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State revises BCMS grade, now an A

Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson found out July 20 that Baker County Middle School did not receive a B-grade as reported by the Florida Department of Education earlier this month; it got an “A” for the sixth consecutive year.

She said a review by the state of school grade data showed that 40 districts in Florida had schools that received the wrong grade.

“We’re really excited about that,” she said some 10 minutes after receiving a call from a state education official.

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‘Watery’ field day at Keller

After competing in annual field day activities the morning of May 4, students at Keller Intermediate School did all they could to get soaked by Macclenny Fire Department volunteer Charlie Green, who was stationed atop a fire engine with a hose.


Pictured above are 12-year-old Devon Parker (left) and Hayden Bennett, 11, both fifth graders, enjoying the outdoor shower.

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Kites to the skies at Westside Elementary

First grader Zachary Gainey eyes his shark kite. Also pictured in the background is Savannah Smallwood.Plenty of colorful kites depicting lady bugs, butterflies, sharks and Spiderman, to name a few, flew through the air at Westside Elementary School in Glen St. Mary on March 16.

With little wind to lend a hand, children, including  third grader Lillia Munn above, sought out plenty of running room to dash back and forth in hopes of keeping their kites aloft.

A number of parents joined the fun, often untangling kites strings, keeping them out of trees or otherwise assisting with the endeavor. Groups of students took turns occupying the open field on the campus’ east side for the annual outdoor event.

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