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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!                

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. COMMANDER IN CHIEF AVOIDS RASH RESOLUTION President Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.” 2. WHO’S HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT HUGE COMMERCIAL DEAL Trade officials have been asked by the president to explore […]

Educators go WILD

Educators go WILD

Despite being closed to the public, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center was packed last week as educators from all-around and from all disciplines got a little wild with a Project WILD workshop. Project WILD is a national curriculum program designed to connect students to environmentally centered education. There are a variety of resources […]

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 […]

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 […]

School support staff election goes to runoff

School support staff election goes to runoff

Postelection, it remains unclear as to who will be the representative union for the hundreds of educational support staff members of Santa Rosa County School District. Just four votes separated challenger Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) from the current union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE). SREA garnered 115, and SRPE got 111. That was not […]

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Four teachers at Holley Navarre Primary received a $2,500 surprise Monday, Nov. 7 in the form of two grants for a weather education program. The teachers were presented with a $2,000 check from the Voya Unsung Heroes Program. Voya is a retirement income planning company. The program hands out 100 scholarships to educators across the […]

Navarre Chamber recognizes Teachers of the Quarter

Navarre Chamber recognizes Teachers of the Quarter

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chair and Santa Rosa School District Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell along with Kool Breeze’s Sabrina Kelchek present the south Santa Rosa County teachers of the quarter. Click here  to view photos featured in the Nov. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe to your community newspaper today for […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. Marsha Lynn Schiller, Avalon Middle; Jennifer Confusione, Bagdad Elementary; Beth Anne Whitfield, Berryhill Administrative Complex; Stephanie Shaner, Berryhill Elementary; Rachel Gault, Central; Mary Nowling, Chumuckla Elementary; Rachel Orehosky, […]

STEAM Innovate launches year two

STEAM Innovate launches year two

Santa Rosa County students will be able to tour the home of a middle-class family in Africa through virtual reality or witness the impressive forces of a train hitting a car from inside the vehicle or even submit the tire design for NASA’s next Mars rover. And it is all thanks to STEAM Innovate. The […]

Reptiday in Navarre

Reptiday in Navarre

Hundreds of reptile lovers and reptile curious flooded the Navarre Conference Center on Saturday to get a look at the snakes, lizards, and spiders on display and for sale at the annual Reptiday show. Reptiday, a scaled-down version of the popular Repticon show of reptiles, is a one-day event held in smaller venues across the […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Local businesses partner with school STEAM programs

Businesses of Santa Rosa will open their doors to students this school year to provide practical science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics learning through the school district’s STEAM INNOVATE business partnership program. Partnering businesses will provide experts to advise students, allow students to tour their facilities, provide internships and give them real world problems to […]

Navarre High School JROTC first year cadets win at Pace

Navarre High School JROTC first year cadets win at Pace

For the second year in a row, the first year cadets of Navarre High School JROTC finished first, beating out five other teams from Area 8. The cadets were commanded by Cadet Sarah Brown. “I could not be prouder of you,” said Cadet Commander Samantha Combs, “You have worked hard since school started and you […]

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Door to free agency opened in high school athletics

Florida is one step away from opening the door to free agency in high school athletics. All that is needed now for House Bill 7029 to become a law is a signature from Governor Rick Scott. The massive education bill, which includes allowing student-athletes to transfer between seasons and be eligible to play right away, […]

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Local teachers receive Shine Award

Two Santa Rosa County teachers were among four others who received the Governor’s Shine Award. The award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. The Shine Awards were presented during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet. Read the full article in the Mar. 10 issue of […]

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

The moment Kazoo walked into the cafeteria at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School, the students went crazy, cheering loudly for the mascot of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Kazoo was in town for the team’s Grand Slam Reading Program assembly, kicking off Literacy Week in the process at the school. The Blue Wahoos started the program a year […]

Smith appointed director of middle schools

Smith appointed director of middle schools

Floyd Smith was named the new Director of Middle Schools for the Santa Rosa County School District at the Dec. 8 school board meeting in Milton. Smith, the principal at Hobbs Middle School in Milton, replaces David Gunter who has taken a job with human resources at the school district. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick made the […]

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday the high school graduation rate in the state hit a 12-year high. The number in Santa Rosa County is even better. Florida’s graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year was 77.8 percent, a significant improvement from where it was more than a decade ago when it stood at 59.2 […]

More substitute teachers sought in Santa Rosa

More substitute teachers sought in Santa Rosa

The pool of substitute teachers available for temporary classroom assignments in Santa Rosa County public schools has grown to more than 500 from about 350 since August, when a private staffing company took over their recruitment and training. Yet dozens more qualified instructors are being sought to fill the need for an average of nearly […]

Two Northwest Florida teachers receive Governor’s Shine Award

Two Northwest Florida teachers receive Governor’s Shine Award

During a recent meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized four outstanding educators from around the state with Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. “We are thankful for the commitment of our teachers to help students receive […]

School district administrator guest speaker at STEM leadership symposium

School district administrator guest speaker at STEM leadership symposium

Santa Rosa County School District’s Director of Federal Programs, Dr. Karen Barber, served as a distinguished guest speaker at the second annual Discovery Education STEM Leadership Symposium, Oct. 13 in St. Paul, Minn. The symposium was conducted at 3M’s World Headquarters during the finals of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. It explored best-practices […]