Pace High School

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

School district creating E3 as second phase of STEAM

Schools are not what they used to be, and Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is appealing to business owners to help continue that trend through the E3: Excite, Engage, Experience program. “So much has changed in the 11 years I’ve been superintendent, and so much will change in the next ten years,” he said. […]

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Missing minutes cost school district $700,000

Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) students used to have a designated period just for reading each day called Drop Everything and Read. Instituted in 2016, the reading period was the result of a more flexible schedule after improvements to the cafeteria streamlined lunch time.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Summer Break Spot offers free lunches for all children

Children throughout Santa Rosa County are guaranteed free lunch and breakfast thanks to the Summer Break Spot free meal program, as long as they can get to where the meals are served. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds school districts nationwide to provide free, nutritious meals to anyone under 18 years old even when […]

Chloe gets her golden ticket

Chloe gets her golden ticket

Local musician Chloe Channell wowed the American Idol judges during Monday evening’s episode, securing her golden ticket to Hollywood. The 16-year-old Pace native was among more than 50 contestants selected for “Hollywood Week” from thousands of hopefuls. Channell appeared on the final episode of auditions alongside music mentor, manager and 90s country star Billy Dean. […]

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Local singer makes ‘American Idol’ debut

Santa Rosa County native Chloe Channell, 17, has been entertaining mass audiences with her musical skills for most of her life, but her talents went national last week as she debuted on the hit singing competition show “American Idol.” The young musician had been angling for a coveted spot on the series. Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

Gulf Breeze grad awarded National Merit Finalist at UWF

The University of West Florida highlighted their 2018 incoming top scholars Sept. 25, paying a special shout out to the four 2018 National Merit Scholar Finalists enrolled this year. Only 15,000 of the more than 1.6 million juniors across the country who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition were selected as Finalists. Read the […]

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

Traffic study recommends stoplights for Spencer Field

As Pace’s rapid growth parallels trends seen in Navarre just a few years ago, the Board of County Commissioners is looking into ways to keep pace with Pace. At Monday’s board meeting, the commissioners heard a variety of solutions with varying price tags as part of the Spencer Field Traffic Study by Genesis Engineering. Read […]

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

The proposed $366 million budget for Santa Rosa County’s public schools in 2018-2019 is ground zero in a labor-management battle between teachers and district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick that underscores the frustration on both sides. To the teachers’ Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) union, the most unsatisfying part of the budget is the sometimes misunderstood “general […]

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Navarre senior calls for school safety fix

Amid calls for metal detectors and bulletproof glass on school campuses, one Navarre High School student has a simpler, and possibly cheaper, safety measure to add to the debate: identification cards. NHS senior Katelynn Joyner, 17, addressed the Santa Rosa County School Board with her idea Thursday evening. Read the full article in the April […]

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

With Congress on its summer break, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz made a stop in Santa Rosa County last week to talk politics with local students. Since taking office in January as the representative for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, Gaetz has made a habit of visiting locations such as schools and town halls throughout his district […]

Gulf Breeze student receives scholar recognition

Gulf Breeze student receives scholar recognition

Gulf Breeze High School’s Richard Musca has been recognized as Santa Rosa’s Sunshine State Scholar. Pace High School nominated John Hammond and Navarre High School nominated Matthew Harshany. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

First-year cadets take first at drill meet

First-year cadets take first at drill meet

Navarre’s first-year Navy Junior ROTC cadets finished first in a drill meet at Pace High School. “I’m so proud of them,” said Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge, the unit’s Naval science instructor. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per year.

Local schools took robot competition to Auburn

Local schools took robot competition to Auburn

Members of the three Santa Rosa competitive robot building teams that went on to compete at the South’s BEST Regional Championship at Auburn University were honored during the Feb. 16 school board meeting. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

First time competitors Gulf Breeze High School took third place with their hand built robot Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Competition at the University of West Florida, beating out 20 of the 23 other schools from five counties in northwest Florida. Two of the other top placers hailed from Santa Rosa […]

Pledge of Allegiance Public Hearing set

Pledge of Allegiance Public Hearing set

The Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation consisting of Sen. Greg Evers, Rep. Doug Broxson and Rep. Mike Hill, will hold a special public hearing regarding the recent controversy over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms. Delegation members want input from the public and interested parties regarding proposed legislation affecting the Pledge of […]