How close we came to battle: Part II of our ‘Florida during WWII’ series

While today’s national news is dealing heavily with topics that some are worried should not be taught in our schools, in recognition of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices of so many military personnel to keep this country free, a new question arises … what is it students are not being taught in our schools? There […]

Just a spoonful of sugar … finding sweet balance

With Halloween just days away, you may have found yourself dipping into the candy bowl. If you have kids you know the temptation of digging through their trick-or-treat bag to find those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Kit Kats, which more often than not leads to the psychological distress of owning up to the deed […]

First field trip for Boca Grande Camera Club scheduled

The Boca Grande Camera Club’s first Field Trip of the season will be held at the Rear Range Light  on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 3:30 p.m. This field trip will be open to both members and non-members. Take advantage of a great opportunity to learn from the best, and gain some experience in Late Afternoon […]

Two years into the pandemic, local high school administration admits it isn’t easy to deal with COVID

Teachers around the country faced unprecedented challenges as they began the 2021-22 school year. From varying mask mandates, attendance issues and dealing with the social-emotional crisis created by the pandemic, the challenges facing our educators are staggering and complex from expected and unexpected sources. At first, it seemed as if the worst might be behind […]

New testing methods for schools proposed by governor, appeals court rules in favor of mask mandate ban

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is making waves at the state’s schools once again with an announcement in the last few days, but this time it isn’t just about mask mandates. Just this week DeSantis proposed the elimination of the Florida Standards Assessment testing, a change that could change place for the next school year.  DeSantis […]

First day of school starts with a full house, new faces and a (not so) surprising mask announcement from Lee County

On Tuesday, Aug. 10 the classrooms at The Island School were once again ringing with the sounds of the voices of teachers and children as the first day of school began. Parents of the students stood in the parking lots and on the lawn, making sure everything was a go, and eventually left the children […]

Camp wraps up after another ‘unique’ summer

When COVID came to town in 2020, summer camp changed noticeably. A schedule that used to include three field trips a week to places like ice skating rinks, professional sports games, arcades and amusement parks was altered to include in-camp festivities only. While this year was also a “stay-at-camp” summer, Camp Director Khoreen Vetter had […]

Lemon Bay High School hosts ‘Seussical Jr.’ summer camp for local youth

After a summer of being closed due to COVID restrictions, musical theater summer camp is back on stage at The Lemon Bay High School Theater. From the looks of it, the children couldn’t be more thrilled.

The Island School announces appointment of new head-of-school

SUBMITTED BY THE ISLAND SCHOOL – The Island School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Oliver as Head of School, effective August 1, 2021. She will succeed Jean M. Thompson who has led the School for nine years. During this transition to Mrs. Oliver’s leadership, she and Mrs. Thompson will […]

The 2021 Island School graduates, off to middle school

STAFF REPORT – On Thursday, June 17 everyone is welcome to celebrate graduating Island School students Bradford Boney Jr., David Chatham, Calan Hammond, Elizabeth Hawthorne and Lannie Whitley as they parade through town on golf carts, beginning around 11:45 a.m. The parade will begin on 7th Street, then will turn left onto E. Railroad Avenue. […]