Baker School has proudly been serving the surrounding community since 1915 and celebrated its Centennial during the 2015-2016 school year. In 2013, Baker School was recognized by the Florida Legislature with the distinction of being named as a Heritage Site for becoming the first accredited school in Okaloosa County in 1923. Baker School operates as three schools in one serving Kindergarten through twelfth grades with a student population of almost 1,400 students. Our geographically districted zone comprises roughly one fourth of Okaloosa County with the majority of our students being transported by our stand alone fleet of buses. We serve a diverse population of families ranging from agriculture to business to military. Approximately 54% of our student population is eligible for the free and reduced food program. Our elementary grades are designated as a Title 1 school-wide program serving 625 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Baker School enjoys a unique opportunity to influence the academic and social progress of students throughout their educational career. Many students attend Baker from kindergarten through graduation with many of them being second, third and even fourth generation Baker Alumni. Quoting a previous SACS Review Report summary, “Baker School is the center of the community it serves in Okaloosa County. Students, parents, faculty, staff and members of the community are proud of the school, it heritage and the role it plays in their everyday lives. Many parents and members of the faculty are graduates of Baker School. This K-12 school offers a “family” atmosphere rarely seen today.”
Baker School offers its students an array of academic opportunities to pursue a college or career-ready post-secondary path. High school students may choose to take Advanced Placement and honors courses and our middle school students can take many classes for high school credit. Our elementary schedule allows us to challenge our advance learners while remediating our struggling learners.
Here at Baker School we pride ourselves for being a K-12 Community School and believe that it offers a unique educational experience like no other.
April 19th @ 9:30 AM– Senior Meeting in auditorium
April 19th @ 10:25 AM– Pick up graduation items in auditorium
April 28th-30th– Grad Bash in Orlando
May 18th @ 8:40 AM Senior Award Practice in auditorium
May 19th @ 7:45 AM– Senior Breakfast at Gator Café (Seniors Only)
May 19th @ 9:30 AM– Senior Awards in auditorium
Senior Field day following Senior Awards on football field
May 23rd @ 6:00 PM– Graduation Practice on football field for those with speaking parts
May 23rd @ 6:30 PM– Graduation Practice on football field for all seniors.
May 24th @ 6:30 PM– Baccalaureate at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
May 25th @ 7:30 PM– Graduation on Football Field
Click HERE for the FSA, EOC, and FCAT 2017 Test Schedule
This information is to let you that your student will take the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) required for their grade level or courses. Your student will have an opportunity to participate in a practice session to become familiar with the item types and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the materials, practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-practice-test-materials/.
For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2017 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, then select Spring 2017 Testing Times.
Please review the following policies with your student before testing:
- Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
- Calculators—For Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics, approved calculators will be provided during SESSIONS 2 and 3 only. For EOC assessments, approved calculators will be provided during SESSION 2 only. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, or an unapproved calculator during any session, their tests will be invalidated. Calculators are not permitted during Grades 3–6 Mathematics tests.
- Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement in their test and answer book.
- Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.
- Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
- Leaving Campus—If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
- Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) plan, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact Carrie Valdés at extension 1402. For more information about the FSA program, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.
Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration.
Please congratulate Mary Cates on winning the Michles Family Freedom Foundation scholarship for $5000. She competed for the award with 10 other cadets from area JROTC programs. This is the first time that Baker has won the scholarship. Fort Walton Beach High School won it the past 3 years. This is a very prestigious scholarship, and we are very proud of her and our JROTC program.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the school should click HERE.
The Baker Track Team finished their undefeated season with two district championships! We made history yesterday as well. It is the first time both boys and girls won the district at the same time. The coaches cannot express how proud they are of the kids and their efforts. They made Baker proud. Please congratulate them if you see them. They will forever be part of Baker History!!!!
Once again, please congratulate the Baker boys and girls middle school golf teams on their stellar play in Tuesday's match at home against Shoal River. The boys and girls teams both crushed the competition with Baker players Josh Ramey and Delayney Fountain bringing home overall best scores for the match. The girls continue to roll and keep their unbeaten season alive, and while the boys have been close, they enjoy their first win of the season. The Gators will be preparing for the Okaloosa County Championship Tournament held at Eglin AFB Golf Course on 24 Apr for the final tourney of the year.
Field Day is a fun time to spend on campus with your elementary student. Please plan on joining us in the next few weeks.
KDG - 4/28
1st Grade - 5/1
2nd Grade - 5/2
3rd Grade - 5/3
4th Grade - 5/4
5th Grade - 5/5
The Boys Weightlifting Team represented Baker very well Saturday at the STATE MEET in DeLand. Chris Roller finished 4th in the State, Logan Cadenhead finished 13th, Michael Adams 15th, and Jacob Gilmore 16th. Way to Go, Gators!!
The BRATS (Baker Robotics And Technology Supreme) team went to the ORBIT competition this weekend. They took 3 robots over to Bob Sikes Elementary to compete against Shoal River, Davidson, Pryor, Ruckel, and more. Our Sumo team came away with first place and the stair climber team took 3rd in their event. We are extremely proud of them. If you see them, please congratulate them on a job well done!
The middle school baseball players completed their undefeated season last night by winning the conference championship over Emerald Coast. Way to Go, Gators!!!