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Walton County School District is bursting with Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collaboration as teachers participate in multiple professional development activities throughout the district. 

Friday, October 13, is a perfect example as district wide Digital Lead Teachers gathered together as a collaborative effort to brainstorm about how to better assist schools and teachers with digital instructional strategies and tools!  District Coordinator, Crystal Appel, and District Digital Learning Specialist, Christine Petersen, instructed and guided the collaboration as they work to find ways to empower WCSD teachers through the assistance of their individual school based Digital Lead Teachers.  Superintendent Russell Hughes visited the workshop briefly to encourage participants in the Walton County Way = EPIC!


When a student is falling behind in reading, time makes a huge difference in their success level.  WCSD reading teachers attended a workshop on the Sonday System developed by educator and researcher Arlene Sonday. The program is designed to help students who have been struggling get caught up with their peers.  The Sonday System is a research based program that provides educators tools to identify, intervene, and help struggling students improve their reading skills using effective multisensory instruction.  


In the Carlene H. Anderson Training Room at the Wise Educational Center, Secondary English Language Arts instructors participated in a type of knowledge and strategies based "Boot Camp" to equip teachers with additional tools to help students achieve and succeed.  SWHS Dean of Students, Carrie Chavers, facilitated the workshop as teachers networked, shared ideas and strategies, and acquired new learning designed to boost student academic accomplishment.  


submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

“MSE takes home the Blue Ribbon at Walton County Fair!” The theme at Maude Saunders Elementary School this year is “Teamwork Sparks Success” and the students and staff created a blue ribbon booth to prove it.  Be sure to check out our booth at the fair this week! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Maude Saunders third graders are busy practicing on their recorders to participate in the Link Up Sinfonia concert later this year. Thanks to the St. Joe Foundation for providing grant money to purchase these recorders. Little Warriors make great musicians!

submitted by Cathy Drake and Krisy Spence

Some of the incredible Art teachers of Walton County School District are featured in the October/November issue of 30A Kids Club Magazine !!! The creative influence these teachers have on their students impacts their lives for a lifetime...inspiring them to see themselves and the world around them with new and expanded vision, and providing the tools for self-expression that help them to stay grounded and connected. The German painter Gerhard Richter said that "picturing things, taking a vew,is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense." 

Walton County School District is proud that these teachers, and the other Arts teachers in the district, have chosen the lifetime calling of teaching....changing the world one child at a time!

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

You can access the October/November issue online at:

What an EPIC day it was at MSE's "Bring Your Dad to School" Day! 345 dads, grandpas, uncles, and community members joined our Little Warriors to build hurricane-proof houses, carve pumpkins, design boats, study live earthworms, plant flowers, create electricity, build airplanes, and so much more! A special thank you to the Walton County Sheriff's Department and CHELCO for sending out some of their guys to help out!

submitted by Krisy Spence


WDE Kindergarten students had a great day at Rocking B-A-B Ranch! We saw albino wallabies, donkeys, pigs, and peacocks. We got to hold hedgehogs, chicks, and baby tortoises. We also got to feed camels and horses! Each student picked their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and enjoyed snow cones at the end our fun-filled day. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Field Trip

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Saturday, October 7,  the Walton HS Marching Braves traveled to Andalusia HS for the A-Town Invitational - a longstanding competition bringing some of the best bands from South Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida.  The Braves were set to compete in class 1A for hopes to not only receive Superior Ratings, but aiming for Best in Class awards for each caption judged, and overall 1st place in their classification.

The competition was almost canceled due to Hurricane Nate which was still a few hours away in the Gulf but set to hit early that evening in the Mobile and Pensacola area.  The competition went on as scheduled, despite a few bands having to back out who were close to the storms path.

The Braves arrived at Andalusia High School with intentions of performing earlier than originally scheduled so they could travel back to Walton HS if the weather started to worsen throughout the day.  The band went into warmup at 12:00 and then took the field at 12:35 that afternoon.  As usual, the band put on a great show with new additions visually and musically to help add to their show, RAGE.  Upon finishing their show the Braves loaded their equipment and filed into the stands to watch upcoming bands while the weather stayed clear.

Finally, as the last band finished the awards were given out with the Braves not only receiving Superior Ratings, for the second time this season, but also winning Best in Class Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, and Band!  The Braves were not only ranked 1st in their class, but were awarded the Overall Grand Champion of the entire competition!  This award was given to the band who had the highest combined scores of Band, Percussion, and Guard.  This type of achievement is a huge accomplishment for this program and its students.  The band is set to compete again on Saturday October 14th at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan Alabama for the Southern Showcase and will perform at 12:45 in class 1A.  Great job Braves and Good luck!  

Submitted by Chad Robbins