Principal's Message

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.

 

 

Baker Announces 2017 Testing Schedule



Click HERE for the FSA, EOC, and FCAT 2017 Test Schedule



 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

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.



 

Top Seniors Recognized


Please congratulate the following seniors on being an honor student. The top of this class is exceptional.  We normally have around 15 students who meet the requirements and this class has 31. Wow.  Way to go, Seniors!!!

 

Summa Cum Laude

Tressie

Adams

Taylor

Brunson

Thomas

Crowson

Christopher

Epperson

Jordan

Gatewood

Morgan

Griffitts

Cumorah

Hammond

Alex

Hayden

Austin

Mayo

Bethany

McCranie

Austin

Oglesby

Bianca

Peters

Logan

Rickmon

Christopher

Roller

Mikalea-Mercy

Sites

Jodie

Welch

 

Magna Cum Laude

Philip

Barksdale

Madison

Hodhider

Alexis

Lehnert

Parris

Miller

Emily

Stuckey

Charles

Williamson

 

Cum Laude

Cierra

Carlan

Samantha

Czarnecki

Michelle

Howington

Jesse

Keefe

Michael

Moss

Taylor

Oglesby

Kathlynn

Schmidt

Joshua

Springle

Emily

Stewart



 

Girl's Weightlifting Team Wins District Title

 


The Baker Weight Lifting Team won the District 1 A, Region 1 title on Friday. This is the first district championship for the Lady Gators in the history of the school. This is an outstanding accomplishment. Please congratulate the following young ladies for their hard work and dedication. I am so very proud of their efforts and look forward to tomorrows competition at the regional meet. Thank you for always supporting our Baker Gators. A special thanks goes out to our JROTC, Coach Carlisle, Coach Valmus, Coach Brunson, Coach Parks, and all who helped the meet go so smoothly. It is great to be a Baker Gator.

Coach Oglesby

 

Bayleigh Burlison, Raediah Lewis, Kaylie Gasca, Kimberly Mccranie, Askani Mcqueen, Cariann Diaz, Abigail Mainor, Jurnee French, Danielle Williams, Ivee Allen, Caitlyn Valdes, Paige Stoughton, Makina Potter, Baily Frazier, Madison Stanley, Morgana Augustine, Taylor Brunson, Whitley Taylor, Olivia Hurley, Caroline Toler, Tressie Adams, Natalie Mize, Hayleigh Koerber, Bryanna Ferrara


 

 

Basketball "Black Out" Game

 


We play Choctaw Friday night (Jan. 20th) and it is a black out game. Any student that comes to the game Friday in a black shirt will pay only $2.00 to enter.


Dugas Family Purchases a Book for Every Elementary Student


Thank you to all of you who supported the Baker Scholastic Book Fair.  It was a success for the PTO.  Another exciting announcement about the Book Fair was that every elementary student received a book ($5.00 or less) from the Dugas Family.

Rita Forbes of Scholastic said this about the Dugas Family....

The Dugas family lives locally in Walton County. They are huge supporters of literacy in our area and they were also big contributors to the Walton County Public Library. This past December marked 100,000 books donated to schools in the Panhandle area. Since the foundation works with Scholastic through the “ALL FOR BOOKS” program, Scholastic matches their donations each year for charity.
 
In addition to the Dugas Family's contributions to literacy, they are also supporters of Mattie Kelly Arts. They donated the money for the outside pavilion located in Destin. They also have supported Alaque animal refuge and numerous other charities.
 
Baker students and teachers wrote letters of appreciation to the family for their support of literacy.  Again ... thank you, Dugas Family, for your support of our Baker students.

PTO Pizza Fundraiser

 


PTO is proud to announce: The Domino’s Slice the Price Pizza Card is back!!!! This card allows you to receive a FREE large pizza for every large pizza purchased, and only costs $10.00. This fundraiser began January 13thand ends on Friday, January 27th.    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Rock at 689-7279 ext. 2251.


Baker Varsity Football Undefeated and Going to State

Congratulations to the Baker Varsity Football Team on winning the state semi-final game this past Friday night in Blountstown, Florida. The team will travel to Orlando to take on another undefeated team, Pahokee Blue Devils, on Thursday, December 8th at 1:00pm EST. Please congratulate the team when you see them. Thanks to all of the Baker family and friends for all the support you give to the students, faculty and staff at Baker. We couldn't be the best without your support.

Listen to WTJT 90.1 to hear the game live.

Crestview News Leader's Article .... Recap of the State Semi-Final game ....
http://www.crestviewbulletin.com/news/20161126/road-to-state-inside-bake...

State Finals Information is listed below....

Florida High School 1A Football State Championship
When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Matchups and Times: Baker School vs Pahokee High School at 1:00pm EST
Where: Camping World Stadium (Orlando)
Lodging: List of participating hotels (https://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/orig_uploads/sports/football/a...)
Host: Central Florida Sports Commission

Admission: $12.00 & $17.00 per session with tickets purchased prior to the event
Parking: Venue to charge $10.00

Television: Spectrum Sports
Webcast: Spectrum Sports
DVDs of championship games: Spectrum Sports

Miss Baker



Congratulations to all of the girls that competed for the title of Miss Baker and her court.  The results are as follows:

 

Mini Miss

Fashion:  Chloe Harrelson

Photogenic:  Emily Whiddon

2nd Alternate:  Mallory Lawson

1st Alternate:  Emily Whiddon

Mini Miss:  Chloe Harrelson

 

Tiny Miss

Fashion:  Addalynn St. John

Photogenic:  Payton Fortner

2nd Alternate:  Payton Fortner

1st Alternate:  Addalynn St. John

Tiny Miss:  Kelsey Shae Meeks

 

Little Miss

Fashion:  Kadance Fredericksen

Photogenic:  Kadance Fredericksen

2nd Alternate:  Alyssa Nicole Mathews

1st Alternate:  Lillian Jeter

Little Miss:  Kadance Fredericksen

 

Teen Miss

Fashion:  Layla Kelly

Photogenic:  Alaynah Smith

2nd Alternate:  Meryha Sage Cahill

1st Alternate:  Kaylee Potpan

Teen Miss:  Layla Kelly

 

Miss Baker 2016

Fashion:  Michelle BriAnn Howington

Photogenic:  Caitlyn Danielle Smith

2nd Alternate:  Michelle BriAnn Howington

1st Alternate:  Caitlyn Danielle Smith

Miss Baker:  Danielle Alyce Williams


 

News from the Golf Course


Easton Thames competed at Golf Districts and came in 2nd place overall.  He placed 1st place for individuals (out of 23 boys).  He will advance to Regionals at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  This is a huge accomplishment for Easton as he has worked hard on trying to reach the top.  Each year he has improved his game and it shows.  If you see Easton please congratulate him on his accomplishments.  


 

Sound of the Swamp News


 

We are so proud of our band program.  Two Saturdays ago, our band competed at the A-Town invitational marching competition in Andalusia.  All groups in our band (drum major, color guard, drumline, band) received the highest rating of "superior".  More importantly, our band scores were the second-highest out of the 29 bands.  We were seven-tenths of a point behind the high score! 

This past Saturday, we were evaluated at our more-difficult District 1 Marching Performance Assessment, a required event for all Florida bands.  Again, all categories (music, marching, general effect, color guard) were rated superior, with our music, color guard, and general effect scores receiving the highest possible grades.   Please congratulate these students for their hard work and dedication.


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Bell Schedules

 

Regular Day                                    
 First Period            7:35 - 8:30             
 Second Period       8:35 - 9:25            
 Third Period           9:30 - 10:20          
 Fourth Period       10:25 - 11:15          
 HS Lunch             11:15 - 11:45           
 MS Fifth Period    11:20 - 12:10          
 HS Fifth Period     11:50 - 12:40          
 MS Lunch             12:10 - 12:40           
 Sixth Period          12:45 - 1:35            
 Seventh Period       1:40 - 2:30           
Activity Schedule
1ST Period               7:35-8:20
2nd Period               8:25-9:05
3rd Period                9:10-9:50
4th Period                9:55-10:35
5th Period                10:40-11:20
HS Lunch               11:20-11:50
MS 6th Period         11:25-12:05
HS 6th Period          11:55-12:35
MS Lunch               12:05-12:35
7th Period                12:40-1:20
Activity                    1:30-2:20
7th Period                2:20-2:30

 

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Click HERE to apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.

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