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ECMS hosted the Special Olympics Florida - Walton activities on Friday, May 11, 2018. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Currently Special Olympics Florida - Walton serves 67 athletes throughout Walton County.

It was a wonderful day for all the participants who also got a special visit from McGruff the Crime Dog with the Walton County Sheriff's Office!  Congratulations to all the participants!!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe; photo credit: Chaela Floyd

                                                                 

      

                                                                    

              

On Tuesday, May 8th, Walton Middle School recognized outstanding scholars at its annual academic awards night.  Many talented and conscientious students received certificates and trophies for their exemplary efforts during the school year.  At the end of the evening, eighth grade students McCaid Paul, Billie Hall, and Noel Dahl received "Special Honor Roll" trophies for earning all A's all three years at Walton Middle School.  Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

A non-profit based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Food for Thought has worked to fight child hunger throughout Walton and Okaloosa Counties since 2010, providing 3,000 backpacks weekly that are filled with healthy ingredients for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals.

With the support of a three-year $125,000 grant from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Food for Thought launched its Full Circle Kitchen program in September of last year. Offered to high schoolers enrolled in Food for Thought, the program introduces students to fundamental cooking skills through classes taught by community restaurant partners and local chefs.

Walton Academy High school senior Lucy Lopez and junior Donnell Reed are two students benefiting from the program’s efforts to provide youth a foundation for basic cooking skills and access to kitchen equipment in a safe learning environment.

You can read more at: http://emeril.org/spotlight-full-circle-kitchen-students-lucy-lopez-and-donnell-reed

Submitted by David Schmidt

On May 9th and 10th Freeport Middle School students participated in the inaugural FMS Algebra 1 Boot camp to prepare for the EOC. Over the course of two days, students rotated among three sessions to help prepare them to be successful on the EOC. Collectively the students completed around 7,000 problems over the course of the two days. Students ended the boot camp with a pep talk, and words of encouragement from Principal Harrison.

Submitted by Lauren Moore

In Mrs. Parker’s 8th grade science class students dissected American Leopard frogs. Students compared the organ systems of a frog to a human. Stay tuned next week, for our tie-dye t-shirt creations - Mrs. Parker.

Submitted by Angela Vance

           

Congratulations to Paxton High School for their designation of Bronze Medalist from U.S. News and World Reports Best High Schools! Paxton was one of 35 schools in the state of Florida to receive Bronze Medallion status! Walton County School District is proud of this EPIC accomplishment!

Paxton School is recognized in the National Rankings and earned a bronze medal. Schools are designated based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. 

Recognizing Our EPIC WCSD Teachers, Administrators, and Support Staff!!!

Nowhere in the educational community will you find employees more charitable and generous than right here in the Walton County School District, Florida!!! 

Cindy Holmes, Resource Development Director of United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties recently reported that the approximately 1,000 employees of WCSD supported the United Way campaign this school year (2017-2018) by pledging nearly $29,000 to help provide services in the local community!!! 

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes indicated this was no surprise to him knowing how big-hearted, dedicated and committed our employees are to making our corner of the world a better place.  “This tells the story of who we are!” stated Mr. Hughes. 

The FMS Horticulture Club is doing a wonderful job beautifying campus!  This would not have been possible without the generosity and dedication to Agriculture education of our local Farm Bureau Board.  Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

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FMS Hort Club

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FMS welcomed guest speakers from a wide variety of career backgrounds.  Freeport Middle School’s PTO would like to thank the following Career-Day guests:

 

Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne/Specialist-Schools & Leadership Development

Florida House of Representative Brad Drake

Trey Nick/Nick’s Restaurant

Melanie Moore/Mattie Kelly Arts

Rick Hayes/Security Consultant

Leslie Harrison/Cyber Security

David Swanick and Mary Garner/Attorney and Paralegal

Theresa Devine/Farmer and baby goat Charlie

Sergeant Kristin Pond and her K-9 partner Kayne

Walton County Fire and Rescue Team

Bo Wilkerson/Historical Fiction Author

Mr. Hayard Dykes/Attorney

Register Family/Bee Keepers

Dylan Laird/Regional Utilities

Erika Zambello/Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

Deputy Blake McCormick/Walton County

Jeffrey Powell/DeFuniak Herald

 

Thank you AVID students for serving our special guests!

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison

U.S. News and World Reports just released the 2018 Best High School rankings on Wednesday, evaluating more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Walton County School District is proud to announce that 100% of our traditional high schools are included in the ranks!!  

Freeport Senior High School ranked #124 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1629 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

South Walton High School ranked #143 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1925 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

Walton High School ranked #190 in Florida rankings, and was Nationally recognized as a Bronze Medal school. 

Paxton School was recognized as a Bronze Medal school in National rankings and State rankings. 

The U.S. News list aims to recognize schools doing the best jobs preparing students for college. To judge that, it considers graduation rates, success on required state exams and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, which can earn high school students college credit. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe