Education

Wells making difference as teacher

Wells making difference as teacher

Jennifer Wells is a long way from home in a world decidedly different from her native Navarre. The Navarre High School graduate teaches fourth-graders at an inner-city Cleveland school as part of the Teach For America program, which is designed to expand educational opportunities for students in low-income communities. Wells isn’t in an ordinary classroom […]

Construction project won’t hamper school year

Construction project won’t hamper school year

With just days before students return to the classroom, Holley-Navarre Middle School is undergoing major construction. Principal Joie DeStefano and Assistant Principal Robert Trigg are prepared for the inconvenience. The drop-off area has changed temporarily this year, so parents will use the “rainy day” drop-off in the back of the building. DeStefano said once parents […]

Back-to-school orientation, start dates

Back-to-school orientation, start dates

Navarre High School Grade levels: 9-12 Principal: Brian Noack Phone: 936-6080 Start time: 9:15 a.m. Dismissal time: 3:21 p.m.   Woodlawn Beach Middle School Grade levels: 6-8 Principal: Victor Lowrimore Phone: 934-4010 Start time: 7:20 a.m. Dismissal time: 1:26 p.m. Other info: Aug. 13: Schedule pick up for 6th  grade from noon to 3 p.m. […]

Back-to-school tax-free holiday starts Friday

Back-to-school tax-free holiday starts Friday

Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday kicks off Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through Aug. 16. According to the Florida Retail Federation, the 10-day event is the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since its inception in 1998. Shoppers have two full weekends to shop-tax free. The tax-free holiday applies to: Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling […]

School district earns historic increase

School district earns historic increase

After decades of being at or near the bottom in per pupil funding from the state, the Santa Rosa County School District will receive historic funding increases in 2016, according to Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). The district will receive $8,239,180 in additional revenues next year for a total of $181,014,246 to support the 26,000 students […]

Wyrosdick pre-files for reelection

Wyrosdick pre-files for reelection

Santa Rosa County Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick has pre-filed for reelection in 2016. He has served in the position since he was first elected in 2008. “Leading a school district requires an in-depth and thorough knowledge of how a school system works; I have that proven experience,” he said in a press release. “Our highest goal […]

Former teacher co-authors children’s book

Former teacher co-authors children’s book

Kirsten Brown never imagined she would be an author. She worked as a history teacher for three years, including one at Navarre High School, and then went on to become a lawyer in South Florida. After her two sons were born, Brown quit practicing law and opened Learning Express Toy Store in Fort Lauderdale. When […]

$2M grant will benefit north end students

$2M grant will benefit north end students

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a five-year $1.9 million grant to Santa Rosa County Schools to create community learning centers that offer “academic enrichment” opportunities when school is out of session. The criteria requires the grant be used to assist students who attend “high-poverty and low-performing” schools. “The program helps students meet state and […]

STEAM to push county students to next level

STEAM to push county students to next level

The Santa Rosa County School District rolled out with great fervor a five-year, $500,000 partnership with Discovery Education this week which promises to change the DNA of how students learn and how they are taught. Keynote speaker Cindy Moss of Charlotte, N.C., a presenter with Discovery Education, facilitated the three-hour STEAM Leadership Retreat with STEAM […]

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Four Northwest Florida school districts serving military-related students will receive millions more in state aid next year, thanks to a budget initiative by Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). The special funding was included in the budget approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The “military-connected student supplement” is part of a […]

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