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Over 165 Maude Saunders students brought their Families to “Camp Read-A-Lot” last Tuesday night. They hiked down the halls to Campgrounds with names like Camp Super S’mores and Camp Evergreen to find a variety of reading activities.  While some students took flashlights into dark cavelike rooms to spot sightwords, others sat under the stars and listened to stories.  Campers could be seen sight word fishing, red word swatting, snacking on trail mix, and of course gathering around the many campfires.  Everyone had a lot of fun,  read a lot, and left a happy camper!  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family Foundation, every child at Maude Saunders was allowed to select a book from the school’s Book Fair.  The Foundation teamed up with the school and Scholastic to ensure that no child left the book fair empty-handed.  The Dugas Family Foundation is committed to supporting literacy through their  “All for Books” program.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Last week, Freeport Middle School sixth-grade students went to Henderson Beach for Dunes in Schools and Coastal Clean Up. During the Dunes in Schools presentation, students learned about the importance of sand dunes on the coast as well as the vegetation that grows on them. Students also took time to clean the beach for Coastal Clean Up which is a nationwide program aiming to keep the coastlines clean. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Deputy McCormick with Pre-K

September 27, 2016

Deputy McCormick spent a few minutes this morning to speak with a couple of our Pre-K classes about what exactly a police officer does: "Helps people". Students got to see some of the fun stuff that he uses in his job every day, as well as what everything is inside his car. Thanks to Deputy McCormick for sharing this with the students!

Walton Middle School, in its second year as a Title 1 school, hosted the first parent training of the school year on Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00.  The event's theme was "Back to the Future of Learning" to symbolize the school's recent move back to its original location into a brand new facility with state-of-the-art, twenty-first century capabilities.  Parents, grandparents, and students who attended enjoyed a free dinner of pizza, desserts, and soft drinks, followed by the annual Title 1 parent meeting presentation and transitional demonstrations focused on organization, digital citizenship, and middle school survival techniques.  Though no one showed up in a time machine made out of a DeLorean, over 350 people did attend the event, tremendously enjoying their journey back to the future at WMS. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

Maude Saunders welcomed 329 Dads to school on September 22nd as part of Florida’s State Initiative to get fathers involved in their children’s academic life.  The dads at Maude Saunders helped plant vegetables and herbs, built diaramas, created solar systems, built boats and planes, launched rockets, simulated oil spills, and much more.  Several Walton County Sheriff’s deputies also participated as male role models to students whose dads were unable to attend.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

The Walton High School Band performed on Saturday September 24th at 4pm at the Rehobeth Marching Classic at Rehobeth High School in Dothan Alabama.  The band was adjudicated by professionals from around the Tri-State area in the following categories: Color Guard, Percussion, Drum Major, Music, General Effect, and Marching.  The band received straight Superior Ratings in all categories! Submitted by Chad Robbins, WHS Band Director.

Welcome to  Lowery’s Laboratory for Chocolate Science!

Maude Saunders third grade scholars were thinking like scientists as they applied their knowledge of the scientific method to research, make predictions, and test their theories about chocolate. They used their reading and listening strategies as they tested the tastiness of various types of chocolate and created bar graphs to visually display their results. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Safety Patrol students at Van R. Butler are learning how to take the Florida flag and United States flag down, as well as up each day. These students work hard to show that they are ready for the extra responsibilities. Safety Patrol members are fourth grade students that are chosen by the PE department. These are students that have shown that they take initiative and always do the right thing. Other duties among this group include helping at Primary drop off in the morning to help the little ones get out of vehicles. They also help in the cafeteria at breakfast. In addition to all of these, the students learn how to raise and lower the flags each day and fold them correctly. This semester’s Safety Patrol includes Ana Flores, Karissa Garcia, JJ Karakorn, Caidyn Parnell, Beckett Rhea, Haleigh Roberson, Sara Smith, Spring Starkey, and Carlin Watson.  Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.