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The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Sammie Watson as a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Mrs. Watson is one of fifty teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the program in its second year. The AGS Geography Teacher Fellow program has been made possible by a generous gift to AGS from the Boundless Corporation.

Mrs. Watson teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at Paxton High School in Paxton, Florida. As part of the award for being selected as an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, Mrs. Watson will attend the AGS Fall Symposium on November 16 and 17, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium provides Teacher Fellows with the opportunity to gain valuable cutting-edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills demanded by today's geospatial companies.

“We are very pleased to be able to have Sammie among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us in New York City in November," said Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society. "The collective experience and expertise of these Geography Teacher Fellows will be an integral component as AGS leads the cause for the future of geography and geospatial science. In addition, the teachers will be able to bring back to their classrooms practical and cutting-edge information and applications of the latest advancements in the geospatial world," added Dr. Konarski.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

We are so excited that we get to brag on Jordan Nichols, a Junior at SWHS.  Jordan is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.  He is one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the US and will have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Jordan earned this distinction by taking the PSAT/NMSQT at SWHS.  Last year Jordan was a member of the Walton County Academic Team that won the State Academic Championship.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Seahawk Tennis Team.

We congratulate Jordan for this accomplishment and encourage all of our Seahawks to take the PSAT seriously when it is given at SWHS on October 11th.  Maybe you can follow in Jordan’s footsteps! Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Students in Mr. Bump's class reviewed their recent vocabulary by playing Vocabulary Password. Students worked in groups of 4 to determine the vocabulary words based off the clues their teammates gave them. Students only had 1 minute to guess the vocabulary words correctly before the timer went off. The students enjoyed working with their peers on this engaging review lesson. Submitted by Brianna Leavins.

Kindergarten students at Butler Elementary School have been learning about Community Helpers.  When they had a chance to dress up and show what they want to be when they grow up, it was no surprise that there were a lot of “First Responders” in the hallways!  Our School Resource Deputy, Casy Lloyd, was excited to gather this elite group for a picture! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

WHS United Way Day of Caring

September 18, 2017

Twenty-one WHS Key Club students participated in the annual United Way Day of Caring on September 12. This year students worked at the ARC and helped clean up the property - trimming hedges, pulling weeds, and even killing a rattlesnake. They didn't leave without a few cuts here and there, but the feeling of helping neighbors down the street was worth it all! Submitted by Christy English.

WHS United Way

WHS United Way

Superintendent Hughes, Faculty and Staff working with the In10sity Magnet Program students to build a sense of family and community. Plus, a new look for the entrance to In10sity Magnet Program. Changing the look and changing the future, one day at a time.  We would like to send out a special thanks to our community partner Piggly Wiggly for their involvement in this program.  Submitted by Lisa Pitts and Chelsea Martin.

Magnet school

Magnet school

Magnet school

Magnet school

Magnet school

Classroom Labs in Action at MSE

September 18, 2017

These MSE students are learning about sensory details by tasting candy and recording their finds. SWEET! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

MSE Erin Ray

Ten Apples Up On Top

September 18, 2017

After reading "Ten apples up on top", Mrs. Mishko's Kindergarten students were curious about gravity. They tried dropping an apple and a crayon to see which object would fall faster and also tested to see how many apples they could stack or balance on their heads. Now they know why apples fall down, instead of up....gravity, of course! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

The faculty and staff of West DeFuniak Elementary rallied around their co-worker, Dawn Barone, who is currently undergoing chemo therapy treatments. Mrs. Barone's treatments have resulted in her losing her hair. As the guidance counselor, Mrs. Barone often speaks with students about their character. Today, our faculty and staff were able to teach about compassion by wearing bandanas to support Mrs. Barone! We love you, Dawn! We're all in this together! #TeamBarone Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Rallies for Co-worker