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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.

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 […]

STEAM celebrates successful second year

STEAM celebrates successful second year

As the second year of STEAM education in the Santa Rosa County school system comes to a close, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick can say with confidence that the program has exceeded expectations. “We started this with goals to develop students who could facilitate, collaborate and be innovative,” Wyrosdick said. “It has far surpassed our expectations and […]

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Holley-Navarre Primary School students took a break from the books to run, waddle, scoot, jump and play as part of Field Day. The April 4 event allowed students to burn off some energy, teacher Victoria Washington said. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

‘Flip-Flops and Teaching Spots’ draws hundreds of applicants

Santa Rosa County’s first teacher recruitment event drew more than 480 potential candidates and garnered even more on a waiting list to fill openings in Santa Rosa schools. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Santa Rosa seeks new teachers through hiring event

Santa Rosa seeks new teachers through hiring event

As college and university education majors flee their campuses for spring break fun, the Santa Rosa School District hopes to snag future talent through the Teaching Spots and Flip Flops teacher hiring event March 11. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Intermediate students get cracking on coding

Holley Navarre Intermediate School students are learning the language of computers thanks to the school’s newly created Coding Club. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Questions are being raised about the background checking practices of an outside vendor in the hiring of the 1,000 or so substitute teachers needed weekly to plug absences in the Santa Rosa School District. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Teacher of the Year announced

Teacher of the Year announced

East Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Kristen White was announced Friday as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2018 during a surprise visit to her classroom. White is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has taught kindergarten, STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and Reading Intervention during her 11 years […]

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Holley Navarre Primary STEAM program receives $2,500 in grants

Four teachers at Holley Navarre Primary received a $2,500 surprise Monday, Nov. 7 in the form of two grants for a weather education program. The teachers were presented with a $2,000 check from the Voya Unsung Heroes Program. Voya is a retirement income planning company. The program hands out 100 scholarships to educators across the […]

Expanded facility prompts record reading

Expanded facility prompts record reading

The right facilities can make all the difference for a school. No one knows that better than Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie Destefano. She explained that because of the school’s small cafeteria, the students’ entire day, including how long they were in each class, had to be worked around the lunches, leaving some class periods […]

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Middle school invites parents into classroom

Hundreds of moms, dads and guardians attended classes and helped with their students’ lessons Sept. 20-22 at Holley-Navarre Middle School as part of the school’s Bring Your Parent to School Days. Each grade had a different day of the week to bring their parents to class. Mike Jones, father of seventh-grader Maliah Jones, said this […]

School Board opts out of raise

School Board opts out of raise

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted not to accept a state-appointed raise of nearly $2,000 Thursday, Sept. 8. The board members would have been paid a salary of $34,248 effective immediately, but they unanimously voted to keep their pay at $32,450. Read the full article in the Sept. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Testing creates accountability in schools

Testing creates accountability in schools

Navarre High School Principal Brian Noack gives a simple answer in regards to his thoughts on the number of tests students take each year. “I believe without a doubt that students are over-tested,” Noack said. Noack has no problem with tests being done in the schools. He understands the purpose behind them. “As an educator […]

App connects teachers to doctors

App connects teachers to doctors

Ailing employees of the Santa Rosa County school district may be able to see a doctor from the comfort of their bed thanks to a new telemedicine app for phone or tablet. The district has incorporated the Healthiest You app into their standard health plan allowing patients to call, Skype or Facetime a doctor to […]

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

Navarre schools feel the squeeze

After three days back, half of Santa Rosa County’s schools were over projected numbers and growing, and the south end is leading the pack in growth.  Elementary, middle and high schools in Navarre all reported growth beyond projections. At the Aug. 18 school board meeting, the school district administration discussed steps being taken to build […]

Students back to school

Students back to school

Buses were running an hour behind schedule Monday, Aug. 15, as Navarre students tried to make their way home from the first day of school. Delays for buses rolling off the bus ramp were about 35 to 40 minutes behind schedule at West Navarre Primary Principal Jay Price said. He explained that they had to […]

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

Teachers end up paying out of pocket to stock classrooms with supplies

While parents spend hundreds on back to school for their children, Navarre teachers are pitching in just as much of their own cash to supply their students and stock their classrooms. Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) civics teacher Ashley Hall has invested $1,500 into her classroom this year, and she’s not alone in that spending. Hall […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

County school’s “A” grade streak broken

For the first time in 12 years, Santa Rosa County School District’s grade has dropped from an A to a B ranking for the 2015-2016 school year according to reports released Friday, July 15, by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Santa Rosa joined the ranks of roughly 43 percent of school districts whose rank […]

Foster Grandparent Program needs Navarre volunteers

Foster Grandparent Program needs Navarre volunteers

The Santa Rosa County School Board renewed its agreement Thursday, June 9 to continue allowing seniors in the Foster Grandparent Program to assist in county school classrooms. The agreement through the Council on Aging of West Florida allows low income seniors, age 55 and up, to volunteer as mentors and assistants in schools, Head Start […]

5th Annual Raider Games are big success

5th Annual Raider Games are big success

After being postponed several times because of rain, the Raider Games went off without a hitch on Wednesday, May 18. “The main reason we hold these games is so the kids have fun,” coordinator Jessica Howie said. Judging from the smiles on the athletes’ faces, the event was an overwhelming success. “This event was originally […]

Principals of the Year

Principals of the Year

Nearly 30 years ago, Brian Noack and Brian Howell were teammates on the college baseball team at Pensacola Junior College. They are now teammates at Navarre High School, serving as the principal and assistant principal, respectively, and both have excelled in their roles much the same way they did when they manned the middle infield […]

West Navarre thrives off Learning Ally program

West Navarre thrives off Learning Ally program

Anne Hooper’s fourth and fifth grade Read 180 classes at West Navarre Intermediate School have made the most of their opportunity to be a part of the Learning Ally Great Reading Games contest. The 29 students participating in the seven-week event helped West Navarre finish fifth in the country in the contest this year. It’s […]

Fun Run unique way to raise money for school

Fun Run unique way to raise money for school

Rain and clouds didn’t damper the spirit of more than 800 students at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School Thursday morning. Energetic children, all wearing bright smiles and brimming with excitement, stayed active for nearly an hour as they took part in Boosterthon’s Fun Run, which promotes fitness, leadership and character and puts the fun in fundraiser. Read […]

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recognized all of the Teachers of the Year. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.   (Not Pictured) Teresa Berg, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

On Friday, the Florida Department of Education issued grades for schools and districts based on the Florida Standards Assessment test scoring. The Santa Rosa County School District placed fourth overall in the state, and all of Navarre schools were ‘A’ rated. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE […]

School literacy event brings record-breaking crowd

School literacy event brings record-breaking crowd

Holley-Navarre Primary set out to promote literacy throughout the community by taking visitors around the world. Literacy night brought students and parents to ‘Candy Land around the World,’ complete with gingerbread men, frosted gum drops, lollipops and cupcake decorations. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

The moment Kazoo walked into the cafeteria at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School, the students went crazy, cheering loudly for the mascot of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Kazoo was in town for the team’s Grand Slam Reading Program assembly, kicking off Literacy Week in the process at the school. The Blue Wahoos started the program a year […]