September 21, 2017
submitted by Kristen Rhodes
Recently, English 2 students in Mrs. Lynne Martin's classes experienced a "Book Tasting" event!
Students were welcomed into Chez Marteen's Book Cafe with reservations for special courses such as Biography/Autobiography, Mystery, and Realistic Fiction. Students were invited to sample each course and review one of their samplings. Students sampled other courses and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres as they reflected on the event. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive:
"I have three books I want to read now!"
"I enjoyed getting to explore new books."
"I did like a book that I didn't think I would."
Future "book tastings" are already being planned due to the overwhelming success of the event.
submitted by Christy English
These students "moustache" you a question!
Maude Saunders third graders are learning how scientists collect and communicate data. The students had to think of a question to ask their classmates, give them options to choose from, then complete a data chart on the data collected, and communicate their findings to the class. Being a scientist is fun, but it's even more fun with a moustache!
submitted by Krisy Chandler Spence
Superintendent A. Russell Hughes stopped in at Walton Middle School on Monday, September 18, 2017. He walked around the lunchroom, chatting with eighth grade students, offering them friendly words of encouragement. Thank you, Superintendent Hughes, for showing up for and supporting WMS students! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Butler Elementary is excited to host an afterschool STEM Club this year! For their first activity, participants were involved in a cup stacking challenge. The club meets once a week and is a school improvement initiative being to supplement the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics opportunities provided for our children. There will be two sessions, one for the first semester, and another for the second semester, for students in grades 2-4 who completed a signed interest application. We are excited about this awesome opportunity for our children! Submitted by Tammy Smith.
The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Sammie Watson as a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Mrs. Watson is one of fifty teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the program in its second year. The AGS Geography Teacher Fellow program has been made possible by a generous gift to AGS from the Boundless Corporation.
Mrs. Watson teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at Paxton High School in Paxton, Florida. As part of the award for being selected as an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, Mrs. Watson will attend the AGS Fall Symposium on November 16 and 17, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium provides Teacher Fellows with the opportunity to gain valuable cutting-edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills demanded by today's geospatial companies.
“We are very pleased to be able to have Sammie among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us in New York City in November," said Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society. "The collective experience and expertise of these Geography Teacher Fellows will be an integral component as AGS leads the cause for the future of geography and geospatial science. In addition, the teachers will be able to bring back to their classrooms practical and cutting-edge information and applications of the latest advancements in the geospatial world," added Dr. Konarski. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
Mrs. Kent of WMS has taken EPIC to a deeper level in her Language Arts classroom. She used the District Acronym (EPIC) as a path for success in reading strategy and comprehension. A Guide for Super Reading Readers! This is EPIC! The I accentuated in this act of Innovation.
Submitted by Superintendent Russell Hughes
EPIC work at MSE is happening in data meetings with teachers, Administrators and the WCSD! Excited about the results that are coming due to this Collaborative Work! EPIC is the Way!
Submitted by Superintendent Russell Hughes
Twenty-one WHS Key Club students participated in the annual United Way Day of Caring on September 12. This year students worked at the ARC and helped clean up the property - trimming hedges, pulling weeds, and even killing a rattlesnake. They didn't leave without a few cuts here and there, but the feeling of helping neighbors down the street was worth it all! Submitted by Christy English.
We are so excited that we get to brag on Jordan Nichols, a Junior at SWHS. Jordan is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. He is one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the US and will have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Jordan earned this distinction by taking the PSAT/NMSQT at SWHS. Last year Jordan was a member of the Walton County Academic Team that won the State Academic Championship. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Seahawk Tennis Team.
We congratulate Jordan for this accomplishment and encourage all of our Seahawks to take the PSAT seriously when it is given at SWHS on October 11th. Maybe you can follow in Jordan’s footsteps! Submitted by Barbara Stratton.