Do you need help studying for the ACT/SAT? Do you need a tutor for math, science, or your AP classes? Okaloosa County School District has partnered with FEV Tutor to offer free tutoring through your Classlink portal. FEV Tutor is hosting a free webinar for students and families to introduce this new resource and answer questions you may have. Please access the Zoom Meeting via the link below on Thursday, December 1 at 6pm! https://fevtutor.zoom.us/j/91872391456?pwd=dnJMNUlyU1duK0hobkV1bzR1TlZ0UT09
10 days ago, Communications
Family & Student Tutoring Webinar
Seminario para Familias y Estudiantes
Congratulations to the Ruckel Middle School volleyball team for winning the Middle School Athletic Conference (MSAC) Championship this week! Destin Middle School was the runner-up! We applaud all of the athletes for completing a very successful season!
about 2 months ago, Communications
Ruckel Middle School Volleyball Team
Destin Middle School Volleyball Team
โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•”๐•™๐• ๐• ๐• ๐”น๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐•Š๐•’๐•—๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ + ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ = ๐—” ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป A safe ride is the goal each day in Okaloosa County as more than 16,000 students use the School Bus as transportation between neighborhood and classroom. This week we will be sharing tips to keep our students safe at the bus stop! ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as: โ€ฃThey are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus. โ€ฃSound is muted or headphones, earbuds, or similar devices are used. โ€ฃContent does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures. โ€ฃUse does not create a distraction for the driver. Check our website www.okaloosaschools.com for more information about National School Bus Safety Week including a National Poster Contest!
about 2 months ago, Communications
OCSD School Bus Safety Week: Mobile Devices
โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•”๐•™๐• ๐• ๐• ๐”น๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐•Š๐•’๐•—๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ + ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ = ๐—” ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป A safe ride is the goal each day in Okaloosa County as more than 16,000 students use the School Bus as transportation between neighborhood and classroom. This week we will be sharing tips to keep our students safe at the bus stop! ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ โ€ฃWarn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver's instructions. โ€ฃRemind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. โ€ฃIf you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules. Check our website www.okaloosaschools.com for more information about National School Bus Safety Week including a National Poster Contest!
about 2 months ago, Communications
OCSD School Bus Safety Week: Getting On and Off the Bus
The Culinary Arts Students at Crestview High School prepared a delicious lunch for the Crestview Rotary's weekly meeting on Wednesday. This course has a competitive application process due to the rigorous expectations set by Chef Tingle in a welcoming learning environment. Students will take the ServeSafe certification exam which offers many opportunities to advance their career locally. Chairman of the School Board, Tim Bryant, organized the event and took the time to share the amazing opportunities provided to our students through our Career and Technical Education courses.
about 2 months ago, Communications
Desserts on a table
Chef teaching students
pasta
garlic rolls
โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•”๐•™๐• ๐• ๐• ๐”น๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐•Š๐•’๐•—๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ + ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ = ๐—” ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป A safe ride is the goal each day in Okaloosa County as more than 16,000 students use the School Bus as transportation between neighborhood and classroom. This week we will be sharing tips to keep our students safe at the bus stop! ๐—”๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ โ€ฃHave children wait in a location where the driver can seem them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car. โ€ฃDo not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous. Check our website www.okaloosaschools.com for more information about National School Bus Safety Week including a National Poster Contest!
about 2 months ago, Communications
OCSD School Bus Safety Week: At the Bus Stop
Mrs. Katie Menges, Chorus Teacher at Addie R. Lewis School, presented Principal Lindsey Smith and Assistant Principals Jordan Berry, and Amy Pendleton with the DOD ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) "My Boss is a Patriot" award! Read more on www.okaloosaschools.com
about 2 months ago, Communications
Group of educators
โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•”๐•™๐• ๐• ๐• ๐”น๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐•Š๐•’๐•—๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ + ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ = ๐—” ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป A safe ride is the goal each day in Okaloosa County as more than 16,000 students use the School Bus as transportation between neighborhood and classroom. This week we will be sharing tips to keep our students safe at the bus stop! ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ โ€ฃWalk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see. โ€ฃPractice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic, and stae as close to the edge of the road as you can. โ€ฃStop and look left, right, and the left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right, and left. Check our website www.okaloosaschools.com for more information about National School Bus Safety Week including a National Poster Contest!
about 2 months ago, Communications
OCSD School Bus Safety Week: Walking to the School Bus
The Okaloosa County Middle School Conference celebrated its 2022 Cross Country Championship at Twin Oaks in Niceville on Monday, October 17th. Ruckel Middle School boys and girls won the team honors and were named The 2022 County Champions, while Destin Middle School boys and girls were the Runner-up teams. Congratulations to all the runners, and thank you to those who came out to support the athletes!
about 2 months ago, Communications
Ruckel Middle School Girls Cross Country Team and Coaches
Ruckel Middle School Boys Cross Country Team and Coaches
Destin Middle School Boys Cross Country Team and Coach
Destin Middle School Girls Cross Country Team and Coach
โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•”๐•™๐• ๐• ๐• ๐”น๐•ฆ๐•ค ๐•Š๐•’๐•—๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€ + ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ = ๐—” ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป A safe ride is the goal each day in Okaloosa County as more than 16,000 students use the School Bus as transportation between neighborhood and classroom. This week we will be sharing tips to keep our students safe at the bus stop! ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น โ€ฃHave your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so they won't drop things along the way. โ€ฃEncourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers. โ€ฃMake sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous. Check our website www.okaloosaschools.com for more information about National School Bus Safety Week including a National Poster Contest!
about 2 months ago, Communications
OCSD School Bus Safety Week: Getting Ready For School
๐—›๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his Broadway musical Hamilton and for composing the soundtrack to Disney's Encanto (and others). He is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award- winning composer, lyricist, and actor. He is the recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation and 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Miranda, and The Miranda Family, are active supporters of initiatives that increase the representation of people of color throughout the arts and government, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico.
about 2 months ago, Communications
Lin Manuel Miranda Hispanic Heritage Month
One of the six pillars of the Next Generation of Okaloosa Schools is Community Engagement. The Crestview Prayer Network invited Superintendent Chambers to speak at their lunch yesterday, and he was honored to engage with them. He talked about each of the pillars: Academic Excellence, Continuous Learning, Student Focused, Safer Schools, Modern Innovation, and of course, Community Engagement. Each is an integral part of the education we provide the students in the Okaloosa County School District. He was also excited to talk about our most recent designation as one of 38 school systems worldwide to be named a Cognia System of Distinction (full article on our website). The mental health of our students and staff is at the forefront of Mr. Chambersโ€™s initiatives. We did not have any Mental Health Counselors in our schools a decade ago. Thanks to our partnership with CDAC, we have 28 Mental Health Counselors, each high school having a counselor on campus full-time. Every school in the District will have an active HOPE Squad by the end of the school year. These students who are committed to the peer-to-peer suicide prevention group are trained to help their fellow students find help when they need it. And it is working! Another important topic was our Half Cent Sales tax and the projects that have already been completed, the nineteen currently in progress across fifteen schools, and those still to come. We are also very excited to have plans for NEW schools in our District soon! Did you know we have collected millions more than we expected to at this point of the project? Thank you, Okaloosa! We appreciate the Crestview Prayer Network members inviting Mr. Chambers out to speak and including our students and staff in their prayers.
2 months ago, Communications
Supt Chambers speaking at restaurant
Group of people listening to a speaker
Congratulations to Olivia Mead, Fort Walton Beach High School, and Nicholas Ford, Niceville High School, for being named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists! Read more about their accomplishment here: https://thrillshare.com/s/news-ocsd/articles/2023-national-merit-scholarship-semifinalists-announced
3 months ago, Communications
Olivia Mead, Mr. Spolski, and teacher
Nicholas Ford holding certificate in front of classmates
สœษช๊œฑแด˜แด€ษดษชแด„ สœแด‡ส€ษชแด›แด€ษขแด‡ แดแดษดแด›สœ Dr. Antonia Novello was appointed Surgeon General of the United States by President George Bush in 1990, the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position. When Dr. Novello was younger, she was hospitalized often for a medical condition that was not corrected until her late teens, inspiring her to attend medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She studied Pediatric medicine (Nephrology) and practiced Pediatrics for a short time. She then pursued a career in Public Health, earning a position at the National Institutes of Health. As Surgeon General, she focused on protecting the young and vulnerable, addressing alcohol and nicotine advertising that targeted children. She is also known for her efforts in battling health inequities among the poor and minority groups.
3 months ago, Communications
OCSD Celebrates Dr. Antonia Novello Hispanic Heritage Month
Okaloosa County Schools will be closed Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday. Have a great weekend!
3 months ago, OCSD Webmaster
Happy Labor Day
Congratulations to Ms. Zoila Ganuza for being named a Specialist in Student Services. She served as a School Psychologist in OCSD for the past ten years!
3 months ago, OCSD Webmaster
Zoila Ganuza  at School Board Meeting
Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Sears for being named Assistant Principal of Crestview High. Ms. Sears was previously a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) in the Crestview High School Guidance Department.
3 months ago, OCSD Webmaster
Kimberly Sears at School Board Meeting
Okaloosa Public Arts Foundation Donates $14,000 Thank you to the Okaloosa Public Arts Foundation for donating $2000 to each high school art department in the Okaloosa County School District in the amount of $14,000 to supplement art supplies for student enhancement and instruction in art. Ms. Bernadette Sims, President of the Foundation, and Representative Anne Johnston presented the funds to the Board. "In the Okaloosa County School District we talk about focusing on Academics, the Arts, and Athletics. I appreciate the Okaloosa Public Arts Foundation for all that you do to help ensure our Arts programs get stronger each year." - Superintendent Chambers "This is not a lot compared to what [the art teachers] really need to do the things they want to do, but we feel like we are helping." -Bernadette Simms, President, Okaloosa Public Arts Over the years, the Okaloosa Public Arts Foundation has donated $38,000 to our Art programs. We appreciate your support!
3 months ago, OCSD Webmaster
Okaloosa Public Art Foundation
Principal, Dr. Samantha Dawson, Retires We recognized Dr. Samantha Dawson, for her amazing career in the Okaloosa County School District. Dr. Dawson retired as Principal of Edge Elementary, a position she lead for over a decade. Before that she taught in our schools for many years. The Board shared many positive comments about Dr. Dawson and her amazing career.
3 months ago, OCSD Webmaster
Dr. Dawson's Retirement
We recently celebrated our Maintenance department with a Fish Fry in Crestview! Lloyd Taylor and his sous chefs cooked delicious fish provided by Jacobs Titan while our foremen, site based, and trade professionals were recognized for a summer of hard work. Mr. Chambers awarded OCSD Challenge Coins to Randal Ganey, Junior Sheets, Phillip Reed, Luke Mitchell, and Cliff Shutt for going above and beyond the job description. This team works hard to keep our district running and we could not appreciate you more! Thank you!
4 months ago, Communications
Superintendent speaking to Maintenance department in an open room
Three gentlemen frying fish
Maintenance workers going through buffet
close up of buffet line of food.