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Working diligently to ensure the safety and security of all WCSD students and staff, Charlie Morse, newly appointed WCSD School Safety Specialist, met with all district Principals on Thursday, August 23, to discuss the new safety plan for the District. Tom Ring, Professional Standards, Walton County Sheriff’s Office described the plan as “a complete, comprehensive, and intentional plan that is compatible with all schools throughout the District.” Also present were James Pittman, Lieutenant, School Resource Deputy Program, and Steve Hough, Site Safety Inspector.

Walton County School District is grateful for the EPIC collaboration between the school district and the Walton County Sheriff's Office.  

WMS offers SEAPERCH, a STEM/engineering course facilitated by Mrs. Greer Harvell, as an elective option for students.  This week, students designed small vehicles powered by the snapping action of a mousetrap.  Students' vehicles must cover a flat distance of five meters.  Upon completion, each team member documented their learning with a written summary of their research on automotive engineering and mousetrap racers.  Through teamwork, SEAPERCH students rose to meet the cognitive demands of the complex challenge.

Students in Picture 1:  Chloe Cumby, Kristen Meeks, Cienna Derruisseaux

Students in Picture 2:  Ethan Austin, Alicia O'Daniels

Submitted by Kristen Nelson


August 21, 2018

Students in Mrs. Caudill’s third grade class at Butler Elementary are learning there is more to school than just the 3 R’s!  They are discussing what it means to respect others and create a positive classroom culture!  Submitted by Tammy Smith

Walton Middle School science teacher Mrs. Greer Harvell welcomed students back to school with a fun, get-to-know-your-teacher lesson that combined evidence-based writing and inquiry skills.  Throughout the year, science students will investigate science topics through literacy and hands-on practice using the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning strategy (CER).  Mrs. Harvell introduced the CER approach on the second day of school by allowing students an opportunity to get to know her.  Mrs. Harvell filled a table at the front of her classroom with many miscellaneous personal objects and asked students to come up, examine the objects, and draft a claim about who their teacher is based on the evidence before them.  After drafting individual claims, students collaborated with shoulder partners, then shared their ideas with the class, supporting their thoughts with evidence and reasoning.  Not only did the activity give students a chance to learn more about their teacher, but it also introduced them to a powerful evidence-based inquiry strategy for successful science learning.  Submitted by Kristen Nelson

In the their first week as students at Paxton school, Mrs. Allen's Pre-K students got to participate in their first science experiment of the year, in which the expanded water beads. It is clear that the newest editions to the Bobcat family are in for an exciting year. submitted by Kalli McMillan

FHS AP Psychology students learn about important contributors in psychology through a "speed dating" simulation.  

Students assumed the role of a famous psychologist or psychiatrist for the class period. They were given 1 minute to introduce themselves to a classmate by giving a brief biographical sketch as well as highlighting the important contributions and school of thought. This was done in a ‘speed dating’ format where they rotated partners every minute. Students could bring visuals, props or dress like their person to help their classmates learn about the psychologist.

Submitted by Vanessa Bump/Patty Woodard

Superintendent Hughes honored the faculty and staff of Paxton School with a visit during the first week of school. He got a chance to talk with students and teachers about making the school year POP! Submitted by Kalli McMillan