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Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

BES is proud to announce the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month for April!

They are Finn Wiggins and Sophia Simms.

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary

The Defuniak Springs Woman's Club recently donated $500.00 to the art program at Maude Saunders Elementary School.

Pictured left to right:  MSE Principal Mr. Dickey, Woman's Club Members Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Doxey, MSE Art Teacher Ms. Harrah.

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison, Freeport Middle School

Congratulations to Aidan Burnham, a seventh grader enrolled at Freeport Middle School, for his outstanding performance in the Duke Talent Identification Program.  As part of Duke TIP, Aidan took the ACT, scoring in one section, at or above 90% of high school juniors and seniors.  Aidan’s scores have qualified him for the Grand Recognition Ceremony held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Submitted by Christy English

This was an incredible weekend for the Walton High Jazz Band and Winter Guard!

On Saturday, our Winter Guard finished up their season at Circuit Championships at Tate High School in Pensacola.  The Guard bounced around in placement from 2nd to 3rd and even 1st at some point throughout the season, but on Saturday they gave their BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!  Their efforts did not go unnoticed as they placed FIRST IN THEIR CLASS!  This will serve us well as we are having open auditions for next year's Guard during the last week of April.

On Sunday, our Jazz Band performed at Pensacola Jazzfest and did GREAT!  They received compliments from many other jazz directors, audience members, and event coordinators.

You may view a 4-minute video from the Winter Guard Championships at

 WHS Winter Guard Accomplishments

Submitted by Angela Vance, ECMS

Emerald Coast Middle School's Academic Team had another stellar year, defeating all other Walton county middle schools. Next they head to the Lewis Middle School Academic Invitational Tournament on April 9th, in Valparaiso, FL. The team is comprised of 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Members include: (l to r) Front - Dane Johnson, 2nd row - Ava Razavi, Cole Pettit , Santiago Botero,  Eric Plunk, Lily Jamison. Back row - Matthew Meadows, Elise Plunk, Nadia Bock, Sophia Bock, Luke Messer, Georgia Hunter.

Math Night

April 4, 2016

Van R. Butler had a wonderful night showing off all of our math skills! 

Walton County School District Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program: 2016—2017

Participating Pre-K locations:  Mossy Head, Paxton, Wise Pre-K at Maude Saunders, Freeport and Van R. Butler Schools.

Parents MUST register students at the school the students will be attending from 8:30 –1:00  on the following dates:

April 11 - Freeport Elementary

April 12 - Van R. Butler Elementary

April 13 - Paxton School

April 14 - Mossy Head Elementary

April 15 - Maude Saunders Elementary

Click here to download the informational flyer.

Jump Rope for Heart

April 4, 2016

Van R. Butler students enjoyed Jump Rope for Heart, benefitting the American Heart Association. VRB received a plaque for last year’s donations, which totaled $17,897.14. This school year, students raised almost $13,000. The top fundraiser was Adler Nation, who raised $615. Way to go VRB students!