Education

UWF 3-D printing free face shields for healthcare workers

UWF 3-D printing free face shields for healthcare workers

Shortages equipment for healthcare workers battling COVID-19 remain common in the news, and full face shields, which protect from infection, are among the needed supplies.   University of West Florida has stepped up to answer the need by asking one of the university’s direct support organizations to manufacture, manage and distribute 3D-printed full face shield supplies […]

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Public school teachers will be return to schools March 30 to launch distance learning efforts for their students, but being stuck at home can still get boring for the thousands of school age children in Santa Rosa County. To help parents engage their students, state representative Jayer Williamson has shared a list of links to […]

Private schools prepare for online learning option

Private schools prepare for online learning option

As Joanna Johannes talks about the uncertainty surrounding the weeks ahead in this current school year, there are no hints of worry in her voice.The founder and head of school of Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, which has campuses in both Gulf Breeze and Pensacola, is calm and collected in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

DOE unveils resources available for transition to distance learning

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced Friday that information and resources are now available for students, parents and school districts in Florida during the extended spring break as they transition into distance learning.Educational resources and district meal plans are available on the DOE’s emergency response page. This page also has information on the state’s response […]

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic. By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making […]

Feeding sites for Santa Rosa students on free or reduced lunch

Feeding sites for Santa Rosa students on free or reduced lunch

The Santa Rosa School District is working diligently to provide food for students who participate in the free or reduced lunch program. They will be providing meals at numerous schools next week with a drive through, curbside services. The district will be providing breakfast and lunch to each child served – and the child must […]

UDPATE: Schools prepare for potential full online transition

UDPATE: Schools prepare for potential full online transition

Santa Rosa County’s k-12 schools have been ordered shuttered through at least April 15 by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. To prepare for the worst case scenario, school district administrators are developing a plan to transition to full online learning for the entire fourth quarter of the school […]

School closures create food uncertainty

School closures create food uncertainty

COVID-19 has closed down massive parts of the community, including area schools through at least March 27. While those closures could mean curbing the illness’s spread, for the county’s most financially vulnerable populations, the announcement could be troubling. For hundreds of students throughout south Santa Rosa County, school means free breakfasts and lunches. And it […]

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Making meaningful connections with 1,013 students plus a school’s worth of staff can be difficult in a school year, but that is Shana Dorsey’s goal.  Dorsey has been principal at West Navarre Intermediate School for five years, and her efforts to create a connected community resulted in the school district naming her Principal of the […]

Teacher raises delayed until May

Teacher raises delayed until May

Raises and retroactive pay for Santa Rosa County School District’s teachers have been delayed to as late as May 15 despite being approved nearly a month ago. The cause of the trouble? The district’s new payroll system. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.Click here to sign up […]

Locklin Tech students awarded in Region 1 Skills USA competition

Locklin Tech students awarded in Region 1 Skills USA competition

Twenty Santa Rosa County School District students enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programs at Locklin Technical Center competed in the Region 1 Skills USA Competition Feb. 27 and 28. These students are enrolled in technical programs such as automotive technology, computer systems and information technology, cyber security, electricity and HVACR (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and […]

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Sometimes failure is worth celebrating. Santa Rosa County schools saw many successes Feb. 22 at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Crestview. Odyssey of the Mind is a student competition in which teams are tasked with creatively solving a problem such as supporting heavy weights or remotely moving objects and then presenting their […]

School district building multiple new schools

School district building multiple new schools

There are more than a few moving targets when it comes to building capacity for Santa Rosa County’s growing student population. DAG Architects representative Dave Luttrell is one of many working to build new schools to meet the need, likely five within the decade. He presented the capacity numbers of Santa Rosa’s current schools to […]

High school band hosts middle school band for workshop

High school band hosts middle school band for workshop

On Feb. 25, Navarre High School (NHS) band hosted Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) band for a joint mini concert/workshop in the NHS gym. Students were able to work out their performances in front of a live crowd of families and friends, where both bands performed their music that they will be playing at their […]

Students celebrated for science achievements

Students celebrated for science achievements

Holley Navarre Middle School took the Junior Division title at the 2020 West Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair as multiple students won in a variety of categories. Students Kyle Macdonald, Faye Schlott, Devyn Stephens, James Peoples, Alex Ballard, Adrian Salazar and Eleni Nikolakakos were honored Feb. 20 by the school board. Macdonald, Schlott, Stephens, Peoples […]

K-8 school gets new roof, new name

K-8 school gets new roof, new name

Administrators and contractors constructing a two-story school just off Edgewood Drive are going to have to break the habit of calling it the “Elkhart K-8.” The building is finally taking the shape of a school and has officially been named East Bay K-8 School. Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell said breaking the habit of calling it […]

Gulf Breeze gumbo raises scholarship funds

Gulf Breeze gumbo raises scholarship funds

The Rotary Club of Gulf Breeze welcomes gumbo connoisseurs to sample and savor as 20 teams battle for the title of best gumbo maker at the 15th annual Gumbo Cook-Off March 28. Celebrity judges will name the Best Gumbo award and the crowd will vote for the People’s Choice award.  Nearly 1,200 people sampled gumbo […]

Miss NHS Pageant now features a Mr. category

Miss NHS Pageant now features a Mr. category

For the first time ever, the Miss NHS Pageant added a mister to the competition. Guys were given their own category this year, for a chance to shine in the spotlight at Navarre High School. On Feb. 13 the school hosted the annual pageant in which students show off their spirit and compete for the […]

UWF students custom build vehicle for Navarre boy

UWF students custom build vehicle for Navarre boy

Callen McLane couldn’t stop smiling when he received his first set of wheels Friday afternoon. The 8-year-old boy, who has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, received the best Valentine’s Day gift of all time when he was presented a child-sized Jeep on the Fort Walton Beach campus of The University of West Florida (UWF). Callen received […]

Navarre debaters headed to state tourney

Navarre debaters headed to state tourney

The Navarre High School Speech and Debate team scored high marks during the qualifier tournament Feb. 1 at Niceville High School, securing spots for nine students in the state tournament in Orlando later this month. World Schools Debate team winners are Tyler England, Gavin Green and Juliana Pilgrim. Congressional Debate winners are Andrew Flournoy and […]

Seahawks share kindness in challenge

Seahawks share kindness in challenge

Merrian-Webster Dictionary defines kindness as the quality or state of being kind. At Holley Navarre Intermediate School, seahawk students are defining kindness through action. Throughout the last three weeks, the Student Council has been leading a schoolwide initiative to spread kindness in the classroom and community at large. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Second student dragged by school bus

Second student dragged by school bus

A 6-year-old girl caught in the door of her school bus was dragged past multiple houses along Sewell Road in Milton Jan. 31, according to an incident report from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. This is the second time within a year that a student has been reportedly caught in the door of a Santa […]

School Spring Break Schedules

School Spring Break Schedules

March 1-8 University of Florida Vanderbilt University March 9-15 University of West Florida University of Central Florida University of Miami University of South Alabama Embry Riddle Troy University Auburn University University of Georgia Mississippi State University Texas A&M March 16-22 Santa Rosa County Public Schools Escambia County Public Schools Pensacola State College Florida State University […]

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

Santa Rosa shares STEM lessons

There were more than students learning in Holley Navarre Middle School Jan. 28. Educators and administrators from across the U.S. were in the halls and classrooms of several Santa Rosa County School District campuses learning about the district’s STEAM initiative (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue […]

Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Many people have someone in their lives that they distinctly remember from their childhood, someone who made a lasting impact on their life. This person took the extra time to get to know who someone truly is. To many children in our community, that special person is Elizabeth Mann. Read the full article in the […]

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa County School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa School Board Members, and members of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Elizabeth Mann as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2021 during a surprise visit to her classroom Wednesday morning. Elizabeth is an ESE Inclusion teacher at Oriole Beach Elementary School. Mann is Santa […]

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 […]

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