Education

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District have been challenged to embrace the language of computers in devising innovative solutions to problems as part of the Congressional App Challenge. Laura Rakas is helping to coordinate the local challenge on behalf of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of […]

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

School districts across Florida purchased more than $59 million in Florida agricultural products last school year, and Santa Rosa students chowed down a few of those millions in produce. October has been dubbed National Farm to School Month to celebrate the use of local farmers’ produce in schools and the Florida Department of Agriculture and […]

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

The University of West Florida (UWF) launched the second installment of Gulf Stories Sept. 24, a free online course that explores a range of topics, from art and advanced manufacturing to citizen science and coastal ecology. Gulf Stories 2 features the work of five UWF faculty researchers and takes a close look at Gulf Coast […]

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Navarre Beach residents are no stranger to the corrosive nature of beach air. From the local fire department to residents with yard ornaments, every exposed item on the beach must withstand the salty air.           Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

The University of West Florida highlighted their 2018 incoming top scholars Sept. 25, paying a special shout out to the four 2018 National Merit Scholar Finalists enrolled this year. Only 15,000 of the more than 1.6 million juniors across the country who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition were selected as Finalists. Read the […]

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

Hands-on animal encounters form core of Lighthouse class

For Lighthouse Private Christian Academy teacher Todd Quinn, work comes home with him. Literally. The zoology and agriculture instructor’s backyard is a bit of a zoo. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for […]

Brown reflects on insights gained at Girls State

Brown reflects on insights gained at Girls State

On the evening of Sept. 20, Navarre High School senior Sarah Brown prepared for an evening to honor her at the American Legion Auxiliary in Navarre for making her mark as Governor alongside hundreds of Florida girls. It was one of many ceremonies that celebrated her work at the Girls State Conference this past June. […]

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Few 17-year-olds understand the sometimes complicated innerworkings of Florida’s legislative process. Even fewer have lived it. But from June 9-14, four teen representatives from Navarre and Gulf Breeze made their way to Tallahassee to perform their own miniature version of a legislative session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference. Read the […]

Seniors Risa and Shine for Homecoming

Seniors Risa and Shine for Homecoming

The morning started on the brink of dawn Friday as Navarre High’s Student Government Association set up on the football field in preparation for more than 200 students Friday. A few early risers danced in the stands not waiting for the event to officially start at 6 a.m. before getting it into full swing. Read […]

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Amid the fun of Bring Your Parent to School Day at Holley-Navarre Middle School, parents also received a more somber message last week as part of an online safety presentation. Kimberly Zarnesky, an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, came to the school to share tips for parents to protect their children online. […]

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen

                Kanoka Palmer accepted the tiara, roses and sash as the 2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen. As seen in the Sept. 27 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 days free. Go […]

ROTC unit keeps memory of Sept. 11 alive for others

ROTC unit keeps memory of Sept. 11 alive for others

Captain Michael Fisher’s father-in-law was supposed to be a pilot on the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon on the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Because he was a little under the weather, he called a friend to fill in for him. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue […]

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Cassie Nolan wasn’t sure if the Raider Role Models program was going to take place this fall. When Navarre head football coach Jay Walls approached her about it, asking if she planned to do it again this year because his players were asking about it, the Holley-Navarre Primary School kindergarten teacher knew she had to […]

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

Navarre High School has announced its Homecoming Court for 2018. Members of the Senior Court are David Melega, Garon Finley, Dante Wright, Nathan Lovell, Cody Register, Preston Stricklin, Chloe Reaves, Sydney Gracey, Megan Rudman, Ashley Becklund, Alexie Scroggins and Kanoka Palmer. Navarre will play Pine Forest at their Homecoming game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. […]

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University of West Florida’s nationally recognized cybersecurity research and education program has added a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity starting this fall. UWF is the first university in Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber […]

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Students of Gulf Breeze High School trained for in-demand hospitality jobs this month as the school rolled out its new Hospitality and Tourism Academy. Instructor Jasmine Crowell has a degree in hospitality, and she said she is happy to share her knowledge with students. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre […]

School district will hire bus liaisons

School district will hire bus liaisons

Let’s talk about it. Beleaguered by parents who are frustrated over poor bus service as the school year starts, Santa Rosa District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick will hire two new officials to listen and better communicate what’s being done in response. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Sarah Brown is in elite company. The commanding officer of Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit received the prestigious Legion of Valor for Outstanding Achievement Tuesday afternoon. Only 20 cadets out of 88,000 across the world are awarded it each year. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High School is no stranger to suicide. The school with a population of more than 2,000 has seen three students choose to take their own lives in the last two years. One is one too many, says parent Justyn MacFarland. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle School students are molding themselves for leadership this school year thanks to the Student Leadership Development Course, a program dedicated to building leadership and life skills in seventh and eighth graders. Principal Joie DeStefano said Dean Dan Schmidt was the perfect man to teach the class due to his 28 years serving […]

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Last weekend was one of the most violent on a football Friday night. There were three shootings outside stadiums in three different states, including Florida, and that has prompted a more proactive approach to preventing future incidents. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Rocky start for Santa Rosa’s new school bus provider

Rocky start for Santa Rosa’s new school bus provider

It was a rough first week for Santa Rosa County School District’s new school bus service provider, Students Transportation of America Inc. (STA). Students were picked up and dropped off as much as an hour behind schedule. Read the full article in the Aug. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

With two teachers union-backed candidates winning seats on the Santa Rosa School Board, some members foresee more cooperation on the lingering pay dispute that could ease contention with District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “We need to look at our priorities, which include instructional salaries,” said Wei Ueberschaer. She defeated District 5 board incumbent Scott Peden, winning […]

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

The election is more than two years away, but David Gunter is thinking ahead. The Santa Rosa School District administrator filed Aug. 8 as a candidate for superintendent of schools. Gunter said his career with the school district has afforded him the opportunity to improve the community, whether it be educating students in the classroom […]

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

School nurse ranks thin in Santa Rosa

By most measures the quality of health care in Santa Rosa public schools is high, but that’s despite a relatively low ratio of registered nurses to the rising student population. In a diplomatically worded report to the county school board earlier this month, Leslie Adams, the district’s nursing coordinator under the Florida Department of Health, […]

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

The proposed $366 million budget for Santa Rosa County’s public schools in 2018-2019 is ground zero in a labor-management battle between teachers and district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick that underscores the frustration on both sides. To the teachers’ Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) union, the most unsatisfying part of the budget is the sometimes misunderstood “general […]

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 […]

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