New Northwood principal addresses art program, yearbooks

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Northwood Elementary School principal Donna Goode and acting assistant principal Barry Blackburn discuss plans for a fine arts classroom. Northwood will implement an art-based curriculum in the fall.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 13:57 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Northwood Elementary School principal Donna Goode will usher in a new arts-based curriculum and reverse her predecessor’s decision about yearbook orders.

The Northwood Arts and Science Academy — a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics-based curriculum — will enhance the school’s current STEM curriculum, administrators said.

"There is a great marriage between what (students) are learning academically and how they can express it through art," said acting assistant principal Barry Blackburn.

The academy can accommodate a dance studio with a band room and gymnasium for performances, but the program will cater to students with general interests, she said.

The principal — who plans to add science and technology-based courses in the next few years — is in the process of hiring two teachers for the art curriculum, pending the Okaloosa County School Board’s approval. The school has funding for teachers, but needs a portage stage, sound system, costumes and prop donations for the drama program, Goode said.

Yearbooks returning

Last year, the school was Crestview’s lone elementary school without yearbooks; former principal Jacqueline Craig said yearbooks were cost prohibitive for the school and the parents.



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