Education

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Quality time key in improving student resiliency

Most happy and healthy students have one thing in common: resiliency. And as students head into the new school year, school district staff are encouraging parents to take an active role in promoting mental health of their students. Read the full article in the Aug. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as […]

Darkened school may have bright future

Darkened school may have bright future

Although some Munson area residents have criticized the Santa Rosa School District’s recent sale of the vacant Munson Elementary School at an apparent bargain price, the deal may have a silver lining. The 40-acre property—which still has several buildings that have been largely unmaintained since the school closed in 2010–is apparently destined to become a […]

Rising property values boost school budget

Rising property values boost school budget

The tax rate that Santa Rosa property owners pay to fund the county’s public schools won’t rise next year, although their total tab will. That’s because property values keep going up in a rebounding economy and a housing market that has largely recovered from the “bubble” that burst during the Great Recession of a decade […]

Shop for tax-free school supplies

Shop for tax-free school supplies

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 3 through Aug. 5. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday. During this holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax, including certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 […]

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Under a state mandate adopted in the aftermath of school shootings, the Santa Rosa School District hired two new administrators to aid in student safety and mental health. In February, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and fatally shot 17 students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Back to School Guide correction

Back to School Guide correction

Please see the correct school information and important dates below: Navarre High School 8600 High School Navarre, FL 32566 Phone: 850-936-6080 Grade levels: 9-12 Principal: Brian Noack Start time: 9:15 a.m. Dismissal time: 3:20 p.m. 2018-2019 Back-to-School Important Dates Thursday, Aug. 2 : 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Freshman Day/Lockers/Tentative Schedules 5 – 6:30 p.m. […]

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

University of West Florida launches Hacking for Defense program

To improve logistics and safety on its test range, Eglin Air Force Base has outsourced finding solutions to a team of undergraduates at the University of West Florida. Facing the need to mitigate potential internal cybersecurity threats, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee decided to do the same. Read the […]

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.4 million to reimburse Pensacola State College for repairs to buildings on the campus and to replace contents damaged during severe storms and flooding that occurred in spring 2014. The $1,410,531 grant amounts to 75 percent of the total cost of the repairs to be […]

School food supplier expands free-lunch program

School food supplier expands free-lunch program

When the final school bell of the year rings, students on free and reduced-price lunch in Santa Rosa County are no longer guaranteed a meal at their school each day. But thanks to the Summer Break Spot meal program, these students still have a place to pick up a free lunch. Read the full article […]

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Extension launches comprehensive disaster blog

Floridians preparing for hurricanes can now access online resource to gather tips, tricks and the latest research to better prepare and better recover from storms. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) has launched disaster.ifas.ufl.edu, a blog site dedicated to publishing the university’s statewide database into a user-friendly format. Read the […]

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Cutting their way through the ice of the Arctic Circle aboard the research vessel Akademik Ioffe, a team of natural and social scientists, students and a professional film crew will be conducting groundbreaking research into the changing nature of the top of the world. And Navarre High School seniors Aden Burkhardt and Judah Orth are […]

UF/IFAS rakes in national teaching awards

UF/IFAS rakes in national teaching awards

The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) recognized University of Florida faculty and students for their excellence in teaching at its 64th annual conference in June at Iowa State University. The conference brings together faculty, staff and students to share their experience of teaching and learning and to recognize those who are at […]

UWF repeats as No. 3 among state universities

UWF repeats as No. 3 among state universities

The Florida Board of Governors announced June 27 that the University of West Florida (UWF) placed as the third highest scored state university in Florida for the second year running. UWF earned the third-highest score in the system with 86 points out of 100 in the board’s performance-based model based on the 2017-18 academic year, […]

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Grades on 2017-2018 Florida Standards Assessment tests for public schools across Florida have been released, but Woodlawn Beach Middle School still has no scores posted. That is because of a possible problem detected by the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) verification software, said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Bill Emerson. Read the full […]

2018 Tax Holiday for Back to School

2018 Tax Holiday for Back to School

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for […]

Grier ready to embrace opportunity with Navarre’s ROTC program

Grier ready to embrace opportunity with Navarre’s ROTC program

Timothy Grier is under a tent as the battle of the squads plays out at Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC camp for the incoming class of cadets. The retired 1st Sgt. from the United States Marine Corps Is talking with Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge, who is set to retire officially  as an ROTC instructor next week. […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

Camp gives new cadets a taste of JROTC

Camp gives new cadets a taste of JROTC

Jade Abrams liked what she saw from a video presentation about the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC program while in middle school and decided to give it a shot. Alex Woodall grew up in a military family. Makenzie Bartels said her parents wanted her to join because they thought it would be good for her. Read […]

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Kids unleash problem-solving creativity at Camp Invention

Walking into a West Navarre Intermediate School classroom last week meant ducking flying plush cupcakes and stepping over splayed out, half-finished mini mansions surrounded by students with pipe cleaners. The noise of a half-dozen hammers wielded by third-graders filled the halls. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Navarre student headed to D.C. for environmental summit

Navarre student headed to D.C. for environmental summit

Navarre High School student Jaime Butler, 16, has been selected as one of 300 students from across the nation headed to Washington D.C. this summer for the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Butler will join her peers June 24-29 in learning about environmental science practices and concerns while engaging […]

Meet the candidates for School Board District 1, 3 and 5

Meet the candidates for School Board District 1, 3 and 5

Linda Sanborn District: 1 Age: 68 Residence: Milton, Fla. Birthplace: Guam Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English, master’s degree in Education Occupation: Retired after 35 years teaching, co-owner Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center Family: Husband Mike Sanborn, three sons, eight grandchildren Carol Boston District: 3 Age: 53 Residence: Navarre, Fla. Birthplace: Not provided Education: Bachelor […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

Santa Rosa Take Stock in Children awards 25 scholarships

Santa Rosa Take Stock in Children awards 25 scholarships

Take Stock in Children and the Santa Rosa Education Foundation awarded over $350,000 in scholarships to 25 graduating seniors who received four-year tuition scholarships.  The May 30 event was held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

Middle schoolers tackle protecting local marine life

He is six feet tall, brightly colored, made completely of garbage and he is coming to a restaurant near you. Skip the Straw is a sculpture created by Holley Navarre Middle School students in the Junior Audubon Society. Skip’s purpose is a simple one: Teach people to skip single-use plastic straws that endanger local wildlife. […]

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

Middle schoolers express themselves in award-winning art

As the school year wound to a close, dozens of students in the Holley Navarre Middle School art program celebrated a year of hard work. On display inside the school’s media center last week were dozens of ceramic sculptures, oil paintings, prints and sketches created by the students. Read the full article in the May […]

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

Elementary students across Santa Rosa County lent their artistic talents to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge last week as part of the organization’s poster contest. Students from every elementary, intermediate and primary school in the county were invited to compete. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

Congratulations Navarre High School graduates!

Congratulations Navarre High School graduates!

The Navarre High School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held at the Pensacola Bay Center on May 26. Photos from this event can be viewed at www.navarrephotos.com. As seen in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!             […]

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright, change the world

Shine bright. Navarre High School’s graduates said this phrase repeatedly the evening of May 24 during the annual Baccalaureate Service at the Navarre Days Inn and Suites Conference Center. This was the lesson Pastor Ray Millsap wanted the graduates to take into the world. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

Jimmy Ethridge retiring after 16 years with Navarre Junior ROTC program

Jimmy Ethridge retiring after 16 years with Navarre Junior ROTC program

One phone call set the wheels in motion for Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge’s career as a Naval Science Instructor for the ROTC program at Navarre High School. A retired veteran of the United States Navy, Ethridge considered teaching as a possibility after his retirement from the military but it wasn’t until he received a phone […]

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