinion is not important when compared to that of an adult. What most teens don’t realize, though, is that they have a lot of power to dream big, and accomplish anything they set their mind to. A teen like this lives right in our Marco Island community. Tristan Ashby, 16, a student and one of my close classmates at Marco Island Academy, has started something our community has probably never seen before. Back in April, Tristan decided it was time ... Read More »

Talking Meta Meditation with Jillian Pransky

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Just one conversation with Jillian Pransky gives a person a sense of peace and calm that is hard to come by in today’s fast-paced, technologically-driven world. You immediately take a deep breath and relax. Your heart rate slows down. Your mind clears. The impact Pransky — daughter of well-known Marco Island artist Phyllis Pransky — has on people has garnered her a great deal of notoriety as a specialist in restorative yoga and yoga therapeutics. She is the director of restorative therapeutic yoga teacher training for YogaWorks and a founding director of Bright Spirit Yoga ... Read More »

JPMorgan Chase & Company recently awarded $25,000 to Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

The Guadalupe Center has been a part of the Immokalee community for more than 30 years, addressing the needs of at-risk children and their families. The Tutor Corps program accepts qualified Immokalee High School students to its college-preparatory program each fall. As Tutor Corps participants, they are hired to work as tutors in the Center’s After-school Program for Kindergarten through 2nd graders in four Immokalee elementary schools.  Many students contribute this wage to their family’s income.  In addition, they can accrue up to $16,000 in scholarship money for college, and they are assigned adult mentors to support them through high ... Read More »

Back to School with Dr. Jory Westberry

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com With three weeks of the 2014-2015 school year under her belt, Dr. Jory Westberry is very pleased. The principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary School and her staff made it through a summer of transitions to welcome 596 students — an average of 17-21 students per class — on the first day of school. Gone are the FCAT and Common Core Standards, and in their place, TBE is implementing the Florida Standard Assessments System and the LAFS and MAFS tests. With the retirement of teachers like Gayle Dunphy, Diane Stone and Debbie Cooper at then end ... Read More »

Eagle Sanctuary Property in the Spotlight Again

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com On Monday, Sept. 8, the Marco Island City Council will be asked to sign a letter of support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. This will be the second time in three weeks that Carl Way, chairman and founder of the volunteer, nonprofit foundation, will appear before council seeking its written support for the Marco Eagle Sanctuary at 665 Tigertail Court, which also is known as Tract K. When Way first appeared before City Council during its regular Aug. 18 meeting, he explained that he was asking for the letter of support as part of ... Read More »

Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan. Black bear curriculum teaches kids about wildlife, meets Florida education standards

Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving. For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time atBlackBearInfo.com. The revised Florida Black Bear Curriculum is free, easy for teachers to use, and meets the new Florida Standards for educational curricula. The curriculum offers 10 lessons on topics such as “The Black Bear Necessities” and “Oh Where, Oh Where is the Florida Black Bear?” ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Total Immersion

Eight year-old Santino Galvez, pictured at the 2014 AAU Super Regional Tournament.

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo, at the Marco Island YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. Every time I talk to Sensei Nick and his students, I get to know them better, and I love that each person in this close-knit group is just as committed to each other’s success as they are to their own personal achievement. I always feel welcome into their dojo family. In fact, many of his students are family, like brothers, Luca and Santino Galvez; father and ... Read More »

Grants Awarded by Noontime Rotary

Bruce Graev, president of the Rotary Club of Marco Island, presents a $4,000 check  to Neil Snyder for the Meals of Hope project at The Snook Inn where a fund-raiser event was held Tuesday, Aug. 12. More than 100 people attended donating enough to package more than 11,000 meals. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island (Noontime Club) recently announced the list of organizations receiving grants from their fund-raising efforts of the past year. Topping the list is $36,000 for college scholarships for local students. The club is currently providing $3,000 per student for this academic year to a total of 12 students. They are at various stages of their college careers and must maintain an acceptable grade point average and carry at least 12 credit hours in order to remain eligible for their scholarships each year. The club has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1973. The ... Read More »

Fiji — Another Island Paradise

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By Kay Dougherty Yes, Marco is an island paradise but — SPOILER ALERT — it turns out that there are others too! Fiji with their “300 Islands of Sun” is a different sort of paradise. One with its own distinctive sights, culture and rituals. My sister and I just returned from a seven-night cruise of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Captain Cook Cruises of Fiji. To our amazement, we have been converted from cruise scoffers to cruise zealots and have the fervor typical of new converts. It’s a long journey to Fiji, but as we drew close, we looked ... Read More »