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FHS Student, Case Woodard is the highest scoring basketball player in the county for the 2016-17 school year.  During season play he scored 455 points with an average of 17.5 points per game.  Congratulations, Case, on an excellent season. Pictured are Coach David Felix and Case Woodard.  Submitted by Donna Simmons.
Emerald Coast Middle School students received a visit from Canadian-born composer Matthew Whittall. Matthew works with Create To Escape, a distinguished multi-disciplinary artist residency hosted by the community of Seaside since 1993. Matthew writes in a wide variety of media including solo orchestral, choral and chamber. Matthew worked with 7th grade language arts students allowing them to listen to and enjoy an original piece of music he wrote. Students then created unique poems in reflection of the musical presentation. Submitted by Angela Vance/FB.

The Media Specialist at WDE, Mrs. Goodman, spoke to several third grade classes about choosing a great chapter book. Authors, genres, reading levels, and topics that were interesting to the students were discussed.  Third grade teachers are working with students to build their reading stamina! Mrs. Adkinson's class is pictured with Mrs. Goodman as they prepare to choose their books. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

2nd graders at West DeFuniak Elementary participated in planting potatoes in a grade level garden on Wednesday, March 1st. The students were able to individually plant their own potatoes. Students learned that potatoes are usually planted first in a spring garden and what the criteria is for planting potatoes. The students had a blast working in the garden and getting a little dirty! Students are excited to see how well their plants will grow in their garden this year. Submitted by Amber Carnley/Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to both the boys’ and girls’ ECMS track teams  for finishing 1st at the Jesse Forbes Invitational track meet in Tallahassee last week. Twenty-four athletes qualified for the Middle School State meet in Bradenton, Florida in May. Way to go Stingrays! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Mrs. Hope Allen's 5th grade class made five hundred thirty 100s on AR tests in less than one month! Literacy Week inspired the students, but the motivation to read more and take more tests continued. Submitted by Debbie Bush/Jessica Dawkins.

“Literacy Changes our world” is the theme that WDE participated in February for Literacy week. In first grade, the students learned literacy is reading and writing. All students learned how important reading and writing is and how they can affect our daily lives. To help promote reading Mrs. Kim Moreno visited Mrs. Shelley Kyzer’s room to read. Mrs. Jordan Dady and Mrs. Melinda Bailey also attended this special reading. Mrs. Moreno read, “Me First,” which is a book about a pig that always has to be first. Pinkerton the pig learns a lesson and he stops worrying about being first. The students then wrote about how they could relate to Pinkerton’s character in the story. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to WHS student Josh Homza, who was selected as a finalist in the Flying Musicians Association solo scholarship program! He will receive a free student membership in the Flying Musicians Association. Winners for the scholarship will be announced on May 1.

Great job and good luck, Josh!

Submitted by Christy English.

This past Saturday, FMS was represented at the Apple Classic Run by many students and teachers. The Apple Classic Run benefited Walton County Education Foundation. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

FMS at Apple Classic Run