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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Day

On March 25, 2014, Cindy Le Brun (Deaf & Hard of Hearing teacher) and Cheryl Lawrence (American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter) accompanied three Walton County students: Zachary Reese (SWHS), Carson Fleet (FMS), and Fatima Pindea (WDE) to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Day, at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.   The purpose of the event was to demonstrate support for the Florida Legislature to pass licensure for ASL interpreters.

“Read To Succeed” Spring Contest

Walton Middle School is pleased to announce Mrs. Amy Bennett’s sixth period class as the winner of WCSD’s “Read To Succeed” Spring Contest. Mrs. Bennett’s class earned an astonishing 63 points on average, per student, which was 38 points higher than the classroom scoring second place in the competition.  This class also won the fall competition with 111 points on average, per student.

To qualify for the event, students were required to complete six possible activities.  Each time a student successfully completed an activity, his or her class earned one point.  To encourage students to do their very best, extra bonus points were awarded for earning high scores on the activity.  Therefore, activity scores of 75 percent of higher earned two points, and scores of 88 percent or higher earned three points.  

WMS is extremely proud of Mrs. Bennett and her winning class – they really did “Read To Succeed.”

Pictured Back row L to R Willow Motley, Shanayh Tyson,  Deanna Chisholm, Brisa Martinez, WMS Principal Tripp Hope, Mrs. Amy Bennett,    Gabby Watson, Erin Howell, Emily Adams,  Kacie Crane, Bottom row L to R Mason Norris,  Yisaac Zavala,  Levi Nelson,  Juany’eh Thomas, Lance Duke.   Not pictured Ajiah Gee, Dyre’k Howard, and Abi McKee

Edible Car Race

April 3, 2014

Emerald Coast Middle School  5th Grade Science students  participated in the annual Edible Car Race.  All car parts consisted of edible materials and were raced down a ramp in several elimination heats. This year’s big winner was “Bread Loaf”. Winning team members pictured from left are Rayna Hardy, Camaron McDonald, and Sydney Wisen.

On March 7, 2014, Emerald Coast Middle School travelled to Tallahassee to compete in the Big Bend Track Classic Middle School Showdown.  ECMS’s girls and boys teams achieved first place honors. Three students set new meet records at the event - Ally Woodard in the 1600 meter race, Frederik Grosskopf in the 200 meter hurdle, and Owen Welbourn in the 1600 meter race.  ECMS athletes qualifying for the State meet on May 10th at the IMG Academy in Bradenton are as follows:  Ally Woodard in the 1600 meter race, Payton Thede in the triple jump,  Frederik Grosskopf in the 100 and 200 meter hurdles, Jace Eply in the 100 meter hurdles, Joel Wildes in the triple jump and Jon Porter in the high jump.  

Picture the Music art contest

Emerald Coast Middle School 5th grade art students were selected to participate in the Picture the Music art contest sponsored by the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild.  Their paintings were inspired by the story Peter the Wolf and will be displayed at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.   

Picture 00468:

Astrid Vallat

Ben Sirmans

Nylah Mateen-Timberlake


Picture 00473:

Payton Williams

Bix Burgis

Matilyn Chambers


Picture 00465:

Rayna Hardy

Hayden Brackin

Math Bowl

Freeport High School students placed 2nd in Division X at the 27th Annual NWFSC Math Bowl held at Northwest Florida State College on March 7th. The students participated in both individual and ciphering competitions. Riley Davis, a senior at FHS placed first in the competition and received a trophy, a check for $50.00 and a $10.00 gift card. Linda Trotman, team sponsor congratulates these students for their excellent representation of Freeport High School!

Pictured from left to right: Back row: Trey McCracken, Tony Cosio, Gabe Moore

Front row: Eric Coughlin, Riley Davis, Tyler Head

Eagle Scout Project Improves Van R. Butler Elementary School

Students and staff at Van R. Butler Elementary School in South Walton enjoy a beautiful courtyard and garden area now that Sterrett McInnis's Eagle Scout project is completed.  In February of 2014, Sterrett along with members of the Boy Scout Troop 157 of Niceville, and representatives of the Butler Student Council finished several improvements on the school’s grounds.  Two large olive trees, multiple butterfly bushes and butterfly plants, and confederate jasmine were all donated by Eastern Supply Company of Santa Rosa Beach.   All the materials for a 10 ft. trellis were donated by South Bay Ace Hardware also of Santa Rosa Beach.  Lowe's of Destin provided discounts for the four park benches, picnic tables, edible plants, mulch, tree stakes, and 13 edible fruit trees ranging from lime, fig, to a special cocktail tree that is grafted with three combined fruits!  The American Legion #221 of Niceville, the Van R. Butler PTO, and family members also provided donations for the project .  Students at Butler created hand painted bird baths and painted various bird feeders and bird houses.  The end result  is a beautiful outdoor classroom which will also be used as an outdoor cafeteria.  

Champion Mathematicians!

March 13, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Mixson and her Math students!  For the second year in a row, South Walton High School finished FIRST in their division at the Northwest Florida State College Math Bow.


Celebrating their victory are (L to R) Luke Bauer, Wes Fegely, Ansley Barton, Hannah Crawford, Cody Pickren and Jessica Waites.


Luke Bauer earned a fifth place individual trophy and Cody Pickren finished second.


We are proud of our Champion Mathematicians!

Emerald Coast Middle students earn Microsoft Office Specialist Certification! Harrison Blount and Benjamin Nguyen are the first two Microsoft IT Academy students to certify in PowerPoint, Word and Excel for the 2013-2014 school year.  

These students not only set a record here at ECMS, but they are also the first Middle School students District-wide to earn this achievement. Mrs. Carter, technology teacher at ECMS, stated that she is very proud of this self-motivated group of Microsoft Academy students. They have applied a strong work ethic and met their technical goals in less than one school year. 

Emerald Coast Middle students earn Microsoft Office Specialist Certification!