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Feb 2, 2024

Navarre High Principal Kasie Windfelder wins Florida Innovative Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Navarre High School Principal, Kasie Windfelder, Florida’s Innovative Principal of the Year. The Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders presented the prestigious Instructional Technology Leadership Award Jan. 24 at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Jan 29, 2024

Central’s Bennett named district Teacher of the Year

Each year, Santa Rosa District Schools gather members of the school board, Santa Rosa Education Foundation and the community together to surprise the pick for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. This year, the group ventured to Allentown to announce Christal Bennett, Central School’s band teacher, as the district’s best.

Jan 24, 2024

Santa Rosa District Schools increases graduation rate for 2022-23

Santa Rosa County District Schools is proud to announce a substantial increase in its graduation rate, reaching an impressive 90.4% for the 2022-23 school year. This marks a remarkable 4.4% surge since 2017, showcasing the commitment and diligence of both students and the dedicated educational community.

Jan 22, 2024

Gray honored to be Oriole Beach Elementary School’s teacher of the year

Christy Gray once had a dream to be in the Olympics. Teaching turned out to be her second option.

Jan 19, 2024

Santa Rosa Teacher of Year narrowed to three finalists

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the three finalists selected from five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Christal Bennett, Central School, Rhonda Waters, Milton High, and Angela Fulton, Woodlawn Beach Middle.

Jan 17, 2024

Santa Rosa County Announces Official Name for Newest High School, Soundside High School

Following a collaborative effort by the district’s Facility Names Committee, comprised of two assistant superintendents, a director, a principal, a parent, and a community member, Santa Rosa County is thrilled to announce the official name for its newest high school: Soundside High School. The naming process was initiated in December. The committee proposed three potential names: Bayshore High, Midway High, and Soundside High. To determine the final choice, public school-enrolled families from all Santa Rosa south end school sites were invited to participate in a vote.

Jan 16, 2024

Online education rising in Santa Rosa County, throughout Florida

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020, school districts across the country, who were still in their spring semesters, had to transition millions of students to online classes to finish out the school year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 77% of public schools and 73 percent of private schools reported moving some or all classes to online distance-learning formats in early 2020.

Jan 10, 2024

Santa Rosa District Schools now accepting applications for school guardians

Santa Rosa County District Schools is again recruiting and accepting applications for School Guardian. The Chris Hixon, Coach Aaron Feis, and Coach Scott Beigel Guardian Program was established in 2018 through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. In its initial report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission found that having guardians in schools is the best way to ensure highly trained personnel are in place to respond immediately in the event of a school shooting.

Jan 8, 2024

Holley Navarre Middle’s Fowler brings international background to Language Arts

Learning English can be difficult. According to Oxford Royale Academy, a summer school associated with Oxford University in England, the language can be hard to master due to its complex grammar rules, exceptions to those rules, variations in pronunciation, the order of words in a sentence, emphasis on certain words to change sentence meaning and homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings), just to name a few.  

Jan 5, 2024

McConnell feels right at home teaching amid the chaos

Her nameplate says chaos coordinator. Her real name is Tami McConnell.

And for the second time in her education career, McConnell is Navarre High’s teacher of the year.

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