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    NEXTGeneration Homeschool Art Program


    In NEXTGeneration: Homeschool Art Program, students will be covering the fundamental elements and principles of art. This comprehensive curriculum integrates art history and fundamental concepts with exciting art projects in our studio. With a look at the museum’s traveling exhibitions and permanent collections, our students apply the knowledge they learn in our classroom into the museum galleries.  Each lesson is created to meet National Visual Arts Standards.

    Date/Time: Every other Tuesday or Wednesday from 1-3pm (September 8th/9th  – December 15th/16th)
    Ages: 6-13 years old
    Cost: $100/members and $125/non-members per semester

    Registration can be completed at

    Microsoft extends technology classroom pricing to homeschoolers

    Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies and pricing (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.
    First year of program – over 1,800 families obtained laptops through NFS.

    Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing in May of 2014. The program goal is to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.

    NFS Board “our organization is only four years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs within all educational venues. The first year of the Homeschool program has been a great success. We had no idea that so many homeschool families would participate. There have been hick-ups, our phone and Lab staff were, at times, overwhelmed by the response. For the 2015/16 school year NFS has expanded capabilities to meet the expected demand.”

    Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers/software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
    Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide Homeschool documentation (type is dependant on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
    About Notebooks for Students
    Notebooks for Students (NFS) is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students. NFS is an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller.

    Tuesday 7/28/15


    David Puzo

    Notebooks for Students

    2588 El Camino Real F253

    Carlsbad, CA 92008

    (800) 991-7631

    “Last Days in Vietnam” Preview Screening at WSRE

    lastdaysWSRE will present a special preview screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. This screening is free and open to the public. RSVP is encourages but not

    Directed by Rory Kennedy and airing in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the film will premiere on PBS as an AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presentation on Tuesday, April 28 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on WSRE. Also, Kennedy is scheduled to speak as part of the WSRE Public Square Speakers Series on Tuesday, May 19.

    WSRE & PBS Kids & Family Day at the Gulfarium

    Gulfarium title graphic 2-editedEnjoy crafts, a scavenger hunt, a bounce house and discover all the fun that Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park offers! See the dolphin and sea lion shows, explore the animal exhibits and aquariums.

    Meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters:
    The PBS KIDS
    Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Curious George & The Man with The Yellow Hat
    Cat in the Hat

    Saturday, March 21, 10am-2pm

    For more info:

    Local PBS station offers tours to homeschoolers

    wsreWSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast has reserved April 10, 2015 for community station tours. Reservations are being accepted-each tour can accommodate up to 12. Are your students interested in taking a 45 minute tour of our local PBS TV Station and learning more about how it runs?

    Please contact Kasey Jones at 484-1212 or to get availability and reserve a spot today.

    Arts for Life! Scholarship available to home school students

    arts for life applicationThe Arts for Life! Scholarship Program annually awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in visual art, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 375 gifted high school seniors.

    Application Deadline:

    February 2, 2015


    Students who are graduating from a public, private or virtual school or a home education program in Florida in the Spring of 2015.

    Application Process:

    Students must submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively influenced my life” and a portfolio of work in visual art, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Students can apply online at

    College Matching Program:

    In addition to the program’s $2,000 cash award, winners will be automatically eligible to receive a matching in-kind scholarship worth a minimum of $1,000 if they attend one of the participating Florida institutions for higher education: Broward College, College of Central Florida, Flagler College, Florida College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern University, Stetson University and University of Florida.

    More Information:

    Visit or contact Lisa K. Raguso at or (850) 345-6284.

    Lisa K. Raguso

    Program Director

    Arts for Life!

    New Cooperative Education for Homeschool Families

    A new homeschool cooperative began this Fall for homeschool parents. A la Carte Education is “a diverse community of teachers and parents working together to provide the best education for our children.

    There are still a few openings in the co-op for interested families. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the website:

    CANCELLED: “Tell Me a Story” Presents: “Night Catch”



    Sorry Folks, “Tell Me a Story” has been cancelled. Stay tuned as it may be rescheduled for next month.

    Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families

    Hurburt Sesame Street

    Beat summer boredom this year with music!

    Piano teaching2Pensacola Studio of Piano is offering both preschool music classes (ages 3-5) and private piano lessons (ages 5-adult) this summer, and there’s still time to enroll! Preschool music classes are much more than just adult-led singing and play time. Your child will learn about different musical instruments, note types and values, piano key names, and more, all in a fun, positive environment. Classes each have only 3-6 children to ensure that each child is involved and learning. Private piano lessons open up the world of music to students using fun music books and positive reinforcement. Students will get a solid foundation in the basics of music while playing creative, exciting music that appeals to kids in the current generation.

    Summer classes and lessons will begin the week of June 23. Please contact Krysten Skutt at or for more information about pricing and available lesson times.


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