education

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Kids as chefs

Kids as chefs

Now that school has started why not take the time to not only empower your kiddos but also ensure they’re getting great nutrition? Building lunches for kids isn’t as complicated as it seems. And helping them learn to do it themselves is a bit of a time investment for you, but it will pay dividends […]

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Cassie Nolan moved over to Holley-Navarre Primary this school year and has brought her popular Raider Role Models program with her. A fourth-grade teacher at the intermediate school the last three years, Nolan teaches kindergarten now and is looking forward to having Navarre High football players come to the school once a week to work […]

HNMS students score perfection

HNMS students score perfection

Each year middle school students take Florida Standards Assessment exams to determine their knowledge of course material in subjects such as language arts, science and civics. The results are in, and four Holley Navarre Middle School students scored perfect on FSA subject area tests. The perfect scores were Katlynn Johnson in science, Gerald Cult in […]

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Before going back to school, West Navarre Primary School first-grade teacher Sasha Tiwari got schooled herself. She was selected to join 150 educators from around the world in July at the University of California, San Diego for the annual Discovery Education Network Summer Institute (DENSI). DENSI is an extension of the Discovery Education program utilized […]

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

While some schools banned their teachers and students from watching the eclipse, Navarre High School teachers jumped in with both feet. Earth Science teachers Dena Pruden and Tami McConnell said they were excited for their students to learn about astronomy through the event. “We have been telling our students about it since the start of […]

Welcome back to school Navarre

Welcome back to school Navarre

From the tearful goodbyes of parents of Kindergarteners to the swaggering saunter of the high school seniors, Navarre students of all ages returned to the books Monday kicking of a new school year. Featured in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Navarre senior studies medicine at FSU summer program

Navarre senior studies medicine at FSU summer program

Navarre High School senior Dylan Porter, 16, has his sights set on becoming a doctor. Attending Florida State University’s College of Medicine Summer Institute this summer has solidified that dream for him. “I just really like helping people. It makes me feel really good about myself to help others, and I have always had passion […]

Trade careers leapfrog degree barrier

Trade careers leapfrog degree barrier

When Alex Brummett graduated from Navarre High School in 2014, he knew college was not an option. Brummett had been an average student, and frankly book smarts were not his thing. “I am very hands-on, and I wasn’t college material,” he said. But college is not the only way to succeed in a career, and […]

Lighthouse founder follows calling

Lighthouse founder follows calling

In the wake of hurricane Ivan, many homes and businesses were destroyed. For Joanna Johannes, returning in the wake of the storm with her small children was devastating, she said. She had just moved to Gulf Breeze two years prior, and the storm had totaled her house. “It took everything,” she said. Read the full […]

UWF soars to third place in state ranking

UWF soars to third place in state ranking

After ranking in the bottom three of state universities, the University of West Florida (UWF) has been named the third best performing university in the state based on rankings by the Florida Board of Governors and state-directed measurement. With that position comes roughly $20 million in additional performance-based funding. The measurement is based on a […]

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

The Santa Rosa School District is back on top of the rankings with an A grade for the 2016-17 school year. Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, the district’s ranking had slipped to a B grade. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, said he was pleased to […]

Students STEAM through summer

Students STEAM through summer

Would you trust an 11-year-old to design life-saving buffers along U.S. Highway 98? Would you let a 14-year-old design your home? Fourth-grade teacher Marci Kennison might tell you to rethink your answer. At the second annual Santa Rosa School District STEAM Camp that is exactly what students set  out to do. Woodlawn Beach Middle School […]

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Gulf Coast Discovery Center seeking new site

Navarre Beach’s Gulf Coast Discovery Center has cleared another hurdle toward construction, but it’s also facing a new set of questions. The Discovery Center project was approved as part of a larger multiyear plan for BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill RESTORE Pot 1 funds submitted by Santa Rosa County to the U.S. Treasury, which will […]

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Despite patches of rainy weather, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station launched the first of this year’s summer camps last week. Dolphin Discovery had children entering third through eighth grade learning and playing along Navarre Beach June 12 through 16. The children participated in a variety of activities that familiarized them with the species that […]

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre Intermediate School students in Janet Bryan’s and Jessica Teague’s classes closed out the school year with a hands-on project to wow their parents. Bryan’s class created Neon Navarre. This underwater –themed display glowed with black light paint turning the students’ classroom into a foreign looking nightscape. Read the full article in the June […]

STEAM celebrates successful second year

STEAM celebrates successful second year

As the second year of STEAM education in the Santa Rosa County school system comes to a close, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick can say with confidence that the program has exceeded expectations. “We started this with goals to develop students who could facilitate, collaborate and be innovative,” Wyrosdick said. “It has far surpassed our expectations and […]

Retiring captain leaves lasting impact on Navarre cadets

Retiring captain leaves lasting impact on Navarre cadets

The passage of time hasn’t lessened the impact Capt. Mark Eubanks has had on the life of Sarah Pena and so many others like her who have gone through the Navy Junior ROTC program at Navarre. Pena, now a kindergarten teacher at West Navarre Primary, recalls a moment that provides a great glimpse of Eubanks […]

Go in faith, graduates

Go in faith, graduates

Amid the diplomas, tassels and celebration Navarre High School’s soon-to-be graduates took a moment to honor God Monday during baccalaureate at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Church. Dozens of students along with their family and friends packed the pews to listen to a variety of speakers talk about the importance of keeping faith during this transitory time. […]

Rengert soars to the top of her class

Rengert soars to the top of her class

Britney Rengert still remembers how nervous she was as a freshman at Navarre and feels like that first day of high school wasn’t all that long ago. “It feels like it could have been yesterday,” Rengert said. Four years have gone by in seemingly the snap of a finger and Rengert is set to walk […]

Richuitto honored to be salutatorian

Richuitto honored to be salutatorian

There was a time when Laken Richuitto wasn’t sure if she had a shot at being the salutatorian of Navarre’s Class of 2017. “I used to be No. 3,” Richuitto said. “I didn’t think I would get it.” The honor caught her by surprise and she is proud of the accomplishment. “I am proud and […]

Academy students design, construct practical homes

Academy students design, construct practical homes

Navarre High School Construction Academy students put forward their final projects, model homes and a functional tiny house frame, for judging May 18 as part of the end of year showcase. The academy moved into a fully-stocked, practical workshop last school year and has taken off since said academy instructor and retired Air Force civil […]

HNMS Junior Audubon Society Car Wash/Bake Sale

Holley Navarre Middle Junior Audubon Society would like to invite you to come out and support their club by stopping by Centennial Bank, 8524 Navarre Parkway, for a car wash and a sweet treat on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be accepting any donations for the car wash and […]

Holley-Navarre Middle celebrates artistic talent, awards

Holley-Navarre Middle celebrates artistic talent, awards

Holley-Navarre Middle School students displayed their artistic talents last week as a series of events at the school showcased their fine and performing arts skills. The media center was full of brightly painted 3D and 2D artwork as HNMS had its end-of-year arts show. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre […]

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Holley Navarre Primary School second-graders create arcade

Though it appeared to be cardboard and chaos, Holley-Navarre Primary School second-graders got a lesson in force, motion and engineering Friday as they tested and presented their own arcade games. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.     […]

Navarre JROTC Unit hosts awards night

Navarre JROTC Unit hosts awards night

Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit honored its cadets Wednesday at its annual awards ceremony. The night was also highlighted by the announcement that Captain Mark Eubanks will be retiring from the program after 16 years as an instructor. Read the full article in the May 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County ranked number 7 out of 67 counties in Florida when it comes to health, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin. The study looked at policies, programs and other factors to predict health outcomes, and thereby rank counties throughout the country. So what made Santa Rosa rank so high? […]

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Hundreds of children on the autism spectrum, their families, volunteers and community members flooded the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Saturday for the fifth annual Autism OdysSea, resulting in record turnout. This annual event brings together a community need with the science station’s mission of educating the public on the marine environment and promoting conservation […]

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