Santa Rosa County School District

NJROTC cadets of the month

NJROTC cadets of the month

Navarre High’s Raider Battalion Cadets of the Month for September 2017 are Junior Cadet Azandrya Fuentes and Senior Cadet Matthew Horton. They were nominated by their platoon leaders based on their leadership skills, NJROTC knowledge and their dedication to the NJROTC Program. Read the full article in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Encompass launches with technology twist

Encompass launches with technology twist

Worship songs filled the cafeteria of West Navarre Primary School Sunday as Encompass Church found their new home for weekly services. Pastor Lance Whorton told the gathered congregation that they should be excited to be part of the church’s first big step: launching weekly Sunday worship. “We are excited to be here and start getting […]

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

Navarre has announced its Homecoming Court for 2017. Members of the Senior Court are Dylan Porter, Natalie Duphiney, Zach McPhearson, Abby Webb, Sam Register, Emory Burda, Hanna Sisson, Aaron Williams, Nicholle Fenstermaker, Sam Jordan, Katelynn Joyner and Jaren Palmasani. Navarre will play Escambia in it Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Featured in the […]

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

When it comes to teaching the birds and the bees, the Santa Rosa County School District outsources the task. The district has entrusted the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to handle teaching students about sex, healthy relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. Director of Student Services Sherry Smith said it is not uncommon to bring in […]

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

Educators wary of Scouts’ classroom pitches

At first glance the “Patriotic Societies” bill that’s working its way through the Florida Legislature may seem wrapped in the American flag and no more contentious than Mom or apple pie. But House Bill 95, also known as the “Scouts Access” proposal, would mandate the right of paid Scout leaders—for both boys and girls—to make […]

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze students STEAM through after school

Gulf Breeze Middle School students end their school day at 1:35 p.m. leaving a significant gap between the time students are free and the time most parents finish their work shift. This caused a bit of a problem for the compact community said Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation Director Ron Pulley. “Basically the middle schoolers […]

Weekend Food Program keeps on growing

Weekend Food Program keeps on growing

Hundreds of students throughout Navarre qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the school district due to family financial need. The school provides them with breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, but on the weekend they could be facing an empty belly. But starting this week, these students need not fear as they discovered bags […]

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Cassie Nolan moved over to Holley-Navarre Primary this school year and has brought her popular Raider Role Models program with her. A fourth-grade teacher at the intermediate school the last three years, Nolan teaches kindergarten now and is looking forward to having Navarre High football players come to the school once a week to work […]

School support staff election goes to runoff

School support staff election goes to runoff

Postelection, it remains unclear as to who will be the representative union for the hundreds of educational support staff members of Santa Rosa County School District. Just four votes separated challenger Santa Rosa Education Association (SREA) from the current union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE). SREA garnered 115, and SRPE got 111. That was not […]

HNMS students score perfection

HNMS students score perfection

Each year middle school students take Florida Standards Assessment exams to determine their knowledge of course material in subjects such as language arts, science and civics. The results are in, and four Holley Navarre Middle School students scored perfect on FSA subject area tests. The perfect scores were Katlynn Johnson in science, Gerald Cult in […]

Lessons from Irma

Lessons from Irma

Hurricane Irma decided Navarre was not for her. She looked at us for a while, taunted us by moving west and west again and again and one last time before she made the turn to the alluring Florida Keys. We are a grateful community. We learned a lot in the 10 days we were watching […]

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

Navigator Communities build character

Navigator Communities build character

Five big black balloons floated in the fingers of West Navarre Intermediate School teachers as hundreds of new third-graders gathered and waited. Each one had been handed a number, one through five, corresponding to the nondescript balloons. This day would define them for the next three years. The first balloon was burst, and colorful confetti […]

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Gulf Breeze Chamber looks for new home

Long a symbol of business growth on Highway 98 in the City of Gulf Breeze across from the Walmart Neighborhood Market, the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce must start looking for a different location to make room for a new tenant. The chamber will become a real estate refugee partly because of its own […]

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Teacher gains know-how at DENSI

Before going back to school, West Navarre Primary School first-grade teacher Sasha Tiwari got schooled herself. She was selected to join 150 educators from around the world in July at the University of California, San Diego for the annual Discovery Education Network Summer Institute (DENSI). DENSI is an extension of the Discovery Education program utilized […]

Teacher charged with resisting police officer

Teacher charged with resisting police officer

A fifth-grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate School was arrested Thursday on a charge stemming from an incident that took place in February, according to report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Tammy Meadows Sheffler, 45, was charged with resisting an officer without violence. As of press time, the school district could not confirm […]

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

While some schools banned their teachers and students from watching the eclipse, Navarre High School teachers jumped in with both feet. Earth Science teachers Dena Pruden and Tami McConnell said they were excited for their students to learn about astronomy through the event. “We have been telling our students about it since the start of […]

Welcome back to school Navarre

Welcome back to school Navarre

From the tearful goodbyes of parents of Kindergarteners to the swaggering saunter of the high school seniors, Navarre students of all ages returned to the books Monday kicking of a new school year. Featured in the Aug. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

Santa Rosa Professional Educators prevail as teachers’ union

Santa Rosa Professional Educators prevail as teachers’ union

Four votes among a thousand is a slim margin, but it was enough to secure Santa Rosa Professional Educators’ spot as the bargaining unit for teachers in Santa Rosa County for another three years. The current union, which negotiates the contract and compensation of the school district’s nearly 2,000 teachers, was victorious over the newly […]

Teachers win support in salary battle

Teachers win support in salary battle

As the first day of school approaches, negotiations of the master contract for compensation of Santa Rosa teachers and educational support staff continues — but progress was made July 10 toward a resolution. The special magistrate called in to resolve a four-month impasse between the Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) teacher and staff union and […]

Changing face of bullying

Changing face of bullying

It follows them home. Insults about a child’s weight, appearance, intelligence, personality — blasted to dozens or even hundreds of their peers online. The victim feels his or her reputation is being destroyed one comment at a time. Messages at all hours of the day contain criticism and hate, often from multiple users. One message […]

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

Santa Rosa schools make the A grade

The Santa Rosa School District is back on top of the rankings with an A grade for the 2016-17 school year. Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, the district’s ranking had slipped to a B grade. Bill Emerson, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, said he was pleased to […]

Students STEAM through summer

Students STEAM through summer

Would you trust an 11-year-old to design life-saving buffers along U.S. Highway 98? Would you let a 14-year-old design your home? Fourth-grade teacher Marci Kennison might tell you to rethink your answer. At the second annual Santa Rosa School District STEAM Camp that is exactly what students set  out to do. Woodlawn Beach Middle School […]

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

It’s no secret that Navarre’s schools are bursting at the seams, but relief is one step closer. Plans to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school near Edgewood Drive have been incorporated into the Santa Rosa School Districts five-year survey at the urging of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The school board unanimously approved […]

Bullying not always easy for students to detect

Bullying not always easy for students to detect

Shaking off the grip of a rumor is easier said than done. Savannah West knows that as well as anyone. She recalls a time during her high school years when she battled a rumor that refused to let go of its grip. Though to a lesser degree, it still haunts her now, and she isn’t […]

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre Intermediate School students in Janet Bryan’s and Jessica Teague’s classes closed out the school year with a hands-on project to wow their parents. Bryan’s class created Neon Navarre. This underwater –themed display glowed with black light paint turning the students’ classroom into a foreign looking nightscape. Read the full article in the June […]

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