Education

Students put their best foot forward at Navarre High job fair

Students put their best foot forward at Navarre High job fair

With resumes in hand, smiles on their faces and a determination to put their best foot forward in front of perspective employers, students walked from table to table meeting with employers Thursday morning at the Navarre High School job fair. Junior Nataley Porter was among the nearly 400 students on hand for the sixth annual […]

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Inside a classroom at lunchtime, Emily Sands is sitting next to a student at a table. They are scrolling through pictures on her phone. Across the room, students are laughing and listening to songs, trying to guess the artist. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Holley Navarre Primary opens new playground to students

Holley Navarre Primary opens new playground to students

Student Dalton Schostag, 8, cut the ribbon for Holley-Navarre Primary School’s new playground Friday. Dalton was joined by students, school administrators and Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce members. Featured in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Kids for Camp opens enrollment

Kids for Camp opens enrollment

Autism Pensacola’s camper application period for the 2018 summer learning lab Kids for Camp kicks off Feb. 6 with an informational meeting at 6 p.m. in the Pollak Training Center at Arc Gateway. Childcare is available, but reservations are necessary. Sign up online at http://bit.ly/K4Camp2018. Established in 2002, Autism Pensacola is a not-for-profit organization dedicated […]

Cosky still saving the world

Cosky still saving the world

As Gulf Breeze High School science students tapped away on their computers Jan. 24, a flurry of school district administrators, teachers and people wielding cameras came barging through the doorway with a surprise announcement to make. Science teacher Erin Cosky was named Santa Rosa’s Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Children, parents have rights in IEP jungle

Children, parents have rights in IEP jungle

  When a child with an intellectual or developmental disability enters into the education system, that child’s parents or guardians are thrust into the world of IEP. IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. Special education consultant Amy Lorton, owner of My IEP Advocate in Pensacola, works with families throughout the nation to develop these individualized […]

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

Levin gifts $8 million estate to UWF

  In a historic donation, Pensacola-based attorney Fred Levin announced Friday the gift of his multimillion-dollar home and estate to the University of West Florida. The 7,500-square-foot waterfront home, located on Bayou Texar, is known as Timeless Tanglewood. The donation also includes much of the renovated home’s contents, including works of art and collectors’ items. […]

School Choice Week highlights diverse options

School Choice Week highlights diverse options

When Navarre parents launch their children into education, the majority will send their students to the public school institution they are districted for. But that might not be the best option said Shelby Doyle, the director of communications and external relations for National School Choice Week. She pointed out that there are many different types […]

Turning cell phones into learning tools

Turning cell phones into learning tools

Students of Holley Navarre Middle School could get a lesson in good character via their cell phones starting last week through a new program rolled out by teacher Jeff Strumeyer. Posters baring QR codes, machine-readable codes of black and white squares, lined the hallways enticing students to take a scan and get a Positive Behavior […]

Horton enters school board race

Horton enters school board race

Another candidate has thrown their hat into the ring for the upcoming midterm election, and this time it is a Santa Rosa School Board seat. Liz Horton of Gulf Breeze will be seeking election to the District 5 seat which represents Gulf Breeze Elementary, Gulf Breeze Middle, Gulf Breeze High, Oriole Beach Elementary and Woodlawn […]

Five things young, student and first-time tax filers should know

Five things young, student and first-time tax filers should know

Transitioning into the workforce is often an important step into adulthood for high school and college students, but with a paycheck also comes a W-2. Navigating the complex and changing tax system can be overwhelming for first-time filers, said Chris Kelly, certified public accountant and partner in Lynchard Kelly CPA. Responding by email to a […]

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

After 50 years, $50 million was just not enough. The University of West Florida celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a goal-smashing $64.4 million Capital Campaign, raised by almost 20,000 donors, including 55 planned gifts and nearly $18 million in scholarships. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of the community we serve, the alumni we […]

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

UWF breaks ground on Laboratory Sciences Annex

The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering broke ground Jan. 5 on a Laboratory Sciences Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory on the Pensacola campus to provide additional space for classroom and wet research lab needs. The $26.26 million, state-of-the-art facility, comprising 52,790 gross square feet, […]

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the five semifinalists selected from 33 school nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Congratulations to April Ballard, S.S. Dixon Intermediate; Erin Cosky, Gulf Breeze High; Mark Sargent, Santa Rosa High; Christina Andrus, West Navarre Primary; Joshua Odom, Woodlawn Beach Middle. The SREF Teacher of the Year […]

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Santa Rosa provides homes for homeless students

Once-homeless children and families in Santa Rosa County will be settling into their new residences soon as lease agreements are executed in the first round of placements for the Santa Rosa County School District’s pilot housing program. Officially called the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, Santa Rosa County’s portion of a state grant totals $750,000 to […]

Navarre’s JROTC program headed to Nationals

Navarre’s JROTC program headed to Nationals

Navarre’s Junior ROTC unit swept the orienteering competition for the second consecutive year and is headed back to nationals. The competition was held at Oak Mountain State Park over the weekend and Navarre placed first on the green, orange and yellow courses. Shaun Parcher had the top time for the boys on the green course, […]

What do you want most for Christmas?

What do you want most for Christmas?

West Navarre Primary School students in Mrs. Nance’s first grade class were asked what they wanted most for Christmas this year.                                              

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Holley-Navarre Primary school students got their very own book signing, special craft and a lesson in publishing Friday with local author Sara Taylor in honor of the launch of “Mira the Misfit Sea Dragon.” Students in Kristy Davis’ second-grade class gathered around to hear Taylor talk about the writing process and read her latest creation. […]

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

  More than a decade ago, Tina Wells could be found at Eglin Air Force Base working with a variety of dead pathogens. She was an epidemiologist doing secret work for the U.S. Department of Defense, studying how certain strains of illnesses traveled and spread when released into the air. When that work wrapped up, […]

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit turned in another impressive orienteering performance. Competing in the Area 8 competition at Camp McDowell in Alabama, the Raider cadets took home top honors on both the orange and green courses. The top two runners on each of those courses were from Navarre. There was a yellow course as well […]

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

School district not yet sold on Tiger Point site

Contrary to public comments by Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser last week, the Santa Rosa School District isn’t in negotiations with the City of Gulf Breeze to buy a portion of its Tiger Point Golf Club. Assistant School Superintendent Joey Harrell told this newspaper last week that the district, while interested in a 47-acre parcel […]

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise attack by the Japanese, thrusting the United States into World War II. A total of 2,403 lives were lost in the attack. The tragic moment in history happened long ago, but it’s not forgotten. Thursday morning at […]

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

In the early morning hours of a Sunday in 1941, the soldiers stationed at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii, were not expecting an attack. Many ships were moored there, and airplanes were packed tightly on the runway when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes came over the horizon. The attack destroyed several ships […]

NHS collects teddies for sick children

NHS collects teddies for sick children

Children spending the holiday season at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will receive some fuzzy friends thanks to the students of Navarre High School. The NHS Student Government Association is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive next week during school. Students will be able to share the love with sick children by donating stuffed animals to the […]

Nelms extols ‘independence and curiosity’ of fourth-graders

Nelms extols ‘independence and curiosity’ of fourth-graders

Amanda Nelms taught swim lessons while in high school and college. She also has family members who are in the education field. So teaching came natural to the fourth grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate. “As a kid, I always liked younger children and I always knew I wanted to work with kids,” Nelms said. […]

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Teaching was not Jennifer Dantin’s first career choice but it might be her best one. For most of her adult life her primary jobs had been secretarial work and caring for her two children, but at 38 years old, Dantin decided to go back to school. “I thought teaching would be a way to influence […]

First grade is the perfect fit for Andrus

First grade is the perfect fit for Andrus

Christina Andrus walks into her first-grade classroom at West Navarre Primary and lets her class know she is going to read them a story. They gather on the floor around her chair and listen closely, hanging on every word. Andrus is one of those teachers who clearly takes pride in her job.  Through her interaction […]

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Jennifer Dantin and Janet Pfalzgraf Second Grade Classes at Holley Navarre Primary School shared what they were thankful for this year.   I am thankful for my brother because he lets me sleep in his bed at night whene I have nightmares and because he tucks me in.  – Preslee, age 7 I am thankful […]

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

Eliminating threats in space, white-hat hacking and coding protection for the entire U.S. Navy were just a few of the career goals discussed with students at the Congressional App Challenge Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of West Florida. The event was the culmination of weeks of coding work for more than a dozen high […]

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 […]

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