School District News

December 2016

Winter Break and Early Release Schedule    
PUBLIC NOTICE: Student Calendar Meetings     
Longwood ES Leopards Go Caroling      
Pryor Students Learn About Horticulture from Trees Destin     
Winter Break and Early Release Schedule     
OCSD Launches OCSD Help Desk Self- Service Portal    
Daniel Orcutt, FWBHS, Named 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman    
Okaloosa County Students Compete In 2016 Tech Bowl   
Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls Donates to TSIC Scholarship Program   
Longwood ES Students Celebrate The First Thanksgiving   
National Defense Industrial Association Awards ACCELerator Grants   
Okaloosa STEMM Academy Students Take Bullying Prevention Pledge   
Eglin ES Honors Those Who Have Served

November 2016

Superintendent and School Board Members Take Office   
Wednesday, November 16th is National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day    
Ruckel Middle School Holds Veterans Day Celebration   
Longwood ES Holds Annual Math Night at Publix    
School Board Approves New Administrator 11.14.16 
Elliott Point ES Arranges Once In A Lifetime Homecoming       
Wright Elementary School Students Participate in Kids Vote, Too       
Recent Archery Tournament Hits the Mark      
Bruner Middle School Students Earn WORD Industry Certification       
Southside Primary School Holds Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest       
Center For Lifelong Learning Donates To TSIC Scholarship Program   

October 2016

Books A Million Donates 1000 Books To Okaloosa County Schools   
Lewis School Shaves Heads to Fund New Computers   
CVHN’s Mobile Dental Clinic Visits Okaloosa Schools - Updated   

Costa Enterprises - McDonald’s Hosts "McTeacher Night" in Support of Edge ES      
CVHN’s Mobile Dental Clinic Visits Okaloosa Schools      
Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Funds TSIC Scholarship       
OCSD Employee Benefits Open Employment         
Destin ES Students Help Plan A Park       
OCSD Now Hiring Custodians       
Southside Primary School is Crazy About Learning       
Destin MS Students and Teacher Unite For Kindness       
Register to Win One of Ten Two-Year Florida College Plans       
Longwood ES Hosts Hispanic Heritage Night       
STEMM Academy Students Participate in Blue Shirt Day       
|Kenwood ES Anti-Bullying Focus        
Mary Esther Mayor Stein Visits Mary Esther ES      
Mid-Bay Rotary Club Sponsors Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Scholar       
OCSD Now Hiring Bus Drivers      
NDIA Gulf Coast Chapter Offering ACCELerator Grants to Teachers   

September 2016

Gwen Morris Named Principal of Edwins Fine and Performing Arts School    
Flu Vaccines Available To All Students At No Cost   
Southside Celebrates Grandparents with Popsicles on the Playground    
OCSD Holds School Bus Safety Training Sessions   
Elliott Point ES Students Have Fun With Talk Like A Pirate Day    
OPSF Announces Teacher Grant Program for 2016-2017    
Whole Foods Event Raises Awareness and Support for OPSF    
NWFSC Baseball Team Spruces Up Pryor MS During UW Day Of Caring    
Antioch ES Hosts Breakfast for Bus Drivers   
NHS Students Participate in Local Art Contest   
Choctawhatchee HS Collects Needed Supplies for Louisiana Relief Effort    
NHS Students First in District to Pass AP Chinese Exam   
Twin Cities Woman’s Club Donates to Take Stock in Children Program 

August 2016

John Spolski, FWBHS Principal, Named Principal of Principle Award Winner by Varsity Brands  
Longwood ES Celebrates Summer Readers 
Okaloosa County Schools Honors Take Stock in Children Scholars      
Okaloosa Schools Seeking Professional Leadership and Skills From Community    
Rachel Larson, NHS, Named 2016 Adobe® Certified Associate (ACA) U.S. National Champion    
2016 Cram the Van is a Huge Success!    
Science Fair Workshops   
Support the OPSF during Whole Foods Dimes for Donation Program     
National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs   
2016 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday     
Volunteers To Register Online Now    
School Starts Wednesday, August 10th!     
Okaloosa County School District Launches New Wellness Website for Employees

July 2016

I LOVE Science Program at Edge ES Featured in July Edition of Aerospace America   
School Board Approves New Administrator 7.25.16   
Help the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation CRAM THE VAN With School Supplies   
Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund Supports TSIC Program    
Ernie Martin, Crestview HS, Named Florida Boating Safety Instructor of the Year    
School Board Approves New Administrators 7.11.16    
FWBHS and FWBMC Partner In Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Program   
FWBMC/TCH Receive 2016 Commissioners Business Recognition Award For Okaloosa County School District   
Okaloosa County 1 of 3 Counties In Florida To Receive An A Rating   

June 2016

Susan Johansen, Wright ES, To Participate in Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Workshop    
Leora Henry, Shalimar ES, Selected to Attend Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute   
Students Shine in District K-12 Art Show   
Davidson MS Hosts the Presidio Brass Band    
Choctawhatchee HS Students Earn Perfect Scores    
Longwood Leopards To Have Reading Adventure This Summer   
Laura Pink, Antioch ES, Named North Arkansas College Distinguished Alumni   
School Board Approves New Administrators 6.27.16    
School Board Approves New Administrators - Updated   
FWB Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital Introduce Mobile Health Clinic to OCSD Employees    
Two TSIC Student Scholars Win Twin Cities Auxiliary Scholarships   
Interested In Driving A School Bus? Click Here!   
OCSD Staff Members Walk Over 336000 Miles During 2015-16 School Year   
Panhandle Job Fair Presents OPSF With Take Stock Scholarship   
Okaloosa County Schools Move Up To 2nd In Florida State Assessments   
Teach At The Beach   
Summer Literacy Adventure   
Niceville HS Eagle Pride Band Invited to Participate in 2017 Tournament of Roses® Parade   
Okaloosa County Schools To Participate In Summer BreakSpot Program    

May 2016

Okaloosa County Schools To Participate In Summer BreakSpot Program   
High School Graduations Live Streaming Announcement    
Okaloosa County Students Excel at ISEF Competition   
Plew ES Expands Mentor Program    
Ruckel MS Chorus Students Perform at Walt Disney World    
School Board Approves New Administrators   
DES Holds Color Run To Raise Money for Technology     
Drone a Palooza – Career and Technology Expo    
Ruckel Middle School Students Earn Perfect Scores on Certifications      
Ballet Academie Students Complete 40 Book Challenge    
NHS Students Earn "Triple Threat" Distinction with Adobe Certifications   
|Richbourg School Excited to Have New Mixer    
Summer Camps   
Graduation Schedule  
STEMM Stingers Have Excellent Robotics Season  
School Board Approves New Administrators    
Five Students from Choctawhatchee HS Earned a Perfect Score of 1000 on the Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Exam   
CHELCO Grants Provide New Opportunities for Teachers   
DMS Critical Thinking Class Gives Back to the Community   
High School Graduations Live Streaming Announcement   
Two Students Win Awards at 9th Annual I-SWEEEP Olympiad   
Lewis School And STEMM Academy Quiz Bowl Teams to Compete in National Championship Tournament - Updated 

April 2016

Mary Esther ES Creates Mandala for Earth Day
Anne T. Mitchell Academic Senior Honors Assembly Recognizes Academic Excellence
Student Athletes and Scholars Recognized At School Board Meeting
Shiva McCraw Named Principal of Meigs Middle School
Join Us for the 2016 Okaloosa County K-12 Student Art Show
CHS Air Force Junior ROTC Gives Back to the Community

Northwest Florida Ballet Academie Attends Legislative Session
Lewis School Hosts Academic Tournament
Bluewater ES Students Participate in Stick to It Day
School Board Approves New Administrators
Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Accepts Donation from Dr. Christopher Reid of the Renalus Center for Kidney Care
FWBHS Presents Legally Blonde the Musical
Choctawhatchee HS ROTC Helps Longwood ES Prepare Gardens
East Panhandle Region Shines at State Science Fair

March 2016

Middle School Manufacturing Students Earn Certifications   
Baker School Fourth Grade Team Hosts Leap into FSA Night   
FWB Woman’s Club Commissions Mural at Choctawhatchee HS to Honor Fallen Heroes   

John Spolski, FWBHS, Named Finalist in Varsity Brands School Spirit Principal of Principle Award      
Okaloosa County School District Recognizes Volunteers of the Year   
Teach At The Beach     
Kids Tag Art Project Helps Elementary Art Departments       
School Board Approves New Administrators      
Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Receives AT&T Grants      
Jessica Joubert, NHS, Earns ServSafe Certificate   
Okaloosa County Students and Teachers Celebrate Dr. Seuss    
Math Nation Provides Support for Students and Teachers        
Critical Thinking Students At DMS Impacting Community

February 2016

OCSD Celebrates 100th Birthday on 100th Day of School  
Edge ES Safety Patrol Members Go Above and Beyond   

Matrix Design Group, Inc. Donates $500 to the Okaloosa STEMM Academy  
Area Middle Schools Excel in Emerald Coast Math Counts Competition  
Okaloosa County School District Ranked 2nd in the State   
Juanita Payne-Galbreath, Crestview HS, named the 2016 Educational Support Professional of the Year  
Boeing Company Donates Grant to OPSF To Support Robotics Program  
Choctawhatchee HS Link Crew and Leadership Students Participate in Mock Interviews  
Florida Prepaid College Board Open Enrollment Ends February 29th  
Students at Richbourg School Stayed Busy Over The Holidays  
Kolesia Brown, FWBHS, Receives High School Excellence in Education Award   
Okaloosa County Expecting Severe Weather Tonight - All After School Activities Are Cancelled      
Teaching Students from Poverty Workshop Held at Walker ES  
Attention Parents – We Are Upgrading our iOCSD App!  
Area Students Shine At Regional Science Fair Awards Ceremony   
Charlotte Wadsworth, Baker School, Named OCSD Teacher of the Year    
Coats for Kids Drive a Success   
Jessica Jouber, NHS, Earns ServSafe Certificate   
Crestview HS Students and Teacher Chosen For Women In Technology Awards   
School Board Approves New Administrators   

January 2016

Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Names Classroom and Professional Development Mini-Grants Winners    
Okaloosa County School Districts Announces Teacher of the Year Finalists    
Message from Mary Beth Jackson, Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools    
Bruner MS Students Participate in Hour of Code    
Gabe Tironi, Destin MS, Wins Okaloosa County District Spelling Bee
School Board Approves New Administrators  
Mimi Taylor, NHS Senior, Takes Home State Title
Students Participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Oratorical and Poster Contest   
Emergency Contact Automated Test Call To Be Done Wednesday, January 20th 
Dance Teams From Across The District Showcase Talent