Superintendent's Brag Book
Gia Ciurleo, Destin Elementary School, Participates in Braille Challenge
Gia Ciurleo, a visually impaired first grader in Lisa Brown's class at Destin Elementary School, recently participated in a Braille challenge in Jacksonville, Florida. Curleo and her family were recognized recently at a presentation at the school.
According to their website, the BRAILLE CHALLENGE is a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. It is the only national braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success. Regional students who score among the top 50 nationally are invited to Braille Institute in Los Angeles for a final competition!
Schools across Okaloosa County celebrated the 100th Day of School on Wednesday, January 25th.
Bluewater Elementary School staff dressed up like 100 year olds on the 100th day for the second year in a row. Students were asked to donate $1 to the Children in Crisis Change for Children fund. “We sure enjoy doing it as you can see,” said Principal Amy Klugh. “The kids get a real kick out of it.”
Destin Elementary School Principal, Al Gardner, recently changed a tire for one of his parents. "I just want to give Mr. Gardner, principal at Destin Elementary School at huge THANK YOU!! I recently shattered my collarbone and was just cleared to drive, so I decided to surprise my 1st grader with lunch! After lunch, I got in my car and hit a curb. My tire was beyond busted! He came out in 78 degree heat and changed my tire! I am forever grateful!" said Melissa Griffiths.
Bob Sikes Elementary School has an incentive every nine weeks for every student meeting one or both of their goals in reading/math. On this day it was paint the Principals Day!
The Multicultural Club students and sponsors from Bob Sikes Elementary School recently participated in the Martin Luther King March.
Florosa Elementary School's All State singers at the FMEA Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Destin Elementary School students making Gingerbread Houses!
Florosa ES staff participated in the Ho Ho Hustle 5K run recently. Over 49 people ran, including their running club members along with staff & faculty. This is a picture of some of the staff/faculty participants that wore their Ho Ho Hustle shirts to school the following day.
Mary Esther ES Staff enjoying their crazy holiday sweaters!
Mary Esther Elementary staff is ready to welcome Parents and Guest to our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Dr. Lee Hale, Principal of Choctawhatchee High School, had the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. "Thanks to the Blue Angels for affording me this opportunity and thanks to Superintendent Mary Beth Barton-Jackson for nominating me," said Hale.
Walker Elementary School’s Kindergarten teachers dressed up as Book Characters. Pictured above are: Andi Williams, Selena Alford, Kyle Evers, Gena Mclaney, Dana Petrey, Alisa Distano, Julie Brethauer, and Olivia Taylor.
The Pryor Middle School Administration Team recently delivered drinks and goodies to teachers (chosen by students) from the “Bubble-Blowing Woot Woot Wagon.”
Picture on Left: Pryor Middle School students receiving a treasure box for turning in their coins for being a good citizen. Picture on Right: Pryor Middle School teachers kicking off the 2nd 9 weeks with an ice cream truck giving out ice cream to the staff.
The Pre-K Disabilities Technology Professional Development Group from Plew ES, Edge ES, Edwins ES, Wright ES, Southside Center and Longwood ES would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. Hope this makes you laugh like it did us.
Eglin ES Butterfly Garden
Last year, two of our teachers, Heather Pinckard and Rachel Fuller, cleaned out the small triangle area beside our music room to “plant” a butterfly garden. Our business sponsor, Corvias, provided monetary support to purchase the plants and necessities needed for this garden.
“At some point last year, we began to see caterpillars on the plants before they disappeared,” said Dennis Samac, Eglin ES Principal. “The last two days have seen numerous cocoons attached to the wall and ceilings near the garden, including one about 15 yards away. Today, teachers and students were able to watch butterflies hatch, dry their wings and eventually, I’m told, take flight to Mexico. Needless to say, it is an exciting time at our school as classes walk by, observe and discuss the process.”
As we observed the cocoons, we saw one cocoon with a very intricate designed gold ring near the top (Butterfly pic #2).
“Thanks to Corvias representatives Brandon Masters and Kim Cariker for their support and to Mrs. Pinckard and Ms. Fuller for the labor and interest needed to start this garden. It’s a VERY COOL day for our teachers and kids,” said Samac.