Navarre Press » Education Archive » Navarre Press http://navarrepress.com News for Navarre, Navarre Beach and Gulf Breeze Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:16:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Winners named in essay contesthttp://navarrepress.com/us-military/winners-named-in-essay-contest/ http://navarrepress.com/us-military/winners-named-in-essay-contest/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:59:50 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=43461 Winners named in essay contest

Spectre Post VFW 11367 recently recognized winners in the Voice of Democracy audio essay and Patriots Pen written essay contest. In a ceremony at Spectre Post 11367 Commander Jim Kradel and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Carmen Duncan presented the winners with a certificate, a commemorative dog tag and a check. Alexander Zepp received first place […]

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Winners named in essay contest

Spectre Post VFW 11367 recently recognized winners in the Voice of Democracy audio essay and Patriots Pen written essay contest. In a ceremony at Spectre Post 11367 Commander Jim Kradel and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Carmen Duncan presented the winners with a certificate, a commemorative dog tag and a check. Alexander Zepp received first place in the Voice of Democracy contest and Nicholle Fenstermaker received first place in the Patriots Pen contest. Mikaela Mujwid placed second in the Patriots Pen contest and Aaron Hall placed third.

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Future business leaders shine at Amazing Shakehttp://navarrepress.com/business/amazing-shake/ http://navarrepress.com/business/amazing-shake/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:03:14 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=43231 Future business leaders shine at Amazing Shake

It was an introvert’s worst nightmare. In the words of Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Dean of Students Jeff Baugus, the second annual Amazing Shake contest was an awkward sell to teenagers. The event tested student’s soft skills in business through a series of speed-dating-style mini interviews in which they practiced their handshakes, eye contact, confidence […]

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Future business leaders shine at Amazing Shake

It was an introvert’s worst nightmare.

In the words of Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Dean of Students Jeff Baugus, the second annual Amazing Shake contest was an awkward sell to teenagers. The event tested student’s soft skills in business through a series of speed-dating-style mini interviews in which they practiced their handshakes, eye contact, confidence and conversational skills.

“Teenage communication is much different than adult communication,” Baugus said. “It’s not that they couldn’t do it, they just have never had to.”

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Navarre mom named Outstanding Volunteerhttp://navarrepress.com/education/navarre-mom-named-outstanding-volunteer/ http://navarrepress.com/education/navarre-mom-named-outstanding-volunteer/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:12:46 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=43235 Navarre mom named Outstanding Volunteer

With her numerous volunteer efforts, it’s obvious AJ Lautenslager loves working with students at Navarre High School. That enthusiasm paid off recently when she was named Outstanding Adult School Volunteer for the 2014-15 school year by Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “It’s a great honor. It’s really nice to have somebody say they […]

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Navarre mom named Outstanding Volunteer

With her numerous volunteer efforts, it’s obvious AJ Lautenslager loves working with students at Navarre High School. That enthusiasm paid off recently when she was named Outstanding Adult School Volunteer for the 2014-15 school year by Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

“It’s a great honor. It’s really nice to have somebody say they appreciate the work you do that is not required,” Lautenslager, who was selected as the winner for Region I for her work at NHS, said.

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Magic lights up West Navarre Primaryhttp://navarrepress.com/education/magic-lights-west-navarre-primary/ http://navarrepress.com/education/magic-lights-west-navarre-primary/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:43:43 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=43048 Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

More than 500 students, teachers and parents were treated to a magic show Tuesday, Feb. 3, at West Navarre Primary School. “The Pro-Kids Show,” a local favorite, mixed comedy, music, magic and puppets which were all met with thunderous laughter that filled the school’s cafeteria. South Florida resident Scott Humston takes his version of “The […]

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Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

More than 500 students, teachers and parents were treated to a magic show Tuesday, Feb. 3, at West Navarre Primary School. “The Pro-Kids Show,” a local favorite, mixed comedy, music, magic and puppets which were all met with thunderous laughter that filled the school’s cafeteria.

South Florida resident Scott Humston takes his version of “The Pro-Kids Show” all over the country. Humston’s stop at WNP included several shows just for students during the day followed by two evening performances for families. The events focus on character building and family bonding.

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Take Stock in Children makes a difference in students’ liveshttp://navarrepress.com/business/take-stock-children-makes-difference-students-lives/ http://navarrepress.com/business/take-stock-children-makes-difference-students-lives/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:25:01 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=43044 Take Stock in Children makes a difference in students’ lives

Thanks to a statewide program that supports students from middle through high school, 23 Navarre graduates are attending college on a full scholarship. Take Stock in Children, a statewide mentoring program that provides scholarships to “deserving, low-income youth,” serves nearly 100 students in Santa Rosa County. Angi Brown, program director for Take Stock’s Santa Rosa […]

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Take Stock in Children makes a difference in students’ lives

Thanks to a statewide program that supports students from middle through high school, 23 Navarre graduates are attending college on a full scholarship.

Take Stock in Children, a statewide mentoring program that provides scholarships to “deserving, low-income youth,” serves nearly 100 students in Santa Rosa County.

Angi Brown, program director for Take Stock’s Santa Rosa branch, which falls under the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, discussed the program during the Jan. 30 Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

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Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programminghttp://navarrepress.com/health/y-receives-inclusion-grant-special-needs-programming/ http://navarrepress.com/health/y-receives-inclusion-grant-special-needs-programming/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:25:05 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=42948 Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

For years, the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre has made it a priority to include special needs children in its summer camps and after-school programs. The Y recently received a grant from the National Inclusion Project for the second consecutive year. Co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, the Project “serves to bridge […]

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Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

For years, the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre has made it a priority to include special needs children in its summer camps and after-school programs.

The Y recently received a grant from the National Inclusion Project for the second consecutive year.

Co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, the Project “serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them,” according to its mission statement.

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Reading under the starshttp://navarrepress.com/education/reading-stars/ http://navarrepress.com/education/reading-stars/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:21:32 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=42919 Reading under the stars

Students lined the halls in their pajamas as the sun set over Holley-Navarre Primary School Jan. 29. The evening, dubbed as a “literacy family night,” included three different stations focused on reading. Principal Barbara Scott hosted the “Launch into Reading” station in which she read “Amelia Bedelia” to students while dressed in a flight suit. […]

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Reading under the stars

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Kim Bailey captured students’ attention with her animated reading of “The Happy Tree” around a make-believe campfire.

Students lined the halls in their pajamas as the sun set over Holley-Navarre Primary School Jan. 29. The evening, dubbed as a “literacy family night,” included three different stations focused on reading.

Principal Barbara Scott hosted the “Launch into Reading” station in which she read “Amelia Bedelia” to students while dressed in a flight suit. Another station had families cuddling up on blankets under twinkling lights in the library as a projector showed different astral images. A third station was as a campsite in which students gathered around for another story.

According to Scott, the evening was organized with parents in mind.

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Karen Burch named Teacher of the Yearhttp://navarrepress.com/headlines/karen-burch-named-teacher-year/ http://navarrepress.com/headlines/karen-burch-named-teacher-year/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:29:32 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=42841 Karen Burch named Teacher of the Year

Karen Burch, a teacher in the exceptional student education department at S.S. Dixon Primary in Pace, was announced Jan. 30 as Santa Rosa County’s Teacher of the Year. Read more in the Feb. 5 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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Karen Burch named Teacher of the Year

Karen Burch, a teacher in the exceptional student education department at S.S. Dixon Primary in Pace, was announced Jan. 30 as Santa Rosa County’s Teacher of the Year.

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Expert reminds kids to think before they sendhttp://navarrepress.com/education/expert-reminds-kids-think-send/ http://navarrepress.com/education/expert-reminds-kids-think-send/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:42:10 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=42699 Expert reminds kids to think before they send

Gone are the days of gossiping in the girls’ room or embellishing in the locker room. Today’s tweens and teens have multiple platforms on which to share information, sometimes with tragic results. Between Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and texting, just one click can change someone’s life, and once a message or a photo makes it into […]

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Expert reminds kids to think before they send

Gone are the days of gossiping in the girls’ room or embellishing in the locker room. Today’s tweens and teens have multiple platforms on which to share information, sometimes with tragic results.

Between Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and texting, just one click can change someone’s life, and once a message or a photo makes it into cyberspace, you can’t get it back.

Michael Dasinger, a victim services program specialist with the state’s Bureau of Advocacy and Grants Management, gave a straightforward presentation to students at Woodlawn Beach Middle School Friday morning where he discussed the risks of sharing information through the web and social media.

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Thorpe named 2015 Innovative Principal of the Yearhttp://navarrepress.com/education/thorpe-named-2015-innovative-principal-year/ http://navarrepress.com/education/thorpe-named-2015-innovative-principal-year/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:21:34 +0000 http://navarrepress.com/?p=42673 Thorpe named 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year

Michael Thorpe, principal of Milton High School, former Teacher of the Year at Holley Navarre Middle School, is Florida’s 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year. An educator with the Santa Rosa School District for 21 years, Thorpe is serving his sixth year as principal at MHS. His administrative career has focused on developing, nurturing and […]

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Thorpe named 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year

Mike Thorpe, Florida's 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year, and his wife Michelle

Michael Thorpe, Florida’s 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year, and his wife Michelle.

Michael Thorpe, principal of Milton High School, former Teacher of the Year at Holley Navarre Middle School, is Florida’s 2015 Innovative Principal of the Year.

An educator with the Santa Rosa School District for 21 years, Thorpe is serving his sixth year as principal at MHS. His administrative career has focused on developing, nurturing and promoting innovative technology at Milton High School.

Shortly after beginning his career as a math teacher, Thorpe moved into the rapidly-growing area of instructional technology. His dedication and leadership are well-known throughout the district. His contributions include development of academic programs and creation of a school-wide culture of excellence in technology, according to a release from the school district.

Thorpe has presented at multiple state-wide and regional conferences, including the Florida Education Technology Conference, Technology and All That Jazz, and the Career and Technical Education Conference. He has been twice selected as Teacher of the Year, first at Holley-Navarre Middle School and then again at Milton High School. He was recognized as Santa Rosa County High School Assistant Principal of the Year in 2009. In 2010, he was the Santa Rosa County Innovative Principal of the Year, finishing as one of Florida’s Top Finalists. In 2014, he was chosen as the High School Principal of the Year for Santa Rosa County. This school year marks his second nomination as Innovative Principal of the Year for Santa Rosa County. He is currently a member of the Florida Association of School Administrators, Santa Rosa County Association of School Administrators, the City of Milton Education Committee and the Santa Rosa County District Technology Committee.

Using technology to focus on student improvement in core areas, Thorpe has promoted the use of interactive Smart Boards, Read180, Algebra Nation, Achieve 3000, Compass Learning, Discovery Education, GPS devices, FCAT Explorer, and educational apps. Through progress monitoring and data analysis of students, teachers have the evidence necessary to make instructional decisions that directly impact student achievement. Under Thorpe’s leadership at MHS, the school increased four letter grades in the first year – from a ‘D’ School in Corrective Action to an ‘A’ School. Since that time, the school has maintained an ‘A’ or ‘B’ status while making yearly improvements in most academic areas.

Using weekly principal vodcasts, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Edmodo and YouTube, Thorpe engages students, teachers, parents and the community in all subjects related to MHS.

The award is sponsored by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders.

 

 

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