education

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

Children’s brains complete up to 90 percent of development in the first five years of life, according to research by the Rauch Foundation. Though the typical newborn brain is only a quarter of the size it will reach by adulthood, it will grow rapidly in those first years and develop trillions of synapse connections. Read […]

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

Development follows new school, increases classroom squeeze

It is a continuing catch-22-style dilemma. Soaring student populations have prompted Santa Rosa School District to build a new school west of Holley by the Sea, but that planned construction in an A-ranked school district has propelled the development of 360 new single-family homes around the future school site. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

Horton withdraws from school board race

Horton withdraws from school board race

Liz Horton of Gulf Breeze has withdrawn from the race for District 5 Santa Rosa County School Board. She filed for the election in January. Horton filed her letter of withdrawal with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections May 2. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

UWF 2018 Job Shadow Week provides students hands-on experience

A record number of students participated in the University of West Florida’s 2018 Job Shadow Week this year. A total of 53 students participated, with career interests spanning a variety of industries including hospitality, marketing, environmental science, finance and accounting, business, health care, government and more. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Amid calls for metal detectors and bulletproof glass on school campuses, one Navarre High School student has a simpler, and possibly cheaper, safety measure to add to the debate: identification cards. NHS senior Katelynn Joyner, 17, addressed the Santa Rosa County School Board with her idea Thursday evening. Read the full article in the April […]

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Sentencing to a juvenile detention center can throw a student’s academic progress into jeopardy. There are 315 students currently attending public school in Santa Rosa County who have had some type of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Many of those students have multiple offenses and some have been to jail. Read the […]

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

Navarre students sink the competition at SeaPerch

  Whirring its way through the depths of a backyard pool, a PVC pipe creation maneuvers through obstacles at the direction of its creators, Navarre High School juniors Miguel Homer, 17, and Tricia Winbery, 17. The pair are preparing for competition against others from across the U.S. and beyond.  The award-winning underwater device is called […]

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Director Charlene Mauro was named the 2018 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator this month. The award is given to recognize the efforts of teachers across the country to promote local environmental education and preservation. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Student photojournalist to attend national conference

Student photojournalist to attend national conference

Navarre High School student and future photojournalist Nikki Masters wants to see her photos splashed across the pages of National Geographic. This summer she will get one step closer to achieving that dream as she has been selected as a National Youth Correspondent to attend the prestigious 2018 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George […]

High school seniors make Top 25 artists

High school seniors make Top 25 artists

Navarre High School seniors Arianna Giraldo, Zoe Niles, Faith Drake, Sidnie Kikta (pictured left) and Madi King (pictured right) were selected as Top 25 Senior Artists for Santa Rosa County in 2018. Featured in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of […]

Mrs. Nance’s “Famous Americans” show off in skit

Mrs. Nance’s “Famous Americans” show off in skit

West Navarre Primary School first graders in Ebony Nance’s class shared their knowledge of historic figures Friday during their Famous Americans Skit. Each student picked a famous and historic figure from American history to research. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Woodlawn Beach Middle School rolled out the red carpet and passed out tiaras Feb. 22 as hundreds of young women with a spark for science were welcomed to the second annual GEEKS Science Night. GEEKS stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Read the full article in […]

Cunningham shines bright among peers

Cunningham shines bright among peers

The selection came as a surprise for Katalina Cunningham. A Sunshine State Scholar representing the Santa Rosa County School District in Orlando later this year? Read the full article in the Feb. 22 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 […]

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Proposals currently under consideration by the Constitution Revision Commission have been whittled down from hundreds to 37. If approved by the CRC, the proposed changes will go before Florida voters in November. Here are some of the key proposals: Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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 […]

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 […]

State funds sought for Milton youth program

State funds sought for Milton youth program

Among the multimillion-dollar projects from across the state jockeying for dollars from the Legislature, one $40,000 request from the heart of Milton has made progress. Citizens Moving Forward Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit targeted at providing recreation and education to needy populations in the area. Board President Murray Hamilton said the primary focus of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raiders accept military academy nominations

Raiders accept military academy nominations

In his 15 years at Navarre High School, JROTC Master Chief Jim Ethridge had never seen a congressman come in to present certificates to students in the running for nomination to a military academy. That changed on Tuesday when five Navarre students accepted nominations in person from U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz at a ceremony in […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

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