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From The Desk Of The Principal Dear Parents of the Marlin Nation: Spring has sprung! The 3rd nine weeks is over and there is still much to do before the school year ends. Teachers have been utilizing great classroom strategies all year to prepare for the upcoming FSA assessments. Each day our teachers push our students to do their best. They work countless hours ensuring that all of our students’ needs are met. I am proud of our teacher’s efforts and they do an extraordinary job, they are much appreciated! Go Marlins!

April 4, 2017 Volume 15 • Issue 3

Grant Meyer Principal

Attention Sixth-Grade Parents

Immunization Requirements for Seventh-Grade Students For the 2017 – 2018 school year, students entering, repeating or transferring into 7th grade will need to provide documentation for having the Tdap vaccine administered. This requirement is in addition to the previous grade appropriate immunization requirements. ØØ If your child has had the required immunizations for seventh-grade, please take the immunization record to the school now! Only the Florida Department of Health Form 680 will be accepted as proof of the immunization. ØØ If your child has not had the required immunizations for seventh grade, he/ she may not enter school until the State of Florida Certificate of Immunization (Form 680) or certificate of religious or medical exemption has been turned in to the school office. The CDC has posted Tdap/Td Vaccine information on their website. For further information, please go to vaccines. If you have any questions, please call Judy Hall at DMS (833-7655) or the Okaloosa County Health Department at 833-9240.

Okaloosa County School District 120 Lowery Place Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Okaloosa County Health Department

221 Hospital Drive, Ft. Walton Beach, FL Immunization Clinic Hours Monday and Wednesday morning 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM Monday and Wednesday afternoon 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Tuesday morning* 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM Tuesday afternoon 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM *Clinic will be closed the 3rd Tuesday morning of every month for staff training. BEGINNING JULY 1, 2017; IMMUNIZATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY JULY 1- SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. PLEASE CALL THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT 833-9240 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS AFTER JULY 1.

For the Parents, Staff, Students & Community of Destin Middle School To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to

2 Thank You to our Adopt-A-Class Sponsors for Supporting This Year’s Teachers

Karen Lyerly Hudson Cook & Family Chun & Julie Chen Lyn Sprenkle CC Ousley Building Co. Inc. Corbin & Brenda Ousley Mark Tenholder Fuchsia McInerney Caroline Wasson Jennifer Hewitt Patty McWhorter Barrett & Suzann Cieutat Glenn Scharf Rodney Olsen Richard Corley Joannie Cobb Kathy Dwyer Community Bank Keith & Tammie O’Leary Integrity Boat & Yacht Services Tony Martin Sally Harris Michael Sherwood Stevens Company Dr. Robert & Ellen Blanchard Glenn & Nancy Gillyard

Destin Middle School Calendar *All dates and times are subject to change.

April 6, 2017 School Advisory Council Meeting,7:30: a.m. in Media Center April 7, 2017

Pep Rally

May 5, 2017

7th Grade Boat Race

May 11, 2017

Spring Band Concert

May 12, 2017

Rain Date for 7th Grade Boat Race

May 12, 2017

8th Grade Marlin Olympics

May 26, 2017

Report Cards go home – Grade 5

May 26, 2017 End of Second Semester/Last Day for Students May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Holiday

June 2, 2017

Last Day for Teachers

School Zone for ELL Families

We invite you to check out our latest episode of School Zone for ELL Families. The program provides information for ELL families in and around our school district. Please encourage your ELL students to watch and share the program with their families. The program is available on the School District website. The current episode features Resources for ELL Families. Te invitamos a ver nuestro último episodio de la Zona Escolar para Familias ELL. El programa provee información para las familias de ELL en y alrededor de nuestro distrito escolar. Por favor anime a sus estudiantes ELL a ver y compartir el programa con sus familias. El programa está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito Escolar. Http://www.okaloosaschools. com/district/ITV-Online. Nuestro episodio actual incluye Recursos para Familias ELL.

3 Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Notes from the Resource Officer

Crime Prevention The formal definition for Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action to remove or reduce the crime through public education. What that translates to is doing all we can to help citizens realize they can be additional eyes and ears in our community to help law enforcement and boost public safety. The Sheriff’s Office offers individuals numerous free educational programs and services. A few of the most popular programs and services are Neighborhood Watch, Self Defense Tactics Classes, (CPTED) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, vacation security checks, Take Me Home program, CARE program, and (CASE) Communities Against Senior Exploitation fraud and scam programs. General Safety Programs • Car Burglary Prevention (Lock, Take, Hide) • Neighborhood Watch • (CPTED) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design • Vacation Security Check • Prevention Presentations • Women’s Self Defense Class Youth Programs • SafeAssured Digital ID Kits • Posse, the volunteer dog • Kids Self Defense Tactics Class • Drug Prevention Programs • Bicycle Safety • Anti-Bullying Presentation • Teen Safety Tips • Teen Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Program Programs for Senior Citizens • (CARE) Call Reassurance Program • Take Me Home • (CASE) Communities Against Senior Exploitation • CASE Fraud Hotline 850 651-7674 • Monthly Fraud Alerts • Safety Presentation for Seniors To schedule any of these free programs or services, or to have a Crime Prevention Specialist give a presentation to your organization, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Ashley Bailey at (850) 651-7153 or send an e-mail to

4 There’s No Such Thing as “No Homework”

“I don’t have any homework tonight.” Sound familiar? Many teens say this to their parents in hopes of spending the night in front of the TV set. Some parents have made a rule: there is no such thing as a “no homework” night. If there truly is no school assignment, it’s time to review previous lessons. Or, ask your teens to choose a subject that interests them. Then have them do a little research. They can use old newspapers to find out more about a topic that’s in the news. They can also use the electronic encyclopedia or interview friends and relatives. Before the “homework” is done, talk to your teens about one thing they have learned. But don’t be surprised—when your kids see you mean business, they may suddenly “remember” that they do have a little homework after all!

Plastic Bags Needed

Do you have extra plastic bags? There is a group at Destin Middle School collecting plastic grocery bags. These bags are being used to create waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless. There is a collection box located in student services, if you have bags to donate. There is an article in the NWF Daily News if you would like more info; ‘Hook, Line & Thinker’ Mailed April 4, 2017 Published Four Times Per Year Okaloosa School District 120 Lowery Place SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 Issue # 3

5 5th Graders in the News

Congratulations to the 5th Grade Safety Essay Contest Winner: Garrett Jacobs from Mrs. LaSalle’s Class. Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Mangum from Mrs. LaSalle’s class, and Molly Brown, Abigail St Peter, and McKenzie “M.J.” Toth from Mrs. Pittman’s Class. Northwest Florida Daily News and Rotary Club Essay Contest winner 5th grade Ariel Linton from Mrs. Pittman’s class. Kerry Seekamp was the winner in the middle school division.

Media Center News

WOW! I can’t believe that it’s March already!! We have had many new students enroll here at DMS lately. Please come to the media center with a copy of your schedule and register so you may check out books. We have a two week checkout period and a two book limit. Remember to check the back of your book to see the return date because you don’t want to be late! Take advantage when gathering information for projects, reports, etc., from the Thomson Gale database that you can access from our Media Center web page at http:// There are over 27 database sources on this one site alone! Come see our new art display cabinet as well as all of the art on exhibit and see the fabulous creativity here at DMS. Please come and visit any time our doors are open from 7:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday-Friday.

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2017 Spring Sports Schedule


DATE March 20 (Mon.) March 22 (Wed.) March 27 (Mon.) March 29 (Wed.) DATE March 22 (Wed.) March 29 (Wed.) DATE March 21 (Wed.) March 23 (Thur.) March 28 (Tues.) March 30 (Thur.) DATE April 1 (Sat.)

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL OPPONENT PLACE Pryor Pryor Meigs Meigs Shoal River Shoal River Walton Destin HOME L. Jackson Destin HOME Ruckel Davidson Shoal River Meigs

TEAM 1 Pentathlon

DATE March 30 (Thur.) April 3 (Mon.)

TRACK VISITOR Meigs , Destin Davidson, Ruckel GOLF AWAY Destin Destin Destin Destin/Pryor

BOYS 4:30 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 4:00 pm

GIRLS 4:30 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 4:00 pm


TIME 4:00 pm 4:00 pm

PLACE Bluewater Bay Blackstone Foxwood Shalimar Pointe

TIME 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 4:00 pm

SWIMMING TEAM 2 WARM-UPS MEET START Pentathlon 10:00 am 11:30 am

HOME Pryor Destin

TENNIS VISITOR Destin Shoal River

PLACE Choctaw HS Bluewater Bay

TIME 4:00 pm 4:00 pm


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7 FSA Testing Schedule April MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY 10 11 12 5th Grade Reading 5th Grade 5th Grade Math Session 1 Reading Session 2 Session 1 17 18 19 6th Grade Reading 6th Grade 6th Grade Math Session 1 Reading Session 2 Session 1 24 25 26 7th Grade Reading 7th Grade 7th Grade Math Session 1 Reading Session 2 Session 1

THURSDAY 13 5th Grade Math Session 2 20 6th Grade Math Session 2 27 7th Grade Math Session 2

May MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 1 2 3 4 5th Grade 8th Grade Reading 5th, 8th Grade Session 2 Science Session 1 Science Session 2 8th Grade Reading Session 1 8 9 10 11 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math, Algebra, Geo. Algebra, Geo. Session 1 Session 2 15 16 17 18 7th Grade Civics







All testing begins promptly at 9 A.M. Late students will not be admitted into the testing room! All testing is Computer Based except: SCIENCE PBT – Paper Based Test Grades 5, 8 On April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27 (Tuesdays and Thursdays of first three weeks), we will all follow a Backward Schedule: 6th, 5th, 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 1st).

Test Taking Tips and Suggestions

Taking a test can be a trying time for many. It may be a weekly homework quiz, chapter test, DEA test or coming soon- the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). Here are a few hints or suggestions that might help make your child’s test taking experience less stressful. 1. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and even put this routine in place a couple of weeks before the test, so that your body and mind get used to it. 2. The night before and the day of the test, eat protein. Studies have shown that protein is beneficial to brain function! 3. During the test, listen carefully to directions. Read directions and questions carefully, even read them more than once if needed. 4. Hydrate! If allowed to leave the room during breaks in the testing, drink some water. Bring a bottle of water to school for lunch on testing days- this will help hydrate your body! 5. If you feel anxious before, during, or after the test, take a few deep, slow breaths. Finally, relax and know that you’ve got this! You’ve been well-prepared and you are ready for this year’s FSA!

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The Archery team enjoyed a shootout with both students and parents. No scores were recorded, but FUN was certainly being had. The top three girl shooters were, Harlee Hall, Sophia Krantz, and Trinity Treadway. The top three boys were Connor Mathews, Sandro Ciurleo, and Chris Weeks. Coaches Crawford and Tuthill have their “sights” set on winning several tournaments next year.

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Destin Middle School Newsletter  

April 2017

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