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Another Great Day to be a Stingray at ECMS! Lunch is where we take a break, socialize and plan for the weekend, especially when we are going to be away from each other for a week!  We have been Recalibrated-Refocused, and Rocking since August and the truth is we are READY for a break!  Stay Safe Stingrays!!!!!  School lunches are cool but we are READY for the Thanksgiving Spread prepared by our families. 

Grasses in Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet Florida’s state science standards. Periodically, the schoolchildren split the grasses to increase the nursery stock. At the end of the school year, Grasses in Classes culminates with students planting their shoreline grasses at one of our salt marsh restoration sites along Choctawhatchee Bay as part of our living shoreline initiative. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline, and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards.

Per FLDOE guidance, we need stakeholder input on our most recent American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant. Please complete the survey below. We need as much input as we can get.  This survey will close on November 28th.

Fill | American Rescue Plan Input Survey

The Walton County School District is seeking input from its stakeholders. The following activities have been identified by District and School Leadership through a series of meetings. Please review each broad activity below and indicate that you agree or disagree with this activity as a focus. You will be provided an opportunity at the end of the list to add any activity(s) you would like the District to consider including in the plan. Please note: all funds must be used to improve student achievement or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information gathered from this survey will be analyzed for final decisions of placement of activities in the grant proposal.

MIC lives up to and exceeds its name and level of learning!  Engineering, Medical, and IT are areas that these students are developing a portfolio second to none!  Internships, partnerships, and community collaborations is strengthening daily due to the skills of these students, innovative instruction facilitated by teachers and a willingness to invest in the future by local businesses.  EPIC 4wRd is almost an understatement for how our students have moved past our imagination!!!!!  Learning is FUN and these students can TELL you how they walk Hand and Hand!  Let’s Go Panthers!!!!!

Great news, all three WCSD High School football teams have made the State Playoffs.  Freeport High School plays tonight, November 12 at Holmes County High School, game time is 7:30 P.M.  South Walton High School and Walton High School have received first round byes and will play November 19th.  Both schools will host opponents, TBD at 7:30 P.M.

COVID Update November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

COVID Update November 12, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We are happy to report yesterday’s single day data at 0%.  As we continue our mitigation strategies below, we want to thank all of our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our school board – for working together to keep our schools safe. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 11/11/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure







Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.


*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 


To Our Veterans: We Thank You!

November 10, 2021

To our Veterans:

We thank you, appreciate your service, sacrifice and commitment to protect the rights and privileges our students, schools and families we et to enjoy in the WCSD!  We pause to Honor You district Wide and highlight each of you and your families!  Thanks, SWHS SGA, for exemplifying service, care and compassion for others today and tomorrow!  Enjoy the day set aside for you; you Earned It!  God Bless our Country and the entire WCSD! 

The WMS Warriors are ready to Celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday.  Their individualized Art Projects express what honoring our Veterans mean to them from their View Point!  The Student Office Assistants learn what service is as they serve the campus needs to help bear the burden to operate a school with the most precious human beings that will make an impact on the world!  A RISING TRIBE RAISES DISTRICT WIDE!  Go Warriors!  Happy Veterans Day!

Freeport High School’s Morrigan Burnham was recently honored by Governor Ron DeSantis for her PERFECT score on the state’s Biology end of course examination! Congratulations to Morrigan on her recognition and to Biology teacher Amy Baker for her work in the classroom!

Congratulations to Walton Middle School art student Bethany Waites for having her artwork selected as the Walton County representative in the Art in the Capitol Competition. Bethany's artwork will be displayed in the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee during the 2022 Legislative Session. 

In July of 2016, the Florida Legislature passed, and Governor Rick Scott signed, House Bill 701 establishing the Art in the Capitol Competition, a statewide visual arts competition for Florida students in grades 6 through 8. Each school district is required to hold an annual art competition with artwork judged by a selection committee consisting of art teachers. The winning art from each district is then displayed in the Capitol. 

On Monday, November 8, 2021, Principal Jason Campbell and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes congratulated Bethany and her art teacher, Brittany Grant, for this achievement. 

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Art in the Capitol Competition winner from Walton County School District has been a student at Walton Middle School, with art teacher Brittany Grant.