Nine OCSD Students earn National Merit Semifinalist Status

On September 14, 2021 the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced their annual list of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists which included approximately 16,000 names. Okaloosa County is proud to educate nine of those students who will continue to compete for one of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $30 million. In order for a student to be considered for one of these scholarships, they must fulfill a number of requirements.

Governor DeSantis Conducts Round Table Discussion Focused on Student Progress Monitoring

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis conducted a round table discussion at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville today with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Superintendent of Schools Marcus Chambers, Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year Jessica Landry, and two Ruckel Middle School parents, Ms. Kayra Donahoo and Ms. Catherine Card. The discussion focused on the Governor’s recently announced plan to ask the Florida Legislature to eliminate the Florida Standardized Assessment (FSA) test and implement Florida Assessment of Student Thinking, or F.A.S.T., in its place.

Friday Night Flyover

Friday Night Flyover

Friday Night Flyover

On Friday, September 24th, four F16 fighter jets from Eglin Air Force Base will fly over our home high school football games after the National Anthem is performed by the home team’s band. This flyover will be in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day and serve as a visual representation of appreciation to our community and military.

OCSD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and continues through October 15th. This month of recognition has been established to celebrate the cultures, histories, and contributions of American citizens who have ancestral lineage from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. President Lyndon Johnson initiated the observation in 1968 and it was enacted into law as a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.