Woodlawn Beach Middle School

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

The election is more than two years away, but David Gunter is thinking ahead. The Santa Rosa School District administrator filed Aug. 8 as a candidate for superintendent of schools. Gunter said his career with the school district has afforded him the opportunity to improve the community, whether it be educating students in the classroom […]

Back to School Guide correction

Back to School Guide correction

Please see the correct school information and important dates below: Navarre High School 8600 High School Navarre, FL 32566 Phone: 850-936-6080 Grade levels: 9-12 Principal: Brian Noack Start time: 9:15 a.m. Dismissal time: 3:20 p.m. 2018-2019 Back-to-School Important Dates Thursday, Aug. 2 : 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Freshman Day/Lockers/Tentative Schedules 5 – 6:30 p.m. […]

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Test anomaly delays posting of Woodlawn’s scores

Grades on 2017-2018 Florida Standards Assessment tests for public schools across Florida have been released, but Woodlawn Beach Middle School still has no scores posted. That is because of a possible problem detected by the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) verification software, said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Bill Emerson. Read the full […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

School board considers south-end meetings

School board considers south-end meetings

  The Santa Rosa County School Board is exploring the idea of holding some of its monthly meetings in the south end of the county. At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the board gave the go-ahead to school district staff to explore the idea of retrofitting the Woodlawn Beach Middle School cafeteria to be able […]

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Santa Rosa girls get GEEKy

Woodlawn Beach Middle School rolled out the red carpet and passed out tiaras Feb. 22 as hundreds of young women with a spark for science were welcomed to the second annual GEEKS Science Night. GEEKS stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Read the full article in […]

Caught in crossfire

Caught in crossfire

The gymnasium thundered with the stomping of feet and screaming of spectators. Giant signs emblazoned with glittery flames waved high above the heads of hundreds who sat in the stands or crouched behind ropes on the gym floor. The announcer called the final minute as sweat beaded on one driver’s forehead. He deftly maneuvered the […]

Training prepares first responders for the worst

Training prepares first responders for the worst

The hallway is quiet and dark except for the rasping breath and hushed whimpers of the shooting victims inside. They are waiting for rescue in the wake of the unthinkable. Suddenly flashlights illuminate the hallway as Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies, tailed by a team of Midway Fire District firefighters, rush to their aid. The team […]

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 […]

School district upgrades security

School district upgrades security

Santa Rosa school security is getting an upgrade thanks to a new camera system that allows school officials and law enforcement to watch remotely in real time. Joey Harrell, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the new system provides a level of safety previously not available for the district. Read the full article in the […]

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

Girls empowered to pursue STEAM careers

In scientific and mathematical fields, males out number females 4 to 1. A study published in the journal Science found that by the time girls are 6 years old, they believe males are more likely to be “really, really smart” than females. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Local schools took robot competition to Auburn

Local schools took robot competition to Auburn

Members of the three Santa Rosa competitive robot building teams that went on to compete at the South’s BEST Regional Championship at Auburn University were honored during the Feb. 16 school board meeting. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

WeatherSTEM brings real world data to the classroom

WeatherSTEM brings real world data to the classroom

For students of Santa Rosa County, complex weather data are at their fingertips thanks to four WeatherSTEM units posted at schools in the south end of the county. Though these poles sticking out of the dirt covered in electronics might not seem interesting, they are bursting with information on temperature, wind, barometric pressure, rainfall, lightning […]

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Of the 68 Santa Rosa teachers who received $1,000 grants from the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, 26 hail from schools in Navarre and Gulf Breeze. The grants are awarded each year to help teachers implement ideas in the areas of Artistic Literacy, Literacy, Career/Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education with the […]

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

Students gain real-world, know-how in bot building competition

First time competitors Gulf Breeze High School took third place with their hand built robot Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Emerald Coast BEST Robotics Competition at the University of West Florida, beating out 20 of the 23 other schools from five counties in northwest Florida. Two of the other top placers hailed from Santa Rosa […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. Marsha Lynn Schiller, Avalon Middle; Jennifer Confusione, Bagdad Elementary; Beth Anne Whitfield, Berryhill Administrative Complex; Stephanie Shaner, Berryhill Elementary; Rachel Gault, Central; Mary Nowling, Chumuckla Elementary; Rachel Orehosky, […]

FWC fuels fishing fever

FWC fuels fishing fever

Fishing is a big part of Pete Della Ratta’s life. Not only does he enjoy doing it, but he loves educating students about it, whether it’s at various fishing clinics throughout the area in the summer months or taking seventh-graders on a fishing field trip each year. “I love showing students the basics of fishing […]

Lessons on lionfish

Lessons on lionfish

Opportunities to learn about lionfish are expanding. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station did a mini camp over spring break and has a summer camp planned June 15-16. Amy Cozart, a science teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, is heading up the camp and expects students to be excited about the opportunity to learn even […]

Woodlawn students author book of short stories

Woodlawn students author book of short stories

Heather Owens figured the book of short stories she had her Woodlawn Beach Middle School students in the ACES (Academic and Creative Enrichment for Students) program write this year would double at the most. “I figured it would be about twice the size of last year, maybe a little longer,” Owens said. “As we were […]

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

Marine Science Station getting WeatherSTEM unit

Marine Science Station getting WeatherSTEM unit

Sometimes it really is a small world. In fact, it’s part of the reason why a WeatherSTEM unit will soon be installed at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Katy Knapp had never dissected anything in science class until last week. The experience was an enjoyable one as she and her eighth-grade classmates at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze acted as citizen scientists, dissecting lionfish and putting together DNA samples of what they found inside the stomachs of the invasive fish. Read […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms for Madrigal performance

Every two years, the cafeteria at Woodlawn Beach Middle School transforms into a castle from the renaissance period to host the community and parents for their Madrigal performance. The event is scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. Unlike any other event of its nature, attendees will be served a four-course meal […]

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

18 teachers win ACCELerator grants

Eighteen teachers from Santa Rosa County schools have been named ACCELerator Grant Program award winners, nearly double the total from a year ago when only 10 received grants. “It’s exciting that we had so many chosen this year from one county,” said Jeffery Baugus, the math and science coordinator for the Santa Rosa County School […]

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

WeatherStem provides atmospheric experience in county

Edward Mansouri believes students don’t learn enough about weather in Florida and the self-proclaimed weather geek has spent the year generating more interest about weather in schools. He does it through his creation, the WeatherStem, an instrument installed at select schools throughout the state. It collects data that is used for educational purposes and Woodlawn […]