Kenwood Elementary School has been identified as an Exceeding Expectations school by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center, which awarded the recognition to this Title I Okaloosa school.

ECTAC is a network of 46 school districts in Florida that provide assistance to member districts in the development and implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act Title I program.

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To celebrate Literacy Week, Longwood Elementary School has scheduled its Literacy Night  from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday for Longwood families only.

Children must be accompanied by adults.

The event theme, Reading Book Celebration, highlights student-created displays of favorite fiction books.

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The Cox Communications/Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament begins this week, with air times and dates to be announced by Cox Channel 6.

The annual tournament this year pits teams from Baker School, Laurel Hill School, Rocky Bayou Christian Academy, Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, and Choctawhatchee, Crestview, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach high schools.

Taping of the matches will take place in the Choctaw High School media center.

Educator Carol Bernich serves as the coordinator for the tournament and academic teams from the Okaloosa School District and Okaloosa private schools.

In middle school academic team news, Destin Middle School hosted a December tournament, with Liza Jackson Preparatory School placing first in the varsity level. Second went to Davidson Middle School, followed by St. Mary School.

Rocky Bayou Christian School took first among junior varsity, followed by the STEMM school and Lewis School.

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St. Mary School has scheduled its annual Frosty 5K run at 9 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mary Parish Life Center. Registration for this race, which serves as a fundraiser, can be made by visiting the school’s website at www.saintmaryschool.net or at www.active.com and searching for "Frosty 5K Fort Walton Beach."

The school has scheduled a students-only run for Friday.

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Bay Elementary School congratulates its January Kiwanis Students of the Month: Jacob Oakes and Mallory Murphy.

“Both students are resourceful, stay on task and always follow the rules, said fourth-grade teacher Susanne Martin. “They are a great asset to our class.”

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