Education News February 2023

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Two Apps to Stay Connected with the Okaloosa County School District
Thousands of Okaloosa County School District parents have set up their FOCUS parent accounts through the district’s website and connected their students to their accounts. Parents may visit www.okaloosaschools.com, to set up their accounts and link their students to it if necessary. Contact your school if you need help connecting your students to your account.

The OCSD Focus App can be found in the Apple App and Google Play Stores for download. Find it by searching for OCSD Focus Educational Portal. After download, sign in through the orange log-in button, and you will have access to your student’s schedule, grades and attendance. Students can download the same OCSD Focus app to access their grades and attendance without creating an account. They must click on the box marked “Sign in with SSO” and enter their school district email and network password.

In November, the district launched a second app to receive school and district updates. Download the OCSD Apptegy App through Apple App or Google Play to access documents, events, news updates and emergency notifications. Visit okaloosaschools.com for more information.

Okaloosa STEMM Academy Nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Program
The Okaloosa STEMM Academy has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 National Blue Ribbon Program. The program honors public elementary and secondary schools whose students achieve at very high levels. The Okaloosa STEMM Academy is a public middle school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medical fields. Due to the rigorous, advanced program of study with high school-level classes offered beginning in 6th grade, students are selected to attend based on a solid academic record of high math and science achievement. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) nominated STEMM Academy to the United States Department of Education (USDOE) due to exemplary high performance based on the 2021-2022 performance data:

Earned a school grade of A for the 2021-2022 school year;
Performed, as a whole school, in the top 15% in the state; and
Each subgroup (American Indian, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic, White, English Language Learners (ELL), Students with Disabilities (SWD), and Economically Disadvantaged) performed in the top 40% in the state.

For high schools, graduation rate and college and career readiness performed in the top 15% in the state.

“I am very proud of the STEMM Academy for receiving this nomination. The performance data affirms the hard work of our students and teachers, and their achievement is something we can all be proud of as a community,” stated Superintendent Marcus Chambers. To accept the nomination, Okaloosa STEMM Academy will be required to complete an application to FDOE and USDOE. An announcement of the National Blue Ribbon Schools will be made in September 2023 by the USDOE Secretary of Education.

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