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Welcome Back to School

Dear OCSD Staff, Parents, and Community Members:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I hope that you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and that you are as ready to begin the new school year as I am.

The start of any new school year provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on and to renew our commitment to the very important roles we play in the lives of the students who arrive at our classrooms each fall. These are opportunities that we do not take lightly. To that end, the summer months for many hard-working teachers and administrators involved earnest endeavors in structuring School Performance Plans designed to continue the focus on those efforts that net even greater success for our students.

For parents and educators alike, this time of year often generates the same excitement in us as it does in our students.  We anxiously look forward to implementing the plans and processes that our schools have diligently worked on over the summer, innovative strategies designed to bring about continued improvement in student achievement.  I am looking forward to visiting our classrooms and seeing firsthand these strategies infused into all levels of instruction as they translate from plans into performance.

It gives me great joy to announce to you that we are once again an “A” district in the state of Florida!  We are fortunate to have a school district that brings pride to the students, faculties, families and community members who come together to support our mission. Our successes are the rewards of hard work and dedication on the part of teachers and students who once again performed extremely well on the statewide FSA. Of the assessment results to date, Okaloosa County ranks 2nd overall in the state of Florida.

In closing, let me state that it has been my humble honor and pleasure to serve our communities in the mutual pursuit of providing the best education possible within our means for the students of the Okaloosa County School District.  With your continued support, we grow stronger each year as a cohesive unit collaborating for one united purpose: the advancement of student achievement in all our schools.

For more specific information on this and other critically important communications about our exceptional school district’s performance and the people who make it shine, please be sure to visit the district website at www.okaloosaschools.com

Thank you in advance for another great school year!


Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools