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Schools embrace tech revolution

Schools embrace tech revolution

In the not-too-distant past, advanced technology in classrooms was synonymous with scientific calculators, desktop computers, projectors and occasionally laptops. But times have changed. Over the years south Santa Rosa educators have utilized a wide variety of programs, devices and websites. High school students use WeatherSTEM, a weather data collection device, to study data patterns for […]

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recognized all of the Teachers of the Year. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.   (Not Pictured) Teresa Berg, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the year is indeed a distinction among teachers. The winners find great honor in the award because they are selected by their peers. In her sixth year at the school, Emily Simon is West Navarre Primary’s award winner this year. “I’m so honored to represent West Navarre Primary. Any one of our teachers […]

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

In her seventh year of teaching, Thomin is Holley-Navarre Primary’s Teacher of the Year. “I was very surprised and I feel so honored to have that. I’m surrounded by amazing teachers at this school so this is very, very nice,” Thomin said. Thomin exudes passion for her job even when she is talking about it, […]

Trigg’s Trigglets boosted spirits of Desert Shield parents

Trigg’s Trigglets boosted spirits of Desert Shield parents

  Long before military deployments were the norm for families, during an operation called Desert Shield, Operation Desert Friends was taking Navarre’s deployed families by storm. In 1990, prior to the beginning of the Gulf War, Robert Trigg, a second-grade teacher at then Holley-Navarre Elementary, started what became a widely recognized program to promote communication […]

Back-to-school orientation, start dates

Back-to-school orientation, start dates

Navarre High School Grade levels: 9-12 Principal: Brian Noack Phone: 936-6080 Start time: 9:15 a.m. Dismissal time: 3:21 p.m.   Woodlawn Beach Middle School Grade levels: 6-8 Principal: Victor Lowrimore Phone: 934-4010 Start time: 7:20 a.m. Dismissal time: 1:26 p.m. Other info: Aug. 13: Schedule pick up for 6th  grade from noon to 3 p.m. […]

Former teacher co-authors children’s book

Former teacher co-authors children’s book

Kirsten Brown never imagined she would be an author. She worked as a history teacher for three years, including one at Navarre High School, and then went on to become a lawyer in South Florida. After her two sons were born, Brown quit practicing law and opened Learning Express Toy Store in Fort Lauderdale. When […]

$2M grant will benefit north end students

$2M grant will benefit north end students

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a five-year $1.9 million grant to Santa Rosa County Schools to create community learning centers that offer “academic enrichment” opportunities when school is out of session. The criteria requires the grant be used to assist students who attend “high-poverty and low-performing” schools. “The program helps students meet state and […]

STEAM to push county students to next level

STEAM to push county students to next level

The Santa Rosa County School District rolled out with great fervor a five-year, $500,000 partnership with Discovery Education this week which promises to change the DNA of how students learn and how they are taught. Keynote speaker Cindy Moss of Charlotte, N.C., a presenter with Discovery Education, facilitated the three-hour STEAM Leadership Retreat with STEAM […]

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Four Northwest Florida school districts serving military-related students will receive millions more in state aid next year, thanks to a budget initiative by Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). The special funding was included in the budget approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The “military-connected student supplement” is part of a […]

Raider Games hosts 61 athletes

Raider Games hosts 61 athletes

More than 60 young athletes gathered Friday morning to show off their skills at Navarre High School’s Bennett C. Russell Stadium for the fourth annual Raider Games. Students from both primary schools, both intermediate schools, Holley-Navarre Middle School and the high school participated in field events including races, the ring toss, the parachute, tee-ball, dancing […]

Young musicians share the spotlight at national conference

Young musicians share the spotlight at national conference

With a first name that translates to “sweet melody,” it’s only fitting that Ariana Sealy is serious about music. The fifth-grader, along with four other young musicians, make up the Navarre Youth Chorale, which recently returned from Organization of American Kodály Educators’ (OAKE) National Conference in Minneapolis. Ann Leffard, Holley-Navarre Primary School’s music teacher, heads the […]

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

More than 500 students, teachers and parents were treated to a magic show Tuesday, Feb. 3, at West Navarre Primary School. “The Pro-Kids Show,” a local favorite, mixed comedy, music, magic and puppets which were all met with thunderous laughter that filled the school’s cafeteria. South Florida resident Scott Humston takes his version of “The […]

Reading under the stars

Reading under the stars

Students lined the halls in their pajamas as the sun set over Holley-Navarre Primary School Jan. 29. The evening, dubbed as a “literacy family night,” included three different stations focused on reading. Principal Barbara Scott hosted the “Launch into Reading” station in which she read “Amelia Bedelia” to students while dressed in a flight suit. […]

Students rock against drugs

Students rock against drugs

Students around Navarre are dressed up today to signify their pledge to be drug free. According to David Gunter, director of middle schools, the Santa Rosa County School District does not have a significant drug problem. “When you look at the number of students we have, we have a relatively small number of drug-related incidents,” […]

Primary school earns $50K in pledges for technology, charity

Primary school earns $50K in pledges for technology, charity

Holley Navarre Primary School Principal Barbara Scott recalled when Lorna Hawley, PTO president, told one Boosterthon staff member her fundraising goal of $50,000. “He laughed and said, ‘okay.’” The day after the fun run, Hawley had calculated $50,222 in pledges. Read more in the Oct. 16 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Kindergartners embark on co-teaching journey

Kindergartners embark on co-teaching journey

It’s a different approach. Instead of dividing, one classroom at Holley Navarre Primary is multiplying. As of Oct. 8, a few lucky kindergartners got the opportunity to learn from two teachers in one classroom. “It’s really a win-win situation for the children,” Principal Barbara Scott said. “It provides more one-on-one and more small group instruction for the students.” Read more in the […]

Navarre school locked down

Navarre school locked down

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Deputy Rich Aloy has confirmed that no police report has been filed after Holley Navarre Primary School was in lockdown for 30  minutes on Sept. 2. Office staff reported an irate parent caused the school to initiate safety protocols that resulted in the 30 minute lockdown procedure. Aloy confirmed […]

New WNPS principal continues family legacy of leadership

New WNPS principal continues family legacy of leadership

William “B.J.” Price III will be the new principal at West Navarre Primary School (WNPS) in November. However, serving as a leader in the local school district is nothing new to his family. His dad, Bill Price, also rose through the ranks, retiring as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction. “Their heart and soul is about service to children,” said Santa Rosa County Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, who has […]

‘Raider role models’ launches at HNIS

‘Raider role models’ launches at HNIS

“They have scratches and bumps all over them,” said fourth-grader Elizabeth Boone as she watched Navarre High School football players walk by at Holley Navarre Intermediate School. Boone will be participating in a new mentorship pilot program at Holley Navarre Intermediate School that will pair fourth graders with Navarre High School football players once a […]

‘Serious fun’ takes over West Navarre Intermediate

‘Serious fun’ takes over West Navarre Intermediate

Excitement built during the first week of school at West Navarre Intermediate School as hints about the sorting ceremony for the school’s communities were leaked out. “This is a serious day. We’re going to have some serious fun,” announced Crissey as he danced, joked and emceed his way through the ceremony. The program involves teaching the […]

They’re back

They’re back

Students and parents filed in local schools Monday, Aug. 18, to launch the new school year. Lines were long and parking was scarce forcing many back-to-schoolers to get an early morning workout as they hiked varied distances to reach their destinations, many of them hauling school supplies. At West Navarre Intermediate, traffic was backed up all the way to Highway 98. At Holley Navarre Primary, cars […]

What makes a healthy school lunch?

What makes a healthy school lunch?

Forty-one percent of students take their lunches to school. In February, the Government Accountability Office reported that participation in the National School Lunch Program had declined 3.7 percent over the last three school years. “Children need well-balanced meals and healthy snacks to help them perform well in school,” said Dr. Ashley Aksew, who works in […]

Gifted program reboots with legos, video games

Gifted program reboots with legos, video games

The West Navarre Intermediate School (WNIS) gifted and talented program is getting a reboot this year. At a meeting Aug. 7, students voted on iPads for their 2014-2015 courses from a list of 12 choices. The students chose Game Star, CSI Genetics, Creative Engineering through Legos and Literature as their top three choices. Courses that […]

New look, new program at West Navarre Intermediate

New look, new program at West Navarre Intermediate

“I really am trying to do things differently,” said West Navarre Intermediate School Principal David Crissey. He has been busy this summer–busy developing new ideas for his students returning in just a few weeks. The first thing students might notice is the special welcome back envelope that will feature a surprise inspired from a favorite […]

Campers focus on fins, flippers

Campers focus on fins, flippers

Even as summer winds down, Navarre Beach Marine Station (NBMSS) summer camps are still in full swing. Kindergartners through second graders last week attended Fins and Flippers. The camp could be described as an introduction to NBMSS. “We talk about turtles and dolphins and sea otters,” said camp leader Emily Simon, referring to the mammals that […]

School shoppers save Aug. 1 – 3

School shoppers save Aug. 1 – 3

The State of Florida’s “Back to School” tax-free holiday begins at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 1 and continues through 11:59 p.m., Aug. 3. The state estimates Florida residents will save at least $40 million over the three-day, tax-free holiday. A complete list of school supplies and other useful information about Navarre area schools is available in […]

Free transportation to immunization clinics

Free transportation to immunization clinics

A church in Milton will offer free transportation in August for Navarre and Gulf Breeze residents who would like to access back-to-school immunizations from the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County. Ferris Hill Baptist Church is offering free transportation to the health department July 31, Aug.7 and Aug. 14 for students who need back to […]

Navarre Area School Supply Lists

Navarre Area School Supply Lists

Here is your consolidated source for back to school supplies for Navarre area schools. Check out the July 31 edition of the Navarre Press for our Back to School guide with even more information or subscribe online here. Navarre area School Supply Lists Holley Navarre Primary West Navarre Primary Holley Navarre Intermediate West Navarre Intermediate Holley Navarre […]