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May Healthy Okaloosa Newsletter

HOS May 2022

Check out this month's Healthy Okaloosa Newsletter! Featured in this edition are:

Prinicpal Dawn Massey Named 2022 Elementary Principal of the Year

Dawn Massey as the 2022 Elementary Principal of the Year

Florosa Elementary School Principal, Dawn Massey, was recognized at the January 24, 2022, School Board Meeting for being named the 2022 Elementary Principal of the Year. Massey was selected for this award for her unwavering support and unrelenting guidance in providing the highest quality education and for positively impacting her school and community.

The Okaloosa County School District’s Assistant Principals and Principals of the Year programs are designed to recognize excellence among Okaloosa County Administrators. The program is designed to not only provide local recognition for outstanding administrators but also to provide an opportunity for the Okaloosa County Administrators and Supervisors Association (OCASA) to be represented in the state-level recognition programs for both the Florida Association of School Administrators as well as the Florida Department of Education.


Florosa Awarded ECTAC 2018-19 Exceeding Expectations Award

Florosa Elementary Schools

Florosa and Riverside Elementary Schools were recognized at the January 24, 2022, School Board meeting as the recipients of the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC) 2018-19 Exceeding Expectations Award.

The schools were selected based on a combination of criteria consisting of 2018-2019 FSA scores as well as observations and interviews that occurred during the site visit.

ECTAC launched the Exceeding Expectations (E2) Project. From a database of all schools in the State, an ECTAC data analysis team identifies Title I schools that are exceeding expectations by showing significant progress in improving student achievement. Schools with 50% to 100% of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are first selected using criteria based on School Grade data obtained from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) database. These schools are then visited by a team of ECTAC members for interviews and classroom observations. After careful review of a combination of criteria consisting of FCAT, Florida State Assessment scores, and observations and interviews that occurred during the schools' site visits, schools are identified as either a Finalist or Award School.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

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The Okaloosa County School District encourages all families to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application even if you do not think you qualify for free or reduced lunch. The free and reduced lunch application is more important than you think! If approved, your child will receive nutritious meals including breakfast and lunch for free or at a reduced price. This designation will also make your child eligible for discounted college application and college entrance exam fees. For the district, it determines school funding discounts on internet and technology and gives schools access to certain grants all of which will impact your child's education.

For more information visit or call 850.301.3020.


Bus Bulletin - Get Real-time Updates About Your Student's Bus!

School Bus

We are excited to announce that on April 5th, the Okaloosa County School District will begin using Bus Bulletin to send notifications to parents if there are unexpected delays or schedule changes involving your student’s bus. We know that families are concerned about the safety of their students, and this notification system will keep you updated if there are delays in getting your student to and from school.

If you would like to receive these notifications, please register with Bus Bulletin at the website below. Parents will need to know their student’s school name and bus number.

  • There is no cost for this service.
  • Registration is simple and fast.
  • You can choose to receive text messages, phone calls, and e-mails.
  • All contact information is stored securely and will not be shared or sold - your privacy is protected.

For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit:

Go online and register NOW so you can receive important bus notifications beginning April 5th!

For help with registration, call your Transportation Department - North: 850.689.7301, Central: 850.833.4203; South: 850.833.3555.

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