Education

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle dominates Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School dominated the competition Thursday night at the 64th Annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair taking the most 1stplace wins and Special Awards. Mrs. Huggins won the Teacher award at the 64th annual West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She is also a Leader for Girl Scout Troop 807. […]

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

On Feb. 14, 2018, the definition of school safety, statewide and in Santa Rosa County, changed forever when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire. Cruz used a .223 caliber AR-15 to kill 17 and wound another 17 in the attack. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Santa Rosa County is growing and new students will join it school system in the coming years. If the current trend continues, the county will need to redistrict by 2025. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

Navarre High School teachers and staff were feeling the love Friday, courtesy of students from West Navarre Intermediate School.  The students were on a field trip to deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candies to the school. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

The silence in the crowded gallery was broken by a single, booming drumbeat. Musician Mayumi Shara Waidaiko started a slow rhythm on traditional Japanese drums Jan. 31 at Pensacola State College before launching into a full song on three different pitched drums. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today more than $422 million will be invested into teacher and principal compensation increases as part of reforms to the Best and Brightest Teachers program. The announcement came during a press conference at Armwood High School in Seffner, FL. “What we are trying to do is identify those teachers that are […]

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

DeSantis orders revamp of Florida academic standards

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Jan. 31 to eliminate Common Core from Florida’s education system. The move has received praise from state and local education officials. Executive order 19-32, titled “Commitment to Eliminating Common Core, Ensuring High-Quality Academic Standards and Raising the Bar for Civic Literacy,” calls for the review and revision of […]

Illustrator sparks student creativity

Illustrator sparks student creativity

Children’s book illustrator Michael P. White said the greatest artistic advice he ever received was to take his eraser and throw it away. Monday he shared that lesson with the students of Holley Navarre Intermediate School as part of their Literacy Week celebration. Librarian Morgan Evans said they brought White in as part of this […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading By Brian Lester

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading  By Brian Lester

Cheers erupted when Kazoo strolled into the cafeteria at West Navarre Intermediate School Monday morning. The famed Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot was in town to help kick off Literacy Week. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

School front doors secured with camera controls

School front doors secured with camera controls

Less than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and prompted a statewide movement, Santa Rosa County schools are seeing new security at the front door. Holley Navarre Middle School’s front door has been a source of concern for the school’s administration for years, said Principal Joie […]

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Tallahassee – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a school superintendent from office after being urged to so by the state’s new education commissioner. DeSantis removed Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson from office Friday and replaced Jackson with Marcus Chambers, an assistant superintendent with the northwest Florida school district. The Republican governor said […]

Standout student becomes honored employee at HNIS

Standout student becomes honored employee at HNIS

Not all that long ago, 21-year-old Kamber Anderson was walking the halls of Holley Navarre Intermediate School (HNIS) as a student. Now she’s the school’s Santa Rosa Employee of the Year. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

All living things have four basic needs for their habitat: fresh water to drink, food to eat, shelter and a place to raise young. Without these things they cannot thrive, and their species can be in danger of extinction. Each part of a ecosystem is dependent on the other parts to succeed. Read the full […]

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Assistance for Santa Rosa County students that have had run-ins with the law has expanded as the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Transition Program launched in February 2018 has more than doubled its reach. From emotional support counseling to academic tutoring to navigating complex transcripts, Student Intervention Specialist Cindy Peaden has expanded the number of […]

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

The planned K-8 school on Elkhart Drive will open by 2021 with a few missing pieces:  no completed classrooms for middle-schoolers and a cafeteria without cooking equipment. Budget constraints at the Santa Rosa County School District prompted the decision to start building a school that’s affordable in the summer of 2019 and gradually add to […]

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

In a typical year, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC program puts in 10,000 hours of community service. That doesn’t even count work such as handling color guard duties at a football game or working the concessions at a basketball game. “It gives me faith in our future to see the kids’ willingness to give back to […]

UWF confers 100,000th degree

UWF confers 100,000th degree

The University of West Florida celebrated a significant milestone Saturday at the Fall 2018 Commencement, awarding the 100,000th degree since the institution opened in 1967. “Fifty-one years ago, UWF opened its doors and classes began,” President Martha Saunders said. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

“What do you want for Christmas?”

“What do you want for Christmas?”

Holley Navarre Primary School students in Mrs. Moerscher’s first-grade class were asked what they want for Christmas this year.   “A stuffed animal Kermit, Fozzie and some of the penguins Muppet babies” Zoey Pananas, 6         “A tablet, like an iPad” Lucas Benson, 7         “A skateboard and skates…with […]

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Lined up on the football field at Bennett C. Russell Stadium on a mild Wednesday morning, the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC cadets took part in a unit inspection. Cadets were asked questions that tested their military knowledge. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Navarre High collects 150 stuffed bears for sick children

Navarre High collects 150 stuffed bears for sick children

Navarre High School students banded together to donate more that 150 new teddy bears to children hospitalized at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Senior Lauren Collier, sophomore Angelina Kostopoulos and junior Gavin Green dropped off the bears to be distributed to the children for Christmas. As seen in the Dec. 20 issue […]

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

When West Navarre Primary School teachers were asked to choose who would represent them as Teacher of the Year, they chose a teacher in a less traditional role. Known by her students as the “Library Teacher,” Ruth Witter’s official title is Library Media Specialist. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Raider yuletide revelers

Raider yuletide revelers

Navarre head coach Jay Walls and members of his football team spent Thursday, Dec. 6 going around town singing Christmas Carols as a way to thank the sponsors of the team for their support during the season. Walls was joined by Chris Williams, Quinn Caballero, Jacobi Smith, Josh Carter, Matt Downey, Dante Wright and Evan […]

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

Lighthouse sends Christmas to private school in need

In a mirror of its founding, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy (LPCA) has “adopted” another school following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, delivering donations this week. The school’s students, staff and parents have banned together to bring Christmas to the students and staff of Faith Christian School (FCS) in Port Saint Joe said LPCA Gulf Breeze […]

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Radiation and rotation hot topics at HNMS Science Fair

Engineering, biomedicine and chemistry are just a few of the sciences Holley Navarre Middle School students flaunted their prowess in last week in the school’s annual Science Fair. In all 53 students across all grades were awarded for their work. Among the participants were two Grand Prize winners that out-shown their peers. Read the full […]

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary School students and staff donated $1,237.61 to support disaster relief efforts in Bay County in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Florida Commission on Community Service Vice-Chair Kerry Ann Schultz accepted the check on behalf of Volunteer Florida who distributes the funds based on unmet needs in the affected area. “What an incredibly […]

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