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Re-opening Update for Parents 11/13/20

In the spirit of transparency, I would like to share the Walton County School District’s updated COVID-19 data.  Please remember if your child has been exposed while at school, you will receive a phone call home.  If you have not been notified, then your child has not been exposed while at school.

Click the link below for the full update.

Loaded up and Ready to Grow

November 10, 2020

This week, Mr. Joe Proffitt shared one of his ag class’s tower gardens with Mr. Tommy Martin and students at Emerald Coast Technical College.  These aeroponic growing systems can be found throughout campus at WMS, providing an easy way to grow fresh produce, both indoors and out, year-round.  The teachers are excited to share this unique gardening experience with students at both schools.  And undoubtedly, the products of their learning will be both healthy and delicious.

Paxton High School’s aerospace students send a huge shout out to USAF Colonel Tucker Hamilton for joining them via Microsoft Teams today to lend his expertise to the students’ glider project. Students have been tasked with turning a shoebox into a functioning glider, using cardboard, foam, and other easily procured materials.

Hamilton shared tips for determining center of balance of the glider, adjusting angle of attack, and provided ideas for ways to test the airflow around the aircraft’s surfaces, as well as answering a myriad of questions about his Air Force career as a test pilot. Hamilton is currently the director of the USAF/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, and joined students from the MIT campus today. 

PHS thanks you for your service and your continued support of STEM education!

On Novemeber 9, 2020, WISE center programs welcomed the ODA 7315 Army special forces unit to participate in our garden dedication. Walton In"10"sity School of Excellence students planted a diverse system of plants in the north garden. The garden is now dedicated to our WISE veterans. We are honored that the ODA 7315 attended the ceremony which also included WISE Pre-K students reciting the pledge of allegiance. 

In the 2A Region 1 meet South Walton girls finished second and boys finished third. They both ran a solid race with four girls finishing in the top fifteen. Both teams qualified for the state meet in Tallahassee on 11/14. Results on fl.milesplit.com

WDE First Grade Election

November 5, 2020

In honor of the 2020 Presidential Election, first graders at WDE held their own election to help them understand the voting process. Students were able to apply for voter registration, receive voter cards, and cast votes for “Duck” or “Farmer Brown”. These young citizens enjoyed reading Duck for President and collecting valuable information about the two candidates before voting.  First grade students loved learning about how important the voting process is and how it is a responsibility that all citizens should hold dear! 

One of our COVID Mitigation strategies was to buy computers (1 to device model) for All of our middle school students.  Superintendent Hughes did a walk through at the largest middle school in Walton County to see how these devices were being used and enhancing the educational experience for children.  Delight is an understatement to see the ease by which our students navigated under clear directions from teachers in their use, operation, and support of these devices.  Did a quick detour into our Entrepreneurship class to show the world that if devices are not available, business minded students use ingenuity to create games, structures, and competitions to raise money for a worthy cause.  Our students are learning life skills that will benefit for a Lifetime!  EPIC3 for sure…..Hanging on and Gaining on!  #love the fact that Principal Drake calls every student by name…..EPIC!

Extraordinary Visit to FMS

November 3, 2020

What an extraordinary visit to FMS Superintendent Hughes had.  The new Life Long Learning work the Agriculture Program lead by Coaches Smallwood and Wassman is “Booming”.  The students are excitedly growing knowledge wide and literally growing products for human consumption that will benefit them personally and perhaps nationally in the future.  Cross curriculum collaboration likewise has become a greater element in the students’ academic growth process.  As Mrs. Estes art class was about to embark on a Pendulum Painting project in an area ag classes cleared for them, but the wind was to high to have an effective experience.  We “Mmmmmm Good” to the salad these students grew and ate grown at their school and “Hmmmmmmm Good” to the great education that is happening alongside these Life Long Skills. 

Superintendent Hughes stopped in at MSE to see great academic work going on in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms.  Math counting and measuring of volumes were standards being covered.  Students were wearing mask and social distance was being honored.  We are doing this TOGETHER; over 86% students in our brick and mortar schools is evidence of our complete collaboration will ALL stakeholders.  EPIC for sure!!!!!  Great job Mrs. Neale, teachers, and staff at MSE!!!!! A great visit today. 

Superintendent Hughes also checked in on our ILDA students while visiting MSE.  WOW our teachers are making it happen!!