Education

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Drum majors mark time, lead Raider marching band

Perched atop the metal stand, some six feet above the assembled Navarre marching band, drum majors Kaylee McDonald and Sydney Lawson give direction and listen to the drums, woodwinds and brass sections assembled in a semi-circle just off the football field. Their elevation commands the attention of the band.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 […]

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

Local student receives RJ Young scholarship

A local graduate has been selected as one of four recipients in the Southeast for RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program. Genevieve Edwards of Navarre will receive a boost from the scholarship funds as she pursues her degree at the University of West Florida.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

‘They’re back’

‘They’re back’

First day of school in Navarre!   Navarre High School students make their way to class.             Olivia Roman and Evelyn Sanford take a selfie with teacher Trendi Johnson.                 Kalia Beard is excited to start her first day with dad Preston by […]

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

Director selected for new UWF AI doctorate program

The University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) have announced the appointment of Dr. Kristen “Brent” Venable as the inaugural director of the Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems and Robotics program. UWF is partnering with IHMC for the program, which begins this fall.   Read the full article […]

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Erica Schultz jokes that it’s like feeding an army or two when talking about the mom’s club providing meals for Navarre’s JV and varsity football players during the first week of camp. The Raiders are treated to breakfast and lunch every day.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

School starts Monday and Stuff the Bus has raised enough donations to send a backpack full of all necessary school supplies with every student who applied for assistance. But there are still needs to be met, so the drive to raise funds continues. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Food drive focuses on healthy options

Food drive focuses on healthy options

When well-meaning donors drop off food at banks for those in need, sometimes they do not realize the nutritional value of that donation can affect the health of a family. Donations may have a lower-than-ideal nutritional content because donors do not know better or because they believe the less healthy option is more affordable, said […]

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and sometimes art (STEAM) have taken classrooms across the country and world by storm in recent years. For Santa Rosa County School District, this approach to teaching has been a core part of the education model since the STEAM Innovate program launched in 2015, making the district a trailblazer on […]

Camp raises civics awareness

Camp raises civics awareness

Holley Navarre Middle School civics teacher Ashley Hall transformed into Paul Revere to share the story of the midnight ride Monday as part of Civics Camp. This one-day summer camp at the school gave incoming seventh-graders an opportunity to learn about civics principles ahead of the upcoming school year through games and activities.   As […]

Raider band swelters, ends first week on high note

Raider band swelters, ends first week on high note

The first week of summer band practice ended on a high note last Thursday when drum major Kaylee McDonald dismissed the group, praising her bandmates for their effort and sound. The Raider band began its new school year. The teenage musicians and color guard met the challenge head on, learning a new style of marching and coming together […]

School district analyzing state test data

School district analyzing state test data

Official school grades have not been released yet, but Santa Rosa County School District staffers are already digging into the data about student scores on the Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course Examinations from last school year. Overall, the school district did fairly well, said Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. […]

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Children throughout Santa Rosa County are guaranteed free lunch and breakfast thanks to the Summer Break Spot free meal program, as long as they can get to where the meals are served. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds school districts nationwide to provide free, nutritious meals to anyone under 18 years old even when […]

Social media generates added pressure for student-athletes

Social media generates added pressure for student-athletes

Caleb Long received a red card in Navarre’s soccer game against rival Washington last season. If that had happened 25 years ago, no one outside the stadium would have known about it. In the world today, however, society is obsessed with social media, almost a prisoner to it.   Read the full article in the […]

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

Raiders battle misconceptions and pressure of balancing academics with sports

From the outside looking in, life looks good for high school student-athletes. Popularity. Success. The opportunity to play the sport they love in front of adoring fans. They have it made. Or so it seems to those who don’t see life through the eyes of an athlete.   Read the full article in the July […]

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

UWF named second best university in the state of Florida

The University of West Florida (UWF) is the second-best institution in the state according to state performance-based metrics released June 12. UWF earned 94 points out of the 100-point scale in the Board of Governor’s performance-based funding model results from the 2018-19 academic year.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of […]

Navarre students raise $1,000 for animal rescue effort

Navarre students raise $1,000 for animal rescue effort

From philanthropy to architecture and engineering, West Navarre Intermediate School gifted students got some unique lessons this past school year. And it all came from doghouses.     Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a […]

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

One man’s trash is Camp Invention’s treasure

In a pile of used cardboard, bottles and other tossed-aside items, children dig about, grabbing handfuls and turning items over and over in their hands. This was the scene last week in a hallway of West Navarre Intermediate School.       Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Gulf Breeze swim team looking to square away pool situation

Gulf Breeze swim team looking to square away pool situation

Gulf Breeze is focused on getting its pool situation squared away before the high school swim season begins. Because Hunter Pool in Pensacola is going to be closed at some point after Labor Day for renovation, the Dolphins, who use the pool for practice and meets, need an alternative for the 2019 season.   Read […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

The boy in the tree

The boy in the tree

Bus drivers in Navarre know the boy in the tree. They see him nearly every day of the school year, perched on a branch overlooking the school bus terminal on Escola Street. Pencil and clipboard in hand, 16-year-old John Fowler has a knack for keeping track of the buses. Student Transportation of America (STA) bus […]

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Rain fell hard Thursday morning but didn’t put a damper on a bench dedication for Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High graduate who passed away in 2016. The bench sits outside the Navy Junior ROTC Building. The family of Keifer unveiled it at a ceremony at the high school in front of family and friends. […]

Take Stock in Children awards 27 scholarships

Take Stock in Children awards 27 scholarships

Take Stock in Children and the Santa Rosa Education Foundation awarded $405,000 in scholarships to 27 graduating 2019 seniors who received four-year tuition scholarships. A ceremonial event was held May 29 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

Breaking barriers as the first U.S. academic institution to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Cyber Defense project, the University of West Florida (UWF) showcased its cybersecurity initiatives this month at the fifth NATO Cyber Defense Smart Defense Projects Conference. Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity director, presented both at the conference […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Digital Information Technology students from Woodlawn Beach Middle School and Holley Navarre Middle School descended on The Breeze Cinema in Gulf Breeze May 22 to celebrate their achieving at least three Microsoft certifications. Woodlawn program teacher Kim Kayser said she was incredibly proud of her students in the Digital Information Technology course.   Read the […]

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Before the pomp and circumstance of Saturday’s graduation ceremony, a handful of Navarre High School seniors gathered with their family and friends for a night of worship at a baccalaureate service May 23 in the Navarre Conference Center. Pastor Clint Jernigan explained the service was a joint effort to help send the graduates off in […]

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Students Elizabeth Terracciano, Julia Stephens, Alicia Wright, Liz Lambert, Jacob Herrera and Scout Belanger showed off their pencil skill with self-portraits during the Holley Navarre Middle School 2019 Art Show.             Cardboard sculptures by Alexis Vuyovich and Clayton Dawson both earned spots in the countywide middle school top 25.   […]

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