education

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 […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

School district outlines plan for Innovation High

Northwest Florida is home to dozens of companies that require highly skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To meet that need, Santa Rosa County School District has proposed the creation of Innovation High School. This new STEM-centric school would focus on preparing students for these careers through rigorous curriculum without the […]

Planting the seeds with Junior Garden Club

Planting the seeds with Junior Garden Club

  Students of West Navarre Intermediate School and Holley-Navarre Intermediate School are learning about their local ecosystems and making some of their own as part of the Junior Garden Club. Once a month these students get together with Navarre Garden Club volunteers to learn lessons about everything from climate to amphibians. Then each student does […]

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

Contest challenges students to devise software apps

For the first time in the contest’s history, the Congressional App Challenge is open to students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the district, has signed on for this year’s competition. His participation means that northwest Florida students in high school or earlier grades are eligible. Established in 2013, the […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Gulf Breeze and Navarre could have a day facility as early as January after The Arc Gateway approved funding in its 2018 budget to open and operate such a program. The Arc Gateway CEO Missy Rogers confirmed the plans. “With great excitement, I can confirm that The Arc […]

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

Navarre private school offers a traditional classical education

If you were to observe a recitation during the third week of first grade at Gulf Pointe Latin School (GPLS), you would hear 10 young voices happily and excitedly recite from memory in their sing-song young voices: the seasons, the five vowels and the sounds they make, how many months there are in a year […]

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 […]

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