education

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Environmental groups are coming together Sept. 28, for “A Day for the Dunes” to promote the importance of coastal ecosystems hosted by Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (FCOLC) and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center (NBMSS). This family friendly educational event is designed with the purpose of inspiring both children and adults […]

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Holley Navarre Middle School broke the 1,000-student threshold last year as growth continues to rise. This year the school started its first day with an enrollment of 1,060. While adding new students has meant new learning opportunities, it also means finding new places to put all those students, said Principal Joie DeStefano.   Read the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

The deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign or veto bills in 2019 has passed, and the results have left the Santa Rosa County School District with more freedom than they previously had. HB 7070, a massive and complex education bill, received the Governor’s signature May 9.   Read the full article in the May […]

Child care experts: Make education a priority

Child care experts: Make education a priority

When parents select child care, often the top priorities are safety and proximity to the parent. This can be especially true when options are slim, said David Lawrence. Lawrence is a retired journalist and early learning advocate who helped to get universal voluntary prekindergarten launched in Florida. He said he is concerned with the trends […]

Parents have tools for children’s success

Parents have tools for children’s success

The human brain experiences its greatest period of development during the first five years of life, according to child development experts. By capitalizing on this spongy state, parents and teachers can help children to succeed well into adulthood, scientists have found. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

The 1962 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remove prayer from public schools fueled an upsurge in private, Christian schools. While an appealing alternative for many Christian parents, private school tuitions exceeded their budgets, so they began to explore other options. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Parents enlisted as ‘cheerleaders’ to boost test readiness

Students across Florida last week completed the first round of high-stakes testing that will determine everything from teacher compensation to the ranking of schools. Holley Navarre Intermediate School was no exception. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade had their learning tested in writing and reading through Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) exams. Read the full […]

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Finding the right school for your children can be a difficult task. Selection can be even more complicated by variables related to income, location and student performance. Since 2001, the Step Up for Students scholarship program has been utilized by private and public schools throughout Florida. Read the full article in the March 14 issue […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today more than $422 million will be invested into teacher and principal compensation increases as part of reforms to the Best and Brightest Teachers program. The announcement came during a press conference at Armwood High School in Seffner, FL. “What we are trying to do is identify those teachers that are […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading By Brian Lester

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading  By Brian Lester

Cheers erupted when Kazoo strolled into the cafeteria at West Navarre Intermediate School Monday morning. The famed Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot was in town to help kick off Literacy Week. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Tripling down on school protection from would be shooters, Santa Rosa schools are spending millions of dollars on new measures to keep out bad guys or stop them in their tracks. In cooperation with Sheriff Bob Johnson, schools are bolstering his force of resource officers with upgraded cameras, alarms that notify more officers within 10 […]

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

All living things have four basic needs for their habitat: fresh water to drink, food to eat, shelter and a place to raise young. Without these things they cannot thrive, and their species can be in danger of extinction. Each part of a ecosystem is dependent on the other parts to succeed. Read the full […]

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