Santa Rosa County School District

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 […]

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announce Monday the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. In Navarre the Teachers of the Year are: David Chaves, Holley Navarre Intermediate School Sharon Mavity, Holley Navarre Primary School Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate School Ruth […]

Utility tweaks Tiger Point land sale for school

Utility tweaks Tiger Point land sale for school

If you buy it, you fix it. That’s essentially what the City of Gulf Breeze wants the Santa Rosa School District to do as a condition to purchase 45 acres of land on Tiger Point Golf Club property. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students compete to code the future in Congressional App challenge

Students in Florida’s 1st Congressional District have been challenged to embrace the language of computers in devising innovative solutions to problems as part of the Congressional App Challenge. Laura Rakas is helping to coordinate the local challenge on behalf of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s office. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of […]

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

School districts across Florida purchased more than $59 million in Florida agricultural products last school year, and Santa Rosa students chowed down a few of those millions in produce. October has been dubbed National Farm to School Month to celebrate the use of local farmers’ produce in schools and the Florida Department of Agriculture and […]

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

In the wake of parents protesting that some Santa Rosa school students were given flu vaccinations against their wishes, questions are being raised about the large Jacksonville company that administers the shots with minimal oversight. Public documents and interviews with government officials indicate that although the Santa Rosa County School District abruptly suspended the flu […]

School district increases security measures for sporting events

School district increases security measures for sporting events

Santa Rosa County School District has increased its security measures for sporting events. All bags are prohibited except for diaper bags, bags necessary for medical reasons and bags that are 12x6x12 or smaller. Bags that are permitted will be searched prior to entry. Other items not allowed into games are outside food or drinks, skateboards […]

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. […]

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Cassie Nolan wasn’t sure if the Raider Role Models program was going to take place this fall. When Navarre head football coach Jay Walls approached her about it, asking if she planned to do it again this year because his players were asking about it, the Holley-Navarre Primary School kindergarten teacher knew she had to […]

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Students of Gulf Breeze High School trained for in-demand hospitality jobs this month as the school rolled out its new Hospitality and Tourism Academy. Instructor Jasmine Crowell has a degree in hospitality, and she said she is happy to share her knowledge with students. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre […]

School district will hire bus liaisons

School district will hire bus liaisons

Let’s talk about it. Beleaguered by parents who are frustrated over poor bus service as the school year starts, Santa Rosa District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick will hire two new officials to listen and better communicate what’s being done in response. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

The innocence of children, the worry of parents

The innocence of children, the worry of parents

We knew about the arrest of school bus driver, Kenneth Webb, Saturday. He was arrested and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. We saw other reports about the arrest and decided to wait before we reported on it. We wanted to dig in a little deeper than just reporting his arrest. He […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Sarah Brown is in elite company. The commanding officer of Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit received the prestigious Legion of Valor for Outstanding Achievement Tuesday afternoon. Only 20 cadets out of 88,000 across the world are awarded it each year. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High fights suicide with education

Navarre High School is no stranger to suicide. The school with a population of more than 2,000 has seen three students choose to take their own lives in the last two years. One is one too many, says parent Justyn MacFarland. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

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