Superintendent's Brag Book

Kenwood Elementary School

Picture of Kenwood ES Bed 4 Me donation

Kenwood Elementary School students brought in change and raised over $250.00 to help children in need as part of the A Bed 4 Me program. Pictured above with the students are Jenny Calderone (right), one of the sponsors of student council, who coordinated this for our school,and representatives from A Bed 4 Me.

MLK Oratorical Contest

Picture of Gabby Valdez with Mrs. JacksonGabby won 1st place during Dr. Martin Luther King's Oratorical Contest and 3rd place on the poster competition. "A really great day for my little Gabby," said her mother, Sandra Valdez, Logistics Mgmt Analyst, Sr., 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). "She was also really happy to meet a celebrity."

Edwins Fine & Performing Arts Elementary School


Edwins Fine & Performing Arts ES students"We had a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Edwins," said Stephanie Wheat, AP at Edwins.  "There were doors decorated, Cafeteria lines decked out, teachers and students dressed up, and even the administration donned shirts for the occasion.  We love Read Across America week!"

Destin Elementary School - Veterans Day Cards

Picture of Destin ES Students Create Veterans Day CardsAfter watching a special presentation and discussing our heroes, Destin Elementary School Kindergarten students made cards to send to Veteran's to say Thank You!

Walker Elementary School - Pumpkin Carving

Picture of Walker ES Students with PumpkinThese two Walker Elementary School students have never cleaned a pumpkin before! "Love this picture!" said Lorna Carnley, Walker ES Principal.

Walker Elementary School - Doughnuts with Dad

Picture of Walker ES Doughnuts for DadsFirst grade students at Walker Elementary School, in Ms. Robinson’s class, recently cooked homemade donuts with Dad.

Kylee Saltsman, Ruckel MS, Competes with Team USA

Picture of Kylee Saltsman, Ruckel MSKylee Saltsman, Ruckel Middle School, competed recently with Team USA at the International Cup competitive baton twirling competition in Croatia. A competitive baton twirler, she earned a spot on the national team last summer in the advanced age 12-17 division.

“She is only twelve and came in 8th overall,” said her mother, Amanda Saltsman fifth grade teacher at Plew Elementary School.  “She is a Ruckel Middle School Majorette and loves every second of performing for her school!”

Eglin ES Pulls Together to Help New Teacher

Picture of Eglin ES teacher and Staff An Assistant Principal, six teachers and two staff members helped a first year teacher setup her first classroom after 5:00pm on the eve of the first day. Eglin Elementary School's old computer lab is now the home of 18 kindergartners and one excited teacher.

Longwood Teachers during Welcome Back Meeting

Picture of Longwood ES Teachers“They are ready to welcome students back!” said Principal, Yvonne Michna.  “They have their  bags in hand and ready to empower students to achieve their goals!”

There is a Leader in Us All

Debbie Maksymyk, Title 1 Reading, from Shalimar Elementary School has a strong conviction that there is a leader in us all. "I am almost set up and excitedly waiting for my leaders to join me next week," said Maksymyk.


Edwins Fine & Performing Arts School Holds Teacher Bus Tour

Edwins Fine & Performing Arts School teachers took a bus tour of the neighborhoods where the school’s students live. “We went to Ed Brown Street, knocked on doors where we saw kids bikes/toys, and dropped off school supplies,” said Assistant Principal, Stephanie Wheat.

The teachers visited the Recreation Center on Ed Brown Street and walked into a room full of kids who were stunned to see them with an arm full of school supplies for all.  They also visited the Recreation Center on Jet Drive and visited the students there as well.  They even stopped at the houses where some of thier walking students live and dropped off supplies. 

“Imagine their faces when they saw four teachers standing outside their house!” said Wheat.  “The teachers had so much fun seeing the kids, giving supplies, and rekindling those relationships that are so important for our students.  We may have just started a new tradition.”

“This is one of the most incredible things I have heard!” said Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson.  “This is powerful!”

Picture of Edwins Bus Tour

Mary Esther ES Use Music to Teach School Rules

Mary Esther Elementary School Guidance Counselor, Kay Green, and Assistant Principal, Amy Anderson, have spent much time talking to their students about how the rules are different at school - “maybe you can do that at your house, but this is OUR house, and we don’t do that here.”

“We prevailed upon our excellent music teacher, Calvin Jasper, to do a parody of a popular song to help the students remember our shared values, and he came through in a big way,” said Anderson.  “We are very proud of Mr. Jasper and what he accomplishes with our students.”


Our House

Open up the doors and the day begins
A nice high five to all my friends
Looking good like the dress code says
Respectfully is how we behave
In the halls or the chairs
And everywhere
Let's show we care
In this school we share!

Welcome to our house
Mary Esther's Family Now
Our love never goes out
You know how we get down

Welcome to our house!
( Repeat 4X)

Niceville High School 3d Animation Club

Niceville High School's 3d Animation club teaches students how to model and animate in a free source 3d program called BLENDER.  View the student produced reel above or here: .

Wright Elementary School

Picture of Wright Elementary School's Outdoor ClassroomJesalyn Cummins, a second grade teacher at Wright Elementary School, established an outside classroom to teach a Science unit at Wright.

District Holds Annual Art Show

Picture of Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson with the Art Show Winners from FWBHSThe Okaloosa County School District and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presented the 2017 Okaloosa County K-12 Student Art Show on April 19th and 20th, 2017, at the C.H. “Bull” Rigdon Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson is pictured here with Vuong Nguyen, FWBHS, 3D Superlative Winner and Angela DeJesus. FWBHS, High School 2D Best of Show Winner.

Northwest Florida Ballet Academie Makes Baskets for Children In CrisisPicture of the NWF Ballet Civic Class with Baskets

The 7th grade Civics class at the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie made Easter baskets for Children in Crisis last week.  

Baker Track and Field Makes History

Picture of the Baker School Track and Field Teams

Baker School Track and Field made history recently when they won both the Boy’s and Girl’s District Championships.  “It was a very exciting day for Baker!” said coach, David Oglesby.  “I am so proud of their efforts and how they represented our school.  The state official stated that he had never seen a meet go as smoothly as the one he participated in yesterday.  He also stated that our kids were awesome! I know we have the best kids in the county, now the state does too!!!”

The spirit boys from FWBHS came to Florosa yesterday to help them get pumped for the FSA in a FUN WAY!

Picture of FWBHS Spirit Boys at Florosa ES for the FSA Kickoff

Celebrating Dr. Seuss in Mrs. Rodrigue’s First Grade Class at Mary Esther Elementary.

Picture of Celebrating Dr. Seuss in Mrs. Rodrigue’s First Grade Class at Mary Esther Elementary.

Florosa Elementary School teachers and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss day by wearing t-shirts that said, "I teach a thing or two at Florosa Elementary."

Crestview High School Juniorettes recently hosted Top Dog and raised $600.00 for Relay for Life.

Picture of Crestview HS Juniorettes - Relay for Life

Gia Ciurleo, Destin Elementary School, Participates in Braille Challenge

Picture of Gia Ciurleo and DES Principal Al GardnerGia 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.

Picture of the 100th Day of School CelebrationBluewater 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.

Picture of Destin Elementary School Principal changing Parent's tire."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!

Picture of Bob Sikes students painting the principal

The Multicultural Club students and sponsors from Bob Sikes Elementary School recently participated in the Martin Luther King March.

Picture of Bob Sikes ES who participated in MLK march.

Picture of the Elementary All-State Participants from Okaloosa County.

Florosa Elementary School's All State singers at the FMEA Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Picture of Destin ES students making Gingerbread Houses.

Destin Elementary School students making Gingerbread Houses! 

Picture of the Florosa ES staff at the holiday runFlorosa 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.

Picture of the Mary Esther ES Staff in Christmas SweatersMary Esther ES Staff enjoying their crazy holiday sweaters!

Picture of Mary Esther ES staff in Thanksgiving shirtsMary Esther Elementary staff is ready to welcome Parents and Guest to our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. 

Picture of Dr. Lee Hale flying with the Blue Angels

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 Jackson for nominating me," said Hale.

Picture of Walker Kindergarten Teachers Dressed Up like Book CharactersWalker 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.

Picture of Pryor MS Woot Woot Wagon delivering goodies to teachersThe Pryor Middle School Administration Team recently delivered drinks and goodies to teachers (chosen by students) from the “Bubble-Blowing Woot Woot Wagon.”

Picture of Pryor MS students and Administrators

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.

Picture of Choctaw HS's AFJROTC Earns "Exceeds Standards" on Headquarters Unit Eval.

Picture of Longwood ES ELL Signs

Picture of Edwins ES Aspire Students

Picture of Daniel Wooten, NHS Band Director

Picture of student from Silver Sands

Picture of Walker ES's new flag being raised

Picture of student with teachers from Bluewater ES

Picture of Baker School students and staff spelling out 100

Picture of Laurel Hill School's new computer lab

Picture of Baker School Weightlifting team awards

Picture of Marty Esther teachers wearing Super Bowl jerseys

Picture of Mrs. Brock, a STEMM teacher at Ruckel MS, and her students

Picture of Beth Anderson, a reading teacher at Bruner MS, showing off their new 3D printer

Picture of Pryor MS teachers dressed as book characters

Picture of Elliott Points Human World Wall

Picture of Jeanne White and Bonnie London, Meigs MS, posing with the class shirt

Picture of Annie Riggins, Meigs MS, with her students

Picture of Charlotte Wadsworth, Baker School, with her students

Picture of Rosemarie Morris, STEMM Academy, with her students

Picture of FWBHS staff during the holidays

Picture of FWBHS Elf on the shelf and Mrs. Claus

Picture of Administrators from CHOICE HS with collected toys for the holidays

Picture of Student Services staff during the holidays

Picture of the Pryor MS family during the holidays

Picture of the Davidson ESE dept over the holidays.

Picture of some of the teachers from Mary Esther ES during the holidays.

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.


Picture of two teachers at Shoal River MS enjoying Jeans Day.

Picture of the Destin MS Staff during the holidays.

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.