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Alexander Miles- Inventor

February 19, 2021

The invention of Alexander Miles’ elevator doors dramatically improved safety for passengers. Early elevators were different from the mostly automated devices we’re familiar with today.  Passengers in any elevator in the late 1880s and early 1900s had to manually open and close doors including the doors leading to the actual elevator shaft.  If the door was accidentally left open, other passengers could fall down the shaft when expecting to step into the elevator.  Alexander Miles invented a device that triggered the shaft doors to open and close along with the elevator doors, which made the elevator ride much safer.  Although rarely connected with this invention, we can all agree Miles’ ingenuity and foresight plays an integral part of our 21st Century world.  In fact, the elevators we use currently still feature automatic shaft doors similar to the invention Miles Patented in 1887!

Miles’ exact birthplace and birthdate are unknown, but he was living in Duluth, Minnesota when he came up with his famous invention.  For more history and African American collections, and preserved culture visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at www.nypl.org.

Walton Middle School AVID students had the unique opportunity to visit Emerald Coast Technical College last week.  While there, students received hands-on opportunities to experience the array of programs the local college offers.  By visiting nursing, 3D printing, cosmetology, pharmacy tech, automotive, welding, and construction classrooms, among others, students' eyes were opened to the vast range of career opportunities they can one day train for right here in Walton County.  Instructors emphasized the importance of a dedicated work ethic and professionalism while learning to pave the path to future success.  The WMS AVID program graciously thanks ECTC for opening their doors to plant the seeds of future homegrown success for our students.

Not even the frigid weather could stop the Seahawk fans from cheering on their girls and boys soccer teams to victories tonight for quarter final regional playoffs. Go Hawks!

 

WCSD Schools resume Wednesday, February 17th.  We are excited to see everyone return to school and hope everyone remained safe during the inclement weather day.  As always safety is our number one priority, so thank you for your understanding and support.   

Weather Update 2/15/21

February 15, 2021

Weather Update 2/15/21

The WCSD is currently monitoring weather forecasts along with Emergency Management.  More information regarding tomorrow’s plans will be made after a 1:30 pm update by local and state experts.  Please know safety is our number one priority, and we will continue to make the best decisions for our students and employees. Please look to the Walton County School District website or your individual school’s websites for further information. Stay safe. 

Walton County Schools Closed Tuesday, February 16th

Due to extreme weather conditions expected tomorrow morning, all Walton County schools will close tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th.  Closures include both students and employees.  Extra-curricular activities may resume after 12.00 P.M. noon.  Please check with your school for additional extra-curricular details.  SPICE locations can also check with their SPICE facilitator for more information.  Based on information from Emergency Management, below freezing temperatures and possible ice on roads are expected for the Walton County area.  The WCSD will continue to monitor the weather with our local experts.  Stay safe and continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information. 

We have some exciting news! During Celebrate Literacy Week, several students submitted entries to a contest sponsored by the Florida Department of Education. Congratulations to Brixlee Allen for winning 1st place in the K-2 division for the state of Florida!!! Brixlee, a second grade student, read a book about Benjamin Franklin and then did a fabulous job illustrating it and writing about what she learned. West DeFuniak Elementary will receive $500 worth of books for the library for Brixlee's winning entry. We couldn't leave Brixlee out. She received a bag of her favorite goodies and a $50 Amazon gift card. Join us in congratulating her for this wonderful achievement. You can listen to Brixlee read her paper on this link. https://youtu.be/1WHz-xHh0cM

On Saturday, our eighth grade Warriors basketball team hosted the championship tournament and took the win.  If you see these student athletes, congratulate them and let them know how proud we are of them.

 

Coach Mike Davis would also like to give a huge shoutout to the parents and fans at Saturday afternoon's game.  Their enthusiasm and support helped rally the boys to victory.

 

It's great to be a WMS Warrior!