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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 »

Hope Health Services

Hope HealthCare Services, dedicated to comfort and support for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, offers assistance to youngsters coping with the loss of a loved one through its upcoming Rainbow Trails Camp program. Scheduled Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19 at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, the free program, available to all children ages 6-16, provides an understanding of the grief process, skills to cope with grief and loss, and an opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to loved ones. The campers will be picked up by bus from the HealthPark office and transported to the LaBelle camp on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Upon ... 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 »

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 »

Tips and Tricks: Surviving High School

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By Gabriella Perez It’s that time of the year again for those of us still in school. Our two months of fun and relaxation have sadly come to an end, although returning to a new year of school can be kind of exciting not to mention slightly nerve wracking for those new to the area. Though once school is in session, you really start to miss those lazy summer days doing nothing but eating, sleeping and hanging with friends. This year, I will be junior at Marco Island Academy, which is a huge relief knowing I survived those first two ... Read More »

School Board Candidate Forum Held on Marco

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com During the last week of June, the Southwest Florida Citizens Alliance (SWFLCA) held two of four planned candidate forums for those running for the District School Board of Collier County in the Nov. 4 election. The first was held on Marco Island at the Marco Island History Museum on Monday, June 23. Eight of the nine candidates participated in the Marco Island event, which was moderated by Jared Grifoni, the host of “Resistance Radio” on WGUF-98.9, and Marco Island Academy junior Marcus Daffner. Composed of five members from five districts, the Collier County School Board ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

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By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

MICMS 8th Grade Promotions

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com June 4 marked the end of the school year for Collier County Public Schools. It also marked a milestone in the educational careers of Marco Island Charter Middle School’s 2014 eighth-grade class — the annual promotion ceremony. This year, MICMS sent 139 students onto high school during its 16th such ceremony, 35 with high honors and 44 with honors. Held in the gymnasium, the evening’s event was marked by a processional of the students accompanied by the traditional graduation song “Pomp and Circumstance,” a warm welcome by Principal George Abounader, student remarks, the presentation of ... Read More »

Pre-swing Fundamentals Part 2: Address Position

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Now that we’ve developed a solid grip in Part One it is time to address the ball with the correct posture. People are made in different shapes and sizes. There is no one perfect posture in golf. Depending on height, arm length, leg length and torso length an athletic golf posture will look different. However, there are fundamentals of setting up to a golf ball that are absolute. The picture provided shows three different address position. N stands for neutral spine, which is desirable. C stands for a C curve in the back/spine at address, ... Read More »

WHO TAUGHT WHOM?

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com Have you ever dreaded something that turned out to be wonderful? Of course you have, it’s part of the whole human experience. I suppose, likewise, we have all looked forward to things that in the end fell short of our desires — but that’s not for today’s discussion. I like this lesson much better… Once upon right now, I teach drawing at Marco Island Center for the Arts, and have for three years. I have always preferred the larger classes because I believe it can be vastly rewarding to students when they interact with a multitude ... Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »

Elementary Engineering

Former TBE student and chemical engineer Jeff Compton watches as a group of students engineer their oil clean-up solution. PHOTOS BY DR. JORY WESTBERRY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It has been said that play is the purest form of research, and the fourth-grade students in Gail Dunphy’s class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have put this statement to the test. Since November, TBE’s entire fourth-grade team has been engaged in a classroom science project that combines engineering and technology to challenge students to devise a solution to clean up an oil spill. The project is part of the STEM — Science Technology Engineering and Math — program at TBE, and was developed by the Museum of Science-Boston through its National Center for Technological ... Read More »

On Biased Media & Biased Education

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com I spend most my Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings scanning through many foreign newspapers and magazines published either in Turkish or English in order to get a feeling of what the journalists beyond the coast think about the events in our country and interpret these events to their local populations. Some of the stories I am able to read in depth are interesting; others are totally mind-boggling and most just down-right brainwashing! Obviously, world news, unless sensational and gory, never makes it into our local or national newspapers. As I was going through these ... Read More »

The Home Front

Gene recalls young German soldiers singing in solidarity behind the barbed wire fence at the Benton Harbor Naval Armory.
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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “For over 70 years, a little boy inside me has been nagging me to write this. I hope he’s happy now.” Gene Mandarino was 12 years old when World War II came to an end. Growing up, his was the only Italian family in a German immigrant-filled neighborhood just outside of Benton Harbor, MI. He grew up with the children of these immigrants, playing in the baseball fields and trying their first cigarettes together. They were friends, neighbors and confidantes, but the war changed many things for Mandarino and his pals. In his book, “The Home ... Read More »

My friend won’t let me join the Board!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com In the final analysis, I really wasn’t that disappointed when my good buddy did not select me to join the board as he brushed it off, telling me it was due to my lack of experience in the field. Let’s be frank; how could I be deemed an expert if I had limited knowledge in any given area. Which brings me to the salient point of the day. If you have a short shelf life in tennis and play at the 2.5, 3.0. 3.5 or 4.0 levels, please limit your advice to your tennis friends. ... Read More »

Back to the future: Former students now teachers at Charter Middle

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Ask any adult if they want to go back to middle school, and you would be hard-pressed to find one that would volunteer. Peer pressure, hormones, acne and attitude. It is enough to make anyone over the age of 30 run screaming from a building. Not so for George Abounader. In the last two years, the Marco Island Charter Middle School principal has been lucky enough to hire three former Charter Middle students as teachers. Lindsey Bott is in her second year of teaching seventh grade math, while Mike Radlovacki focuses his math expertise on ... Read More »

TBE, Marriott team up for STEM project

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The beloved banana trees at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have a problem. They have been infested with the dreaded Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. Currently, the leaves of the trees are coated with the white eggs and honeydew left behind by the whitefly, as well as the sooty mold that grows from the clear, sugary honeydew. Anyone living on Marco Island knows these signs can mean death for trees and plants. TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry turned the problem into a schoolwide science project. Dubbed the STEM project, all TBE students observed the plant problem and provided ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Focus on 5th grade

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Fifth grade is a time of change and transition, and this year is no exception for the fifth-grade students at Tommie Barfield Elementary. While TBE’s fifth graders learn to accept independence, responsibility and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in preparation for middle school, they also welcome two new teachers — Debby Lenehan and Lori Pinson. It is a challenge, admits TBE Principal Dr. Jory Westberry. “Fifth grade is a turning point for our students as they begin the reach for more independence; along with independence comes more responsibility,” she explains. “This can ... Read More »

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic the Common Core Way

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A couple of weeks into the new school year, parents are noticing some differences in their children’s’ schoolwork. Gone are the days of rote memorization and recall. Traditional prescriptive lessons ending with a multiple-choice quiz are a thing of the past. Bye bye, multiplication tables. They have been replaced with the Common Core State Standards for K-12 education specifically in English, Language Arts and Math. In their final stages of implementation in Florida schools CCSS are specific and rigorous standards and expectations for each grade level. Their focus: comprehension, analysis, explanation, writing, group work and ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy: Hopping Hurdles, Learning Lessons

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy has reason to celebrate this school year. Since its inception in 2011, the charter high school will see its first set of senior students graduate. This major milestone has set in motion a series of gainful changes and is squashing some serious challenges. As MIA has aged, so has its grade level offerings. Three years ago, the school opened its doors to freshman and sophomores. The following year added juniors, and this year, finally the seniors. “Quite a few of our graduates have been here since the beginning,” beams MIA Board Chair Jane ... Read More »