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2014 News

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 
  • Ruckel MS Celebrates Student Success on FCAT with Pep Rally 
  • Connect2Compete (C2C)
  • 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 

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 
  • 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
  • Summer Reading   

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   
  • 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
  • Eglin Air Force Association Hosts Annual Education Recognition Awards    
  • Walker ES Holds Talent Show

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    
  • 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  
  • 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

February 2014

  • District Announces Education Support Professional of the Year and Top Finalists   
  • Fort Walton Beach HS Shines in Cox - Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament    
  • License4Learning
  • 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!