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During the weeks of November 28th-December 14th, WDE students were challenged to earn as many 100’s on Accelerated Reader tests as possible. The catch was students were working for a reward for their teacher! Mr. Andy Stafford, a fifth grade teacher, was the recipient of a car detail cleaning! His students made 100% on 515 books during that time. That was an average of 24.5 tests per student. During that time, WDE earned close to 5,000  points for AR. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Nutrislice Interactive Menu

December 16, 2016

The WCSD Food and Nutrition Department has partnered with Nutrislice to create an interactive menu that provides specific information about the WCSD menu such as nutritional content and allergy information. This new virtual menu is perfect for health conscious parents and students looking to make healthy choices for breakfast and lunch, or anyone who wants to learn more about the foods they eat at school. Download the FREE app today to access school menus on your smartphone.

http://walton.nutrislice.com/

The Voices of Democracy Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "My Responsibility To America" this year.  Grade 9-12 students submitted a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD for this topic.  Winners for this competition are 3rd place, Melanie Nowell from Walton High School (far right); 2nd place, Wendy McCormick from Freeport High School (center); and 1st place, Zachary Seay from Freeport High School (far left).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.

Under the direction of Mrs. Kristy West, students from Walton Middle School's Career class delivered Christmas cheer to Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents.  Beforehand, students donated items to fill over forty gift baskets.  On Thursday, December 15th, the class hand-delivered the baskets during the center's annual Christmas party.  The experience was a rewarding experience for both students and residents. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Science Fair Winners

December 14, 2016

Third through fifth grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary received science fair awards on Friday, December 9th. Awards included ribbons and cash prizes. The science projects were displayed throughout the WDE hallways for all students to enjoy. Students in K-2 participated in classroom science projects, which were also displayed.

Science Fair Winners
2016 – 2017
 
3rd Grade
 
Biological:
2nd Place:   “Taste Perception?”  (Radcliffe) Taylar Pence
1st Place:  “To Grow or Not to Grow?” (Adkinson) Ava Susenbach
 
Physical: 
Honorable Mention:
“Magnetic Moves”  (Collins)  Kiley Brooks
“ Rock Crystals”  (Simmons)  Trinity Kennemur
         
3rd place:  “Oh, I’m a Gummy Bear”  (HIcks)  Avionnah Padgett
2nd place:  “ Mummy Hotdog” (Adkinson)   Sean Stegall
1st place:  (Tie) “Lego Towers Height & Stability” (Adkinson )  Chandler Shoaf
1st place: (tie)  “Does Adding Salt to Water Make It Boil Faster?” (Collins)  Annabelle Saunders
 
4th Grade          
Biological:
Honorable Mention:
“Right Pawed or Left Pawed?”  (McLaney)   Riley Wright
 
3rd Place:  “Does Playing Video Games Effect your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure?”  (Adams) Jake Furbee  
2nd Place:  “ 3 Sugars” (Daniel) Maya Abbott
1st Place:  “Can Plants Live & Grow When Watered With Soda or Milk?” (Daniel)  Emmalee Alford
 
Physical:
Honorable Mention:  
“Which Chocolate Melts Faster?”  (McLaney)  Ellie Clemmons
“What Makes a Volcano Work?” (Carroll)  Kaylee Joiner
3rd Place: “Drinks Can Change Your Teeth  (Carroll)  Preston Fleetwood
2nd Place:  “Solar Power”  (Carroll)  Adrian Cuica
1st Place:  “What Decays Teeth Faster?”   (Carroll)   Lavaris Randle

5th Grade  

Biological: 

Honorable Mention:

Fast Music/Slow Music”  (Bush )  Nicolas Claudio

“Which Liquids Grow Plants the Best?”  (Allen)  Jackson Clemmons

“Is the Dominate Hand More Sensitive?”  (Garrett)  Caroline Dawkins

“Does Exercise Lower Blood Glucose Level?”  (Garrett)  Allie Saunders

3rd Place:  “Nothin’ But Net ”  (Garrrett) Arya Patel

2nd Place:  “It Grew Where?”  (Stafford) Sam LeCroix

1st Place:  “Germs, Germs, Everywhere”  (Garrett)  Raleigh Reed

5th Grade    

Physical

Honorable Mention:

“Dirty Water, No Problem”  (Garrett)  Jackson Anderson

“Hard Water”  (Garrett)   Joseph Fleetwood

“What Type of Water Evaporates the Fastest?”    (Garrett)     Avan Price                                   

3rd Place:  “Produce Power”   (Garrett)   Callie Hulion

2nd Place:  “ Solar Hopper ”  (Stafford)  Aaron Wilmoth

1st Place:  “Stronger Than A Board ”   (Garrett)  Chris Laird

Principal’s Award:

“Can Smelling One Thing While Tasting Another Impact Taste? ” (Bush)  Elena Vazquez DeRyke

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.