Education

Hernandez a real-life Ms. Frizzle

Hernandez a real-life Ms. Frizzle

Sixth grade science teacher Celia Hernandez has a zeal for teaching and genuine love of science, a lot like fictional character Ms. Frizzle from the book and TV series “The Magic School Bus.” Her students even sometimes call her Ms. Frizzle because of her science-related wardrobe and her general excitement for every earth science subject […]

Rep. Williamson sponsors 2020 student page and messengers

Rep. Williamson sponsors 2020 student page and messengers

Twelve local students sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson (District 3) have been accepted into the Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program for the 2020 legislative session. A long-standing tradition in the Florida House, the Page & Messenger Program participants are mentioned in the historic journals of the institution dating as far back as […]

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Thursday the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Elizabeth Mann, Oriole Beach Elementary; Tish Boozer, Santa Rosa Online; Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 29.  Teacher of the Year nominees will be recognized at […]

Kindness in the curriculum for Mann

Kindness in the curriculum for Mann

It is a huge honor to be named Teacher of the Year at the elementary school that you yourself attended as a child. This is a reality for kindergarten and first grade inclusion teacher Elizabeth Mann who has received this title for Oriole Beach Elementary School. “It was actually really sweet,” Mann said. Read the […]

Melendez brightens day of Raider Buddy with pair of shoes

Melendez brightens day of Raider Buddy with pair of shoes

Joe Berry walked into the Navarre gym last Thursday afternoon sporting a pair of bright orange Adidas tennis shoes. They were a gift from Elijah Melendez, a junior offensive lineman on the Raider football team. Melendez was originally awarded the shoes at a national combine in Texas earlier this month, but it turns out they […]

UWF appoints new dean for College of Business

UWF appoints new dean for College of Business

University of West Florida Provost and Senior vice president George Ellenberg announced Jan. 2 the appointment of Richard Fountain as dean of the College of Business. Fountain previously served as chair for the Department of Accounting and Finance at UWF since 2017. “We welcome Richard’s expertise with confidence that his leadership will allow the College […]

Andrews Institute expands partnership with UWF

Andrews Institute expands partnership with UWF

University of West Florida Director of Athletics Dave Scott mentioned he wasn’t sure if he could schedule any more news into a week that was already busy enough with the Argonauts’ football team preparing to play in the NCAA Division II national championship game. But enough time was found Dec. 17 to make an announcement […]

Cody more than just a math teacher

Cody more than just a math teacher

Karen Cody might be new to the teaching world, but she is a seasoned vet when it comes to getting students excited about learning. Cody said she was really surprised when Principal Brian Noack came in with flowers and awarded her Teacher of the Year at Navarre High School (NHS). Read the full article in […]

Winter guard raising with cookbooks

Winter guard raising with cookbooks

Members of Navarre High School winter guard sell baked goods and cookbooks outside of the Christmas band concert last Tuesday night. Cookbooks include various guard-related recipes such as “Rifle Spin Reuben Dip.” All funds raised through cookbooks sales will go toward uniforms, flags, floor paint, staffing, competition fees and travel expenses. Cookbooks are $12 each […]

“What do you want most for Christmas?”

“What do you want most for Christmas?”

West Navarre Primary School students in Mrs. Peterson’s first-grade class were asked what they want for Christmas this year. “Toy gun, LEGOs and a dinosaur egg” Joey Nandin, 6 “Hatchimal, Wow, a Disny tablit and a tun of TY babbys” Reagan Labrato, 6 “Swing, dog and presents for my family.” Anniston George, 7 “Shoes, art […]

Local students win Christmas card contest

Local students win Christmas card contest

After thoughtful review of many fine submissions, judges selected winners of Santa Rosa County’s first Christmas card coloring contest. The winners were announced publicly Dec. 9 at the County Commissioners meeting. The theme for this year’s entries was “Christmas in my community.” The contest was open for third through fifth graders throughout the county.  Each winning artist was given […]

‘Holy night’

‘Holy night’

Gulf Pointe Latin School students celebrated the holidays Dec. 13 with their annual Christmas Cantata. More than 100 preschool through eighth grade students shared songs of the season under the direction of directors Tianna Rogers, Gran Jer and Adam Burnett. As seen in the Dec. 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Education foundation awards $56,000 in teacher grants

Education foundation awards $56,000 in teacher grants

Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced Dec. 9 award of 56 teacher grants totaling $56,000 to Santa Rosa public educators for a variety of classroom projects. SREF partnered with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Florida Legislature and grant sponsors The Studer Foundation and Gulf Breeze Optimist Club to enable teachers to implement grants […]

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Middle schoolers share acts of kindness

Holley Navarre Middle School Student Council participated in a special portion of Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, through #givingtuesdaymilitary. Launched by a group of military spouses, this national movement is aimed at uniting military, their families, veterans and other supporters to generate 1 million acts of kindness in one day. It is part of the larger […]

“Romeo and Juliet” rebirth a success

“Romeo and Juliet” rebirth a success

The star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, met their untimely fate last weekend upon the Ashmore Auditorium stage, and the Navarre High School Theatre troupe brought their end to life. Despite a few technical difficulties, the cast and crew brought the complex language of this 1590s classic to life with all its emotion, violence, pageantry and […]

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

As the famous quote from Maya Angelou goes, “if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” In science that holds a lot of truth. Researchers trying to understand how things change must have baseline data, or their work has no meaning. Knowing where we are coming from is the […]

Gulf Breeze High Drama presents musical “Elf”

Gulf Breeze High Drama presents musical “Elf”

The award-winning Gulf Breeze High Drama troupe is presenting “Elf- The Musical” Dec. 13-14 at the Ashmore in Pensacola for some toe-tapping family fun this Christmas! Following a plot similar to the movie, “Elf” is the story of a baby that accidentally crawled into Santa’s bag one Christmas and was taken to the North Pole […]

English strives to inspire

English strives to inspire

This is Courtney English’s first year as a reading and math interventionist at West Navarre Intermediate School, but that hasn’t held this passionate teacher back from excelling. English has been voted West Navarre Intermediate School (WNIS) Teacher of the Year by her peers. She has taught at WNIS for 13 years. Read the full article […]

NHS breathes new life into “Romeo and Juliet”

NHS breathes new life into “Romeo and Juliet”

The Navarre High School Theatre program will be performing one of Shakespeare’s most infamous works this Friday and Saturday. “Romeo and Juliet” is a classic tale of young romance, blood-shed and tragedy, and program director Jan Savage said her students are ready to bring the production to life, complete with original script, period costume and […]

What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for?

Students from Mrs. Edmondson’s and Ms. Hall’s first grade classes at Holley Navarre Primary School shared what they are thankful for this year. “I’m thankful for dad making dinner.” Tobias Hubbard, 7 “I’m thankful for food, my school and my family.” Layla Daly, 6 “I’m thankful for freedom.” Claudia Inman, 7 “I’m thankful for my […]

Local schools receive Five Star Award

Local schools receive Five Star Award

Nine public schools in Santa Rosa County, mostly in the south end, received the Five Star Award for 2020 from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The Five Star School Award was created by the Education Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of “exemplary community involvement” […]

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

S’Cool Bus bringing meals to students in need

Santa Rosa County’s free summer lunch program got a boost Nov. 7 with the rollout of Sodexo’s new S’Cool Bus, a mobile cafeteria created from an old school bus. Sodexo is the food contractor for Santa Rosa School District. In addition to supplying breakfasts, lunches, snacks and even dinners to hungry students during the school […]

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Woll offers out-of-this-world education

Not so long ago in a classroom not so far away, a teaching master led a band of first-grade Wookiees through lessons including aquaponics, geography, engineering and more. Her name is Jennifer Woll, and she has been named Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue […]

HNIS “chickens” celebrate Boosterthon success

HNIS “chickens” celebrate Boosterthon success

Holley Navarre Intermediate School Principal Beth Mosley and Assistant Principal Elizabeth Ann Thompson chicken danced their way through the halls of the school Nov. 1 in chicken suits to celebrate a successful fundraiser. The administrators challenged students to generate $17,000 in profit from their annual Boosterthon fundraiser to purchase innovative PE fields and technology. In […]

Cadets of the Month

Cadets of the Month

The Navarre Navy Junior ROTC unit selected its cadets of the month for October. The cadets earning the honor are Imaia Gifford and Chandler Kempf.   As seen in the Nov. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

7-period school day still out of reach

7-period school day still out of reach

Adding a seventh period to the school day still seems out of reach, according to the Santa Rosa School District’s numbers. The district cut the schedule to six periods, trimming about 30 minutes off the school day, back in 2010 in response to the economic crisis that saw plummeting property values across the country. The […]

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics teacher Pamela Rose said it is not good enough to just teach her students. She wants to help them feel safe and grow. Rose has been named Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) Teacher of the Year by a vote of her peers. Though she held other careers in her life, Rose got into teaching […]

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Spooky science takes over Navarre Beach

Ghosts and ghouls were waiting in the beach wake Saturday during Science Spooktacular, an annual marine-inspired Halloween celebration at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The station’s dual enrollment students led visitors in a variety of experiments and activities with a creepy theme including creating oozing pumpkins, piloting underwater remotely operated vehicles, exploring touch tanks, pressure […]

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