News from schools in the Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Silver Sands School in Fort Walton Beach started its academic year by receiving donations from the All Sports Association and School Board members Tim Bryant and Dewey Destin.

The funds go toward the school’s newly resurfaced track, which was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 30.

Okaloosa County School Superintendent Marcus Chambers was on hand, along with the All Sports Association’s Drew Espy and former Silver Sands Principal Jon Williams. Several of the school’s high school students made thank you speeches, and the refreshments were served by the School-to-Work students.


Shalimar Elementary School will host its open house on Sept. 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for all SES parents, students and siblings. Parents must accompany their children.

Prior to the opening of classrooms is the Title One parent information meeting at 4:45 p.m.

The evening includes snacks and drinks, and the book fair will be open for sales. Spirit shirts will also be for sale during the evening.


Who would have thought that old mascara wands could be repurposed? They are used to clean the fur and feathers of many wild animals at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.

To assist the refuge, Southside Primary School in Crestview is collecting the wands in the front office. The teacher buddy classes of Tracy Gordon, Susan Brown-Hartz, Katrina Thomas and Phyllis Warren have spearheaded the project for the school.


Late in August, Gaby Brown’s Walton Middle School seventh-grade AVID elective students helped sixth-graders in Emily Kent’s reading class.

AVID binder organization is a fundamental for success at WMS. In this exercise, the seventh-grade students helped prepare the sixth-graders for their first binder check, explained the rubric and provided tips for staying organized.


The Edge Elementary School Tigers in Niceville look forward to Constitution Week, beginning tomorrow. A thank you goes to the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which provided the fifth-grade students with a collectible Constitution and other resources and gifts.

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