Education

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Middle schoolers give Amazing Shakes

Sims Middle School students celebrated professionalism, conversation skills and the value of a good handshake during the 2019 Amazing Shake competition. The winners were given special recognition by school administrators last week. Teacher Ashley Carter, Sims Principal Emily Donaldson, School Board Chairman Carol Boston, second runner-up Rivers Lewis, champion Haley Dunckel, first runner-up Mackenzie Kummer […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

Santa Rosa’s Future Chef wins regional contest

After beating out hundreds of recipes at the local level, fifth-grader Kadence Wood of Santa Rosa County won the regional Sodexo Future Chef National Challenge with her healthy take on Mexican Street Salad. Wood was surprised April 11 with the announcement that she had won a Nintendo Switch game system and several games alongside School […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa’s future chefs flaunt culinary skills

Santa Rosa County elementary students sautéed, chopped and baked to impress the judges last month during the annual Sodexo Future Chefs National Challenge. Sodexo is the food service contractor for the school district. Marketing Coordinator Deanna Reagin said the company hosts the nationwide competition each year to get children excited about healthy cooking. Read the […]

School board approves elementary school redistricting

School board approves elementary school redistricting

Roughly 105 Oriole Beach Elementary School students will be attending Gulf Breeze Elementary next school year. The School Board voted Thursday night to redistrict the schools during a public hearing in Milton. The change was prompted by schools reaching and exceeding their capacities due to rapid growth rates in the areas. Three elementary schools in […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze places fourth in state Mock Trial

Gulf Breeze High School’s Mock Trial team placed fourth in state competition in Orlando March 14-17. The was also awarded the Professionalism Award for the second time. As seen in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

High School theatre learns the art of swordplay

High School theatre learns the art of swordplay

Parting ways from the typical love songs and massive choreographed dance numbers of Disney musical projects, Navarre High School Theater will be presenting “The Three Musketeers” this April at Pensacola State College. A story of sword slashing heroes set in 1600s France, the play adaption of the tale involves more than a few brawls. Read […]

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Lauren Redding didn’t know DJ Deas personally. But she knew of him and knew of his tragic story. Deas died by suicide last summer at the age of 16. Part of a military family, he attended Navarre in 2017, competing in track in the spring and football that fall before moving back to the Jacksonville […]

Navarre teacher honored for promoting patriotism

Navarre teacher honored for promoting patriotism

Of all the teachers imparting patriotism in their classrooms in Florida, West Navarre Primary School’s Denese Brown has been recognized as a standout. Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced Monday that the second-grade teacher had not only won the K-5 district Citizenship Education Teacher Award but also the statewide award. Read […]

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students once again took home the trophy from the 2019 Regional SeaPerch ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Challenge. Team Octobots consists of documenter Ovella Hines (not pictured) and vehicle builders/operators Tiara Winbery and Miguel Homar, pictured here with their ROV. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre […]

Take Stock in Children needs mentors

Take Stock in Children needs mentors

Students coming from low-income backgrounds often face hurdles to academic and career success that their peers do not. They are statistically more likely to miss school and have lower grades. And they are less likely to go to college. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Lighthouse launches new Academic Institute

Lighthouse launches new Academic Institute

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy announced the addition of the Lighthouse Academic Institute (LAI) to its growing academic campuses. Creation of the Lighthouse Academic Institute was driven by community requests for an academy specializing in honor student needs. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Finding the right school for your children can be a difficult task. Selection can be even more complicated by variables related to income, location and student performance. Since 2001, the Step Up for Students scholarship program has been utilized by private and public schools throughout Florida. Read the full article in the March 14 issue […]

Mrs. Florida crowns Miss NHS 2019

Mrs. Florida crowns Miss NHS 2019

Nine lovely young women strutted their stuff in glamorous gowns and showcased their talents March 8 during the 2019 Miss Navarre High School pageant. The competition categories for the event were Raider spirit wear, talent, cocktail attire and evening gowns. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

NHS Mock Trial team goes to court, scores fourth

NHS Mock Trial team goes to court, scores fourth

Navarre High School’s Mock Trial team scored into the semifinals at this year’s annual meet Feb. 18-20 in Pensacola, taking home fourth place in the regional competition despite still being in its infancy. Austin Perry, NHS social studies teacher and former Mock Trial state champion, started the team fall 2017 by gathering students interested in […]

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

2019 Women in Leadership Conference sold-out at UWF

Hundreds of students, young professionals and executives packed the University of West Florida Conference Center and Auditorium Friday, March 1, to hear and learn from prominent female leaders at the 2019 Women in Leadership Conference. The annual event, hosted by the College of Business Executive Mentor Program, got its start in 2014 and this year’s […]

Navarre students honored by Carnegie Hall opportunity

Navarre students honored by Carnegie Hall opportunity

Navarre High senior Lauren Crawford joked the experience she and two of her classmates, Kaitlin Indelicato and Matthew Preston, had while in New York City for a choir performance at Carnegie Hall was all cough drops, tea and coffee. Not to mention the early mornings and late nights. Read the full article in the March […]

Navarre High has got talent

Navarre High has got talent

From Rock Hall of Fame tunes to Broadway hits, the students of Navarre High School wowed a packed cafeteria Feb. 22 in the school’s Talent Show. A total of 28 acts took to the stage, showcasing a variety of talents including singing, instrumentals, dance and more. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue […]

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

As students at West Navarre Primary look at an online map in Marsha Harp’s classroom, three bear sightings pop up thanks to the magic of Geographic Information System software. The students are amazed. It brings The Bear Project they are working on to life in one more way. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Proposal would limit school board terms

Proposal would limit school board terms

A proposed state constitutional amendment making its way through the Legislature could limit how long school board members can serve, potentially rendering some Santa Rosa board members ineligible to run again. School Board member Carol Boston represents Navarre area schools. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

Navarre middle and high school students are lighting up addictive drugs, whether parents realize it or not, but the method has changed. Vape pens, juuls, e-cigarettes and their kin have altered the landscape of underage tobacco use from cigarette smoke to the misnamed “vapor.” Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

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 […]

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