education

State shares resources, free online courses for students learning at home

State shares resources, free online courses for students learning at home

For many parents across the state of Florida COVID-19 has meant a a crash course in becoming a teacher over the past few weeks.  Public school facilities are shuttered until at least May 1, meaning millions of Florida students and their families are tackling distance learning.  To help students, parents, teachers and school districts , […]

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Learning resources take students across state without leaving home

Public school teachers will be return to schools March 30 to launch distance learning efforts for their students, but being stuck at home can still get boring for the thousands of school age children in Santa Rosa County. To help parents engage their students, state representative Jayer Williamson has shared a list of links to […]

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic. By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making […]

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Dorsey named district’s 2020 Principal of the Year

Making meaningful connections with 1,013 students plus a school’s worth of staff can be difficult in a school year, but that is Shana Dorsey’s goal.  Dorsey has been principal at West Navarre Intermediate School for five years, and her efforts to create a connected community resulted in the school district naming her Principal of the […]

Teacher raises delayed until May

Teacher raises delayed until May

Raises and retroactive pay for Santa Rosa County School District’s teachers have been delayed to as late as May 15 despite being approved nearly a month ago. The cause of the trouble? The district’s new payroll system. Read the full article in the Mar. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.Click here to sign up […]

State education funding doesn’t add up

State education funding doesn’t add up

State lawmakers touted the 2019-2020 budget as a win for education. They point to the fact spending on education has reached an all-time high with an increase of $110 million on k-12 schools. Santa Rosa County School district’s state funding for capital needs has reached new lows, and budgets remain largely flat compared to increasing […]

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Mann named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa County School Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa School Board Members, and members of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Elizabeth Mann as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2021 during a surprise visit to her classroom Wednesday morning. Elizabeth is an ESE Inclusion teacher at Oriole Beach Elementary School. Mann is Santa […]

Governor: Common Core is out

Governor: Common Core is out

News Service of Florida    Gov. Ron DeSantis announced new education standards on Friday, a year after he vowed to eliminate the “vestiges” of the controversial Common Core standards. “The new plan is done. It is going through the final editing process,” the governor said at a news conference in Naples. DeSantis did not make […]

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Thursday the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Elizabeth Mann, Oriole Beach Elementary; Tish Boozer, Santa Rosa Online; Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 29.  Teacher of the Year nominees will be recognized at […]

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

Science station students evaluating Santa Rosa Sound

As the famous quote from Maya Angelou goes, “if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” In science that holds a lot of truth. Researchers trying to understand how things change must have baseline data, or their work has no meaning. Knowing where we are coming from is the […]

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Navarre Press is partnering with the Studer Community Institute to provide free literacy tools for new parents in Santa Rosa County. The project will grow the Brain Bags program to include Santa Rosa Medical Center. SCI Director of Early Learning Shannon Nickinson said the program fulfills a need for families.

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 […]

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