Santa Rosa County School District

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics, emotional growth collide in Rose’s classroom

Civics teacher Pamela Rose said it is not good enough to just teach her students. She wants to help them feel safe and grow. Rose has been named Holley Navarre Middle School (HNMS) Teacher of the Year by a vote of her peers. Though she held other careers in her life, Rose got into teaching […]

Navarre students unite for day of acceptance

Navarre students unite for day of acceptance

Navarre High School students “united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion” Oct. 23 for the school’s annual Unity Day celebration. The school’s hallways, students and staff were bathed in orange, the color selected to represent the anti-bullying, inclusion event each October. The nationwide movement was sparked by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.   Read the full […]

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year announced

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year Monday. Nominees were selected by their peers at schools throughout the district. Navarre area Teachers of the Year are: Ginni Rushing, Holley-Navarre Intermediate Pamela Rose, Holley-Navarre Middle Jennifer Woll, Holley-Navarre Primary Karen Cody, Navarre High Courtney English, West Navarre Intermediate Shanty […]

Navarre High Theatre seeking sponsors of the arts

Navarre High Theatre seeking sponsors of the arts

Much like high school athletes crowding around the bulletin board to see whether they made the cut for the team, Navarre High School Theatre Program students wait with bated breath when its time to see if their name is on the posted cast list. Leading up to tryouts, they practice. They train. They hone their […]

Holley Navarre Intermediate HEROS show off optimism

Holley Navarre Intermediate HEROS show off optimism

Holley Navarre Intermediate School is full of HEROs, and Friday the administration took time to recognize them. One student from each of the school’s 49 classes were honored with a HERO award this month. The HERO awards are part of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program which focuses on growing child character […]

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. […]

District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

District moves forward with new $38 million K-8 school

Four and half years ago, Santa Rosa School District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick and Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell loaded into a car and drove to Tallahassee. They were set to meet with the state commissioner of education to ask for permission to build a new school in response to exploding population growth in the county.   […]

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Assistant principal quits amid grade-change scandal

Amid accusations of improperly changing her daughter’s grades, Gulf Breeze High School Assistant Principal Tori Baker resigned Sept. 25 via a letter from her attorney. Baker was set for termination in October at the recommendation of Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

New schools need new roads

New schools need new roads

Santa Rosa School District has the land for two new schools in Pace. Now it needs the roads to reach them, but that might be unpalatable to some neighbors. School district officials approached the Board of County Commissioners Monday during its regular meeting asking for reassurances that if the district finalizes the pending purchase of […]

School board approves Pace property purchase

School board approves Pace property purchase

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted Sept. 10 tentatively in favor of purchasing 63.6 acres of vacant land in Pace to create two new schools in the coming years. The district is offering $1.6 million for the property. That purchase will not be finalized until after an Oct. 1 public hearing on the matter. […]

District cracks down on coaching supplements

District cracks down on coaching supplements

Following the discovery of misuse of thousands of dollars in coaching supplements across the county, Santa Rosa County School District has implemented new rules and requirements for all coaches. Coaching supplements are an additional compensation paid to teachers, staff or nondistrict employees who are hired to perform activities for a district sports team.   Read […]

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 […]

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Milton Police Department arrested an unnamed juvenile suspect Aug. 27 in connection with an accidental shooting that caused four schools in Milton to go on lockdown Aug. 23. According to the arrest report, the juvenile was inside a residence on Burke Street in the Whiting Pines neighborhood with four other children.   Read the full […]

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Magazine spotlights county’s economic allure

Santa Rosa County’s economic opportunities generated some extra publicity this summer. Arms crossed and a smile on his face, Santa Rosa County Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree greeted readers from the cover of 850 Magazine alongside this splash headline: “Talent Tout, In Santa Rosa County, career instruction starts early—and that pleases Economic Development Director Shannon […]

Business of coaching getting smelly

Business of coaching getting smelly

Something smells in Santa Rosa School District athletics, and its not sweaty players. By their own admission, the school district has identified several instances at schools throughout the district where coaching supplements were mismanaged, potentially misusing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, including paying people who did not have appropriate clearance […]

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Accusations of misuse of thousands of dollars in coaching supplement funds at Milton High School (MHS) have rippled out to the rest of the school district, according to officials. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick presented his recommendations for disciplinary action to the school board Aug. 13 amid accusations that coaches receiving funds were not coaching the teams […]

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Four students were “horse playing” with a firearm when the gun went off Friday morning, injuring one student and causing a temporary lockdown at four Milton schools according to a Milton Police Department press release. Police responded to a shooting on Birch Street in Whiting Pines Subdivision on Berryhill Road at approximately 7:47 a.m. Milton […]

Student increase outpaces projections

Student increase outpaces projections

Santa Rosa School District predicted in 2016 that Navarre High School would exceed its intended capacity for students by 2019. When students walked through the door Aug. 12 to start the school year, there were 2,359 of them.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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 […]

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida teacher compensation deemed a ‘crisis situation’

Florida has sunk even lower in the rankings for teacher pay to number 46, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Rankings of the States. On average Florida teachers are compensated $12,309 less per year than their peers across the country, according to the report released in April of this year.   Read the […]

‘They’re back’

‘They’re back’

First day of school in Navarre!   Navarre High School students make their way to class.             Olivia Roman and Evelyn Sanford take a selfie with teacher Trendi Johnson.                 Kalia Beard is excited to start her first day with dad Preston by […]

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

Stuff the Bus to the finish line

School starts Monday and Stuff the Bus has raised enough donations to send a backpack full of all necessary school supplies with every student who applied for assistance. But there are still needs to be met, so the drive to raise funds continues. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

The way to a successful school year

The way to a successful school year

The children of Navarre will be returning to school Monday after what we hope was a great summer break. And with the return of the school year we have many reminders to pass along. We will begin with the most important one: Be present in your child’s schoolwork and activities and pay attention for any […]

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 […]

Buses ready for new school year

Buses ready for new school year

Thanks in part to a massive hiring campaign, Santa Rosa County School District will have enough drivers to cover its 197 school bus routes by the first day of back to school Aug. 12. Santa Rosa County Director of Transportation Virginia Sutler said they feel prepared for back to school during the July 23 school […]

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. […]

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 […]

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Board eyes new K-8 school for Pace

Santa Rosa School District is making progress on construction of a new kindergarten through eighth grade school on Elkhart Drive in Navarre. Now it is setting its sights on alleviating growing pains in Pace through a similar facility.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

School bus driver left scene of accident

School bus driver left scene of accident

A school bus driver apparently left the scene before police arrived after a student trapped in the bus door was dragged along a Navarre street, based on surveillance video of the incident. The Santa Rosa School District denied a public records request for video of the incident, which occurred May 30 on Duncan Ridge Drive […]

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Five things to know: Safe pet travel

Santa Rosa County schools dismissed for summer May 31, and the temperatures have been consistently breaking 90 degrees. That means it is the time of year when many people will be taking off on summer vacation fun.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

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