School District News - 2014

December 2014

Kenwood ES Students Give and Receive Help For The Holidays   
Winter Break and Early Release Schedule   
Important Message For Parents About the After School App   
Trey LaNasa, FWBHS, Named National Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Finalists  
Baker School STEM Students Hold Canned Food Drive With a Twist  
NHS Student, Alec Fletcher, Wins iPad for Green Berets Jingle Bell Jog Logo Artwork

November 2014

Southside Center Students Create Decorations For School Thanksgiving Luncheon  
Donna Born, Meigs MS, Named Florida Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year      
Okaloosa All-County Honor Choir Concert Showcases Top Vocalists in District   
Educational Support Professionals Day is Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
Three School Board Members Sworn Into Office   
Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Recognized with Statewide Award in Excellence 

Junior League Child Clothing Project Provides Clothing to Over 300 Students   
To All Who Have Served, We Give Thanks!   
June Robbins, Eglin ES PE Coach, Inspires Her Students By Completing the New York City Marathon  
Okaloosa County Schools Celebrate Red Ribbon Week    
Destin ES Sets World Record Tennis Lesson   
Bruner MS Participates in March of Dimes Walk

October 2014

Crestview HS Key Club Receives $1000 Florida Opportunity Fund Grant   
Music is Glowing This Week at Edwins ES    
Bluewater ES Students Selected for 2015 Elementary All-State Chorus  
Doolittle Institute Hosts Florida Panhandle Robotics Kick-off  
Haley McBride Serves as Pryor MS Principal for the Day  
Plew ES Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month  
Elliott Point Participates in National Walk to School Day  
October 20th - 24th Is School Bus Safety Week 
District Selects New Administrators 
Wright ES Holds Breakfast for Grandparents 
National Junior Beta Clubs from Destin MS and Bruner MS attend National Beta Leadership Summit  
Northwood ES Students Learn to Program Robots at the Okaloosa STEMM Center  
Laurel Hill School Hosts Reptile Show  
Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Supports TSIC Scholarship Program

September 2014

Two Niceville HS Students Named National Merit Hispanic Scholars  
TEAM Elliott Point Raises Money For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  
Mid-Bay Rotary Club Supports TSIC Scholarship Program   
Laurel Hill School Holds Patriotic Remembrance Ceremony  
Riverside ES Transforms Media Center Into Learning Commons 
Ruckel MS Celebrates Student Success on FCAT with Pep Rally  
Connect2Compete (C2C)

August 2014

Scholars Summer Institute (SSI) Promotes Student Interest in STEM  
The Tonight Show Comes to Mary Esther Elementary School   
Cram the Van School Supply Drives Help Students and Schools    
Welcome Back to School - A Message from Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson  
Become a Volunteer In Our Schools  
Be In the Know: School Immunization Requirements   
Students Have Fun While Learning At LEGO F.I.R.S.T. Robotic Camp   
Welcome Back to School - Meet The Teacher and Orientation Dates   
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, August 1-3, 2014 
2014-15 Bus Schedules
Summer Feeding Program  
Free and Reduced Meals  
2014 - 15 School Calendar  
Middle School Football Jamboree

July 2014

School Board Approves New Administrators and Recognizes Retiring Administrators  
Advanced Placement  
MIS & Technology

June 2014

Elliott Point ES Supports Caruth Summer Camp          
District Honors Retirees For Their Years of Service     
Alex Fager, NHS, and Team Florida Win 2014 National Tournament of Academic Excellence     
ECET2 Comes to Okaloosa County   
Raley Capps, Walker ES, Draws Winning Artwork for Safe Fun at the Beach Contest    
Summer Feeding Program  
Summer Reading   

Okaloosa Turns Corner on FCAT to Recoup Top-10 in Reading for all Grades 3rd through 10th; Middle Schools Move to Top 5!   
FWBHS Biomedical Sciences Students Exceed National Average in EOC Assessment    
Edge ES Students Make Community Buildings    
Destin ES Students Close Out School Year With Pirate Week, Night of the Arts, Books to Badges, and a Visit to the Wax Museum    
Lewis Students Help Restore Critical Habitat Along Choctawhatchee Bay   
Wright Elementary School Goes Green   
The Great Gatsby Comes to Choctawhatchee High School    
Bruner MS Students Take a Trip Around the World in 60 Minutes   
Silver Sands School Named A Top Title I School in the State of Florida   
Crestview HS Electrathon Teams Compete in Emerald Coast Electrathon Classic at Five Flags Speedway

May 2014

Bluewater ES Holds Successful Fun Run to Raise Money for PreK Playground    
Choice Career and Technical Center Cosmetology Salon and Spa Students Give Back To The Community While Earning Service Credits   
Baker School Holds Family STEM Night    
Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Honors Take Stock in Children Scholars 
Students Test Internet and Computer Skills at Tech Bowl  
Okaloosa County K-12 Art Show Winners Announced    
Pryor Midde School Forms JROTC    
Eglin Air Force Association Hosts Annual Education Recognition Awards    
Walker ES Holds Talent Show
Bluewater ES Holds Successful Fun Run to Raise Money for PreK Playground   
Shalimar ES Students Compete in 2014 National Archery Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament   
Two Niceville HS Students Receive National Award for Excellence in Writing    
FWBHS Senior, Samuel Whitson, Scores a Perfect 1000 on Microsoft Office Excel Certification Exam  
Anne T. Mitchell Academic Senior Honors Assembly Recognizes Academic Excellence      

Elliott Point ES Students Bike To School    
Area Students Learn About NASA and MARS Exploration   
First Grade Students Celebrate Earth Day at Elliott Point ES    
Davidson MS Students Study Human Impact on Earth   
Choctawhatchee World Guard Makes It To WGI World Championship Finals   

Eglin ES Holds Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser

April 2014

Laura Pink, Antioch ES, Named Florida Wing, CAP Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year and US CAP Southeast Region Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year   
Destin Middle School Sails Through FCAT     
District Hosts First Okaloosa RoBotic Invitational Tournament (ORBIT)
FCAT Replacement Will Help Florida's Children Succeed    
Okaloosa County HS All Star Academic Team Wins State Academic Challenge     
Silver Sands Students Participate in Hoops for Heart Program
Area Students Shine at 2014 State Science and Engineering Fair    
Crestview HS Big Red Machine Wind Ensemble Performs at Carnegie Hall    
Young Entrepreneurs, Big Ideas     
Edwins ES Holds Pep Rally to Pump Up Students for FCAT   
Florosa ES Science Fair Encourages Student Interest in Science
Okaloosa County Teachers Implement New Florida Standards   
Kristal Petruzzi, Northwood ES Media Specialist, Instrumental in Winning 2014 Bookapalooza Program  
Hannah Sevy, Crestview HS, Places 1st in the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition   
FWBHS Drumline Places First at the Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit Championship   
Destin ES Holds Boosterthon to Enhance Learning Through Technology   
Cast Your Ballot for Okaloosa County Transit Bus Art Contest

March 2014

Education Support Professionals Honored For Service and Dedication    
Kenwood ES Fourth Graders Perform Heroes Hall of Fame   
Lewis School Hosts Kindergarten Fiesta   
Rita Lamberson, Ruckel MS, Wins VFW Post 10090 Citizenship Teacher of the Year Award  
Edge ES Kindergarten Students Try Their Luck At Catching Leprechauns
Crestview HS Leadership Students Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House     
Shalimar ES Archery Team Places Third at 2014 Florida NASP State Tournament    
Destin ES Junior Deputy Leadership Posse Gives Back To Their School     
CHOICE HS Culinary Students Receive Johnson & Wales University Scholarship
Secondary ELA Textbook Adoption Process Underway    
Grant Meyer Named Principal of Pryor MS  
Kids Tag Art Contest Sponsored by the Okaloosa County Tax Collector, Helps Elementary School Art Departments  
Fort Walton Beach HS Cheerleaders Extra Large Varsity Division 1A FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Champions  
Okaloosa Lions Special Olympic Basketball Team Brings Home the Gold  
Longwood ES Holds Two Successful Family Nights in February  
Edge ES Fifth Graders Give Back To Community   
Silver Sands Hosts Fundraiser   
Plew ES Academic Team Places First In Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl
Joe Peterson Named MIS Specialist   
Students in the News    
Bruner MS FBLA Members Donate Blankets to Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Center Residents    
Take the School Climate Survey
Elliott Point ES Celebrates Read Across America with Dr. Seuss Birthday Party and Read-a-thon     
Summer VPK and Kindergarten Registration     
Victoria Hurley, Baker School, Named Okaloosa County School District Teacher of the Year - Updated with Photo Gallery Link    
New Administrators Named at School Board Meeting  
Secondary Math Textbook Adoption Process Underway  

February 2014

District Announces Education Support Professional of the Year and Top Finalists   
Fort Walton Beach HS Shines in Cox - Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament    

School Board Approves New Equity Specialist  
Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office Makes Donation for School Bus Cameras   
37th Annual Robert Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science and Engineering Fair Awards   
Choctawhatchee HS Cheerleaders Small Co-ed Division 1A FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Champions   
Natalie Lawson Recognized as 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Florida   
Victoria Hurley, Baker School, Named Okaloosa County School District Teacher of the Year (Updated with photo gallery) 
Niceville HS Outscores Opponent in Cox - Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament   
Fort Walton Beach HS Shines in Cox - Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament   
Take the School Climate Survey     
Ruckel MS Named Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce School of the Month  
NHS Students Place Third in "Zero Robotics" Competition Aboard International Space Station   

Students in the News CHS Student - Will Irwin        
Choctawhatchee HS JV Indianettes Earn Top Award   
February Fire Safety Tip   
Ruckel MS Dance Team Wins Top Award   
Meigs MS Students Win PSA Contest for 2014 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida   
Local Students Win Elks Essay Contest   
FCAT Writes!   
Davidson MS Students Win First Lego League Core Values & Robotic Design Awards   
School Board Approves New Administrator    
Students in the News - Choctawhatchee HS and FWBHS Cheer Teams   
Four Administrators Represent Okaloosa County at FASA Legislative Days 2014   
Students in the News - Hurlburt Field Trip

January 2014

Okaloosa County Schools Will Be Closed Thursday, January 30, 2014   
District Names Outstanding School Volunteers of the Year     
NHS Eaglettes Earn Top Awards     
Okaloosa County Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 due to weather-related safety concerns.   
Wright ES Students Win Awards in Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical and Poster Contest   

District Announces Education Support Professional of the Year and Top Finalists        
Two Lewis School Students Each Rank Number One in All-State Band   

Pastries With Parents Kicks Off Kenwood ES Literacy Week    
Shalimar ES Archery Team Places 7th in First Tournament    
Plew ES Kicks Off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! With Annual Read-Aloud Day       
Students in the News - MLK    
Students in the News - Lawson    
Students in the News - Kenwood    
School Zone  
Students in the News - Richbourg     

Teacher of the Year Finalists Named    
Okaloosa STEMM Academy Partners With Siemens to Host Science Event   
Ryan Ashley, Kenwood Elementary School, Named Finalist in GoDaddy Bowl Reading and Writing Program    
Niceville HS Leadership Program Presents Literacy Lessons to Edge ES and Lewis School Students   
Rendell Rod Lucena, Pryor MS, Wins OCSD Spelling Bee    
Old Spanish Trail Shrine Club Gives Holiday Cheer to Walker Families   
Destin ES Students Have Fun Snow Day  
FWBHS Christmas Connection Helps 132 Families and 370 Children At Christmas   
S.A.M.E Makes Donation to Bluewater and Kenwood Elementary Schools  
NHS AND Meigs MS Named 2014 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! PSA Contest Finalists! They need Your Help To Win!