Education

Meet two more of Santa Rosa’s best educators

Meet two more of Santa Rosa’s best educators

Jennifer Hensley Jennifer Hensley is Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s media specialist and is glad she took the job over the summer after spending the previous nine years at the school in various other teaching roles. Her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as Hensley was named Woodlawn’s teacher of the year for 2020. Kaitlyn Hall Kaytlyn Hall […]

Durham teaches students through song

Durham teaches students through song

First grade teacher Stacy Durham was named Teacher of the Year for West Navarre Primary School (WNPS). She has been teaching in Santa Rosa County for 17 years. Durham joked about retiring after claiming to have taught first grade to the daughter of one of her previous fourth grade students. Durham always knew she wanted […]

Military experience set stage for Schmidt’s teaching career

Military experience set stage for Schmidt’s teaching career

Daniel Schmidt has always had a knack for teaching, though it is a skill developed under decidedly different circumstances. A retired Lt. Colonel whose service included Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s, he became a mentor for others while in the Army. “I was coaching and mentoring soldiers as well as some of the […]

FSU’s meteorology program popular with students

FSU’s meteorology program popular with students

Hurricane season in Florida is a tense time for many Gulf Coast residents, and this year was no different. Although the hurricanes have potential to wreak havoc on the southeastern United States, they often provide meteorologists with context on weather patterns and how to prepare for future storms. Meteorology professors at Florida State University also […]

Behind the news

Behind the news

Whether it’s online or in print, news helps people understand what’s happening in the world and make better decisions. Behind every one of those articles and posts is a newsroom of reporters, editors and designers working to get accurate and interesting information to the public. Read the full article in the Oct. 22 issue of […]

District flexible; students flip-flopping

District flexible; students flip-flopping

Roughly 500 Santa Rosa students have transitioned back from remote learning to brick and mortar schools since the beginning of the semester, according to Mike Thorpe, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Thorpe said they have also seen some students transition the other way, leaving physical schools for the remote option. “Not many have […]

District flexible, students flip flopping

District flexible, students flip flopping

Roughly 500 Santa Rosa students have transitioned back from remote learning to brick and mortar schools since the beginning of the semester, according to Mike Thorpe, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Thorpe said they have also seen some students transition the other way, leaving physical schools for the remote option. “Not many have […]

Area freshmen share their college stories

Area freshmen share their college stories

Angie Alvarado is a first-year student from Fort Walton Beach High School who has had her first college semester affected by the pandemic. When Angie enrolled at St. John’s University in New York City, she did not imagine that she would be stuck inside her dorm talking to her professors and classmates through Zoom meetings […]

Student Scoop: Locals learn socially distanced college

Student Scoop: Locals learn socially distanced college

Hayden Steele When Hayden Steele decided to enroll at Florida State University, she did not expect to be attending Zoom meetings for her full online schedule. But that is the unfortunate reality facing college students in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hayden, whose family lives in Navarre, graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School […]

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Navy Junior ROTC remembers Sept. 11

Miniature American flags covered the front lawn of Navarre High School Friday morning, each one placed by Navarre Navy JROTC cadets in the pre-dawn hours of a humid September day. There were 2,977 flags in all, each representing a life lost on the tragedy-filled day of Sept. 11, 2001. Two planes crashed into the Twin […]

American Founders Month

American Founders Month

September is American Founders Month, a month designated to celebrate the men and women who helped form the United States through their writings and work. They were the voices that led our fledgling country to revolution and out the other side to create a government directed by the people. In 1776, England and its 13 […]

COVID-19 impacts return to college life

COVID-19 impacts return to college life

Colleges in Northwest Florida are adjusting to their first fall semester affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools such as University of West Florida and Florida State University have shifted the majority of their classes to online courses. Zoom meetings have become the new norm for professors holding class online. This can present problems if the […]

The making of a hurricane

The making of a hurricane

For the first time in recorded history, two hurricanes were in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time in August, and they both headed for the coast of Louisiana. While Marco was downgraded to a tropical storm before landfall, Laura reached category 4 hurricane status before striking the western Louisiana coast. Read the full […]

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

DeSantis, Trump adviser tout schools reopening

With students returning to classrooms throughout most of the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and an adviser to President Donald Trump on Monday tried to bolster support for offering in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Atlas, a physician and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said during a news conference with DeSantis that […]

New school year, new rules

New school year, new rules

School administrators in North Paulding, Georgia faced COVID-19 infection of several students and faculty members that forced a temporary shutdown of in-person learning earlier this month. Shortly before news of the outbreak, students posted images of a crowded hallway where social distancing was impossible. Few students appeared to be wearing face coverings. The images bear […]

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

80 teachers laid off due to lower enrollment

More than 160 teachers in Santa Rosa County have been displaced from the traditional classroom by COVID-19. Of those brick and mortar layoffs, 80 will no longer be employed by the district at all. The rest are being reassigned for virtual and remote learning assignments, allowing students to be educated outside the traditional classroom. “My […]

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

Judge moving quickly on school reopening fight

As children throughout Florida return to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a Leon County circuit judge on Thursday fast-tracked lawsuits challenging Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s mandate that districts reopen brick-and-mortar schools this month. Corcoran’s July 6 emergency order requires schools outside of South Florida to reopen five days a week in August and offer “the […]

Stuff the Bus campaign extended to mid-August

Stuff the Bus campaign extended to mid-August

Escambia and Santa Rosa counties’ only School District-approved supply drive, launched July 6, has been extended to Aug 14. Stuff the Bus works to ensure that local students have the tools needed to succeed for the upcoming school year. In 2019, the community united to distributed nearly 1,200 stuffed backpacks to students in Santa Rosa […]

Back-to-School Tax holiday set for this weekend

Back-to-School Tax holiday set for this weekend

The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies […]

UWF offers new micro-internship program

UWF offers new micro-internship program

The University of West Florida’s (UWF) Office of Career Development and Community Engagement has partnered with Parker Dewey to help students and alumni gain meaningful job experience and launch their careers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Parker Dewey offers a platform to connect current students with employers to complete micro-internships, which are paid assignments similar […]

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