Education

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

The library is a happening place on a weekday afternoon at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Students are checking out books, others are returning or renewing them. A few students come up to the front desk to request use of one of the computers. Nancy Mijangos is at the heart of it all. This is her fourth […]

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

When Navarre High School teacher Jennifer Watson was named the school’s teacher of the year, she said she could not believe it. “My name was listed among the top three candidates, and I almost passed out… (When I was selected) I was stunned. I think I do a pretty darn good job, but wow. I […]

Educators go WILD

Educators go WILD

Despite being closed to the public, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center was packed last week as educators from all-around and from all disciplines got a little wild with a Project WILD workshop. Project WILD is a national curriculum program designed to connect students to environmentally centered education. There are a variety of resources […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

  Anti-bullying T-shirts, tutus, body suits and even traffic cones were among the orange attire donned by hundreds of students that flooded Navarre High School’s football field Oct. 25 for Unity Day. More than 300 of the students wore the message “one school, one town, one family.” Unity Day is a national anti-bullying, inclusion movement […]

Caught in crossfire

Caught in crossfire

The gymnasium thundered with the stomping of feet and screaming of spectators. Giant signs emblazoned with glittery flames waved high above the heads of hundreds who sat in the stands or crouched behind ropes on the gym floor. The announcer called the final minute as sweat beaded on one driver’s forehead. He deftly maneuvered the […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

Navarre JROTC finishes strong at drill meet

Navarre JROTC finishes strong at drill meet

The Navarre JROTC Raider Battalion traveled to Gulf Breeze to compete in the first drill meet of the season. “This is an Air Force drill meet so our Cadets had to learn a new drill card for this competition,” Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge, Naval science instructor said. “Our teams did very well in the armed […]

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

Northwest Florida is home to dozens of companies that require highly skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet that need, Santa Rosa County School District has proposed the creation of Innovation High School. This new STEM-centric school would focus on preparing students for these careers through rigorous curriculum without the […]

Planting the seeds with Junior Garden Club

Planting the seeds with Junior Garden Club

  Students of West Navarre Intermediate School and Holley-Navarre Intermediate School are learning about their local ecosystems and making some of their own as part of the Junior Garden Club. Once a month these students get together with Navarre Garden Club volunteers to learn lessons about everything from climate to amphibians. Then each student does […]

Navarre spreads kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day

Navarre spreads kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day

Navarre High School students will unite Oct. 25 for a day of kindness, acceptance and inclusion as part of national Unity Day. Unity Day, a program of the Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, is an annual event designed to end bullying through the promotion of accepting practices. Members of NHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) […]

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

For the first time in the contest’s history, the Congressional App Challenge is open to students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the district, has signed on for this year’s competition. His participation means that northwest Florida students in high school or earlier grades are eligible. Established in 2013, the […]

NJROTC cadets of the month

NJROTC cadets of the month

Navarre High’s Raider Battalion Cadets of the Month for September 2017 are Junior Cadet Azandrya Fuentes and Senior Cadet Matthew Horton. They were nominated by their platoon leaders based on their leadership skills, NJROTC knowledge and their dedication to the NJROTC Program. Read the full article in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

Traditional school resists tech trend

Traditional school resists tech trend

In the classrooms of Gulf Pointe Latin School, there is no chance of hearing the chime of a cellphone. There are no laptops or tablets either. No computers. There is not even a projector or a calculator. Instead there are students learning in a way that is older than the U.S. education system. They use […]

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

If you were to observe a recitation during the third week of first grade at Gulf Pointe Latin School (GPLS), you would hear 10 young voices happily and excitedly recite from memory in their sing-song young voices: the seasons, the five vowels and the sounds they make, how many months there are in a year […]

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

Navarre has announced its Homecoming Court for 2017. Members of the Senior Court are Dylan Porter, Natalie Duphiney, Zach McPhearson, Abby Webb, Sam Register, Emory Burda, Hanna Sisson, Aaron Williams, Nicholle Fenstermaker, Sam Jordan, Katelynn Joyner and Jaren Palmasani. Navarre will play Escambia in it Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Featured in the […]

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Captain Michael Fisher has been a Senior Naval science instructor for Navarre’s NJROTC program for nearly two months and noted the transition to the position has been a smooth one. “I’ve clicked pretty well with the students. No one has called me Captain Eubanks yet,” Fisher said with a laugh. Eubanks spent 16 years helping […]

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

When it comes to teaching the birds and the bees, the Santa Rosa County School District outsources the task. The district has entrusted the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to handle teaching students about sex, healthy relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. Director of Student Services Sherry Smith said it is not uncommon to bring in […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Cassie Nolan moved over to Holley-Navarre Primary this school year and has brought her popular Raider Role Models program with her. A fourth-grade teacher at the intermediate school the last three years, Nolan teaches kindergarten now and is looking forward to having Navarre High football players come to the school once a week to work […]

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

A collection of grade schoolers against a multibillion-dollar national industry: Navarre High School senior Catalina Rios likes those odds. She will be taking on “big tobacco” in the coming school year as one of four representatives of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advocacy Board Region 1. Rios was elected to the board by […]

HNMS students score perfection

HNMS students score perfection

Each year middle school students take Florida Standards Assessment exams to determine their knowledge of course material in subjects such as language arts, science and civics. The results are in, and four Holley Navarre Middle School students scored perfect on FSA subject area tests. The perfect scores were Katlynn Johnson in science, Gerald Cult in […]

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

Though it was the height of the Cold War, it was unbearably hot. Inside a Soviet submarine lurking in the depths of the Caribbean Sea in October 1962, the air conditioning had stopped working and the temperature was more than 120 degrees, said 14-year-old history buff and Gulf Breeze Middle School graduate Max Mateer. He […]

Navigator Communities build character

Navigator Communities build character

Five big black balloons floated in the fingers of West Navarre Intermediate School teachers as hundreds of new third-graders gathered and waited. Each one had been handed a number, one through five, corresponding to the nondescript balloons. This day would define them for the next three years. The first balloon was burst, and colorful confetti […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

SADD and MADD want your shoes

SADD and MADD want your shoes

Whether the sneakers are too small, too big, too dirty or too stinky, Navarre High School SADD wants those shoes to help those impacted by drunken driving. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This national organization has chapters at middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country all working to provide peer-to-peer education […]

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