Education

2019 Navarre High School Homecoming

2019 Navarre High School Homecoming

Natasha Elliott accepted the tiara, roses and sash as the 2019 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen.   As seen in the Oct. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press for 30 days free.   Click here to […]

Hall’s Hedgehogs use newspaper in the classroom

Hall’s Hedgehogs use newspaper in the classroom

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders in teacher Kaytlyn Hall’s class, affectionately dubbed Hall’s Hedgehogs, used the Navarre Press to learn about text features and how to use them. This a Florida education standard. Using photos from the Sept. 12 story on Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Wild Shots contest winners, the students created informational posters about animals such as […]

State seeks public input on new education standards

State seeks public input on new education standards

Floridians can weigh in on the revamp of Florida’s K-12 educational standards this month in the Florida Standards Listening Tour series scheduled throughout the state by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. The forum closest to Santa Rosa County is scheduled for Oct. 23 at Walton High School in Walton County.   Read the full article in […]

Navarre High School Homecoming Court 2019

Navarre High School Homecoming Court 2019

Navarre High School has announced its 2019 Homecoming Court. The senior members are Tony Gomez, Haley Blixt, Cade Tuele, Natasha Elliott, Austin Anderson, Faith Starling, Marlon Courtney, Jenna Zmeili, Trevor Kestner, Emma Hobdy, Tyler England and Honesty Layton. The juniors are Kole Devenney, Taylor Howard, Caleb Long, Lilly Trujillo, Nathan Howard and Kaylee McDonald. Sophomore […]

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) students used to have a designated period just for reading each day called Drop Everything and Read. Instituted in 2016, the reading period was the result of a more flexible schedule after improvements to the cafeteria streamlined lunch time.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of […]

Cutting edge laboratory science annex opens at UWF

Cutting edge laboratory science annex opens at UWF

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering celebrated Sept. 19 the grand opening of the Laboratory Sciences Annex, a state-of-the-art facility that provides additional space for wet teaching labs and offices for faculty and staff. “As UWF grows and improves, we are grateful to add facilities that match the caliber of […]

High school pair takes honors at open water swim

High school pair takes honors at open water swim

Two Navarre Raiders took top honors in the one-mile open water swim Sunday at Juana’s Pagodas. Madison Sullins completed the out-and-back course in Santa Rosa Sound in 28 minutes, 43 seconds to be the first to exit the water. Luke Losquadro was just five seconds behind. Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Middle school parents get schooled

Middle school parents get schooled

Holley Navarre Middle School teachers tested the knowledge of an older generation of students last week as parents joined their children in class during Bring Your Parent to School Days Sept. 17-19. Assistant Principal Pete DellaRatta said the event gives the school an opportunity to expose parents to the daily lives and challenges of their […]

Suicide Prevention Week focuses on communication

Suicide Prevention Week focuses on communication

The Navarre High School Raiders added a few extra colors to their signature black and maroon last week. Students, teachers, administrators and staff wore green, purple, blue, yellow and orange to show support for Suicide Prevention Week, one color for each day of the week.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of […]

Positive Chiropractic Solutions donates school supplies

Positive Chiropractic Solutions donates school supplies

Dr. Amanda Williams of Positive Chiropractic Solutions in Navarre and her team members delivered $1,173 worth of items to Holley Navarre Primary School Sept. 11 as part of a community service project. Throughout August the company collected supplies and monetary donations from patients to help teachers. Williams also donated $20 from every new patient exam […]

JROTC remembers those who perished on tragic day in history

JROTC remembers those who perished on tragic day in history

Lauren Lassiter is only a sophomore. She wasn’t alive on Sept. 11, 2001, the day the world changed forever in the wake of terrorist attacks in which commercial airliners were used to blow up the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

School board approves Pace property purchase

School board approves Pace property purchase

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted Sept. 10 tentatively in favor of purchasing 63.6 acres of vacant land in Pace to create two new schools in the coming years. The district is offering $1.6 million for the property. That purchase will not be finalized until after an Oct. 1 public hearing on the matter. […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

UWF president’s contract extended, salary raised

UWF president’s contract extended, salary raised

After guiding the University of West Florida (UWF) to three years of unprecedented success in the Florida Board of Governors performance-based funding model, UWF President Martha D. Saunders was awarded a contract extension Aug. 29 through the end of the 2020 calendar year.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Know what’s on your child’s phone

Know what’s on your child’s phone

When Jarred Durant, 25, arrived at a residence in Sarasota County over the summer, he was met with an unpleasant surprise. Durant had allegedly been messaging someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the social media app Skout, a dating app that uses location information to connect users. Durant had allegedly gone to the […]

ROTC offers wealth of opportunities

ROTC offers wealth of opportunities

Two hours remain until the school day begins at Navarre, but out behind the school and on the practice football field, Navy Junior ROTC cadets are practicing a drill routine ahead of a competition in the coming weeks. As one of the best units in the area, the cadets are always putting work in.   […]

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

While most students were enjoying a break from school over the summer, eleventh-graders Allyson Wood, Jake Hughes and Terius Calvin spent weeks hard at work in the halls of Navarre High School. They were not taking summer school or practicing for an extracurricular activity or sport.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

Navarre called to #BeThe1To prevent suicide

Navarre called to #BeThe1To prevent suicide

In recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Month, Navarre High School will be observing #BeThe1To week Sept. 9-13, and the school is inviting the community to join in the effort. Lead by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, this event is based on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s strategies for suicide prevention and […]

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

University of West Florida launches Cybersecurity for All program

Cybersecurity continues to be a growing career field for Florida, and the University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity is launching the Cybersecurity for All program in September to meet those workforce demands. The program is designed to enhance readiness for evolving cybersecurity work roles and address the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Courses and […]

Color guard adds visual impact to band performance

Color guard adds visual impact to band performance

Friday night’s halftime show during the Beach Bowl featured the Raider band and their partners – the Navarre color guard. Musicians and dancers united for the show, which culminates six months of work.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive […]

Student increase outpaces projections

Student increase outpaces projections

Santa Rosa School District predicted in 2016 that Navarre High School would exceed its intended capacity for students by 2019. When students walked through the door Aug. 12 to start the school year, there were 2,359 of them.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Perched atop the metal stand, some six feet above the assembled Navarre marching band, drum majors Kaylee McDonald and Sydney Lawson give direction and listen to the drums, woodwinds and brass sections assembled in a semi-circle just off the football field. Their elevation commands the attention of the band.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 […]

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

A local graduate has been selected as one of four recipients in the Southeast for RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program. Genevieve Edwards of Navarre will receive a boost from the scholarship funds as she pursues her degree at the University of West Florida.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

‘They’re back’

‘They’re back’

First day of school in Navarre!   Navarre High School students make their way to class.             Olivia Roman and Evelyn Sanford take a selfie with teacher Trendi Johnson.                 Kalia Beard is excited to start her first day with dad Preston by […]

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

The University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) have announced the appointment of Dr. Kristen “Brent” Venable as the inaugural director of the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems and Robotics program. UWF is partnering with IHMC for the program, which begins this fall.   Read the full article […]

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Erica Schultz jokes that it’s like feeding an army or two when talking about the mom’s club providing meals for Navarre’s JV and varsity football players during the first week of camp. The Raiders are treated to breakfast and lunch every day.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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