Santa Rosa County School District

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

Maxed-out schools prompt elementary school redistricting

In what sounds like a complicated game of musical chairs, school district officials are attempting to combat rising school capacity issues by redistricting elementary schools in Gulf Breeze and Pace. And that means more than 200 elementary school students could be headed to a different school next year if the plan passes the School Board’s […]

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

Students strive to solve bear problem in Navarre

As students at West Navarre Primary look at an online map in Marsha Harp’s classroom, three bear sightings pop up thanks to the magic of Geographic Information System software. The students are amazed. It brings The Bear Project they are working on to life in one more way. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

‘Vaping’ gives tobacco pushers a new way to hook teens

Navarre middle and high school students are lighting up addictive drugs, whether parents realize it or not, but the method has changed. Vape pens, juuls, e-cigarettes and their kin have altered the landscape of underage tobacco use from cigarette smoke to the misnamed “vapor.” Read the full article in the Feb. 21 issue of Navarre […]

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

Arming teachers not in Santa Rosa County’s future

On Feb. 14, 2018, the definition of school safety, statewide and in Santa Rosa County, changed forever when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire. Cruz used a .223 caliber AR-15 to kill 17 and wound another 17 in the attack. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Growth study backs up need for new schools

Santa Rosa County is growing and new students will join it school system in the coming years. If the current trend continues, the county will need to redistrict by 2025. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

West Navarre students share the love for Valentine’s Day

Navarre High School teachers and staff were feeling the love Friday, courtesy of students from West Navarre Intermediate School.  The students were on a field trip to deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards and candies to the school. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Nothing about politics seems to come easy in the City of Gulf Breeze these days. Just when the voters seemed to have elected a popular new mayor last November, the winner–David Landfair–abruptly resigned in January amid a texting scandal. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

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 […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Standout student becomes honored employee at HNIS

Standout student becomes honored employee at HNIS

Not all that long ago, 21-year-old Kamber Anderson was walking the halls of Holley Navarre Intermediate School (HNIS) as a student. Now she’s the school’s Santa Rosa Employee of the Year. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

The planned K-8 school on Elkhart Drive will open by 2021 with a few missing pieces:  no completed classrooms for middle-schoolers and a cafeteria without cooking equipment. Budget constraints at the Santa Rosa County School District prompted the decision to start building a school that’s affordable in the summer of 2019 and gradually add to […]

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Lined up on the football field at Bennett C. Russell Stadium on a mild Wednesday morning, the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC cadets took part in a unit inspection. Cadets were asked questions that tested their military knowledge. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

When West Navarre Primary School teachers were asked to choose who would represent them as Teacher of the Year, they chose a teacher in a less traditional role. Known by her students as the “Library Teacher,” Ruth Witter’s official title is Library Media Specialist. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary donates to hurricane victims

Holley Navarre Primary School students and staff donated $1,237.61 to support disaster relief efforts in Bay County in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Florida Commission on Community Service Vice-Chair Kerry Ann Schultz accepted the check on behalf of Volunteer Florida who distributes the funds based on unmet needs in the affected area. “What an incredibly […]

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

Navarre High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Commanding Officer continued reading off the names of those who lost their lives in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor long after the remembrance ceremony ended here at Navarre High School on a crisp, sun-splashed Friday morning. The American Flag above her waved in the soft breeze, 77 years to […]

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

David Chaves has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in the past at Holley Navarre Intermediate School. But the third-grade teacher’s name didn’t stay in the mix for long. “I usually withdrew my name because I’d look at other teachers and feel like their skill set was just more superior,” Chaves said. Read the […]

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

In its rendition of a Disney classic, Navarre High School Theatre brought the Arabian desert to the school’s café last weekend with a performance of “Aladdin.” Program director Jan Savage said bringing Disney to life appeals not only to the audience but to the students in the cast as well. Read the full article in […]

Holley Navarre Intermediate admin lose student bet

Holley Navarre Intermediate admin lose student bet

It’s not a bird or a plane, just two Holley Navarre Intermediate School administrators on top of the school. Principal Beth Mosley and Assistant Principal Elizabeth Ann Thompson spent their work hours Monday on the school’s roof after losing a bet with their students. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Brockhum teaches importance of being good human beings

Brockhum teaches importance of being good human beings

Jasmine Brockhum remembers the first time she really felt as if education was the perfect fit for her as far as a career goes. At the time, she was overseas with her husband, who was stationed in Japan, and she landed a job as a Kindergarten aide in a school on the base. Read the […]

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

Walking into “Ms. B’s” classroom in Navarre High School, visitors are greeted not by the sounds of pencils on paper but of the melodious voices of her students and the chirps of a piano. Chorus instructor Caroline Buechner, or Ms. B as her students call her, was selected as Teacher of the Year for the high […]

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrated Veterans Day with a breakfast and ceremony Friday morning in the cafeteria. Veterans from throughout the community were invited to join students at the school. Among those honored was World War II veteran Theodore LeMaire. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

‘Be the teacher I wish I had’

‘Be the teacher I wish I had’

Whether it be interacting with her students or assisting fellow teachers, Sharon Mavity said her guiding principle is be for others what she wishes she’d had when she was in their shoes. “My ultimate goal is to be the teacher I wish I had when I first started teaching to go to (for advice). My […]

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Tiger Point residents to fight golf club selloff

Fearing traffic jams and drainage woes, some neighbors of Tiger Point Golf Club plan to take their case against the proposed sale of two parcels on the property by its owner, the City of Gulf Breeze, to Santa Rosa County officials. “We get it, the city owes a lot of money on the golf course […]

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

While rivalry week tends to be a competitive time between Navarre and Gulf Breeze high schools, this year’s food drive steered away from the traditional competition to respond to a need within the wider community. The annual Caring and Sharing rivalry canned food drive, held Oct. 17-27, moved to divide donations between the local Santa […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle School needs help for Literacy Week

Though Literacy Week is still months away, Woodlawn Beach Middle School has big plans to put books in the hands of all its students. To do that, the school is seeking community support. Literacy Week will run Jan. 28 – Feb.  1, 2019, and eighth-grade language arts teacher Christine Henry is leading the charge to make […]

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