Science, technology, engineering and math took over at Ruckel Middle School during the first months of school.

The sixth-grader STEM students worked cooperatively to research and design egg-drop cartons. Each group had a budget for purchasing building materials of toothpicks, string, paperclips, straws, cotton balls, fuzzy sticks, rubber bands, paper, cardboard, newspaper, balloons, tissue paper and tape. Group rankings were dependent upon if the eggs broke and amount of money spent.

Among the seventh-grade STEM students, underground caverns were designed to shelter people for one year after a hypothetical asteroid strike.

At the eighth-grade level, students completed a programming unit using Ozobots for competition in an Ozolympics.

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In September, Kenwood Elementary School students enjoyed Dads, Bring Your Child to School Day.

More than 150 dads, other parents, guardians and positive male role models read to students, took part in physical education, and spent time with the students.

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In mid-September, Freeport Elementary School flipped their classrooms for Rock the House Day, with each grade transforming the space for a specific learning theme.

The kindergarten students celebrated Johnny Appleseed with apple tastings and dressing like the legendary Johnny Appleseed.

First-graders explored bats based on their reading the book “Stella Luna.” They studied echolocation, STEM activities with flying bats and reading with flashlights.

A runway took over the second-grade space, where the students walked like movie stars covered in descriptive adjectives and number bonds.

At the third-grade level, students became surgeons and surgically decomposed numbers by using the distributive property; they also traveled through regions of the United States.

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Fort Walton Beach High School has opened a donation-based, need-driven food bank to serve students.

Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted year round, but a large food drive takes place until Oct. 17 in order to stock the pantry.

Donations can be made at the guidance office, Mondays through Fridays during office hours of 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information, email fwbhsfoodbank@gmail.com.

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