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On Friday, August 31st, West DeFuniak Elementary students participated in a Positivity Project Pep Rally. Students made signs focusing on the character trait "Kindness," learned a kindness cheer, and heard from Mrs. Paul about this new initiative at WDE. The Positivity Project focuses on a different character trait each week. Students watch short videos and have daily discussions revolving around those traits. We look forward to seeing students exhibit this new learning in their actions as we learn that Other People Matter. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

Janice Henderson from the Learning Resources Center at NWFSC spent time helping FHS dual enrollment American Government students learn how to navigate the online library system in preparation for their college level research papers. Submitted by Patty Woodard

Mr. Hughes stops and shows appreciation to Mrs. Lisa Crabtree and amazing lunch room staff while seeing the students at MHS. Love seeing my Kindergarteners recite their lunch numbers. Oh the Joy of Learning.....Things are “POPing” in EPIC2 Fashion in the WCSD.

Pictures with Soaking Wet students are a wonderful part of “Making Things POP” in the WCSD! We have research based programs that help us provide Healthy Academic Competition for our students. Congratulations students, teachers and staff at Mossy Head School for the great response heard from a student “This the Best Day Ever!” EPIC2!

SCIENCE ROCKS at West DeFuniak Elementary! Mrs. Katie Adams’ fourth grade studied the properties of matter, one being density. Groups created a density tower to showcase five layers of different liquids.  Students soon discovered liquids have different densities, therefore creating a layering effect with the heaviest liquid on the bottom. To further test density, students dropped various items into their density towers to compare the density of that item to the surrounding liquid. Through discovery, students were able to explain why different objects floated, while others sank.

 Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

After running 3.1 miles in their first meet of the season at the University of West Florida, the PHS cross country team decided to spend the rest of the day displaying their Pride, Passion, and Purpose in EPIC proportions. The team spent the rest of the afternoon volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House nearby. They entertained children, cleaned the facilities, and spread love to all who were there. The Bobcat family are very proud of this team!

Pictured - Back Row (L to R): Brianna Wright, Holden Mitchell, Jacob Morgan, Caylor Dixon, Maddie Varnum, Philip Anderson, Landon Stanley, Zach Wilson, Emily Wilson, and Ragan Butts. Front Row (L to R): Gracie Geoghagan, Lyndsey Wright, Eugene Hall, Nick Johnson, Blaine Johnston, Lawson Geoghagan, Tristan Petty.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

WMSE, the official morning show of Maude Saunders, is on target to be EPIC this year! Fifth grade students gather, write, and deliver the news, run the teleprompter, cameras, and sound system, and schedule guests and interviews, all before 7:55 each morning! Submitted by Krisy Spence

On September 5, Mr. Bernard Johnson, on behalf of the Gulf Power Foundation, presented a $3,000 check to the Walton Education Foundation.  This generous donation will be made to the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College as a result of a successful grant application made by Mr. Thomas Martin, the program instructor.  The funds will be used to enhance  the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College.  This program began in August 2015 to meet the training needs of students who wish to enter into the field of electricity.  Students are prepared to earn industry recognized credentials from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)  which assure national portability of skills to meet the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce. 

Emerald Coast Technical College is proud of its partnership with Gulf Power Company and the Walton Education Foundation to ensure a strong future workforce.

Pictured (l-r):  Wyndy Crozier -  Director Emerald Coast Technical College; MH Carr, Executive Director – Walton Education Foundation; and Bernard Johnson, Gulf Power’s Central District General Manager

Submitted by Cindy Anderson