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Each year, Florida school districts take time to recognize the programs, services and resources provided by school libraries. This celebratory month provides opportunities across the state to highlight school library contributions to Florida public education. School library programs prepare students for lifelong learning, make a measurable difference in student academic achievement and enhance their reading enjoyment. Additionally, School Library Month coincides with National Library Week, which highlights the resources and contributions of all types of libraries.

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is "Libraries Lead!"

Submitted by Kim Stafford

 

Submitted by Kim Stafford

Patrick E. Kennedy, attorney at Law, spoke this week via teleconference to Paxton High School's third year aerospace students about constitutional law and its impact on the future of unmanned aerial systems, or drones. These students earn high school and university credit from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University through the aerospace program.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Mrs. Becking's and Mrs. Booth's second graders get a "taste" of fractions!

Students in Mrs. Becking's and Mrs. Booth's classes work on understanding fractions by becoming chefs and creating baked goods. Students then calculated what fraction of their play-dough pizzas, cakes, and brownies they "ate."

Submitted by Allie Blanton

FES 4th grade student, Emily Simmons won the Scholastic Storyworks Essay Contest!  The editor of Storyworks wrote Emily a letter stating that she "loved Emily's creative and effective essay"!  

Submitted by Nancy Currie

SWHS is pleased to announce those students in the Web Application Development and Programming Program who have successfully passed their CIW Site Development Associate industry certification exam. Congratulations to these students!

Pictured from left to right: Connor Cross, Jacob D'Aleo, Julian Slater, Mrs. Yu, Tyo Smith, Black Shipp, Alex Nguyen, Ben Sirmans, Steven Dersy (absent)

Submitted by Rich Komando.

During the March 27, 2018 Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. 

Pictured left to right: Kim Kirby, WCSD Board Member; Lydia Cochran, Van R. Butler Elementary; Jeannine Abadie, Emerald Coast Middle School; Dana Akridge, Seaside Neighborhood School; Nina Borthwick, Constance Morreale, Deborah Shost and Christine Solomon from Emerald Coast Middle School; Taylor Griffith, Seaside Neighborhood School; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, and Charlotte Sause, Seaside Neighborhood School.  Not pictured were Brandy Wesson, Emerald Coast Middle School; Sandra Goulding, Sharon Martin and Joy Robbins, Seaside Neighborhood School; and Angela Reilly, South Walton High School.  

A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom.  Once again, proof that Walton County is the best school district anywhere.

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

These six students recently attended the FBLA State Convention in Orlando.  They represented WHS and Walton County well and learned a lot.   They are ready to win state, not just district, next year!

Pictured from left to right:
Will Huff
Abigail Hewett
Katelyn Lloyd
Katelyn Gillert
Belle Lloyd
Tanner Grey

Submitted by Christy English

WHS FBLA

A giant congratulations to members of the South Walton High School Band who competed in the Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment this week in Gainesville, Fl. The student musicians worked very hard to achieve the honor of performing at State MPA (receiving the top rating of Superior at District MPA), and that hard work was evidenced by their exceptional performances at State. 4 students achieved a rating of Superior--Katie Betts (saxophone solo), Caitlin LaPlante (euphonium solo), and Emma Marks/Rocky Villanueva (piano duet). Other superstar performers at State were: Kenna Betts (clarinet solo), Nick Binkowski (drum solo), Mia DuToit (piano solo), Emma Marks (piano solo), Pia Paval (tuba solo), and Joe Sills (saxophone solo). The adjudicators for State MPA are considered top in their fields, and a Superior rating at the State level is definitely an EPIC accomplishment! 
Submitted by Robert Escamilla

Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters visited Mrs. Jessica Dawkins’ 2nd grade classroom at WDE on Tuesday. Mrs. Dawkins’ class earned this reward for collecting the most Box Tops in the school for grades K-2. Students enjoyed a one hour presentation of seven different animals. They learned about their natural history, behaviors and habitats. More information can be found at www.noniesark.com

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

To honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting and to start off the last nine weeks on a positive note, the PHS Builder's Club challenged the rest of the school to participate in the "17 Challenge," in which each students strives to complete 17 acts of kindness. The Builder's club students met the rest of the school as they arrived holding up posters with suggestions of different acts of kindness that they could do throughout the day. Way to make a difference, Builder's Club! Submitted by Kalli McMillan.