school is unique, with its own special mixture of personalities and
traditions – and each puts student learning first.
The Okaloosa schools are getting better and better and most of
the local schools are
A+ award schools.
The School Board unanimously approved the selection of
Marcus Chambers as the Principal of Niceville High School during
the January 24 Board meeting. Since Chambers was selected to be
Principal of Pryor Middle School in June 2008, the school has achieved
adequate yearly progress (AYP) in math for the first time. FCAT scores
have increased annually as well as the total points for their school
grade of A.
Mr. Ernest Green, Assistant
Principal at Ft Walton Beach High Schools is a very effective
minority leader at the local school level. He was selected
TEACHER OF THE WEEK 11/30/10.
While he may not teach a
subject, the students look to him as a role model and see him as one of
the “good” things in this world. From school issues to home issues, Mr.
Green is there to guide, support, and protect.
Four minority students from Okaloosa schools have been honored
by the National Merit
Scholarship Corporation for their achievement on the PSAT and
overall academic standing. Rhamah Norris, Jared Wilson and Kia Fuller
were all named National Merit Achievement Finalists, while Alyssa
Kittell was named a National Hispanic Scholar.
Tom Edward Hammonds JR, son of Tom Edward Hammonds SR
(Carver-Hill High School Class of 1963)
and a former
NBA basketball player spoke to the students of Shoal
River Middle School at an assembly in their gym, exhorting them to put
their education before everything, even sports. His son
Tom Edward Hammonds III is following the footsteps of his father
and grand father as basketball players at Okaloosa County Schools.
He is now active in auto
racing and has been inducted into the
All Sports Association Hall of Fame of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.!
offers options for seamless education for students who need the option.
College Preparation Checklist
In a speech to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009, President
Obama encouraged every American to complete at least one year of
education beyond high school, whether at a community college, or an
www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/early to find out why you should
consider college now and how to pay for it. The website also is
available in the form of a workbook called "My Future, My Way: How to Go,
How to Pay". A PDF is at
www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/pubs . You can learn about a wide
variety of careers at
Parents should use the FAFSA4caster at
find out how much federal student aid their child might receive. This
information will help parents and students plan ahead. Also,
Parents can get tips from the following documents at
www.ed.gov/parents (Click on
"Helping Your Child) for suggestions on assisting your child with
successfully completing assignments and helping your child through