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Bay Elementary was honored to have author Julie Smith visit our school and read her newest book “ Bugs In My Breakfast”. Mrs. Smith was at the Sun Dog bookstore in Seaside Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Avery Jones and Dexter Barefield for being chosen as the December Students of the Month. Both students will be honored at a special breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Freeport on December 14, at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

"The Science Fair this year at FMS was a huge success!  It was a difficult process narrowing down the winners to only 3 from the entire school of 5th through 8th grade students.  After deliberation, the top three projects were as follows:  

(Left to Right)

8th grade student Madison Kysel won 1st place with her project on "Tooth Decay."

8th grade student Elissa Rodriguez-Lombardo won 2nd place with her project on "Gas Stations' Underground Secret."  

5th  grade student Shelby Cosson won 3rd place with her project on "Do Video Games Affect the Mind and Body?"  

Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who participated in the Science Fair this year at FMS!"

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison
We held our class competions over the past few weeks. Those winners were Atreya Agney, Cole Graham, Hailey Brown, Tate Bailey, Jake Ticknor, Mallie Bourgeois, Luci McDonald, Tysen Camargo, Nick Almeida, Alissa Aucoin, Ella Enkenseair, Ely Koch, Jack Smith, Carter Hollifield, Sofia Samalot, Ana Flores, Liana Emanuel, and AvaKate Bonjean. Congratulations to everybody!

VRB had its Tropicana school-level competition this past Thursday, December 1. All of the speeches were so good, it made a very difficult decision for the judges. Our judges this year were Kathryn Youngblood, Bonnie Shelton, and Michelle Curtis. First place went to Ella Ekenseair. Second place was Elysia Koch, and third place was Cole Graham. Congratulations to our winners that will be representing Butler well in the district completition! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Tropicana VRB Winners

December 5, 2016

VRB held the school-wide tropicana competition this past Thursday, December 1. There were three winners selected. The top two will proceed to the district competition. The third place winner will fill in if one of the top two are unable to make it to the district competition.

1st place: Ella Ekenseair

2nd place: Elysia Koch

3rd place: Cole Graham

On December 2nd, Walton County Career and Technical Education teachers participated in a training to assist them in understanding the importance of creating career pathways for their students.  Walton County's middle schools, high schools and Emerald Coast Technical College participated in this training.  There were also representatives from UF/IFAS (Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences) Extension Office, Chelco, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Toy Box Child Care Center, and WMBB News Channel 13 on hand to talk about the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Maggie Solomon from WMBB News Channel 13 provided a story on this meeting which may be viewed at http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/walton-co-school-district-holds-cte-training. Pictured is Leslie Harrison from Emerald Coast Technical College presenting information to Walton County teachers on how to develop their own program advisory board.  This is the first of many community incorporated meetings that Walton County intends to hold in an attempt to make our CTE programs rigorous and relevant to current employer demands.  Submitted by Donna Honish.