Joie DeStefano

Businesses requiring tobacco buyers to be 21

Businesses requiring tobacco buyers to be 21

For years, youth smoking had been in decline. Then e-cigarette devices hit the market, resulting in a spike in youth tobacco use. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey for 2018, 4.9 million middle and high schoolers report currently using tobacco.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

School front doors secured with camera controls

School front doors secured with camera controls

Less than a year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and prompted a statewide movement, Santa Rosa County schools are seeing new security at the front door. Holley Navarre Middle School’s front door has been a source of concern for the school’s administration for years, said Principal Joie […]

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Amid the fun of Bring Your Parent to School Day at Holley-Navarre Middle School, parents also received a more somber message last week as part of an online safety presentation. Kimberly Zarnesky, an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, came to the school to share tips for parents to protect their children online. […]

Santa Rosa schools secure all-new bus fleet for 2019

Santa Rosa schools secure all-new bus fleet for 2019

  Santa Rosa County school bus riders will be all be riding to school in brand-new buses starting next school year after the school board voted to contract with a new transportation vendor. Student Transportation Inc., doing business in the U.S. and Canada as Student Transportation of America (STA), was selected over longtime school district […]

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

  In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 13 students and four teachers, Gov. Rick Scott has released a multistep plan to improve school safety and limit firearm access to the mentally ill across the state. But any sweeping reform comes at a steep price. Read […]

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

The library is a happening place on a weekday afternoon at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Students are checking out books, others are returning or renewing them. A few students come up to the front desk to request use of one of the computers. Nancy Mijangos is at the heart of it all. This is her fourth […]

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Though hiring is still months away, Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie DeStefano has already cleaned out an office in preparation for her school’s new Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office resource officer. It has been eight years since a uniformed officer regularly walked the halls of Santa Rosa middle schools, and DeStefano said she is ecstatic that […]

Schools embrace tech revolution

Schools embrace tech revolution

In the not-too-distant past, advanced technology in classrooms was synonymous with scientific calculators, desktop computers, projectors and occasionally laptops. But times have changed. Over the years south Santa Rosa educators have utilized a wide variety of programs, devices and websites. High school students use WeatherSTEM, a weather data collection device, to study data patterns for […]