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Mrs. Greer Harvell's 8th grade science students at WMS sure aren't a bunch of chickens when it comes to their learning--even when they dress like them.  
In an effort to teach how mass, density, and volume relate to each other, Mrs. Harvell got creative.  On Thursday, November 7th, she introduced the lesson with a short graphic novel, turned skit.  In her third period class, Rolly Benitez and Pruedance Rivera dressed as chickens, volunteering to move boxes for Dr. Birdley, played by none other than Zane Woodham.  The brave chicken actors thought that smaller boxes would be easier to move for Dr. Birdley, only to realize that they have more mass packed inside them, making them much more dense and thereby heavier to move.  The students acted out this struggle before their peers to reinforce this key scientific concept.
After the short skit, Mrs. Harvell briefly led the class in an inquiry discussion about what they'd just witnessed in the skit.  She then led the class in a choral reading of a science text about mass, volume, and density.  After reading the material, students practiced working equations to find density, volume, and mass.
Mrs. Harvell strives to make science learning engaging for her students--even if means someone has to wear a chicken hat every now and then. 
WMS Chickens
WMS Chickens

Readers Glow at MHS!

November 8, 2019

Mossy Head School held it's annual Title I meeting and Literacy Night. Mustangs came out for super fun reading activities that included "tasting" delicious books in a book tasting, reading skills with a glow-in-the-dark twist, and escape rooms in which they had to read their way out. 

MHS Literacy Night

MHS Literacy Night

MHS Literacy Night

MHS Literacy Night

MHS Literacy Night

MHS Literacy Night

Mossy Head School and guests gathered together to celebrate and show appreciation for our wonderful Veterans. Mr. Goodman and the Headliners led students and guests in patriotic songs. Two fourth grade students gave excellent speeches about the history and importance of Veteran's Day.
Staff Sergeant Justin Day, a Combat Controller in the U.S. Air Force, was the guest speaker. His story was truly touching and motivating as he shared how he has overcome his near fatal injuries. He continues his work in the Air Force and is a true inspiration.

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

MHS Vets prgm

"Draped in the Cape" at MSE!

November 7, 2019

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a student who excelled on her math assignment!  This third grade student was “draped in the cape” for the day for her super-power efforts.  This is just one way MSE students are recognized for their achievements!

 

Thursday, November 6, was a great crisis management training for school based incidents at the Carlene Anderson training facility The following agencies were represented today at the training: Walton County School District, Walton Emergency Management, Walton Sheriff Office, South Walton Fire Rescue, Walton Fire Rescue, city representative, college representative, and several school district safety specialist. 
EPIC collaboration at this training!
Crisis Management Wkshp
Crisis Management Wkshp

AVID Warriors Lead to Learn

November 7, 2019

On Wednesday, November 6th, Walton Middle School AVID students in all three grade levels joined forces to strengthen their collaboration and inquiry skills.  WMS believes in equipping students to be successful lifelong learners, and AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, supports this philosophy.  AVID tutorials are small group tutoring sessions held during the AVID elective class.  In these tutorials, trained tutors come into the AVID classroom and guide student-centered groups to answer questions about schoolwork.  In the AVID model, students develop questions about things they are struggling with prior to the tutorial session.  Students then lead one another in collaborative group discussions and questioning to determine the answers to the presenter's questions.  Because AVID tutorials are a cornerstone of a successful AVID program, WMS AVID teachers teamed up to effectively model the process for students new to its format.  Mrs. Gaby Brown's seventh grade AVID students led tutorials, while Mr. Dennie Smith's eighth graders paired with Mrs. Brown's sixth graders to help them understand the tutorial observation form.  While some students actively participated in the tutorial sessions, others were guided to observe the process so they will know how to lead and participate properly in tutorials back in the classroom.  These outstanding members of the Warrior tribe exemplified the school's "We, Not Me" spirit as they worked collaboratively to develop essential skills for future academic and, ultimately, career success.

AVID Lead

AVID Lead

AVID Lead

AVID Lead

Students in Mr. Tracie Jordan and Mr. Paul Baur's sixth grade world geography classes have spent the week as detectives, delving into text evidence to solve an age old mystery--the death of King Tut.  Students closely and carefully read several texts about King Tut's life and death, looking for clues about how he died--and who, if anyone, had motive to kill him.  Students were deeply engaged in class discussions about the mystery, basing their ideas on their analysis of text evidence.  To make the learning experience even more meaningful for students, Mr. Baur dressed as King Tut, while Mr. Jordan dressed as Sparta, the king's protector.  Though the world may never really know how King Tut died, WMS sixth graders will at least remember several theories about his demise.  They will also walk away with an understanding about how changes in leadership can lead to unrest in societies.  By using the evidence before them, students worked collaboratively and analytically, skills that will prove beneficial to them throughout their lives.

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King Tut WMS     King Tut WMS     King Tut WMS

King Tut WMS      King Tut WMS

Maude Saunders fourth graders are exploring the wonders of the E. O. Wilson Biophilia this week. The mission of the  Biophilia Center is to educate students and visitors on the importance of biodiversity, to promote sustainability, and to encourage conservation, preservation, and restoration of ecosystems. Students who visit the Center learn about the natural environment through interpretive exhibits as well as an extensive trail system through natural areas on Nokuse Plantation.

MSE at Biophilia

MSE at Biophilia

MSE at Biophilia

MSE at Biophilia

MSE at Biophilia

Superintendent Hughes takes time to visit and share with students at Bay School, and help with shapes and Art using marshmallows and corn. Mrs. Roberts and Ms. Susan had a phenomenal room of energy, engagement and learning. EPIC3 in motion!

Mr. Hughes at Bay

Mr. Hughes at Bay