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Walton County School District is bursting with Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collaboration as teachers participate in multiple professional development activities throughout the district. 

Friday, October 13, is a perfect example as district wide Digital Lead Teachers gathered together as a collaborative effort to brainstorm about how to better assist schools and teachers with digital instructional strategies and tools!  District Coordinator, Crystal Appel, and District Digital Learning Specialist, Christine Petersen, instructed and guided the collaboration as they work to find ways to empower WCSD teachers through the assistance of their individual school based Digital Lead Teachers.  Superintendent Russell Hughes visited the workshop briefly to encourage participants in the Walton County Way = EPIC!


When a student is falling behind in reading, time makes a huge difference in their success level.  WCSD reading teachers attended a workshop on the Sonday System developed by educator and researcher Arlene Sonday. The program is designed to help students who have been struggling get caught up with their peers.  The Sonday System is a research based program that provides educators tools to identify, intervene, and help struggling students improve their reading skills using effective multisensory instruction.  


In the Carlene H. Anderson Training Room at the Wise Educational Center, Secondary English Language Arts instructors participated in a type of knowledge and strategies based "Boot Camp" to equip teachers with additional tools to help students achieve and succeed.  SWHS Dean of Students, Carrie Chavers, facilitated the workshop as teachers networked, shared ideas and strategies, and acquired new learning designed to boost student academic accomplishment.  


submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

“MSE takes home the Blue Ribbon at Walton County Fair!” The theme at Maude Saunders Elementary School this year is “Teamwork Sparks Success” and the students and staff created a blue ribbon booth to prove it.  Be sure to check out our booth at the fair this week! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

What an EPIC day it was at MSE's "Bring Your Dad to School" Day! 345 dads, grandpas, uncles, and community members joined our Little Warriors to build hurricane-proof houses, carve pumpkins, design boats, study live earthworms, plant flowers, create electricity, build airplanes, and so much more! A special thank you to the Walton County Sheriff's Department and CHELCO for sending out some of their guys to help out!

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Maude Saunders third graders are busy practicing on their recorders to participate in the Link Up Sinfonia concert later this year. Thanks to the St. Joe Foundation for providing grant money to purchase these recorders. Little Warriors make great musicians!

submitted by Cathy Drake and Krisy Spence

Some of the incredible Art teachers of Walton County School District are featured in the October/November issue of 30A Kids Club Magazine !!! The creative influence these teachers have on their students impacts their lives for a lifetime...inspiring them to see themselves and the world around them with new and expanded vision, and providing the tools for self-expression that help them to stay grounded and connected. The German painter Gerhard Richter said that "picturing things, taking a vew,is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense." 

Walton County School District is proud that these teachers, and the other Arts teachers in the district, have chosen the lifetime calling of teaching....changing the world one child at a time!

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

You can access the October/November issue online at:

WDE Kindergarten students had a great day at Rocking B-A-B Ranch! We saw albino wallabies, donkeys, pigs, and peacocks. We got to hold hedgehogs, chicks, and baby tortoises. We also got to feed camels and horses! Each student picked their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and enjoyed snow cones at the end our fun-filled day. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

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